Saturday, March 31, 2018

A look at the new Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf course in Shanklin, Isle of Wight

The new Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf course in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight is now open.


Many thanks to my mate Dan Paynton for sending over these snaps from his visit to the new Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf course in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight.

Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf course in Shanklin, Isle of Wight. Photo by Dan Paynton, 31 March 2018

Dan visited and played both the new Jurassic course and the Pirates Cove course.

Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf course in Shanklin, Isle of Wight. Photo by Dan Paynton, 31 March 2018

Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf course in Shanklin, Isle of Wight. Photo by Dan Paynton, 31 March 2018

Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf course in Shanklin, Isle of Wight. Photo by Dan Paynton, 31 March 2018

Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf course in Shanklin, Isle of Wight. Photo by Dan Paynton, 31 March 2018
 
Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf course in Shanklin, Isle of Wight. Photo by Dan Paynton, 31 March 2018

Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf course in Shanklin, Isle of Wight. Photo by Dan Paynton, 31 March 2018

Pirates Cove Adventure Golf course in Shanklin, Isle of Wight. Photo by Dan Paynton, 31 March 2018
The Pirates Cove Adventure Golf course - when we first visited in 2008 this area was a grass Putting Course

It's crazy to see how many transformations the Jurassic course has had in the last few years!

The Crazy Golf course at Shanklin seafront on the Isle of Wight back in 2008
The first version of hole 12 we saw in 2008

In 2008 we visited the Isle of Wight and the first course we played there - and our 63rd overall on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour - was the Miniature Golf course on Shanklin Seafront. Since that visit the course has been refurbished and changed from the concrete 'Beton' style to an 'Arnold Palmer Putting Course'. We played that version of the course in 2016.

The Crazy Golf course at Shanklin seafront on the Isle of Wight back in 2008
It'll be interesting to see how hole 13 has changed on the new dinosaur adventure golf course

The Crazy Golf course at Shanklin seafront on the Isle of Wight in 2016
A view of the course in 2016 - the windmill is now gone

The Crazy Golf course at Shanklin seafront on the Isle of Wight in 2016
Hole 10 in 2016

The Crazy Golf course at Shanklin seafront on the Isle of Wight in 2016
Hole 12 in 2016

Interestingly the base layout has remained largely unchanged in the three iterations. It must be the only minigolf course in the world that has had these particular changes made to it over the years.

The Crazy Golf course at Shanklin seafront on the Isle of Wight back in 2008
This is how the large banked dogleg hole looked in 2008

The Crazy Golf course at Shanklin seafront on the Isle of Wight in 2016
This is how it looked in 2016

Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf course in Shanklin, Isle of Wight. Photo by Dan Paynton, 31 March 2018
The 2018 version

Check out the post from our visit to the course in its last guise to see more of the differences and similarities.

Visit the Shanklin Seafront website for more information, opening times and prices.

Related blog posts:
- Shanklin
Isle of Wight
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

What a typo!

What about this for a typo...

The Dutch Fish Men - Taste of Holland stall at Foodie Friday in Stockport
Whoops

Friday, March 30, 2018

Findar in Stockport's Parks

Checking out the new Findar app at Adswood Park in Cheadle Hulme.


This morning we popped over the road to our local park for a wander and to try out the new Findar app.

Starting this Bank Holiday weekend 15 parks in the borough will feature in a trial of a new  Augmented Reality app, similar to Pokemon Go, which allows park visitors to spot four characters. The pilot will last until June.

Findar in Adswood Park, Cheadle Hulme
The first of the Findar characters we found on our visit to Adswood Park

On our 'thorough' walk around and through Adswood Park we found three of the four characters. We can't think where number four is!

Findar in Adswood Park, Cheadle Hulme
We spotted this sign from the other side of the park. Emily found a witch there

The app has been created by Stockport resident Chris Hunt and is a UK first. Chris has said “There’s a number of great, examples of Augmented Reality, such as Pokemon Go,the Gruffalo Trail and Snapchat but none have crossed over into the mainstream to help bring people in to public areas."

Emily and a unicorn in Adswood Park
Emily and a unicorn in Adswood Park

The 15 parks featuring the Findar app are:

  • Abney Hall Park, Cheadle
  • Adswood Park, Cheadle Hulme
  • Alexandra Park, Edgeley
  • Bramhall Park, Bramhall
  • Brinnington Park, Brinnington
  • Bruntwood Park, Cheadle,
  • Cale Green Park, Stockport
  • Great Moor Park, Stockport
  • Heaton Moor Park, Heaton Moor
  • Marple Memorial Park, Marple
  • Reddish Vale Country Park, Reddish
  • Romiley Park, Romiley
  • Torkington Park, Hazel Grove
  • Vernon Park, Stockport
  • Woodbank Park, Offerton


Check out the news item on Stockport Council's website for more information.

