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Putts & Pins opens in West Des Moines

Des Moines, Iowa (December 6, 2023) – Putts & Pins, a bar and restaurant featuring gamified mini golf, duckpin bowling and arcade games is now open in West Des Moines. Located near the Jordan Creek Town Center, the new food and entertainment destination has an electric pop vibe inspired by '80s and '90s rock culture. The venue also has a ‘Backstage’ event space available for private parties, complete with exclusive access to a mini golf course, duckpin-bowling lanes and full-service bar. Putts & Pins is open Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.; and Sunday until 10 p.m.  

The tagline, ‘Eat & Drink, Golf & Bowl,’ is context for the venue’s unique combination of activities, while also illuminating the ownership’s vision to deliver a premier dining experience beyond the entertainment offerings. 

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“From the beginning we knew that we wanted to give the Des Moines community a place to come enjoy time and time again, so we focused on creating a memorable ambiance with plenty of games and activities, a food menu that’s actually delicious, and a great selection of beer, wine and spirits,” said Mitchell Kann, who is a local real estate developer and co-owner of Putts & Pins alongside his brother Eric Kann. “We really want everyone to feel welcome to enjoy Putts & Pins however they’d like, whether you’re coming for just apps at the bar, dinner out with the family followed by a little friendly competition, or a big crew for bowling, mini golf and a good time.”

The opening menu features familiar American fare with an elevated twist. Aptly named to ignite nostalgia, crowd-pleasers include Shake ‘n’ Bake Chicken, Not Your Canned Spaghetti O's, Walkman Wings with Chef’s own sauce, Not Your Dorm Room Ramen and Do Anything For Love Meat Loaf, which is house-made with a signature beef blend. Shareable appetizers, sandwiches, wraps, salads and bowls round out the expansive food menu; and the bar is fully stocked with spirits, craft cans, seltzers, and zero-proof libations, while 12 taps pour local brews and other draft favorites. Rock-themed cocktail recipes complement the food menu with equally imaginative names like the mezcal-based ‘Oasis,’ and green-hued gin concoction, ‘Green Days.’ 

Putts & Pins features two interactive 9-hole mini golf courses (‘Rewind’ and ‘Fast-Forward’) with automated ball tracking and scoring with points awarded for bonus and trick shots, trivia questions and speed of play. The venue also has four duckpin-bowling lanes, where bowlers use a smaller ball than in traditional 10-pin and roll three [smaller] balls per frame instead of two. In addition, Putts & Pins features a full arcade with billiards, shuffleboard, vintage arcade games and TVs tuned to sports and entertainment. Reminiscent of an underground rock club, the interior décor is moody, with patterns, neon and jewel-toned accents that add warmth and energy to the inviting space. 

“At Putts & Pins, we've brought the spirit and attitude of the 80s and 90s back to life through decor, ambiance, and music,” said Putts & Pins General Manager James Carter. “Our goal was to create a local spot where games and activities motivated gathering and celebration, and where people can come to enjoy great food and good times, together!” 

RealFood Hospitality, Strategy & Design, a Troon Company, developed the restaurant concept and food and beverage programming, and provides operational management for Putts & Pins.  

Photos: Newly opened Putts & Pins is Iowa’s newest food and entertainment destination located at 6920 EP True Parkway, Suite 105 in West Des Moines, featuring a bar and restaurant, gamified mini golf, duckpin bowling, arcades, billiards and shuffleboard. 

About Putts & Pins

Putts & Pins is Iowa’s newest food and entertainment destination located at 6920 EP True Parkway, Suite 105 in West Des Moines. Locally owned by brothers Mitchell and Eric Kann, the bar and restaurant offers gamified mini golf, duckpin bowling and arcade games, as well as a private event space for large gatherings. For more information, to make dining reservations and to book a duckpin-bowling lane, visit or call (515) 850-0207. 

About RealFood 

Founded in 1996, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy & Design is a premier hospitality strategy and design firm meeting the foodservice design, development and strategic advisory objectives of the global foodservice industry. In addition, RealFood provides management services to a select portfolio of hospitality venues, managing and supervising daily operation functions. Leveraging its team’s combined more than 250 years of hospitality experience and using proprietary processes to achieve concept and design outcomes that are based in operational understanding, RealFood supports clients and partners to achieve industry-leading foodservice operations. The RealFood portfolio includes Fortune 500 companies, James Beard Award-winning chefs, world-class clubs and resorts, renowned theme parks, K-12 school systems, and leading architects, developers and operators committed to a vision of delivering differentiated hospitality experiences. 

RealFood is a Troon Company, supporting the world’s largest golf and golf-related hospitality management company’s award-winning food and beverage division, which operates and manages 600-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. For additional news and information, visit and

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