Watching the London 2012 Olympic Games on television can make anyone wish they had the athletic abilities of the world’s best. However, few and far between are blessed with Michael Phelps’ fish-like swimming abilities, or Jordyn Wieber’s knack for topping off a flawless floor routine.
Alas, we can’t all be Olympic athletes. Fortunately, us mere mortals can indulge our inner-wannabe-Olympian by partaking in a simpler, more relaxed sport: putt-putt. A laid back game that’s fun for the whole family. After all, it’s quite a bit easier to proudly sink a ball through the windmill than to make it as a professional athlete.
Luckily, numerous mini golf courses can be found sprinkled throughout the area. Hone your ability and become the Tiger Woods of the pint-sized green by practicing your putting skills at some of Metro Detroit’s best putt-putt courses:
Royal Oak Golf Center, 3500 Edgar Ave., Royal Oak: Self-proclaimed as “one of the most challenging mini-golf courses in Metro Detroit,” Royal Oak Golf Center’s green features 18 holes on an outdoor, mountain-themed course. The perfect place for parties and special events, a party tent is also available for up to 70 mini-golfers to kick back and relax after a round.
Paradise Park, 45799 Grand River Ave., Novi: Novi’s premiere mini-golf destination includes a waterfall on the ninth hole, in addition to numerous streams and abundant landscaping found throughout the entire course. Paradise Park also includes laser tag, an arcade, a climbing wall, go-carts and more.
Zap Zone Indoor Glo-Golf, 41953 Ford Road, Canton: If sweltering through a 90 degree day isn’t your idea of a good time, indoor glo-golf may be better suited for you. In addition to putt-putting your day away in the comfort of an air-conditioned building, glo-golf is also played under black lights. This themed course is made up of Egyptian pyramids, vast jungles, underwater adventures and prehistoric life forms.
Great Lakes Golf Center, 3951 Joslyn Road, Auburn Hills: Open 363 days a year, Great Lakes Golf Center is composed of three separate putt-putt courses. Great Lakes Falls, an 18-hole indoor course, features a mountain-like atmosphere, complete with waterfalls and rivers. The two outdoor courses, the Great Lakes North and South, are also 18 holes.
Joe Dumars’ Fieldhouse, 45300 Mound Road, Shelby Township: At the Fieldhouse, mini-golf is known as Bayou Golf and the course is coined “the swamp.” Modeled after Dumars’ birthplace of Louisiana, the course features waterfalls, ponds and more. Open year-round, Dumars’ Fieldhouse also houses laser tag, a bungee trampoline, a high ropes course, climbing wall, mini bowling and more.