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Not So Lazy Days: Mini golf provides fun for a midday family outing

Updated on July 28, 2011
The cave the course is named after is viewable from the 18th hole.
The cave the course is named after is viewable from the 18th hole. | Source

Field Trip

The husband has been wanting to take the kids to mini golf all summer, and today things worked out so we could all go together as a foursome.

We headed out to the nearest course which is at The Funplex, a multi-attraction place, in Mt. Laurel.

The Funplex actually has two courses-- you can either play one (18 holes for $7 per person) or play both (36 holes for $10 per person). We chose one and played the Adventure Cave Course. (The other course is named the Lost Lagoon Course.)

Everyone except for Daddy struggled on the first hole, but that was obviously just a warm-up hole. The little one, who scored "?" on the first hole (we gave up counting and no one was behind us), got a hole-in-one on the second hole. No one, in fact, needed to swing more than 3 times on that hole.

(By the way, every time the little one plays mini-golf, he somehow gets a hole-in-one.)

About a quarter of the way through the course is the "cave." I put cave in quotes because it's, um, open air, as in no ceiling, as in not exactly cave-like. And, you're only in the cave for one brief hole.

Nonetheless, what the course lacks in theatrics is made up in the trick ridges near holes, which will stop your ball if you hit it at the right strength to make the hole sans ridge.

The course was not as interesting as others we have been to, but the kids still enjoyed our family outing.

In case you're wondering, I won the game with a score of 51 (par is 44)...

About the Not So Lazy Days series

I've challenged myself to find a new activity to do five days a week every week of the kids' summer vacation. Activities will fall under one of three categories: Arts & Crafts, Sports & Games or Field Trips. Follow me on Twitter @readallaboutsam for immediate updates on posts!


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    • Samantha Sinclair profile image

      Samantha Sinclair 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you! Mini golf is plentiful near beaches, even though this one is about 1 1/2 hrs from a beach. Hopefully, you'll have no trouble finding a location near you.

      If you need other ideas, everything I'm doing this summer with the boys is low-cost, and if it ends up being more money than I thought it would be, I'll let you know!

    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Great idea! I have been trying to think of a low-cost, fun time with the family. Thanks for sharing!