Every time I visit my folks, I pass by the A41 where it merges with the M1 (this is road talk for anyone who is not familiar with North West London btw). I’ve noticed over a long period of time that someone has been redeveloping a large plot of land. We couldn’t quite figure out what they were building until a giant dinosaur appeared with the wording The Lost Jungle. Slowly, as the site was built we saw there was an adventure golf course being made. This was brilliant! I love crazy golf and mini golf, so couldn’t wait for The Lost Jungle to open!
Open from 09:00 until 20:00, there are two 18 hole courses – The Amazon and Congo. Visitors can choose which course they’d like to play, but that might be dictated by how busy each course is when you arrive.
The courses are jungle themed, with various dinosaur relics dotted around the site. There’s a number of info & trivia boards like the one below, highlighting a number of fun facts which your spot as you make your way round the course.
To play one 18 hole course costs £9 per person, otherwise you can play both courses, so 36 holes, for £13.50. Basically, you get the second course for half price!
At the rear of the course there is a 9 hole Footgolf course. The aim of this game is to kick your football into the holes with as few kicks as possible. I didn’t really understand the point of this, but I’m sure this is better suited for some kids! This course cost £7.50 per adult.
Please note the prices that I have quoted are for adults only. Click here for reduced costs for children and seniors.
Bookings aren’t essential however it does get busy! There were A LOT of small children there who were pretty slow at moving around the course. To avoid the crowds (and small kiddies), arrive early if you can. If not, make the most of their summer opening hours and visit later on, although last rounds must start by 19:15.
There was quite a line for the Congo course when we first arrived, so we decided to play the Amazon course first. Unfortunately it was lightly raining, but the added bonus of this was that the crowds drifted off, meaning there was no-one playing the first half of the Congo course by the time we got there.
We spent just over 2 hours playing both 18 hole adventure golf courses. Our first course was a little slow as we were playing behind several groups of people, however we flew through the first half of the second course due to far less people being around.
Both courses have water features and are designed to be of similar difficulty. As you approach the site from the road you’ll see the Amazon course. This course takes you through a cave and includes a big waterfall. Let’s try to ignore the fact that it was raining, and therefore my photos look pretty dismal, but here’s what the course looked like!
Set slightly further back, The Congo course takes you across a swing bridge, over some water rapids, features a giant snake beside one hole, and there’s even a hole set within a sunken ship. I think I preferred this course! Here’s some photos taken from The Congo course.
The website states that the site is a 10-minute walk from Stanmore station, however that’s total BS. Stanmore station, on the jubilee line, is the nearest tube station however it’s a good mile and 20-minute walk to the golf course. You could alternatively head to Edgware (on the Northern line) but you’ll then need to take a bus and walk the distance.
There is a large car park onsite but as there are no parking space markings on the ground, it appeared that roughly 80% of people were parking like first time drivers. AKA idiots! A frustrated parking attendant directed us to park up in the middle of the car park. If these guys could sort out some kind of parking bays then I’m sure they’d be able to get a third more cars in there.
The Lost Jungle is still relatively new, but I imagine the facilities will improve once their business grows. There is a small reception desk where you can purchase your tickets and pick up your clubs and balls. In the reception area you’ll also find a drinks fridge, an ice cream fridge, and a stand with a few bags of crisps and chocolates.
A Lost Jungle Café is due to be opened soon which will be great as there is otherwise nothing nearby should you want a drink or snack.
Well that’s it really. There are three single toilets for men, women, and the disabled, a small area with a scattering of tables and chairs, and then a random empty cabin that looked suitable for children to play in, but I wondered if that’s where they plan to open their Lost Jungle Café. Maybe, maybe not!
Like the sound of The Lost Jungle? Why not drop by next time you are in town! Hope you enjoy it!