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Sable Ranch
Santa Clarita, CA

Thursday Nights on ABC (Summer 2019)


Cost: Free – with a chance to win $25,000!

Par: None Listed


Difficulty: 10

Creativity: 10

Atmosphere: 10


This might be the most challenging and unique course we’ll ever get to review on the website.  It certainly is the first made-for-television course we’ve played; the first where we haven’t played all the available holes on the course; the first where we had a chance to win $25,000 and the first where the obstacles might take you out and not just the ball!


Because of the unique format of the course, we’re going to do a unique format for our review.  We’re going to provide some overall words on the course but then focus on each of the holes with some thoughts from our friends and fellow competitors. (Note: due to the nature of television not all of the holes everyone played while on set were shown on TV). It’s impossible to really rate this course as anything other than 10s across the board.  While some of the putting may have been straightforward, the overall set-up of each hole is going to make it more difficult than anything you’ve played before, especially if you take into account things like time of day, location, cameras, crowds and your general tiredness/anxiety.


Overall, it’s hard to say that this course was anything but amazing. Realizing that many of these holes were built in a relatively short time, they were absolutely amazing. The “greens” were pretty close to what you might find on a minigolf course and for the most part rolled true.  However, due to some of the construction set ups there were definitely some hidden breaks in certain places which, due to the format and really no practice, you didn’t have much of a chance to find until you were making your putt. The atmosphere couldn’t be beat as it was located in a beautiful valley, though that didn’t matter much once it got dark.  However, once the sun set and the course lights went on, the crowd came in, the cameras turned on and you found yourself taking center stage – well there’s nothing else we’ve ever had in our minigolf experience that meets that! 


Specially for the holes we asked the following questions of ourselves and friends:


1)     What did you like best about the hole?

2)     How would you rate/describe the challenge of the putting?

3)     How would you rate/describe the difficulty of the physical challenge?

4)     What would you change about the hole if given a chance?


We didn’t put pictures of each of the holes below but we did link to our reviewers’ individual episode if you want to see them played.  Our friends over at A Couple of Putts also did a great blog post about their review of the course where they have clips and pictures from each of the holes as well.




Putting Penguin – (aired Episode 5)

-        Liked: For a putting penguin, what’s not to like about an “icy” miniature golf hole??? To pick a top though, it was knowing that the hole presented a design that was perfect for TV and was going to be memorable.

-        Putting: From the “A” position, the putting was easy.  I thought the green at the bottom rolled pretty true.  From the “B” position, it was going to be a tougher go, but nothing an experienced minigolfer wouldn’t have seen before on a course.

-        Challenge: The perfect level of difficulty.  Unless you were the lucky couple who made a quick trip up, you were in for some faceplants and rides down the hill.  But ultimately you could get up the hill, even without needing the rope sent down to you.

-        Change: Nothing at all. Thought it was the perfect combination of challenge and putting.


Tom Loftus (A Couple of Putts) – (not aired)

-        Liked: The theming on and around this hole was so much fun. The polar bear, fox, chairlift and visuals all made for a fun wintery vibe. 

-        Putting: The putt down the slick mountain is quite easy if you make it up the hill first and have the "A" position. My opponent flew up the hill without breaking stride and put me in the unenviable position of bouncing off the corners on the soft kid's playground material surface to make it through the polar bear's legs and down the hill towards the cup. I got all the way to the edge of the slope on my first shot but the ball stopped short. The putting surface at the bottom played well but if you landed close to the walls/edge, it made for an awkward putt to the cup.

-        Challenge: Minus a quick slip on my way up, I was fortunate to only get covered slightly in the goo. Any bit of the slick substance on your clothes and body can throw you and your game off. The challenge of staying dry and putting covered in lubricant reminded me of watching Double Dare as a kid in the best possible ways.

