Florida's Oldest Mini-Golf in the Nation's Oldest City

    By John Schwarb

    The fate of Florida’s oldest mini-golf course is up in the air. If you’ll be in the vicinity of St. Augustine soon, get to Bayfront Mini Golf in the heart of the nation’s oldest city.
    You won’t find better views or a more relaxing round for a $4.50 green fee ($3.50 for kids).
    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. The property is so good that city commissioners are exploring different ways to use it, perhaps as a green space for weddings.
    Let’s hope the green of mini golf carpet remains. 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.
    Hopefully it will be around the next time they visit.
    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.