Mini golf (putt putt golf) in and near Seattle: Here’s an activity the whole family can do together, whether you want to be competitive or just have fun. You can enjoy a beautiful natural setting or play through a quirky fantasy land at a variety of Puget Sound area courses.
Golf comes with built-in fresh air and is well-suited to social distancing. Check policies at any place where you choose to go.
Tukwila’s Fun Center has two outdoor mini-golf courses, 18 holes each. Memory Lane is based on old-time miniature golf courses, with a school house, a model of the Eiffel Tower and a Pixie House. Arctic Adventure is more naturally landscaped with bears and a bait house.
The center is operating on limited capacity and is open Wednesday through Sunday; check for updates. Not all attractions are available, and food service is limited. There’s no admission charge; you pay for the attractions you choose or buy a package.
(Note, March 2021: From what we can tell, the Family Fun Center in Edmonds is not open.)
7300 Fun Center Way, Tukwila.
This outdoor course adjacent to the ice center has “dangerous” water hazards, challenging jumps and a 10-foot waterfall that will provide the perfect backdrop for your hole-in-one. If possible, please bring your own putters. Clubs can be rented for an additional fee. Cash not accepted due to COVID; it is possible to pay online in advance; reservations not required.
6015 South 240th Street, Kent; 253-850-2400
The parks department operates two miniature golf/putt putt courses:
Green Lake Pitch and Putt is a par-three, nine-hole course without bells and whistles, but in a lovely setting near the south end of the lake. It’s open March through October. 5701 West Green Lake Way N. New for 2021: Tee times are required and must be made, by phone, (206-632-2280) on the day you want to go. Bring your own clubs or rent them; balls are sold for $1 but you can bring your own.
Interbay Miniature Golf is a pretty tree-lined course with a waterfall in the middle. (The course also can be rented by the hour.) 2501 15th Ave. W.
Rainbow Run course at Willows Run Golf Course, Redmond
Putt past a waterfall and pond, cross a bridge and go through a tunnel as you play through this course in a lush natural setting. There’s one sand trap and a few tricky holes as you” travel” though four Washington state climate zones and play holes named for “Sol Duc,” “Deception Falls” and other Northwest natural areas. You may have to make way for ducks and ducklings. Plus, a snack bar with ice cream.
10402 Willows Road NE, Redmond
Mike N Terry’s Outdoor Fun Park, Puyallup
You’ll find the windmill that used to be the hallmark of traditional mini golf here, along with a gazebo, a maze, a stone “cave” and more on the 18-hole obstacle course. You can also choose the 18-hole water course with a waterfall and lots of chances to hit the ball into the drink. The park has batting cages and go-carts. Cash only; ATM on site; kids under 40 inches play free. Concession stands on site.6326 113thh Ave, Court E, Puyallup.
Parkland Putters Mini Golf, Tacoma
The great thing about this park is the ability to play on four separate putt-putt courses from easy to medium to really challenging – and you get a ribbon for finishing any of them. This is not a natural setting, but makes up for it with some unique features, like a boat dragged from Commencement Bay and lots of innovative obstacles, sand traps and water traps on the more difficult courses. Check their website or call (253-588-2977) for hours as they vary seasonally; open until midnight in the summer.
10636 Sales Road S, Tacoma.
Updated March 2021
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