Night golf goes mini, goes indoors

October 21, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Play miniature golf at Waynesboro Family Billiards & Arcade and your ball, a waterfall and a volcano that it rolls past, even your pen and scorecard, glow in the dark.

The course is illuminated with lasers, a new technology for the Tri-State area, said Shawn Robinson, owner of the billiard parlor/arcade at 118 Walnut St. in space once occupied by a former outlet barn.

Robinson moved his business there in September from 406 E. Main St. when that building was sold. His new quarters are more than twice the size of the 6,000 square feet he had on East Main Street, he said.


The larger space has allowed him to expand and develop his venture into a family-oriented business. "That's the reason it's taking me longer to build it up," he said.

He's hoping his new 18-hole laser miniature golf course, with its special effects and simulated moving solar system, will attract families to the arcade.

Robinson also has created a room for children's birthday parties and bought arcade machines aimed at the younger set that allow them to win tickets they can turn in for prizes. He hopes to have a climbing wall, designed for children, in place by the end of the year, he said.

"We're already doing a lot of birthday parties," he said. "Parents won't have to leave the Waynesboro area now to find an arcade for birthday parties for their kids."

There is a row of arcade games against one wall and a soft-tipped dart game in a far corner. Four coin-operated, 7-foot pool tables and six 9-foot tables take up space in the main room.

The pool tables are for families, older teens who don't want to or can't go to a bar to play pool or players who want to enjoy the game where there's no smoking or drinking, Robinson said.

"I can't emphasize enough that I'm creating an environment for families," he said.

Behind the snack bar is the display room for new pool tables and accessories, dart games and accessories and used video game machines, pinball machines and jukeboxes that Robinson sells.

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