Just as locals hardly visit their community’s tourist sites, it took me (a Riverfront resident) eons to try out the Riverfront’s new mini golf place that has been aptly named Riverwalk Mini Golf. It’s owned and operated by the Riverfront Development Corporation.
This winter, I was surprised to discover the fate of the construction spot behind the Delaware Children’s Museum— it’s not a space you readily assume would hold a hefty number of putting greens. But, somehow, the designers fit 18 holes into the space, and none of them seemed stunted.
Let me be clear upfront: This course is less about entertainment and more about actually putting. (I’ll get to that in the bullets below.) Overall, for eight bucks, it’s a pretty good experience. Pop music plays, kids celebrate birthday parties at the side picnic tables, and, if you go on a weeknight, it shouldn’t be too crowded.
A few observations:
- The greens have enough bumps, slopes and obstacles that you’ll want to approach your first stroke with some kind of strategy.
- But where you’re supposed make your first putt, however, isn’t so clear—no little raised green squares or tees were around to show where to start your ball.
- This is no cheesy putt-putt. In fact, I might go out on a limb and say it’s sometimes a little boring. The floral and shrubbery arrangements at the place are lovely, and two birdhouses on the course are a nod to the Riverwalk’s many birdhouses styled after Wilmington landmarks. But, that also means there are no windmills or clown’s mouths or really anything of visual interest to hit balls through. Sometimes the best you get on a green is a solitary rock, or two short wooden poles.
- Another oddity is that your ball doesn’t get swallowed up at Hole 18, so if you really wanted to, I suppose you could go through the whole course again. We opted to turn in our clubs and balls and hit up the soft-serve ice cream there—I got a root beer float, and the vanilla, raspberry and blueberry flavors all got a thumbs-up.
In sum: Good for putting, not so much for entertaining. The course offers tricky enough holes that will take some time to get through if you’re taking scores seriously. And, definitely cap it off with some soft-serve.
Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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