Looking for some great family fun that gets you and your kids outside for the afternoon? How about mini golf! So where’s the best place to go near Saratoga Springs? Not a whole lot of options right here in Saratoga but venture out a bit, it’s worth it. Being local to Saratoga Springs and having three kids we’ve tried them all. Here is our take on the local mini golf.
Murphy’s Driving Range and Mini Golf
While Murphy’s isn’t the most beautiful course in the area it offers a lot of fun and some real challenges. Local history and landmarks are incorporated into the course. You’ll have to make your way through a racing starting gate and meander through Yaddo Gardens. I think my kids like it because some of the holes are a bit over the top when it comes to actually getting to the hole. Kids favorite is the one where almost everyone has to yell four, you really need to give the ball a good whack to get it up to the hole and catching some air is most desirable. I like it because you can get the kids a can of soda but that’s it (you won’t break the bank at the snack bar) and the driving range is next door. This is where we go most often, it’s close, we can play and leave, rarely have to wait and lots of fun.
3376 Route 9
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Mon-Sun 9 am – 9 pm
$5.00 kids, $7.00 Adults
Pirates Cove Queensbury
Pirates Cove in Queensbury is quite a mini golf experience. Each hole is crafted into an adventure proving interesting and somewhat challenging. Unlike Murphy’s the greens are meticulous, great place for real golfers to play and practice their putting. Play a hole on a pirate ship, travel through waterways and waterfalls and watch out for those pirates, they’re lurking everywhere. If you’re looking to be challenged with tubes, spirals or pinball like holes you won’t find it. Here you are most often challenged by slopes bumps and turns. I think what I like best about Pirates Cove is the beautiful landscaping, the greens are perfect and the adventure keeps kids looking forward to the next hole. They offer some trinkets at the end and basic snacks and drinks.
1089 Route 9
Queensbury NY 12804
10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Please call ahead for hours before Memorial Day and after Labor Day.
Blackbeard’s Challenge Adults $8.50, Children $7.95
Captain’s Course Adults $8.50, Children $7.95
36-Hole Challenge Adults $14.50, Children $13.95
Players Park Family Fun Plex
What a great place! Bring your wallet though, with so much to offer you’ll be dropping money here and there and it will add up. If you’re looking for a fun filled day of golf you can find something for everyone. The mini golf course is right on par. Great greens, nicely landscaped and some fun challenges. As the kids get older Players Park offers the ultimate mini golf. They have a very simple par 3 (you can see the snack bar from every hole), great introduction to real golf and I love it because it’s great practice for my short game (bring lots of balls, you will lose some). They have an ice cream parlor with a big porch overlooking the par 3 course, full snack bar and inflatables. Great fun when you are looking to fill an afternoon.
1012 Route 146A
Clifton Park, NY 12065
April Schedule (Must be above 50 degrees and No Rain)
OPEN Saturdays and Sundays 10am-6pm
Closed Monday through Friday
Will be open the full week of April Break
April 17th through the 23rd
Adults $8.00, kids 4-15 $7.00 (3 and under free), Military & Seniors $6.00
Second game of Mini-Golf is half price!
Par 3 Golf Course
9 Holes – Adults $10.50, kids 4-15 $9.00, Military & Seniors $9.00
18 Holes – Adults $15.00, kids 4-15 $13.00, Military & Seniors $13.00
1 child (8 and under) can play free, with a paid adult greens fee.
Cards Accepted for golf and ice cream but not at the snack bar.
Visit their website for summer hours players-park.com
These are the best courses within 15 to 20 minutes of Saratoga Springs. If you’re willing to venture further Lake George has lots to offer, big and small. So get out there and enjoy the weather and some great family fun!