3 Reasons Why Smash Putt is the Grand Slam of Seattle


Forget all of your preconceived notions of miniature golf. The peaceful windmill guarding the hole, the cute gnomes dotting the greens, the assuring sounds of the nearby trickling waterfall - throw them all out the window. Smash Putt is the opposite of all of that and it is glorious in all of its madness.

Smash Putt is what happens when industrial-artists from the Pacific Northwest get together and decide to create a putt-putt pop-up that's more about art than the time-honored tradition of mini golf.

If you're looking to get your friends together for a night of divot-free debauchery, here are three reasons why Smash Putt will get you started down that path.

1. It's putt-putt with an attitude. It's more Happy Gilmore than Arnold Palmer. You won't hear the hushed tones of announcers commenting on your play as your putt breaks left of the hole. In fact, you may not even be able to hear the voice of your putting compatriot over the music, buzz saws, cannons and other badassery that the minds behind Smash Putt have created along the way.

2. There's a bar with that par. You won't find a jumbo-sized Cushman cruising around with beer for sale, but that doesn't mean you won't have the chance to be properly hydrated. A 21+ event, Smash Putt has conveniently set up a bar to make sure you can grip a beer or craft cocktail as easily as you can grip your putter.

3. This is Smash Putt's last stand. There will be no 19th hole. After the final ace has been drained in the cup, Smash Putt will pull up its flag poles and retire for good, waiting for the day that they get inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Smash Putt runs from December 16 through January 8. Tickets are on sale now and going fast. Don't choke and miss out - grab your favorite caddie and enjoy the craziness that is Smash Putt one last time.

Michael Nank is a Seattle-based writer with a penchant for film, theatre and travel.