SIX of the Quays News were invited to the 2016 launch of Junkyard Golf Club and reporter Nathan Salt was one to take on the mini golf course made entirely of junk …

It’s weird. It’s wacky. It’s wonderful.

That’s the best way to describe the 2016 edition of Junkyard Golf Club, based inside Deansgate’s Great Northern Warehouse.

Last year the event’s popularity grew with every successful putt and those who mastermind the unique experience at B.EAT STREET have brought it back for 2016 – this time twice the size!

A free glass of prosecco upon arrival was a nice touch on what was the golf club’s annual launch with the public allowed back through the doors from the following day.

So what can paying customers expect this time around? Well, everything from a techno room, a Star Wars hole – aptly named Jabba The Putt – and a whole host of quirks including a vintage Nintendo for those who want to take a break from the golf and indulge in Super Mario Kart.

The Quays News team, after being run through the rules of the course, took on course one – better known as ‘Fred’. I did ask the question as to where the two courses – Fred and Gertrude – got their name but, I’m told, it’s a ‘long story’…

Fred is made up of recycled rubbish and second hand goods ranging from a mock-up kennel, cereal boxes and a worn down mobility skeleton where a skeleton with a snapback sat. Just stick with me on this…

The designers have clearly cottoned onto something totally unique for the region and have improved on last year with many of the holes new additions. There is also a viewing platform upstairs for those who want to oversee the entirety of both courses as they calculate how best to conquer the incredibly tricky course.

Photography by Madeleine Penfold
Photography by Madeleine Penfold

Away from the golf the girls in our party decided to give the exotic ‘tuck-shop’ style cocktails a try and were served an array of fascinating concoctions. The lady next to me even ended up with a Jammie Dodger on top of her drink and it was hard not to have fun with such a sweetie drink on offer.

You can look on Twitter. You can even look on the website. But the best way to experience Junkyard Golf Club is to go and discover it for yourself. I certainly want to go back but next time Abi – our winning reporter – will have tougher competition if she wants to retain her Crazy Golf crown…

A round of golf costs £6 per person per course. Half the capacity will be reserved for walk-in parties but tickets can also be booked online in advance (booking fee applies).

It’s open Tuesday to Wednesday: 4pm to 11pm, Fridays: 2pm to midnight; Saturdays: noon to midnight; and Sundays: noon to 10pm

By Nathan Salt

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