-        Change: It would be fun if the obstacles/walls on the turfed putting surface were themed and matched the overall aesthetic. In fact, I'd love to see a royal blue turf versus the traditional green. I don't know if it would show up on TV as well the checkered green but I'm a sucker for royal blue turf.


Mick Cullen (MC Mini Masters) – (not aired)

-        Liked: Honestly, the hill climb was hilariously fun, and I was proud to make it up before my bodybuilder opponent did. It was also tremendously surreal to arrive at the hole and see that fans in the crowd had a giant cutout of my face and wanted me to sign autographs. That’s TV for you!

-        Putting: Once you were on the green, the putts were straight and true. You just had to hope that you didn’t end behind a wood block, and there wasn’t much one could do to prevent that from the top of the hill, thanks to the lubricated surface that made it a bit challenging to predict the ball’s path once it was through the bear’s legs.

-        Challenge: The hill we had to climb was hilarious, and since I was up against a bodybuilder, I was a bit concerned about being at a disadvantage on that part. However, I made it up the hill on my second attempt, beating her, so it was not as difficult as I’d worried! Hitting it between the polar bear’s legs was harder than it looked—multiple players flubbed the short shot to get between his feet and down the hill—but the tougher tee shot was definitely a disadvantage. Still, my opponent and at least one other player during the season managed to make that multiple-bank shot to get down to the green in one.

-        Change: I wouldn’t have had players play this hole first and then sit around for a few hours before playing their second hole of the night. It wasn’t fun to sit in the contestant tent in wardrobe all covered in baby oil or whatever that substance was.


Mollie Peterson – (not aired)


-        Liked: Looking at this hole, it does not appear to be challenging until you put your first foot on the slippery slopes. The hole is designed to wear you out as you try to make your way up the mountain and beat your competitor to the better position at the top.

-        Putting: Once your ball traveled down the slope, the green was one of the easiest at Holey Moley. It was very flat with few obstacles.

-        Challenge: The hidden challenge is the goop that they use to make the slope slippery. It will get all over you, causing your putter grip to be slick all while your heart is racing from the difficult climb. I fortunately had the opportunity to putt from the better position at the top making the angle easier to putt your ball through the polar bear's legs.

-        Change: If I could change anything about this hole, I would make the green the same surface as the slippery slope. It would add an extra challenge to your putts but also save some burns on your skin. Many contestant had carpet burns from sliding down the slope too fast onto the green.



The Distractor


Putting Penguin – (Episode 5)

-        Liked: The idea that the distraction changed for each group was an interesting thought.  As much as I would have liked to meet Kenny G, I kind of enjoyed my distraction of the paparazzi. The stuff they shouted was pretty funny and it ended up making for some amusing commentary when watching the show. Also I think it ended up being a great distraction for Dianne and I to play up together. She was a great person to play the hole against and I was genuinely happy for her when she won, even more so that she took the top prize at the end.

-        Putting: Tough!  The red carpet they rolled out changed everything. We had some practice on the “normal” turf from other holes/practice green but that red carpet was just industrial carpet that wasn’t taped down too great.  It was a) very tough to judge the speed (you can see my first shot blast by the hole) and b) read the breaks it ended up forming as you were trying to deal with everything else around you.  Thanks to editing you didn’t see the plethora of misses that Diane and I had.

-        Challenge: As I said that night – I play minigolf with children, rowdy friends, by freeways, with music, etc – I’m not the type of person who needs “quiet” when putting and distractions are part of my game.  So I didn’t find the paparazzi that distracting.  The hard part about them was that you knew you had to “play it up” since you’d be on television so having that running through your mind was more a distraction.  The worst part about the challenge was the combination of red carpet (see above) and the fact that it took them a few tries to get things set up so it really messed with your timing more than the normal TV production stuff did (think how a rain delay might impact a pitcher).

-        Change: Other than winning the hole? It would be nice if there was some more consistency in the challenge like a celebrity for every group (didn’t have to be 10 different ones but a few involved in different things).  As for the specific challenge I just think making sure it worked right (rolling out the carpet) the first time would have been nice.  Or I guess it would have been cool to see bears as Mr. Riggle noted in his commentary.


