The city has bowling alleys, trampoline parks and rock climbing walls. Up until this week, the only thing missing was a miniature golf course. Thanks to the just-opened Urban Putt, the city’s first and only mini golf course, families now have a place to practice their short game in the 7×7. The high-tech venue features mini San Francisco landmarks, cool robotics like you’d see at Maker Faire, and a family-friendly menu with a full restaurant and bar.
The 14-hole course is situated on the first floor of the two story building. Each hole was designed by the Urban Putt team (they call the aesthetic part Jules Verne, part Rube Goldberg) and showcases cool mechanical and high-tech features.
Throughout the course you’ll find a mini version of the Painted Ladies that shakes in a simulated earthquake, a Transamerica Pyramid windmill, a Playland on the Beach inspired hole, and a Day of the Dead themed stop that pays homage to the mission’s Latino roots. Your kids will love the playful vibe as they move throughout the course.
After you sweat it out trying to sink those birdies, head upstairs to the full service restaurant called UP at Urban Putt where you’ll find California comfort cuisine. The kid-friendly menu serves up a variety of deep dish pizzas, sandwiches, salads, burgers, and sides like fries and mac & cheese to tame those hungry stomachs. The restaurant dishes out locally-made ingredients whenever possible. Thirsty? Each floor offers a full bar with adult- and kid-friendly beverages.
The building is actually a former mortuary that’s sat vacant since 1999. But, don’t let that scare you off. The totally redone digs boast a bright and fun vibe that can even be the backdrop to your next birthday party. Urban Putt has two private rooms available for rent, as well as skee ball and pop-a-shot games on the upper level.
Good to Know
After 8 p.m. nobody under the age of 21 will be allowed on the course so get your putt putt fill during daylight hours. And, mini golf is on a first come, first served basis so be sure to grab a ticket when you arrive if the course is already full.
Hours and Location
Cost: $12 for adults and $8 for kids.
Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight
Friday, 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. – midnight
1096 South Van Ness at 22nd Street
San Francisco, Ca 94110
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Copy by Erin Lem; photos by Christal Yuen