Friday, November 17, 2017

Holiday Lights Mini Golf at Fun Fore All

Finding out about the Holiday Lights Mini Golf and festivities at Fun Fore All Family Fun Park in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.


Holiday Lights Mini Golf at Fun Fore All, photo courtesy of Fun Fore All Family Fun Park
A view of the Holiday Lights Mini Golf course

We love sharing what's going on in the world of minigolf through our blog and social media channels and it's brilliant to see courses getting involved with different festivities.

Holiday Lights Mini Golf at Fun Fore All, photo courtesy of Fun Fore All Family Fun Park

One such course is Fun Fore All in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. The team there love theming their two 18-hole courses and recently had a successful Halloween. Now attention has turned to Christmas and their Holiday Lights Mini Golf which runs from November 17th to January 2nd.

View the Holiday Lights Mini Golf Teaser video.



Fun Fore All Family Fun Park's two 18-hole miniature golf courses are being transformed into a fully playable walk-through holiday lights experience.

Holiday Lights Mini Golf at Fun Fore All, photo courtesy of Fun Fore All Family Fun Park

The courses will have a variety of themed festive lights including Country & Western, penguins, the Taj Mahal, under the sea, and a Victorian Christmas. Holiday Lights Mini Golf will also have a walk-through light tunnel, a twenty-foot Christmas tree, and a holiday musical show that plays several times an hour.

Holiday Lights Mini Golf at Fun Fore All, photo courtesy of Fun Fore All Family Fun Park

It sounds brilliant. We love seeing courses getting involved in different events and seasonal activities. On our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour we've seen a few Christmas-themed layouts, including the Chrizy Golf course in Manchester back in 2012!

I'm still the reigning minigolf champion of Christmas having won the Chrizy Golf Masters in 2012!

Running from November 17th through to January 2nd from 5-10pm each night, the event is also packed with many other holiday inspired activities for the festive season including live reindeer, free pictures with Santa Claus every Friday and Saturday night, Christmas cookie decorating, a drop off for letters to Santa, a holiday concert, face painting, balloon art, caricature art, and great holiday food and drinks like hot chocolate, hot apple cider from Soergel Orchards, smores, and gourmet Kettle Korn, cinnamon roasted nuts & caramel apples from J.D.’s Popcorn. For a complete list of events, visit the Fun Fore All Holiday Lights website.

Hopefully we'll get to visit Fun Fore All Mini Golf on our future Crazy World of Minigolf Tour travels.

Holiday Lights Mini Golf at Fun Fore All, photo courtesy of Fun Fore All Family Fun Park

A portion of the proceeds raised during the Holiday Lights Mini Golf event are going to benefit Highmark’s Caring Place, which provides support for children grieving the loss of a loved one. Visit the Highmark’s Caring Place website to learn more about. Holiday Lights Mini Golf is $10 per person for one course or $15 for both courses.

For more information and the schedule for the Holiday Lights Mini Golf check out the Fun Fore All Fun Park website. You can take a Virtual Tour of Fun Fore All online too.

Links:
- Fun Fore All Family Fun Park website
- Fun Fore All on Facebook
- Fun Fore All on Twitter

Related blog posts:
- Guest blog
- Christmas
- USA

Photos courtesy of Fun Fore All Family Fun Park.

It's good to be gluten free, sometimes

While living with Coeliac Disease isn't the best thing in the world, the fact that having to be incredibly careful about every little thing you eat or drink does make you get excited about new products you see while out shopping. Lately the Co-op has been getting me interested and excited about food again as they've launched a lot of new gluten free items in their Free From range.

New Free From soups at the Co-op
It's always exciting receiving a free from food parcel!

While having our own dedicated free from section in a supermarket is convenient it's also nice to see 'normal' food products being made gluten free as standard.

