ith the Waste Management Phoenix Open and golf courses at limited capacity, it can be hard to scratch the golf itch that comes with warmer weather.
Tempe Marketplace and Desert Ridge Marketplace stepped in to fill that void with Teed Up, a free, nine-hole, neon-lit course that is open until March 21. Its supplies equipment — clubs, balls, scorecards and pencils — are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The event is held at Tempe Marketplace near The District Stage and H&M. At North Phoenix’s Desert Ridge Marketplace, the course is by the AMC Theatre.
Patrons are asked to keep their spaces clean, frequently wash and sanitize their hands, and wear masks inside stores and throughout the center. Masks will be enforced, and sanitization stations will be available for guests.
“We want every guest to have fun, but safety is still our main concern, though,” said Katie Hauptman, marketing manager for Vestar, which owns the two shopping centers.
“Everything is sanitized.”
Clubs and balls are cleaned after every use, and pencils are disposed of. The holes are safety spaced, and groups can socially distance while working their way through the course.
Hauptman said they are determined to keep guests as safe as possible. Not only will the surfaces around the mini-golf course be sanitized, but both shopping centers will frequently attend to seating areas, dining areas, door handles/ knobs, restrooms, trash cans and drinking fountains
Every scorecard can be redeemed for prizes and deals to shops and eateries that are listed on the back.
The courses’ operating hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays.
“We encourage guests to come at night. The lights are really special at night,” Hauptman said.
The course is provided by Mini Golf on the Go, Arizona’s Mini Golf that Comes to you. This Arizona-based business provides neon-lit courses with obstacles throughout Arizona while also supplying fun entertainment to children, adults and families. The courses are a safer outdoor entertainment option to plan during the weekend.