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With all the crazy sports, sporting events or contests out there in this world, Crazy Cosmic Golf on Friday nights at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa can definitely be placed within the “weird” category.

The dark spin on mini-golf ranks up there in the “weird” category with the Polar Bear Club; professional hot dog eating contests; hog calling; milk chugging; caber tosses; and, of course, running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

By Brian Bergner Jr.

Larson Newspapers

With all the crazy sports, sporting events or contests out there in this world, Crazy Cosmic Golf on Friday nights at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa can definitely be placed within the “weird” category.

The dark spin on mini-golf ranks up there in the “weird” category with the Polar Bear Club; professional hot dog eating contests; hog calling; milk chugging; caber tosses; and, of course, running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Of course there’s always shucking corn; turkey calling; who can belch the loudest; egg eating; and that Olympic sport called curling.

Some of the aforementioned sporting events or contests could be considered a little over the edge, or even dangerous. But Crazy Cosmic Golf is good, clean family fun with games and prizes at every corner.

At the only miniature golf course in the Verde Valley, glow in the dark necklaces, golf balls and greens are putting the zany back in Crazy Cosmic Golf.

Los Abrigados Resort & Spa opens their doors to the First Piggy Mini-Golf Course every Friday night from 8 p.m. through 9:30 p.m.

Fees for guests and owners of the resort are $6 a person, $7 for the public.

“It’s an absolutely fun, safe, Friday night. Adults and children have an equal advantage in Crazy Cosmic Golf and it’s fun for the whole family,” Crazy Cosmic Golf Supervisor Chrystal Plapp said.

The First Piggy Family Mini-Golf Course becomes the neon light of Sedona’s new night life with a glow-in-the-dark environment, contests and lots of prizes.

Players can win anything from glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth, golf balls, tattoos and even pizza.

A new contest begins every 20 minutes, challenging its players to get a hole-in-one to win the prize. The top prize, of course, is a free pizza.

“Playing golf here is fun, and hanging out and spending time with my family is even better,” 11-year-old Joshua Moody said.

Beginning on hole one, players start the course with some curiosity. Holes one through three are quite easy. Many children have no trouble making par, but as the course turns a tight corner around a tree, players begin to find out that it’s not so easy.

“Some of the holes are challenging, but that’s the fun,” Sierra Vista resident and frequent Sedona visitor Bill Hagrel said.

In the middle of all the commotion, Plapp steps in with a psychedelic light claiming it’s time for another game.

Players gather around a hole with a bridge to the green and are asked to get the ball across the bridge in one shot. If they do so, they will receive a certificate for a free round of golf.

Many faces light up the dark sky as thoughts of “this will be easy” and “I got this” pop up, but in fact, only two actually hit the shot.

At the end of the night, mini-golfers seemed pleased with their performance as it was all in good fun. Parties are welcome and families are encouraged to come out and join in the festivities. Crazy Cosmic Golf may even be a good date idea for those who just want to have fun.

Practice keeping those keen eyes on the ball, but beware of the resident phantom of the fairway, UFO of the hole-in-one and galactic golfer, as players just might get a visit from the extraterrestrial creature.


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