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drfrightner
07-20-2007, 01:28 PM
Here is a story about someone who is adding Halloween themed blacklight mini golf to their attraction to make more money. We are not doing this attraction but we do build them... but what does everyone think about this idea.

Read the story.

http://www.charlotte.com/entertainment/story/204459.html

MMManiac
07-20-2007, 02:25 PM
Whatever Works In Your Area. You Always Have To Be Thinking Of New Ways To Make It In This Business.

Sean

damon carson
07-20-2007, 02:28 PM
It would work for a side attraction. And possibly at the end of your haunts. Give a coupon with the purchase of a haunted house ticket. But most people are only coming to be scared I think. The Blacklight 3-D would make more impulse spenders take a stab at it. Oh and kids want to play.
Damon

Jonathan
07-20-2007, 03:08 PM
Its a good draw. THey have this in the mall in Gurnee ILL as well as a few Monster Golf (blacklight mini golfing) attractions. It a great way to keep the guests hanging around and buying concessions which is where real $$ can be made at an event.

You do need some good security though depending on your location and where it is since the lights are dim and people are usually taking about at least an hour to play so you need some good monitoring of that since we all know how (lets say) restless some guests can be hanging around too long.

Jim Warfield
07-20-2007, 06:42 PM
A funeral parlor in the Chicago had a basement mini-golf with steel skull head to play through and other such stuff. Saw it in the Tribune years ago.
The main problem was telling the kids to "Keep it down" while the mourners were upstairs.

Jonathan
07-21-2007, 07:37 AM
I have been there a few times. It is a fun experience as morbid as that sounds. But I found it interesting that they created it to pass their own time while there over the years.

Its def. a unique experience.

SomeThingInTheIce
07-21-2007, 05:51 PM
I think it would awsome and if you wanted to do something cool, make it so that when you sink the ball into the hole it makes something happen in that area. Like making a prop turn on or a thunder clap ect.

Infraredkelp
07-21-2007, 08:16 PM
Wow, sounds cool! I have always been a huge fan of miniture golf and haunted houses, and have always wanted to own both. I thought of the idea of having a blacklight mini putt at the same location as my future haunted house. I could decorate the mini putt with tons of awesome blacklight halloween fascades, and have big scary props.

Nightmaretony
07-23-2007, 12:13 PM
Got it in my biz plan to get a mini golf course attraction to wrap round the haunted cornfield maze, a year 3 expansion for both. Not so much blacklights but a nice little LED lit and nicely decorated festivity.

Will offer miniature golf hockey tournaments, perhaps. Those get a tad wild (variation me and friends used to play)

Methinks mini golf is a great little added value attraction. Maintainence and operating costs are lower than for other attractions but still exist as in staffing, safety observation and maintainence and lighting.

steve
07-24-2007, 12:47 AM
THey have this in the mall in Gurnee ILL as well as a few Monster Golf (blacklight mini golfing) attractions.

Jonathan, the mall location actually closed to poor attendance, and the Monster golf was recently and is pendin g to be remodeled into a more friendly atmosphere by someone we all know the last I knew.

As for on site mini-golf. I know a little bit about it seeing as we are located at a fun center, though Its a little dif since we are at a FEC.

In my experience, anyone who is there for mini golf, is there for that and nothing else, despite the haunted attraction on location. Although, again, its a dif situation.

Also, as for a percentage of people who will go to the haunt AND the mini golf is about 25-30% probably with or with out a joint ticket.

I believe the main problem is that it is a time consuming "sport" of sorts. And the majority of haunt goers are in more of an adrenaline induced motive, and could be prone to skip the slow pace of putt putt.


just my 2 cents

Jonathan
07-24-2007, 08:13 AM
I wasn't aware it closed. That sucks it was a fun time. But I do agree, mini golf tends to have people hanging around too long and some are there for nothing more.

So any news on the re-opening of golf?

SpFXChic
07-25-2007, 10:05 AM
We have a black light mini-golf course here in one of our malls. It's been open for several years, so they must be doing ok. I think it's more kiddie-themed, though. There used to be one that was space-themed years ago, it didn't stay open too long.

I guess it would depend on your audience, the theme of the course itself and if you had more of a festival type atmosphere.

Dark Tiki Studios
03-08-2013, 11:28 PM
Here's a link to an independent "haunted golf" place (NOT part of the Monster Mini Golf chain):

http://www.ghostgolfconcord.com/photogallery.html

Dark Tiki Studios
03-08-2013, 11:45 PM
I know I'm dredging up an old thread, but I thought that might be better than starting a new one with the same topic?

I'm really interested to know if mini-golf (especially black light mini-golf) is still generally a profitable venture these days? I remember WickedFarmer writing something about mini-golf going over well at his haunt. I know Larry's company makes black light mini golf. I'm sure there are others on the Forum who have mini golf as well (with or without their haunt). My dream is to run an outdoor haunt during the season, and indoor black light mini golf year round. I'd love to hear some opinions on this topic, especially from anyone who's been in the mini golf biz.

I had the opportunity to go to Ghostly Manor (in Sandusky, OH) two years ago, and in addition to their excellent haunt, they had a small but incredible indoor black light mini golf course! It had full-on CGI (a wizard sends you on a quest!), and different holes triggered different FX.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/10707024@N04/8532814120/in/set-72157630534249770/

Dreamreaper
03-09-2013, 08:44 AM
We have talked about that for a few years. I thought you were already doing those Larry. I don't have the room for it at this time.

Darksidestew
03-09-2013, 02:50 PM
I think it will work if it was Zombie themed. Zombies are big now.

Stew