Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Revisit to Rye's Mini Golf course

The Putting Green in Rye remains unplayed by us.

Mini Golf Putting Green in Rye, East Sussex
The Putting Green on Fishmarket Road, Rye wasn't open. Again

Back in 2010 we visited Rye in East Sussex and spotted a Mini Golf Putting course on Fishmarket Road. On our recent visit the area looked to have changed a bit, most notably in the removal of the hut/kiosk and the brick backs that were on some of the elevated greens.

Mini Golf Putting Green in Rye, East Sussex
A view of the Putting course layout in Rye

We did get some good views of the putting and bowling green from the lookout in the town centre though.

Mini Golf Putting Green and Bowling Green in Rye, East Sussex
A view of the Bowling and Putting Greens in Rye from the lookout point

The plaque on the lookout point in Rye, East Sussex
The plaque on the lookout point in Rye

Related blog posts:
- Minigolf course visited but not played - Rye - Putting Course - Closed for the day
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Crazy Golf music video from The Ragamuffins

New song and video from The Ragamuffins - Taped Off The Radio.

A few months ago the band The Ragamuffins got in touch with me to pick my brains about Crazy Golf courses where they could film their new music video.

After listening to their requirements one of the suggestions I made to the "infectious indie-pop six piece" was The Masters Putting Green in Southport - a classic Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course we visited and played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back in 2009. It makes for a perfect setting for the video.



Links:
- The Ragamuffins website
- The Ragamuffins Twitter
- The Ragamuffins Facebook
- The Ragamuffins YouTube
- The Ragamuffins Soundcloud
The Ragamuffins - Taped Off The Radio music video

Related blog posts:
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- The Masters Putting Green in Southport - Minigolf Course Visit No. 150

Monday, October 27, 2014

World Crazy Golf Championships 2014 Videos

Videos with action from the final of the 2014 World Crazy Golf Championships.

2014 World Crazy Golf Champion Chris 'Who' Harding on his way to victory in the final round of the tournament played at Hastings Sea Front. Opponents Nuno Cunha (POR) and Adam Kelly (ENG) look on, as do referee John McIver and scorekeeper Adrian Amey
2014 World Crazy Golf Champion Chris 'Who' Harding on his way to victory in the final round of the tournament played at Hastings Sea Front

Check out the video and links below for action from the World Crazy Golf Championships held on the 18-hole Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course at Hastings Sea Front on the 25 and 26 October 2014.



Video links:
- World Crazy Golf Championships 2014 Final - Kellard, Aho, Kelly on Hole 9
- World Crazy Golf Championships 2014 - Kelly, Aho, Kellard on Hole 16
- World Crazy Golf Championships 2014 - Cunha, Kelly and Harding on Hole 16
- Final hole of the 2014 World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings

Links:
- Hastings Adventure Golf
- British Minigolf Association

Related blog posts:
- World Crazy Golf Championships
- 2014 World Crazy Golf Championships Report from Hastings

Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sands

Playing the Pirate Crazy Golf course at Pontins Camber Sands Holiday Park.

Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sands

On our way to Hastings for the 2014 World Crazy Golf Championships we decided to revisit the nearby seaside towns of Camber and Rye in East Sussex.

Having recently enjoyed our visit to the Prestatyn Sands Pontins Holiday Park in Wales we thought we'd check out the Camber Sands park as we'd heard it also had a Crazy Golf course.



The Crazy Golf course at Pontins Camber Sands became the 585th visited and 351st course played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and it was great fun.




Mini Golf at Pontins Camber Sands

Minigolf at Pontins Camber Sands

Adventure Golf at Pontins Camber Sands

Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sands

Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sands

Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sands

Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sands

Pirate Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sands

Pirate Adventure Golf at Pontins Camber Sands

Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sands

Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sands

Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sands

Advneture Golf at Pontins Camber Sands

In our Minigolf match played over one 9-hole round on the Pirate Bay Adventure Golf course I defeated Emily with a score of 23 to 24.

Emily Gottfried playing the Crazy Golf course at Pontins Camber Sands Holiday Park

Richard Gottfried playing the Adventure Golf course at Pontins Camber Sands Holiday Park

Emily Gottfried playing the Adventure Golf course at Pontins Camber Sands Holiday Park

Richard Gottfried playing the Pirate Crazy Golf course at Pontins Camber Sands Holiday Park

Pontins Camber Sands Holiday Park is open to day visitors and you can find out more about the Holiday Park, tickets, bookings and more on the Pontins Camber Sands Holiday Park website.

The Pirate Mini Golf Golf course at Pontins Camber Sands Holiday Park

While our stay at the Camber Sands Holiday Park was brief, it was good fun. Back in the early 90's my family had a holiday at the camp - I wonder if I played Crazy Golf on that trip...

There's a giant octopus in the reception area of the Pontins Camber Sands Holiday Park! Great fun.

Earlier this month the Crazy Golf course at Pontins Prestatyn Sands became the 582nd visited and 348th played.

Links:
- Pontins
- Pontins Camber Sands Holiday Park

Related blog posts:
- Pontins
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Prestatyn (Pontin's Prestatyn Sands Holiday Village) - Crazy Golf

Videos:
- Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sands 1 of 5 
- Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sands 2 of 5
- Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sands 3 of 5
- Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sands 4 of 5
- Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sands 5 of 5

World Crazy Golf Championships Report from Hastings

27th October 2014
Press Information
For Immediate Release

World Crazy Golf Championships Report

Emily records new career-best finish and wins aces title at World Championships.

Luton Minigolfers Emily and Richard Gottfried competed in the World Crazy Golf Championships played on the 18-hole Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October.