You can download the Findar app on the Google Play Store.

Adswood Park is a nice small park straddling the Cheadle Hulme / Cheadle border close to Cheadle Heath. Last year we found out the park used to be home to a Miniature Golf course!

Adswood Park in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport

We're also part-way through visiting all the parks and green spaces in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport after the Friends of Alexandra Park suggested it as a pleasant way to pass the time. We've been to eleven out of the 33 listed so far, plus eight that were not on the list.

Related blog posts:
- Adswood Park
- Cheadle Hulme
- Stockport
- App

Check out my latest guest blog post on Minigolfnews

Visit Minigolfnews to read my latest guest blog post for the site. It's about us reaching another big minigolf milestone - the 800th course visit on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

At Swing by Golfbaren in Stockholm, Sweden last month. The course became the 800th visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
At Swing by Golfbaren in Stockholm, Sweden last month. The course became the 800th visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. Read all about the visit in my guest blog post on Minigolfnews

Thursday, March 29, 2018

New Mighty Claws Adventure Golf course at Playgolf Colchester

The team at Mighty Claws Adventure Golf are almost ready for play to tee-off at their new second site and storyline in Colchester - A Roman Ruckus!

Mighty Claws Adventure Golf  opening at Playgolf Colchester in April 2018

The new dinosaur adventure golf course, Mighty Claws Adventures: a Roman Ruckus is set to open in Colchester in mid April, featuring state-of-the-art, animatronic large scale dinosaurs, a thundering waterfall and an ancient Roman fortress.

The brand is the brainchild of Allan Saud, and the interactive, 18-hole Mighty Claws Adventure Golf course is an immersive play environment, adapted from the children's story book series 'Mighty Claws Adventures' by Nat Luurtsema.

The first Mighty Claws Adventure Golf course opened at Playgolf Bournemouth last Spring. The courses feature giant dinosaurs including Troodon, Ankylosaurus, Stegosaurus and Parasaurolophus as well as a small herd of Velociraptors and big, intimidating T-Rex.

This time players find themselves in an exciting Roman adventure - appropriate for such a centre of Roman history as Colchester.

The 18-hole Mighty Claws Adventure Golf course will be open from 10am until dusk, seven days a week at Playgolf Colchester.

Check out the Mighty Claws Adventure Golf website for more information.

We're looking forward to playing the course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We've been to Colchester quite a few times and visited the minigolf courses in the town's Castle Park and Gardens. Sadly we've never played a single shot there as the courses were never open when we swung by.

Minigolf course at Castle Park in Colchester
This was one of the minigolf courses we visited in Colchester. We never once saw it open to play. It was removed in 2015

Links:
Mighty Claws Adventure Golf
- Playgolf Colchester

Related blog posts:
- Mighty Claws Adventure Golf
- Adventure Golf
- Colchester
- Playgolf
- Essex

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Pirate Bay Easter Open minigolf competition in Guernsey

The Pirate Bay Adventure Golf course in Guernsey is hosting the inaugural Pirate Bay Easter Open minigolf competition this week until the 10th April.

Pirate Bay Easter Open minigolf competition in Guernsey

The tournament is open to all, with players submitting their scores between the 24th March and the 10th April. 20 children and 20 adults will then make 'the cut' and be invited to compete in the grand final on the 15th April.

Thanks to my mate and minigolf rival Tiger Pragnell for letting me know about the event.

Find out more on the Pirate Bay Adventure Golf website.

We're looking forward to visiting Guernsey and having a round on the new course. My fellow minigolf enthusiast played the course last year and guest blogged about it here on the Ham and Egger Files.

Pirate Bay Adventure Golf is located at The Golf Club @ St Pierre Park, Guernsey.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Bognor Regis Mini Golf is 25 years old

Many congratulations to the team at Bognor Regis Mini Golf on reaching the BIG minigolf milestone of 25 years in business!


Emily and I played the 18-hole Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course at Waterloo Gardens in Bognor Regis back in October 2011. It became the 275th course played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Bognor Regis Mini Golf course

In our match-up Emily beat me 39-42 with a start of two Aces in a row. However this was followed by two 3's, but she still scored an 'out' of 18. Some superb play on a superb Crazy Golf course.

Emily playing the Windmill hole at Bognor Regis Mini Golf

Check out the Bognor Regis Mini Golf Facebook Page for more info.

Playing at Bognor Regis Mini Golf

Minigolf Summit 2018

The first-ever Minigolf Summit is taking place in Costa Nova, Portugal this May.


