With the temperatures starting to cool off, it’s the perfect time to play mini golf. Here is a random sample of 10 courses in and around Lancaster County to inspire you. There are more local courses than that, which is remarkable given that only 1,006 mini-golf establishments exist nationwide, according to market researcher IBISWorld. Some of them will close for the season at the end of October. Fall hours vary, so be sure to check before you go.






Boulder Miniature Golf in Mountville.




Boulder Miniature Golf

312 Primrose Lane, Mountville

The basics: Built in 2000, the owners of nearby Scoops Ice Cream & Grille purchased Boulders in 2020. They installed new greens, painted bridges and repaired the waterfall.

Price: Adults, $9; children 12 and under, $8; seniors 55 and over, $8; the second game on the same day is half price; Monday through Thursday before 5 p.m. (except holidays), everyone plays for $7.

Pro tip: Of course, it looks like you’re going through a hotel parking lot to get here and the traffic is heavy. But once on the course, it doesn’t feel like it. The views from some greens are decidedly zen, so breathe them in.







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Game Time Fun Center in Lebanon.




Play time amusement center

10 S. 22nd St., Lebanon

The basics: This year, the two familiar courses here are given new life as new owners spruce up the place formerly known as Yogey’s.

Price: One round: 18 and over, $10; 17 and under; $8. Two rounds: 18 and over, $15; 17 and under $12; free for children under 5 accompanied by a paying adult.

Pro tip: The North course is the one with the pirate ship. It opened in the middle of summer. Further work on the vessel is planned over the winter.







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High Sports Inc. Family Fun Center in Lititz.




High Sports Inc. Family Fun Center

727 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz

The basics: Perched on Zion Hill, 30 waterfalls dot this winding 20-hole landscape.

Price: Adults, $15; seniors and children 12 and under, $10; One child under 5 is free per paying adult.

Pro tip: Parents, be prepared for the inevitable demand to drive the go-karts you’ll likely hear and see from the greens. These cost more. Children must be at least 10 years old to drive and at least 4 years old to ride with an adult.







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Leisure Lanes Safari Mini Golf in Lancaster.




Leisure Fairways Safari Mini Golf

3440 Columbia Ave, Lancaster

The basics: The prices reflect the rather concentrated spatial situation of this course. Fun twist: some greens are actually purple, red, and blue.

Price: Adults, $5; children 12 and under, $4.

Pro tip: The lions, penguins, dinosaurs and the like that are prevalent clearly predate selfies, but work well for them nonetheless. Leisure Lanes also has a bentgrass course if that’s more your speed.







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Lost Treasure Golf at Ronks.




Lost Treasure Golf

2521 Lincoln Hwy East, Ronks

The basics: This is the place with this huge pirate ship that one would imagine is about to cross the Lincoln Highway and seize the Fulton Steamboat Inn.

Price: 13 and over, $10.48 plus tax; 5 to 12 years old, $9.53 plus tax; Ages 4 and under $3.81 plus tax or free with plastic putter and paying adult. A second round costs $6.25, taxes included.

Pro tip: Lost Treasure Golf also offers courses in other tourist areas. Some who have visited these expect to see velociraptors at this one. “People ask, ‘Where are the dinosaurs?’ says Managing Director Angel Oliveras. “We have a cave and a pirate ship. No dinosaurs. Be sure to ask which of the two courses takes you through which if it matters. The maze next to the golf course is extra.







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Putt Putt from Pelvo in the canton of Manheim.




Pelvo’s Putt Putt

605 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster (Manheim Twp)

The basics: You could call it the miniature golf course next to Stoner Grille. Many kids probably call it the one with the birdhouse heads. Nicknamed WhoaMan! BirdHouses, the designs scattered around are made by Matthew Kober, who lives nearby and is friends with the folks who run Stoner Commons. The Canton of Mannheim originally built this course. Stoner Commons took over operations and changed its name in 2016 and is currently working with the township on course repairs and updates.

Price: Adults, $8; children 10 and under; $5; seniors 65 and over, $7

Pro tip: It remains open all year round, with limited hours, weather permitting. The water features are not turned on during the months when it freezes.







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The Shack Restaurant & Mini Golf in Mannheim.




The Shack Restaurant and Mini Golf

662 S. Oak Street, Mannheim

The basics: In 1989, the Borough of Manheim leased Kauffman’s Park to Kenny Shank, who converted the property into a miniature golf course and restaurant he called the Caddy Shack. Lisa and Ray Alcala bought the business in 2017 and renamed it.

Price: Adults, $9.50; children 4-12, $7.50; children 3 and under, free; golf for seniors at half price on Tuesdays; half-price children’s golf on Thursdays; unlimited play all day, $12

Pro tip: This has the reputation of being a demanding course. Check the Shack’s Facebook page for a video posted in August that shows course record holder Scott Kline demonstrating how he plays each hole.







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Timber Falls Miniature Golf in Oxford.




Falls of the Woods Mini-Golf

452 Limestone Road, Oxford

The basics: Sunsets and seating are remarkable on this course, which opened in July. Massive benches are crafted from Chester County white oak – a benefit for Timber Falls owners to be connected to the hardwood business that golfers can see from its greens.

Price: Adults, $9; children 5 to 12 and seniors $7; children 4 and under $4

Pro tip: Here the golf balls float. (A hole is designed to carry them through water.) So serious miniature golfers will have to make some adjustments to accommodate the lighter balls.







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Arlo Ballantyne, 3, leaves the watches as his sister Oaklyn Ballantyne, 5, hits the ball with a club during the 50th anniversary event at the Village Greens Miniature Golf and Snack Shoppe in Strasbourg on Saturday August 6, 2022.




Village Greens Miniature Golf Course

1444 Village Road, Strasbourg

The basics: It’s a Lancaster County institution, having been home to generations of miniature golfers for the past 50 years. The moving statue of the golfer is called Oscar, in honor of the founder.

Price: For the shorter Orange course: adults, $10; children 12 and under and seniors 62 and over, $8. For the Gold course: adults, $12; children and seniors, $10; non-players on both courses $3. A second play on the same day costs $7 for Orange and $9 for Gold.

Pro tips: Orange is the game if you like the challenge of a swinging door. Gold has a more natural vibe and lots of water. Pay attention to this one where you can find extra bullet buckets. Unless you’re an excellent golfer, you’ll probably need it.







Waterside

Waters Edge Mini Golf at Bird-in-Hand.




Mini-golf at the water’s edge

230 N. Ronks Road, bird in hand

The basics: Expect butterflies. The owners have worked hard to transition to native, pollinator friendly landscaping and it shows.

Price: For a lesson: adults, $10; children 5 to 12 and seniors 65 and over, $8; $4 to play the other course on the same day

Pro tips: One lesson is nature-themed. The other features a covered deck with an Amish scooter and photo backdrop amidst an overall nautical vibe. The course’s current owners, Steve and Brenda Horst, have embraced the boats that came with the place, though they don’t fully understand why they’re there. “If we ever build another golf course in Lancaster County, it will be nature and the farm. We don’t know why no one has ever done this,” Steve says. “It seems that water and boats are a theme for mini golf. I don’t know why.