It’s mini-golf gone mad on ABC’s ‘Holey Moley’


‘Holey Moley’ – Mini-golf on steroids

“Holey Moley,” a 10-episode mini-golf competition series, will showcase self-proclaimed mini-golf lovers from around the country as they compete head-to-head through an epic obstacle golf course.  (ABC/Eric McCandless)

One look at the miniature golf course in the ABC competition series

tells you this isn’t a Pete Dye design. In fact, it’s probably closer to something from the mind of Tim Burton.

Premiering Thursday, June 20, the hourlong series showcases mini-golf lovers from around the country going head-to-head in a competition that is part golf and part obstacle course. In each episode, golfers ranging from club pros to students and housewives will tee it up on holes with rows of windmills, a giant horseshoe-shaped ramp and other outsized features while also taking on physical challenges like climbing icy slopes, running across rolling logs and sailing on a zipline. The winner each week gets $25,000, a golden putter trophy and a plaid jacket.


Rob Riggle

“It’s by far the most extreme miniature golf course I’ve ever seen and definitely requires a lot of the players,” says Rob Riggle, an avid golfer who provides color commentary alongside play-by-play man Joe Tessitore and sideline reporter Jeannie Mai. “It’s fun, though, because there are some things about the course that demand some physical abilities and then there’s some parts of it that don’t demand any. It just demands skill. So it’s kind of fun because we had older players, we had younger players … it didn’t matter what walk of life, what age, what gender, you could compete in this competition, which made it a lot of fun.”

One noteworthy hole, the Arc De Trigolf, is an oversized version of a classic mini-golf hazard, where players have to hit their ball hard enough to get it uphill and around a horseshoe-shaped ramp, then navigate obstacles to get to the green.

“You had to run across these pedestals to get to the other side above a lake,” Riggle explains, “and if you didn’t time the pedestals right, you could end up falling in. And once you hit it up over the arc you had to run over and you had to slap this button to a trap door to go down so when it came off the arc, it didn’t roll into the water. So you couldn’t take your time getting across those pedestals. You had to run.”


George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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