Reserve Your Tee Time: SubPar Mini Golf in Alameda - 510 Families
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Reserve Your Tee Time: SubPar Mini Golf in Alameda

We want to thank Paula and Jade for sharing their pictures and insights about Subpar Mini Golf with children. There is also a San Francisco location, but we’re talking about Alameda.

Great for families, Subpar Miniature Golf is Alameda’s custom-built, indoor miniature golf arena on Park Street. Each of the 19 holes is a handmade art installation with adorable and recognizable East Bay details. You’ll also find a good-size arcade with a laser maze and skeeball along with a full bar and lots of kid-friendly foods on site.

little kid plays mini golf
Benny putts into the Caldecott Tunnel | Photo: @bayareaspadonis

What to expect at Subpar Alameda

Subpar Alameda is a large space with a fully indoor 19-hole miniature golf course and arcade. It gets crowded on the weekends and holidays. There are local touches at every tee. Whether you are wowed by the full-size VW bug, tall Campanile, tiny folks aboard the USS Hornet, or the giant elephant, you and your child are bound to be impressed by the thoughtful details.

subpar indoor mini golf hole 15 of port of oakland with cool containers and dock loaders
Colorful Hole 15 at Subpar is a tiny Port of Oakland with cool containers and dock loaders | Photo: Subpar Miniature Golf

The family behind @BayAreaSpadonis shared their tips:

  • Make a reservation to secure your place because it gets busy fast, especially on weekends.
  • We LOVED the arcade so be sure to leave time for that.
  • We were happy the course wasn’t too difficult and was doable for my son who loves mini golf.
  • The landmarks and design are so cute.
  • Lastly, my husband and I are for sure going back to enjoy the bar for date night!
kid and dad do a ride on video game at subpar mini golf
Benny and dad try motorcycle racing for a few minutes | Photo: @BayAreaSpadonis

Birthday Parties at Subpar Alameda

Birthday Parties can include mini golf and arcade games along with one or two of the glass-enclosed party rooms for 6 to 60 people. Full facility rental is also available for super big groups.

The mini party is $250 for up to ten people for two hours. You get a reserved round of golf, private-ish party space, then time in the arcade.

subpar indoor mini golf hole 13 of lake merritt features the fairyland shoe and glimpses of other buildings
Hole 13 is an adorable rendition of Lake Merritt complete with Fairyland’s shoe. Glimpse the giant elephant and domes of Chabot Space & Science in the background. | Photo: Subpar Miniature Golf

Plan Your Visit to Subpar Mini Golf

Beyond the charming indoor putt-putt course, many kids will go wild for the video games, laser obstacle course, and party space. Luckily, there’s also a full bar with snacks and adult beverages.
Location: 1600 Park Street, Alameda with a parking lot in the back or paid street parking
Regular Hours: Mon-Thu: 11 am to 9 pm; Fri-Sat: 10 am to 11 pm; Sun: 10 am to 9 pm with closures for private events and parties so double-check before you come.
Regular Prices: Adults: $14; Youth (4 to 17): $11; Under 4: Free

ReservationsWebsite | Instagram

Lots more to do in Alameda with kids >>

SubPar Mini Golf dad and baby putting
This little caddy wasn’t much help | Photo: Paula Chang

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