Hot spots for summertime fun, the Valley’s mini-golf courses offer challenging — and wacky — entertainment
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Monster Mini-Golf in Middletown is populated with aliens and UFOs
There are 29 Monster Mini-Golf franchises around the country, each one striving to be, in the words of founders Christina and Patrick Vitagliano, “the Millennium Falcon of mini-golf.” The analogy is well-suited to the Middletown franchise, which (in a nod to the alleged UFO sightings in nearby Pine Bush during the ’80s) features an extraterrestrial theme. It’s not quite Monsters vs. Aliens, though, because there are plenty of both. The 12-foot-tall giant, the purple people-eater, the three-headed dog Cerberus — they all vie for attention on the otherworldly, glow-in-the-dark 18-hole mini-course.
Highlight: The blacklit fun is presided over by a deejay spinning favorites that will have Mom and Dad groovin’.
What’s new: The two party rooms, which can accommodate giant-sized gatherings. “We do a lot of birthday parties,” explains president Mike Beck.
Next hole: Yummies Ice Cream & Mini-Golf Café in Highland