Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Adventure Golf at Walton Hall and Gardens in Warrington

Playing the Adventure Mini Golf course at Walton Hall and Gardens in Warrington.


Back in July 2008 we visited Walton Hall and Gardens in Warrington and visited the Crazy Golf course and Putting Green there.

Adventure Golf at Walton Hall and Gardens in Warrington
The new layout is very different to the old one

Earlier this year a new Adventure Golf course opened up on the site of the old Crazy Golf course, a course that had been in the park since 1973 and was originally of the Eternit Miniature Golf format.

Adventure Golf course at Walton Hall and Gardens in Warrington

On the 18th September we met up with our friends and minigolf rivals Jon and Cheryl Angel for a round on the new course. We had great weather for the round on the tricky course.

Playing the last hole

My new 'local' knowledge must of played a part as I picked up the win with a score of 49. Emily and Jon tied for the runners-up spot on 52, with Cheryl picking up the bronze medal with a score of 65.

Adventure Golf course at Walton Hall and Gardens in Warrington
Jon 'El Pato' Angel lining up a putt
In the team event Jon and Emily won with a combined score of 104 to 114.

Adventure Golf course at Walton Hall and Gardens in Warrington
Emily in action

Adventure Golf course at Walton Hall and Gardens in Warrington
Cheryl playing the toughest hole on the course

The new course became the 702nd visited and 413th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour since September 2006.

Adventure Golf course at Walton Hall and Gardens in Warrington

There's also a nice looking Pitch & Putt layout at Walton Hall and Gardens. We might give that a play in the future.

The Pitch and Putt course at Walton Hall and Gardens in Warrington
The Pitch and Putt course at Walton Hall and Gardens

Check out the Walton Hall Gardens website for more information, opening times and prices for the Minigolf courses in the park.

The Putting Green at Walton Hall and Gardens in Warrington
The Putting Green at Walton Hall and Gardens

As a fan (and curator of a) quirky museums we were interested to see a Cycle Museum at Walton Hall and Gardens too.

The Cycle Museum at Walton Hall and Gardens in Warrington
The museum was just closing as we were heading out of Walton Hall and Gardens

The Cycle Museum at Walton Hall and Gardens in Warrington
We did manage to grab a quick look around though. There were some interesting exhibits

Related blog posts:
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Minigolf Course Visit No. 115 - Walton Hall Gardens Crazy Golf
- Minigolf Course Visit No. 116 - Walton Hall Gardens Putting Green

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Happy Miniature Golf Day 2016!

Celebrating Miniature Golf Day with a round of Pitch and Putt at Bruntwood Park in Cheadle, Cheshire.


Bruntwood Park Pitch and Putt course in Cheadle
Having a putt around on Miniature Golf Day

The 21st of September is ALWAYS Miniature Golf Day. It's set in stone and a rule, so who are we to argue? To mark the great occasion we nipped along to our new local mini golf course at Bruntwood Park for a round of Pitch & Putt.

Bruntwood Park Pitch and Putt course in Cheadle
The GIANT Footgolf hole. The cups on the Pitch and Putt course were quite large too

Luckily we were in time to sneak in three holes as the man had already collected in the flags and the last group of Footgolfers were halfway through their round. When he heard about the importance of Miniature Golf Day he grabbed some flags and put them out on the 1st, 2nd and 7th holes so we could get in a mini round of minigolf. That was absolutely brilliant of him.

Bruntwood Park Pitch and Putt course in Cheadle
Emily's golf ball takes flight

Last month we visited Bruntwood Park and had a look at the course, but unfortunately didn't have time for a round. Having had a taste of the layout this evening we'll definitely be heading back for a game. The holes are just long enough to be a challenge, but short enough that you won't spend a lot of time pitching, lobbing and hacking your way round. Perfect for putters like us.

