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Friday, September 18, 2020

Time For A Crazy Golf Adventure

I think what we all love so much about Crazy, Mini, Adventure or whatever sort of golf you want to name it, is that, if you’ve ever or never played before, everyone has a chance to be champ. We’ve seen many so-called proper golfers being beaten by a six year old who’s barely able to hold the club. Oh come on – it’s hilarious isn’t it?

In any case, here at SOUTH WALES LIFE and inspired by a lot of parents who have mentioned to us how much they struggle through the summer holidays, we’ve put together a simple list – apologies if it’s ‘below par’, of a few of our Adventure Golf places for you to visit. If there are any more you think we could include, let us know.

TREETOP ADVENTURES – CARDIFF

Treetop are now reopen, with all the relevant safety measures in place. You can play one of their two indoor, 18-hole mini-golf courses (or both). Tackle the Tropical Trail or Ancient Explorer then brave the bonus 19th hole to win a free round.

The team at Treetops have said……..

While we’re thrilled to be back out of hibernation, we’re not taking any new bookings for events.

We’re paying close attention to government announcements and updates, and while social distancing is still advised, we don’t feel it would be right to host events in our jungle.

To be the first to know when our parties are back on, keep an eye on our website and social media or sign up to our newsletter.

They have just celebrated their 5th birthday, and the jungle residents have made some home improvements . Check out our new bar – The Thirsty Toucan, grab a seat in The Market and take a swing on two new holes – the Toco Toucan Technicolour Temple and The Pitz Bug Hotel.  

The TROPICAL TRAIL you set off on an 18-hole jungle trek.

Navigate your way through the rainforest canopy, chat with cheeky toucans, head past the Towering Trees, watching out for thunderstorms and lightening as you go. Oh, and listen out for the singing barbershop frogs as you wade though the murky swamp.

On the ANCIENT EXPLORER discover 18 holes of mystical magic. You’ll be welcomed to the Cloud Village by The Sacred Mask and Chief Slumber – just make sure you don’t upset them! Putt through a Towering Tree to stir up the ancient spirits of the mist, but watch out for the thunderstorm gods as you pass the Mystic River.

In real golf the 19th hole is the bar, at Treetops however, every player the chance to test their skills and win a free round. But beware, any shonky shot makers will get a generous helping of Bob’s famous banter.

The bar and cafe will be open too, the perfect place to chill after the kids have just beaten you at a round of golf.

To find out more, just head here. TREETOP

ADVENTURE GOLF – CELTIC MANOR RESORT

Well you might enjoy the occasional round of golf. 18 holes, 4 or 5 hours around the course and yes, that is a fantastic day out. Occasionally though you just want an hour of fun, with a bit of golf, shared with family and friends.

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You get to experience some of the most famous holes in golf including St Andrews, Pebble Beach and Augusta, or enter the dragon’s lair and float across the lake on a Celtic-inspired raft! 

So, whether you want to try your hand at golf for the first time or you are a seasoned pro, Adventure Golf is not to be missed.

There is no need to pre book. Just turn up, pay and play.

Individual (all ages)
9 holes £6
18 holes £9

Family (4 players)
9 holes £20
18 holes £30

During school holidays and weekends the Adventure Golf Hut is open daily to collect putters and balls. During the week outside school holidays, putters and balls can be collected from Forum Reception.

Opening times are…….

Monday- Sunday: 10am – 5pm

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Don’t forget, they also have a wide range of activities going on for children of all ages, even the big kids amongst us. It’s the usual thing of, the more you buy, the better the deal. We can highly recommend a whole day of fun with their ACTIVITY PASS package. You save up to 35% from only £25 per person. PASS

To find out what’s on offer at the Celtic Manor Resort, just go here. RESORT

Adventure Golf will be closed between 9th – 23rd August. This is the reason why EUROPEAN TOUR GOLF

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SMUGGLERS COVE – BARRY ISLAND

After being closed for almost 3 months, SMUGGLERS COVE ADVENTURE GOLF is now open, and it couldn’t have happened at a better time with holidays and weather all in play.

With the safety of their customers and staff being top priority they have made the following precautions to ensure the safe running of course.

  • Leave 2 metres of space between yourselves and others.
  • If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19(fever, cough) or if you live with someone who has symptoms, please consult the Government website regarding self-isolation, and DO NOT VISIT THE COURSE.
  • All drinks will be served in takeaway cup.
  • Pay by card whenever possible.

