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      17.04.2013 11:52
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      not great

      Mrs B and I bought this for Little B- nearly 3- for Christmas this year. We had seen the advert for it on the television and every time it came on Little B announced that she liked it. Considering Grandad B loves golf we thought it would make an excellent present for us all to mess around with on Christmas Day.

      Bought from Argos in the sale for £12 we thought we had got ourselves a bargain!
      What you get is a big orange plastic crocodile which has big boggly eyes and a huge mouth! There is a little section at the back which has a lever in it which is where you have to aim to get the golf ball- via his mouth! The golf clubs that come with this are green and yellow with a ball each to match. The clubs and balls are very very light plastic so easy for young children to hold and carry around. On the side of the stick is a counter which helps you to keep account of scores- this just slides up and down the stick and stays in place which is good.

      The aim is to hit the wall through the crocodile's mouth and into the hole at the back of it's throat which then propels the ball out over the top of the crocodile and supposedly towards the child - if your child is standing in front of it anyway! Whilst it does this the mouth snaps shut.

      This is a fun concept and when it works it's great and gets a good reaction but I do think it could be improved. I think the aim is that you jump when the ball gets thrown out and the mouth shuts but it doesn't really have quite that effect. I think it would be better if the aim was to get it into the crocodile's mouth whilst it was opening and closing but this isn't how it works as it isn't battery operated the mouth just remains open constantly.

      It is a little like playing crazy golf I suppose so is a good way to introduce this idea to a child.
      Little B found it fun to play with although she preferred to just keep going round the back of the crocodile and putting the ball directly into the hole to launch it! We ended up just leaving the crocodile and inventing our own game of golf where we would use the sticks and ball and see who could hit it furthest and who could get it to a specific target. This seemed to hold her interest for longer.

      When we did actually play with this how you are supposed to, Little B grew bored rather quickly which was a shame as it really did look a lot more fun on the advert and seemed more effective too. I am disappointed with this purchase as is Mrs B as we were expecting more from it. It is a fun idea but it could just have been made to be so much better than it is.

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      03.09.2012 08:51
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      A fun game

      I bought this game for my eldest daughter for her 5th birthday as she loves playing games and I thought it would be quite a quick game that we could play with her.

      I picked the game up in Asda not long after Christmas and they had reduced it down to £5, you can buy the game in many places such as supermarkets, Argos, toy shops and online. The game has a RRP of £14.99 although it is currently just under £10 with free delivery on Amazon.

      The game came in a cardboard box which showed the alligator on the front, the box was very brightly coloured which of course make a young child want to look inside and the Hasbro logo was on it as they are the makers of the toy. I have also seen this game in an open fronted box which allows you to see the alligator inside but I think the full box is better as there is nothing to press or have a go of. The box states that the game is meant for preschool children of ages 3 and up.

      Inside the box there was a set of instructions although the game is pretty self explanatory, 2 golf clubs one in yellow and one in green, two golf balls in the same colours and then a bright orange alligator for the main part of the game.

      The main part of the toy is made out of very hard plastic, it is bright orange in colour with green nails marked on his feet, he has large bright white eyes and white teeth inside his mouth. There is quite a bit of detailing across the alligators back with lots of ripples for the scales. To set the top up you have to open his mouth which then puts down a little lever at the back of his tail and set him down.

      The balls for the game are made to look like golf balls with lots of little inverted dimples on them, the balls are made of hard plastic so that even if they are squeezed or hit too hard they stay perfectly round which is great as obviously if the balls got misshapen it would be very hard to play the actual game.

      The golf clubs are just the right height for my daughter who is 5 and so I would say a small 3 year old would find them too big to work with. The golf clubs again are made of hard plastic, they have the top section where you hold it a middle section for counting and then the bottom section for hitting the ball. The top section isn't smooth all the way around but open at the back which can actually hurt your hands a little when you hold it for too long or too tight. The counting section has number 0 to 4 embossed which really could have been made to stand out a little more and then there is a red piece of plastic which moves up and down over the numbers to keep your score.

