Skelton on Teesside is home to a new indoor minigolf course which boasts 18 holes, a licenced bar and cafe, and the world’s longest hole, a monstrous 264-footer. Husband and wife team Andy and Nadine Oliver have created the putt-tastic venue in a disused warehouse in North Yorkshire, not far from Middlesborough. Andy has long harboured the dream of opening a minigolf course – according to local news sources since he was just 12 – so this has been a long time in the planning. The venture has created 24 jobs and added a new family entertainment centre to the area’s leisure offering. It comes hot on the heels of the opening of a new outdoor course at nearby Saltburn, the brainchild of brothers Andrew and Gavin Smith. The industrial unit, a former Sainsbury’s warehouse, had lain empty since 2008, and luckily for the minigolf world the Olivers were successful in their application to Redcar and Cleveland Council to change its use.
Holey Molies is open 10am until 10pm, Monday to Sunday.
A round costs £5.50 per adult and £4 per child. Other discounts are also available.
Putting enfants terribles Richard ‘Squire’ Gottfried and Tim ‘Ace Man’ Davies have made it their mission to gather minigolf sets, badges, postcards, toys & games, and anything else minigolf-related they can get their hands on, and present them for your delectation and delight in the online crazy golf museum. Here you can find, amongst much else, proof that Emperor Ming Xuande of China played minigolf a thousand years before the Scots even invented golf, score cards from crazy golf courses past, the wacky Waddington’s Crazy Golf Machine that some of us played as kids, a version of parlour golf from 1930s Wisconsin, Midget golf (which doesn’t involve midget people, though there’s an idea), books, badges and much more that’s related to minigolf and crazy golf. Follow the museum on Facebook for the latest additions.