I’m often surprised by some of the amenities that DC doesn’t have, like cheap bowling (although luckily that can be found just across the pond at Ft. Myer). Add to that list lots of mini-golf—there are only two spots in the city to get your putt-putt on: the indoor course at the H Street Country Club and the outdoor course on Hains Point near the Mall.
The East Potomac Golf Course is known best for its nice public golf course, one of three in DC. But on its grounds is also an 18-hole mini golf course for those of us who prefer putting to driving. The course opened in 1930, making it one of the oldest courses in the nation. In addition, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places as the “oldest continuing operating miniature golf course in the country.”
Other than the history, there’s not too much to say about this mini golf, which is fairly standard. It’s quite old, seen for example in the fact that some of the carpet is warped, some of the features are broken, and there is debris like leaves and sticks on the ground. But, it all adds to the charm. And hey, it’s the only place you can play outdoor mini golf in our fine city!
Prices are $6.50 for adults, $5 for kids, and $5.50 for groups of 20 or more. There was not a crowd when we visited in May, although staff told me that it gets busier later in the summer. The course is able to host kids’ birthdays and other such functions.
Also on site are a pro shop and a snack bar that serves beer. After an exhausting game of mini golf, there’s nothing like sitting and cooling off in the afternoon shade with a cold one.
To visit: 972 Ohio Drive SW, (202) 554-7660. Open April-October, only on weekends during the spring and fall, times vary (see here) but are generally 11am-7pm. About a half hour walk from the Smithsonian and Waterfront Metro stations. A car or bike are the easiest options.