      To play the game you have to set the alligator with his mouth open and then set it down on the floor, agree on a starting point on place the first ball down. The first player will then take a shot towards the alligators mouth and then the second player can start from the same spot. Play continues until someone gets the golf ball into the alligators mouth, this then sets off the lever at the back which flings the ball back out and then you start from wherever your ball has landed. You have to keep resetting the alligators mouth to open and then the first person to get the golf ball into the alligator 4 times is the winner.

      The game is quite good fun but it can go on forever if you haven't got a very good aim, when we want a quick game we play to the first person to reach two wins. The alligator can be a bit of a pain as sometimes when the ball goes in it doesn't set off the lever to throw the ball back out and sometimes it closes itself when no one has even got the golf ball inside.

      The game is really great quality and this has been played with many times yet there isn't any damage on the game at all. The girls even like to battle it out with the golf clubs although they are very quickly told to behave and they also like to play rolling the golf ball around the room with the golf club without using the alligator. This game is great at helping with coordination and I was quite impressed to see that my one year old can manage to hit the ball with the golf club.

      I would recommend this game it is good fun although you do of course need room to play it, we tend to play it inside as I don't think the balls would move too well on the grass. Sophie really enjoys the game and Emily loves cheering when one of us pots the ball. A great game and well worth what I paid for it.

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      20.02.2011 15:43
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      Really nice game for children and adults alike

      We bought Gator Golf for my daughter's 4th birthday and as a family, we can't stop playing with it!

      The game features a chunky, friendly looking Gator, two plastic, hollow golf balls and two plastic golf clubs. The Gator has to be set with its mouth open, which can be fiddly as the mechanism is very sensitive. My daughter can't quite manage it on her own, so can only play when there is an adult playing too.

      Once set up, the idea is to putt the balls into the Gator's mouth. Distances, obstacles etc are all up to you to decide, so it is a excellent game for developing a child's imagination. We often set up crazy golf style courses, and the creating and building is all part of the fun.

      The clubs have a slider for the players to count the number of shots they take. However, if you are using this function it means that clubs cannot be shared. I would have preferred more clubs to be provided so that more people could play.

      Once a putt has gone in, the Gator shoots the ball back to you using a spring mechanism. This is a very enjoyable reward for a child after getting a shot on target.

      I would recommend this game for hours of family fun!

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      03.02.2011 18:23

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      Overall a fun game that will have the whole family involved

      My friend bought this game for my 4 year old and she loves it. It consists of an aligator, two balls and two golf putters. Easy to set up, click two parts together and then two pieces together to make the clubs...off you go.
      Brilliant fun, especially when you watch your husband desperately trying to get the ball returned to him and getting annoyed at his lack of golfing glory ;)
      Basically in a nut shell, you need to aim to put the ball into the back of the gators mouth and when done correctly it flips the ball back out towards you.On the clubs are sliding score keepers, best out of 5...
      The only niggles i have with it are that you cannot put it back in the original box and i think it should have an instant re-open of the mouth as its irritating constantly having to open it after each go.

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      25.08.2010 17:18
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      A fun toy and a great starter for a crazy golf set.

      Ages 2 -8

      Gator golf is just a plastic alligator with a mouth that opens wide to catch the golf ball. The mouth slopes up to the tail which is spring loaded. If you are using a lightweight plastic ball, the mouth will snap shut and the tail will then throw the ball back to you. The toy also comes with two plastic balls and two golf clubs which are surprisingly well made. We have had ours for two years and the clubs and gator are in perfect condition despite quite a bit of use. Unfortunately the golf balls were lost over time to an overgrown garden next door, but any light weight plastic balls, such as can be found in cheap toy sets will work. Proper golf balls, which we basically get a lifetime supply of, do not work as they are to heavy, they will just roll back out of the mouth most times. If they do reach the tail they will just sort of flop out, being to heavy to fly back to the child.

      My sons are ages two and five and both boys really love this toy. They will use it some by itself indoors, but if set up in the garden with other golf toys they will play all day. We make a complete golf course from this toy, the golf mole which I reviewed earlier and other toys lying about the house. We use plastic tunnels from a train set, roads from a Happyland set, buckets, small gold holes with flags from cheap sets and anything that comes to hand. With a bit of imagination the children can have hours and hours of fun.

