In a city of just 49 square miles, miniature golf feels appropriate. And as of this past weekend, San Francisco is home to a total of three putt-putt golf courses.
We love Urban Putt—the craftsmanship of the Transamerica hole, the sparkling wine, those mini corndogs. But when the sun is shining, our urge to play outside is real. When that day arrives, you’ll want to make a reservation at the new Stagecoach Greens, now putting in Mission Bay.
Situated next to the food truck lot Spark Social and operated by its founder, Carlos Muela (also of Parklabs and SoMa StrEat Food), the 18-hole course is the vision of avid mini-golfing couple Esther and Jan Cohn Stearns, made manifest by more than 150 local artists and craftsmen.
Similar to Urban Putt, each hole represents a different bit of Bay Area culture, only here the theme is the West’s legacy of booms and busts—from a Barbary Coast saloon and the Gold Rush trail to the battle for the tallest building where the Transamerica Pyramid dukes it out with Salesforce Tower (ding ding ding!). Other landmarks in miniature include Chinatown’s Dragon Gate and Sutro Tower. So in a way, a day here is like playing through a timeline of our city; and history buffs can read more about each story on Stagecoach’s website.
Given its location in the shadow of AT&T Park as well as of the future Warriors arena, Stagecoach Greens seems made for tailgating and post-game shenanigans. You can get your grub on at one of five Parklab food trucks—including permanent residents Al Pastor Papi and Hookt Donuts—team it with a cocktail from the bar dubbed The Watering Hole (get it?), and chill in one of the cabanas.
A Look At Stagecoach Greens
Poor Coit Tower. It doesn’t stand a chance in this battle between the Transamerica Pyramid and the looming Salesforce Tower.
Keep an eye out for cyclists making their way up the mountain toward Sutro Tower.
Can you score a splash hit at the AT&T Park hole?
Swing by the Golden Gate Park windmill and say hi to the bison.
Fancy a bonfire at Ocean Beach?
Welcome to Dragon’s Gate, an homage to the first Chinese people who arrived during the Gold Rush and helped build the foundation of SF.
Throwing it back to the wild, wild west.
An unsuspecting Victorian house has no idea there’s an earthquake coming!
Jackpot! Gold’s the name of the game at this hole.
After a round of 18, pony up to the Al Pastor Papi food truck for Mexican eats.
…such as the pastor and cactus tacos on corn tortillas, salads, and “gringas” (fried cheese topped with meat, onions, and cilantro).
BRB, we’re booking our next tee time.
// Stagecoach Greens, 1379 4th St. (Mission Bay); tickets ($16/adults) can be purchased and tee times booked in advance online at stagecoachgreens.com.
This article was originally written and photographed by me for 7×7 and can be viewed here.
Looking for another cool outdoor SF activity? Hit up the Rooftop at 25 Lusk for an awesome spot for drinks + food!