Bruntwood Park Pitch and Putt course in Cheadle
A little chip and run to the hole

The result of our quick minigolf match-up was Richard 3-4-3, Emily 5-7-4. We can't wait for the rematch.

Bruntwood Park Pitch and Putt course in Cheadle
The 7th hole had a lot of leaf fall from the silver birch tree - Emily's balls got quite well camouflaged in it!

September is a BIG month in the mini game and our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. In addition to Miniature Golf Day, next Friday we celebrate 10 years since our travels began, and last weekend we reached the MASSIVE milestone of the 700th minigolf course visit.

Bruntwood Park's minigolf course became the 695th visited when we had a gander at it on the 14th August. It's now the 414th that we've managed to play.

Related blog posts:
- Mini Golf Dates for your diary
- Pitch and Putt at Bruntwood Park, Cheadle
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Links:
- Bruntwood Park on Cheadle Golf Club's website
Bruntwood Park on Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council's website

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Crazy Golf at Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire

Visiting the 700th course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.


On Saturday 17th September 2016 we reached another BIG milestone on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour as we played the 9-hole Crazy Golf course at Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire - it was the 700th miniature golf course we've visited since our quest began back in September 2006.

Richard and Emily Gottfried at the Crazy Golf course in Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire
At our 700th course

Crazy Golf course at Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire
One of the nicest looking courses we've ever seen

Vickersway Park is a perfect setting for a sunny afternoon's minigolfing and is one of the nicest parks we've been to on our travels.

Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire

The Crazy Golf course was the 411th we've managed to play and it was very pleasing to see the layout offering up obstacles we'd not seen before.

Crazy Golf course at Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire
Emily teeing off on hole 1 of our 700th course visit

Crazy Golf course at Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire
On hole 2

Crazy Golf course at Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire
Hole 4 was the longest

Crazy Golf course at Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire
The hilly 5th hole

Crazy Golf course at Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire
The tough uphill 6th hole

Crazy Golf course at Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire
Hole 8

Crazy Golf course at Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire
The incredibly tough 9th hole

In our match-up on the course Emily picked up the win 30-31 - but if it were not for the incredibly tricky pipe obstacle on the last hole it would've been by a lot more.

When we arrived at the park we were surprised to find there's not one minigolf course there, but two! So, we also managed to play the 412th course on our tour!

Mini Golf Putting course at Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire
Hole 1 of the Putting Green

The looping Putting Green was a nice course, with some difficult routes to the cups.

Mini Golf Putting course at Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire
A view of the Putting course

There were also some chicken coops and hen houses and bird cages next to the course which was interesting to see and hear. I got a small measure of revenge for my earlier defeat on the Crazy Golf course by winning our round on the Putting course 23-26.

Mini Golf Putting course at Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire
Emily putting

The park games are nicely priced and we received brilliant service from the lady in the kiosk. The park and its team are certainly an asset to the town.

Games at Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire
The menu board

The first game we spotted at the park looked like a minigolf course, but was actually a pair of skittle alleys.

Skittles at Vickersway Park in Northwich, Cheshire
The Skittle alleys

We'd definitely return to Vickersway Park for some more minigolf, a game of skittles, a nice wander and a sit down in the pleasant surroundings. Visit the GoNorthwich website for more information.

Emily enjoying a nice sit down at the Putting course in Vickersway Park in Northwich
Emily enjoying a nice sit down at the Putting course

This year we're celebrating ten years of our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. It all began down in Sothsea, Hampshire on the 30th September 2006. We can't believe we've managed to visit 700 courses in that time. When we began there were around 600 courses in the UK! There are now 50 or so more for us to visit, but with new courses opening all the time who knows when, or if, we'll ever complete the set...

