If you’re a NoCo native of a certain age, no doubt you remember Putt-Putt, the mini golf course/fun park whose huge fiberglass slide used to tower over Lindbergh and 270. I loved Putt-Putt! That’s why I was excited to discover that the spirit of that once delightful place is still alive and well in North County!
The slide and the carnies are long gone, of course. But tucked away behind the Bellefontaine Rec Center, you’ll find a magical slice of mini golf heaven, where anyone who wants to can come play 18 holes.
Open since 2004, the Bellefontaine Neighbors Miniature Golf Course is one of the few municipal courses in the entire state. Costing more than $200,000 to build, it was made possible by a donation from the Municipal Park Grant Commission and the hard labor of BN city employees, who did much of the construction work themselves.
Over a six-month period, they performed the grading, poured the concrete, and installed the greens, water features and landscaping – all while still completing their usual maintenance tasks around town. Impressively, they were even able to make the course’s first nine holes ADA-compliant, allowing even those in wheelchairs to play.
Originally, Bellefontaine Neighbors considered installing a skate park or perhaps more basketball courts, but mini golf won out because of its broad appeal. Today, nearly six years later, countless families, couples, senior citizens and even birthday party guests have benefited from that decision, using the course almost year round.
If you’re looking for some affordable fun, definitely head to Bellefontaine Neighbors! The city’s mini golf course, located at 9641 Bellefontaine Road, is open April through October, with hours Monday-Saturday 9am-8pm and Sunday 1pm-8pm. Non-resident admission is $3 for children 2-12 and $4 for ages 13 and up. For more info, call (314) 867-0700.
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