The team at Minigolfe in Portugal are incredibly keen to get the word out about minigolf and are putting in a lot of effort to promote the sport. Last year saw Portugal's first-ever Minigolf Tour take place over three events at courses in the Azores, Vilamoura and Costa Nova.

Minigolf Summit in Costa Nova, Portugal


This year the team are organising the first-ever Minigolf Summit in Costa Nova. The summit will see events take place between the 19th and 29th of May, including:

  • The 22nd edition of the XXII Palheiros da Costa Nova tournament
  • Meetings and events to discuss inclusion of players of all ages and abilities
  • The European Deaf Minigolf Open tournament
  • Minigolf School Sports Challenge
  • The first-ever minigolf tournament for the blind


Check out the Minigolf Summit website for more information.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Richard Gottfried - Minigolf Player Profile

Miniature Golf Player Profile for Richard Gottfried

Champion minigolfer Richard Gottfried

Nickname
Squire

Putter
Fun-Sports

Laterality
Right-handed

Favourite Minigolf Balls
Finnish Heavy Gentlemen 100-Year Anniversary (3D)
NIFO 2
Tim 'Ace Man' Davies Legends Ball (M&G)

Tour Memberships
American Golf Championship Tour 2017
British Minigolf Association 2007-2017

British Minigolf Association (BMGA) Membership
Member 2016, 2017
BMGA Tour Pro 2011-2015
Full member 2007-2010

BMGA Tour Debut
2007 - BMGA British Masters

Minigolf Club Membership
2007-present - Midlands Minigolf Club (MMGC)
2010-2011 - Green Mini Golf Club (GMGC)

BMGA Tour Competition Victories
BMGA British Club Championships (w/ Midlands MGC) 2015
BMGA & Putterfingers Oswestry Games Minigolf Championship 2012
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Open 2009
Manchester Miniature Open 2009
Manchester Mini Masters 2009
Weymouth Open 2008
BMGA British Club Championships (w/ Midlands MGC) 2008

Other Notable Wins
Winner - Low Score of the Week (qualifying for the end of season tournament) at Southwold Putting & Cafe on the Green 2018
Winner - The DinoFalls Masters 2018
Winner - MMGC DinoFalls Invitational Tournament 2018
Winner - The Butler Cup 2017
Winner (w/ P. Jones) - American Golf's Adventure Golf Pairs Championship Regional Qualifier (Wales) at Clays Golf Centre 2017
Winner - Southend Arnold Palmer Classic 2016
Winner - Southend Pier Invitational Tournament 2016
Winner - Hole-In-One Charity Challenge at the BMGA British Championships 2015
Winner - Dunton Hills Invitational 2015
Winner - Hole-In-One Charity Challenge at the BMGA British Championships 2014
Aces Champion - BMGA British Masters 2014
Winner - Chrizy Golf Masters - 2012
Winner - Crazy Golf with Bompas & Parr Championship August Playoff - Final - 2012
Winner - Crazy Golf with Bompas & Parr Championship June Playoff - 2012
Winner - The Putt Park Annual Mini-Golf Tournament (Las Vegas) - 2011
Winner - Cystadleuaeth Minigolff Cymraeg (Welsh Minigolf Tournament) 2011
Winner (w/ C. Harding) - Weymouth Open Team Tournament - 2011
Winner - First edition of the Green Mini Golf Club (GMGC) Club Tournament 2010
Winner (w/ M. Smith & J. Davies) - Kent Open Team Tournament 2010
Aces Champion - Midland Open 2010
Five-time Scrap Iron Cup Champion

