Sometimes casually hanging out with your friend, loved one or even crew is just a bit lacklustre. You yearn to mix things up a bit and to partake in an activity that doesn’t require too much effort but can have maximum fun as the result. Something where there is a competitive streak, and if you win, you will be sure never to let your opponent/s ever forget.
This — by definition — is mini-golf.
In honour of that, and because it’s fun to write about games, we’ve rounded up four of the most fun mini-golf courses on the Gold Coast, so you can plan your weekend activities and prepare to laugh at one another
Drinks and mini-golf seem like a double good time to us — and the folks at Holey Moley wholly agree! The venue has produced the goods with sweet holes and a bar that’ll serve you cocktails all night long. The ‘727 Evergreen Terrace’ hole is a favourite, complete with real-life Simpson’s couch, perfect for a rest between putts or some sweet Insta content. There are two escape rooms, so if you get sick of losing, you can “duck off to the bathroom” and aptly never return. Open 10am to 12am daily.
Where: Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Boulders and Badlands
First of all, Boulders and Badlands is probably the most fantastic name for a mini-golf course we’ve ever heard. It’s a fun-filled outdoor, 18-hole course and the biggest on the Coast. Complete with rocky terrain, streams, water traps and a swinging pole (wait and see). Even if you consider yourself somewhat of a mini-golf connoisseur, your skills (and your patience, let’s be honest) will be tested here. Open from 9am to 9pm daily.
Where: 76 – 122 Napper Road, Parkwood
Surfers Paradise Mini Golf
When you’re over the beach and you’ve had your dose of theme parks, then a little slice of mini-golf right in the centre of Surfers Paradise might be in order. This Wild West-themed attraction has 18 exciting and different holes to keep you busy and is perfect for the very young ones as they don’t have restrictions on age or group numbers —so why not bring everyone, grandma included! Open Mon–Fri 2pm – 10pm and Sat-Sun 10am – 10pm. Get Adults at kids prices here!
Where: 6 Palm Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Putt Putt Mermaid Beach
Another local icon, Putt Putt Mermaid Beach offers a world of fun with three 18-hole courses, a games arcade and a BBQ area for when you’ve putted your little heart out. Take a walk on the wild side in the tropical Jungle Trail, get amongst colourful characters and tricky motorised obstacles on Fun Run or escape to a tropical oasis playing Waterways. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could give all three a crack. Don’t forget it’s now licensed, so grab a boozy slushie too! Open from 9am until 10pm daily. Download an exclusive coupon here!
Where: 2492 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
What better way is there to be outside amongst nature and tranquillity than a friendly game of golf? As one of the world’s most popular sports with an estimated participation of over 60 million people, it’s safe to say a decent percentage of Australian’s also love to get out there and score themselves some birdies — or at least try!
Did you know that the Gold Coast has the greatest number of golf courses per capita in the entire country? Add to this fact we have fantastic weather and incredible scenery, and you might think it’s high time to dust off those clubs or get out there and give it a go.
Here’s a list of seven spectacular Gold Coast golf courses, so you can block out a day and hit the fairway — hopefully not the rough, though.
Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club
Simply stunning – the Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club have a public course with 18 perfectly manicured holes in a sleek country club setting right on the water. If you manage to dodge the many lush pine trees and navigate the abundant lakes, it’s safe to say you’ll enjoy yourself out there on one of the Gold Coast’s finest golf courses.
Where: The Parkway, Hope Island
Links Hope Island
Another course with the most stunning backdrops, The Links can be found on the northern end of the Gold Coast. Set within a 360-ha residential resort community, it’s a world-renowned golf course with characteristics of old-school Scottish courses. Challenging to say the least. We highly recommend getting involved in twilight golf because sunsets over the water here are absolutely next level.
Where: Hope Island Road, Hope Island
Parkwood Golf Club
Do you have varying skills levels in your golf group? Don’t worry. Hop in a golf cart and let this flowing and beautifully put-together course challenge all ability levels and keep even the most advanced players interested. And once you’re done, head to their bar and bistro to add up your scorecards.
Where: 76-122 Napper Road, Parkwood
Emerald Lakes Golf Club
Found in the heart of the Gold Coast, Emerald Lakes is much-loved for it’s state-of-the-art golf course and beautiful restaurant overlooking said state-of-the-art golf course. The 18-hole course boasts pristine lakes and a championship-style setup (which may just make you seem better than you thought you were).
Where: Alabaster Drive, Carrara
RACV Royal Pines Resort Golf Course
RACV Royal Pines Resort is home to 27 holes of utter golfing Nirvana. The course presents a chance to play the same holes which made up the highly prized Australian PGA Championship for seven years between 2012 and 2019. The last man to win here was golfing luminaire Adam Scott, and he’ll no doubt agree this course is the epitome of high risk, high reward style of golf. Immaculately presented and in great condition no matter what time of year it is!
Where: Ross Street, Benowa
Tallai Golf Club
Tallai Country Golf Club borders the majestic hinterland and offers unmatched views threatening to hamper your game! Keep your focus, though, and this delightful little 9-hole course proves to be reasonably challenging but also friendly — a great place for regular no-stress hits and a more relaxed stride for those not in a hurry.
Where: Worongary Rd & The Panorama, Tallai
Whilst it isn’t a golf course so to speak, you can certainly swing a club here, even if golf isn’t your thing Top Golf is the destination to enjoy some fun times with friends whilst having a bit of fun and competition. The perfect place for events and parties with great food and drink options, you’ll never look at golf the same way again!
Where: Corner of Roadshow Way and Entertainment Drive, Oxenford
Words by Alex Mitcheson.