Product Type: Asda Outdoor Toy
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Asda Golf Caddy
Member Name: chrisandmark
Asda Golf Caddy
Advantages: A nice compact and simple design
Disadvantages: Feels flimsy, although nothing has actually happened to make me think it is!
I don't shop in Asda very often, so on the odd occasion that I find myself in a store I like to have a good mooch around and see what bargains I can come up with. This was how, last summer, I came to purchase some of their garden toys, after spotting a half price event and realising just how cheap these toys were.
I paid a bargainous £2.50 for this fantastic Asda-branded little golf set, even at the full price of a fiver the set represents excellent value for money as Hollie has enjoyed playing it throughout the year and is actually a pretty good shot now! For your money you get the caddy itself plus three golf clubs, three balls and two large plastic (and extremely simplified) tees. It doesn't look particularly impressive when new, but this is only because everything packs away so tidily that the caddy looks very slimline and neat. There are holes to push the balls into for storage and a gap for one of the tees to slot into, the other one fitting perfectly into the neck of the caddy to create a kind of shaped lid that the clubs stick out of.
It's very easy to play - the tees double up as targets for your game; so although there are no golfing rules exactly, once Hollie had mastered manoeuvring the plastic golfball around the garden a little she could them practice her aim (in a fashion) and try to direct the ball back into the tee. The sloping sides of the tee make this very tricky and I'm wondering whether it's even supposed to be used like this, but Hollie has mastered it a few times so she might as well carry on as she is!
I don't think buying this for your kiddy is necessarily going to help turn them into mini Rory McIlroy, but it's a fun play thing. It's well made; the plastic is moulded to make it look chunkier than it really is, it's still in one piece despite ten months use but always seems to be on the verge of 'going wrong'. It never has, I've just never had all that much confidence in the strength of this toy even though it's proving to be pretty durable. The two wheels are very securely attached and the caddy is surprisingly well balanced to aid small arms in pulling it around. The handle is fixed into position so there's little risk of it snapping, it feels fairly sturdy but again I wouldn't trust it to stand up to heavy handling.
Despite the vaguely 'fragile' feel the caddy has, it pulls nicely across all surfaces. Hollie has used hers mainly on our fairly straight lawn, but also on concrete and a particularly bumpy patch of grass outside the hotel that we spent a long weekend in recently. This is a lightweight and compact toy so storage isn't a problem when it's in use - our's simply hooks onto the inside handle of the shed door and stays there until Hollie want's to play again - to be honest this isn't the kind of toy she'd want to play with every single day (or even every single week) but it's had its fair share of play time so I think the £2.50 I paid was money well spent.
The recommended age for this Golf Caddy is three years and above, and frankly I can't see why it has such a high minimum age! There's nothing your child could choke on, it's fun for younger kids (my sixteen month old son is just walking and loves lugging it around) and in all honesty it's such a short item that I can't see children much older being able to comfortably pull it around or use the golf clubs anyway. As with any outdoor toy, supervision is key so if you're paying attention to what your children are doing in the garden then I really can't see there being a problem - unless a particularly little one happens to smack his older sibling with a golf club, as my son did!
Summary: A decent enough garden toy for £2.50
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