Dianne Cullen (MC Mini Masters) –  (Episode 5)

-        Liked: Playing Pat, because he brought the best out in me. I felt like it was awesome to be playing against a pro mini golfer, and I knew I had to give it my best. I knew about his accolades and credentials from talking in the contestant tent, and I was intimidated! But Pat and I were helping each other and really cheering each other on. He helped me relax, and I really didn’t expect to win. I wished I didn’t need to eliminate him.

-        Putting: The end of the red carpet was curled slightly, so you could still catch that on your backswing or forward stroke, so you sort of had to take a shorter backswing. It was a direct straight line to the hole with low friction due to the carpet surface, so Pat and I overhit the shots a few times as well as missing wide. Adjusting to that carpet was a struggle.

-        Challenge: The distraction really did make it difficult. The crowd was also quite close on this hole compared to the other holes, and I was quite aware of them. I enjoyed it as much as I didn’t, to be honest. The flashes, noise, and the red carpet surface all added to the challenge. I had been practicing 15-foot putts only to find I was putting on a totally different surface!

-        Change: Nothing! Everything that was involved, I think, was a necessary part of the challenge.



Dutch Courage


Putting Penguin – (not aired)

-        Liked: The classic minigolf obstacle turned into what we all knew was going to be the highlight of the show from a “Wipeout” perspective – people getting knocked over.

-        Putting: Getting through the small windmill in the middle was a bit of a challenge. The green definitely had some breaks in it and the speed of the small windmill, combined with the weird sightline of putting through the first windmill, made it difficult though not impossible.  The rest of the green was fine and the hole on the side of the hill was nothing to worry about for someone who’s seen that plenty!

-        Challenge: I think it was the most intimidating of the possible obstacles because you knew it was designed specifically to make some great television when people got hit by the windmill.  That got ramped up when you were present to watch someone get hit by it and you thought about how that would feel, and look, if it happened to you. Then when you get up next to the blades, those things were not going slow.  So you’re standing there in the middle of the night, these giant blades whipping by your face, the crowd feverish for you to make your move – yeah it was a challenge.  It was also an amazing relief once you got past both the windmills.

-        Change: Again, nothing at all.  It felt like the perfect combination of challenge, putting and classic minigolf representation.


Tom Loftus (A Couple of Putts) – (not aired)


-        Liked: I would pay vast amounts of money to play this hole again. 

-        Putting: I was so nervous playing this hole for not only the 40-50' putt through three windmills but equally for the placement of the cup on the sloped incline. When I played this hole, I felt like I stood over the ball for over 5 minutes before taking my first putt. It didn't help that my opponent had made it through all three windmills before I got my opportunity to match. Tying my opponent on this hole with a three was the first moment where I felt confident about my putting game. 

-        Challenge: The combo challenge of putting and avoiding the blades of the windmills encapsulates what I love about the course/show. It's a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the experience of moving towards the hole with real consequences for poor timing and accuracy. Add in the pressure of doing this on camera and in front of a live audience and you have a fabulous formula. Being tasked with a more difficult path to the cup than the ball is my favorite thing about this magical course.

-        Change: Honestly, nothing. 


Mick Cullen (MC Mini Masters) – (not aired)

-        Liked: This was the hole I most wanted to play based on appearance alone, so I’m a little bummed my play on it didn’t get shown on TV. When we first arrived on set, this was the hole that most caught my attention. What cooler thing could there be as a mini golf lover than having to run through windmill obstacles ourselves while also navigating some tricky putting? It was like something I would have dreamt about.

-        Putting: I found it too difficult to try to time my tee shot to avoid the blade of that middle windmill with the distance and the distraction of the larger windmill blade near me, so I just hit it and hoped for the best. I loved that there was a section of the hole with low barriers that could lead to OOB shots, and that helped me out when my opponent did end up out of bounds. I also liked that they put the hole on an incline on the green, adding some challenge if you were approaching the hole from an angle.