      My youngest especially loves this as he loves golf and crocdiles, but both boys get a fair amount of use from it, and much older children will play as well. I do wish they ahd included a couple of other wee bits though to use for crazy golf, maybe a wee spinner for a ball to hit and a tunnel or something. It is fun by itself, but much more fun with more things to hit the ball into or through.

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        07.06.2010 13:48
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        a great fun toy

        This toy is designed for children aged 3 years plus, it was advertised all over the kids TV channels last summer and both my daughters even though being 4 and 6 years old really wanted this game so eventually I gave in as per usual and brought it for them.

        The game cost me £14.99, it is made by playschool so you know you are getting a high quality product that will last for a long time and will be fun to play with over and over again as there toys are always good.

        As the name of the item would suggest it is a golf game and the gator part in the name comes from the fact you don't have to get your balls into a hole like in a real game of gold but you instead need to get them inside the fun looking alligators mouth.

        In the set you get 2 balls the gators head and two putters, he balls can be stored in the gators mouth when not in use and the putters stand at the side of the gator head so it all packs away nicely.

        My daughters have had lots of fun with this game despite me thinking they may have been a little bit too old for it at the time, the best part or should I say most funny part is when you have putted the ball into the gators mouth as he returns the ball to you with his tail which always makes my youngest daughter scream with joy. As I suspected from such a good quality toy this is still in perfect working order after over 12 months of useage and can be used in or out doors.

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        22.03.2010 14:17
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        A disappointing toy overall.

        A quick glance at the high rates from other reviewers here tells me that I have had a very different experience with this toy and that perhaps my Gator Golf is faulty!

        My children kept asking for this every time they saw it come on the television and I thought it looked good especially as it did not require batterries which seems such a rarity in toys these days and the ones they normally request usually need loads so we were all happy when Santa did indeed bring this coveted toy. (He must have got it from Argos for around £15)!

        The Gator was easy to put together just snapping into place as did the two brightly coloured golf clubs which came in three parts and are he perfect size for little people, together with matching coloured balls. The clubs have a counter on them from 0-4 and the first player to have four successful putts is the winner.

        The problem came when trying to keep the Gator's mouth open. We were expecting a click of some sort to signify that it was opened correctly and ready for use. However, we didn't hear any audible sound of this nature but the mouth did just about stay open although it did seem temperamental, snapping shut of its own accord or when a ball hit it without actually going inside.

        The idea is that if you get the ball into the gator's mouth, the mouth snaps shut and a mechanism in his tail throws the ball back out to you. Our gator did do this but it was a bit hit and miss working maybe one time out of three. A lot seemed dependent on how hard the ball was struck as even if it went in it was not always thrown back and sometimes although thrown back not in the right direction coming out backwards instead of forwards towards the putter!! It works better on a hard or wodden floor but this still didn't guarantee 100% results.

        It was also a bit of a pain having to reset the mouth each time it snapped shut especially as it did this quite often whether the ball was inside or not. For some reason I thought the mouth would somehow reset itself but perhaps was expecting too much for a product costing around £15 which didn't require batteries (there is always a trade off I guess). The fact that my children couldn't easily get it to stay in place themselves meant that I was having to do it each time which after a while got quite tedious!

        Needless to say my children have had a half-hearted go of this about twice since Christmas so for us it was not worth Santa's time bringing it! You can't seem to unassemble the gator so it can't be fitted back into the box but there is a place either side of the gator's head where the clubs can be stored and the balls of course can be kept in the gator's mouth when not in use.

        Also posted on Ciao under Ryanellaxx

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        28.02.2010 23:43
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        a brilliant toy for young active children.

        The song on the advert for this product was so catchy I would find myself in the shower singing 'you got your gator golf balls and your gator golf clubs....... and so on' which is in a way one of the reasons I chose to purchase the Gator Golf. Another of the reasons was because every time my son saw it he would say 'mummy please can Santa bring me golf' and at £14.99 it was very reasonably priced.

