For many of us, it wouldn’t be summer without a few rounds of mini golf. But with the rainy summer we’ve had, what’s a mom to do? Check out Glowgolf in Springfield, an indoor mini golf that’s fun regardless of what is happening outside.
When you walk in, the space looks like a giant party. It’s dark (but not so dark that you can’t see what you’re doing) with black lights and disco lights
The golf course itself is very basic – the fun is not in an elaborate theme, but in the lighting. Some holes were fairly simple (my 6 year old got a hole in one) and some were very difficult (even the adults took the maximum number of strokes). It was a nice mix, and we liked the fact that they were mixed together, instead of getting progressively harder. My daughter also really liked the “recharging” stations for the balls – tubes with powerful lights to keep them glowing.
It’s a long course – 27 holes – and you get to go through it TWICE. That was way too much golf for my 6 year old as we barely made it through the first 27. We were told we could go have lunch and come back to play our second round, which would be a great option for families with younger children, but my daughter had played enough golf for the day. But for older kids, 54 holes of glow golf would be an awesome way to spend an entire afternoon.
We definitely had fun playing, but Glowgolf is better suited towards tweens and teens. The black lights started to bother us after awhile, and I don’t think younger children have the attention span to play 54 holes of mini golf in the dark. But the older kids who were playing really enjoyed it, and they liked that you really got your money’s worth – 54 holes of mini golf takes a few hours to play. (we played fast and it took us nearly 90 minutes to play 27). It’s a small space for 27 holes of golf as the holes are small and squeezed in. It wasn’t too crowded when we were there, but we still felt like we were right on top of other families. If it was crowded, it would be much worse. The facility also needs additional staffing. We were there on a summer Sunday and there was only one teenager working in the entire space. He was doing the best he could, but he could only be in one place at a time.
One other note: I do NOT recommend Glowgolf for children with sensory issues. Between the lights and loud music, it would not be a successful outing.
Before You Go
- Glowgolf Springfield is located in the shopping center with Whole Foods & Walgreens. It’s at the opposite end from Whole Foods – the signage is not great, so it was a little hard to find at first.
- 54 holes of golf will cost you $10 for adults, $8 for children 5-12, and $5 for children 4 and under. They had a family discount available, which takes a dollar or two off of your cost if you have 3 or more playing. It’s more expensive than most mini-golf in the area, but not so bad when you factor in that it covers 54 holes instead of the standard 18. There is also a laser maze challenge available for $3 a game (we didn’t check it out).
- There was only one bathroom available for the entire facility. Another family complained about this. On a crowded day, I could see where it could be a problem.
- No food or drink is allowed in the facility, but there are kid-friendly dining options in the same shopping center, including BGR – The Burger Joint, Austin Grill, and Whole Foods.
- Summer hours are noon – 9 pm Monday – Friday, 9 am – 9 pm Saturday, and noon – 5 pm Sunday. When school is in session, Glow Golf is open 4 pm – 9 pm during the week.
Photos by Mara Surridge.