Kansas City area’s new dinosaur-themed mini golf course

Kansas City area’s new dinosaur-themed mini golf course


Will a 15-foot Brachiosaurus looming nearby throw off your swing?

At the new Prehistoric Putt mini-golf course in Independence, customers are surrounded by nearly 30 dinosaur models.

It has two “family friendly” 18-hole courses, along with a nine-hole course for people 21 and over — so they can drink beer while they play.

“They’re big. We have the Brachiosaurus, a T. rex, some of the more mainstream dinosaurs that people would recognize,” said Tyson Summers, operations manager and a minority partner. “Everyone is captivated, I think, by dinosaurs.”

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The newly opened, Prehistoric Putt features three separate courses, including two for all ages and one for adults only, with alcohol offered. Rich Sugg rsugg@kcstar.com

Fees are $10 for 18 holes and $15 for 36 holes for customers over 12. For children (ages 3 to 12), it is $6 for 18 holes and $9 for 36 holes. The nine-hole adult course is $12.

Prehistoric Putt also has a few arcade games such foosball and Skee-Ball, as well as immersive golf and sports simulators. It has vending machines for snacks.

It also has a private event space for birthday parties and other celebrations.

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Prehistoric Putt features interactive obstacles, including an 11-foot-tall loop, zip line, pinball, ball maze race, halfpipe, warped wall, beer pong, batting cage, foosball, ski-ball, plinko, and basketball. Rich Sugg rsugg@kcstar.com

Michael Worley is the majority owner and brother-in-law of Summers. They have three mini-golf locations in Nebraska.

The Independence Prehistoric Putt is in the 16,000-square-foot former FYE space at 13907 EUS 40 highway.

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Nolan Ellis, a co-manager at the newly opened Prehistoric Putt in Independence, organizes a variety of putters for children and adults. Rich Sugg rsugg@kcstar.com

Summers said they picked Kansas City for their expansion because they have family in the area and it was a reasonable drive from their Omaha base. They plan to make frequent trips to check on things.

“Independence is a good hard-working economic demographic. We wanted to bring clean, quality, family entertainment to that area,” he said.

They may add more area locations in the next few years.

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Prehistoric Putt is in the former FYE space on US 40 in Independence Rich Sugg rsugg@kcstar.com

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At Prehistoric Putt in Independence, this hole features a “Jurassic Spinners” wheel with a variety of fun options. Rich Sugg rsugg@kcstar.com

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