Ripley’s Mini Golf — Best Courses for Family Fun

One thing the Gatlinburg area has plenty of — miniature golf courses! If you’re visiting in nice weather, it can be natural to choose a sunny afternoon and hit one of the courses.

I haven’t played all of the courses, but I have been to several. And though there are a few that deserve honorable mentions, the ones I’ve enjoyed the most are the Ripleys courses. They are clean, well priced and great for the kids. There’s enough going on to be entertaining, but the course is still serious enough to keep competitive adults happy. (Ha! This is really important in my family!)

Speaking of competitive adults, last time we were in Gatlinburg, it was unseasonably warm. So even though it was February, we decided to try out another mini golf course. Now, out of our four team members, I’m not what you would call the most athletic. Any time we do anything even semi athletic, I lose. When we bowl, I score with the kids (that’s with bumpers, please!). Volleyball, well, I just watch with the kids. Bring out sports on the Wii and it’s so predictable, it’s pathetic. I just have no coordination. I’m the first to admit it.

The four of us have played mini golf many times. Maybe once, I beat my sister Megan. But she usually is way ahead. Our husbands, though, are always 10+ strokes ahead of us. (They are the ultra-competitive type. Usually there’s some ice cream riding on it, so they are serious about mini-golf. And real golf, too, but that’s another story.)

But on this particular day, the world stood still as I, Kendra Beutler, creamed all three of them! I don’t know if it was the Ripley’s magic, the sunny weather or if God was smiling on me, but for some reason, I could do no wrong. Holes-in-one? Yes, five. Seriously! Check out the picture above! It really happened!

Anyway, I think I’d like these courses even if I’d lost. They are really fun. Here are the details:

Davy Crockett Mini Golf

  • DavyCrockettLocated at Traffic Light #1 in Gatlinburg.
  • Free parking! (Which is a bonus in Gatlinburg!)
  • Open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, weather permitting.
  • 36 holes
  • Price (for 18 holes): Child (3-11) — $7.99; Adults (12 and up) — $10.99. For just a few more dollars per person, you can play all 36 holes. You can buy tickets ahead of time here. P.S. — If you are planning to do any other Ripley attractions, make sure you check out the online ticket page. You can save money by combining attractions.
  • Theme replicates the “old days” in Tennessee, and includes lots of interactive and animated displays. Lots of animals.
  • I also love that both courses have tiny golf clubs for the little guys …
  • … AND give away free games for gettting a hole-in-one on the 18th!

Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini Golf

  • oldmacdonaldLocated at Traffic Light #3 in Sevierville. (This is RIGHT by the Tanger outlets, so just barely into Sevierville.)
  • Free parking! (Which is a bonus in Gatlinburg!)
  • Open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, weather permitting.
  • 54 holes
  • Price (for 18 holes): Child (3-11) — $7.99; Adults (12 and up) — $10.99. For just a few more dollars per person, you can play all 36 holes. You can buy tickets ahead of time here. P.S. — If you are planning to do any other Ripley attractions, make sure you check out the online ticket page. You can save money by combining attractions.
  • Also on pricing — you can pay for all three courses here and play them any time in the next year. Price is $15.99 for adults, $10.99 for kids.
  • Theme is “down on the farm.” There are THREE courses here, so just choosing which one you want to play is fun. Lots of barnyard characters, which make noises, talk, and sing songs. There are also several water features on this course.
  • My favorite hole on this course has a plink-o-like (you know, from The Price is Right?) hold with gophers that you bounce against as your ball goes down. So funny.
  • I also love that both courses have tiny golf clubs for the little guys …
  • … AND give away free games for gettting a hole-in-one on the 18th!
  • The final BEST THING about Old MacDonald Mini Golf??? There’s a Ben and Jerry’s very nearby, so you can put ice cream on the line to make it interesting!

What’s your favorite family fun mini golf course in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area?

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