01 Feb 2021 | Clubs & Facilities |

Holey Moley! It's prime-time golf for all

by Mark Hayes

Holey Moley starts tonight ch7

It’s supersized, fast-paced and, yes, even hard-hitting golf – and it’s coming to prime time television tonight!

Channel 7’s brand new “Holey Moley”, hosted by Matt Shirvington and American comedian Rob Riggle, makes its Australian debut tonight at 7.30pm around the country.

But if you thought you knew mini golf, you’ve got another thing coming.

A collection of the nation’s most passionate, skilled and slightly crazy golfers will compete on a series of holes that take mini golf to a whole new stratosphere.

Every hole has not only a wicked test of golf, but also a fierce examination of physicality with a series of extraordinary obstacles around the course.

Towering windmills, fire-breathing dragons, shark-infested lagoons and a giant sausage – it’s got the lot!

This unmatched test of precision putting and stamina is sure to be a smash hit as we seek to find Australia’s first Holey Moley champion.

And when Holey Moley whets the appetite for you and younger members of your family to get involved in golf, head to the Golf Australia website to find your nearest facility.

Use the “Where to play” function at www.golf.org.au/courseSearch and you’ll find that of 116 mini golf centres around Australia, there’s bound to be one near you.

It’s a great way to start your love affair with golf!

One contestant tonight is West Australian James Carr, a former touring professional who’s played around the world and with the game’s greats.

Carr, 35, even managed to play in the 2009 Australian Masters and warmed up alongside Tiger Woods on the range at Kingston Heath.

“I first got into golf when I was 13 years old. I went and played nine holes with my dad and I was immediately addicted,” Carr said.

“My competitive nature made me only want to get better and better and one day make the pro tour.

“Hitting golf balls on the driving range right next to (Tiger) was completely surreal. I played the 10th hole right next to him as he came down the 18th.

“The feeling of having 50,000 spectators within viewing distance of my game was mind blowing as a 23-year-old.

“I don’t often play mini golf as being a farmer means I don’t get a lot of time to do so. But I do love going with my nieces and nephews when we can.”

Holey Moley James Carr
James Carr features on Channel 7's "Holey Moley"

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