If your idea of fun is putting a golf ball over a green carpet while trying to get through the windmill without bouncing off one of the vanes, you’re in the right state. New Jersey has 54 miniature golf courses, which sounds impressive until you find out that Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, lays claim to 50 or so on its own, which gives it bragging rights as the Miniature Golf Capital of the World.
For some, part of the charm of miniature golf is the nostalgia factor, with familiar obstacles like lighthouses, sand traps, loop-the-loops and bullseye ramps. If you’d like to try something a bit different, head over to the Essex County Miniature Golf Safari and putt past a life-sized gorilla, hippo and other African creatures — as well as synthetic palm trees. If you’re feeling up to it, brave Monster Mini Golf, an indoor facility where everything glows in the dark and animated monsters “talk, wiggle and squawk” at every turn. Or take in the view from Wacky Rooftop Golf, which as its name suggests, is spread across multiple rooftops in Seaside Heights.
If all this sounds like kid stuff, maybe you should think about stepping up your game and turning pro. The World Minigolf Sport Federation is the place to start. The group hosts international championships that include the World Masters and European Open.
Amateur or pro, if you’re on the links be sure to wear a mask, maintain social distance and regularly use hand sanitizer. It’s also a good idea to check with the course to make sure they clean their clubs before they go back in circulation.
Now, does anyone know what’s par for the Washington Monument?