MINI GOLF : Does it actually change your facility?

At Yarra Bend Golf, we’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative power of mini golf. With the recent development of two 18-hole mini golf courses, we’ve seen our facility undergo a remarkable evolution, attracting new demographics, engaging families, women, and parents, and shattering traditional perceptions about golf.

Breaking Down Traditional Perceptions

Traditionally, golf has been perceived as a sport for the elite or the seasoned enthusiast. The formalities of traditional golf courses, coupled with the perceived skill required, can deter many from even attempting to pick up a club. Mini golf, on the other hand, offers a more relaxed and unintimidating environment. The colourful obstacles, fun themes, and laid-back atmosphere make it accessible to people of all ages and skill levels.

Attracting New Demographics

One of the most significant impacts of mini golf on traditional golf facilities is the influx of new demographics. Families, young adults, and even non-golfers are drawn to mini golf courses for a fun day out. Unlike traditional golf, which may require a significant time commitment and investment in equipment, mini golf offers a low barrier to entry. This accessibility opens the door to a whole new audience, many of whom may never have considered stepping foot on a golf course before.

Engaging Parents and Women

Mini golf is particularly effective at engaging parents and women, two demographics that have historically been underrepresented in the world of golf. Family-friendly mini golf courses provide a fun activity for parents and children to enjoy together, creating lasting memories and potentially sparking an interest in golf from a young age. Additionally, the casual nature of mini golf appeals to many women who may feel intimidated by the more formal atmosphere of traditional golf courses. By providing a welcoming and inclusive environment, mini golf facilities are helping to bridge the gender gap in golf participation.

Introducing Non-Golfers to the Game

Perhaps one of the most significant impacts of mini golf on traditional golf facilities is its ability to introduce non-golfers to the sport. Many people who have never played golf before may feel intimidated by the idea of stepping onto a golf course. However, mini golf provides a non-threatening introduction to the game. As players navigate the whimsical obstacles and attempt to sink their ball in the hole, they begin to develop the basic skills and understanding of the game. This gradual exposure can often lead to a newfound interest in traditional golf, ultimately driving more players to traditional golf courses and practise facilities.


At Yarra Bend Golf, the development of two 18-hole mini golf courses has truly transformed our facility. Mini golf has opened doors to new demographics, engaged parents, women, and families, and introduced non-golfers to the game in an unintimidating format. By breaking down traditional barriers and embracing inclusivity, we’ve seen our community thrive and our facility evolve into a vibrant hub of activity. Mini golf isn’t just a game—it’s a catalyst for change, and we’re proud to be a small part of this exciting transformation.