Just Puttering Around in Cleveland Plus
Cleveland Plus is a golfer’s Mecca. With more than 300 courses in the area, you’re never more than a solid drive from the fairway. But what if the green is more your cup of tee? (See what I did there? Yeah, you get it.) Well, it just so happens that Cleveland Plus is also home to some of the most unique, most challenging and most entertaining miniature golf courses you’ll find anywhere. I’ve played all but a couple of the recommended courses listed below, and each one is more than worth its weight in windmills and neon balls.
The Classics – Check out these courses for that timeless round of mini golf filled with the standard obstacles you know and love.
Buzzard Cove Miniature Golf in Hinkley, Ohio – Featuring two traditional 18-hole courses, Buzzard Cove is the epitome of the family mini-golf experience. Not too hard for the little guys but challenging enough for adults, this is far and away my favorite miniature golf course with a Pirate Buzzard mascot. ($7 for adult, $6 for kids)
McDuffer’s Park Miniature Golf in North Canton, Ohio – Located in the rear of the Grand Slam Sports Complex, McDuffer’s is the best maintained miniature golf course in Stark County. The traditional, obstacle-laden course features multiple water hazards as it winds up and down artificial slopes behind the sports facility. ($5.50)
Challenge Golf in Sandusky, Ohio – Cedar Point’s Challenge Golf (in Challenge Park adjacent to the amusement park) features two gorgeous 18-hole courses that wind in, out and around a 30-foot mountain with a series of caves, streams, waterfalls and other obstacles. Plus, when you’re done playing . . . you’re at Cedar Point! ($5.95 for adults, $2.95 for kids under 48” tall)
The Entertainment Centers – There’s so much more than mini-golf at these hubs of fun.
Swings-N-Things in Olmsted Township, Ohio – Swings –N-Things bills itself as a family fun park rather than just a mini-golf center, and rightfully so. In addition to two 18-hole courses (one is currently under construction), Swings-N-Things boasts a large arcade, batting cages, bumper boats, go-karts, laser tag, paintball and a delicious ice cream shop. ($7 for adult, $5 for kids)
Goofy Golf in Sandusky, Ohio – A short car-ride down Rt. 250 from Cedar Point, Goofy Golf is home to an arcade, two 18-hole miniature golf courses, bumper boats and three go-kart tracks. The mini-golf courses here offer unique elements like high bridges, long, quick hills and large, themed buildings that players putt through and around. ($6 for adults, $3.50 for kids)
Sluggers & Putters in Canal Fulton, Ohio – Sluggers & Putters Wild World of Fun is Stark County’s premier putt-putt destination. The park’s 19-hole adventure golf takes players up a hill into the land of “The Wizard of Oz” and back down again through hole after hole of familiar nursery rhymes. Sluggers & Putters also offers go-karts, bumper boats, a golf driving range, batting cages, a rock climbing wall, an arcade, a “monkey jumper” trampoline and an ice cream shop. ($6 for adults, $5 for kids)
Adventure Zone in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio – I took a tour of the Adventure Zone Family Fun Center during a recent trip to Geneva-on-the-Lake and was blown away. This super-clean park with a super-friendly staff is a perfect family destination in Ohio’s oldest summer resort town. Along with its massive 18-hole mini-golf course, the “Zone” features a large arcade with a kids net playground, a merry-go-round, go-karts, bumper boats, a climbing wall and a snack shop. ($6 for adults, $3 for kids)
Taking It Inside – Jonesing for putt-putt in the middle of winter? Not to worry in Cleveland Plus. These courses are indoors and they glow in the dark.
Firefly’s Mini Golf in Strongsville, Ohio – Tucked into the lower level of Westfield Shoppingtown Southpark Mall, Firefly’s is a simple course to play, but made unique by its concept. The 18-hole, glow-in-the-dark course is a fun spot for a date or a great break from hectic holiday shopping. ($7 for adults, $5 for kids)
Monster Mini Golf in Strongsville, Ohio – It seems that the City of Strongsville cornered the market on glow-in-the-the-dark putt-putt. Hundreds of black lights inside Monster Mini Golf provide the eerie glow that lights up the frightening (well, not really) theme that surrounds this 18-hole course. Custom animated props bring Monster Mini Golf to life with the help of the course’s in-house deejay. ($7.50 for adults, $6.50 for kids)
For the Masters – Are you a pro-putter? Test your skills at these uber-challenging courses.
Rolling Greens Miniature Golf in Uniontown, Ohio – With the slogan “designed for more accurate putting,” the two 18-hole courses would make Tiger Woods cringe. Each course is a par 58 (filled with a slue of par three and par four holes), and takes a small miracle to finish even . . . but it’s worth a shot.
Cabin Creek Golf in Sugarcreek, Ohio – Cabin Creek’s two 18-hole courses are so tough, they’re par-rated separately for amateurs and pros. Both courses offer many one-of-a-kind features including bridges, various water holes, a water wheel, a water geyser and other interesting obstacles. There’s even a hole where you have to tee off. Cabin Creek also has a driving range, batting cages, shuffle board and sand volleyball courts. ($5 for adults, $3.25 for kids)
No matter how you slice it (wow, another golf pun . . . really?), the miniature golf courses of Cleveland Plus offer something for everyone. Grab a baby pencil and your favorite color ball and hit these great mini-links while the summer’s still in full swing. (Haha . . . full swing. I’m so punny!) - Submitted by FC
EDITOR’S NOTE: We have also heard about the GolfDome (Chagrin Falls, OH), Rinky Dink Family Fun Center (Medina, OH) and other great courses . . . we just haven’t played them all. Add your favorite course (old or new) or review to comments below.