During the second week of the Easter holidays the sun came out and we decided to have a few hours out together as a family. We jumped in the car and headed to Rascal Bay Miniature Golf in Brentwood, Essex. As expected, it was a bit busy due to the good weather (which had vanished by the time we got onto the second hole and had turned to rain, but was back by hole five!) and the school holidays, but the crowds moved fairly quickly and we didn’t have to wait for very long at each hole.
Crazy golf is something that we love to do as a family and we always try and play if we get the chance. We have played it at Center Parcs, on Southend Sea Front and in Florida on numerous occasions. The more theming a course has, the more we love it! One of our favourite crazy golf (or miniature golf as they call it in America) courses in Orlando is Congo River Golf because it has a ‘crashed plane’ in the middle of the course! Then there’s Winter Summerland at Walt Disney World, which is themed to look like it has snowed and has Christmas songs playing throughout the course – yes it messes with your mind when it’s steaming hot weather! So Rascal Bay had a lot to live up to and it didn’t disappoint! There were pirates, snakes, crocodiles, a volcano and dinosaurs, to name just a few of the things to see, but the best bit were the rafts that you had to use to get across the ‘river’. They were heaps of fun and resulted in a lot of shenanigans to get on and off of them – I’m amazed none of us ended up soaked.
It was a great course and we all really enjoyed it and it’s somewhere that we will definitely return to. It’s based in King George’s Playing Fields and the park itself is lovely, with a kids play area, a sensory garden, a skate park and paddling pools that are open in the summer.
We paid £23 for a family ticket, which allowed two Rascals and two mature Rascals to play the whole nineteen hole course. It took us about an hour and a half to get round the course, but you would obviously do it a lot faster on a quieter day.
So if you’re looking for something to do to fill a few hours it’s well worth a visit!