RED HOOK — This puts the "hook" in Red Hook.
Pirates and explorers will come to life in a massive 18-hole miniature golf course — an interactive and adventure-filled experience that’s slated to open in Red Hook this summer.
“Shipwrecked” will take over roughly 11,000 square feet at 619 Court St., just a block from the Red Hook ball fields, its owners said.
Chris Schneider and Ryan Powers, the owners and founders, spent years searching for the perfect location before they found the warehouse-style space in Red Hook.
Since both have a background in theater — Powers as a sound designer and Schneider as a scene designer and prop supervisor — they are bringing their expertise to Shipwrecked so the course will be more than just a “classic” or typical "themed" course.
“Let’s just say it feels like a little mini adventure,” said Schneider. “Think Indiana Jones meets miniature golf.”
The best friends, business partners and South Slope residents, both 38, previously worked together on an extravagant annual holiday sound and light show that they built and designed in the front yard in front of Schneider’s 22nd Street home.
The golf course is designed with lights, holograms, videos and special effects, taking mini golfers through an adventure, where they'll meet video or even animatronic characters — like a hipster pirate in search of treasure and a spunky explorer who drives a submarine — and even take part in a challenge that they can elect to do.
“We’re combining all that into a really fun interactive golf course,” said Schneider, who added that he and Powers are keeping most details under wraps for the big reveal this summer.
In addition to miniature golf, Shipwrecked will also feature dozens of classic arcade games like Ms. Pacman and Space Invaders, and a concession stand where the duo hopes to serve snacks, beverages, beer and wine.
There will also be private rooms for birthday parties and corporate events that can be reserved.
The course’s 18 holes are being rehabbed and repurposed using a now-shuttered mini golf course in Maryland that had been slated for the landfill before Powers and Schneider intervened. A lot of Shipwrecked’s props have also been recycled for their use, they added.
While they are still working on determining prices for the course, they are hoping to make it accessible for everyone in the neighborhood.
Check out Shipwrecked's Facebook page for regular updates.