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Marshall Town Center welcomes mini-golf course

June 2, 2012
By LEVI CASTLE , Times-Republican

Opening on June 8 is an attraction like no other at the Marshall Town Center. A family's dreams will come to life as they open a thrilling new miniature golf course.

Jimmy Garland had juggled the idea of an in-home golf course with his wife Jonna for some time before the idea of making a business sprung up. With that, a dream was born when the family acquired a then-vacant space across from Bath & Body Works in the mall.

"When we were growing up, there was simply a lot more to do. With fun places like Skate Town and Aladdin's Castle now gone, we're trying to give the community as a whole a boost to family and kid fun. With two young ones of my own, it's easy to see why this is such a great opportunity," said Garland.

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Jimmy and Jonna Garland pose with their two daughters, Jade and Bailey outside the golf course’s entrance in the Marshall Town Center. The new attraction is expected to open on June 8.

The course, called Night Light Mini Golf, will feature all sorts of entertainment, even for those who aren't there to play the 9-hole game.

"We've got a seating area where people can sit down and enjoy fun drinks, some of which even glow in the dark," said Garland.

Speaking of glow in the dark, the golf course's entire lighting theme changes as drastically as a bowling alley does for Cosmic Bowling. That is, at a certain time of day, blacklights in the ceiling of the course are turned on to reveal the area in a completely new way. With the fluorescent lights off and the blacklights on, the course will literally be glowing, along with all of its patrons who happen to be wearing white or neon colors.

The theme for the golf course pays a fun homage to Marshalltown. As kids and parents make their way through the holes, they get to take a small tour through the town. For example, exploring the holes will have players navigating their way down a street, through a football stadium, and even next to Marshalltown High School's Roundhouse.

"Combining mini golf with a mini tour through Marshalltown is what we were hoping to achieve," said Garland.

Another feature of the course is that it will never stay the same.

"Every week we will add something new, and the themes will even change with the seasons," Garland said. "Decals on the wall will be differently decorated, holes will change, and the whole place will stay fresh with each season. People who spot the differences each week will even get a discount."

Prices will be around $4 for a full 9-hole game, and concession prices are yet to be announced. Beginning June 8, the course will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.



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