Emily Gottfried playing the Windmill hole at the 2014 World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings
Emily playing the Windmill hole at the 2014 World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings

Emily continued her good form this season by finishing in a career best position of tied 26th in the World Crazy Golf Championships. Emily scored rounds of 37, 36, 38, 35, 41 and 37 for a total of 224(+8) and recorded nineteen holes-in-one to win ‘The Gommery’ trophy that was awarded for most aces in the tournament.

Emily with The Gommery trophy awarded for most-holes-in-one scored in the World Crazy Golf Championships

Richard scored rounds 39, 39, 36, 35, 39 and 37 for a total of 225(+9) to finish in 32nd position in the 62 player-field.

Emily Gottfried playing hole 17 at the 2014 World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings
Emily playing hole 17 during the 2014 World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings

Emily said “This weekend has been a real mixed bag. I'm unbelievably pleased to finish in 26th place which is the best I've ever done at the World Crazies by a huge margin as my previous highest finish was 43rd in 2008! I'm also thrilled to pick up The Gommery for most competition Aces. However I had hoped to be the top placed female competitor at this tournament for the first time, but unfortunately I missed that target by two shots. I really enjoyed the weekend and look forward to playing again next year.”

Richard Gottfried playing hole 2 at the 2014 World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings
Richard playing hole 2 during the Hole-in-One Charity Challenge at the 2014 World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings

Richard said “I didn’t score enough aces and shot too many threes to be in with a shout at the title this year. Great play by Emily though as she scored a lot of holes-in-one over the two-days.”

Richard Gottfried playing hole 4 at the 2014 World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings
Richard playing hole 4 at the 2014 World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings

Chris Harding won the 2014 World Crazy Golf Championships to become a three-time champion.

Ends

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bedfordshire gets a new County Flag

The county of Bedfordshire has a new officially recognised flag and a 'day' to follow.

Reading the Simply Sims column in a recent edition of the Luton News I saw that the county of Bedfordshire now has an officially recognised County Flag and plans are afoot to set a date for an annual 'Bedfordshire Day'.

On the 11 September 2014 The Flag Institute admitted the Bedfordshire Flag into the Register of County Flags.

County Flag of Bedfordshire
The new county flag of Bedfordshire

Visit the Friends of Bedfordshire Society's website to read about why the flag looks like it does and what it means.

I look forward to seeing the flag flying and fluttering around the county and I'll be buying a pin badge version asap.

Links:
- The Friends of Bedfordshire Society
- The Luton News
- The Flag Institute
- Association of British Counties

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire

Playing Crazy Golf on a visit to Mead Open Farm.

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire

On Saturday 18 October we headed to Mead Open Farm for a morning of fun on the farm. And some Crazy Golf!

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire
Emily putting on hole 2 of the Mead Open Farm Crazy Golf course

The course was the 350th we've played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and the 584th visited overall.

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire
Playing hole 9 of the Mead Open Farm Crazy Golf course

The 9-hole course at Mead Open Farm was the last of the 'local' courses for us to play in Bedfordshire and it was worth the wait. We first heard about the farm about thirteen years ago when there was a very catchy local radio advert for it. We were singing it to ourselves on the drive there!

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire
Emily playing hole 1 of the Mead Open Farm Crazy Golf course

Play of the Crazy Golf course is included in the entry price and you can have as many goes as you like! Check out photos of the 'Swedish Felt B-run' style of miniature golf course below.

Crazy Golf course at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm

Miniature Golf at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm

Mini-Golf at Mead Open Farm

Adventure Golf at Mead Open Farm

Miniature Golf at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm

Mini Golf at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm

Minigolf at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Golf course at Mead Open Farm

In our minigolf medal match-up played over two 9-hole rounds I defeated Emily with a score of 42(+6) to 46(+10).

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire
Scoring a hole-in-one at Mead Open Farm

Check out the videos of Emily and me scoring some holes-in-one on the course.

There's lots to see and do at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire
There's lots to see and do at Mead Open Farm

We had a great time at Mead Open Farm, there was plenty to see and do (even for big kids like us).

Lots of sheep, lambs and rams at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire
Lots of sheep, lambs and rams at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Goats at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire!
Crazy Goats!

A bull and a cow at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire
A bull and a cow

A funny looking alpaca at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire
Richard and a funny looking alpaca

As the 18 October was the first-day of the farm's special Halloween Freaky Fortnight there were ghoulish fun activities too.

Mead Open Farm's Freaky Fortnight Halloween Event
Emily doesn't look too happy before we headed into 'The Dark'. I wasn't happy afterwards!

Mead Open Farm's Freaky Fortnight Halloween Event
Getting a high-five off of a giant inflatable pumpkin witch

Check out the Mead Open Farm website for more information, opening times, prices, events and activities.

In my element
In my element

On the 18 October last year I played at the Putt in the Park Minigolf course in Wandsworth, London, and in 2012 I played the Woolly Golf course in Covent Garden.

Links:
- Mead Open Farm
- Mead Open Farm on Facebook
- Mead Open Farm on Twitter

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

Video links:
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 1 of 9 - Emily scores an Ace
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 2 of 9 - Richard Aces hole 1
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 3 of 9 - Richard Aces hole 3
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 4 of 9 - Richard Aces hole 6
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 5 of 9 - Richard Aces hole 7
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 6 of 9 - Richard Aces hole 8
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 7 of 9 - Close 2 on hole 5
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 8 of 9 - Close 2 on hole 8
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 9 of 9 - Emily plays hole 8 & course view