NYC’s best new mini-golf courses include a Pixar-themed wonderland

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It’s time to add some long-term thinking to your short-golf game. 

A new climate change themed mini golf course opened on the Williamsburg waterfront last month, weaving critical lessons about the future of the city and planet into 18 sustainably built holes. 

It’s just one of three exciting new little links New Yorkers have to choose from this summer. The two other courses bring beloved animated characters to life: You can now try your luck flinging your ball around Angry Birds landscapes, or bank your shots off the worlds of “Toy Story,” “Soul,” “Ratatouille” and other hit films in a new Pixar themed course. (Unlike the movies, crying is optional.)

Grab your (tiny) clubs and get out there.

Putting Green 

This climate change themed golf course on the Williamsburg waterfront offers views of the city skyline.
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A windmill is usually an annoying obstacle in a mini golf course, but here it’s a hopeful vision of the future. The spinning blades at Putting Green, the new climate change themed mini golf course on the Williamsburg waterfront, are a nod to both the sustainable wind energy that once powered New Amsterdam and the offshore wind farms that could power New York City today. That’s just one of the forward-thinking holes at the newly opened course from Two Trees, the developer that built the adjacent Domino Park. The course is located on the edge of the East River with a view of Manhattan that underscores how climate change could forever change the city. 

Putting Green's sustainable energy theme is perfect for planet loving golfers.
Putting Green’s sustainable energy theme is perfect for planet loving golfers.
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$10 adults, $5 kids/seniors. 26 N. 1st St., Williamsburg; 718-407-5162, PuttingGreenBK.org

Pixar Putt

Golfers can play among life-sized animated characters from their favorite Pixar films.
Golfers can play among life-sized animated characters from their favorite Pixar films.
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To infini-tee, and beyond! A Pixar themed putt-putt course just debuted in Battery Park City, letting kids of all ages walk through iconic scenes and play among their favorite characters. The officially licensed course, which first appeared in Australia, has a higher price than most (an adult ticket is almost $40), but details from the films are rendered with careful attention.

This mini golf course is filled with Pixar movie references, including the balloon house from "Up" and a cheese plate from "Ratatouille".
This mini golf course is filled with Pixar movie references, including the balloon house from “Up” and a cheese plate from “Ratatouille”.
Jeremy Daniel
(www.jeremydanielp

You can putt around the house from “Up,” the structure poised to be lifted into the air by balloons. Elsewhere, golfers navigate a cutting board from “Ratatouille” loaded with crème fraîche, cheese and a baguette, and work through a life-size claw game filled with those freaky aliens from “Toy Story.” Fans will enjoy finding references to various Pixar flicks throughout the course, from the art on the side of the van from “Onward” to the goofy expressions of the birds from “Finding Nemo.”

Pixar Putt is open through October 31st.
Pixar Putt is open through October 31st.
Jeremy Daniel
(www.jeremydanielp

$39.50 adults, kids $29.50. 22 Battery Pl., Pier A; PixarPutt.com

Angry Birds Adventure Golf

This colorful Angry Birds themed course puts players into an interactive re-creation of the franchise’s movies and games.
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Put down your phone and pick up a club to try your luck at Angry Birds mini golf, an interactive re-creation of the popular mobile game and movies. The 18 themed holes opened in October, in the massive shopping mall/amusement park/sports complex at the Meadowlands. It calls itself a “not-so-mini” golf course, using American Dream’s sprawling footprint to its advantage, with large cliffs and re-created landscapes from the bird-flinging phone game. The highlight is the slingshots: Just like in the game, you can use slingshots instead of a golf club at certain tees to fling your ball into play. You don’t get to knock over towers of pigs like you do in the game, but, spoiler warning, you do get to launch a ball right at a pig’s face for the final hole.

Golfers can get a hole in one among slingshots and giant cliffs, just like the phone game.
Golfers can get a hole in one among slingshots and giant cliffs, just like the phone game.
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American Dream's hyper-realistic video game-like golf course has 18 themed holes.
American Dream’s hyper-realistic golf course has 18 themed holes.
Courtesy of American Dream

$20. 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ; 833-263-7326, AmericanDream.com

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