Notes from Nathan
Our family gets along (most of the time)—until we set foot on a
course. Then look out. I don’t know what it is, but
brings out the winning instinct in each of us. Let me tell you
run high during the Annual PGA Triple-F Mini-Golf Tournament.
usually starts out as a fun game turns into World War III by the second
hole. Sometimes you feel on top of the world after you sink a
and then the next round it’s all you can do to stop yourself from
your club into a windmill because you’ve gone the limit in putts.
Where can you join in on this fun? Unfortunately, we have to drive at least an hour to play mini-golf—but that might be a blessing in disguise. We’ve tried courses at Castle Fun Park, Harrison Hot Springs, Parksville, Tofino, Cultus Lake, and Birch Bay. Castle Fun Park and Birch Bay both have indoor as well as outdoor courses. For my money, Borderland in Birch Bay is the best. I guarantee you’ll play a round of golf you’ll never forget. Coleman would pick Parksville because it has a neat pirate ship and arcade games where you can win prizes. Jen loves Harrison Hot Springs (I think it’s called Tugboat Junction) because she never loses there. Mom and Dad like them all the same—especially when the game is over.
Mini-golf is a fun competitive way for your family to spend an hour. If you’re worried the youngest will get blown out of the water, do what we do with Coleman and give him a handicap. That used to be our excuse for Coleman winning, now he wins without a handicap! Go figure.
Although there are quite a few Pitch and Putt courses, there aren't that many mini-golf courses in Vancouver: Here are the ones that we know of:
Seymour Creek Golf Centre
Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf
Knapp Surrey - Mini Golf
Pacific Adventure Golf at Playland
Bear Creek Park Mini Golf
Hi-Knoll Driving Range &
Area: Greater Vancouver Area
Season: Mostly summer
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