-        Challenge: The tee shot was certainly challenging. The middle windmill was the key—getting it through that hole took accuracy, and you also had to hope the blade of that windmill (the only one that could actually impede your ball) wasn’t in the wrong spot at the wrong time. The thing everyone asks me about, of course, is getting through the actual windmills. I didn’t find that challenging at all. I simply inched up as close as I could get to the blade and then step through very quickly once it passed by my face. I was baffled seeing how many people got smacked by the blades, but they all seemed to have something in common—they either took a running start and/or they hesitated on their approach.

-        Change: I’d make the windmill blades spin faster, to be honest. I think getting through the windmills was a bit too easy.

Mollie Peterson  – (Episode 8)


-        Liked: Take any thought you had on miniature golf windmills and magnify them by at least ten! As an adventure seeker, I loved this hole because it added a whole new element to miniature golf. The course came alive and made you feel a part of fairytale.

-        Putting: The hole is extremely long, probably close to 100 feet, but the putting surface is extremely smooth without any blemish. The first putt can be pretty intimidating as you try to putt it through the tiny entrance of the second windmill while avoiding the blades. Timing is everything! If you can successfully make it past the windmills, the challenge is still not over. The hole is placed in the middle of a slope making it difficult to lag it close. You better aim for the hole, and hope it goes in the first try!

-        Challenge: The three windmills where very strategically designed to distract you from the actual objective of golf. I worried more about trying to save my actual body than just my golf ball.

-        Change: Nothing noted



Tee’d Off


Tom Loftus (A Couple of Putts) – (Episode 7)

-        Liked: The premise of the drop door and frigid water as a punishment of missing a simple putt. 

-        Putting: Being raised above an audience with the wind blowing, facing your opponent in an all or nothing short putt is a smart concept. Before we had any notion of what the course would look like, I had the thought of people who lost on the show walk a plank from a pirate ship into cold water.  Seeing this in real life neared wish fulfillment for me.

-        Challenge: The putt was far harder than I imagined and in the moment, I didn't account for a few serious factors. It would seem unlikely that the platform was exactly flat/level so you would want to adjust for that. 

-        Change: I'd make the putt next time but I'd add some other fun twist other than the pressure of making a run of the mill putt.


Mick Cullen (MC Mini Masters) – (Episode 4)

-        Liked: This was a visually striking hole—I loved the giant industrial-chic golf ball sculpture that formed the background. Being on the raised platform also made it clearer to me than ever that I was on a TV show—while the other holes all felt like super-sized mini golf holes, this one didn’t. This was a spectacle.

-        Putting: It was a flat, straight, short putt. We had no chance to practice on that hole in advance because the challenge wasn’t in the putting itself, but in all the other factors at play.

-        Challenge: How hard can a four-foot putt be? It seems like it’s a simple task. Still, when I heard that my hole would simply involve taking a four-foot putt, I was terrified. No one wants to get eliminated for missing a four-footer. It’s not just any four-footer, though—it’s a short putt on a raised platform above a freezing swimming pool on a cold night with cameras, lights, a cheering crowd, knowing either an abrupt drop into the water or a chance at $25,000 was on the line. (One pair of players missed 7 of their 8 combined attempts on this hole despite the relative ease of the shot!) The real challenge here, then, was shutting all of that extra stuff out. I also had the advantage of going first and being able to put extra pressure on my opponent by sinking it.

-        Change: I think it would be fun if we were required to putt at the same time, and it would have eliminated the mental advantage gained by putting first

Mollie Peterson  – (Episode 8)

-        Liked: Adding extreme height with no ledge and cold water below can make you look at a four foot putt differently. There's a whole new element of pressure that will make you say Holey Moley over and over! This is the only hole that you felt distant from the roaring crowd and any of the camera crew. It reminded me of the 12th hole of Amen Corner at the Master's. It's just you and your competitor going head to head.

