Monday, December 05, 2016

Harry Putter and the Magical Crazy Golf course

A visit to the Harry Putter and the Magical Crazy Golf course at Manning's Amusements in Felixstowe.

While visiting family and friends in Ipswich we made our traditional trip to the nearby seaside town of Felixstowe, and of course we had an obligatory game of Crazy Golf at Manning's Amusement arcade.

Manning's Art Deco amusement arcade in Felixstowe
Manning's Art Deco amusement arcade in Felixstowe

The great thing about visiting Felixstowe is that you know you can pretty much always get a game at the indoor Adventure Golf course at Manning's amusement arcade on Sea Road.

Manning's indoor Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
Emily playing hole one. I don't think either of us have ever putted into the cup on the right of the rotating green

We've been playing the course since November 2006 and it was the 5th course we ever visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. It was also the first indoor minigolf course we played.

Manning's indoor Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
Hole 2 never gets any easier to play! Although Emily got a very good 3 on the whole, while I score a 5

Since our first visit the course has had a few upgrades, mild refurbishments and name changes - it was called 'Golf FX' when we first played and was more recently known as 'Magical Golf' and 'Magical Golf FX'.

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
The indoor miniature golf course has a real mixture of themes. From jungle to medieval and even a 'space cave'!

The biggest surprise on our latest visit came when we saw the new scorecard as the course has morphed into a bootleg of Harry Potter!

Wow!

Check out the player names

Inside the course itself there have been a few improvements, with new felt on some of the holes. While two of the holes upstairs have been completely changed to look more like a library!

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
This isn't how the hole used to look

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
The hole used to have a rope border and some 'Disney' artwork on the walls

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
Emily playing in 2016

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
Emily playing the same hole in 2009

In our latest match-up on the 13-hole course I won with a score of 40 to Emily's 49.
 
Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
We both noticed the 2000 BC stone for the first time on our walk downstairs!
 
Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
The 11th hole is very tricky indeed

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
The 'lucky' 13th hole has undergone some changes too

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
It now offers two holes to putt into

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
Each with their own benefit / demerit

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
A view of hole one from the reception area

The course is still only £2 per player and it's a good fun layout to play. Check out the Manning's Amusements website for more info.

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
It's been £2 to play since we first had a round in 2006

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
The wizard's shelf

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
A nice touch

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
The rules

Related blog posts:
- Felixstowe
- Golf FX
- Magical Golf FX
- Manning's Amusements
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Link:
- Manning's Amusements

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds

Playing the indoor Crazy Golf course at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds.


On Saturday 26th November we revisited the Mini Golf course at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds. This time we were able to get a game.

Crazy Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds
Roxy Ball Room's indoor Mini Golf course

In our match-up on the indoor Crazy Golf course I won with a score of 30, Emily was second with 35, while our friend Cat picked up bronze with a score of 36.

Crazy Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds
The tenpin bowling themed 9th hole
  
Crazy Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds
A BIG minigolf loop-di-loop

We first swung by Roxy Ball Room in February on our first trip to Leeds. Unfortunately on that occasion we weren't able to play as the course didn't open until 4pm, although the venue was open from midday.

Crazy Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds
Another minigolf scorecard added to the collection

The Mini Golf course at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds was the 673rd course visited overall on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and became the 419th played.

Crazy Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds
The 6th hole was fun to play

A game of Mini Golf on the 9-hole course at Roxy Ball Room costs £5 per player.

Crazy Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds
A minigolf shark at Roxy Ball Room

You can also play ping pong, beer pong and pool at Roxy Ball Room. As well as the Leeds venue they have sites in Huddersfield and Liverpool.

Crazy Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds
Roxy Ball Room's Leeds venue is the only one with a Mini Golf course

Link:
- Roxy Ball Room

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

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Edgeley Skatepark at Alexandra Park in Stockport

A view of the building work for the new Edgeley Skatepark at Alexandra Park.


On a lunchtime wander to Edgeley in Stockport I had a walk around Alexandra Park - home of the Woodstock Petanque Club. Apart from getting chased by a few geese down at Sykes Reservoir at the bottom of the park the biggest surprise was seeing how much work had been done on the new BMX and skatepark.