        The packaging was a smallish square box, designed to look like the jungle, but also like a golf course to, which makes sense as its combining an alligator with golf. The writing on the box is orange, surrounded by green. In the box you will find the Gator, two golf balls (1 yellow, 1 green) and also 2 golf clubs (again 1 yellow and one green).

        The Gator required minimal assembly, the two golf clubs had to be put together which was just a matter of placing one end inside the other. Once this has been done your ready to play. And what makes it even more appealing is that it doesn't require batteries, which in my eyes is a big plus.

        My little boy absolutely loved this toy as it does exactly what is said it does. If you successfully putt the golf ball into the gators mouth the ball is returned to you via the tail. Not only was my 3yr old impressed but I also was impressed.

        I think the manufacturers recommended age 3+ is the perfect age range for this product. I would definitely recommend to anyone with a child of this age or older.

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        24.01.2010 21:57

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        Good fun for kids, well worth the money

        Gator golf comes in a board game shaped box and supplied are:
        - 2 brightly coloured plastic golf clubs
        - Bright orange alligator :D
        - 2 brightly coloured golf balls

        Put the above items and you have yourself a mini golf course in your living room. Gator golf costs around £15 and is well worth the cost, you get quite a lot for your money. The golf clubs fold up for easy storage and even have a mini scoring system built in - eliminating the need for pen & paper.

        The game itself is very simple - putt the ball into the mouth of the 'gator and you get a point. The ball slides out of the tail so you can use it again, and the great thing about the game is you can change the difficulty by increasing or decreasing the distandce between you and the gator. This game is only really suitable for children, as the putters are pretty small and the balls are very light.

        Overall I definitely think Gator Golf is worth the purchase if you have young children, as its great value for money and will keep them well entertained. Not only this, but their hand-eye coordination will also improve.

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        31.12.2009 00:30
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        No gators were harmed during the making of this toy.

        During the weeks leading upto christmas a certain advert caught my daughters eye. The advert seemed to pop up every five minutes and was for a childrens game called Gator Golf by Playskool.

        The game has been out for years and I have seen it in the shops many times but have never taken much notice of it. However, when I tried to find one for my daughter for christmas I couldn't get it anywhere. I was told by a store assistant that I would definitely not get one as everybody wanted one and everywhere would be sold out (still not sure why). Somehow I finally managed to get hold of one on christmas eve in Argos!

        My daughter was thrilled when she opened it and wanted to play with it right away.

        The game is packaged in a cardboard box but with the alligator on display. The game consists of 1 orange alligator, 1 yellow ball, 1 green ball, 1 yellow golf club and 1 green golf club. Everything is made from plastic which appears to be very durable and is easy to wipe clean. The clubs are also child sized and are easy to handle. It is very easy to set up and takes no more than a minute or so (you just need to clip the clubs together and clip the tail onto the alligator).

        The aim of the game is very simple - hit the ball into the gators mouth in as few goes as possible. Whoever putts their ball into the gators mouth first or in the least amount of goes is the winner. There is no pencil and paper needed as both golf clubs have counters on to keep your score.

        When the ball is putted into the gators mouth, it rolls into its tail and the mouth snaps shut. The ball is then tossed back to you. The throw isn't forceful and the balls aren't very hard so there shouldn't be any accidents! My daughter loves it when the ball comes back to her and I personally think it's quite clever too...

        Gator Golf is suitable for 1-2 players and is suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

        The gator doubles up into a storage device for when the game is not in use, which is VERY handy. The balls sit inside the gator and there is a hole either side of the gator to store the clubs.

        The game is recommended for children 3 years onwards - I don't think the game is a hazard for under 3's, it just might be hard for them to grasp (my daughter is 2 and although she loves the game, she does find it quite hard!). My 5 year old nephew also loved this game which provided lots of entertainment on christmas day. I think Gator Golf would be enjoyed by children upto around 9 years of age. It's also a unisex game so both girls and boys can enjoy it.

