Yes, You Can Play Free Mini-Golf in Oakland

Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Innovation District, the pop-up, mini-golf course is located between Forbes Avenue and Sennott Street.


Pittsburgh’s urban Oakland neighborhood already is home to world-class universities and hospitals, and now it also boasts a pop-up mini-golf course — at least for the next few months. 

Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Innovation District — a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and UPMC to activate public spaces and support local business —  the “Oakland Open” officially launches this week between Forbes Avenue and Sennott Street. 

“We are thrilled to officially open the “Oakland Open” in the heart of the Pittsburgh Innovation District. This latest investment in the neighborhood will benefit local businesses and showcase all that Oakland has to offer,” says Sean Luther, executive director of InnovatePGH, which runs the Pittsburgh Innovation District.

Free and accessible to anyone who wants to play it, the ADA-compliant course is in operation from noon to 8 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It’s also open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. 


In the interest of keeping things COVID-19 friendly, including adhering to social-distance guidelines, walk-up players are allowed on the greens but reservations are highly encouraged. The course also is available for parties and groups to rent during non-operation hours. 

As an incentive to spend time perusing Oakland’s attractions, all players will be given scorecards that offer $5 discounts at nearby restaurants, cafes and retailers. There will also be competition-style play days with prizes such as a free overnight stay at the Oaklander Hotel and gift certificates to area restaurants.

The course is slated to remain open through April, or potentially longer based on public demand. Because the course is a pop-up, it may move to a new Oakland location after next month.

To make your Oakland Open reservation, visit here.

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