We’re not sure what it is about the Jersey Shore, but it has some of the best mini-golfing in the whole state of New Jersey. There truly are some awesome mini-golf courses down the shore, so much so that it’s sometimes hard to pick. We’ve put together a list of popular + fun mini-golf courses with unique appeals, such as accessibility via public transport, food options nearby, and challenge level. Read on to find where to go mini-golfing for your next trip down the shore.
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Asbury Eighteen Mini-Golf + Asbury Splash Park | 1050 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
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This spot, which features a beautiful ocean view, has a mini-golf course and a splash park. The location is unbeatable. It is directly on the Asbury Park Boardwalk and is only minutes away from many popular Asbury Park establishments. The storied Silverball Retro Arcade is right next door, and nationally acclaimed pizza restaurant Porta Asbury Park is a block away. Plus, it’s only a 20-minute walk from Asbury Park Station. This course is a little more on the simpler side with more straight-forward holes, so it’s a great spot to bringer younger children.
Bluegrass Mini Golf | 200 Port Au Peck Avenue, Oceanport
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This course is famous for being challenging but has also attracted large numbers of enthusiasts for the same reason. The ProMiniGolf Association has actually played its national championship here twice in the past ten years. There are two 18-hole courses, both landscaped with fountains, ponds, and streams. It is inside the Monmouth Park racetrack and is close to a popular Italian restaurant called Blu Grotto. A bonus point is that it is right next to the Monmouth Park train station.
Castaway Cove Mini Golf | 300 Ocean Avenue N, Point Pleasant Beach
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There are two fun and unique courses here in Point Pleasant. One, which is called the Shipwreck Bay course, takes you putting through caves and by scenic waterfalls. The other, known as the Crow’s Nest, is on top of the cove and has amazing views from above — showing off lots of greenery. The course is moderately challenging (some call it easier than others), and it’s a great spot for some family-friendly fun. Plus, it’s right next to Jenkinson’s Aquarium, and Martell’s Tiki Bar is just across the street (for some more adult fun).
Duffer’s Restaurant + Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor | 5210 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood
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The 18-hole course is well-maintained and has plenty of challenging (and fun) obstacles. Its brightly-colored decorations, like castles and pirate ships, are sure to make everyone of all ages smile. But what makes the place stand out is the attached ice cream parlor. There are more than thirty flavor options (including dairy-free ones), as well as very generously portioned sundaes, banana splits, waffles, and ice cream sodas.
Flamingo Miniature Golf Course | Long Beach Boulevard & W 5th Street, Ship Bottom
This LBI mini-golf course is absolutely beloved by LBI-frequenters — and it’s one of the most creative courses around. With elaborate obstacles that require both luck, timing, and skill — and the super fun golf ball designs — this is sure to be a great time for everyone. Plus, the final hole is a pinball-like machine that gives you the chance to win coupons or trophies. Flamingo even holds tournaments weekly over the summer for those looking to tap into their competitive golfer side. Flamingo is conveniently located in Shop Bottom near a ton of restaurants and shops. Woodie’s Drive-In is just steps away to grab a burger or milkshake while you count up your score. Team HG also once spotted Jon Stewart mini-golfing here.
Jen’s Links At LBI | 501 Broadway, Barnegat Light
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Located on Long Beach Island, the venue overlooks Barnegat Bay. It is right next to Barnegat Lighthouse State Park and minutes away from many of the area’s beaches. There are two eighteen-hole courses. The High Tide Course features waterfalls and cliffs, and the Low Tide Course has caves and caverns. Both are adequately challenging. There are plenty of cafes, bars, and ice cream shops around — plus, Viking Village is right nearby, which is a must-visit outdoor shopping area.
Medieval Fantasy Mini Golf | 1336 Boardwalk, Ocean City
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This mini-golf course is covered, so it is no problem to play on rainy days or scorchingly hot summer afternoons. The decorations are of a medieval fantasy theme, and some holes are played in black-lit rooms enhanced by laser and sound. Visitors can also purchase novelty balls, which are printed with cartoon characters (such as Pokemon). The course is on the Ocean City Boardwalk and is steps away from the public beach.
North Beach Mini Golf + Bike Rentals | 120 Euclid Avenue, Atlantic City
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The two-level, 18-hole venue is probably the newest mini-golf course in the shore area, having opened just this year. It is connected to the boardwalk and is within walking distance to many local amenities and attractions (the Absecon Lighthouse is a block away, for example). The course features a bootlegging theme as well as various sailing elements, and offers a pleasant view of the Atlantic City skyline. Bike rentals are also available. Though this course is a little more on the simpler side, the pretty hanging lights and the little pond make for a scenic and fun time.
Shipwreck Island Mini Golf | 800 Ocean Avenue, Bradley Beach
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The 18-hole course is known for being clean and well-maintained. It may not be the most challenging course out there, but nevertheless has no lack of fun obstacles including windmills, water hazards, and sand traps. Families and big groups would have no problem finding enough space to play. Located on the boardwalk, it is 15 minute walk from the Bradley Beach train station and is close to the amenities in the Bradley Beach and Asbury Park area.
Smuggler’s Quay Adventure Golf | 800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights
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The 36-hole multilevel course features a pirate theme and is full of fun obstacles such as shipwrecks, waterfalls, and caves. Rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy, it is relatively new and well maintained. It is part of the Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach amusement park, and visitors can access all other amenities inside, including an arcade and a water park. A plus is that the original Kohr’s Frozen Custard is right next to it and is great for dessert at all times of the day.
Steve’s Stockton Golf | 801 Beach Ave, Cape May
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Located on the grounds of a popular local hotel, the ocean-view course has attracted players since 1938. The course features sand, waterfalls, ponds, and brooks, and is covered by over 150 species of flowers and trees. The inn is right off the Cape May beach, and is steps away from Cape May’s Victorian historic downtown. The staff members are a great resource for recommendations for local attractions and activities.
Surf City Island Golf | 603 Long Beach Boulevard, Surf City
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LBI sure has its fair share of awesome mini-golfing, and we couldn’t skip Island Golf. You can recognize Island Golf by the giant elephant with its trunk raised out front. Island Golf also runs weekly tournaments on Wednesdays with chances to win prizes. With treasure chests, pirate ships, gorillas, spiders, and more, this course is equal parts challenging, fun, and unique. There’s even a chance to win a free game if you get your ball into the treasure chest on the last hole. There’s a ton to do in Surf City as well, so this is an awesome location. The 5 and 10 is right nearby, as is Surf City Scoop for some ice cream.