24/01/16 - Junkyard Golf Club

If there's one thing Manchester's notorious for, it's putting a quirky spin on a conventional idea.  You only have to look as far as the Northern Quarter to see examples of this, but don't be fooled into thinking that this is where the boundaries lie.  One of the city's latest offerings, Junkyard Golf Club, is housed in the Great Northern Warehouse (right next to the AMC Cinema) and it's exactly what it sounds like; a crazy golf course made of a combination of seemingly random things, incorporating all kinds of "junk" from charity shop bric-a-brac to old washing machines.  It started life as a pop-up attraction at the end of 2015, but it's back by popular demand for another twelve week stint, sticking around until the beginning of April.

Crazy golf is something that I typically associate with rainy seaside holidays, so I was intrigued to visit an indoor version complete with resident DJs, a hot dog cart and a bar!  There are two courses to choose from, each with nine innovative holes.  We opted for Course 1 - comically named 'Fred' - which seemed like a good place to start.  The layout is pretty compact, with different levels to allow the route to form a figure-of-eight as the holes weave in and out of each other.  There is definitely an added sense of adventure and mischief as you clamber around the structures to get that perfect shot.  I hope you'll forgive me for not overloading this post with photos, as I didn't want to spoil it for anyone who might intend to go - the novelty and the surprise is a big part of the experience!

Most of the holes are par three which for the most part is achievable, so you don't have to be the next Tiger Woods in order to enjoy the experience.  I am by no means a pro, but by some crazy fluke I actually managed to win the round we played...by a single point.  I've already been challenged to a rematch, so before its run comes to an end, hopefully we'll be heading back to have a go at the other course ('Gertrude') which I believe has a UV room!  If you're on the lookout for a unique date night or a different way to pass an evening with friends, I would definitely recommend Junkyard Golf.  You can find more information on how to book tickets on their website.

Have you been to Junkyard Golf, or anything equally as quirky?  Let me know in the comments!

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