Subpar Miniature Golf in Alameda


Indoor putt-putt is not something I’d ever come across as a native Californian, but neither are homemade Bay Area-themed minigolf obstacles. These are the special attributes of Subpar Miniature Golf in Alameda.

Situated in a warehouse-style space in the heart of Alameda’s Park Street shopping district, Subpar offers an 18-hole minigolf course, a smattering of arcade games, and ping pong and billiards.

My family of four played a round of minigolf, although one of us refused to participate. Weekend prices are $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for children 2-12, and the lovely people running the place gave us a credit for our 6-year old’s admission fees after noticing that she wasn’t playing.

Each hole is inspired by a Bay Area landmark, constructed with a quirky, unpolished vibe.  The Macarthur Maze was impressive. At least I think that’s what it was. One of the holes features a loop de loop and seeing your ball go for a ride is definitely a cheap thrill.


Subpar is a great rainy day outing for families with kids 5+, and even more so for tweens and teens. The space allotted for each hole is not much; if you are seeking an opportunity for your kids to get their ya-yas out, this is not the venue.

We followed our game with a few video games and then ice cream at nearby Tucker’s.

Related: A Parent’s Guide to Alameda, SuperFranks — an indoor amusement center

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