Molly Nehring, 9, and her sister Maddie, 6, of
Germantown retrieve their golf balls from a neon decoration
at Brisingamen’s Indoor Miniature Golf on Tuesday afternoon
in Hartford. The course on North Main Street is in black
John Ehlke/Daily News
HARTFORD — Dianne Klabunde always wanted to own an amusement
park, but has settled on opening an indoor miniature golf course
“You really can’t go to a bank and ask for a loan for that (an
amusement park), so an indoor miniature golf course is feasible,
especially in Wisconsin when you need to be able to operate all
seasons,” Klabunde said.
Lucas Wetzel, Klabunde’s husband, said he thought it was an
interesting idea when she told him she wanted to open an indoor
miniature golf business.
“We would play mini golf all the time, so I was on board,”
Their business, Brisingamen’s Indoor Miniature Golf, 64 N. Main
St., also offers black light miniature golf. Parties, arcade
games and snacks, like chips and soda, are also offered.
“The black light, the brilliance of the colors are very
eye-catching,” Klabunde said. “It adds a fun touch for everyone,
especially the younger kids.”
Klabunde said they stumbled across the miniature golf course in
September and opened the business in November.
“There’s a gentleman that lives in Marion that owns a
construction company and he built this course,” Klabunde said.
“He used it for 14 months and sold it to us.”
Lights flash across one of the holes at Brisingamen's
Indoor Miniature Golf on Tuesday afternoon in Hartford. The
course on N. Main Street is done in blacklight.
John Ehlke/Daily News
It took a whole
weekend to assemble the course.
“We had to take out a window,” Klabunde said. “We had to
have it shipped in a semitruck. We are able to get all of
the courses in except two. We had to dismantle them, fold
them in half and then get them through the door and put them
back together within the store. It was crazy.”
Klabunde said the course is deceptive and a lot of the
course features angles and geometry.
“You really have to think about where you’re going to putt
before you do it,” Klabunde said. “We’re working on adding
The name of the course, “Journey to Aegir’s Feast,” and the
name of the business, Brisingamen’s Indoor Miniature Golf,
come from Nordic or Viking lore.
“The Brisingamen is the necklace of one of the goddesses
Freyja wears and her Nordic lore is it’s the most beautiful
necklace of all,” Klabunde said. “It’s something very
prominent in Nordic lore.”
There is also a scavenger hunt featuring Nordic lore. Ten
questions are posted throughout the miniature golf course.
and if the questions are answered correctly, two stamps on
the player’s card. Ten stamps means a free game.
Lucas Wetzel works at the cash register as customers
finish up the back nine on the second floor at Brisingamen's
Indoor Miniature Golf on Tuesday afternoon in Hartford.
John Ehlke/Daily News
Klabunde said “Journey
to Aegir’s Feast” is about Aegir who is a giant of the sea
and Thor, one of the gods, needs to procure a kettle for a
feast with the Aegir. She said Thor was able to hook the
largest beast of the sea.
“Parts of it are about the underwater and depth of the
unknown,” Klabunde said.
“Soon we’ll get “Journey to Aegir’s Feast” put in pictures
and we’ll have it along the walls so people can see the
correlation of underwater and the Viking lore,” Kalbunde
Wetzel and Klabunde chose Hartford, where they live, because
they want to invest in their community.
“One of the main goals that I have is for people to be
excited about their downtown,” Klabunde said. “To be proud
of their community.”
They also partner with other Hartford businesses — on
Mondays and Wednesdays free popcorn from Scoop De Ville is
given away for the first game played.
A biweekly sweepstakes is also featured, including a free
“We partner with small businesses throughout downtown,”
Klabunde said. “We feature their business and we have
coupons at their location so that our players can go there
and get a reduced rate golf and in return we raffle off
Klabunde said it’s important to support other businesses in
downtown Hartford because she said they all need each other
“I believe almost none of us would be able to survive on our
own and if we all work together, it creates more of a draw
for people than just going it alone,” Klabunde said.
Teamwork was an important factor in the effort for Klabunde
and Wetzel. Wetzel said everything he didn’t want to do,
Klabunde did, and anything she didn’t want to do, he did. “I
had to kind of push her to keep her on task at times,”
Wetzel said. “If it wasn’t for both of us, this wouldn’t be
here right now.”
Klabunde said the course is “a safe place to come. It’s
inexpensive. I think it’s important to support your
Brisingamen’s is open from 12:30-9 p.m. Monday through
Friday and from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Call them at 262-744-4909 or visit
www.brisingamensblacklight.com for information.