New Free From soups at the Co-op
I've been tweeting with the team at the Co-op and they were kind enough to send me four of the new soups in the range to try out. From l-r they are Tomato & Lentil, Red Thai Chicken, Carrot & Coriander, and Chicken & Vegetable. I've tried the Chicken & Vegetable soup already - as well as the Minestrone - as I picked them up in a two for £3 deal recently. They taste really good and are large portions, very filling. The pots do say they serve 2, but I'm not one for sharing!

The Co-op has been adding to its range of gluten free products for a while now and I'm looking forward to seeing what else they have in store for people who need gluten free food options.

Link:
- The Co-op website

Related blog posts:
- Gluten Free
- Coeliac
- The Co-op

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New CrazyPutt Adventure Golf course in London

Work is underway on a new CrazyPutt Adventure Golf course at N1 Golf's Greenwich Peninsula Golf Range.

It's the sister site of CrazyPutt Adventure Golf at the Riverside Golf Centre in Nottingham.

Keep an eye on N1 Golf's Greenwich Peninsula Golf Range Facebook Page for more details over the coming weeks...

Links:
- Greenwich Peninsula Golf Range website
- Greenwich Peninsula Golf Range Facebook Page

Related blog posts:
- Adventure Golf
- Mini Golf courses in London

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Crazy Golf in Stourport on Severn

The last stop on our mini road-trip around the midlands was in Stourport on Severn. Ahead of our visit we'd seen there were two miniature golf courses there - an interesting looking jungle-themed crazy golf and a grass putting layout - but when we arrived at Playland in Riverside Park we found another crazy golf course! A nice bonus.

Crazy Golf in Stourport on Severn
This was the course we'd seen online ahead of our visit to Stourport on Severn

The 9-hole Crazy Golf course at Playland became the 469th played and 789th visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Crazy Golf at Playland in Stourport on Severn
Playing the bonus course

In our match-up on the course I won with a score of 25 to Emily's 29.

Crazy Golf at Playland in Stourport on Severn
Having trouble with some numbers

Crazy Golf at Playland in Stourport on Severn
We hadn't seen this obstacle on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour travels before 

Crazy Golf at Playland in Stourport on Severn
A look at the 9-hole Crazy Golf course

Crazy Golf at Playland in Stourport on Severn
Hole 2

Crazy Golf at Playland in Stourport on Severn
Emily playing a Cannon

Crazy Golf at Playland in Stourport on Severn
Playing hole 2

The grass Putting course wasn't open on our visit and so became the 790th visited on our tour.

Putting Green at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn
The grass Putting Green in Stourport on Severn

The 18-hole jungle-themed Crazy Golf course in Stourport on Severn became the 470th played and 791st visited on our travels.

Crazy Golf and Putting Green at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn
The Crazy Golf & Putting Green are in Riverside Park

In our match-up on the course we tied with a score of 36, with Emily scoring three holes-in-one to my two aces.

Crazy Golf at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn
A nice ace

Crazy Golf at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn
Shooting another hole in one

Crazy Golf at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn
The hut 

Crazy Golf at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn
One of the many signs for the Crazy Golf course 

Crazy Golf at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn
The Great Flood in 1947 must've been quite a sight!

Crazy Golf at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn
The whole area would've been underwater!

Crazy Golf at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn
A look at the layout

Crazy Golf at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn
A sly snake in the jungle-themed Crazy Golf course

Crazy Golf at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn
Emily holing out

Crazy Golf at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn
One of the most colourful settings we've playing minigolf in

Crazy Golf at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn
The tricky first hole

Crazy Golf at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn
The course is a really nice layout

Crazy Golf at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn
Well worth a play 

Stourport on Severn is an interesting town and well worth a visit. It has a seaside resort feel to it - dating back to its role as a day-trip destination for workers from Birmingham in times gone by. The colourful minigolf courses, variety of amusements, pubs and other facilities in the town make it a nice destination.

