5 awesome crazy golf courses to try in London if the Open inspires you to get swinging


Over the next few days, the sight of the Open on TV may inspire you to want to have a go at golf.

But when the reality of traipsing round 18 holes for hours hits and you realise it isn't actually going to happen, why not downsize your ambition and play a round of crazy golf instead?

It's easier, more fun and there's generally booze to be enjoyed as you play. Check out one of these great courses in the capital...

1. Swingers

The golf is only half the story at Swingers. There are two nine-hole courses, but there's also good beer, great cocktails and some of the coolest food pop-ups in London, including Pizza Pilgrims and Patty & Bun. It's also all inside, in a basement space right near the Gherkin, so you don't have to worry about the weather. It's basically like a golf club designed by people who actually like fun.

2. Jurassic Encounter

How do you make crazy golf even better? Add dinosaurs of course. That's what you get at Jurassic Encounter in New Malden, which is about 20 minutes by train from Waterloo. Any younger relatives will be entertained by the animatronic dinos, the course is actually pretty good - plus there's a driving range on site if you're ready to take your golf game to the next level.

3. Plonk

If flowers are more your style than dinosaurs, try out Plonk, which has courses in and around four bars across London. For something a bit different, check out the Dalston location, which is a sort of weird UV fairytale. Otherwise head to Battersea, Brixton or Victoria Park for some wholesome sporting fun. And booze, of course.

4. Putt In The Park

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Statistics show you're never more than six feet away from a golf course in London. If that turns out to be an urban myth rather than 100% fact, don't blame Putt In The Park, who are doing their bit by opening course in Battersea, Wandsworth and, most recently, Acton. These courses can be pretty challenging, with bunkers and actual water hazards to contend with. But if it all gets too much, you can always head to the bar.

5. Birdies

Since 2012, the home of sport in London has been Stratford - so it was only a matter of time before the serious game of crazy golf got a foothold there. Enter Birdies: a nine-hole rooftop course, complete with gourmet hot dogs, cocktails and a little bit of basketball and table tennis on the side.

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