Forced to cut its cultural budget or face a total loss of its nation's heritage, Scottish Parliament settled on miniaturizing golf—a fortunate last-minute substitute for miniaturizing kilts. Celebrate the Scots' pared-down pastime with today's Groupon to Glow-A-Rama in Buchanan. Choose between the following options:
- For $8, you get black-light mini-golf admission for two (up to a $16 value).
- For $16, you get black-light mini-golf admission for four (up to a $32 value).
Glow-A-Rama proffers an 18-hole miniature golf course that beckons putters with efflorescent holes, sculptures, putters, and golf balls. Shining brightly under the black lights strung from the ceiling, the course—designed and built by the owners—challenges swingers with a variety of tricky angles and obstacles, including holes in the Scaryville haunted house. Each stroke is crucial, and each advance brings new glimpses of glowing dinosaurs, sea animals, and pirates who took a wrong turn at the plank. After the round, victors can find more reasons to brag in the vibrant arcade.
Curlicues of painted flame seem to crackle white hot from the mouths of dragons that come to life on the walls beneath the black lights at Glow-A-Rama. The echo of clacking billiard balls drifts past the painted knights, monsters, and underwater vistas, reaching the ears of players batting ping-pong balls back and forth. Patrons tap incandescent spheres across the 18-hole mini-golf course, which was designed and constructed by the owner and is free of the sand traps that slow traditional golf and attract nesting Jimmy Buffetts. Black lights also extend into the game room and party rooms.
Birthday-party guests master the lost art of golf bowling, which involves tapping a golf ball into 10 glowing, diminutive pins. Around Halloween, visitors run the spooky gauntlet of a haunted house festooned with shimmering graveyard murals and pictures of the wolfman without his makeup.