Date played: 07/08/17
Weather Conditions: N/A
Played with: Steff
Course Par: N/A
Final Score: Me – 93, Steff – 83
|Overall:||(3 / 5)|
|Putting Surface:||(3 / 5)|
|Ice Cream:||(0 / 5)|
|Handicap Accessible:||(2 / 5)|
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You’ve heard of Glow Bowling? Glow mini-golf was a new one to me, but I figured it might be fun. And I was right! It’s a pretty cool place. Apparently, this is a chain in malls across the country, so click the link to see where else you can play. Sometimes, you need an indoor mini-golf course, so this was a great discovery.
As with going into any dark room after being in bright lights, it took a few minutes to get oriented. Once we did, we were met by friendly staff. There are 27 unique holes and for the price of admission, you can play them each twice. At the end, to return your glow in the dark ball, you play a final “Plinko” style hole. If you get a hole in one, you win a prize!
Not only are the balls glow in the dark, but many of the decorative features and hole obstacles are too. There was even a traditional mini-golf windmill that glowed! Other spinning features, like this octopus arm hole, created neat challenges.
For those looking for a handicapped accessible course, this is a fair option. Because it’s indoors, there are no stairs or any of the other usual challenges with a hardscaped mini-golf course. However, the holes themselves are built up, like raised garden beds, so depending on where your ball winds up, it may be hard to reach from the outside. However, there seems to be ample room to navigate between the holes.
Overall, this is a really fun idea! It’s been implemented fairly well, though more air conditioning would be helpful. The Manchester, NH Glow Golf had one small fan running. We were the only two players, since we got there right when they opened, and it was hot. Being inside the mall, I’m not sure why there wasn’t more a/c – it may have been a temporary problem.
The only huge downside – they don’t have an ice cream stand – boo! LOL But they are right near the food court, so there’s no reason to worry about getting your ice cream needs met. In addition, the putting surfaces could be managed better. A reader commented that they’re “like a Pinterest project.” And that’s a fair assessment. Although I didn’t have much issue with them, I can see how others might have trouble keeping the ball on the built areas.
It’s an inexpensive way to have some fun. I’d go back.