This week marked the much anticipated opening of “Kiss, by Monster Mini Golf”. Thursday was the official Black Carpet opening event, complete with all current members of Kiss, local celebs, and the winner of the “Kiss Off” Kiss cover band contest, Mr Speed.
I wasn’t able to attend the Grand Opening, but I did make it out Sunday to experience what was sure to be the most rockin Mini Golf experience ever!
The weather was perfect for an indoor adventure as Sunday proved to be cold, cloudy, and windy here in Vegas.
My expectations were pretty high for this place. They have been hyping it up for months. Starting with the Kiss Cover Band Contest at the Hard Rock Hotel (which we attended and it was pretty fun, especially considering it was a free event and open to kids!) a contest to crown Lady Demon, who will be the representative of Kiss Mini Golf, the press releases, Twitter Posts, and Facebook page countdown, all promised not only Mini Golf, but a Kiss store, Cafe, Arcade, and Wedding Chapel.
Although I over all had a great time here, and believe they will do well, I also feel that some of these promises are loosely interpreted.
When you enter Kiss Mini Golf there is a very impressive aquarium surrounded by a wall of Amps. Super cool and ff to a great start!
Straight ahead and up a few stairs is the Kiss gift shop. Here they had the usual Kiss stuff and also some things I had not seen before. The shop wasn’t too big, but big enough, and also had some higher end items like limited edition bass guitars, jewelry, and custom made feather purses, which I would’ve picked up if I had an extra $400 on me! They also had some crazy stuff like Rice Krispy treats with Kiss stickers on them, but if you know Gene then you know that dude will brand ANYTHING!
To the left of the door, across from the aquarium is the counter to get cards for the video games, pay for mini golf, and turn in your tickets for prizes. Every employee that we had contact with while we were here was really great. Very friendly, very helpful, and appeared genuinely happy. I was really a pleasure dealing with the staff and I hope they stay that way! A golf game per person is $11.95 and they offer $2.00 off if you’re local, so that was pretty cool. Also, at the counter was a sign promoting a Kiss iphone App to keep score, which seemed intriguing. I thought it was free, but I forgot I was dealing with Gene Simmons! I sucked it up and bought the App since A) that’s a pretty cool idea B) I REALLY hate pencils and C) they promised Kiss trivia at every hole.
Of course I’ve been a Kiss fan for a long time so most of the trivia was a refresher, but what I didn’t know is that when Kiss tours in Germany they use a different “S” than everywhere else. Hey thanks for the info Kiss Mini Golf iphone App! Anyway, it was fun keeping score on the phone, but a bitch taking my phone in and out of my purse 100 times. Note to self: pockets next time.
Beyond the counter is the arcade.
Really this was not a dedicated arcade, but more of a pass through to the golf area. They had a few driving games, Deal or No Deal, a couple shooting games (where my husband and daughter proceeded to kill an hour and a half) and a few other random games. Honestly I was expecting more out of this. My vision was more old school and pin ballesque in nature. They did have a vintage Kiss Pinball machine up front, but for display purposes only. I was thinking they could at least get a replica to play in the arcade and as I said, I thought that space would be a bit bigger and more of an actual arcade, but I guess it gets the job done. There’s a lot to look at anyway: Kiss themed glow in the dark painting on the walls, which is always a pleasure! I especially enjoyed the Kiss Army story re-told along the far wall. I love that story!
The music was great, but since we were there probably longer than most would be, I think they just loop the same set of songs over and over even though they have a live DJ on site. That was a bit disappointing as it’s a rock themed venue and there are enough rock songs around to not have to get repetitive. Technically there are enough Kiss songs alone that they wouldn’t need to repeat and Kiss is touring with Motley Crue this summer, can we get a few Crue tunes thrown in 🙂
As for the rest of the place the cafe is NOT a cafe. It is a snack bar. Do NOT be fooled. I didn’t go there to eat, but if I had I would have been hugely disappointed. I think the wedding chapel should be enhanced. It looked very plain and not “Kissed” enough by any means and the restrooms should’ve had the theme carried on in there as well. It’s the little things ya know? Especially in Vegas. There’s a lot to live up to here.
And finally the golf. The course was laid out very well to make the most of space. I thought it would be bigger, but the props were huge and looked great so all was forgiven. The 18 holes were challenging, but not too hard and there were employees roaming the course showering free tickets on everyone that got a hole in one…Craig and I each got one and Morgan got two!
Finally, after putting up a giant replica of Gene Simmons tongue, the course was over and it was time to head home.
On the way out they asked us what our scores were, and gave the person with the lowest score (Morgan, she lost by 2) a card to come back and play for free cuz she needed more practice! Another cool bonus.
Also, they had mentioned to let the staff at the prize counter know your scores to see if you won the prize of the day or something to that effect. Bascially what they ended up doing was adding your score to the amount of tickets you turned in so that was another surprise and a very cool thing for them to do!
So after raking in the prizes: a light up spider necklace, plastic purple glasses circa 1985, a guitar pencil, and a few temporary tattoos, we left smiling.
Even though it wasn’t quite everything I thought it would be I loved it none the less. What can I say, Kiss does things on a huge scale so I went in with Kiss sized expectations!
But I will go back.
It’s perfect for those cold, windy desert days and the summer days when it’s even Hot In The Shade!