YESTERDAY Bradford’s first and only mini-golf centre opened in the heart of the city centre, so we went down to try it out.

Looney Golf has opened in North Parade, offering two eight-hole circuits – plus a bonus hole offering great prizes – as well as a bar offering drinks and snacks, as well as pool and ping pong.

It’s the brainchild of business partners Norris Royal and Awais Yasin, and Mr Royal said he is looking forward to welcoming guests to the city centre’s newest leisure offering.

Walking up to the site there is artistic graffiti on the stairs building excitement before entering the reception where you are immediately hit by Looney Golf’s edgy, UV-lit décor.

Here you pick up your putter, ball and scorecard – and can say hello to mascot Polly the Parrot – and head into the course – the Jungle or Dumpyard routes.

First I took on the Jungle course which is the “easier” of the courses, although “less hard” would be more accurate.

Each hole is unique and presents a different challenge, whether that’s negotiating hills, gutters up and over obstacles, or tree trunks, pyramids and even a huge gorilla.

Music is playing in the background, which make it a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Next up was the Dumpyard – the harder of the courses – negotiating tyres, bike helmets, car seats and pinball machine style obstacles to get your ball in the hole.

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I had some great holes and some shocking holes; the pyramid hole was by far the hardest with it taking five or six attempts to get past the obstacle, and a hole-in-one just millimetres away on the Formula 1 hole.

The friendly members of staff guide you round the course with hints and tips to try and get the best score.

You can also take on the bonus hole, which requires a perfect putt to pick up a special prize. My effort had the perfect line but was just too strong, going over the hole and refusing to drop; no free round or cuddly toy for me!

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One of mini-golf’s biggest setbacks is that it’s too easy; Looney Golf is anything but. If you play the perfect shot you are rewarded, if you hit a bad one the punishment, as it should be is severe.

Both courses are great fun and will be enjoyed by all the family, whether on children’s parties, family days out, lunchtime trips for work colleagues or as part of a night out, the venue fits all occasions.

Norris and Awais have delivered a stylish, sleek and exciting venture and their staff are warm, attentive and charming.

And away from the golf there is a chilled-out café area with drinks and snacks to unwind and discuss the shots you made – and the ones you missed – as well as other games to keep you busy.

Make sure to call ahead to book your slot at Looney Golf and enjoy Bradford’s newest and unique leisure activity.

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