Some people pause when they first enter the new Glowgolf facility at North Hanover Mall.
"They're blown away," said John Pitzer, Glowgolf's sales associate. "They wonder how can you set a miniature golf course in the mall and have it glow in the dark. We have paintings on the walls, and they're glowing too."
Glowgolf, based in Wichita, Kan., opened its indoor miniature golf course at the mall, at 1155 Carlisle St., on Sept. 4, Pitzer said.
Glowgolf joins the mall's lineup of stores, including Bath & Body Works, Dicks Sporting Goods, Aeropostale and American Eagle Outfitters, according to the mall's news release.
"Glowgolf will provide hours of fun entertainment for area families when they play glow-in-the-dark mini golf," Dirk Brown, mall general manager, said in a statement.
At North Hanover Mall, Glowgolf features a giant 36-hole miniature golf course, a Laser Maze Challenge and areas for birthday parties and group events.
Guests can play up to 54 holes, Pitzer said.
"The holes, balls, everything on the course glows in the dark," he said. "The clubs are painted orange, but glow in black light."
In the Laser Maze Challenge, guests try to get through an area of laser lights without touching the lasers.
"It's like being in a spy movie, trying to get through the lasers," Pitzer said. "If you hit a laser, it makes a noise and the laser disappears. You keep going. But when you get to the end of the maze, you have to turn around and come back without hitting the lasers."
Glowgolf provides an affordable family place where people can "hang out and have fun," Pitzer said.
Of course, a lot of youths enjoy coming to the facility, especially on weekends, he said.
"And we get a lot of adults with their families," Pitzer added. "We get older men and women who bring the grandkids out. The age really doesn't matter. People are surprised that we have something like this here."
When school is out, hours at Glowgolf are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for children ages 5 to 12, and $4 for children 4 and under and for seniors. Group pass for 5 people or more are $8 each. Birthday parties are $9 each.
For Laser Maze Challenge, the costs are $3 for one game, $5 for two games and $10 for 5 games.
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