FatherSon Ventures

Building a Relationship through Adventure

Putting Edge: A Review

Written By: Scot Butwell - Feb• 13•13


zep dom (2)Putting Edge isn’t the miniature golf course I grew up playing. There’s no castles or wishing wells. No split-second timing to avoid a windmill’s spinning blades, spitting your ball back to the beginning of the green.

This 18-hole course has black-lighted, fluorescent paintings of super freaky creatures on the walls, and you play in the semi-dark with neon golf balls. It’s like falling down a rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland.

But instead of rabbits wearing waist-coats and carrying pocket watches, there are paintings of neon green fire-breathing dragons emitting fluorescent flames, to create the perfect ambiance for a game of miniature golf.

It’s a great place for two dads to spend with their sons on a Saturday. The conversation between D and his friend Z on the ride there was as wacky as the course, a combination of sensical and non-sensical dialogue.

This was D’s first time riding in a friend’s car and listening to his happy chatter was my favorite part the day. D  shared the two books he brought with him. I only wish I had recorded the conversation between D and Z.

It was that fantastic.

I was both nervous and excited. I was anxious about how D would deal with the extremely sensory environment, but also excited to expand his social experiences in going with a friend.

The Wife complimented me for setting up the outing, but she also said it was a “stupid” idea. I think what she meant is: D might have trouble regulating his body on a miniature golf course.

If she only knew we were going to a glow-in-the-dark course with a fluorescent painting of a lizard with blood-soaked teeth…

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I left out the glow in the dark part in telling the Wife about our trip. It didn’t seem that pertinent to me, and maybe on a subconscious level, I knew it would only cause her to worry.

D looked ready to bolt into the neon wonderland when we arrived. His body was noticeably jittery as we stood on the edge of the course. But it had nothing to do with the neon colors.

He just needed to take a pee.

Nevertheless, as we began playing, it was obvious the neon environments affected him. He had difficulty standing still when it wasn’t his turn, and his body looked like he’d been injected with few volts of electricity.

Whenever it was my turn, I just quickly whacked my ball, and on the third hole, I glanced over to where D had been standing, and in my peripheral vision, I saw him streaking across the green on the next hole.

By the time I caught up with him, my objective for the day had changed: it was to just make it to the 18th hole. No idle chit chat. Just hit the ball and make progress on moving to the next hole.

I didn’t care about making par or aceing a hole or two. These were non-essential compared with advancing as fast as possible to the next hole.

No one bothered keeping score, and this was the fastest game of mini golf I’ve ever played. Somewhere, around the 12th hole, I was happy when I realized we were going to make it to the end of the course.

On the 16th hole, D climbed on a treasure chest, and the 17th hole, he tried pulling a giant sword from the ground with his friend Z, and I knew we’d overcome the sensory challenge, and we probably seemed like any other foursome on the course.

Of course, I owe a huge thank you to my friend R. Without his extra eye on D, we would never have made it through the course.

Afterwards, D and I shot attacking spiders and whacked frogs in the video arcade, and we were playing with only our imagination. No quarters necessary.

Sometimes, the best thing to happen to a father and son is to fall down into a rabbit hole.


This is Richard and his son Zeppelin at Denny’s following our visit to Putting Edge.


Think Putting Edge for your next event! From a simple night out, to fundraisers and birthday parties, Putting Edge makes the event planning and execution process easy and hassle free.  Enjoy a fun, one of a kind experience when you host a glow-in-the-dark event at Putting Edge!  And thanks to Putting Edge for the compliment tickets to enjoy a father-son adventure.


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