Some activities are more family friendly on a smaller scale, such as playing golf or sinking battleships. Small games, big fun with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $9 for miniature golf for two people ($18 value)
- $16 for miniature golf for four people ($36 value)
- $24 for miniature golf for six people ($54 value)
Surrounded by re-creations of NoCal landmarks, golfers show off their putting skills in an indoor course, jumping the Park Street drawbridge or delicately navigating the twisting ramps of the MacArthur Maze.
Subpar Miniature Golf
While idly discussing the prospect of creating a miniature-golf course festooned with elaborate art installations, Michael Taft realized that he couldn’t think of a single putt-putt course in the Bay Area. Fast-forwarding to his retirement plan of owning a small business, Taft snapped up an abandoned video store and enlisted artistic friends and local craftspeople to make his dream a reality. Subpar Miniature Golf’s map of handcrafted holes has players putting their way through Bay Area landmarks, including an Altamont Pass windmill and the Golden Gate Bridge, tricked out with loop-the-loops. A sprawling, painted mural wraps its way around the room, depicting scenes of NoCal life and tricking gullible coyotes into trying to sprint through the walls.
Subpar Miniature Golf’s ever-growing arcade area keeps button-smashers busy with vintage pinball machines and a pair of air-hockey tables, contributing to Taft's dream of turning the space into a family institution and community fixture. As he told the San Francisco Chronicle, "Every once in a while, you'll hear a giant cheer in the back by a group that sunk a (great) putt. It makes me feel really good, like 'We did that. That's us.'"