Some kids only have the attention span for a round of miniature golf, but my older kids like the real deal. There are many local courses that offer Par 3, and most public courses even have driving ranges too where you can practice hitting ball after ball. Par 3 is a 9-hole course and can take about 90 minutes to complete, so it is a perfect activity when you need to get out of the home to enjoy the outdoors!
All of the golf courses have implemented new policies from reserving tee times to limiting the group size to help with proper social distance. Plus they have all implemented new sanitation procedures for the equipment. Cups on putting greens have been modified to allow for ball retrieval without the need to touch any surface
Here are our favorite places to play Par 3 Golf in the East Bay
Montclair Golf Course, Oakland
Located off of Park Blvd in Oakland (near that controversial troll hike). We start by hitting a bucket of balls first off the top deck of the driving range then we enjoy the Par 3 Course. During the summer, Blackberry bushes line the boundaries of the course. Website >
Corica Park, Alameda
Corica Park is located in Alameda on Bay Farm Island. It has a well-kept Par 3 Course. We often plan a quick stop at the Alameda South Shore Center afterward for a lunch pickup. Website >
Lake Chabot Golf Course, Oakland
Situated in the Oakland Hills with stunning panoramic views, we love Lake Chabot Par 3 Course because it’s a bit more advanced. You may even see a deer on the course. Also offering a 36-hole disc course if you want to mix it up. Website >
Honorable Mention Golf for Families
Pro tip: You can play just 9 holes of these 18-hole courses if you don’t have the stamina for the full main course.
Youth on Course is a great program to sign up for which will enable your young golfer, ages 6 to 18, to play a round of golf for less than $5 at nearby courses. Website >
Things to Bring to a Par 3 Course
At this time, golfers are required to have face masks for times when social distance is prohibited. You will probably not have to wear them for the entirety of your game if playing with household members, but when you come in close contact with other groups.
- Hat and Sunscreen
- Water (and a super tiny, discreet pocket full of snacks)
- Hand Sanitizer
- Extra Golf Balls and Tees
- Golf Clubs (of course)
Pro tip: Poison Oak can often line the Par 3 Courses, so be aware when hunting for a golf ball that goes off course.
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