Putt-putt golfers to descend on downtown Kent


Local residents Teresa and Scott Simone putt-putt at Zephyr Pub in Kent, at the annual Putt Around Downtown event on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. 

Dylan Reynolds

Kent residents can golf their way between 18 downtown businesses Saturday during the annual Putt Around Downtown event.

Tickets to the Main Street Kent-sponsored event cost $15 per person, or $50 for a group of four. Golfing will start at 1 p.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.

The 18 participating businesses will have custom-designed putt-putt golf holes set up for participants.

Golfers will begin at their designated “start hole,” said Heather Malarcik, executive director of Main Street Kent. Then they will continue to the other holes, getting acquainted with downtown businesses. Golfers will also receive gifts. 

“You get a black squirrel golf ball and a scorecard,” Malarcik said in a phone call last month. Participants will also receive a drink ticket and a ticket for the prize raffle to be held in Venice Cafe at 4 p.m. 

A variety of businesses are participating in the event, including Twisted Meltz, Franklin School of Dance, FJ Kluth Art Gallery and Bent Tree Coffee. Some businesses, such as Belleria Pizza and Dr. V & G’s Sauce Shack, have participated before, while this is the first year for others like Panini’s and Sugar Rush.

Main Street Kent’s website describes Putt Around Downtown as “a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Kent,” and encourages golfers to eat and shop downtown during the event.

Last year’s Putt Around Downtown sold out with 99 tickets sold.


Belleria Pizza & Italian Restaurant

Carnaby Street Style

Dr. V & G’s Sauce Shack

FJ Kluth Art Gallery

Rise & Shine Café

Scribbles Coffee


Bent Tree Coffee

Cracked Escape

Dave’s Cosmic Subs

Franklin School of Dance Jabbour’s

Kent Historical Society Museum

Kent State Hotel & Conference Center


Sugar Rush

Troppus Projects

Twisted Meltz

Yogurt Vi






















Dylan Reynolds is the business and neighborhood reporter. Contact him at [email protected].