A few weeks ago we was invited to Paradise Island Adventure Golf at the Intu Centre in Derby. We decided to make a family day out of it and took the train down to Derby which is just 30 minutes away from us in Matlock. We went to Cosmo restaurant for an all you can eat dinner which was our first time there, followed by a round of mini golf.
Paradise Island has 6 locations throughout the UK with the one in Derby being the newest one to open. There are two different course’s to pick from or you can pay a bit extra and do both. The course’s are called Shark Bay and Mermaid Rock. We did just the one course – Mermaid Rock.
After we paid, the staff gave us all a golf club each, smaller ones for the kids and we got to all choose a coloured golf ball each. Then it was off to play some adventure golf. Let me first say, that the photo’s I took are rubbish. I forget to take my camera with me and had to use my phone, which is why the photos are poor quality and a bit blurry. If you watch the video at the end of the post, it looks much better and clearer.
When we got to the first hole, there was no one in front of us, so we could take as long as we liked. Which was a good thing as it took Caitlin (7) about 20 attempts to get the ball into the first hole.
Along the 18 hole course was a few fake plants and statues with gave it a little Aztec vibe. Each hole was fairly easy to get in and roughly took us about 2-4 shots to get it in. On one I did manage to get a hole in one, which I am very proud of.
When we got on to the third hole, people started to que up behind us. So we stopped to let them go ahead of us as we wanted to take our time and not rush it. As we went along the course Caitlin got a lot better too, and even got a ball in on just 2 shots!
The place soon filled up with people and it got quite busy. This was a Sunday at around 2.30-3.00pm. There were lot’s of families, but also groups and couples too. I even bumped into a fellow blogger Sophie from Sophie’s Notebook. I first met Sophie a year ago when I attended the East Midland blogger meet up.
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The price’s I think are fairly high. We got two adult tickets free in return for this review and just paid extra for the kids. But If we went again, for the 5 of us it would cost us £30. Which for mini golf I think is very expensive. I am comparing this price to playing mini golf when we go on holiday to Butlins at Skegness, which is £2.50 each. And even off site there is a course with is £3.00 for children and £4.00 for adults. so A total of £16. But Paradise Island is almost double this price.
Under 5s – £4.00
5 – 16 yrs – £6.00
Student – £6.50
Concession – £6.50
Adult – £8.00
Family of 4 – £24.00
Overall we did have a great time and we really enjoyed ourselves. I would go back and play at Paradise Island again, but only if they lowered their prices or I managed to get a discount code or offer.
As you come to the end of the course you have a chance to win a free game, simply by getting a hole in one. This does sound impossible, but I did see someone win when I was there. Unfortunately we didn’t. I think we ll need a bit more practice.
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I received two free adult tickets in return for this review. I paid extra for the kids. All opinions are mine