Seven pits Holey Moley against The Amazing Race, confirming 1 Feb premiere

Seven has confirmed that Holey Moley, the ‘extreme mini golf’ series, will launch at 7:30pm on 1 February, going up against The Amazing Race on Network Ten, which first confirmed its season premiere in the same time slot.

The format was due to film last year in the US, but delayed due to COVID-19-induced travel restrictions, and ultimately filmed locally, just outside of Brisbane.

The extreme mini golf course will be confronted by some of Australia’s best golfers

The show was first announced at Seven’s 2019 upfront presentation under the name ‘Mega Mini Golf’ but rebranded to Holey Moley, the same name as the US version of the program, early last year. Simultaneously, the show announced Australian golfing legend Greg Norman would act as Holey Moley’s ‘resident golf pro’.

The lineup also includes host Sonia Kruger, and American actor and comedian Rob Riggle (who is also the commentator in the US format) and Matt Shirvington commentating.

Brian ‘BT’ Taylor and Olympia Vallance, who were originally slated to be involved, were not part of the show.

Kruger was originally named the host, then taken off the show when she took hosting responsibilities for the rebooted Big Brother. Given the delay, forced by COVID-19, she was able to resume that role.

The local series will include Rob Riggle (right) Holey Moley’s US commentator

As for the competitors, Seven has recruited top golfing talent to participate in the course, including: Australia’s number one woman golfer, Montana Strauss; James Carr, who played Tiger Woods in the Australian Masters; Colette Norton, the country’s top mini golf player; pro golfer Becky Kay; and Guinness World Record holder for ball control, Henry Epstein.

In the first part of each episode, contestants will compete in head-to-head matchups, with the winners progressing to the second round, and those who triumph in the second round heading to the final hole.

Seven stated that, the remaining two compete in the Distractor Duel for the last spot in the final three-way battle.

The announcement added: “The ultimate winner of each episode takes home the prestigious plaid jacket, the golden putter and books a spot in the Grand Final, where they will compete for the chance to win $100,000 on the daunting last hole, the Tomb of Nefer-Tee-Tee.”

Holey Moley and The Amazing Race will end up fighting for viewers with Nine’s The Australian Open, which will begin on 8 February after being delayed by COVID-19 travel restrictions.

To fill the gap such a delay has left, Nine will launch a domestic season of Travel Guides on 26 January.


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