Miniature golf provides entertainment and recreational adventures for family and friends of all ages. Whether you’re in it for the fun obstacles or the carnival food, Pittsburgh’s best mini golf courses offer it all. Get out of the house and take the family out for a bit of fun and a ton of time on the greens.
Cool Springs Golf and Family Recreation Center
1530 Hamilton Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
Hours: Mon to Fri – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pricing: $6 adults/$5 children 12 and younger
The miniature golf holes are manicured with stone boundaries and well designed walkways surrounded by shrubs and trees for a pleasant recreational experience. Cool Springs is a year-round facility with a driving range, batting cages and a snack bar to meet the needs of the whole family. It hosts golf clinics, lessons and instruction by PGA-certified teachers who can help you with your all-around golf game. The golf staff offer help in all facets of golf from putting and chipping to driving. Purchase gift certificates for all of the activities, including special events and lessons scheduled for the fall.
Scally’s Golf Center
265 Hookstown Grade Rd.
Moon Township, PA 15108
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 9 a.m. (closing at dark in fall, winter and spring); Sat and Sun – 8:30 a.m
Pricing: $6 adults/$5 children younger than 12
Scally’s Golf Center is open all year round, with tons of opportunities for the entire family to enjoy the golf complex. It boasts 18 holes lighted for evening play, fun landscaping and waterfalls designed with attractive architecture challenge and please the whole family. The PGA staff has developed a state-of-the-art recreational venture that includes a Par3 Pitch and Putt course, driving range, golf lessons and leagues. Choose from a great selection of on-site snacks, and rent the patio for parties.
Wildwood Highlands Family Fun Center
P.O. Box 248
2330 Wildwood Rd.
Wildwood , PA 15091
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 11 a.m to 11 p.m.
Pricing: $ 6.50 adults/$5.50 children 11 and younger/children younger than 4 free with paying player
The family fun center is a gathering place for family and friends all year round, and the exclusive golf course comes with waterfalls and a tropical theme for a challenging experience through palm trees and deserted islands. After an exhilarating trek through the stunning foliage and well-maintained brick borders, stop over to the arcade and snack shop for a well-deserved rest. Sounds emanating from the water wars, bumper boats and go karts promise fun throughout the entire area. The miniature golf play can extend into the evening as the area has an exemplary lighting system.
Copper Head Canyon
7350 Hutchinson Rd.
Elizabeth , PA 15037
Hours: (Spring and Fall) Mon to Thurs – 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Summer) Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Pricing: $7 adults/$6 children younger than 12/$5.50 seniors 65 and older
Copper Head Canyon’s miniature golf course is an 18-hole extravaganza of boulders, waterfalls and an exclusive watering system. The landscape is filled with trees, shrubs and hundreds of sandstone rocks. Areas are marked off for all safety concerns, including nine holes that are handicap accessible. The practice green and miniature golf area covers 1.2 acres of land, which can be used for field trips and parties. For fund raising and and birthday parties take advantage of the tent and picnic tables.
RMU Island Sport Center
7600 Grand Ave.
Pittsburgh , PA 15225
Hours: Mon to Fri – 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 12 p.m.to 9 p.m. April and May; summer Mon to Sun – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Pricing: $6 adults/$3 children/winter special $3 per person until April 1and a group of 10 or more/$2.50 per person (call for availability)
The RMU Rapids outdoor miniature golf course has an amazing view of the Ohio River with a wonderfully landscaped 18-hole arrangement of waterfalls, streams and obstacles. It is a true family experience for all ages. A season family pass is available for $150 and a couple may play all year for $90. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, package deals include mini golf, ice skating and snacks at the bistro on Friday nights from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m for $10 per person and $3 for children younger than 5 years old. Coming soon is a $40 punch pass in May that includes 10 activities. Robert Morris University has programs for skating, hockey, birthday parties, group events and team building.
Kniess’ Miniature Golf
3005 Babock Blvd.
Pittsburgh PA 15237
Hours: April 1 to Memorial Day weekend hours vary call (412) 931- 3398 for information; Memorial Day to Labor Day daily – 11 a.m to 11 p.m.
Pricing: $4.50 one round either course/$3 children 6 years old and younger/$3.50 second round either course/$2.25 6 years and younger
Kniess’ two 18 hole courses are 83 this year, which makes them the oldest in Pennsylvania. Each course is different in nature, but are equally challenging and fun for all ages. The courses wind through a series of trees, a wishing well, pagoda, stepping stones and immaculate landscaping design. Holes are professionally marked with careful attention to detail to provide a wonderful golfing experience. If you’re looking for fun in an outdoor venue, this award-winning facility is the place to share those memories in a popular destination just five minutes from Ross Park Mall.
Gerry Cernicky is a freelance writer from Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.