Building of the Edgeley Skatepark at Alexandra Park in Stockport

Building of the Edgeley Skatepark at Alexandra Park in Stockport

Building of the Edgeley Skatepark at Alexandra Park in Stockport

Building of the Edgeley Skatepark at Alexandra Park in Stockport

Building of the Edgeley Skatepark at Alexandra Park in Stockport

The Edgeley skatepark in Alexandra Park is being built on much of the area previously used as a Boules Terrain and Pistes for the Woodstock Petanque Club to play on.

Woodstock Petanque Club players in action on the Alexandra Park terrain in October
Woodstock Petanque Club players in action on the terrain in October

Related blog posts:
- Petanque
- Stockport

Links:
- Woodstock Petanque Club
- Alexandra Skatepark Association
- The Friends of Alexandra Park
- Alexandra Park

Monday, November 28, 2016

Golf Bar Leeds

A visit to the indoor Golf simulator at Golf Bar Leeds.


While in Leeds we swung by the Golf Bar near the canal and train station. It looks like a nice venue and we received a nice welcome from the team there.

Indoor Golf simulator at Golf Bar Leeds
You can find Golf Bar Leeds at 1 Little Neville Street, Granary Wharf

Indoor Golf simulator at Golf Bar Leeds
There are three bays to play Golf at the bar in Leeds

A few years ago we had a fun Christmas 'Do' at an indoor golf simulator in London.

Check out the Golf Bar's website for more information, opening times and prices.

Related blog posts:
- Leeds

Friday, November 25, 2016

Botanic Gardens Crazy Golf in Southport

A visit to the Crazy Golf course in Southport's Botanic Gardens.


The last time we arrived home from Southport we noticed that we'd missed out on visiting another Crazy Golf course. The layout is in the Botanic Gardens and is the sister site to the course in Hesketh Park and they do look very much alike.

Botanic Gardens Crazy Golf course in Southport

Botanic Gardens Crazy Golf course in Southport

Botanic Gardens Crazy Golf course in Southport

Botanic Gardens Crazy Golf course in Southport

Botanic Gardens Crazy Golf course in Southport

Botanic Gardens Crazy Golf course in Southport

Botanic Gardens Crazy Golf course in Southport

Botanic Gardens Crazy Golf course in Southport

Unfortunately we weren't able to have a game on the course as it was closed for the season.

Botanic Gardens Crazy Golf course in Southport
The Lucky Last Hole. I won a free game card when I played at Hesketh Park. It's valid at the Botanic Gardens course too

The Botanic Gardens Crazy Golf course was the 717th course we've visited overall and the 691st visited in the UK.

Botanic Gardens Crazy Golf in Southport
This way to the Crazy Golf

We very much enjoyed our stroll around the Botanic Gardens and lake. There was lots of wildlife and some hidden tunnels dotted around too. It's well worth a visit.

Botanic Gardens in Southport
A Miniature Train Ride was also mentioned on the signs in the park. We couldn't see it though

Related blog posts:
- Mini Golf course at Hesketh Park in Southport
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Southport

Video:
- Crazy Golf course at Southport's Botanic Gardens

Junkyard Golf in Manchester

A visit to the Junkyard Crazy Golf course in Piccadilly Place, Manchester.


While on a recent trip to Manchester I managed to pop along to the new Junkyard Golf courses in Piccadilly Place. They look marvellous.

Junkyard Crazy Golf course in Manchester
A classic seaside hazard

Junkyard Crazy Golf course in Manchester
Always nice to see a volcano on a Crazy Golf course

Junkyard Crazy Golf course in Manchester
The last time I putted into a bathtub was while playing The Crazy Golf Machine in the Crazy Golf Museum!
 
Junkyard Crazy Golf course in Manchester
I'm a BIG fan of minigolf sharks

Junkyard Crazy Golf course in Manchester
What is more appealing than a WARNING TOXI WASTE sign. A perfect addition to the ludicrously crazy minigolf course at Junkyard Golf

Check out the Junkyard Golf website for more details on the Manchester and London courses. We've heard good things about the FOUR London courses the team at Junkyard Golf have created too.

Emily and I are looking forward to having a game on the two layouts as part of our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour soon.

We've now visited 693 courses in the UK and 26 overseas. One of those courses was in the very same spot as Junkyard Golf. Back in 2012 there was a Christmas-themed Crazy Golf course set-up for six weeks. That course was the 313th played. I also won the Chrizy Golf Masters tournament there during that visit!

Links:
- Junkyard Golf
- Junkyard Golf Manchester

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