Crazy golf isn’t just a pastime for people on holidays with their families, now it has become an increasingly popular way for people to hang out with their friends and go for a few drinks to celebrate special occasions.
This is because crazy golf isn’t just about hitting golf balls through windmills, instead the places you can play a round are becoming more and more inventive. For example, you can enjoy getting involved with ghetto or junkyard versions, both of which are a little more quirky and grown up than your standard version of crazy golf.
In fact, some places in London even have special DJ sets on different nights and boast golf-themed cocktails and incorporate street food carts and stalls so you can spend the entire evening in the same place.
There are lots of different crazy golf venues in London and we’ve brought together a list of some of the best ones so you don’t have to go hunting for them yourself.
Plonk crazy golf isn’t just one place, as it operates in four different venues across the city, including Dalston, which was incidentally the first one to open.
You’ll find this one in the very hip Efes Pool Hall, which is decorated in a tiki-style decor with ultra-violet paint everywhere that makes the whole place glow at night.
There are other Plonk courses in Hackney and Brixton, both of which are outdoors, so they’re great if you fancy playing a round of golf al fresco in the summer.
The last of the venues is in The Four Thieves, an old Victorian music hall in Battersea, which is the smallest course of the bunch but it has a games room with ping pong and arcade games to add to the fun.
Dragon Quest Adventure Golf
This course is great fun if you’re interested in doing something a bit different with your kids… or if you just fancy indulging your own inner child!
Dragon Quest offers you a full 18 holes of dragon-themed fun, complete with massive dragon models, which look pretty realistic but sadly they don’t move. You’ll be looking over your shoulder regardless due to the shrieking sound effects in the background.
There are lots of other fun features, including monster footprints that wind their way around the paths, caves and water features.
Unsurprisingly, this gets booked up pretty quickly, particularly at weekends and during school holidays, so make sure that you reserve places ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
If you’ve had enough of mythological creatures and would prefer to immerse yourself in some real but extinct animals then you need to head to west London to visit Dinosaur Escape.
Again, this is an 18-hole golf venue that is inspired by Florida and takes the American theme seriously, as everything in here is absolutely massive – including the giant animatronic dinosaurs.
This course potentially has the edge over Dragon Quest, as the dinosaurs move, breathe and roar but you need to make sure they don’t distract you from your game!
Despite the dodgy sounding name, Swingers is actually London’s first crazy-golf bar that opened at the base of the Gherkin last year.
You might have seen some information about the pop-up that tested the waters initially and the response was exceedingly positive.
There are two nine-hole courses, five bars with golf-themed drinks and a huge range of street food vendors in this 16,000-square-foot space – you’re guaranteed to have a great time.
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