It’s finally time to tap it in at the Holey Moley Golf Club.
Last month, we told you about the impending launch of Brisbane’s first late night mini-golf bar, the Holey Moley Golf Club in Fortitude Valley.
Well, it opens this week, and we went for our first round yesterday — and it is even more insane and inventive than we could ever have dreamed of.
Holed up inside the former Presbyterian Church on Warner Street that also played host to dearly departed venues like The Rev and The Church, Holey Moley Golf Club is by far the best use of this space yet.
Designed by Funlab, who are also responsible for Strike Bowling Bar, it’s immediately become one of our favourite places in Brisbane, as it turns mini-golf — which, to be honest, was already pretty fun — into a mind-melting extravaganza complete with some of the most creative and challenging holes imaginable.
When you first walk into the venue, it’s pure sensory overload. Aside from the fully-stocked bar serving up novelty cocktails, you’ll see pretty much everything you loved about arcades and fairgrounds as a kid, from pinball, pool and Skee-ball to clown’s mouths, Twister and Donkey Kong.
Spread over two levels, there’s an Iron Throne made of golf clubs, a giant record player spinning old tunes, homages to Caddyshack and The Big Lebowski, and even a gym.
At first, we wondered where they actually managed to fit a mini-golf course in between all these other fun things to do — and then we realised this was the mini-golf course, as all these signifiers of childhood and retro fun are cleverly incorporated into the action.
It’s actually tough, when talking about Holey Moley Golf Club, to decide how much to give away here and how much to leave unspoiled — and we’re going to err on the side of surprise here, because you really will have a better experience if you go in knowing as little as possible about how each of the holes work.
Half the fun of Holey Moley Golf Club is the joy of discovery; the other half of the fun will be in returning over and over again to master each of the holes. Suffice to say you won’t be disappointed with the sheer ingenuity on display here.
Once you complete the putt-putt course, you can wind down with a game of table tennis, a turn on the Skill Tester, or even a few quick rounds of arcade classic Point Blank — but you’ll probably just want to take on the course again.
Holey Moley Golf Club (25 Warner Street, Fortitude Valley) opens to the public this Thursday 29 September, and will be open seven days a week (noon ’til late from Monday to Friday, and 10am ’til late on Saturdays and Sundays).