Last week, Southend-on-Sea’s crazy golf venue Caddies hosted a VIP party to celebrate its renovation.
The venue, which includes a jazzy bar and restaurant, sits in the centre of the town and offers an evening full of games, cocktails and food.
Celebs such as EastEnders stars Maisie Smith and Zack Brown, former Love Island contestants AJ Bunker and Chloe Crowhurst as well as members of dance troop Diversity all enjoyed the evening’s whacky entertainments.
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You might think you’d be able to predict what crazy golf would entail but this venue brought everything from talking dustbins, a ferrets wheel and a celestial sausage.
Here is what our Life Writer Hope Woolston found when she was invited to visit:
While Caddies isn’t hard to find on Southend High Street, it didn’t exactly stand out from the street.
You have to go up a few flights of stairs to reach the mini-golf venue (lifts are also available) which quickly gives you an idea of what it’s going to be like inside, with quirky pictures hanging from the walls all the way to the entrance.
It was really busy when we (my fiancé came with me) arrived, around an hour into the event.
The bar was particularly crowded, so we decided to jump straight in with a game of crazy golf.
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Caddies has two different golf courses, both as crazy as each other.
There’s the red course and the blue course – with the red described as slightly easier.
The blue course was the busiest so we decided to give the red a go – plus it was a good chance to get warmed up for the more challenging game.
Each course has a total of nine holes, full of wacky features.
Some highlights from the red course were the ‘ferrets wheel’ yes… ferrets, the singing chickens and of course the Celestial Sausage.
The course was honestly the ‘craziest’ crazy golf course I have seen. Not only were the holes designed in a weird and wonderful way (and executed perfectly) the whole venue was decorated amazingly.
Every wall had some kind of decoration, just as strange as each other on it.
The blue golf course was just as fun with talking bins, a fish tank and one hole where you didn’t even need to use a club.
This course was supposed to be more challenging than the red, but I didn’t really notice much difference – both were very fun and really unique.
I liked that they were short courses, and not 18 holes each like some venues have as it meant that we were playing for the perfect amount of time and didn’t ever get bored.
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The food and drink
I was really impressed by the cocktail menu at Caddies.
There were drinks to suit every taste. From colourful fruity numbers, to old classics, to drinks that looked like desserts – there were so many options.
I was impressed with all of the drinks I tried, however the Long Beach Iced Tea was my favourite.
The cocktails didn’t just taste good, they also looked fantastic – something I think is super important, especially for Instagram.
The staff making the drinks were also working incredibly hard and deserve a shout out.
When it came to food, we decided to try one of the burgers and the chicken tenders which were very, very good.
The burger was massive and jam-packed with filling so I had to use a knife and fork just to avoid becoming completely covered in it.
It was so filling that I barely touched my chips that came with it.
The tenders were also very good, and perfectly crispy.
I absolutely loved my evening at Caddies. The venue is so unique and quirky with so many details in the theming.
No corner has been ignored – even the toilets were crazy.
Something I really liked about Caddies was that although it is suitable for the whole family, it also felt like the perfect venue for adults.
Crazy golf venues can sometimes feel like they are designed for kids, but that certainly isn’t the case for Caddies. They also operate an adult only policy after 7pm on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The bar and restaurant is also amazing, and would work as a venue on its own even without the golf.
I would 100 per cent recommend a visit to Caddies. It is unique, quirky and certainly crazy.
You can find out more and book tickets here.
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