Related blog posts:
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Stourport on Severn

Links:
- Playland in Stourport on Severn
- Riverside Park and Meadows in Stourport on Severn

Videos:
- Crazy Golf at Playland in Stourport on Severn
- Crazy Golf at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn 1
- Crazy Golf at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn 2
- Crazy Golf at Riverside Park in Stourport on Severn 3

PLAY-OFF - a short film by MegaComputeur

We love anything and everything minigolf-related and it's always brilliant seeing new and interesting stories, videos and photos related to the game. So when Putterfingers Crazy Golf found and shared this fantastic short animation from the team at MegaComputeur Animation we had to share it too.

PLAY-OFF is a MUST WATCH for anyone who's ever played Crazy Golf! There are some really nice touches about the joy (and frustration) the sport provides.


PLAY-OFF from MegaComputeur on Vimeo.

Links:
- PLAY-OFF on Vimeo
MegaComputeur Animation

Friday, November 10, 2017

Ghetto Golf in Birmingham

A visit to the new Ghetto Golf course in Digbeth, Birmingham.

Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf course in Digbeth, Birmingham
Hole 18 of the Ghetto Golf course in Digbeth

While on a recent visit to Birmingham I swung by the new Ghetto Golf course at the Custard Factory in Digbeth.

Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf course in Digbeth, Birmingham
Ghetto Golf's entrance

Unfortunately I didn't have time for a game on the 18-hole indoor Crazy Golf course as I had a train to catch. The course was looking nice and busy during my later afternoon visit.

Some of the holes look amazing - I love the Sonic the Hedgehog loop-di-loop 18th.

Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf course in Digbeth, Birmingham
It looks like Ghetto Golf could be a blockbuster venue

Some of the holes are rather risque!

Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf course in Digbeth, Birmingham
This caption is censored!

I'm looking forward to a game with Emily at Ghetto Golf in Birmingham (and at the Liverpool course).

Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf course in Digbeth, Birmingham
Hole 3 is a bus

Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf course in Digbeth, Birmingham
Yes, an actual bus!
 
Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf course in Digbeth, Birmingham
There's plenty of seating to celebrate your win (or grouch about your loss) at Ghetto Golf

Visit the Ghetto Golf website for more information, opening times and prices.

Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf course in Digbeth, Birmingham
It's always fun seeing Simpsons artwork

On my last trip to Birmingham I had a sneak peak at the indoor Crazy Golf course while it was under construction. It looks like the team at Ghetto Golf have done a marvellous job of converting the old hall at the Custard Factory into the minigolf course!

Related blog posts:
- Ghetto Golf in Digbeth, Birmingham 
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Links:
- Ghetto Golf
- The Custard Factory

The Cereal Killer Cafe in Birmingham

While on a recent trip to Birmingham I spotted the Cereal Killer Cafe on the link between New Street Station and the Bull Ring shopping centre!

The Cereal Killer Cafe in Birmingham
The Cereal Killer Cafe just before it opened for breakfast

It's full of great retro items from the 80's and 90's.

The Cereal Killer Cafe in Birmingham
A wall of VHS tapes!

The Cereal Killer Cafe in Birmingham
There are loads of retro and import breakfast cereals on display
  
The Cereal Killer Cafe in Birmingham
WWF breakfast cereal!

The Cereal Killer Cafe in Birmingham
Wocka wocka wocka

The Cereal Killer Cafe in Birmingham
While I couldn't eat any of the (gluten-full) breakfast cereals, I could buy some of the great merch there
  
The Cereal Killer Cafe in Birmingham
And there's a Simpsons arcade cabinet at the cafe - it's a classic game and one I've been playing since 1992!

The Cereal Killer Cafe in Birmingham
I've been trying to complete the game for 25 years and I finally achieved it at the Cereal Killer Cafe (thanks to the Free Play)

Check out the Cereal Killer Cafe website for more info.

Related blog posts:
- Cereal
- Birmingham

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

You could be owed £0,000

Checking your PPI here looks like a bit of a gamble to me!

Checking your PPI here looks like a bit of a gamble to me!