Smugglers Cove is right in the centre of all the fun of Barry Island. A day at the beach, Ice Cream, chips and a round of adventure golf. Sounds like a perfect day to us. It is of course a Pirate Themed Mini Golf Course (but we’re sure you worked that one out) at the heart of Barry Islands fantastic promenade.

  • Opening Times
  • Weekdays 11am – 18pmWeekends / Holiday 10am – 19pm
  • Price List
  • Adult £5.50
  • Child £4.50
  • Family £18.00

For more information, take a look at their Facebook page. SMUGGLERS

MUMBLES ADVENTURE GOLF

The golf is situated in Southend Gardens, a lovely community park in Mumbles which has so much more than just adventure golf. You can sit back and enjoy the scenery over Swansea Bay whilst the children have fun on the excellent play facilities.

Mature trees and informal flower beds provide a pleasant setting for the playground, French boules area, crazy golf and tennis courts.

Facilities include…..

  • Children’s play area
  • Tennis courts
  • Boules area
  • Picnic tables
  • Bowling club and pavilion
  • Crazy golf

But this page is all about the crazy golf, so here goes.

Crazy golf prices and opening times

11.00am – 5.00pm, 7 days a week over the summer.

Standard: £3.15
Concession: £2.65
PTL: £2.10

There’s easy pedestrian and wheelchair/pram access from Cornwall Place, directly adjacent to Mumbles Road.

Head towards Mumbles on Mumbles Road, go through Mumbles village. The gardens are located on the left hand side, opposite Village Lane. For more information, go here. MUMBLES

TEE REX GOLF – CARDIFF

The TEE-REX ADVENTURE GOLF adventure golf is backup and running, with some social distance measures in place.

You can take an adventure and play the 18 hole crazy golf. You play amongst the huge dinosaurs, volcano waterfall, cave and raft. And this course is suitable for all, not just old dinosaurs (sorry), whether you are 3 or 93 you will love playing. No golfing or previous Jurassic Hunter experience is needed to take on the TeeRex course.

You realise if the kids win you’ll get in a right LAVA…….


Under 14 years olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian age 18 or over at all times. They are open every day of the year apart from Christmas day. In the event of extreme weather we will notify you of closure. Teerex golf is also fully wheelchair accessible.

  • Junior £5
  • Adult £7
  • Family of 4 £20

They also have FOOTGOLF on offer, which is pretty much what it say’s on the tin.

Where two great sports come together Foot Golf is simple. You kick the ball from the tee to the hole in as few a shots as possible. It’s the perfect game to play with friends or family.

They supply the balls so you just turn up and play. The 9 hole course offers a challenging and fun time. There is no dress code but they do love to see what outfits you turn up in.

It’s Wales’ national sport and so they had to build the first Rugby golf course in South Wales. The same as footgolf but an egg shaped ball. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a hot goal kicker or a long passer of the ball, you can take on the course.

  • Junior £5
  • Adult £7
  • Family of 4 £20

You don’t need to book any of the golfing activities, just turn up and play. if you are a big group then contact the team to make arrangements.

They are located in South Wales Cardiff Just off the M4 at junction, close to St Mellons, Pontprennau, Rumney and Marshfield. Easy access from Newport, Llantrisant, Swansea and surrounding areas.​ They have loads of free parking available, and are open from 9am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6 pm on the weekend.

For more details, go here. TEE-REX

FOOT GOLF – GNOLL PARK

FootGolf, one of Britain’s fastest growing sports, is now available at Gnoll Country Park. Footgolf combines the best of football and golf, two of the most popular sports in the world. It is played on a golf course using a size 5 football.

The aim of the game is to get the ball into the hole using only your feet in the fewest number of shots possible. Holes are located close to existing greens so there will be little change to the present Golf course.

Course information

  • Course is 1,167 yards long (Par 34)
  • Size 5 footballs provided.
    Free hire. £5 returnable deposit
  • No Football boots with blades, studs or cleats.
  • No dress restrictions. However, customers are reminded to keep their shirts on at all times
  • Open every day in the summer from 11am – 6pm & in the winter from 11am – 3.30pm 
  • W/C in cafe
     

How much is FootGolf?

For nine holes:

  • Adults £6.00
  • Children £5.00

*There is also a £3.60 daily parking charge

Children’s Parties

They also cater for FootGolf Children’s parties. This includes a round of FootGolf on our 9 hole course plus a little duckling meal.

Prices: £6.00 per child (minimum of 10 children)

Little duckling meal options:

  • Sausage,
  • Chicken Nuggets,
  • Pizza 
  • Hot Dog

You can get all the details right here. FOOTGOLF

The seasons at Gnoll Park are as follows…..

