Last week, I was kindly treated by my friend to a day of crazy golf, street food and cocktails like I’d never experienced before. I’d heard of Ghetto Golf but didn’t really know what it was or what to expect, so I was really looking forward to trying something new, especially as it was for my birthday. After arriving in Birmingham, we took a short walk from New Street station to the Custard Factory, a quirky collection of shops and independent businesses tucked away from the main shopping hub. After a bit of searching around, we came across an old warehouse covered in black and white street art, the perfect predicate for what we’d find inside.
Once inside, we found ourselves surrounded by bright colours, flashing lights and a showcase of authentic Birmingham street art. The venue describes itself as a “Ghetto Wonderland” and, with rap and hip hop music playing non-stop, I couldn’t have described it better. Before setting out on the 18 hole mini golf course, we tried out some of the street food on offer and were surprised by the amount of food we got for our money. It really was tasty too and filled us up nicely before we set off round the 18 holes.
With one of the venue’s own cocktails in hand (very tasty, would recommend), we were given our golf clubs and entered what seemed like a maze of all kinds of different holes; from a bus to a bath tub, it was all there. As we made our way round the course, we didn’t quite know what to expect from the next hole. It was as if we were moving between different buildings at some points, which made me forget that we were actually in a converted warehouse. I thought that the whole course was very cleverly designed to surprise and immerse us, whilst also being a challenging game of mini golf (we had to give up on a couple of holes!)
After making our way through the 18 holes, it was time to see who’d won. Birthday luck was not on my side and I lost in the end (well done Grace)! Despite that, I’d had a great day and was really glad I’d had the chance to try something different. Ghetto Golf is a great alternative day (or night) out with friends and I’d definitely recommend it for its quirky course, tasty street food and unique cocktails. Even though you beat me in the end – thank you Grace for a fab day!