Don’t get mad: go crazy!

Okay, I’ll admit it. I didn’t need to try out crazy golf (again) to know that I love it. It’s the perfect blend of real-life and fantasy that makes for perfect play in my mind.

We headed to Adventure Golf in Southend-on-Sea, where we took the Inca Trail to discovery. Oddly, dinosaurs were hatching and roaming around the trail, playing in crashed aircraft that really questioned my understanding of chronology. Crazy!

What did I learn taking crazy golf more mindfully than usual?

Well, I certainly think the physicality of it is important. Like pinball (I’m sure we’ll be hearing more on that soon!) I love the fact that this isn’t a computer game, and there’s no feeling that there’s only a certain number of possibilities of how a game will unfold. This is raw analogue fun. You have to concentrate on where your body is, your inner game, and how you’re going to deliver your intended outcome as fomented in your mind, right there in the world.

Colours are important too, and this is a landscape reduced to bold, primary colours. You’re immersed in a world created just for fun. A playground, as Ian Bogost would talk about it. It’s all about fun, enjoyment, diversion and distraction. For me, it’s a perfect blend.

Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad. – AA Milne

Ease of play: 7/10

Resemblance to play: 10/10

Aggression: Medium

Speed: Medium

Enjoyability: High (it’s my perfect Play!)

Potential frequency of play: Medium

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