Crazy golf may seem more like a seaside activity but recent years have seen trendy joints Swingers, Junkyard Golf Club and Birdies rooftop golf open in London — and they're all for adults. If you're not quite ready for grown-up golf, or are looking to play a round with the kiddies in tow, try these less hip, but just as crazy, crazy golf courses in London.
Jurassic Encouter, New Malden
These 18 prehistoric holes are flanked by nine giant dinosaurs, and surrounded by caves and waterfalls. The course is open every day, and stays open until 9pm for anyone who fancies a bit of night golf.
Jurassic Encounter, World of Golf London, Beverley Way, New Malden, KT3 4PH
Moby Golf, Dagenham
We'd make the "whale of a time" joke here, but Moby Golf's website beat us to it. The course is based on the whale which is rumoured to have washed up in Dagenham in 1790. Unsurprisingly, water features prominently in the course, but the highlight is the 9ft mouth of a full size sperm whale, which you have to putt through to complete the course.
Mr Mulligan's Dino Golf, Sidcup
There's a special place in our hearts for these giant dinosaurs — they were our introduction to the London adventure golf scene back in 2015, when we ventured down to the scenic delights of the A20 in Sidcup. Back then it was known as Lost Island Encounter and there was a choice of two courses. Today, it's one giant, 36-hole adventure. This Mulligan chap has venues all over the country, so we trust he knows what he's doing with our prehistoric pals.
Mr Mulligan's Dino Golf, American Golf, Sidcup Road, BR7 6RP
Dragon Quest, Croydon
18 holes, a hoard of gold, fire-breathing dragons — what could possibly go wrong? Having said that, we'd rather risk the wrath of the dragon than go anywhere near water that lurid blue.
Dragon Quest, Croydon Golf Driving Range, 175 Long Lane, Croydon, CR0 7TE
Dinosaur Escape, Northolt
It's nice to see one of these courses that shies away from the trend for that lurid blue water we were just talking about (what's with that, golf gods?) although we're not sure that the red is a vast improvement. Either way, expect "life size prehistoric predators" dotted among the 18 holes.
Dinosaur Escape Adventure Golf, West London Golf Centre, Ruislip Road, Northolt, UN5 6QZ
Designed for younger golfers and their families this nine hole course has a nautical theme with plenty of water and bunkers to avoid.
Playgolf London, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 3TZ
Putt in the Park, Wandsworth/Battersea/Acton
Putt in the Park is the tamer cousin of the above courses — no whales, no dinosaurs, just good old-fashioned crazy golf. Find it at three different London locations: Wandsworth Park, Battersea Park and Acton Park. The courses are designed for all levels of golfer, from complete novices to the family show-off. All three beautifully landscaped courses have cafes.
Putt in the Park — see website for location details.
Know any other crazy golf courses in London that we've missed? Let us know in the comments below.