Lava Creek – Adventure Golf
2017 has marked the beginning of something truly magical at Fantasy Island with a staggering £3.5 Million investment being undertaken over the winter period. Lava Creek was possibly the most aesthetically pleasing addition to come out of this venture. The brand new prehistoric themed golf course spreads across three floors and features some state of art animations and lighting. The lower floors of the golf course have really been thought about and the old theming and rock work has been ingeniously integrated into the new additions – it’s hard to tell the difference! While the upper floors maximise all the possible space including the old Dragon Mountain exit station and stairs.
The location of your endeavour start next to the Pyramid Stage where you will be greeted by a fantastically themed kiosk with helpful staff who will give you an explanation of where to begin, help you select the correct size golf club provide you with a score card if requested. The score cards are even themed which we thought was a fantastic attention to detail, they had names for every hole which had been custom created such as ‘Carnivorous Corners’ which is just really well thought out and adds to that atmospheric detail as opposed to just numbered holes. Compared with other Mini-Golf attractions in the surrounding areas, as well as the astonishing theming it will easily take a group of three or four a good 40-50 minutes to complete which really justifies the Pyramid closing an additional two hours later than the outdoor rides. then you also have Bowling, the Arcade and other rides such as Millennium to enjoy!
As you progress around the giant animatronic Diplodocus through all the cleverly planned holes and obstacles you will be met with various obstacles and theming and end up down under the depths of the Pyramid – this is where the theming comes into its own! You’ll be instantly thrown into a world of moving dinosaurs, lava red rivers and overgrown trails to venture through. It truly transports you back in time to a prehistoric era, continuing with the theming is brand new rock work, sound effects on the animatronics, ambient music and changing mood lighting along with themed bulbs and for effect miniature torches they even flicker!!!
Now, please bare in mind this cannot be paid for with cash! You have to use Fantasy Island’s new I-Card system for Arcade credit which can be purchased from the main Arcade or near the Mini Dodgems there are plenty of kiosks throughout. The Lava Creek Adventure Golf is £5 per person and two games are included for free if you have purchased the VIP wristband package. Although there are only 4 spaces on a scorecard , of course more of you can play it just requires another card!
For those who are new to the park the site where the three floor Adventure Golf is located used to be occupied by parts of Dragon Mountain Decent and SeaQuarium which has now been reverted to its old exit and received a rebrand under the new name of ‘Mystical Dragon Mountain” and this also now features a new projection show on the side of the Mountain! The SeaQuarium originally occupied the entire ground floor space under Dragon Mountain until it was shortened for the 2013 season leaving a large gap with nothing to fill it.
Here at Fantasy Islander’s we think it’s a fantastic use of space, it provides something for everyone and is much enjoyed across all age groups. As we stated before it takes a good part of an hour to complete so really justifies the cost. The theming fits in fantastically with the Pyramid and it’s something we’d like to see progressed on outside later. The atmosphere inside is something that has never been achieved by Conduit Leisure before, really putting the ‘Fantasy’ in Fantasy Island again.