Mini golf’s popularity has naturally led to a host of miniaturized copycats, including toeball and nano-marbles, which is played inside a particle accelerator. Engage in the most timeless shrunken sport with today's Groupon: for $15, you get 18 holes of mini golf for four players at Space Golf in Orland Park (up to a $32 value).
The 18 sci-fi-themed holes of Space Golf brim with intergalactic scenery and creatures, all awash in the eerie glow of black lights. Putting quadrangles traverse the otherworldly landscape, which fluoresces under black lights and liberal coatings of firefly paint. The course is dotted with characters and creatures from favorite shows and movies, allowing visitors to touch fingers with E.T. or distract opponents by waving Darth Vader's lightsaber before their faces. Players can also opt to purchase a pair of 3-D glasses ($1.59), making wall-based scenery and accidentally thrown putters appear to be closing in.
Once the hole-sinking voyage is complete, quartets can retire to the café for hot dogs, ice cream, and nachos. Or, adjourn to the arcade to challenge Predator to the most dangerous game of all—skee-ball—though neither grub nor gaming is included in today's Groupon.
Though Space Golf sometimes offers specials, this Groupon offers the best deal available.
Dedicated to creating a unique experience, Space Golf illuminates its indoor lunar landscape with 18 challenging putt-putt holes alive with neon day-glo paint under showers of black light. Throughout the course, golfers nudge their iridescent balls past a synthesized landscape of posed alien life forms, flying saucers, and real aliens trying to blend in. Adding to the scenery are life-size character replicas from beloved sci-fi films such as E.T. and Star Wars beside neon yellow bricks that pave the 18-hole way for explorers. Along with mini golf, Space Golf’s Alien Arcade grants players a chance to hone their hand-eye coordination to win tickets for use at the prize stand, and chefs in the Sci Fi Café whip up pizzas, hot dogs, and hand-dipped ice-cream cones.