Friday, August 18, 2017

760 minigolf courses visited

A round-up from our latest minigolf travels.

It's amazing to think in a month and a half we've gone from 743 minigolf course visits to 760. The sheer variety of the miniature golf courses we've played in that time is amazing too. From courses built in the 1970s to courses that are only a year or so old, we've see a wide-range of different layouts.

Crazy Golf at Lowther Gardens in Lytham
Course visit number 753 at Lowther Gardens in Lytham

Since we hit the magic milestone of 750 courses - at Coate Water Country Park in Swindon, Wiltshire - we've been to Lytham on the Fylde coast and London.

MiniLinks Golf in St Annes on the Sea
Emily Putting at MiniLinks Golf in St Annes on the Sea

On our recent trip to St Annes on the Sea to play in the last Mini Major tournament of the season at MiniLinks Golf we'd noticed that Lowther Park in Lytham was home to a Crazy Golf course - how we'd previously missed it we don't know as we've been going to Blackpool and the surrounding seasides since 2008!

The Crazy Golf course at the end of St Annes Pier
The Crazy Golf course at the end of St Annes Pier

As well as playing the 'new' old Crazy Golf course at Lytham, searching for a Putting course in the same park, having a wander to the Crazy Golf course on the pier and revisiting three courses at MiniLinks (a Par-3 Pitch & Putt, Pennines Putting and Crazy Golf) we also swung by the miniature golf courses at Fairhaven Lakes in Lytham and St Annes, the remnants of the Arnold Palmer Putting Course at Starr Gate, the Adventure Golf course at the Pleasure Beach, Merlin Pirate Adventure Golf on the promenade and the old Crazy Golf course behind The Metropole Hotel on the North Shore. we also took a look at how Gynn Gardens in Blackpool has changed since it is no longer home to a Crazy Golf and Putting courses. Finally we drove passed Stanley Park, home to a Krazy Golf course and a grass Putting layout. It certainly is a bit of a hotspot for minigolf!

The Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lakes in Lytham and St Annes
The Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lakes in Lytham and St Annes

My trip to London saw me tick off visits to six courses, with great visits to play the two indoor courses at Swingers Crazy Golf next to the Gherkin, as well as the four indoor courses at Junkyard Golf on Brick Lane.

Swingers Crazy Golf course in London. Photo by Gareth Holmes
Playing at the excellent Swingers Crazy Golf course in London

Full blog posts from our recent Crazy World of Minigolf Tour travels will follow soon.

Crazy Golf at Junkyard Golf in London
One of the 36 ludicrous Crazy Golf holes at Junkyard Golf in London

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bonder and Bort Simpson

I do like a good bootleg. This is anything but!

What a ludicrous piece of street art we spotted in St Annes on the Sea yesterday.

Clearly not Bender Bending Rodríguez or Bartholomew Simpson
I always though Bender would be taller than Bart

Related blog posts:
- Bootleg
- The Simpsons
- Lytham St Annes

Friday, August 11, 2017

Crazy Golf at Sutton Fields in Sutton Weaver Village

Playing Crazy Golf at Sutton Weaver Village near Runcorn, Cheshire.

Over the years we've played some strange crazy golf courses in weird locations and on Saturday 22nd July we were able to add another oddity to our list as we played a round on the miniature golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire. The farm is at Sutton Weaver Village near Runcorn, Cheshire.

Crazy Golf at Sutton Fields in Sutton Weaver Village
At the 744th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

What made the fun experience strange was that the course itself is located at what was once a Golf Driving Range but is now part of the farm and is being used as a dog training centre! Another first for us on our travels.

Crazy Golf at Sutton Fields in Sutton Weaver Village
The course was the 439th we've played

When we arrived we thought the visit was going to be another to add to the 'unplayable' files, or worse the course may have been completely removed. We spotted three of the holes and then, through an archway in the tall hedge spotted other holes. As the course layout looked unlike anything we'd seen before we had to have a game on it. We spoke to the man there, Mike, who told us about the site and that we were welcome to have a game. After grabbing our sticks we jumped on the course for a very fun round of crazy golf.

Crazy Golf at Sutton Fields in Sutton Weaver Village
Being careful not to step on the lane

Crazy Golf at Sutton Fields in Sutton Weaver Village
Over a bump

Crazy Golf at Sutton Fields in Sutton Weaver Village
A dogleg

Crazy Golf at Sutton Fields in Sutton Weaver Village
Through the gap

Crazy Golf at Sutton Fields in Sutton Weaver Village
Through a zig-zag

The course itself is a miniature version of the 'eternit' format of the game. It's obviously seen better days, but was still quite playable.



We even shot some aces during our game! Incredibly I played the flat loop hole better than I have done on any previous occasion - including when I've had to tackle the obstacle in international tournaments!



