Mall revamp may bring mini golf to Downtown SF

Rory McIlroy-backed chain combines game, cuisine, cocktails

Professional golfer Rory McIlroy (Illustration by Kevin Cifuentes for The Real Deal with Getty Images)
Professional golfer Rory McIlroy (Illustration by Kevin Cifuentes for The Real Deal with Getty Images)

A $10.6 million makeover of the vacant 6×6 mall in San Francisco may feature a miniature golf course.

The owner of The Puttery, a mini-golf and pub chain, has requested a city permit to run an “adult mini golf facility” while serving alcohol at the 6×6 mall at 945 Market Street, the San Francisco Business Times reported.

The Puttery, founded last year, is backed by professional golfer Rory McIlroy, winner of four major tournaments. It bills itself as a “social entertainment and mini-golf experience with curated cuisine and crafted cocktails.”

Parent company Drive Shack, based in Dallas, said the inquiry is “part of a due diligence project” that the company is spearheading throughout the nation.

“We are identifying several markets for potential Puttery expansion in the coming years,” a company spokesperson said.

Drive Shack has asked the city’s Planning Department permission to run an “over 21 establishment offering online reservations, walk-in services as well as corporate events and group sales.” It also seeks to fuse “craft cocktails and curated cuisine with hightech gameplay.”

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The Puttery mini golf pub would span 20,000 square feet, including more than 6,700 square feet for the mini golf course. It would include a 4,600-square foot dining room and a 1,200-square-foot bar.

Ingka Centres, the Ikea sister company that bought 6×6 in 2020 for $198 million, filed plans last month to renovate the six-story mall.

The renovation, designed by Gensler, includes an 87,000-square-foot Ikea store that will serve as anchor. The mall will fall under the Livat brand, a Swedish word for “lively gathering.”

Construction is expected to take four months, though a timeline hasn’t been set.

The 6×6 mall, located between Union Square and the Theater District, has switched hands twice and has struggled to attract retail tenants, according to the Business Times. The mall has stood empty since it was built in late 2016, with the only activity at a 167-space parking garage.

– Dana Bartholomew

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