A game of golf followed by drinks usually conjures up images of rich, middle-aged persons riding caddies through their lush country club. Holey Moley Golf Club brings a fresh, Millennial take on the concept by combining your classic putt-putt course with the addition of a hip bar with signature cocktails and snacks.
They run several sessions in order to manage the crowds so you do need to book ahead of time. There's an option for 9 holes, which takes about 20min (just downstairs), or the full 18 holes, depending on your level of enthusiasm. Holey Moley does also take bookings for parties (including non-alcoholic kids parties during the day).
The journey starts at the bar where you can order from a selection of drinks, cocktails and snacks on their menu. Being the sweet tooth that I am I went with the 'Sugar Daddy' which was a head-spinning concoction of vodka, Cointreau, and lemonade topped with a candy kebab and a full bag of sherbet (turns out I am not enough of a sweet tooth and I was completely defeated). I did however take a sip of my friend's 'Cucumber Collins' (gin, soda, lemon and cucumber), which was much more palatable.
The decor is a confusing yet symbiotic mix of old-school theme park meets new-age hipster bar; the staff are dressed in whimsical carnival stripes and the ceiling is decorated with triangle banner flags mixed in with exposed brick and neon signs of golf puns.
The course consists of 9 holes that weave through the bar area. Several groups are usually going through at once so the bar is conveniently placed to allow sneaky drinks while waiting for the guys in front to complete their hole. The Holey Moley team do well with their bookings and I didn't find there to be much of a build up between groups.
Each hole has a theme which varied from retro to modern references. Themes ranged from arcade games to TV shows and movies, including an oversized Pacman board and a mushroom and astro-turf reference to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. The level of difficulty was appropriate for the average non-putt-putt regular to have a sporting chance and being in that category I felt I was able to hold my own quite well for most of the game. For the purposes of time efficiency players are allowed a maximum of seven putts per hole - although I'm sure you could manage a sneaky eighth putt.
After the game is done you could go back to the bar for more sustenance or head outside to enjoy the other food, beverage and entertainment delights that Newtown has to offer.
Top tip: I do have a word of advice about accessory choice for the ladies. You will be moving between holes and turns out that you accumulate quite a lot to carry between drinks (and/or food), the golf club and golf ball. I may have made the mistake of taking my large day-tote and my companion even had a laptop from an earlier activity in the day. I should also mention that some of these holes necessitate climbing onto, through or under parts of the course and we ended up consolidating all of our items into one bag and taking tuns holding it. So in summary, I would recommend bringing a small over the shoulder bag to free up the hands and minimise the hassle.