In our match to contest the Sutton Weaver Village Classic title I picked up the win 20 to 22.



The course was the first we played on a day out which also included visits to the indoor Adventure Golf course at Cheshire Oaks, an abandoned Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground near Birkenhead, and Championship Adventure Golf in New Brighton!

Photos of the 9-hole Miniature Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire / Sutton Fields in Sutton Weaver Village.

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village near Runcorn
Through the arch to the other 6-holes

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole1

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 1

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 2

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
The flat loop on hole 2

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
The exit

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
A view of the green on hole 2

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 3

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 4
  
Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 5

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 5

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
The very green green on hole 5
  
Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 6

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 6

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 7

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 7

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 7

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 7

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 8

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 8

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 8

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Something's missing...

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 9

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 9

Crazy Golf course at Sutton Farm Cheshire in Sutton Weaver Village
Hole 9

Link:
- Sutton Farm Cheshire

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

Videos:
- Crazy Golf at Sutton Weaver 1
- Crazy Golf at Sutton Weaver 2
- Crazy Golf at Sutton Weaver 3
- Crazy Golf at Sutton Weaver 4



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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Wasp attack closes minigolf course in Portugal

I love hearing about news and events from around the world of minigolf and as such receive the excellent enewsletter from the team at minigolfe.pt in Portugal.

One news item in the latest update stood out in particular as an attack of wasps ("Ataque de vespas") has temporarily closed a minigolf course at the Jamor Sports Complex!

Unsurprisingly I own a minigolf ball with a wasp on it (unless it's a hornet)
Unsurprisingly I own a minigolf ball with a wasp on it (unless it's a hornet)

It used to be a bit of a running joke that the only way a British minigolfer WOULDN'T finish last in an international minigolf tournament was if an opponent got 'stang' off of a bee, wasp or hornet. It's not actually a made up story, as a poor Finnish player did have to retire from an event after getting stung, which meant a Brit was bumped up one place above the DNF on the leader-board.

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Lyme Regis Mini Golf Hall of Fame 2017

Details of the Lyme Regis Mini Golf Hall of Fame.

One of our favourite minigolf courses has set-up a Hall of Fame for the 2017 summer season and it's causing a stir with holidaymakers. Mick from the Lyme Regis Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens kindly sent over the photo of the leader-board as it stood yesterday - with the course record of 30 held by Ross Hendey. The next closest score recorded was a 32 by Jake and Mick H.

The Lyme Regis Mini Golf Hall of Fame 2017
The Lyme Regis Mini Golf Hall of Fame is getting checked by holidaymakers throughout their stay in the seaside town

The 18-hole minigolf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis was the 365th we played and 601st visited overall on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We really enjoyed our visit to the course and Lyme Regis as a whole during our south west road-trip in 2015.

Minigolf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset
Teeing-off on hole 1

It's a nice and unique course, with some brilliant views of the seafront and The Cobb harbour area.

Minigolf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset
Emily putting at Lister Gardens

In our first game on the course Emily won 36 to 40, dropping only one shot and scoring one hole-in-one for an almost 'perfect par'. As I'd lost I was determined to get a win and so we returned for another round the next day. Luckily I won the round, shooting 38 to Emily's 40.

Visit the Lyme Regis Town Council website for more information, opening times and prices. We received great service from the staff on duty on both of our visits and Emily was very pleased to hear that her score of 36 was good enough to get her name on the Wall of Fame in the kiosk!

Related blog posts:
- Mini Golf in Lyme Regis, Dorset
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Lyme Regis
- Dorset

Videos:
- Mini Golf in Lyme Regis 1
- Mini Golf in Lyme Regis 2

Link:
- Lyme Regis Town Council Mini Golf web page

New Adventure Golf course at Riverside Golf Centre in Nottingham

There's a new Adventure Golf course being built at Riverside Golf Centre in Nottingham.

My mate and minigolf rival Jam 'Jamdre the Giant' Trubridge has sent me more proof of the East Midlands miniglf revolution as ANOTHER course is opening in Nottinghamshire!

Jam's friend Nick Donovan was recently at Riverside Golf Centre in Nottingham and posted a photo showing work underway to build a new miniature golf course at the venue.

Adventure Golf by Minigolf Poland at Riverside Golf Centre in Nottingham. Photo by Nick Donovan 21th July 2017
The building work by Mini Golf Poland is underway at Riverside Golf Centre in Nottingham. Photo by Nick Donovan

Emily and I are looking forward to another inland road-trip to visit all the courses in Nottinghamshire. It's crazy how many new minigolf centres are opening up in the area. Jam is in his element living on the doorstep of all these new arrivals!

