The greatest and most obvious benefit of operating an indoor course is that the weather does not impact the business.
“You don’t need to worry about the cold, or it being too hot, or wind, rain, sleet or snow, so you have the potential for a year-round business,” said Rob Stevens, owner of Shankz Black Light Miniature Golf in The Woodlands, Texas. “The outdoor courses have more wear and tear from the weather as well, with the sun beating down on the greens and the rain and snow making things muddy and wet.”
Even though King Neptune’s Indoor Blacklight 3-D Mini Golf is in the vacation hotspot of Virginia Beach, owner Mark Brownell still sees packed courses whether summer or winter.
“This is something a little different than what a traditional putt-putt course offers,” he said. “We have a lot of tourists so new people come every year, but our locals enjoy it as well.”
Being indoors allows for a mini-golf course to be more secure as it’s much easier to watch what’s happening on every hole. Inside also makes it more conducive to add a gift shop, private party rooms and other extras that you just can’t do with an outdoor course.
Sound also works better indoors as it’s easier to run a music system, and holes can even be wired for specific songs or sound effects.