Angry gods, chattering monkeys, a mineshaft that plunges downwards ‘forever’ and a host of interactive features can be found by players at the second Lost Island adventure golf course in Margate.
Based at the Flamingo on Margate seafront the new addition took nine months to create in the upstairs of the site and takes crazy golf into escape room territory.
The elaborate course comes four years after owners James and Adrienn Godden unveiled the first Lost Island below the Flamingo arcade. This site will now undergo a total revamp to bring it up to the high specifications of the newest course.
James, who opened the Flamingo building in 2010, says Lost Island is ‘constantly evolving’ and new elements to be installed in January include Augmented Reality darts – which he describes as ‘a bit like Flight Club, but the next generation of darts games’ – a bar and more interactive features on the 18-hole course.
The dad-of-one said: “There are a lot more interactive features and more being installed in January so it will be constantly evolving. Downstairs will also have a facelift with new features in time for Easter to keep that site fresh as well.”
The new course is immersive with angry gods talking to players as they make their way around the holes, surrounded by lights and noises on the jungle. The mineshaft ‘infinity’ floor will be mirrored with an ‘infinity’ ceiling in the downstairs course with lots of other links between the two promised.
James said: “They will tie in nicely and give people that Lost Island story narrative. Upstairs took nine months (to construct) and has so much more going on with immersive features. Upstairs is another level, not just literally, but in what is there. We like the jungle theme and the adventure, these have been very popular for all age ranges so we wanted to do that theme but take it a stage further.
“There are faces and sound and lights, it isn’t just putting balls, there is more movement and activity so it’s not just golf but a bigger form of entertainment.”
The new Lost Island opened on Boxing Day.
Opening hours and admission
10am – 8pm
Fri – Sun
10am – 9pm
Adventurers £8 – ages 14 and over
Explorers £6 – under 14s
Mini Explorers £4 – under 1 metre tall
Students and OAPs £6 – NUS card required, Monday to Friday
Early Bird £6 – arrive before noon, Monday to Friday
Adventure Team Ticket £27 -4 x Adventurers
Family Ticket £23 -2 Adventurers + 2 explorers
Groups of 6+ £6 each person