Winter (1st October – 31st March)

Park: 8:00am until 5:00pm
Visitor Centre: 10:00am until 4:30pm.
Cafe: 10:00am until 4:00pm

Summer (1st April – 30th September)

Park: 8:00am until 7:00pm
Visitor Centre: 10:00am until 7:00pm.
Cafe: 10:00am until 5:30pm

As for the estate itself, well that is absolutely stunning, and if you’re going to play golf, then you have to make a proper day visit out of it.

Rising above Neath Town Centre, the grounds of the park lie in their original rural setting long famed for its picturesque beauty. The grounds of the estate once served Gnoll House, sadly demolished in 1957. The grounds are now owned and managed by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. The Gnoll Estate has become a major attraction for both locals and visitors.

The landscape of the Gnoll consists of a combination of industrial and ornamental features. Landscaping was carried out during the eighteenth century over several phases, including the exceptional early ‘transitional layout’ by Thomas Greening, in the style of Stephen Switzer, with formal and informal elements, including the formal cascade, which was renovated in 2010.

Later landscaping phases include an outstanding informal cascade of the 1740s in Mosshouse Wood, and the later eighteenth-century follies of a rock-hewn grotto, adjacent to the water course. The Ivy Tower, however forms a prominent, and perhaps most well known landmark at the the beginning of the Neath valley, although the shell now stands in a rapidly decaying state.

If you want to check out everything they have on offer, for golfers and visitors alike, go here. GNOLL

SWANSEA FOOTGOLF

The first Footgolf-only course in Wales has now reopened in Swansea. You can go along to play the new sport that combines the best of football and golf for people of all ages and skill levels.

We’ve taken a look at the website and they are insistent that ‘No Studs’ allowed. We’re sure they mean football boots and not the other sort.

They do have some strict Covid condition in place though.

Until the end of September, they will be open every day from 11am to 7pm, seven days a week.

Due to the ongoing situation, they will be taking advanced bookings only, at present, so if you wish to play, please contact them via the following methods to book your slot :

Via Facebook Messenger
By emailing info@swanseafootgolf.com or
By ringing 01792 207544

Tee-times will be every 8 minutes.

  • Cost (including ball hire):
  • £7 per adult
  • £5 U16s, over 65s.

Swansea Footgolf is played at Ashleigh Road in Sketty. Parking is available in Sketty Lane and Blackpill pay and display car parks. They will discount your group by £1 if you use either car park and on photographic evidence of your ticket. For more details, go here. SWANSEA

SINGLETON PARK – SWANSEA

While you’re in Swansea, they also have crazy golf in the beautiful Singleton Park.

Crazy golf prices and opening times

11.00am – 5.00pm, 7 days a week over the summer.

  • Standard: £3.15
  • Concession: £2.65
  • PTL: £2.10

The park itself is stunning and is actually the largest urban park in the city of Swansea. It is located in Sketty.

There’s 250 acres of land in all with an ornamental garden located to the south, near the entrance to Swansea University, and a walled botanical garden in the centre of the park. On the south-western corner, past the hospital and the university, there is a boating lake with pedalos available, as well as the Crazy Golf course.

For more information, go here. SINGLETON

HEATHERTON WORLD OF ACTIVITIES – TENBY

They not only have regular golf, and a driving range but 18 challenging putting holes which will test your skill and patience – but are you skilled enough to figure out which direction to take?

Blackbeard the evil pirate will try to put you off so be on your guard. Once you go in, there is no turning back!

The only one of its kind in Wales, the popular ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ adventure golf course is fantastic fun for all the family and not to be missed!

They reckon it’s suitable for 3 years plus and will take you around 40 minutes to an hour to complete, but of course this depends just how many are in your group. That will leave you plenty of time to explore the huge list of activities they have on offer at Heatherton.

  • Individual price is £5pp, or £4.50pp for groups of 4+.
  • Putter and ball are provided.
  • Under 14s require adult supervision.

So just what else do they have on offer? Pretty much everything for a full-on family day out. With four fantastic Activity Zones, they offer a great day out in Pembrokeshire for the WHOLE family – even the dog!

Many activities are under cover so they are also a great wet weather attraction for rainy days.

Check out their Activity Zones, and you can also go here for a full activity list showing the number of credits required for each one, minimum ages and any other requirements.

Heatherton World of Activities are based at St Florence in Tenby. To see everything they have on offer for a fun-filled day out, including your crazy golf, go here. HEATHERTON