Looking for an excuse to get out of the house? Miniature golf is the perfect adventure for your next escape from Alcatraz. Your toddler can practice walking, your preschooler can practice hand-eye coordination and your tween might find that long-lost sense of humor. Miniature golf has something for everyone and we’ve rounded up the latest list of eighteen holes in the Bay Area just waiting for you to take a swing at.
Editor’s note: Due to COVID-19, many protocols have changed and indoor mini golf spots are closed. Please check their websites or call for the most up-to-date information.
San Francisco’s only outdoor mini golf course is hidden downtown in the middle of SOMA. Every hole at Stagecoach Greens explores a little bit of history of the Gold Rush era. The small people in your family will love pushing the buttons to hear about each hole with the interactive interfaces. Pro Tip: Come hungry . . .there are food trucks across the street. In addition, you can take your Thomas the Train lover on a short walk to the CalTrain Station and catch a glimpse of a double decker train or two. Read our full review here.
1379 4th Street, San Francisco
Cost: Adults: $16, Kids 12 & under: $10
COVID-19 Update: Must reserve a spot in advance and wear a mask.
This indoor golf course relocated to Ghiradelli Square from Alameda, and now families can enjoy a round of 18 holes AND get a free sample of chocolate (or better yet an ice cream sundae) in the Ghiradelli store. Subpar also offers an arcade and several packages for any upcoming events. Pro Tip: On Friday and Saturday nights, see the course glow in the dark starting at 7:30 p.m. Another Pro Tip: For an additional $5 per person you can play again!
900 North Point, San Francisco (look for signs)
Cost: Adults: $12, kids under 18: $8
COVID-19 Update: Currently closed. The Ghiradelli Store is open, but not handing out free samples. However, they are still serving up sundaes.
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Experience SF’s first indoor golf course at Urban Putt in the Mission District. Your family will love spotting the Transamerica Building right smack in the middle of these 14 holes. Bring your appetite and try the fried chicken and waffle skewers or wet your palate on a well-deserved adult beverage. Pro Tip: It’s all adults all the time after 8 p.m. (no kids allowed). Read our full review here.
1096 South Van Ness, San Francisco
Cost: Adults: $12, Kids 12 & under: $8
COVID-19 Update: Currently closed
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Golden Tee Golfland
Golden Tee Golfland features two unique mini golf courses in a lush, beautifully landscaped environment. Golfland also features an arcade with all the latest games.
2533 Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley
Cost: Adults: Mon.-Fri., $9.99, Sat .-Sun.: $11.99. Kids 5-11: Mon.-Fri.: $18.99, Sat.-Sun.: $10.99. Kids 4 & under: free
COVID-19 Update: Purchase your tickets in advance as they are limiting the number of golfers on the course at one time.
Peninsula and South Bay
There are a few Golfland U.S.A. Family Fun Centers in the Bay Area and this Sunnyvale location is one of the most popular. Golfland offers great rates and package deals for all occasions, including birthdays. Pro Tip: Stop by the Iceberg Drive-In for yummy shakes and swirled ice-cream delights on your way in, out, or even both!
855 E. El Camino Rd, Sunnyvale
Cost: Adults: Mon.-Fri., $11.50, Sat .-Sun.: $13.50. Kids 5-11: Mon.-Fri.: $10.50, Sat.-Sun.: $11.50. Kids 4 & under: free
COVID-19 Update: All people must wear a mask and buy tickets ahead.
Marin County and North Bay
McInnis Golf Course
Nestled amongst flora and fauna this course is easily missed (and often is!) even by Marin residents. This 18-hole course for the little ones is tucked away in part of the McInnis Park Golf Center of San Rafael. Although this might be one of the more beautiful miniature golf courses, it might also be one of the sunniest. So grab your suntan lotion, any horticulturalists mulling around and get that family of yours in the back in the swing of things.
COVID-19 Update: It's business as usual here except they are spacing groups out more than usual. Bring your masks, though.
Scandia Family Fun Center
If a field trip is what you're seeking, trek up to Rohnert Park and become a part of the elite who can say, “I’ve been there!”. This sweet little golf course offers not just 18 holes but also an arcade, a few amusements rides and a batting cage. Spend a few hours here with the whole family. Pro Tip: Amy’s Drive Thru Kitchen is practically across the street for some healthy fare. (Yes, that IS Amy’s of the beloved veggie burger you see in your local Safeway freezer section).
5301 Redwood Drive, Rohnert Park
Cost: Adults: $10, kids 6-10: $7, kids 5 & under: free (golf prices only)
COVID-19 Update: You must reserved a "tee time" online ahead of time and wear a mask. Please note that batting cages and amusement rides are currently closed. However, the arcade is open for those wearing a mask.
—Jennifer Snyder & Gabby Cullen
Featured photo: Nella DuBon-Koch