On the mini-golf course at Interbay Golf Center in Seattle. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel
Mini golf with kids at Interbay Golf Center
Our family had a blast playing a round of mini golf at Seattle’s Interbay Golf Center. Hours are 7 a.m.–10 p.m. — so bring your early risers when you need to get out of the house! Playing putt putt at Interbay is very pretty, very entertaining and very cheap ($8 per kid). Trifecta!
Interbay Golf Center is one of four public golf courses owned and maintained by Seattle Parks and Recreation. On a summer day, we played a round of putt-putt with rampant cheating and complete disregard for the rules. At times, I wasn’t sure if we were playing putt-putt or field hockey, but everyone was having so much fun, I went with it.
The mini-golf course at Interbay is nicely landscaped, featuring mature trees, mini waterfalls and fountains. It’s peaceful and green and in the middle of the city. A round of 18 compact holes was just right for my kids’ attention span. Walk-ins are welcome all day, though we suggest going in the morning when it’s typically less crowded.
Get your bearings
Upon arrival at Interbay, I popped into the pro shop to pay for our round. There’s a whole rainbow of balls so you can pick out your favorite color, then select the right-sized putter.
The café inside is open; we like to eat on the patio outside. These are the best seats anyway, because you can eat your snacks while watching the big kids practice their swings.
All ages can play
One great thing about mini golf is that it’s fun for all ages, and there’s no prerequisite skill set. They’ve even got toddler-sized putters. The teen behind us worked on his grip and technique; the little kids in front of us had just as much fun throwing their balls into the hole instead of using their putters. When you’re flexible about the rules, the game is fun for everyone.
If you’ve still got energy after finishing the putt-putt course, the two-story driving range is also surprisingly affordable: $7 for a small bucket of 30 balls, up to $17 for a jumbo bucket of 150 balls. My kids love the view from the second level, but you might want to stay downstairs if you’re worried about runners falling over the edge.
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Editor’s note: This article was first published in 2020 and updated for 2023.