Travels with Children

The adventures I embark upon with my four young children.

Hitting the Links

Putting Green

  • Corner of Valley Street and 20th Street South, New Ulm, MN
  • (507) 354 – PUTT ( 7888 )
  • www.puttinggreen.org
  • Adults:  1 Round – $4.50, 2 Rounds – $6.50
  • Students:  1 Round – $3.50, 2 Rounds – $5.50
  • A few concessions available on-site
  • Porta-potty available
  • Stroller accessible

We decided the kids are getting old enough to try mini-golf, so we went to the Putting Green in New Ulm to give it a try. Billed as an “Environmental Adventure Park,” Putting Green offers more than mini-golf. There’s also an interpretive river trail, a native plant garden, and a “Growing Green Farm & Market.” They offer educational field trips as well.

But we were there for the mini-golf, so we paid our fees, got our putters and balls, and hit the greens.

Mini golf with four little kids is interesting to say the least. A seven-year-old understands most of the rules; a two year old not so well. It was also interesting to try to teach them some semblance of proper form. We had two things going for us: there was no one else on the course, and we had forgotten to pick up score cards. This allowed us to play as one large group, and to just make it fun instead of keeping score.

As mini-golf goes, Putting Green isn’t the most polished course I’ve seen. There are some ridges that stop the ball where it shouldn’t, and a tunnel that zooms the ball right out of play. If you’re a mini-golf afficionado, this may not be the course for you. On the other hand, there are some great environmental displays, so you learn something along the way, and because it’s not terribly busy, you can take your time and enjoy the playing of the game.

Even with four kids attempting to play with you.

Putting Green 1

Putting Green 3

Putting Green 4

Putting Green 2

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