Tilt Miniature Golf – Burnsville Center Mall

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Played February 12, 2016

Reviewed by the Pink Putter

Tilt is an arcade and indoor black light mini golf course located on the Food Court level of the Burnsville Center Mall in Burnsville, MN. This is one of the last courses we had yet to play in the Twin-Cities metro and suburban area. A cold winter Friday prompted us to take the 30 minute drive south of the cities to check this one off the list.

Rating:

Par – Tilt is your average glow golf course. It’s underwater theme was well-executed through coral reef carpeting, 3D rock formation and treasure chest obstacles and airbrushed sea creature murals covering the walls. The course also makes clever use of its interior space, combining open fenced areas that look out into the brightly lit food court with enclosed areas that utilized mirrors and lights to create the feeling of a vast underwater abyss. While we’re not exactly sure how long the course has been there, it was immaculately clean and well-maintained. It was also pretty quiet when we went, sharing the course with only one other family who managed to start after us, pass us and finish their game about ten minutes ahead of us.

Like many indoor courses, the play was extremely flat and relied on the placement of obstacles to create variety and interest. The exception to this was the final hole, where players have to putt up a shallow incline and into a treasure chest that collects the balls. Most of our strategizing involved thinking carefully about angles. Overall, Tilt provided us with a solidly good round of mini golf that lacked some of the journey, imagination and personal touches that we look for in our highest rated courses. But if you’re looking for a date place or a fun outing with the kids on a cold afternoon, go to Tilt for the mini golf AND the arcade and grab a frozen yogurt from the food court when you’re done.

Looking in from the arcade
Looking in from the arcade
Neat machine to pay and receive balls
Neat machine to pay and receive balls
Hole 1 - Treasure Chest
Hole 1 – Treasure Chest
Hole 3 - Wavy
Hole 3 – Wavy
Hole 4 - Rocks and Angles
Hole 4 – Shells and Angles

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Wall detail
Wall detail
Floor details
Floor details
Seaside selfie
Seaside selfie
Ship corner
Ship corner
Hole 11 - Into the Abyss
Hole 11 – Into the Mirror Abyss
Hole 18 - Treasure Chest collects the balls
Hole 18 – Treasure Chest collects the balls
Selfie with photo bomb!
Selfie with photo bomb!

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Burnsville Center Website

Pros:

Fun Machine for purchasing game and choosing ball color
Clean and well maintained
Fun underwater theme complete with themed carpeting, signs, obstacles and murals
Indoors with arcade makes for a warm winter outing
Variety of obstacles ranging from angle shots to 3D objects

Cons:

Average, flat game play

Nerdy Notes:

  • 18 holes, par 54
  • Rubber-covered putters
  • No flags in holes
  • Final hole collects balls
  • Hours: Sun. 11am-6pm, Mon.-Sat. 10am-9pm
  • Cost: $5/person

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