However, when it comes to playing mini golf, well that’s a different story. I can wear what I want, talk when I want, and if I play my cards right, eat — because it’s always a good idea to finish “the round” with a big scoop of ice cream. Who isn’t hungry after walking 18 holes? We asked our employees for their recommendations of their favorite mini golf spots in the Mid-Atlantic area.
My favorite spot is Jim Mack’s in Hellam, Pennsylvania. This is no ordinary mini golf course – first it’s 24 holes; they’ve got great homemade ice cream and the course is partially surrounded by animals – a caged bear named Ricky, llamas, goats, a peacock, and it’s not uncommon to encounter a chicken or two on the course. Jim Mack’s also holds some great memories for me – it’s one of those places we’ve gone every summer since my kids were small, and we’re not alone. The place is always packed! By the way, this spot was also recommended by three other Susquehanna employees.
Other employee recommendations include:
- Boulders Mini Golf , 312 Primrose Lane, Mountville -This is a challenging 19-hole course. At the end, plan to treat yourself at Scoops, the on-site ice cream shop. (Boulders is not too far from the new Susquehanna Learning and Resource Center, the centralized training center for our bank employees.)
- Caddy Shack, 662 South Oak Street, Manheim- The course is beautiful, and includes a stream, big old trees and flowers. It’s a long, challenging course, with many of the holes on a hill or with a few obstacles. It’s also a great place to enjoy wonderful hand-dipped ice cream and sandwiches
- Freddy Hill Farms, 1440 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale- Freddy Hill Farms, a staple golf and ice cream outlet for years, has two courses, batting cages, and a driving range. There is a dairy store next to the course that offers homemade ice cream and take- home dairy products and other local favorites. There is even a small petting zoo for the youngsters to enjoy.
- Heisler’s Cloverleaf Dairy, 743 Catawissa Rd., Tamaqua- The holes are nice, great scenery, and they serve ice cream there as well.
- Kauffman’s Bar-B-Que Restaurant & 18 Hole Mini Golf, 33 Gravel Pit Road, Bethel- They have a beautifully manicured course and large lake with ducks, etc., and when you are done playing, you can get a delicious BBQ chicken dinner, and don’t forget dessert. They also have an ice cream parlor and sundaes of your choice! AND, if you are really lucky…………you may be able to see the ‘free-roaming’ peacock!
- Leisure Lanes, 3440 Columbia Ave., Lancaster- Leisure Lanes offers a safari mini golf course and a grass putting course which is really the “star.” It’s lots of fun!
- Mt. Gretna Mini Golf, Mount Gretna- A great place to play, and there’s nothing quite like a “jigger” at the Jigger Shop after your 18.
- Noah’s Mini Golf, 3104 Perkiomen Ave., Reading- The course is smaller than most but it makes the most of all space available. Rita’s Italian Ice is located directly in front of the golf course.
- Overlook Falls Mini-Golf, 605 Granite Run Dr., Lancaster- The course is easy and you can do so many things at that park either before or after playing mini-golf, including- swimming, walking, bocce ball, horseshoes and Frisbee golf. This is a premiere location.
- Ozzy’s Sports Fun Center – Miniature Golf Course, 5411 Pottsville Pike Leesport
- Putt U, 5201 Route 309, Center Valley- Two fun courses, friendly employees and a lot of fun. There’s an ice cream shop and they’re family friendly.
- Schell’s Fast Food Restaurant and Miniature Golf, 4625 5th Street Hwy, Temple- Recommended by 3 employees.Family fun for all! Delicious food, scrumptious ice cream and 28 holes of mini golf, with lots of different and challenging holes. All for great prices. Some of the holes are interactive with movements, lights, and sounds. It’s a very family-oriented environment.
- Sport Emporium – 29 South Middlesex Rd., Carlisle- Two different courses and loads of fun things to do for everyone!
- Tee’s Golf Center, 707 Conshohocken Rd., Conshohocken- There are two very fun mini-golf courses; a large driving range, batting cage, practice soccer field, and skate park. The staff is also very friendly.
- Village Greens Miniature Golf, 1444 Village Rd., Strasburg- Recommended by 7 employees. Village Greens has two wonderful miniature golf courses. The 18-hole orange course is a bit easier, and includes many of the usual mini-golf hazards like windmills and obstacles. The 23-hole gold course is more difficult. The courses, which are mostly shaded, boast beautiful waterways and flowerbeds that always seem to be bursting with blooms. At the end is a wonderful air-conditioned snack bar, or, pop over to the Creamery in Strasburg for ice cream. Sensible footwear is suggested as the longer course has a swinging bridge to cross and some of the paths are hilly. Village Greens was cited by Sports Illustrated some years back as one of the best in the country.
- Waltz Golf Farm, 303 W Ridge Pike, Limerick - Waltz Golf Farm has it all: two 18 hole mini-golf courses, stall and grass driving ranges, batting cages and yummy ice cream. A favorite is the castle course which winds around small bodies of water. Fun for kids and adults!
- Water Golf 600 Riverside Dr., Harrisburg- Water Golf is set on the edge of City Island. It’s a wonderful location to take a walk and play some mini-golf. Even though you are near the city-life of Harrisburg, you feel as though you are out in the middle of nowhere relaxing with some putt-putt. When you’re done playing, why not check out a Harrisburg Senators game!
- Tom Mitchell’s, 301 Mitchell Dr. Reisterstown- Three miniature golf courses with varying degrees of difficulty.
- Congo Falls Adventure Golf, 1132 Boardwalk , Ocean City- This mini golf location has everything, from running water, water falls, air conditioning, a water ice stand, top-of- the- line decorations and themes to each of the three courses. It is family friendly, entertaining, well taken care of, and priced appropriately.
Boardwalk, Ocean City, South Jersey
Be sure to check out the medieval fantasy golf which is indoor /outdoor and glows in the dark. It has caves and the kids love it.
Posted by Kim Hatch, Corporate Communications Manager