If there is one thing we Aussies love to do (besides hoarding toilet paper), it is a good time group activity with a beverage in hand.
Cricket on the beach? Must also include beer. Going to a concert? Wines first please. You get the point, we love doing things that also involve drinking things.
Which is why we’re very excited to bring you the news that everyone’s favourite group activity can now be enjoyed while sipping a beverage. Yes, it’s mini golf and Putt Putt Mermaid Beach have just introduced drinking while golfing and that’s very great news.
If you’ve not yet experienced the good time that is Putt Putt Mermaid Beach, allow us to enlighten you. The mini golf courses are complete with a video game arcade, BBQ zone and now, a 19th hole for alcoholic refreshments (although you can drink while you play, yay!).
There are three courses including the Fun Run (18 holes undercover for those rainy days), Jungle Trail and Waterways and they all have quirky little things going on and look, we found some of them quite challenging honestly.
You know what might make them slightly less challenging though? Vodka slushies. Which if we’re honest, make everything slightly less challenging, do they not?
That’s right Gold Coasters Putt Putt Mermaid Beach are serving up vodka slushies and that’s pretty much a group activity (and general life) dream come true if you ask us.
There’s also beer, wine and spirits but those slushies are such a party vibe and we highly recommend you sink a few.
You can even take BBQ goodies, or snacks and make an entire night of it. Plus you get to whip your mates at mini golf (unless you’re us). What a time.
So, we’ve just sorted out next weekends’ group acitivity for you, please respond in kind with tips on how to be good at mini golf.
Enjoy those vodka slushies friends, we sure will.
LOCATION: 2492 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
HOURS: Daily from 9am until 10pm
Words by Kirra Smith
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.