Back in 2016, we were invited up to review Paradise Island Adventure Golf which had not long opened in Cheshire Oaks. We love a good game of adventure golf, even if we’re not very good at it! We play it on holidays and our local course in warmer months when we can. It is always fun and it gets very competitive. Every single time.
Paradise Island Adventure Golf is all indoors and has two fun courses which we enjoyed last time. Fast forward three years on and we got invited back to Paradise Island to check out their new AR – Augmented Reality, feature.
Why Use AR To Play Your Game?
Paradise Island Adventure Golf is the first AR adventure golf experience in the UK and has been rolled out nationwide in all 7 sites. To play using AR you need the app, which you can download beforehand (it is a large app so will require you to download via WiFi only). Using no WiFi when in use, it means you don’t have to worry about it using all your data or being connected to WiFi during your game.
Inside the app, you can keep track of your scores, bring the course to life by scanning the app on AR points around the course or even add in extra challenges to make it harder for your friends and put them off so you can win. You can also get hints to help put you in first place too! It brings an extra level of fun to your game and by being able to keep score on the app you don’t have to worry about losing your scorecard halfway around the course!
Two Courses, Twice the Fun!
To try out the Augmented Reality feature I took along my friend and fellow blogger Jo from Coming from Carsonsmummy and her son Carson with Olivia and myself to the Cheshire Oaks site. We always have fun with Jo and Carson and I knew they would love this course too. We started our game off in Coral Cove before heading over to Lazy Lagoon.
We decided to have fun around Coral Cove without using the app as it was a little bit busy and we needed to warm up and get into the swing of things first (pun totally intended, sorry!). There are many AR points around the course for you to be able to use the app as you play and bring your game to life via the app.
After a lot of swings and a fair amount of practice and laughs, Olivia won and I was runner up! Pretty pleased with that! But now it was time to try the app out around Lazy Lagoon. Would we find it helped or ruined our game as we navigated our way around the second, and our favourite course?
Using The AR App to Play at Paradise Island Adventure Golf.
Despite keeping a scorecard on us and filling it in, we decided to use the app too which was a good job as we found the in-app scores kept disappearing every time we used a different function in the app. Scanning the code on the holes around the course worked really well and brought to life the Easter Island Head and the Aztec warrior. You can also share directly from that screen too to share with your friends or on social media.
Unfortunately for us, we couldn’t quite get the hazards to work around the course but doing this meant, again, our scores would be wiped and we had to reenter the information. I am well aware that this could have been down to my phone, Jo couldn’t even use the app and we both have the same model!
Around halfway through the course, we admitted defeat and used the app to keep score and upon finishing the 18th hole, it turned out the runner up became the winner! I do have to say, there was a discrepancy between our written scores and the apps score so we decided that Carson and I would be joint winners.
Did AR Enhance Our Game?
Had we been able to use the app properly on my phone, it would have been brilliant. However, we did have some issues using it and couldn’t experience everything it had to offer. It felt heavy to use and a bit on the slow side making it awkward and time-consuming at some points. This may be down to the app or my phone, as we were told by a staff member some phones can’t handle the app, but it was a little disappointing for us. I do think that it is a great addition to the game and would have loved to have been able to use it fully. I would definitely recommend trying it out when you visit in case you have a different experience than we did. I can imagine it is a lot of fun as a group but beware, it will slow you down a little so, during busy times, it could have the potential to hold up other players behind you.
Aside from the app issues, we had a really great time and enjoyed the course. I was pleased to see it looked just as good as when we last visited and the courses are still in great condition. We had a brilliant time and Paradise Island Adventure Golf Cheshire Oaks is still one of our favourite adventure golf courses.
If you would you would like to try out the AR course at Paradise Island Cheshire Oaks, then I have a competition for you. Enter in the Gleam widget below for your chance to win a family pass for 4 people to play 2 rounds of adventure golf (with or without the AR feature). To enter please read the T&C carefully and follow the directions in the Glean app below. Good Luck!
- The competition is run by One Frazzled Mum and Paradise Island Adventure Golf.
- Details entered into the Gleam widget will be used only for the purpose of checking correct entries and choosing a winner. Details are not stored on the blog or in emails once a prize has been received by the winner.
- The competition will run from 18/02/2019 until 17/03/2019.
- The winner will be chosen within 7 days of the competition ending.
- Winners details will be shared with Paradise Island for purpose of supplying the prize only.
- Please enter all the options correctly. Incorrect entries will be void. I do check.
- Bulk or third party entries are not allowed. Multiple entries from the same IP address will be void.
- Competition prize is valid at Cheshire Oaks only
- Over 18’s.
- The prize will be as specified above. The prize cannot be swapped or exchanged for cash.
- The winner consents to their details being displayed on the widget and upon request.
*Disclaimer: We were gifted with 2 rounds of adventure golf in exchange for our thoughts on using the Augmented Reality app to see how we found using it during gameplay. All thoughts and opinions are our own*