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Spooky, kooky golfing fun
The team at Victoria Park Golf Club has done it again. The haunting, spooky and goofy celebration of Halloween calls for a good reason to get out the decorations and dress the putt putt green in ghoulish glamour.
While visiting neighbours for trick or treating and dressing in costumes has long been an American tradition, the celebration of Halloween is growing in popularity in Australia. Beyond the collection of tempting sweets and lollies and the macabre masks and costumes, the meaning of Halloween is steeped in transformation. At its most basic level, it is believed that Halloween is – or can be – a triumph of hope over fear.
With that in mind and the school holidays over, I decided to take a sporting dive into the occasion and try Halloween Putt Putt for myself and foolishly seek to triumph over the challenging 18 holes of the mini-golf course.
I had pre-ordered my tickets online and headed to the driving range and golf shop to check-in.
The friendly staff took my through the process. My first decision was to select a coloured golf ball to use throughout the game. A different take on the open course green and its solid white balls. With slime green, fluoro orange, and lollie pink, the choice is hard. Some had Halloween markings with ghosts and crossbones drawn on the front of the golf balls. Now that is attention to detail!
Oh and don't forget to collect your scorecard. Yes, it is themed as well. But seriously, who keeps score when there's so much else going on around you.
The next choice was to select a putter to meet my height and appropriate weight. It was a blue handled size 5 for me.
After these simple steps, it was now time to move up to the first hole, through the giant orange inflatable ghost, take a swing and start my Halloween putt putt adventure.
The course is hilly at the start and covered in orange and black flags. Some of the themed holes on the course are aptly named Pumpkin Patch, Witch's Way, and The Freaky Forest. The line of black straw broomsticks provided just another pesky obstacle to navigate past to find the hole on the course.
Sometimes it's hard to concentrate on taking your shot since it's so easy to be distracted by the characters and installations; Skeletons in hammocks and giant hairy black spiders swinging in the branches. At the time, staff were also adding some more black spiders to show that enough is never enough.
Overall, yes it's creepy and it's kooky. it's all altogether spooky but it's also a lot of fun. Throw in some mild exercise, being in the fresh air of the outdoors and some sneaky giggles and I have to think this fun activity is good for you too The kids will love it but the adults can quietly have some fun as well.