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Glowing with the flow

Haunted house proprietor branches out with indoor miniature golf emporium


by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Glowing Greens owner Ray Latocki putts at the 18th hole as 'Larry' the alien hovers above. Latocki's grandson, Remi, provides his voice to the alien.As far as competitive games go, traditional 18-hole golf falls on the stodgier end of the sports spectrum.

With its wacky, whimsical props, miniature golf — the kind you find at campgrounds and beach resorts — ratchets up the fun, family-oriented factor by a notch or two.

Compared to those activities, Glowing Greens Blacklight Mini Golf Alien Invasion — which throws black light, DayGlo colors, 3-D visuals and taunting, sarcastic monsters into the mix — is an altogether different, more mind-blowing experience.

The brainchild of Beaverton resident Raymond Latocki, who’s operated 13th Door Haunted House in Beaverton for years, Glowing Greens opened its second location, adjacent to 13th Door at 3855 S.W. Murray Blvd. in late February.

Glowing Greens offers individual and group rounds for nine or 18 holes of indoor, 3-D miniature golf seven days a week, nearly every day of the year, for individuals and families of all ages.

Latocki, 51, whose family operates the original Glowing Greens in downtown Portland, says the new attraction offers off-the-wall fun as well as challenges for the more competitively minded.

“Whether you’re a novice or a professional, you’re going to have a good time. We designed the course for fun, but it can be challenging as well. It’s a smaller course. Anybody who plays outside will still have the skill level inside, but it’s on a tighter course and the geometry is different.”

Geometry is not the only thing “different” at Glowing Greens.

Those familiar with 13 Door’s elaborately chilling sets will recognize Latocki’s delightfully skewed gothic vision when they don 3-D glasses and take on the sensory stimulating course. Along the outer space-like, alien invasion-themed landscape, players encounter all manner of brain-twisting sound effects and visuals, including laser gun-toting aliens and ghouls, pneumatically powered contraptions, and floating snails, meteors, eyes and skeletons.

Latocki realized his vision with input from his family, with St. Louis-based artist Jeff May bringing ideas to life with vivid DayGlo-brand paint colors. by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Ray Latocki, owner of 13th Door Haunted House, stands in front of an eye painted on a wall at his remodeled business, Glowing Greens, an indoor black-light miniature golf course.

“It’s my course design and my layout,” Latocki says. “I told (May) what I was looking for and let him have fun with it.”

The different colors of paint interacting with black light tubes on the ceiling make the features spring to life when customers put on the Chromodepth 3-D glasses Latocki provides.

“All the paint is (ultraviolet light) reflective,” he explains. “It makes the paint phosphorescent with the black light. The glasses give the 3-D effect.”

Even the golf balls come in multiple shades of DayGlo.

“Using the different colors of the spectrum makes them appear either farther away or closer,” he observes.

Yogoth, also known as “Larry,” a towering, hard-hat wearing space monster spews sarcastic commentary based on a player’s skill, or more accurately, lack thereof. Latocki moved Yogoth over from 13th Door Haunted House and recontextualized the monster as Larry to reduce the level of predictability for those visiting the popular Halloween-season attraction this fall.

“You can’t repurpose things constantly in the haunted house,” he says. “So we made (Yogoth) more comical and anime.”

His voice comes courtesy of Latocki’s 5-year-old grandson, Remi.

“Most of the things he says all the time, we incorporated,” Latocki says of Remi. “He loves commercials. He’s always seemed to find ways to become involved in the business.”

Well aware that many of the adult customers of 13th Door and Glowing Greens, including businesses that rent out the spaces for events, like to make a party of the attractions, Latocki leaves the intoxication factor up to each customer.

“We don’t offer alcohol because that’s not what we’re here for,” he says. “As long as people are having fun, I don’t care what they do. I just want you to come in, have fun and leave with a happy experience.”by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Aliens seem to take their positions at the Glowing Greens Blacklight Mini Golf Alien Invasion course on Southwest Murray Boulevard.

Greens in black light

What: Glowing Greens Blacklight Mini Golf, an indoor, 18-hole miniature golf course featuring 3-D visuals in an alien invasion-themed landscape

Where: 3855 S.W. Murray Blvd., next to Kmart

Owners: Beaverton residents Raymond and Ellen Latocki

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, noon-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon to midnight

Prices: $10, adults 12 and older; $10 children 11 and younger, $9 seniors over 55 and military members; $1.50 off prices before 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Call: 503-520-1586

Website: glowinggreens.com