Heart of Darkness

Imagine an indoor, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course that feels like Alice in Wonderland meets Tron -- with a dash of Dr. Timothy Leary thrown in. That's the Putting Edge in Westminster.

If you're looking for tunnels and giant windmills, you won't find them here. This "carpeted country club," located in the Westminster Promenade, at 10661 Westminster Boulevard, is separated into four distinct regions offering various challenges and backdrops. The first four holes are set in an enchanted jungle, complete with ersatz palm trees, toucans and monkeys. The course then turns through the ocean deep and continues into the medieval era before taking players through a haunted swamp. That's where they'll find ominous trees, toadstools and every reptile under the...black light. About the only typical touch is the final hole, where Skee-Ball physics are crucial to winning a free game.

The atmosphere is a change of pace in itself. An endless supply of '80s classics (non-stop Journey, anyone?) and the Spencer Gifts-style shop (minus the dirty greeting cards) hark back to an era when jeans were pegged and everything was fluorescent. Grown-up guys might scan the place for their eighth-grade girlfriends; hot-pink leg warmers and hair doused in Aqua Net would fit right in.

Slacks and collared shirts are not required at this course, but beware of the weird lighting: Golfers who show up wearing dingy clothes from the bottom of the hamper will find their stains on display.

Call 720-887-1177 for information, or visit www.putting-edge.com. -- Cub Buenning

Like a Fine Wine
Vintage cars get better with age
SUN, 8/15

Used to be if you were looking to show off your beautifully restored 1969 Class V Formula Vee, the best thing you could do was nonchalantly park it at Colorado and I-25, take off your shirt and start washing that sucker, just like it was sitting in your driveway. Fortunately for passive motorists and car enthusiasts alike, car clubs Nostalgia Racing and Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing have combined efforts to produce the Colorado Vintage Race, a more reasonable forum for classic-car gawking. Serving as the closing event for the CENTRIX Financial Grand Prix of Denver, the race will roll out a 36-car barrage of vintage foreign and domestic vehicles from the '50s, '60s and '70s, including Porsches, BMWs, Corvettes, Mustangs, Shelbys and Austin Minis. Drivers selected by each organizing club will race the beauties on the Grand Prix's nine-turn, 1.65-mile temporary street course that curves around the Pepsi Center.

The Vintage competition takes place today from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Admission is included in the price of a Grand Prix ticket ($20 to $105, available in one- to three-day packages; children twelve and under admitted free with a paying adult). Purchase Prix tix at the Pepsi Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets or www.grandprixofdenver.com. -- Adam Cayton-Holland

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Cub Buenning
Adam Cayton-Holland

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