-        Putting: Even though the green is elevated about 20 feet above the pool, the putting surface is flat and perfectly smooth. You can trust your straight line on this putt but don't let the nerves interfere with your stroke.

-        Challenge: The only challenge was the pressure of making a simple four footer. It's a lot harder than anyone thinks but it feels a lot better when you're the only one standing on the green at the end.

-        Change: Nothing noted 



Surf or Turf


Tom Loftus (A Couple of Putts) – (Episode 7)

-        Liked: Completing and winning this hole. From the moment I saw the structure, I was intimidated. The wave and narrow bridge concept were super clever.

-        Putting: Other than Arc de Trigolf, this appeared to me to be the most difficult challenge to move the ball on the course. Part of this comes from the fact that the large wave used to move the ball towards the cup relies on one's ability to take a full and controlled golf swing with a putter. I didn't make it easier on myself by using a rubber-covered putter that I've come to realize was too long for me. I don't play golf and badly missed my attempt to ride the wave which left me with a 30 ft putt across a 2' wide walkway. Thankfully, my putting aim was true that evening.

-        Challenge: What a beast! I feel fortunate to have stayed dry and came out a winner on this one. As you could see in the shellshocked look on my face as I pranced across the bridge, I was thrilled to have made it across on my first attempt. Once you were on the other side of the bridge, you faced sandtraps, undulations in the turf and the pressure of performing on camera. My "extreme reaction" to winning the hole was honest. When I first saw this hole, I thought there was no way I was heading to the 2nd round. 

-        Change: I think it would be funny to have people hanging out in the sandtraps in beach gear as human obstacles and/or human-made waves with people surfing on them in the water. It would add an extra distraction and visually make this one a little more fun. 


Mick Cullen (MC Mini Masters) – (Episode 4)

-        Liked: The ramp! That was the most epic ramp in mini golf history. Launching that ball in the air and landing it on the green looked cool on TV and felt amazing in person. The most incredible mini golf tee shot of my life!

-        Putting: Putting out of the sand and over a hump toward the hole posed a challenge (speed is always tricky in sand), and I have to assume that putting across the land bridge was challenging as well, though it looked based on the wavy path of some contestants’ bridge shots like there may have been a lip along the edges of that bridge to help contain the ball a bit. However, once you were in the area of the green with the actual hole, between the parallel diagonal ridges, the green was flat—no break. My final shot from about 5-6 feet was clean and straight.

-        Challenge: Honestly, the tee shot was no joke. It looks a lot easier on TV than it was (because you don’t see how many tee shot attempts it took before someone landed the shot on the island—and sometimes it was several attempts). I didn’t have much luck with it in practice, but got the power just right at crunch time and landed my first tee shot on the island, bouncing it into the sand trap.

-        Change: I would either place sand at the end of the land bridge or I’d move the hole over a bit. If you missed the ramp shot, you still had a straight (though lengthy) shot at the hole over the surprisingly forgiving land bridge.





Dianne Cullen (MC Mini Masters) –  (Episode 5)

-        Liked: The beginning—getting to meet Steph Curry and putting toward the golf ball to get the advantage of choosing Curry or the robot to take your next shot. I was enamored with Curry because I respect him as a role model and a humble, consistent ballplayer. He’s changing the whole way that NBA basketball is played, and he was very friendly and seemed to be having a lot of fun. He genuinely seemed to enjoy meeting all of the players too.

-        Putting: There was a series of inclines, like a typical swimming pool floor, so you had to decide how to play it—one level at a time, trying to put yourself in a good position. Those inclines meant many shots had to played with significant breaks to the putt. This green didn’t have the diamond grid like many of the other holes, using the basketball court lines instead. At least one of the winning players needed seven shots down on the sunken green, so taking a layup or two was a decent strategy, working conservatively toward the hole.

