Monday, May 14, 2018

Crazy Golf at Hall Lane in Upminster

A look back at the Crazy Golf course at Hall Lane in Upminster.


My mate and minigolf rival Brad 'The Fist' Shepherd recently sent me over these pics of the Crazy Golf at Hall Lane in Upminster, Essex from his archive. They were taken a couple of years ago and before the 2017 refurbishment of the course.

Crazy Golf at Hall Lane in Upminster. Photo by Brad Shepherd 2016

Crazy Golf at Hall Lane in Upminster. Photo by Brad Shepherd 2016

Crazy Golf at Hall Lane in Upminster. Photo by Brad Shepherd 2016

Check out what the Hall Lane Crazy Golf course looks like now on the Upminster & Cranham Residents' Association website. Very smart and clean.

The course was never open on my previous visits back in 2010 and 2012 on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Miniature Railway in Ipswich

Taking a look at the track layout at Ipswich Model Engineering Society.


We recently found out there's a Miniature Railway in Ipswich. Emily grew up in the town and we visit often, but never knew about it!


Last Sunday we popped along for a look. It was marvellous.

The station, bridge and signage at Ipswich Miniature Railway - wonderful

Hopefully we'll be able to coincide a future visit to the town with one of the Ipswich Model Engineering Society open days.

We had a nice chat with one of the club members who told us about the history of the club and track layouts. Ipswich Model Engineering  



Ipswich Miniature Railway

Ipswich Miniature Railway

Ipswich Miniature Railway

Miniature Railway in Ipswich

Check out the Ipswich Model Engineering Society website and Facebook group for more info.

Miniature Railway in Ipswich
You can find the Miniature Railway tucked away down this path off Foxhall Road

Related blog posts:
- Miniature Railways
- Ipswich

Munch Mart in Ipswich

We spotted what looked like Pac-Man on a shop sign while driving along Nacton Road in Ipswich last weekend! We had to stop to get a snap of it.

Munch Mart in Ipswich
That's not Pac-Man!

Mini Golf at Sandown Park Golf Centre in Surrey

A look at the new Adventure Golf course at Sandown Park Golf Centre in Surrey.


Many thanks to my mate, minigolf rival and blogger Oliver 'The Machine' Florence for these snaps of the horse-themed Adventure Golf course at Sandown Park Golf Centre, taken during a round against Richard 'Michael Skaggs' Skeggs.

Richard Skeggs playing Mini Golf at Sandown Park Golf Centre in Surrey. Photo by Oliver Florence 120518
I've never seen a tee-off area like this before!

I'm looking forward to playing a round there on my Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Richard Skeggs playing Mini Golf at Sandown Park Golf Centre in Surrey. Photo by Oliver Florence 120518
What a huge minigolf loop-di-loop

The minigolf course at Sandown Park Golf Centre looks like it'd be a nice spot to play the biannual Surrey Invitational Tournament on.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy National Miniature Golf Day!

Today is a prime time to play a game of minigolf as it's National Miniature Golf Day.


Crazy Golf at the Rhos Fynach in Rhos on Sea
Have a great day!

We hope you have a superb time wherever you get to play the game.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Coeliac UK Awareness Week

Coeliac UK’s Awareness Week starts on Monday 14th May.


Coeliac Disease is a lifelong autoimmune condition, where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. In Coeliac Disease, the immune system mistakes substances found inside gluten as a threat to the body and attacks them. This can trigger a number of painful, stressful and uncomfortable symptoms.

Next month is my tenth year gluten free. Any suggestions for how I can celebrate my Coeliacversary?

My life as a Coeliac in LEGO form
My life as a Coeliac in LEGO form

Having suffered from a range of symptoms for around ten years I finally received a positive diagnosis of Coeliac Disease following some 'interesting' tests and procedures in 2008. It came as a relief to finally have a name for the mysterious cause of my illnesses and ailments, but at the time I was only given a brief summary and told that I'd have to "cut down on bread and beer". It was only later when I met with my Gastroenterologist and a dietitian that I found out that the only treatment for people with Coeliac Disease is a strict, life-long gluten free diet.

Coeliac Richard Gottfried
There's no sign of gluten in me

For more information about Coeliac Disease and Coeliac UK's Awareness Week visit the Coeliac UK website.

May is Celiac Awareness Month in the USA.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Minigolf in the Mosel Valley, Germany

A selection of minigolf photos from a cycling trip in the Mosel Valley, Germany.