As well as the new course at Riverside Golf Centre we've got to visit:
- Highfields Park Adventure Golf in Nottingham
Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf at Ramsdale Park Golf Centre in Nottingham
- Caddyshack Golf Centre in Mansfield

Our friend Darren Howe and his family recently played the Robin Hood themed Adventure Golf course at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest.

On previous Crazy World of Minigolf Tour adventures in Nottingham we've played at The Lost City Adventure Golf in NottinghamDoug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf in Nottingham and Pirate's Landing Adventure Golf at Trent Lock Golf Centre in Long Eaton.

We've also played at minigolf courses in the surrounding area at Coalville, Loughborough and Leicester. As well as in Sheffield and Skellingthorpe on either side of Nottinghamshire. Other courses on our 'to play' list include Paradise Island Adventure Golf in Derby and the Golden Putter Mini Golf course in Rotherham. There are a couple of Crazy Golf courses in parks in Doncaster that we need to check out too.

If you see or hear of any other new minigolf courses in Nottingham, the wider East Midlands region, or indeed anywhere else in the UK do drop us a line or leave a comment on the blog.

Links:
- Riverside Golf Centre
- Mini Golf Poland

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

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Details of our visits to hundreds of miniature golf courses.

Since 2006 Emily and I have visited more than 750 miniature golf courses around the UK and overseas on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Southend Pier Crazy Golf course
At Southend Pier Crazy Golf course - 1.3 miles out to sea!

As well as playing minigolf in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Jersey, we’ve travelled to minigolf courses in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and the USA.

Check out the complete list of minigolf courses we've visited on our compilation blog post.

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August already

Eight days into August and it's time to finally turn the page on our Dull Men's Club calendar.

The 1st of August marked the end of our time as the feature 'pin-ups' on the Dull Men's Club 2017 Calendar. It was fun while it lasted.

The Dull Men's Club 2017 Calendar
This is August

This month Jacky Smith - a barb wire enthusiast - is the focus in the calendar of 'ordinary' and 'pedestrian' interests and pursuits.

Dull Men's Club Calendar
People from around the UK feature in the 2017 calendar

Related blog posts:
Dull Men's Club

Link:
Dull Men's Club

Monday, August 07, 2017

Adventure Golf at Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest

A look at the Adventure Golf course at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest.


Emily's friend, colleague and minigolf rival Darren Howe was recently on a family holiday at Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest and having caught the Crazy Golf bug from Emily had to have a game on the holiday village's Adventure Golf course.

Darren Howe playing Adventure Golf at Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest. Photo from the Howe family archive, August 2017
Darren getting ready to loose a shot on one of the archery themed holes

Darren also managed to nab some of the nice scorecards for inclusion in The Crazy Golf Museum. A fine addition to the archives.

Adventure Golf scorecard from Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest
There are two 9-hole courses at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest - the Sherwood Trail and Archer's Way 

Adventure Golf scorecard from Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest
The Archer's Way side of the scorecard

Check out the Center Parcs website for more information.

Links:
- Center Parcs
- Center Parcs Sherwood Forest

Crazy Golf at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground

A visit to an abandoned miniature golf course on the Wirral.


On Saturday 22nd July we headed along to the Higher Bebington Recreation Ground near Birkenhead on the Wirral peninsula to track down a Crazy Golf course in the park. We did indeed locate the layout - and found it was a unique 15-hole Crazy Golf course!

Crazy Golf at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Another 15-holes of Crazy Golf visited

The course became the 747th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Higher Bebington Recreation Ground Crazy Golf course
On the Wirral peninsula

Check out the video from our walk around the course and photos of the 15-hole below.
 
Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Beyond this hedge lies a unique minigolf course

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 1 of 15

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 2

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 3

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 4 is a long one

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Half way up hole 4

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
The green of hole 4

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 5 - a dogleg

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 6 - a dogleg the other way

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 7 - another dog leg

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 8 - tyred

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 9

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 9's obstacle maze

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 10 - snakey

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 11 - Town Lane

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 11's obstacle

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 11's green

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
The borders of hole 12 are also very green!

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 13 is another dogleg

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
And a very long one at that!

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
The green on hole 13

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 14

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
There's something missing on this tired Crazy Golf course

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 14's green

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 15 - the last hole!

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 15

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Hole 15's gap to the green

Crazy Golf course at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground
Looking back on the course

The Education and Cultural Services Department regret that you can't play golf at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground if you've been cut in half
The Education and Cultural Services Department regret that you can't play golf at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground if you've been cut in half

Related blog posts:
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Abandoned
- Derelict

Videos:
- Crazy Golf at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground 1
- Crazy Golf at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground 2
- Crazy Golf at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground 3
- Crazy Golf at Higher Bebington Recreation Ground 4

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