My wife and I went to Glowing Greens Miniature Golf, Portland's 3D, black light indoor miniature golf course yesterday for an afternoon date.
After a nice lunch at Lloyd Center, we took a Blue Line MAX train into the downtown area and walked a few blocks until we hit our destination. You can't miss it with the pirate skeleton guarding the entrance to the place. ;)
It's located at 509 SW Taylor Street, right next to Qdoba Mexican Restaurant. They extend their hours in the summertime, so we got in at noon when they first opened the doors.
The entire Glowing Greens miniature golf course is laid out down below a couple flights of stairs (if you need to take the elevator, there's one handy for you).
It was like walking into a labyrinth as the darkness began to envelope us and the sounds of another time and place broke the air.
As my eyes quickly focused, the black light scenery took shape around me. I could tell that this was going to be fun.
We went down to the register to pay our admission (we actually had a couple passes this day), picked out the colored balls and golf clubs we wanted and our score card.
My wife needed to hit the little girl's room, so it gave me a little time to look around at all the pirate merchandise they had in their showcases. Fun things for the pirate in all of us. ;)
Something that I absolutely must stress is the need for the 3D glasses.
The whole thing is great fun, the black light stuff is very cool, but the 3D experience that the glasses provided made our time there complete. Don't only play through, but take some time to look around with the glasses on.
With your 3D glasses on, caverns stretch far back, skeletons and other ghouls seems right in your face (some seem holographic), and pieces of the surroundings seem to float in midair.
It's quite obvious that a professional has put it all together and knew exactly what they were doing.
You simply must get a pair of the 3D glasses if you want the total immersion of this very cool Portland Mini Golf course!
We played through all 18 holes of the Portland miniature golf course, ever so often having motion detection effects startle us. There was a unseen ferocious animal in a box that scared the crap out of me! haha! It was like miniature golf with a bit of haunted house fun thrown in.
We both had a great time and I'm sure we'll be doing it again. We'll more than likely invite some friends to come with us. If you're looking for some fun in the downtown area, this miniature golf course should be a definite consideration.