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Posted on Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 1:41 p.m.

Miniature golf destination Putt N Glow on Jackson Road plans to close

By Nathan Bomey

Putt N Glow Recreation Center LLC, an indoor miniature golf venue in Scio Township, plans to close.

The business, which opened in March 2007 at 3900 Jackson Road, plans to continue operating through Aug. 28, co-owner Mike Hanss said.


Mike Hanss (not pictured) opened Putt N Glow in 2007 with co-owners Michael and Julie Hanss and Sue Souder.

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"As a entertainment place, we’re one of the first places that people will cut out of their budget," Hanss said this afternoon. "We certainly felt the effect of that."

The business, which maintained an 18-hole glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course in a building just west of Quality 16 movie theater, is offering its assets for sale, including its equipment and intellectual property, for $9,800.

Putt N Glow operates in the same facility as the former Jungle Java franchise, a play cafe that closed in April. Owners of the Jungle Java franchise briefly opened a new business in the same location called Mocha Mountain, but that business promptly closed after Jungle Java's corporate offices filed a federal lawsuit alleging various contractual violations.

Hanss suggested today that Jungle Java's closure "hurt us, too."

He rejected a suggestion that the other miniature golf destination in the Ann Arbor area, Putterz on Washtenaw Avenue in Ypsilanti Township, out-muscled Putt N Glow in the marketplace.

On its website, Putt N Glow said the decision to close was based on a desire among the ownership "to dedicate their time and effort on their families."

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Fri, Aug 5, 2011 : 1:50 p.m.

thanks BAMMA and all the other crooks in Lansing and D.C..

John B.

Fri, Aug 5, 2011 : 3:44 p.m.


Dr. Vag

Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 9:59 p.m.

Nailing my usual 300-400 yard drives was difficult at this place. I was also always afraid of hitting anyone with my killer back swing in such close quarters. The greens were well kept, but sadly, not watering hole after the back nine.


Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 9:16 p.m.

The people there were nice. It was a very simple course, though, so the kids quickly outgrew it.


Thu, Aug 4, 2011 : 8:57 p.m.

Try Zap Zone Glow Putt. That is a challenge.


Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 8:05 p.m.

Bad signage & crummy parking lot.


Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 7:27 p.m.

I have driven past it numerous times in the past. Took our daughter there as an option for a birthday party. Wasn't much to offer there. So we went to Putterz. There is a glow in the dark putt putt on Ford Road in Canton. If you know where Zap Zone is, then you found it. If this had a Zap Zone then this place would be hustling. Otherwise, parking was bad and so was the location. Needed to be more downtown. Sorry to see it go. But not a good location for us.


Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 11:17 p.m.

Bad parking? At least there was parking! Where would you park downtown?


Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 7:23 p.m.

That place was as ghetto as it gets.

Clinton Resident

Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 7:18 p.m.

Didn't even know it existed. Maybe it would have helped to advertise more and bring out the UM students and other A2 people looking for things to do around town.