Willowbrook Mini Golf in Greensburg. Photo by Shaunna Machosky.

Willowbrook Mini Golf & Driving Range, Greensburg

If you’re out east, this is a fairly simple, classic mini-golf course with few surprises, but enough to make it interesting. There are some ramps to jump over ponds, a lighthouse hole and a rocket ship hole. This course plays fast and doesn’t seem to attract large crowds, so take your time. Not a lot of shade, which is a problem as the summer heats up.

North Park Batting Range, Miniature Golf, Driving Range and Par 3, North Hills

Just like it says in the title, there’s a lot going on here. The batting cages are actually the main draw here, right across the road. The mini-golf course isn’t an afterthought, but it’s not terribly original either.  (Hey, there’s Humpty Dumpty, sitting on a wall!) Still, if you want to do a few fun things at once, this is a good option. If you bring your clubs, you can even try The Par 3 at North Park, an easy 9-hole real golf course that’s great for beginners and putting practice.

Photo courtesy of the Scally’s Golf Center Facebook page.

Scally’s Golf Center, Moon

Another spot that has a lot more going on than just mini-golf, including batting cages, Par 3 course, a golf shop and golf lessons. They even offer a night game with glow-in-the-dark balls on the “pitch & putt” course. The mini-golf course is classic and simple, with lots of giant fiberglass statues — a grizzly bear, Pinocchio, a gigantic rooster and well-kept water features, including a waterfall.

Monroeville Par 2, Monroeville

An effective strategy for a warm-weather game like mini-golf seems to be packaging it with an arcade, go-karts, bumper cars and batting cages. This course has a wild animal theme, with giant fiberglass elephants and giraffes on faux rock outcroppings. The holes themselves are fairly standard — lighthouses, caves, etc. A good, not-too-frustrating course for kids and beginners.

Photo courtesy of Cool Springs’ website.

Cool Springs, Bethel Park

They’ve revamped their mini-golf course, which has been a popular destination for decades. I haven’t played it yet, but it looks pretty great, with large water features and lots of varied, rocky terrain. And it comes highly recommended. It’s part of a sports complex that includes everything from a driving range and indoor golf simulators to a giant indoor soccer field.