Summer Bucket List: Go Mini-Golfing on the Cape!

Welcome to’s Summer Bucket List series, brought to you by the good folks at Cape Cod Calling. Each week, we will bring you a new idea for you to enjoy your summer here on Cape Cod.  

For many people, it’s just not a vacation unless you can play a few rounds of golf. Cape Cod has some of the best courses in New England, but don’t overlook our variety of MINI golf courses, too! From the canal to the tip of the Cape, each town has multiple family friendly courses which range from casual to challenging.

Mini Golf is great for a date night or a family adventure. Most courses across the Cape have unique themes to challenge adults without frustrating the little ones. Many of them also have their own ice cream shops or snack bars attached or are within walking distance of local restaurants.

By the way, did you know there is a difference between “Mini” golf and “Putt-Putt” golf? The name putt-putt is associated with a chain of family amusement centers, Putt-Putt Fun Center, known for their particular brand of miniature golf. In putt-putt golf, par for each hole is 2 while in mini golf par can range from 2 to 6.  Here on the Cape, you will find mini golf courses.

Are you ready to slather on the sun-screen and hit the mini greens?

Pirates Cove Adventure Golf  – Yarmouth 

This pirate themed mini golf in South Yarmouth is open from Early April through the end of October. Boston Magazine called it the next best thing to Disney. It’s open daily from 11am – 5pm weather permitting. Each Memorial Day weekend, the course donates a percentage of its prescreened sales to charities supporting the families of wounded or fallen military members.

Skull Island – Yarmouth 

Skull Island is a family owned and operated business in South Yarmouth. The original course was opened by Lou Nickinello and his father Tony on May 10, 1961. The new and improved course is open from 10am -6pm daily.

 Wild Animal Lagoon – Yarmouth 

The Wild Animal Lagoon serves up a mini golf course with a safari setting. Kids and kids at heart can putt around elephants, giraffes, and rhinos. With challenge wheels that change the rules at certain holes and signs with animal facts, this West Yarmouth mini golf location is certainly unique.

Sandwich Mini Golf 

Owner and Founder H. Maurice Burke readily admits that this adorable mini golf course is the result of his lifelong hobby. Built on his grandparents land, what started as a boyhood dream is now a beautiful waterspot course made up of windmills and bridges. Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 9pm and Sunday Noon – 9pm

Cataumet Crossing 

Open everyday from 10am-10pm with an amazing Ice Cream shop on site, what more could you ask for? The 18 hole course features three rivers and two fountains. Word has it a few well known celebrities are known to frequent the location.

Steve and Sue’s Par-tee Freeze Adventure Falls Mini Golf  – Hyannis 

This Cape Cod Institution serves up ice cream and fun with it’s 18 hole mini golf course. It features a cave and a waterfall and is open 7 days a week. Don’t forget to pick up an ice cream sandwich on your way out or in…..or both.

Holiday Hill Mini Golf – DennisPort 

Holiday Hill is described as a beautiful 18 hole Cape Cod themed course overlooked by an 18 foot waterfall. Other features include a lighthouse, a covered bridge, and several bubbling fountains. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the course is open daily from 9am – 11pm.

Cape Escape Adventure Golf – Orleans 

This beautiful nautical course in Orleans is fun for adults and kids alike. The course features among other things a flashing lighthouse, a Japanese pond with water lilies and koi, fishing boats, and a waterfall. The course is open 7 days a week from April to mid October

Harbor Lights Mini Golf  – Brewster 

Located just off historic 6A in Brewster, this course is set in a lush tree lined setting. To add to your day ice cream is served on site. Open daily from Mid June. Check the website for shoulder season hours.

Susan’s Garden Mini Golf – DennisPort 

Susan’s Garden Mini Golf bills itself as classic Cape Cod Mini Golf. The classic course was built in 1950 and has been loving restored and kept true to its roots. In fact, it’s not uncommon to hear adults saying they’ve been playing mini golf at Susan’s since they were children. Open thru  Labor Day 3pm – 10pm

Poit’s Lighthouse Mini Golf  – Eastham 

Poit’s Lighthouse Mini Golf bills itself as the Outer Capes Best and Largest Nautical Themed Adventure Mini Golf Course. The 18 hole course has a 16 foot wraparound waterfall, a winding river, and a pond with geysers. In addition to mini golf, Poit’s has a snack bar and a video arcade on site. Mid June – Labor Day 10am – 10pm Shoulder Season 10am – 6pm weekends only

Putter’s Paradise Mini Golf – Yarmouth 

You can’t miss the big white whale on Route 28 that sets this mini golf location apart. It’s been going strong since 1979 and features many concrete sculptures, including the whale, created by local artist T.J. Neil. During the summer, the course is open from 9am-10pm daily.

Harbor Glen Mini Golf  – West Harwich 

Harbor Glen Mini Golf is located at The Wetherdeck Restaurant. The 18 hole astro turf course includes a waterfall obster and Clam Bar and pond. Open daily thru Columbus Day from 11am.

Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar – Eastham 

The popular seafood restaurant also features a mini golf course. The 18 hole course features scaled down replicas of Lower Cape historical landmarks in addition to a pirate ship and lush floral landscaping.

Check Out Other Summer Bucket List Ideas on the Cape!

If you are interested in seeing what else is out there to do on the Cape during the summer, check out our Summer Bucket List with some other ideas.

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