ESTERO — Miniature golf has gone dark.
The second area indoor glow-in-the-dark Glowgolf has opened, at Coconut Point mall in Estero. It’s near the Target.
The first opened last fall in the former Borders bookstore building at Gulf Coast Town Center in San Carlos Park.
Indoor golf has been a fun, different option since it arrived in Southwest Florida, said Amanda Frantz, who oversees the Gulf Coast and Coconut Point sites.
“People come from the restaurants and bars at Gulf Coast at night to play,” she said. “It’s air-conditioned, it’s indoors and it’s in the summertime when it rains a lot.”
Cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children 5 and younger. Gulf Coast offers 54 holes and the Coconut Point location has 27 holes that customers can play twice.
“We’re very much a value concept,” said Chris McGinnis, Glowgolf marketing director.
The concept of indoor golf is similar to black light or “cosmic” bowling. Glowgolf provides fluorescent golf balls, putters, course obstacles and wall décor that glow under black lights.
Music plays as golfers tackle the course in bright green, red, blue, purple and other neon colors.
The first Glowgolf opened in 2003 in Opry Mills shopping mall in Nashville, Tenn. The Wichita, Kan.-based company has grown to 30 stores, McGinnis said.
Glowgolfs are decorated in three themes — sea, space and jungle. Coconut Point features a sea design while the Gulf Coast store is decked out in a space motif.
“We’re constantly growing,” McGinnis said of the company. “We add a few more stores every year.”
Glowgolf is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Florida has two other Glowgolf locations, in Sarasota and Merritt Island. Glowgolf also has indoor miniature golf courses in Colorado, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.