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Best Mini Golf Courses In The Bay Area

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Fun for kids and adults alike, a round of miniature golf offers the perfect activity for a fun get together. The Bay Area is home to a number of unique mini golf courses, both indoor and out. Some mini golf spots are designed around a theme such as a haunted graveyard or Bay Area landmarks, while others share space with a bar or arcade. Here are five of the Bay Area's best mini golf courses.

Subpar Miniature Golf
1511 Park St.
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 521-4653

Subpar is an indoor 18-hole miniature golf course located in Alameda. The course design showcases a running theme that incorporates various Bay Area landmarks into each hole. The Subpar facility also houses pool tables, slot cars and an arcade. Head out after 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights for glow in the dark rounds of mini golf.

Urban Putt
1096 S. Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 341-1080

San Francisco's take on indoor miniature golf can be found at Urban Putt. This city hotspot provides kid style fun in a more grown-up atmosphere. In addition to the mini golf course, Urban Putt is also home to an American style restaurant and full bar. Check out the scene on Monday nights for Monday Funday, complete with drink and food specials and the once a week only opportunity to drink on course.

McInnis Park Mini Golf
350 Smith Ranch Road
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 491-5984

While McInnis Park is probably better known for its 9-hole golf course and driving range, the San Rafael center is also home to an 18-hole outdoor mini golf course. The family-friendly course is open seven days a week until 7 p.m. and is nestled in lush landscaping. Adults and kids 12 and up are just $8, and kids under 4 play for free. The McInnis center also has batting cages, a driving range, golf shop and a golf academy.

Ghost Golf
4383 Clayton Rd.
Concord, CA 94521
(925) 521-1913

Another indoor mini golf range, Ghost Golf offers a completely unique experience. Players will delight in playing the 18-hole course that meanders through a haunted graveyard. The spooky course is rife with special effects and animatronics and is sure to thrill any lover of the supernatural. Course admission is $15 for adults, but includes unlimited rounds in addition to unlimited play in the arcade and Mummy Shooting Gallery. Check Ghost Golf's website for current hours.

Buccaneer Bay Mini Golf
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-5590

A long time Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk landmark, the Buccaneer Bay miniature golf course is located inside Neptune's Kingdom. The 18-hole course spans two stories of piratey fun and includes a number of new black light lit holes. Buccaneer Bay course admission is only $5 per person, and is open late on the weekends. Scoring is made simple using the new Boardwalk Mini Golf smartphone app.

Joanna Metheny is a freelance writer covering all things South Bay. Her work can be found on


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