I don’t golf. Not on a regular scale anyway. In hopes of saving friends and family from an embarrassing display of awfulness I don’t attempt to swing a club unless the ball is of the neon variety. Thankfully, Cleveland Plus is packed with some seriously tough mini golf courses. Just my style.
Because this blog is about golf, it’s a requirement I mention that Cleveland Plus is also home to more than 300 golf courses. If you had the good fortune to play seven days a week between Memorial Day and Labor Day you could conquer a new course every day. With so many options you’re sure to find one you like.
Now that that’s out of the way, on to a guide for Cleveland Plus’ miniature golf options…
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.
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. 330.499.9611
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!
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.
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.
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.
Adventure Zone in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio – I took a tour of the Adventure Zone Family Fun Center during a 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.
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.
Madagascar Mini Golf at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio – Hit the links indoors for nine fun and exciting holes at Madagascar Mini-Golf, then head to the water slides to cool off without ever leaving the Resort.
Alien Vacation Mini Golf at Great Northern Mall in North Olmsted, Ohio – The creator of “Holly”wood Christmas Movieland now brings you “Alien Vacation Mini Golf” in 3-D, interactive black light.
For the Masters
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.
Even more places to putt-putt…
All American Sports Center – North Ridgeville
Rinky Dink Family Fun Center – Medina
Memphis Kiddie Park – Brooklyn
Clay’s Park Resort – North Lawrence
The Golf Dome – Chagrin Falls
Fun-n-Stuff – Macedonia
Strongsville Golf – Strongsville
Mr. Divots – North Royalton
– Submitted by C.A. and F.C