SCOTTSDALE – The way Arizonans play mini golf will never be the same at Putshack’s new location in Scottsdale.
Golfers should not only aim for holes, but also sink shots in beer pong and test their skills at roulette, bowling, trivial pursuit and hook four.
The two-story venue opened its doors Thursday, featuring four courses with nine holes each, neon lights, outdoor patios, a full bar and a DJ spinning all the right tracks to make the experience even more fun. The opening night crowd was steady throughout the night with mini golfers eager and eager to break the puttshack on the ninth.
Perhaps the unique hole designs are the most interesting to people. For example, golfers hit the ball off the tee and “win one of 10 beer pong cups,” says the Putshack website. A supertube is located in the middle – which emits a green light to distinguish it from the red cups – “with one hole guaranteed”.
Visitors can expect a new way to play mini golf. Putshack uses trackball technology to control balls during play. First, the players go in and get the ball from the “collect ball” distributor and place the ball on the black mark at the beginning of each hole. Once the surrounding lights turn green, golfers are free to play and statistics are calculated and stored. The screens above the holes show each player’s score. No paper or pencil needed.
Putshack doesn’t follow the usual putt-putt rules to score. The player with the highest score is declared the winner, rather than the player with the lowest score. Points are accumulated in various ways such as how many shots you take and getting a hole in one. Bonus points are also available on each hole. However, golfers should beware of the pitfalls. All players score can be deducted instantly.
“There’s no room for cheating,” said Putshack employee “Buzz” Butula. “You can’t cheat. Technology lets you have fun.
For convenience, patrons have the luxury of ordering drinks directly from the courses, with staff taking orders on an iPad and delivering drinks. Beverage options include cocktails, wine, beer, spirits, soda and coffee.
Visitors can reserve a table before or after their theater time to enjoy a meal or dessert. The menu includes a variety of food options, from Mediterranean lamb skewers, empanadas and Thai fried chicken to flatbreads, salads, burgers and sandwiches. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available.
Along with other golf experiences around Arizona, Puttshack ensures you stay on top of the competition. PopStroke, which partnered with Tiger Woods Ventures and opened a Glendale location in March, brings a similar experience. They plan to open a Scottsdale location in the future, according to the website.
“Places like PopStroke are more professional versions of mini golf,” says Butulan. “They’re designed for you to improve or make improvements. This (putshack) is a more casual, family-friendly setting.
“It’s more fun.”