Didn’t qualify for the U.S. Open? No problem. While the competitors show off their strokes at the tournament in nearby Chambers Bay (6/15–6/21; usga.usopen.com), you can ply your putter at one of Seattle’s miniature golf courses.
Green Lake Pitch and Putt
This leafy nine-hole pitch and putt course at the south end of Green Lake is designed for beginners, with the longest drive at 115 yards. Bonus: Gather a posse for the “Glow Golf” tourney held in August and October, a nighttime event for private groups with glow-in-the-dark holes and balls ($15/person). Best for: a fun (and cheap: $8–$10) outdoor date. 5701 W Green Lake Way N; 206.632.2280; seattle.gov/parks
This indoor nine-hole mini golf course housed in a Kirkland pub boasts 24 rotating taps, all devoted to brews made in Washington state. Bonus: The course is both beer- and dog-friendly, and offers the chance to putt your ball through an actual keg. Best for: dog lovers. Those who bring their pooches in for “Yappy Hour” (Sundays, noon–4 p.m.) procure $1 off drafts. Kirkland, 15 Lake St.; 425.242.1618; flatstickpub.com
Call it a pop-up Putt-Putt–style course, this temporary (through July) indoor course in the Central District is where Burning Man meets mini golf meets Mad Max. Bonus: a nightclub vibe and hand-built mad-scientist obstacles involving robotics, lasers and a golf ball shooting range. Best for: party people who value a funky course as much as local whiskey. $10–$20 cover charge. 1110 23rd Ave.; smashputt.com
Interbay Golf Center
This 18-hole mini course features serene miniature greens (no windmills or gaping alligator jaws) accented by Northwesty boulders. Bonus: The café sells beer, which you can bring out on the course, so consider a pitcher of Manny’s for $17. Best for: anyone who prioritizes a daily happy hour (3–6 p.m.) over an impressive score. $9. 2501 15th Ave. W; 206.285.2200; premiergc.com