A Gigantic Tech-Infused Mini Golf Concept Bar Has Opened In Oakbrook Center

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A Gigantic Tech-Infused Mini Golf Concept Bar Has Opened In Oakbrook Center

UK-based Puttshack’s new 25,000 sq mini-golf bar is the first of many to come stateside.

You don’t have to like golf to love Puttshack’s high-energy, action-packed mini-golf bars. Something about the laidback hangout booth, flashing lights, and constant influx of margaritas really make for one hole of a good time whichever way your opinion swings. If that’s the vibe you’re going for, but could use a bit of work on your short game, then you’ll want to tap into Puttshack this year.

Originally slated to open towards the end of 2020, plans were put on hold due to the pandemic, and the “upscale, tech-infused mini-golf experience” has now finally opened in Oakbrook Center.

The exciting new mini-golf concept bar has been kitted out with four custom-made, tech-infused mini-golf courses powered by Puttshack’s patented Trackaball™ technology. The 25,000-square-foot venue previously inhabited by the Lord & Taylor store will also have a bar offering food and drinks, and a private event space.

Want to play a round of putt-putt but are self-aware enough of your Happy Gilmore-esque tendencies? Perhaps Puttshack is the place for you. The retro, arcade-style miniature golf experience goes ixnay on scorecards and promotes a fun-and-games-type atmosphere instead with a digital prize wheel.

Though, if you really have something to prove, or have money riding on the game, the course does have an Interactive Digital Leaderboard to keep track of scores.

The 25,000-square-foot venue has opened with a whimsical mix of neon-lit courses wherein each hole offers its own unique, interactive game: “That means you can be working on your Beer Pong skills at one hole and then testing out your pop culture knowledge at our True or False hole,” the company writes on its website.

Because putt putt – and golf by extension – can really work up a sweat, Puttshack offers  a globally inspired full cocktail bar and dining menu including edible options “from vegans to omnivores and cocktail connoisseurs.”

Chicago’s Oak Brook mall space in the city’s western suburb will be one of many new U.S. locations with plans in the works to open at least six more U.S. locations by the end of 2022. An Atlanta Puttshack which opened at The Interlock in April 2021 will be followed by locations in Miami, Boston, Houston, Scottsdale, and Nashville as well as another Chicago location planned for Downtown.

Prices shown on Puttshack.com’s Oak Brook page are currently listed as $8.00 for Juniors (12 & Under) and $12.00 for both Young Adults (13-20) and Adults (21+).

[Featured image: @puttshack_uk]

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