Ahead of tomorrow’s official opening, Broadsheet was invited for a behind-the-greens look at Adelaide’s newest golf course – in the heart of the CBD.
The 500-square-metre mini-golf-themed bar, Holey Moley, has transformed the second-level Pulteney Street address – formerly shared by Lava Adelaide and Madame Josephine’s – into a lavish putt-putt paradise. Some might remember the venue better as a pool lounge. Now, in an accidental throwback to its early-00s identity, customers can tee-off on a snooker-table-themed hole.
Funlab, the company behind Holey Moley, operates similar venues in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. But every course is different. Adelaide’s features two new holes; a tricky 360-degree loop and, on the back nine, a scene dedicated to the Coen Brothers’ cardigan-clad cult hero, Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski. Other challenges include a vintage ski-ball machine, Elvis’s golden shower, The Upside Down (taken literally) and the Iron Throne.
Funlab CEO Michael Schreiber says: “The creative team gets a good buzz coming up with new ideas and working out the mechanics. Then it’s over to the set builders to dress it all up. It’s a collaborative process.”
Open from midday seven days a week, the venue aims to attract families during the day, but at night, it’s strictly adults only. The Caddyshack Bar serves beer, wine and cocktails with names such as Teeyonce Knowles, Long Island Iced Tee … you get the idea … as well as house-made pizza.
Holey Moley tees-off tomorrow.