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Ryder Legends Mini Golf at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield

Playing the Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield.


Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield

On Friday 8th September we visited The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield to play the Ryder Legends Mini Golf course as part of the inaugural American Golf National Adventure Golf Championship.

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
Playing hole 3 (inspired by the 17th at Kiawah Island)

Each of the 12-holes on the Ryder Legends Mini Golf course is based on a famous hole from 'big' golf. It's a tricky layout with some very long holes.

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield

Along with Peter Jones I'd qualified for the grand final of the American Golf National Adventure Golf Championship after winning the Welsh Regional Qualifier in April.

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield

The Ryder Legends Mini Golf course was the 456th course played and 768th visited overall on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. You can see photos of the holes below and videos of the 12-holes on our YouTube Channel (123456789101112).

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
The Rules

Photos of the Ryder Legends Mini Golf course.

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
Hole 1 - Inspired by the 17th at Valderrama 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
You need to play around the tree 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
A view back to the tee 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
Hole 2 - Inspired by the 18th at Wentworth 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
A tough hole to score a two on

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
Not easy at all 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
Hole 3 - Inspired by the 17th at Kiawah Island 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
The longest hole on the course 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
Hole 4 - Inspired by the 13th at Valhalla 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
You need to play a nicely paced tee-shot on this hole 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
Hole 5 - Inspired by the 9th at Royal Lytham & St Annes 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
The pipes aren't as easy to putt into as they look! 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
Hole 6 - Inspired by the 16th at Royal Birkdale 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
A long and uphill shot 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
It is aceable though 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
Hole 7 - Spiral Fun Hole

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
A good chance for a hole in one - or a tricky second putt 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
Hole 8 - U-Bend Fun Hole

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
An ace opportunity

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
Hole 9 - Inspired by the 5th at Pinehurst 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
A good two

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
Hole 10 - Up and Over Fun Hole 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
A good chance for a hole in one 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
Hole 11 - Inspired by the 10th at The Belfry

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
The potential round-wrecker 

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
Many teams fell foul of the ditch on this hole

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
A tough green to reach

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
Hole 12 - Inspired by the 15th at PGA National

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield
The last hole to play is a fairly long one

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course scorecard

For more information visit The Belfry Hotel and Resort website and Ryder Legends Mini Golf web page.

Ryder Legends Mini Golf course scorecard

The American Golf Championship Tour invited players from all parts of the golfing spectrum to compete in its range of events. This year more than 7,500 players competed in a total of 17 tournament categories at 168 venues.

A pre-match interview with Sky Sports presenter Gemma Care
A pre-match interview with Sky Sports presenter Gemma Care

It was brilliant to qualify for and compete in the first American Golf Adventure Golf National Pairs Championship Final.

Playing hole 3 in the American Golf Adventure Golf National Pairs Championship Final
Playing hole 3 in the American Golf Adventure Golf National Pairs Championship Final

The final was played over four rounds - two qualifying rounds of strokeplay, followed by a matchplay semi-final and a matchplay final. Peter and I played well as a team and qualified for the semi-final in second place after rounds of 35 and 34 on the 12-hole Ryder Legends Mini Golf course. We were victorious in our semi-final against the Watford qualifiers Simon and Jake Whitby, but unfortunately lost 3&2 in the final against Bristol qualifiers Simon Lee and Steve Gerrish.

Related blog posts:
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- American Golf
- The American Golf Adventure Golf National Pairs Championship Final
- American Golf championships on Sky Sports Golf
- Set your tapes! Adventure Golf to be shown on Sky Sports Golf
- Winning the American Golf Adventure Golf Pairs Regional Qualifier in Wrexham
- Richard Gottfried - Player Profile and Tournament Record

Links:
- The Belfry Hotel and Resort
- Ryder Legends Mini Golf
- American Golf

Videos:
- Playing the Ryder Legends Mini Golf course at The Belfry - hole 123456789101112