The hilarity-hopped Holey Moley has closed in Newtown, as the double hit with Hijinx Hotel begins play again in Brisbane.

Operator Funlab has been partnering putt putt with hospitality since 2016, best known for its brightly-coloured courses themed in 80s and 90s nostalgia.

Mid-2017 the group opened its first outlet in Australia, taking over Enmore’s famous Sandringham Hotel for some serious ‘kidulting’ entertainment.

The licensed venue sported an 18-hole mini golf adventure, as well as private karaoke rooms, and has seen continued success since its launch.

“As we finish up our lease period, we want to thank the amazing Newtown community for their fantastic support and for completing literally hundreds of thousands of rounds of minigolf over the last seven years,” came a statement from the group.

The Enmore Holey Moley shut up shop on 12 May, and it’s understood the building is up for lease again.

Rollout in Australia was followed by Holey Moley Perth toward the end of 2017, quickly joined by Kings Cross. Earlier this year both Holey Moley and Hijinx Hotel came online within the Canberra Centre.

There are now close to 30 venues across Australia in the group, and while Enmore is no more, devotees can roll down to the nearby Alexandria location.

In the Sunshine State, the concept began at Fortitude Valley, then Wintergarden in the Brisbane CBD. In 2022 and 2023 these were joined by Holey Moley and Hijnx in Chermside, in the Gympie Road shopping centre.

In July Brisbane will welcome its fourth Holey Moley, and more Hijinx, at the Westfield shopping centre in Mt Gravatt, between them boasting 18 holes of putt putt, ten challenge rooms, and three karaoke rooms, catering for up to 350 people.

There will be two bars, including the suitably décored Caddyshack bar, serving creations such as cocktails in a bathtub.

Devoid of accommodation, Hijinx Hotel has been described as some kind of crazy hybrid of the Overlook Hotel from The Shining and Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory – packed with games and activities for adults, including ‘Zig-a-Zag ah Ball Pool’ and the Candy Ball Pit.

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