        Gator Golf is such a simple idea but one that really grabs childrens concentrations and is fun for everyone. My daughter plays with it for about 10-15 minutes at a time (that's a world record for her - unless she's playing dolls house or watching a film!). The game also encourages hand-eye coordination and might help turn your little one into the next Tiger Woods! (perhaps not the best person I could have named right now!!)

        An added bonus is that this game requires no batteries! No batteries! Wahoo!

        The only downside is that you need to open the gators jaw each time the ball is putted. Not too much of a problem, but still a little annoying.

        Gator Golf is usually available at Argos, The Entertainer, Toys R Us and John Lewis. It generally costs around £15.00 which in my opinion is very reasonable and good value for money. I recommend to all.

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          28.12.2009 00:20
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          Fantastic value for pre-schoolers / toddlers

          With a four year old in the house, there was an abundance of new games under our tree this christmas.
          ONe that my daughter wanted to rip straight out of the box and play was this Gator Golf.

          Gator Golf is by Playskool Games and can be bought for £14.79 in Argos amongst other places.

          The game is suitable for up to 2 players ages 3+ although it does require some adult assembly first.

          The box contains two putters, one yellow and one green. These come in three pieces which easily snap together. What I liked about the putters was the scoring mechanism on each putter.The handles each have a scoring system from '0' to '4' and a sliding marker to indicate the score each player has reached. This is excellent for keeping the hands free to play with no need for pen and paper.

          Next, the 'Gator' which comes in two pieces, the head and the tail which also snap together easily. It is an eyecatching bright orange colour with two huge googly eyes. Id say that I had this all put together easily within just a couple of minutes with its easy to snap together parts and simple instructions.

          Finally 2 coloured balls, yellow and green to match the players putters and avoid arguments! These balls are very light enabling this game to be played indoors at this time of year although Im sure that its easier on wood flooring or very low pile carpets.

          It is all made of strong durable brightly coloured plastic and best of all requires no batteries!

          Basically, the object of the game is to be the first player to score four points by hitting your ball through the Gators mouth and into his tail. You do this by taking turns to aim. If you succesfully score a point it means that the ball has reached the Gators tail and youll know that it has because it has a mechanism that flips the ball back out and ready for your next turn.

          Id say that the only negative thing about this simple game is that once the Gator has flipped back your ball, someone has to manually re-open the Gators mouth to set up the next turn. For the time being that appears to be my job but as its still a novelty I really dont mind.

          My daughter has played this for about half an hour a day for the past three days making it well worth its money especially if there are two toddlers to play. Were going to keep it indoors for the winter but it will double up as a garden toy come the Spring!
          Its also quite educational as it encourages the children to keep count and also encourages hand eye co-ordination.

          When this game has been made up it will no longer fit back into the box but Playskool seem to have thought this through and on either side of the Gator th space between his two legs is shaped to hold a putter either side.The balls can be stored in its tail.

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            28.09.2009 17:50
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            Perfect christmas present for a budding tiger woods. A must for any sports crazed children.

            My youngest son was turning 3 so we got the argos catalogue so that he could see what he wanted for his birthday. Unlike his older brother he did not say he wanted everything in the catalogue. All he wanted was This gator golf game. He loves anything sporty.
            So inevitably his birthday came around and he opened his presents and to his joy he had got the gator golf game. We set it up which took about 2 minutes and they were off and playing. The great thing about this game is that there are 2 clubs and 2 balls so there were no arguments amongst the kids.
            The idea of the game is to get the ball into the gator's mouth, giving them hand eye co ordination. When the ball goes into the mouth it then pops out of the tail which keeps the children highly amused. It kept my 3 and 5 year old amused for hours (well a long time in child time anyway!)
            It is a very robust toy so can withstand being thrown around and handled by kids unlike some that fall apart within minutes. Unlike some golf games we have had where the golf club is snapped or split within minutes. Another bonus is that there aren;t hundreds of pieces that can get lost - There is the gator, 2 balls and 2 sticks (clubs) so it isn;t deemed useless after time.
            I really do recommend this to parents, uncles aunts, grandparents. an ideal christmas present....

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