Hey Caddy a hole lot of fun

Published 5:00am 15 September 2023

Hey Caddy a hole lot of fun
Words by Jodie Powell

A golfing paradise in the heart of North Lakes is taking players around the world without leaving the Moreton Bay Region.

Hey Caddy and X Golf general manager Dean Cullen says the mini and virtual golf venue offers two different experiences designed to challenge and entertain visitors.

Hey Caddy’s mini-golf course is home to holes paying homage to New York, Miami, the Great Wall of China, Venice, Egypt, Melbourne’s famed graffiti mecca Hosier Lane and even Mars.

“We launched during COVID when people couldn’t travel anywhere,” Dean says.

“We wanted people to be able to experience places and to create memories.

“You can putt your way around the world.”

Fun for all ages

Hey Caddy a hole lot of fun

Dean says Hey Caddy is popular for functions, children’s parties, corporate events and team-building activities.

“We get a lot of dads dropping their kids off for parties and then going through to X Golf for a hit,” he says.

With simulated games catering for inexperienced players through to those at the top of their game, X Golf launched simulated venues taking in the world’s top courses about 12 years ago.

Players can test their skills virtually on courses ranging from Pebble Beach and Turtle Bay in the United States, and multiple courses across Japan and Korea, to Australia’s Metropolitan and Royal Pines.

There are currently 56 courses to choose from, with another four to be added to the menu very soon.

Data-driven

Hey Caddy a hole lot of fun

Dean says many visitors also play on traditional courses outdoors, but visit X Golf for its state-of the-art facilities that generate data to help them hone their skills.

“The technology is 98 percent accurate in terms of what you would do on a golf course,” he explains.

“We have a PGA pro who does lessons and we have clinics for adults and children.”

The venue’s screens are designed to take the impact of hard-hitting balls with special cushioning.

“Everything is automatic – you don’t have to get your ball and you can adjust the tee height automatically - the balls are designed for the cameras to capture data.”

Tournament time

Hey Caddy a hole lot of fun

X Golf also runs tournaments, pitting players against each other at their nearest facility, with winners feeding into state championships and then a national play-off.

“You can be on the tour in your own backyard,” Dean says.

“There are venue play-offs and state play-offs and the winner of the state goes to the nationals, which is in Melbourne this year. It’s played in the one venue and it’s all paid for by X Golf, with major prizes.

“We also run leagues on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights – they’re 10 weeks with three seasons a year.”

Adding to the appeal of the indoor venue are lounges attached to each simulator arena, as well as a fully licensed bar offering four-litre cocktail “balloons” and beer towers designed to be shared and a full kitchen turning out taste tempters such as sliders, pizzas and cheeseburger spring rolls.

Perfect packages

Hey Caddy a hole lot of fun

Dean says the venues are constantly evolving and an app is in the works to further enhance the golfing experience.

“Then you’ll be able to review saved data at home and get online tournaments through the app in the next 12 months.”

Hey Caddy offers a range of specials, including unlimited mini putt for $15 on Mondays, $10 mini putt, $10 pizza and $10 cocktails on Tuesdays and a package on Wednesday where visitors who spend $10 on food or beverages get nine holes of mini putt free.

Click here to find out more.

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