Crazy golf as you’ve never seen it before has arrived on College Green with Golf Apocalypse. Featuring nine holes included ones navigated through an airplane fuselage and on the baize of a pool table, Golf Apocalypse has arrived in Bristol having spent the last few weeks entertaining visitors to ExCel in London where many of the Olympic and Paralympic events took place.
Dave Lovatt the course designer is a theatre director by trade, and delighted to be bringing his vision of the apocalypse, golf-style, to his home city of Bristol, even though on first sight it might look like the Occupy protesters have returned and dumped a new load of rubbish onto College Green.
“Golf Apocalypse is definitely one of the craziest crazy golf courses ever and I’ve visited over 500,” proclaims professional crazy golfer Richard Gottfried (is there such a thing?) on the official website.
I too have played on a a good number of courses, although not as many as Gottfried, with the scenes of my finest successes on French campsites as a nipper.
Golf Apocalypse certainly doesn’t include the traditional windmills. Its most difficult hole is named Burning Rubber, featuring a challenging 360-degree loop around a tyre.
To finish, your ball must first cross a bridge – a homage to the bridge spanning the first and 18th holes at the Old Course at St Andrews – and disappear down the crater of a volcano, certainly not a feature on a typical Scottish links.
Nine holes costs a rather steep £4 for an adult (£5 at weekends), but be nice to the staff and they might give you a second go free of charge. I carded a first round 37, but my second round of 23 remarkably topped the early leaderboard.
Golf Apocalypse is due to stay on College Green for the whole of September.