King Putt – Henderson, NV

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Played on January 14, 2013

Reviewed by Mr. Tee

After playing King Putt in Las Vegas, we were on the fence about sneaking in a 3rd game for the day. We had already played three indoor courses, in addition to other adventures on our short trip and neither of us were sure if the course in Henderson was worth the extra effort out to the burbs. King Putt in Henderson is only 30 minutes away from the airport and the staff member at the Vegas location said it was a completely different course in both theme and play. We’re easy to convince and left Las Vegas for the burbs on our final night in town.

We drove on a chilly Monday night to the Henderson location nestled in a cookie cutter suburban strip mall. The place was crammed with kids waiting to have their soccer photos taken and as we began playing, we were tailed by a young boy named Diego. He managed to follow us through half of the course to take in the sights and sounds. Diego’s mother yanked him away but clearly he was as intrigued as we were with the experience at King Putt.

Rating:

Birdie – Not only was the Henderson location better than the Las Vegas King Putt course but as far as black light courses go, it’s incredibly creative and innovative. Most black light courses rest their laurels on the bright UV-A enhanced play area and the play remains relatively “flat”. At King Putt, several holes implement mechanical elevators and hydraulic canons to transport the ball both vertically and horizontally across the indoor space. We tried to capture it in video and photos below as best as possible but our documentation doesn’t do justice to the experience of watching the ball loop and whizz across the room. On one hole, a coffin opens and closes and as you move towards the cup. One of the most intriguing holes allowed for the use of a canon that you could aim and shoot towards the cup. Much to my dismay, it was not functioning on our visit. Audio elements were added enhance the mummy theme on a number of holes as well. This course barely falls short of a Hole-In-One rating and I’m intrigued to return here to play all of the holes when they are fully functioning.

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Solid ball selection and display
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This hallway reminds me of freshman year college dorms
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What’s in the desk??
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Walkin’ like an Egyptian
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Knock it through the Sphinx
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Coffin opened and closed as you played through this hole
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Explosive ramp
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Winding path to the cup

Video highlights:

Pros:

Lots of mechanical devices to enhance the play
Consistent mummy/Egyptian theme
Interactive hazards / obstacles

Cons:

Few malfunctioning mechanisms that affected play

King Putt Website

Nerdy Notes:

  • 18 holes, Par 42, 6 stroke limit
  • Cost: General – $8.50
    Students, Seniors (55+), Military- $7.00
    Children 3 and under: free with paid adult
    Re-play (play a 2nd round the same day!): $4.00
  • Max 4 players per group
  • Chance for a free game on final hole
  • Glow-in-the-Dark rubber putter covers and balls
  • No flags in holes.
  • Larger arcade and space than the Las Vegas location
  • Laser tag area in this location as well
  • No food and beverages on the course

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