Spirit Mountain Mini Golf | is hands down the worst miniature golf course I have ever played. It is not “unique” nor an “outdoor adventure” — it comes across as under-challenging, half-assed, simple and incomplete. The next time I want to play on an unfinished-looking, masonite-smooth play surface(!), no challenge or engagement of a rat cubicle 9-hole course, you’ll be the first to know, Mr. Salmela. Seriously. I like your houses. Stick to that. A complete rip-off at $4.
Kendahl Miniature Golf | pretty much the best mini golf in the area. Built a year or so after Gordy’s Hi-Hat opened. All the machine / moving bits were made by local paper mill mechanics and millwrights; 2nd generation run. $5.
Far Par | It’s pre-fab, but well maintained, out of town a bit (bug spray, if in season — it used to be a celery farm) and staffed by nice people like Carla, who is starting a from-the-very-basics ladies’ ball golf league next year. $5.
Captain J’s Mini Golf | All around awesome. The volcano hole will haunt you*. Captain J. is super nice and likes to rock the KOOL oldies. Bring your folks. And a jacket, as weather at the Cap’n's may be slightly different down by the lake. $5
Harbortown Mini Golf | Located at the Country Inn of Two Harbors. All guests receive 18 holes free. Arguably one of the most challenging courses in the area. The course features a lot of narrow gaps, ramps and sloping surfaces. $5.
Adventure Zone | Meh. Only 9 holes. About what you’d expect, but the only indoor option. You can get the all-day pass for cheap and just keep going back-and-forth from there to the bars around the street. Few bucks more and you can shoot gobs of kids with the Laser Tag all day. At the Adventure Zone. You’re still not allowed to shoot kids at bars with lasers. $3.
* Hole-in-one | August 11/08/20