Playing putt putt is the perfect family vacation activity! Gatlinburg, TN and the surrounding towns are home to a number of awesome mini golf courses with unique themes and features that you won’t find anywhere else. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the top six places to play putt putt in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.
1. Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini Golf
Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini Golf is a wonderful putt putt destination for the whole family. Visitors can choose from three different barnyard themed courses of varying difficulty, or they can play all 54 holes for one low price. We recommend upgrading to the three-course pass because it is valid for an entire year, so you can space out your putt putt fun. Old MacDonald’s Mini Golf is filled with animatronic farm animal characters, whimsical sound effects, and an awesome kid-friendly atmosphere. After your game, be sure to check out Old MacDonald’s excellent arcade!
Crave Golf Club is the newest putt putt course in the Smokies! This one-of-a-kind attraction features a Candy Land theme with six different locations: Cocoa Cliffs, Ice Cream Canyon, Sugar Safari, Rock Candy Mountain, Jelly Bean Jungle, and Bubblegum Garden. Before playing each hole, guests spin a wheel with special directions that make the game even more fun, such as “putt on one foot” or “spin around five times before putting”. Crave Golf Club definitely lives up to its name, because the putt putt course also features an amazing candy store and a milkshake bar!
3. Hillbilly Golf
Hillbilly Golf is one of the most beloved places for putt putt in Gatlinburg! This iconic course is located on the side of a mountain, which creates a unique and challenging playing experience. To reach the top of the course, guests take an incline ride that offers great views and extra thrills for your dollar. As you probably guessed by its name, Hillbilly Golf has some fun with Appalachian stereotypes. Obstacles in the course include moonshine stills, tractors, and outhouses.
Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini Golf is another fantastic putt putt course located on the Parkway in Gatlinburg. This popular course is inspired by East Tennessee frontiersman and folk hero Davy Crockett and his exploits in the wilderness. Much like Old MacDonald’s Mini Golf, the Davy Crockett course is populated with cartoon animal characters that talk and react to being hit with golf balls. Be sure to focus extra hard on the last hole, because a hole-in-one will earn you a free game!
5. Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf
Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf takes visitors to the fictional Fogclift islands off the coast of South America for a mining expedition with the noted explorer Duffer A. Hacker. Guests at Professor Hacker’s will start their adventure by taking a fun trip in a “mining train” to the first hole. Featuring waterfalls, caves, a pirate ship, and a volcano, this awesome course commits fully to its theme. Visitors can follow the story of Professor Hacker’s journey with updates at each hole.
Whether it’s a bright and sunny day or there is stormy weather, you can always enjoy a game of putt putt at Gatlin’s Smoky Mountain Fun. This great attraction is home to two superb outdoor mini golf courses and a fantastic indoor course. The Old Town Square course is great for young children and is filled with facts about Gatlinburg’s history, while the Old Mountain Trail course is more challenging and includes information about the Great Smoky Mountains. The indoor Blacklight Golf course features an underwater theme, complete with mermaids, dolphins, and a sunken pirate ship. If your family is full of putt putt fanatics, consider getting Gatlin’s Unlimited Golf Package, which offers all the golf you can play during your vacation.
Where to Stay in Gatlinburg
When you stay with Hearthside Cabin Rentals, you will be near all of these incredible places to play putt putt in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 18 bedroom cabins, we are guaranteed to have the perfect accommodations for your getaway. To start planning your escape, browse our selection of cabins in Gatlinburg!