Did you know today, Sept. 21 is Miniature Golf Day? And what a perfect day for miniature golf! My family took a bike ride on Columbia Association (CA) pathways to the Columbia SportsPark this past weekend to play mini golf. It was the first time trying it for my 7-year-old, and he loved it. By the end he was getting pretty good form, too!
The Miniature Golf course at the Columbia SportsPark is an 18-hole course that is fun for the kids and good practice for the game of golf for adults. The course is beautifully landscaped on a hill that includes ponds, waterfalls and a vast array of showy plants.
This course mimics what you would encounter at a regular golf course. There are sand traps, water hazards, hills and rough areas. What you will not find are windmills, clowns or other such features, because this is a pros’ miniature golf course. And you know what? My son loved that he was playing real golf, like he pretends to play on the Wii.
We played one round. Par for the course is 52. I felt pretty good with getting 67 as a non-golfer. Needing 10 strokes when it was par 3 on hole 10, The Island, didn’t help my score at all, but it is also what makes the game fun. Those near misses that loop around the hole, but don’t quite fall in, and the balls that roll all the way back down to the start of the hole, can make you harrumph with frustration, but laugh at the same time. It also makes kids feel good when they see that sometimes they can do better than their parents!
If you are a CA Package Plan Plus member, admission is free. You can’t beat that! We had an hour or so of fun with no added cost! CA Package Plan members or residents with Columbia Cards pay $6 and the general public pays $7. If you have a group of 16 or more, you can receive a group discount.
And fall is a wonderful time to spend outside. Why not go play a round of mini golf? I bet you don’t have to twist your kid’s arm either!
Melissa Sinclair works in the Communications & Engagement Division at Columbia Association (CA). Melissa recently moved to Columbia with her three-generation family. She has lived in more than a dozen cities and is looking forward to making Columbia, Md., her permanent home! Click here to read more of Melissa’s Getting to Know CA series.