Florida's Oldest Mini-Golf in the Nation's Oldest City
By John Schwarb
You won’t find better views or a more relaxing round for just a few bucks.
Bayfront, built in 1949 and owned by Ripley’s, operators of the city’s red tourist trolleys and the Believe It Or Not Museum just up State Road A1A from the course, sits on a fantastic piece of property on St. Augustine’s harbor next to the iconic Bridge of Lions.
Bayfront is a breeze to play, a par-46 with 11 holes that are legit hole-in-one possibilities – because isn’t mini golf all about making an ace?
Last summer, I hosted my northern friends for a long weekend of golf at TPC Sawgrass and World Golf Village, and to relax one evening, we played a round at Bayfront. The skins game was fierce and it was just as fun as any big course.
Three cool holes:
- No. 6: Gotta play two bank shots off the concrete walls to get to the end of this long one.
- No. 7: The only par 4, uphill to a tunnel that spits the ball out to another green.
- No. 12: U-shaped, the hole is only a few feet to the right of the teeing ground.