1207 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704
Cost: $6.00/Adult & Children 6+, $4.00 Children under 6 (1 course)
$9.00/Adult & Children 6+, $7.00 Children under 6 (both courses) Other Activities: snow cones & beverages
Par: 41 (18 holes) East Course
Peter Pan Mini Golf was established in 1948, and elements of the 40’s still resonate today. This is what most minigolf aficionados would envision a classic course to be. Though we didn’t have a need to try the dial-up ATM, the fact that they have one sums up how old-school this course really is. Having said that, the obstacles are in excellent shape, and clearly a lot of time, effort, and love are invested into this course.
There are two courses-an East Course (Yellow), the easier of the two, and the West Course (Blue). Some rules that vary from typical minigolf rules is that after each player takes their first stroke the player furthest from the cup putts first and continues to putt until the ball is in the hole, and a ball on the edge of the fairway can be placed 12 inches from the rail.
Peter Pan allows players to bring a cooler (no glass bottles) to stay refreshed while playing a round or two. The course is very well maintained, and well landscaped. The large, colorful obstacles on the course make playing even more enjoyable. We played on a hot afternoon, and Charlie appreciated the shade from the trees and obstacles. We played the easier East Course, and though advertized as easy, had some challenges. We particularly found hole 2, the Whale, difficult where a player had to get the speed right to get the ball through the Whale’s mouth. Generally the hole designs were the same as many other courses we played, and of average difficulty. One thing we didn’t love were the posts for writing down the scores on the scorecard. They’re metal and painted black, which made them really hot in the sun. It was also not exactly clear where the tee-off area was on each hole.
Overall we would highly recommend this course to any person who enjoys minigolf, especially families with kids. If you’re visiting Austin, or even if you live there, enjoy a (reasonably priced) round or two, and then have a $1 snow cone to cool off afterward.
Our friends-A Couple of Putts-also wrote an excellent review of this course: http://acoupleofputts.com/2013/10/22/peter-pan-mini-golf-east-course-austin-tx-2/
Reviewed by Mandy, Sarah S, and Charlie
Reviewed in 2014
Course Pictures (Click to enlarge)