Mini-Golf With A Glow

Mini-golf is a veritable Jersey Shore institution. The latest incarnation—black-light mini-golf—hopes to become a new wave twist on an old favorite.

Griffins snarl. A wizard casts a spell. And golfers carefully line up their shots as black lights illuminate their clothes. It’s not your typical golf scene, but this is no typical golfing experience.

Rather, this is Medieval Fantasy Miniature Golf, promoted as the only indoor-outdoor black-light mini-golf course at the Jersey Shore. Located on a rooftop between 13th and 14th Streets on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Medieval Fantasy is in its second year of challenging and entertaining visitors to this seaside town on the northern border of Cape May County.

Night manager Ray Bierbrunner says Medieval Fantasy went to Harris Miniature Golf in nearby Wildwood, the premier mini-golf architectural firm on the East Coast, and asked for something special for the new rooftop course. There has been a trend away from the traditional windmills and grizzly bears guarding easy holes.

More recently, courses have gone for a realistic look, with doglegs and sand traps and perhaps a bit of water.
It was time for something completely different. What Harris came up with was a series of fantasy scenes under the glow of black lights, those old-time hippie accessories—now that old-time hippies have grandkids in search of fun. Seven of Medieval Fantasy’s nineteen holes are inside and feature black lights.

“Kids get dressed up in tie-dye and white, which reflects the black light,” says Bier-brunner. An added benefit: The indoor holes are good for rainy-day business.

The air-conditioned course is $6.50 before 6 pm and $7.50 thereafter. For further information contact 609-938-0579,

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