Big Stone Mini Golf & Sculpture Garden, located in Minnetrista, MN is so much more than your run-of-the-mill putt-putt course — it’s truly an ever-evolving work of art. The creator has taken great pride in incorporating nature and the elements into the design of the course creating a truly unique mini golf experience that you have to see to believe.
Big Stone is easily most interesting, entertaining miniature golf course in the area. Each hole is a whimsical wonder and there’s a new piece of art around every bend. Bruce, the entrepreneur who opened Big Stone, had been a successful sculptor before building the course on the grounds of an old dairy farm.
Evidence of his craft is everywhere: inventive obstacles such as tree trunks, giant stone pumpkins and a spiral of sunflowers to maneuver around. An overturned boat hull with lookalike stained glass windows makes for a gorgeous and shaded seventh hole. There’s a sculpture garden to explore once your ball has disappeared down the final hole (the kids’ favorite: “Gently Down the Stream”), granite slabs spread around the 10 acres to picnic on, and even a herd of goats to pet and feed clambering around a slope of re-purposed cobblestones. You will be hard pressed to find a better place to spend the day outside with the kids.
Big Stone Mini Golf is a perfect stop off on a weekend camping trip to Baker Park Reserve in Maple Plain, but if you don’t live in the area, the novelty of the course is worth a day trip to the western suburbs. While you’re out there, consider stopping in for a family program at Gale Woods Farm (Saturday Mornings on the Farm, Saturdays through Fall 2017) or a visit to the Lowry Nature Center in Carver Park Reserve.