PUTTING, PILLAGING AND PIRATES
Swash-buckling escapades, water cannon blasts and a search for hidden treasure…not your typical start to a Summer Day! I (Daddy) never got into golf, although I did take private lessons some years ago. Couldn’t see the point in whacking a ball then following it to do it all again…pointless activity! Crazy Golf, Mini Golf (call it what you will) on the other hand is loads of fun. As a family we love visiting Pirates Adventure Golf in Dundonald; two fun Pirate-themed 18 hole mini-golf courses rolled into one. Just next door to Pirates Adventure Golf there’s Dundonald Ice bowl for ice-skating, Clip ‘n Climb for the mountaineers, Extreme Tenpin Bowling and Indiana Land; a jungle inspired play world. A fantastic complex to while away a few hours and have a barrel of swashbuckling fun.
BLACKBEARD’S ADVENTURE OR THE CAPTAIN’S CHALLENGE?
Assemble your motley crew of Buccaneers and prepare to set sail on an unforgettable voyage. Will ye survive the Pirates Adventure Golf course, find the X and receive Gold Doubloons as your treasure, or will ye face mutiny and be forced to walk the plank where Davy Jone’s locker awaits? Brace yourself, there’ll be no smooth sailing on board this ship. Putter and ball in hand, our first decision was to decide which course to take; Blackbeard’s Adventure or The Captain’s Challenge? Both equally perilous and fraught with danger, traps and sea-monsters.
SQUAWKS AND SWASHBUCKLE
Blackbeard’s Adventure is perfectly suited for young swashbucklers looking to find their sea legs. The Captain’s Challenge is slightly more, well, challenging and suited for those who may have voyaged on stormy seas before. Blackbeard’s Adventure it is then! Perched on the sign, a brightly coloured parrot squawks as we walk on by towards Hole 1, ‘pieces of eight, pieces of eight’! Hole by hole we venture through Blackbeard’s Adventure course, narrowly dodging poison-spitting Totem Poles.
PILLAGE AND PLUNDER
Shiver-me-timbers, there’s a queue on Hole 5, seems some scurvy sea-dogs were conspiring to commit mutiny! If I was the Captain of Pirates Adventure Golf I’d make the lot of them swab the decks! Our round of golf is going quite smoothly until we hear the sound of beating drums, it would appear that we’ve unsettled the natives…hopefully they’re not cannibals! Savages appear and out of the kindness of our hearts, we allow them to play through, but not before we pillage their plunder and make them walk the plank…aharrr!
Matilda doesn’t take long to get bored and by Hole 9 she has accused Lily-Belle of cheating and thrown a right wobbler. Much to the amusement of a bunch of ‘drunken’ sailors coming up the rear who looked like they had been on the ol’ rum! Thankfully the stormy seas calmed (had to bribe little Miss with a fun-sized bag of Haribo) and we now had the treasure within our sites. The Blackbeard’s Adventure course has lots of little nooks, rivers, water traps and crevices to lose your balls (oo’er missus), which makes it interesting, but not too difficult that you take forever to finish the round. Both Lily-Belle and Matilda got a hole in one on more than one occasion.
LAND AND TREASURE AHOY
After a short while we docked at Hole 18 and X marked the spot of the treasure. There was no way we were letting pilfering scallywags nab our chance of finding the bullion! Hole 18, a straight shot off a tiny ramp to try and putt the ball into a hole in the centre of a wheel. Much more difficult than it looks but thankfully Daddy bagged the treasure…1 Gold Doubloon out of 4 isn’t too bad, especially when you consider that we had to fight drunken sailors, avoid poison-spitting Totem poles, dodge cannon-fire and try to stop Matilda having her own mutiny. Great fun nonetheless. If you haven’t had the chance to visit Pirates Adventure Golf, you should, it’s an absolute blast! Land ahoy…raise the Jolly Roger!
WOULD WE GO BACK
Oh yes. Pirates Adventure Golf is a little under 2 hours drive from our home in County Tyrone. As well as the golf, there’s ice skating, climbing and tenpin bowling, so there’s lots to do in the area. Just a short 2 minute drive there’s also the East Point Entertainment Village with lots of places to dine and an Omniplex Cinema.
LILY-BELLE (age 9) SAYS
Pirates Adventure Golf is so much fun, but Matilda always has to say I’m cheating when she’s the one who keeps picking up the ball! I always try to get Daddy wet when we get near the Totem poles. For the first time ever we won a gold coin but it was plastic, I wish it was real gold.
MATILDA (age 4) SAYS
I didn’t like the water squirting on me and getting me wet and those boys were mean laughing at me.
- Pirates (11 and over): £7.00 (18 holes) and £11.00 (36 holes)
- Buccaneers (10 and under): £5.00 (18 holes) and £7.00 (36 holes)
- Young ‘Uns (4 and under): £2:00 (18 holes) and £3.00 (36 holes)
- Crew Ticket (2A + 2C): £22.00 (18 holes) and £32.00 (36 holes)
- Senior Citizens: £5.00 (18 holes) and £7.00 (36 holes)
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