Holey Moley TV series drives opportunities for Redlands businesses

TEE OFF: One of the contestants in action during filming of Holey Moley in Thornlands.

TEE OFF: One of the contestants in action during filming of Holey Moley in Thornlands.

FILMING of the golf reality TV series Holey Moley involved thousands of Redlands residents, created local jobs and is a massive promotion for the area.

Cast and crew including popular presenter Sonia Kruger, and American actor Rob Riggle spent two weeks in town filming the show in Thornlands to be aired early next year.

The obstacle course site near the Redland Animal Shelter is now available for other countries to use to film their versions of the show.

Alexandra Hills Hotel was booked out, while two other local accommodation providers benefited from cast and crew staying with them.

Alexandra Hills Hotel owner Damian McGuire said having the Holey Moley contestants, cast and crew book out the hotel was a welcome economic boost as well as a lot of fun for the team.

"The audience bus left from the hotel every day, also bringing a lot of locals to our establishment," Mr McGuire said.

"Besides selling out our hotel rooms, our restaurant and bar saw an uplift. It was a really positive experience on many levels and we look forward to seeing our guests on-screen," he said.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said: "Eureka Productions first Australian version of the series provided opportunities for the construction and tourism industry sectors, including accommodation providers and local suppliers in areas such as landscaping, construction, security, waste management, and food and beverage".

MSE Security Services director Shane Logan said the show allowed him to employ an extra six local security officers.

"MSE Security provided an onsite security presence and also security patrol services over a 24/7 period since late August.

"We also provided COVID-19 screening control measures and were involved in the safe transportation of audience members to and from site," he said.

Cr Williams said the filming was an exciting opportunity for residents, with more than 2500 locals and visitors taking up the offer to be audience members.

Holey Moley features 96 contestants competing for a $100,000 prize on a supersized miniature golf course, with obstacles and twists along the way.

It will be aired on Channel 7 next year.