ROCKARTuk create epic prehistoric themed environment at World of Golf’s new adventure golf family attraction, Jurassic Parrr in Glasgow, Scotland
World of Golf, the UK’s most popular driving range company, have opened a new £500, 000 dinosaur themed adventure golf attraction, Jurassic Parrr at their Glasgow site. The project was managed by theming specialists ROCKARTuk, and the attraction features incredibly realistic animatronic dinosaurs created by the team behind the BBC’s “Walking With Dinosaurs” TV series. The 72 bay all weather driving range at Glasgow currently attracts 120, 000 visitors a year, but with the addition of adventure golf, World of Golf hope they have created a major tourist attraction as well as encouraging children to take up golf and also bringing 16 much needed jobs to the area.
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Key to the project was investing in creative theming to provide a high quality adventure golf experience. Grant Wright, Chief Executive of World of Golf says, “World of Golf had developed several adventure golf centres in the UK. We partnered with ROCKARTuk on this project in Glasgow as we wanted to significantly improve the theming and creation of a complete environment. We are delighted with the finished product which creates a fantasy Jurassic world that delights and intrigues our guests. ROCKARTuk are extremely creative and have been fantastic partners on this exciting project that both companies are rightly proud of.”
ROCKARTuk provided the creative spark and master planning for the project, developing a narrative for the course that revolves around the character Professor T. Bunker. Each of the 18 holes is individually themed, with players putting balls into a real “crashed” helicopter, a make-shift radio room and the jaws of a “wormasausorus”. Motion activated sounds and lighting effects around the course, together with the animatronic effects of the lifelike dinosaurs – breathing, blinking, swishing tails and of course roaring – create a multilayered interactive experience aimed at five to 12 year olds. The 2500 sq m course is unusually spacious with holes up to 15 meters long allowing room for ROCKARTuk to go wild and create a superb backdrop for both the dinosaurs and the mini golf game.
Tony Galer, MD of ROCKARTuk, says, “We took our inspiration from the classic adventure golf courses at Myrtle Beach in the US. By creating a storyline and a main character, players are able to follow the narrative of the adventure around the course. The story starts with the discovery of dinosaur eggs in a Scottish mining village. The eggs hatch, dinosaurs rampage and havoc ensues. We were inspired to create a high quality themed environment and visitor experience that would do justice to these amazing dinosaurs. It’s just epic!”
ROCKARTuk are experts in designing, building and installing themed environments, providing consultancy, feasibility studies and master-planning for all visitor attractions. Incorporating innovative twists and ideas within the design phases, and keeping quality at the forefront of each project, ROCKARTuk are able to supply complete ‘turn-key’ solutions for theme parks, water parks, aquariums, family entertainment centres, museums and heritage sites, indoor black light and outdoor mini golf venues, safari parks and zoos. Over the past 12 years Tony Galer (owner of ROCKARTuk) has been involved in over 35 major theming projects across the world. At present ROCKARTuk are actively producing themed attractions in Nigeria, Qatar & the UK.
About World of Golf
World of Golf aims to provide the best driving ranges in the UK, with first class facilities and excellent tuition. World of Golf is owned and operated by Ashtour Limited and operates four golf centres in the UK at New Malden, Sidcup, Glasgow and Croydon. Ashtour plans to add further golf centres to the group and the directors are happy to receive approaches, treated on a confidential basis, from potential sellers of quality businesses in the golf centre industry.
Glasgow World of Golf boasts a 72-bay all weather driving range and a premier golf academy with five PGA professionals as well as a golf store, restaurant facilities and the Jurassic Parrr adventure golf course.