While there is much to be said for golf, both in terms of its sporting pedigree and the positive impact it can have on our mental health thanks to its unmistakably social nature, the scaled-down version, Mini Golf, has its merits too.
Mini Golf, Putt Putt, crazy golf, whatever you want to call it, can be an often-overlooked activity for families, friends and those on first dates. But let it be known, 9 or 18 holes that are only a few metres in length can be just as, if not more, competitive than their larger-scale sibling (there’s even a World Crazy Golf Championships).
If you happen to find yourself in Brisbane, either visiting for a short break or you actually live there, you’ll be pleased to know that there are numerous Mini Golf courses just waiting for you to score an obscene number of birdies that can all be recorded and shared to your Instagram in the pursuit of social media supremacy.
So, forget Brisbane’s regular golf courses and driving ranges (although we still strongly recommend you give those a play too), these are the best Mini Golf courses Brisbane has to offer.
While it might be home to one of the most technologically-advanced driving ranges in the entire country, Golf Central BNE also hosts a fun-tastic mini golf course too. Play is spread over 18 holes, with each one designed to challenge golfers of various abilities thanks to a range of terrain and obstacles.
Address: 40 The Circuit, Skygate, Brisbane Airport, 4008
Phone: 07 3087 7800
Victoria Park is already home to a well-established golf course in Brisbane, but if you're not able to get yourself a tee time on the full-size course, then try taking a swing at the 18 hole miniature version instead. The course winds around rocky terrain while also serving up scintillating views of Brisbane's CBD skyline. Best of all, it's open late and it's fully licensed, so an adult's only party could definitely be on the cards.
Address: 309 Herston Road, Herston, 4006
Phone: 07 3252 0666
Think Mini Golf in Australia and you'll likely think of Holey Moley. The nationwide chain has taken the classic pint-sized game and turned it into an activity that adults can genuinely see themselves partaking in.
Each hole is given its own inventive theme, which, while can be small at times, making for fun and exciting play. Licensed venues and kitchens dishing out pub-style grub only add to the appeal.
Address: 25 Warner Street, Fortitude Valley, 4006
Phone: 07 3123 4409
Mt. Gravatt Mini Golf is another venue that offers guests plenty of Putt-Putt space. With two 18-hole courses to choose from, lines of congestion should be kept to a minimum. Opting for undulating greens instead of numerous obstacles, mini golfers of all abilities should be tested, and if you fancy changing things up a fair bit, Mt. Gravatt is also home to Queensland's first Foot Golf course too.
Address: Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, Mount Gravatt, 4122
Phone: 07 3107 3218
Aside from being one of the best golf courses in the city, St Lucia Golf Links also lays claim to one of the more recent mini golf additions to Brisbane. Just a short drive from the CBD, St Lucia's Garden Golf course benefits from some of the finest landscaping around which includes various obstacles such as bridges, swinging poles and rocks, and can even be played at night thanks to floodlighting.
It's also a licensed venue and the crew at St Lucia even encourage you to take your drinks onto the course to make it a day or night to remember.
Address: Carawa Street, St Lucia, 4067
Phone: 07 3870 3433
Just under an hour's drive from the CBD will bring you to Caboolture Mini Golf. What awaits your visit is a 9-hole Wild West themed course that glows in the dark and claims to be the best 9-holer on the Northside. It's certainly a course aimed more at families than couples, perhaps, but if don't fancy the drive into the CBD, Caboolture will offer plenty of fun.
Address: 207 Morayfield Road, Morayfield, 4506
Phone: 07 5495 6000
Virginia Mini Golf is a brand new venue that opened in Brisbane in 2020. The 18-hole course has been designed to be more of a putting course than what you may initially expect from a Putt-Putt course, although you can still expect a slurry of obstacles to prevent you from scoring those elusive hole in ones. The course, therefore, is great not only for youngsters, but golfers who want a fun way to work on their putting game.
Address: Corner Sandgate & Parthenia Street, Boondall, 4034
Phone: 07 3265 7066