Charter Member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour Christopher Gottfried has just returned from a cycling trip in the Mosel Valley, Germany. While travelling along the route he managed to spot quite a few miniature golf courses.

He began his journey in Luxembourg where he found this Eternit Miniature Golf course on the Esplanade de la Moselle in Remich.

Miniature Golf course on the Esplanade de la Moselle in Remich. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, May 2018
Minigolf in Remich

He followed that visit over the border in Germany when he went looking for the Minigolf course in Nittel.

A sign for the Minigolf course in Nittel. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, May 2018
A sign for the Minigolf course in Nittel

Next up was a stop in Zeltingen-Rachtig where he found this Beton / Concrete style of Minigolf course.

The Minigolf course in Zeltingen-Rachtig. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, May 2018
The Minigolf course in Zeltingen-Rachtig

The Minigolf course in Zeltingen-Rachtig. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, May 2018
The Hammer Cage lane - you have to pitch the ball from a tee, across the grass and onto a large concrete circular 'green. We've played this tricky hole in Finland and Sweden

In Traben-Trarbach he found this Eternit Miniature Golf layout.

The approach to the minigolf course in Traben-Trarbach. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, May 2018
The approach to the minigolf course in Traben-Trarbach

The minigolf course in Traben-Trarbach. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, May 2018
The Eternit miniature golf course in Traben-Trarbach

The minigolf course in Traben-Trarbach. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, May 2018
The minigolf course in Traben-Trarbach

While in Kobern-Gondorf he spotted an indoor Abenteuergolf course, as well as an Eternit Miniature Golf.

Abenteuergolf course in Kobern-Gondorf. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, May 2018
Christopher Gottfried outside an indoor Adventure Golf course in Kobern-Gondorf

The Miniature Golf course in Kobern-Gondorf. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, May 2018
The Eternit Miniature Golf course in Kobern-Gondorf

The last course he found on his mini-tour was in Bernkastel-Kues.

Minigolf course in Bernkastel-Kues. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, May 2018
The minigolf course in Bernkastel-Kues

Check out the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour list for details of the 815 courses Emily and I have visited, along with the 20 Christopher has been too as well.

Knowing my interest in petanque and trains Christopher also sent over these snaps from the trip.

A Boule-Platz in Traben-Trarbach. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, May 2018
A Boule-Platz in Traben-Trarbach

A freight train in Bernkastel-Kues. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, May 2018
A freight train in Bernkastel-Kues

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Bermuda Fun Golf

A look at Bermuda Fun Golf.


Many thanks to Adam Lueb for sending over these great photos from his visit to Bermuda. He was recently on holiday in the British Island territory and swung by one of the few miniature golf courses in the area, located as it is in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Bermuda Fun Golf. Photo by Adam Lueb, May 2018

It's always brilliant to see snaps of different courses around the world. Hopefully one day we'll get to play the course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, but in the meantime we can check out the course and views in the pics.

Bermuda Fun Golf. Photo by Adam Lueb, May 2018

Bermuda Fun Golf. Photo by Adam Lueb, May 2018

Bermuda Fun Golf. Photo by Adam Lueb, May 2018

Bermuda Fun Golf. Photo by Adam Lueb, May 2018

Bermuda Fun Golf. Photo by Adam Lueb, May 2018

Follow the big green feet to Bermuda Fun Golf. Photo by Adam Lueb, May 2018
These big green feet start by the main street off the dock and lead to the snorkel beach fun area

Bermuda Fun Golf. Photo by Adam Lueb, May 2018

You can find Bermuda Fun Golf at the Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Parish, Bermuda. Check out the Bermuda Fun Golf website for more pics and info.

Bermuda Fun Golf. Photo by Adam Lueb, May 2018

Many thanks again to Adam for the pics. Do give him a follow on Instagram.

Last year Adam was in New Hampshire and sent me a photo of the indoor miniature golf course at Funspot New Hampshire - the 'The Largest Arcade in the World'!

This Saturday is National Miniature Golf Day

National Miniature Golf Day is always on the second Saturday in May, this year it falls on Saturday 12th May.


Jiggers Miniature Golf in Thorpeness - the 814th course we've visited

We hope you have a brilliant time wherever you get to play the game.

For some inspiration, why not check out the list of 815 courses we've visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Now up to 815 minigolf course visits

We've just got back from a brilliant long weekend of minigolf fun in the sun.


Having ticked off another five minigolf courses in East Anglia we're now up to 815 visits on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. 777 of them have been in the UK.

