There is a little place on South Van Ness Avenue where miniature golfing (aka putt putt) (aka get-ball-in-hole) happens. The main features include a 14-hole course, a full bar at the front and arcade games on the side. I admit this place has potential to be my favorite hangout spot in San Francisco.
It’s all so easy: You pay at the front counter and get a coin, you retrieve a colorful ball by putting said coin in a candy machine, you choose your putter based on height and you’re good to golf!
Each hole was designed after a San Francisco landmark. As has always been my experience my mini golf, the holes are harder than they seem. Keep concentration no matter how easy your friends makes it look. You don’t want to be that idiot who got an 8 on a par 2.
We had the course to ourselves for the first round. Then celebrated finishing with $11 cocktails (the Lavender Spritz and the Sweet Tea Whisky are holes in one!) (FYI: drinks aren’t allowed on the actual course) from the bar. By the time we drank them the place was packed.
Playing is on a first come first serve basis, but you can make reservations to eat at the restaurant upstairs called Up @ Urban Putt. Clever, right? YES! Urban Putt offers a proper lunch/dinner menu?
And that should solidify the fact that Urban Putt is indeed the best hangout spot. And a great date spot. It’s also a good spot for after work drinks and maybe even a family outing – I could keep going for ages.