AN adults-only indoor crazy golf course boasting 18 individually themed holes decorated with memorabilia, shop mannequins and sex toys is set to open in one of Derby’s most historic buildings.
The former Grand Theatre in Babington Lane is currently being converted into an over-18s attraction called House of Holes, where customers will also be able to enjoy cocktails, live DJ sets and cutting-edge street food.
House of Holes will be the first adults-only indoor golf course to open in Derby, inspired by two similar and wildly successful venues in Liverpool and Birmingham.
The holes, which are arranged around the edge of the 16,000 sq ft building’s ground floor, have been designed to ensure that they are both fun and fiendish and each one is being decorated with an individual theme ranging from kitsch to cheesy and from bizarre to the outright risqué, including a school playground, a neon dance floor, a snooker hall and a sex shop.
The design schemes are being created using a combination of reclaimed materials and objects bought off the internet, including full-size planes and a basketball hoop.
It is also making a feature of old design touches, including a wall mural from when the building was home to McCluskey’s nightclub and a large neon-lit guitar which was discovered in the building’s basement and is believed to date back to its days as Confetti’s nightclub in the 1980s.
Graffiti artists have already been hard at work decorating the inside of the venue, while there are also two bars, a desk where players will be able to hire their putters and golf balls and a street food restaurant on the first-floor balcony.
Elsewhere, there will be table-tennis tables, retro arcade games and self-service alcoholic drinks dispensers installed all around the course.
Simon Liu, a director at House of Holes, said: “This is definitely indoor golf for grown-ups, where the theme is total fun. It’s edgy, a little bit naughty and perfect for groups of friends, stag and hen nights and work parties who want some healthy competition and to have a good time.
“Indoor golf is growing in popularity but the majority of centres are aimed at families and children. That’s great, but this is somewhere adults can have a drink, some food and let off steam.
“The UK adults-only crazy golf concept originated in Liverpool and it’s proved to be extremely popular, so we are delighted that Derby is the first city in the East Midlands to get in on the act.”
The Grand Theatre opened in 1886 and hosted performances until 1950, after which it was converted into a dance hall and opened in 1959 as the Locarno ballroom.
It was later reopened in the 1970s as Tiffany’s nightclub, followed by Confetti’s, Ritzy, Eclipse and McCluskey’s, but was most recently home to the May Sum world buffet restaurant.
It will cost £10 to play a round of crazy golf at House of Holes, which is expected to open at the beginning of the New Year.
To find out more, visit www.houseofholes.co.uk or visit its Facebook site at www.facebook.com/houseofholesUK/
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