Other Notable Results
Runner-up (w/ P. Jones) - American Golf's Adventure Golf Pairs Championship National Final 2017
Runner-up - Great Northern Minigolf Open - 2017
Runner-up - National Miniature Golf Day Tournament 2016
Runner-up - Surrey Invitational Tournament 2014 & 2016
Runner-up (w/ Midlands Minigolf Club 1st team - M.Smith, C.Harding, R.Gottfried & C.Smith) - BMGA British Open Team Championship 2014
Runner-up - Category 2 BMGA British Minigolf Championships 2012
Runner-up - Birdies Pop Up Golf Official Launch Night Competition 2011
Runner-up - Putterfingers Micro Putt Mini Golf Competition 2011
Runner-up - 1st Annual Putter King Miniature Golf Scavenger Hunt 2011
Runner-up (w/ W. Collins) - Lost World Adventure Golf Pro-Am Classic 2011
Runner-up - London Invitational Tournament 2011
Runner-up - BMGA British Matchplay Championships 2010
Runner-up - Midlands Invitational Tournament 2010
Runner-up (w/ Leo Kukielka) - Codonas Classic 2010
Runner-up - Spring Classic 2010
Runner-up - Weymouth Open 2009
Runner-up - London Open 2009
Runner-up - Cystadleuaeth Minigolff Cymraeg (Welsh Minigolf Tournament) 2009
Runner-up - Adventure Island Mini Golf League 2008
3rd - Midlands Invitational Tournament 2015
3rd - Midlands Open 2015
3rd (w/ Midlands Minigolf Club) - BMGA British Club Championships 2011, 2012 & 2013
3rd (w/ John Moore & Ed Odametey) BMGA Oswestry Games Pro-Am Minigolf Classic 2012
3rd (w/ Kevin Moseley) - BMGA British Doubles Championships 2010
3rd - Midlands Invitational Tournament 2008
4th - BMGA British Masters 2013
4th - Midlands Open 2010
4th - London Invitational Tournament 2010
4th - BMGA English Open 2008
4th - Midlands Invitational Tournament 2007
5th - BMGA Players Championships 2007
7th - BMGA British Minigolf Championships 2012
9th - BMGA British Masters 2011
10th - BMGA British Adventure Golf Open 2013

Par-3 Miniature Golf events
T13th - MiniLinks Mini US Open 2017 (Par-3 Miniature Golf tournament debut)
15th - MiniLinks Mini Open 2017
T24th - MiniLinks PGA Championship 2017

Richard Gottfried playing hole 2 in the 2014 World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings
Richard Gottfried playing hole 2 in the 2014 World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings

International Tournaments
20th - World Crazy Golf Championships 2015
32nd - World Crazy Golf Championships 2014
21st - Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships 2013
5th - Great Britain Team at the WMF World Adventure Golf Masters 2013
12th - WMF World Adventure Golf Masters (Male Category) 2013
20th - WMF World Adventure Golf Masters 2013
17th (Finalist) - Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships 2012
4th - Great Britain Team at the WMF World Adventure Golf Masters 2012
11th - WMF World Adventure Golf Masters (Male Category) 2012
14th - WMF World Adventure Golf Masters 2012
25th - Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships 2011
34th - Great Britain Player at the WMF Nations Cup (Male Category), Stockholm, Sweden 2011
41st - Great Britain Player at the WMF Nations Cup, Stockholm, Sweden 2011
10th - Great Britain Team at the WMF Nations Cup, Stockholm, Sweden 2011
11th - WMF World Adventure Golf Masters (Male Category) 2011
18th (Finalist) - WMF World Adventure Golf Masters 2011
17th  (Finalist) - Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships 2010
17th  (Finalist) - Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships 2009
17th  (Finalist) - Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships 2008
51st - Great Britain Player at the WMF Nations Cup, Tampere, Finland 2008
13th - Great Britain Team at the WMF Nations Cup, Tampere, Finland 2008
39th - Virgin Money World Crazy Golf Championships 2007

Personal Best Competition Rounds (18-holes)
MOS (Adventure, Crazy, Mini-Golf) = 27(-9)
Miniaturegolf (Eternit) = 28(-8)
Concrete (Beton) = 33(-3)
Feltgolf (Swedish Felt) = 34(-2)

Course Records (Current)
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Adventure Golf (12-holes) - 24(par)

Course Records (Previous)
2010 Birmingham Adventure Island Mini Golf at Star City (18-holes) - 28(-8) - Joint Record
2009 Weymouth Pirates Adventure Golf at Lodmoor Country Park (18-holes) - 41(+5) - Joint Record
2008 Wroxham Barns Minigolf (18-holes) - 34(-2)
2007 Hastings Seafront Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf (18-holes) - 32(-4) - Joint Record

Highest BMGA Rankings Position
BMGA Strokeplay Order of Merit Rankings - 5th - 14/04/2013 - 12/05/2013
BMGA Season Only Ranking - 5th - 15/07/2012 - 23/09/2012 & 14/10/2012 - 11/11/2012 (End of Season)
BMGA Order of Merit Ranking - 7th - 04/07/2010 - 19/09/2010
BMGA Matchplay Order of Merit Rankings - 9th - 25/04/2012 - 22/07/2012

Highest BMGA Rankings (as at End of Season)
BMGA Strokeplay Order of Merit - 11th - 2013
BMGA Strokeplay Order of Merit - 15th - 2012
BMGA Season Only Rankings - 5th - 2012
BMGA Order of Merit Rankings - 11th - 2009/10
BMGA Strokeplay Order of Merit Rankings - 15th - 2012
BMGA Matchplay Order of Merit Rankings - 15th - 2012

Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Rankings
October 2010 - 26th
November 2009 - 418th
March 2009 - 352nd
November 2008 - 425th

Sports and Minigolf Awards
Named 'UK's Biggest Adventure Golf Enthusiasts' w/ Emily Gottfried by ITV Granada Reports 2017
Named 'Britain's Barmiest Golfers' w/ Emily Gottfried by Today's Golfer magazine, November 2016
Named 'Officially Britain’s Craziest Golfer' by Today's Golfer magazine, October 2015
3rd place - Oswestry Games Oslympics Open Quiz - 2012
Genius Gluten Free Christmas Hero - 3rd Dec 2012
#Minigolf Internet Champion - 2012
Runner-up - "Best Bow Tie" Award - 2011 - ALT-LSN Awards
"Best Bow Tie" Award - 2008, 2009 & 2010 - ALT-LSN Awards
"Sports Man of the Year" - 4th (tied) - The Luton Sports Network Luton Sports Awards for 2010
"Sports Man of the Year" - Top 6 - The Luton Sports Network Luton Sports Awards for 2009
"Sports Man of the Year" - 4th - The Luton Sports Network Luton Sports Awards for 2008
"Most improved player on the BMGA Tour" - Winner - MiniatureGolfer.com Awards 2008

Other Honours
2013 Great Britain Minigolf Sport Squad Member
2012 Great Britain Minigolf Sport Squad Member
2011 Captain of the Great Britain (B) Team at the WMF Nations Cup
2011 Great Britain Minigolf Sport Squad Member
2009 & 2013 Captain of the Midlands Minigolf Club 'A Team' in the BMGA British Club Championships
2008 Great Britain Minigolf Sport Squad Member

Richard Gottfried teeing-off in final of the 2009 'Castle Golf' World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Mini Golf at FTW in Chicago

Checking out the indoor minigolf course at FTW in Chicago.


Mini Golf at FTW in Chicago
The Water Tower first hole at FTW in Chicago

While in Chicago Emily made course visit #807 on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour when she swung by FTW Chicago at 322 East Illinois Street.

Mini Golf at FTW in Chicago

The indoor minigolf course at FTW - known as City Golf - is a 6-hole course themed on the Windy City.

Mini Golf at FTW in Chicago
Hole 1 - Water Tower

Mini Golf at FTW in Chicago
Hole 2 - Lake Shore Drive

Mini Golf at FTW in Chicago
Hole 2

Mini Golf at FTW in Chicago
Hole 2

Mini Golf at FTW in Chicago
Hole 3 - the Legendary Chicago Theatre

Mini Golf at FTW in Chicago
Hole 4

Indoor Mini Golf at For The Win in Chicago
Hole 4 - Museum Campus

Indoor Mini Golf at For The Win in Chicago
Hole 4

Indoor Mini Golf at For The Win in Chicago
Hole 4

Indoor Mini Golf at For The Win in Chicago
Hole 5 - Comiskey Park

Indoor Mini Golf at For The Win in Chicago
Hole 5

Indoor Mini Golf at For The Win in Chicago
Hole 5

Indoor Mini Golf at For The Win in Chicago
Hole 6 - The Willis Tower

Indoor Mini Golf at For The Win in Chicago
Hole 6

As well as the miniature golf course FTW aka For The Win is home to over 130 arcade and prize games, four private party rooms, a 104 sq ft HD LED wall, a full bar and gastropub.

Check out the FTW website for more information, opening times and prices.

There are also For The Win locations in Albany, New York and Denver, Colorado. Back in 2009 I actually played tenpin bowling at FTW's Lucky Strike Lanes!

We've now visited 807 minigolf courses on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, 38 of them have been overseas.

Link:
- FTW Chicago

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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The start, middle and end of Crazy Golf

A look back at the old Crazy Golf course at King's Parade Gardens in New Brighton.

The start hole of the colourful old concrete Crazy Golf course in New Brighton
The start hole of the colourful old concrete Crazy Golf course in New Brighton

I love minigolf history and the stories in the game. While looking back through our photo archive some snaps from a visit to New Brighton caught my eye and I thought the course was worth posting about again.

Crazy Golf course in New Brighton
The 9th

On our 12 year journey around the UK we've seen a lot of minigolf courses, some of which are no longer there. The King's Parade Gardens Crazy Golf course is one of them.

Crazy Golf in New Brighton
End of the line

There are now two 18-hole Adventure Golf course in King's Parade Gardens, they are certainly worth a play and very different to the old course.

Related blog posts:
- New Brighton
- Crazy Golf
Kings Parade Gardens - Crazy Golf & Mini Golf - New Brighton