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Friday, May 29, 2009
Does Portland have a glow in the dark mini golf course with a zombie pirate theme?
The answer to this questions is: but of course.
Glowing Greens opened in a large subterranean spot downtown back in 2007. A stairwell surrounded by black-lit paintings of pirates and foreign shores leads visitors down into the depths of 18-holes of undead buccaneer-themed sports-type and putt putt-related entertainment.
It's all fairly surreal, especially if you shell out an extra $2.00 for 3D glasses that make the decor pop out at you at every turn. I tried a pair and, I'll be honest, having a painting of a howling, bright green skeleton clawing at the corner of my field of vision didn't improve my game. Not one iota.
The holes are all inspired. There's one with a shark, another lined with tiki gods and a hole with a "monster in a box" that jumps around as you walk past. The atmosphere is great but none of it really impacts the game. A few more elaborate hazards would have been nice. On a course like this shouldn't players be able to hit a golf ball into a zombie whale's mouth or have it pop out of a cannon?
I think Holoscene's annual Minigolf Art Invitational has turned me into some kinda putt-putt snob. Glowing Greens is easily the best and most elaborate year-round mini-golf course in the state.