There’s new indoor fun in store for the East Bay. With the much-anticipated opening of Subpar Miniature Golf on Park Street in Alameda, many kids in the area will have the opportunity to swing a putter for the first time. Subpar will fill a long overdue absence in the Alameda-Oakland-Berkeley vicinity for miniature golfing. With 18 Bay Area-themed holes designed by a super-creative local team, the course is set to be much more than “subpar.”
Go: Year-round, seven days a week. Subpar will be open after school on weekdays and all day on weekends.
Approximate travel time: Subpar Miniature Golf is located just over 10 miles from the Bay Bridge and just over 20 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge. Enter the island through the Park Street Bridge off of the 880.
What to see: The 18-hole course will take mini-golfers on a miniature Bay Area tour. Each hole will be fashioned after a favorite Bay Area landmark. Those who need a warm-up before beginning can stop at the chipping net. There will also be an arcade with video games, pinball machines, skeeball, and air hockey.
Possible lunch spots: On site at the Subpar Cantina, miniature golfers may order the likes of pizza, pasta, and burgers from Linguini’s across the street. Other nearby, kid-friendly eats include Spiesekammer, La Penca Azul, and Tomatina. The Park Street strip promises many options.
How to dress: Comfy clothes and shoes.
Need to know: The parking garage on Oak Street by the Alameda Historic Theater is the nearest lot, and discounts will be applied to your golfing bill with the garage receipt. Metered parking is free after 6:00 pm and on Sundays.
Bonus: B-day celebrants may take advantage of the venue’s party area along with a free round of golf.
Cost of trip: $7-$9. Children 2 and under are free.
What’s your favorite spot to go mini golfing in the Bay Area? Let us know below!
— Renee Macalino Rutledge
photos courtesy of Subpar’s Facebook page