Pi­rates by hook or by crook

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MATTHEW DAL­LAS

Mini golf en­thu­si­asts best be­ware of some salty scoundrels set to plun­der their putting next time they ven­ture to Pi­rates Cove.

The ad­ven­ture golf park’s man­ager Chris­tine De­gree has been busy piec­ing to­gether ghastly pi­rates from odd man­nequins, nov­elty masks and thrift store threads.

‘‘They’re cer­tainly get­ting some looks from peo­ple. ‘‘They’ve been well re­ceived,’’ she says. ‘‘Three of the ma­raud­ers have been sta­tioned promi­nently around the course, while we’ll leave it to play­ers to dis­cover where their matey, sauced on rum, is hid­ing out.’’

As for any player tempted to strike a golf ball in the pi­rates’ di­rec­tion, don’t ex­pect much of a prize. ‘‘They’ll be made to walk the plank.’’ Chris­tine also proudly shows off old Ware­house crates which have been con­verted into pre­cious pi­rate cargo, and she is very ap­pre­cia­tive of an old crew boat re­cently do­nated by Ti­tahi Bay Surf Club.

Any fur­ther jet­sam will be put to good use, she says. ‘‘Any­one with old boats, nets or chests, we’d love these items. ‘‘They’re trea­sure to us.’’ Pi­rates’ Cove is gear­ing up for a big spring and sum­mer. Chris­tine hopes to tempt Rugby World Cup teams to the greens, while new turf will be laid on all holes in Oc­to­ber.

After two years of tin­ker­ing, even the $3000 me­chan­i­cal shark is fi­nally be­hav­ing it­self in the la­goon.

Any­one with nau­ti­cal props that Pi­rates’ Cove could put to good use can phone 237 6809.

Meet me mateys: Chris­tine De­gree has put to­gether quite the crew at Pi­rates’ Cove Ad­ven­ture Golf.

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