-        Challenge: It was actually pretty difficult once you were in the sunken swimming pool area. The tee shot at the beginning of the hole was also challenging because there was a big right-to-left bend to it.

-        Change: I’d make the initial putt to the golf ball target a bit longer to increase the challenge it takes to earn the choice of next shot.



Arc de Trigolf


Dianne Cullen (MC Mini Masters) –  (not aired)


-        Liked: The green was challenging and satisfying to complete.

-        Putting: There were two long humps and a block for a bank shot from the drop zone. That was actually more difficult than the tee shot! There wasn’t a break to the green, though—nice and flat.

-        Challenge: This was very difficult—that tee shot was no joke. Very intimidating! You could hit it so hard it went flying off the ramp, but if you didn’t hit it hard enough, of course, it came right back. Once I made it, I had no intention of trying to rush across the platforms in the pool to drop the guillotine to block the ball. I was just going to put the ball in the drop zone so I could be dry and safe. I was confident in my ability to make that bank shot if I had to. It took me two shots to make it over the ramp, while it took my opponent ten, so it was significantly challenging. Luckily, my ball hit the guillotine frame and didn’t drop in the water anyway.

-        Change: I’d move the tee back a bit from the arc so you could get a bit of a runway instead of an immediate rise.


Mt. Holey Moley


Mick Cullen (MC Mini Masters) – (won Episode 4)

-        Liked: The entire experience of this hole was spectacular, but riding the zip line to the floating target was especially memorable. I’d never been on a zip line before that moment, so it was quite a first time.

-        Putting: At the end of this hole was the first green I played at Holey Moley that seemed to have a break to it without the presence of an obviously visible slope or hill. The final putting surface definitely broke left from where my ball initially was positioned. Of course, it was harder for those who’d landed in the penalty pit behind the rocks and sand—they never seemed to have a direct shot at the hole, and needed to lay up. Of course, the fact that you’re literally putting for $25,000 also adds to the pressure, so reading the break becomes that much harder. I badly flubbed my read and had to rely on my opponents missing their shots as well. Luckily, in sudden death, the spot from which we took our 6-foot tiebreaking putts didn’t have a significant break to it.

-        Challenge: The tee shot was more difficult than it looked on TV, I’d say. Everyone had up to 5 attempts to sink it in one of the holes, and some skilled finalists still missed every time. The sharp incline to the holes looks less pronounced on TV, but it was totally possible to hit the ball directly over one of the holes, even the large ones, due to the power needed to get it up the hill and the angle of the slope.

-        Change: Honestly, even though I won in a sudden-death tiebreaker and I’m eternally grateful for the experience to have ended the way it did, I have to agree with one online commenter who said that it seemed sort of anticlimactic for a competition like this to come down to a six-foot straight putt in the case of a tie. I’d love to see them have a zanier tiebreaker befitting the competition that preceded it.


Dianne Cullen (MC Mini Masters) –  (won Episode 5)

-        Liked: I loved the zip line. I wiggled a bit as I rode toward the landing area to make it look more exciting for TV!

-        Putting: Getting the right speed for the tee shot was a challenge. Once I was on the final green, I had a 30-to-40-foot shot. There was definitely a bend to the green and a bit of an incline from where I was putting. I wasn’t trying to sink that putt—I just wanted to get close enough to give myself a short final putt. I was surprised that I hit it past the hole a bit, but it turned out well.

-        Challenge: The tee shot up the mountain was a challenge. The rise of the incline was very sharp, and many tee shots ended up bouncing because of the abrupt angle. I went for the big hole because the players before me had both ended up in the gutter, and I wanted to play it safe and make sure I ended up on the green instead of behind the rocks and sand.

-        Change: I think tee shots that ended up in the middle-sized hole on the volcano should have ended up closer than they actually did. It wasn’t much better off than those who ended up in the largest hole.

