Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Novelty Golf and Games in Lincolnwood, Illinois.

Founded in 1949, Novelty Golf at 3650 West Devon Avenue in Lincolnwood, is still operating, hosting two-18 hole miniature golf courses. 
1980s Novelty Golf TV Commercial
I lived about 2 miles from Novelty Golf and my friends and I would play one of the courses. The 19th hole was actually a golf ball return, in a one-hole pinball style game. From the hundreds of games I played, I won a free game only one time. 
The ball return game is partially seen in the bottom left of this picture.
We'd spend almost all of our money in the game room. It was lit perfectly for a game room, with dim, indirect lighting. The "L" shaped room helped to keep the game noise down.
They had all the newest games, Asteroids, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Missile Command, Centipede, and a few Pinball machines. Later came more great games like Pole Position, Zaxxon, and Dragon's Lair which was the first arcade game to use cartoon footage.
Dragon's Lair Arcade Game - Full Play
Want to try Dragon's Lair? Click to download the Android game from Google Play. It is the original. What was your favorite arcade game? 
After we were done, it was off to the Bunny Hutch, which is next door and shares a parking lot, for a Hot Dog and fries.
By Neil Gale, Ph.D.

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