Happy Gilmore is my favourite movie of all time, so naturally I love mini golf.
Having played the four best mini golf places in London, here is my ranking based on course design, theme and food and drink on offer.
4. Swingers Review
Locations: Oxford Circus, The City
When you compare Swingers to any of the other mini golf courses in London, it doesn’t win on anything. The course designs aren’t that fun and are fairly easy too. We played The Big Wheel course near Oxford Circus which features a “nostalgic nod to the 1920’s English Riviera” which I didn’t really get a sense of at all…
The last hole is great however and has a huge nod to crazy golf. It features a rotating big wheel in which you have to avoid the capsules in order to get a hole in one (I did not make it in one, unfortunately).
I would say the food and drink on offer is good however, boasting five cocktail bars and five street food vendors
3. Junkyard Golf Review
Junkyard Golf just pips Swingers due to its fun theme designs. We played the movie course in Shoreditch, but Junkyard Golf has moved to new premises in Hackney and the movie course is also no longer available to play which is a bummer. I wish the course designs could have been more challenging at Junkyard Golf. Some holes just involved hitting around an obstacle or over humps so the holes have a less ‘crazy golf’ element.
The Junkyard Golf menu is a little light on food with only pizza and nachos as the options, but makes up for it in cocktails and drinks.
2. Plonk Review
Locations: Shoreditch, Camden Market, Borough Market, Hackney
There isn’t too much to choose from when it comes to Junkyard Golf vs Plonk.
While the theme designs are slightly more fun on Junkyard Golf, Plonk has more difficult holes. There are multiple routes you can play and shots can get very creative.
Shoreditch and Hackney have a pretty great bottomless brunch on Sundays for £30 where you receive:
- One Round of Golf
- 5 Arcade Tokens
- One Hot Dog
- Bottomless Cocktails and Soft Drinks for One Hour
1. Puttshack Review
Locations: Bank, White City
My number one mini golf course in London, Puttshack offers a bit of everything from fun themed holes which vary massively in difficulty to a nice bar to retreat to afterwards. Everything just feels more polished, adding to the experience as a whole.
It’s all interactive too so you don’t have to keep score and the system knows who is teeing off when you place the ball down (I have no idea how they do it). Puttshack’s scoring system is also unique and fun. There are super bonus points for getting a hole in one, minus points for hazards and a chance to win more points, beer and even pizza on the wheel of fortune hole!
We took the special offer of a second game for half price. The second course shared three holes as the first course which was slightly disappointing. But we’re still glad we got to experience six other course designs which were just as fun as the first which makes me want to play the other two courses!
The food and drink menu is pretty great too with street food dishes, pizzas and burgers on offer.
If you’re ever in Glasgow, be sure to visit Golf Fang (review) which is an 18 hole mini golf course with incredible and fun set designs which, in my opinion beats even Junkyard Golf!
And check out my hidden gems in London!