Entertaining the throngs of Ottawa with more than 9,000 square feet of active recreation, A Putt Above envelops mini golfers in a glow-in-the-dark 3-D course, which comes alive under black lights. The Pirate combo (a $12.50/person value) equips putter wielders with 3-D glasses, glow bracelets, and a bilingual shoulder parrot. After donning the 3-D glasses, putt-putters morph into part of the moving course as the floors begin to float and the scenery starts to sway. Creatures such as a shark, an octopus, and a pirate burst forth and ask for each putt-putter's hand in marriage throughout the 18 holes. For a more immersive experience, A Putt Above recommends putt-putters wear white, which, along with the glow bracelets and golf balls carved from moon rock, enhances the glow from the black lights.
A tiny creek flows over a bed of rocks smoothed over by its stream, casting tranquil sounds into guests' ears as they line up putts across Mini Golf Gardens’ two 18-hole courses. The more traditional of the two layouts, the blue course takes putters over green carpets that pass low brick rails and, on certain holes, between stone walls that rise above most players' heads, undermining their ability to experiment with new plot lines for their Godzilla-on-the-golf-course script. The red course more closely resembles an actual golf course, favouring open greens hemmed by shaggy rough and dotted with sand traps and water hazards. At Mini Golf Gardens' umbrella-shaded patio, guests can bring their own barbecue for corporate outings, birthday parties, or seances for groups hoping to channel the spirit of a runaway pet rock.
For more than three decades, birthday parties, family outings, and corporate retreats have come to life at Karters' Korner with the hum of go-karts, the satisfying sound of well-driven golf balls, and the laughter of children at the mini golf course. A glistening fleet of 40 single and 8 double-seater carts send drivers and passengers zooming around a nearly mile-long track, shielded by the safety of annual vehicle inspections, roll bars, seat belts, and force fields. Visitors who don't meet the track's 54-inch height requirement can practice their automotive skills on the four-wheeler kiddy-kart track. Golfers master their swing at the 1,000-foot driving range, sending balls soaring over a glistening lake speckled with four island greens. Mini golf unites families against the challenge of sending golf balls past cleverly designed obstacles, and an arsenal of pool tables, air hockey, and video games entertain guests indoors. The newly-added paintball fields allow patrons to splatter paint at will within one of several courses. During warm, sunny days, picnickers gather at the large covered patio for lunch, and athletes pick up games of basketball or beach volleyball at the outdoor courts.
Glowing monkeys scamper toward a neon waterfall, and a knight bearing a radiant yellow lance rides past a bright orange octopus emerging from the ocean. What appears to be a time-traveling session gone awry is really the evolving environment within Putting Edge’s indoor black-lit mini-golf course, which whisks players to deep seas, Aztec jungles, and medieval times. Since opening its original location in Canada, Putting Edge has now expanded to 18 North American locations, all of which invite guests onto its challenging 18-hole courses to seek victory over opponents and the forces that keep their teeth from not glowing as brightly as they could. Elsewhere, the facility houses private party rooms, concessions, and an arcade filled with gamer favorites such as air hockey.
Dedicated to fostering imaginative playtime for children, Midway Family Fun Park?s 50,000-square-foot space bustles with young adventurers with climbing, jumping, and riding on a slew of indoor attractions. Well-trained employees oversee the indoor kiddie train and helm two 25-foot rock-climbing walls to ensure the safety of all scalers; young sprouts can also hone flexibility and balance amid the jungle gym?s ball pit and slides. Outfitted with a number of entertaining and challenging obstacles, the nine-hole black light mini-golf course grants clubbers a chance to show off their putting prowess on scaled-down greens.
Guests also have access to the bustling arcade, which requires tokens for play, or can stop for sustenance such as a speciality pizza at Max's Bistro. Midway Family Fun Park also offers full-service party planning for birthdays and other special events. Staff swoop in to take care of everything from set-up and activities to cake and goodie bags, allowing parents to shoot home movies and stage bloopers for the DVD extras.
After taking her son to a miniature golf course in Nepean, Josée Whissel was frustrated. There were mini-golf courses in Orléans, she told Orléans Online, "but nothing like this." In response, Whissel—with help from her husband, two kids, and DNA (her father once owned a course himself)—opened The Game to serve as a hometown mini-golf destination. Designed to challenge golfers of all experience levels, whether young children or old pros with prosthetic putters for legs, obstacles range from sand traps and waterfalls to rough patches in the artificial turf. Between games, players can reenergize with food and drinks from the snack bar manned by a bilingual staff.