Holey-Moley: A New Mini-Golf Concept to Open in Austin
An iconic Austin combo hostel, bar and event venue, Native, will be replaced by a Holey Moley mini-golf course. The new all-aged entertainment venue is the invention of an Australia-based company called Funlab. Owned by private equity firm TPG Capital, Funlab has more than 40 locations in Australia and New Zealand spread across eight entertainment brands.
The 27-hole Holey Moley course is expected to open in November.
In addition to mini-golf, the announcement said Holey Moley has food, drinks, event space and “super-vibey, multi-sensory experiences.” The Austin Business Journal reports that a state filing indicates renovation costs will be $900,000 for Holey Moley’s at its 15,400 square feet site at 807 E. Fourth St.
Mini-golf can still draw a crowd in Austin. Peter Pan Mini Golf on South Lamar Boulevard has been doing it for 75 years while newcomers include Dreamland in Dripping Springs, Memorial Miniature Golf and WWII Museum in Buda and Centex Mini Golf in Georgetown.
Funlab also plans mini-golf courses in Denver and San Francisco.
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