Southwold Putting and Cafe on the Green
It was nice to have a round on the Putting course at Southwold. I managed to shoot the low round of the week and qualify for the course's end of season tournament too! What a nice bonus

During the Bank Holiday weekend we played at Southwold Putting & Cafe on the Green and Jiggers Miniature Golf at Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel.

Jiggers Miniature Golf course at Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel
Emily playing the new Jiggers Miniature Golf course in Thorpeness. It's a great 9-hole City Golf layout

We also visited the Crazy Golf course at Southwold Boating Lake, a Putting Green at Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel and the new Pirate Adventure Golf course at Stonham Barns. The latter of which is still under construction and is replacing the Crazy Golf course we've played before.

More blog posts from our trip to follow soon...

In the meantime, check out the full list of courses we've visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Minigolf in Nittel, Germany

A look for the Minigolf course in Nittel, Germany.


Cheers go to my brother, and Charter Member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Christopher Gottfried for sending along this photo of a sign for the Minigolf course in Nittel, Germany.

There was no sign of the Minigolf course or Bürgerhaus in Nittel, Luxembourg
What a lot of signs

In typical Crazy World of Minigolf Tour fashion he went searching for the Minigolf and the Bürgerhaus, but couldn't find either.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Minigolf on the Esplanade de la Moselle in Remich, Luxembourg

A look at the Minigolf course on the Esplanade de la Moselle in Remich, Luxembourg.


Many thanks to my brother, and Charter Member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Christopher Gottfried for sending along these great snaps of the Miniature Golf course on the Esplanade de la Moselle in Remich, Luxembourg!

Minigolf on the Esplanade de la Moselle in Remich, Luxembourg
Minigolf in Remich

Minigolf on the Esplanade de la Moselle in Remich, Luxembourg
The Miniature Golf course is of the 'Eternit' variety

Minigolf on the Esplanade de la Moselle in Remich, Luxembourg
What a view and what a venue - there's minigolf, boules and a miniature railway at Remich Minigolf!

Minigolf on the Esplanade de la Moselle in Remich, Luxembourg
What a brilliant sign

Minigolf on the Esplanade de la Moselle in Remich, Luxembourg
The net - one of the trickiest obstacles in minigolf

Minigolf on the Esplanade de la Moselle in Remich, Luxembourg
I wonder how many more minigolf courses Christopher will see on his bike ride through Europe?

Check out the Minigolf Remich course website for more info.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Adventure Golf at Topgolf Surrey

There's a new Adventure Golf course opening at Topgolf Surrey.


Topgolf Surrey in Addlestone is home to a brand new Adventure Golf course. The 14-hole minigolf course is opening on 11th May.

There's a new Adventure Golf course opening at Topgolf Surrey

You can see a overview of the course in this video from Topgolf.



Prices are £6 for adults and £5 for under 16s. More information about the course is on the Topgolf Surrey website.

When we lived in Luton one of our closest minigolf courses was the Adventure Golf course at Topgolf Watford. That one was the 8th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We're now up to 810 courses!

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester

Checking out the new indoor Crazy Golf course at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester.


Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester

Last week I had a round at a new local minigolf course here in Manchester as Roxy Ball Room on Deansgate has added an 18-hole indoor Crazy Golf course to the pool, beer pong and table tennis on offer at the venue.

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester

The Roxy Ball Room Crazy Golf course was the 810th minigolf course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester

It wasn't a particularly easy course and while I managed to get two holes-in-one my total score was 59!

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester

To play the first 9-holes was £9 and it was £15 to play all 18-holes. It was the first time I've seen that pricing system in operation.

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 1
  
Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 1 - the jump to the green

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 2

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 2's green - nigh on impossible to get!

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 3

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 4

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 5

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 6

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 7

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 8

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 9
 
Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 10

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 11 - one of two I aced

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 11

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 12

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 13

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Read this before playing hole 13

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
The 'green' on hole 13

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Rules

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
The bell

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 14

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Up the ramp on hole 14

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
And down to a big green

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 15
 
Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
A tricky ramp shot

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Ideally you want to land in the blue section

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
The green of hole 15 is on the right

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 16

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 16

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 17

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 18

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
One of the bunkers on hole 18

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Hole 18 - the other ace I got was on this hole. It's not easy though
  
Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
The way in / out of Roxy Golf

Check out the Roxy Ball Room Manchester website for more info.

Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
There are plenty of other pub sports to play at Roxy Ball Room

We've also played the indoor Crazy Golf course at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds. That course was the 673rd we visited.

Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
A nice graphic on the wall in the pool / beer pong area near the minigolf