What You Should Know About Mini Golf

Mini golf is a fun and popular activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. It’s a great way to spend time with friends or family in an outdoor setting, enjoying the weather and having some bonding time. However, many people don’t know much about mini golf before they take their first trip out on the course.

Mini Golf Basics

Mini golf, also known as pitch and putt, involves playing on a short 18-hole course that has each player using a set number of golf balls. Most courses feature miniature versions of various obstacles found on a regular golf course such as sand traps, water hazards, and bunkers. The goal is to hit the ball into each hole in as few shots as possible.

A typical round of mini-golf usually lasts about an hour, depending on how fast players make it through the course and whether or not they decide to get a snack or use the restroom while playing. However, the course itself will only take about 30 minutes to play.

What you Need to Know Before you Play Mini Golf

Here are five things you should know before your next round of mini-golf:

1. The Rules of Mini Golf are Different From those of “Regular” Golf

While golfing on a regulation size course, players are required to count every stroke taken while playing their ball towards the hole. On a miniature golf course, this rule does not apply. A player is allowed to play one or more balls from his or her position.

2. Different Courses Use Different Types of Golf Balls

Most courses use a type of plastic ball, but some do use the traditional steel golf balls that you would find on an actual course. If you’re playing at a course that uses steel balls, be sure to bring your own so they don’t have to be purchased.

3. Scoring on a Mini Golf Course is Usually Very Low

The objective of miniature golf has never been to make it challenging. The goal is simply to have fun, enjoy the weather and spend time with others in an active way. Because of this, most courses are built so that you can get very close to the hole with each stroke, making it easier to get a low score.

4. Putting Greens are Often Very Unique

Putting greens are usually constructed of artificial materials that are designed specifically for miniature golf courses. They may be smooth or bumpy and they may even have obstacles on them that aren’t found in standard putting surfaces. You just never know what type of surface you’re going to find on a putting green, but it should be noted that they are generally much different than greens found at standard courses.

5. Mini Golf is More Than Putting Around in the Sun

Playing mini golf requires players to hit their ball around the course with each stroke, so don’t expect very many easy putts. Holes are often designed to have many twists and turns, forcing players to hit their ball instead of automatically bowling it into the hole for a score.


Mini golf is a fun activity for all ages, but if you want to make the experience even more exciting–or just different than what your players are used to–consider adding obstacles and other challenges. The game of mini-golf doesn’t have to be boring! You can play it anywhere, anytime! Even on your lunch break at work.