Imagine the thrills and challenges of miniature golf brought to life, and then made life-sized! From putting around giant inflatable obstacles, through life-sized windmills, and coupled with over-the-top physical challenges.
All of this and more is part of ABC’s newest extreme mini golf reality competition Holey Moley, premiering Thursday, June 20th at 8pm EST. From executive producer, basketball superstar, and golf fanatic Steph Curry, this show takes the wackiness of mini golf to the next level by mixing in elements from ABC’s hit show Wipeout and putting golfers of all skill levels to the ultimate test to compete for glory, ultimate bragging rights, and $25,000.
Hailey Hunter, Content Producer for LPGA Women’s Network, and contestant on Holey Moley’s premiere episode is excited to bring you the inside scoop on this intense competition.
“The best way I can describe it is golf-Wipeout,” Hailey said. “It’s a lot of fitness-ninja challenges with golf.”
To prepare for Holey Moley, Hailey, who was former captain of Ohio University’s Division I golf team, practiced wherever she could, even while on the road gathering content for the LPGA Women’s Network.
“I was at the Augusta Women’s Am,” she said of the days leading up to filming. “And I literally was in the hotel putting into a plastic cup.”
No amount of putting practice could have prepared Hailey for the over-the-top challenges on the Holey Moley course. From blowup obstacles covered in slime to moving life-sized windmills, this is not your average round of mini golf.
“You’re doing things that you normally wouldn’t do on the golf course,” she said. “One of the challenges, we’re swinging the putter like a golf club, and you have to hit it like a golf club, but you’re using a putter. So, it’s like golf, but it’s not golf. And then there are other ones where you’re trying to dodge these windmills that are obstacles while you’re putting at the same time.”
Despite the competition, Hailey became close with the other contestants. She’s looking forward to watching all her friends compete when the show airs.
The show does not only feature experienced golfers. People of all skill levels participate, and Hailey says that the obstacles really evened the playing field.
“I saw a lot of professional golfers get beat out by these people who don’t even really play golf,” Hailey said. “I think that just shows that, with the game of golf, anyone can play it.”
Hailey’s tips for future Holey Moley golfers? Know when to sleep. Filming took place at all hours of the night, so she says that being on the right sleep schedule is important. Also, players need to be able to hit their best shots on demand, without warming up.
“Be able to putt without much practice ahead of time,” she said. “Be ready for your turn and execute when it’s your turn because you don’t get a lot of practice shots.”
On top of the intense filming schedule, contestants had to overcome other pressures of the competition. They played in front of a local audience while commentators Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore and correspondent Jeannie Mai announced from the sidelines. Executive Producer Steph Curry was on set, too.
“I feel like he is an example of what golf is becoming, more fun and modern and Millennial-based,” Hailey said of the basketball superstar. “It was super cool to have him be a part of that.”
Watch Hailey and the other contestants on the season premiere of Holey Moley, Thursday, June 20th 8/7c on ABC.