Mollie Peterson  – (won Episode 8)

-        Liked: If you can make it this far, you can count on your blood pressure being another factor to balance in your equation. I loved every detail of this final championship hole at Holey Moley. There was strategy, skill, and strength all combined in this chance of a lifetime. There's not a greater miniature golf hole ever created. Mt. Holey Moley should go in the record books for most challenging hole in mini golf!

-        Putting: The three holes engraved in the side of Mount Holey Moley offered a great reward for the bigger risk you chose. I decided to putt my ball from an angle on the right side of the tee box giving me a better chance at all three holes options. This putt was the greatest of all the challenges I had at Holey Moley because you had so many components that went into this very important moment.  You had to give it a firm stroke yet keep it on the line you envisioned. Thankfully my ball snuck into the smallest hole therefore I received the best spot on the island green about 5 feet away from the cup. My two competitors both hit it into the medium sized hole which resulted in 20 foot putts. The putting green was tricky because of the hidden breaks that were hard to read. I studied the putts of my two competitors as their balls went past the hole. I could get a better feel for how my ball might react to the break of the green based on their putts. I was certain my putt broke from right to left which is my favorite kind of putt. As I approached my ball, the director yelled out, "For $25,000!" and the weight of that moment made it all feel like a dream. I confidently stroked the putt and watched my ball drop into the bottom of the cup.

-        Challenge: The second phase of the challenge was the zip line over the icy pond onto a small landing zone. The pressure of holding on and timing your landing was intense because you didn't want an added stroke for falling in the water. Being 5'2" has its disadvantages. I could barely reach the bar on the pulley but when I did, my feet left the platform causing me to make a quick decision about the landing. The fall onto the landing zone was kind of painful but totally worth it in the end. After you wobble your way across the floating bridge, the first thing you notice is an undulating green with rocks, bunkers, and a mannequin wearing the green jacket. Reality starts to set in at the very moment.

-        Change: Nothing noted 



Log Roll


Kevin Grant – (aired Episode 5)

-        Liked: Even though it was the one I was eliminated on, I loved this hole the most! The added aspect of jumping logs, dodging logs, all while trying to put up a 3-tier ramp... crazy fun! I loved the chaos of the hole.

-        Putting: The first landing is what did me in, and I really can only blame myself, but they did add a piece to it after we had practiced it, which threw me off. They added a little ramp, so I went full send like I had in practice, and my ball took a huge hop I wasn’t expecting. Other than that, I feel it was as clean as it could have been. I had about a 15 foot putt at the top, and the line held true.

-        Challenge: I loved the challenge! Met a lot of great people, and had a blast. Just wish more of what we did made TV. I played 4 holes, but only 2 made it. But I get it, it's an hour episode.

-        Change: That dang ramp that was added.... wasn’t really needed. Just added a weird bounce that was hard to read. 



Sweet Spot


Kevin Grant – (not aired)

-        Liked: Was definitely the most unique and challenging. It didn’t look like it spun that fast, but once you hopped on to tee off, and they make you wait for 20-30 seconds... it's super challenging to even get your bearings and know which direction to even hit the ball. I feel it was really 60% luck haha! 

-        Putting: The "fairway" seemed to run a little to the right... but the green seemed pretty clean. Even though it was a big spinning platform haha!

-        Challenge: Same notes as Log Roll.

-        Change: I actually thought it was pretty perfect. Maybe I'd just change having to stand on the platform for as long as we did haha!



Our final note is that we would love to see many of these holes as a more “permanent” course build somewhere.  While you likely couldn’t do the whole “get knocked into the tulips by a windmill” with the general public for liability purposes, there’s no reason you couldn’t play through giant windmills, with the smaller windmill to get through.  There are ways you could make many of these into consistently playable holes and with future seasons on the horizon you could at least do a 9 hole course. We’d love to see that as a lasting legacy of the show!


Reviewed by Pat, Mick, Dianne, Mollie, Kevin, Tom & Duffer

Reviewed in 2019