Urban Putt: A San Francisco Take on the 19th Hole
May 5, 2014
Mini-golf in a bar. Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?
Opening today in San Francisco’s Mission District is Urban Putt, a 14-hole miniature golf course that features a restaurant and two bars:
We have a dream: indoor minigolf in San Francisco. Throw in great food and drink, an awesome location, and an unswerving commitment to fun and you’ve got a formula for something unique and wonderful.
What do you get if you cross a Victorian-era mortuary building with a round of golf studded with kinetic sculptures, a Jules Verne submarine and the chance to navigate a ball around a trembling model of San Francisco in the 1906 earthquake?
“We’re trying to create mini-golf like no one has seen before,” said a bespectacled Steve Fox, Urban Putt’s CEO and chief greenskeeper, as we walked around the nearly finished holes on a recent visit. “We’re honoring the nostalgic connections of mini-golf, but we’re taking it up a few notches.”
The San Francisco Chronicle has some more details:
(Fox) and his cohorts designed the one-of-a-kind compound with their imaginations running wild, and really, describing the various holes here would not do any type of justice to the level of intricacy, thoughtfulness and playfulness. There are more than a few San Francisco-themed holes — the Painted Ladies, Ferry Building, TransAmerica Building, Lotta’s Fountain, and even an earthquake all make cameos. There is one hole seemingly straight out of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. There is duck shooting. There is a musical hole. There is skeeball. There are many surprises, bells and whistles.
Some of these holes look very creative. The San Francisco Chronicle has a photo gallery of the course, including:
“The Painted Ladies”
A cable car on the TransAmerica hole:
Part of the Earthquake hole:
The Robot hole:
And here’s a cool look at the musical hole in action:
Sf.eater.com also snagged a couple shots of some sweet looking holes:
The whole project reportedly cost $800k, but it sure looks fun.
Who’s got the first round?