Adult-themed crazy golf course set to launch in Derby

Simon Liu

The owners of an adult-only indoor crazy golf course set to open in the former Grand Theatre in Babington Lane, Derby, say they want to include street food vendors and DJs in the new venture.

House of Holes will boast 18 themed holes decorated with memorabilia, shop mannequins and sex toys. Customers will also be able to enjoy cocktails, live DJ sets and street food – and that’s where Simon Liu, director of the business, is seeking help.

He says he is particularly keen to hear from those businesses who previously had outlets in the Post House – which shut down earlier this year after just 18 months of trading.

“House of Holes is all about fun for grown-ups,” said Liu. He added: “we’re a little bit naughty, a bit edgy and we want our food vendors to reflect that, offering something unique; something a little bit different.

“Derby has some fantastic, independent food and drink outlets – like those who previously operated from the Post House. We’d like to hear from vendors who share our vision.”

House of Holes is inspired by two similar venues in Liverpool and Birmingham. The holes will be played around the edge of the 16,000 sq ft venue which has, over the years, been home to nightclubs Ritzy’s, McClusky’s and Confetti’s.

The design schemes are being created using a combination of reclaimed materials and objects.

They include a full-size plane – a nod to Rolls-Royce and Derby’s aerospace industry – roller boots and a large neon-lit guitar, which was discovered in the building’s basement and is believed to be over 30 years old.

Local graffiti artists have sprayed the walls of the building while old copies of risqué-magazine Viz cover the interior of the toilets at House of Holes.

Food will be served on the first-floor balcony of House of Holes, which also houses a DJ booth featuring a new sound system.

“This is definitely indoor golf for grown-ups,” added Liu. “It’s growing in popularity but most of the centres currently in the UK are aimed at children. That’s great but this is somewhere adults can have a drink, some food and let off steam – it’s perfect for groups who want some healthy competition.”

As well as hearing from street food vendors, Liu also wants to hear from local DJs.

He said: “Derby was the place to be in the late 90s with places like the Pink Coconut and Eclipse. We want to put the city back on the map by having a good mix of well-known and up-and-coming DJs playing here at House of Holes.

“Interest in our venture so far has been phenomenal, and we’re delighted to be bringing it to Derby.”