Vickersway Park Crazy Golf course scorecard
We added another brilliant minigolf scorecard to our collection

Related blog posts:
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Cheshire

Videos:
- Vickersway Park Crazy Golf Hole 1
- Vickersway Park Crazy Golf Hole 2 - hole-in-one
- Vickersway Park Crazy Golf Hole 3
- Vickersway Park Crazy Golf Hole 4
- Vickersway Park Crazy Golf Hole 5
- Vickersway Park Crazy Golf Hole 6 - hole-in-one
- Vickersway Park Crazy Golf Hole 7 - hole-in-one
- Vickersway Park Crazy Golf Hole 8
- Vickersway Park Crazy Golf Hole 9
- Putting Green at Vickersway Park Hole 1 and chickens
- Putting Green at Vickersway Park Hole 5
- Crazy Golf and a Northern train at Vickersway Park in Northwich

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Crazy Golf at the Pier Head in Liverpool

Visiting the 699th course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.


On Saturday 10th September we visited the 12-hole Crazy Golf course at the Pier Head in Liverpool.

Crazy Golf course in Liverpool

It became the 699th miniature golf course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour since we began our travels on the 30th September 2006.

Richard and Emily Gottfried at the 699th minigolf course they've visited
At course number 699

It's a fun layout - made tricky by the use of regular bouncy golf balls - and had some interesting obstacles.

Crazy Golf course in Liverpool
 
Crazy Golf course in Liverpool
An interesting place to park a London bus

Crazy Golf course in Liverpool

Crazy Golf course in Liverpool

Crazy Golf course in Liverpool


It was similar in style to the courses we've played in Brockhole and Torquay. And a bit like the course in Ayr as decking had been used for some of the holes.

Crazy Golf course in Liverpool

The course became the 410th played overall and at £3 per player it was a good price for some fun minigolf.

Crazy Golf course in Liverpool

Now we roll on to the 700th course. Who knows where it'll be!

Related blog posts:
- Liverpool
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Video:
- Playing hole 7

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Minigolf at Liverpool Golf Centre

Playing two miniature golf courses at the Liverpool Golf Centre.


On Saturday 10th September we headed to Liverpool and the Liverpool Golf Centre & Driving Range where we added two more courses to our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Minigolf course at Liverpool Golf Centre and Driving Range

The 9-hole short game Putting course and 9-hole Mini Golf layout were great fun and a good challenge.

Minigolf course at Liverpool Golf Centre and Driving Range

The Putting Green was the first course we played on the visit and became the 697th and 407th course played since our travels began in September 2006.

Minigolf course at Liverpool Golf Centre and Driving Range

Minigolf course at Liverpool Golf Centre and Driving Range

Minigolf course at Liverpool Golf Centre and Driving Range

I enjoyed hitting two holes-in-one during our round. Always pleasing on a Putting course.

Minigolf course at Liverpool Golf Centre and Driving Range

The Mini Golf course is a real challenge of Putting skill as the holes were borderless.

Minigolf course at Liverpool Golf Centre and Driving Range

Minigolf course at Liverpool Golf Centre and Driving Range

Mini Golf course at Liverpool Golf Centre

Mini Golf course at Liverpool Golf Centre

Mini Golf course at Liverpool Golf Centre

Mini Golf course at Liverpool Golf Centre

Mini Golf course at Liverpool Golf Centre

Mini Golf course at Liverpool Golf Centre

Mini Golf course at Liverpool Golf Centre

Mini Golf course at Liverpool Golf Centre

We received a nice welcome from the golf pro on the till when we arrived and enjoyed a couple of rounds on the two courses.

The Liverpool Golf Centre has a great weather vane
The Liverpool Golf Centre has a great weather vane

Visit the Liverpool Golf Centre & Driving Range website for more information.

Related blog posts:
- Liverpool
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Videos:
- Mini Golf at Liverpool Golf Centre - hole 1
- Mini Golf at Liverpool Golf Centre - hole 4
- Mini Golf at Liverpool Golf Centre - hole 8
- Mini Golf at Liverpool Golf Centre - hole 9
- Putting Green Mini Golf at Liverpool Golf Centre - hole-in-one

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