A new miniature golf course is opening in Gastonia, NC

Monster Mini Golf location offers indoor entertainment, including arcade games, mini bowling, a laser maze and miniature golf.

Monster Mini Golf location offers indoor entertainment, including arcade games, mini bowling, a laser maze and miniature golf.

It’s been just over a year since Saturday Night Live coined Charlotte’s “Gateway to Gastonia,” – they may have been right. Monster Mini Golf opened a location in the University area in March 2021, and a new location will open later this year – in Gastonia.

Each Monster Mini Golf location offers indoor entertainment, including arcade games, mini bowling, a laser maze and miniature golf.

But not just any miniature golf. Each course has its own animated Monster-themed art and black lights, providing a spooky and surprise-filled glow in the dark putt-putt experience for guests.

Owners are eyeing a mid-2022 opening date for the Gastonia location. Individual mini golf games start at $ 10, and three month passes – which include Unlimited mini golf for two, a $ 10 arcade credit and more benefits – cost $ 99. Monster Mini Golf has food, drinks, private event space and several birthday packages to accommodate both children and parents.

Mini golf grows up

Mini golf is making a comeback – but it’s not always your grandad’s mini golf. Stroke opened at Plaza Midwood in 2020, and Puttery opened in the South End last year. Both indoor mini golf attractions cater to millenials – with an emphasis on Cocktails and a 21+ age restriction for some or all of their operating hours.

Monster Mini Golf has evolved from the mini golf that millennials grew up playing, too. You’re hard pressed to find a Putt-Putt Fun Center anymore, although the chain that started in Fayetteville in 1954 dotted North Carolina with locations throughout the 90s. Animal statues and an adorable orange golf ball mascot often identified these locations that were often empty in the winter and filled with sweaty kids (and tired parents) throughout the summer.

Monster Mini Golf operates nearly 30 locations across the United States and Canada. The University location is open seven days a week.

Monster Mini Golf

Location: 3900 E Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28056 (opening in 2022)

Neighborhood: Gastonia

Instagram: @monsterminigolfgastonia

Location: 230 E WT Harris Blvd Suite C-4, Charlotte, NC 28262

Neighborhood: University City

Instagram @monsterminigolfcharlotte

This story was Originally published May 12, 2022 6:00 AM.

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