A few weeks ago I wrote about our mini golf adventure at Safari Golf in Berlin, CT. Well, as I was doing my
obsessive Googling research prior to our visit there, I happened upon this article from the Hartford Courant about mini golf courses throughout Connecticut. I had barely read the first paragraph when I knew what our next mini golf outing would be!
It was perfect timing because recently we’ve had some Litchfield County readers asking for more posts about activities in the Farmington Valley (closer to home for them). And let me tell you, I’m a little jealous of these readers right now. I sure wish we had a mini golf place like this near my town. (Let’s just say Matterhorn Mini Golf opened in 2015 and already you’ll find it on best of Connecticut lists!)
Matterhorn Mini Golf in Canton, CT whisks you away to a Swiss mountain village without ever leaving the state! Yodeling is optional.
There’s a mountain, a lake, a herd of crazy goats, a pasture of cows. And I wasn’t kidding about the yodeling. There’s even a soundtrack.
Upon arrival you’ll find a mountain lodge (and a sizable parking lot), with some very original decor.
No need to worry about currency exchange. They take cash, credit, debit and even mobile pay. One thing I really appreciate is their pricing options. Kids 6 and under pay a significantly discounted rate, as do “scorekeepers” (for those times when you are just there to reapply sunscreen, hand out water bottles and keep your toddler from swiping other people’s golf balls).
On this visit though, we are all playing. Onto the course!
First, a few practice putts.
This mini golf course is so unique. The holes are a bit more challenging than other courses we’ve played. But that makes it fun for the whole family. Plus, each hole has a theme related to Switzerland. Like this one with the Swiss cheese.
You’re also on the lookout for creative goat statues.
And then there are all the essential Swiss landmarks and hallmarks.
All this adorable faux-Swiss-mountain-village landscaping made me want to break out into an off-key version of The Sound of Music. But that would have embarrassed my kids. Plus the von Trapp family was in Austria. So that would have made it really weird.
Not only is the decor interesting and adorable, but you learn trivia along the way! A sampling…
Matterhorn has also done a great job anticipating perhaps the biggest obstacle in the game of mini golf: summer heat.
They installed plenty of sails for shade.
And even a misting machine.
Another thing I love about this course is that it has handicapped accessible holes, which are marked with this symbol.
Not only is this wonderful news for parents of children with special needs, but it’s wonderful news for all parents because it means this course is totally stroller-accessible too.
Also, Matterhorn allows for groups of five players (other places we’ve been to max out at four). This may not seem like a big difference…unless you are a family of five, of course. So bigger families can play here without having to break up the group.
Of course, nothing concludes a round of mini golf like a scoop (or in this case a swirl) of ice cream enjoyed on an outdoor deck. Matterhorn Mini Golf offers delicious soft serve with a streak of the flavor of your choice swirled right in.
Ice cream tokens can be purchased at the main desk. Then head to the back where kids can drop their tokens in the slot and order their desired flavor.
So even if you can’t fit a European vacation into your summer plans, you can still experience an Alpine adventure at Matterhorn Mini Golf. No passport required!
(On Route 44 in Canton, Connecticut; 2.5 miles west of The Shoppes at Farmington Valley)
Hours (summer 2017):
Sunday 10 – 9
Monday 10 – 9
Tuesday 10 – 9
Wednesday 10 – 9
Thursday 10 – 10
Friday 10 – 10
Saturday 10 – 10
Golf is weather-permitting. Call 860-795-0234.
Pricing (summer 2017):
Swiss Adventure Mini Golf……$ 9.77
Juniors (6 and under)…………….$ 4
Scorekeepers / Spectator………..$ 4
(*All admission subject to 10% CT Admissions Tax.)
They accept cash, credit, debit and mobile pay.
Stroller Friendly: YES
Coffee Mug Friendly: Possibly. I did not see any signs prohibiting outside drinks.
Baby Changing Station: YES
Food for Sale: Ice cream!
Outside Food Allowed: I did not see any signs prohibiting outside food. I don’t think they would mind if you brought your little ones a snack to eat in the picnic area. They do serve ice cream! I think there may also be a beverage vending machine or drinks available. I don’t totally remember.
Cash Required: NO
Dress Code: Nothing special.
Age Recommendations: All ages are welcome! Even babies in strollers 🙂
Evening/Weekend Hours: YES
Discounts: None that we know of.
Birthday Party Venue: YES
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