Sunday, October 19, 2014

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire

Playing Crazy Golf on a visit to Mead Open Farm.

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire

On Saturday 18 October we headed to Mead Open Farm for a morning of fun on the farm. And some Crazy Golf!

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire
Emily putting on hole 2 of the Mead Open Farm Crazy Golf course

The course was the 350th we've played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and the 584th visited overall.

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire
Playing hole 9 of the Mead Open Farm Crazy Golf course

The 9-hole course at Mead Open Farm was the last of the 'local' courses for us to play in Bedfordshire and it was worth the wait. We first heard about the farm about thirteen years ago when there was a very catchy local radio advert for it. We were singing it to ourselves on the drive there!

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire
Emily playing hole 1 of the Mead Open Farm Crazy Golf course

Play of the Crazy Golf course is included in the entry price and you can have as many goes as you like! Check out photos of the 'Swedish Felt B-run' style of miniature golf course below.

Crazy Golf course at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm

Miniature Golf at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm

Mini-Golf at Mead Open Farm

Adventure Golf at Mead Open Farm

Miniature Golf at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm

Mini Golf at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm

Minigolf at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Golf course at Mead Open Farm

In our minigolf medal match-up played over two 9-hole rounds I defeated Emily with a score of 42(+6) to 46(+10).

Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire
Scoring a hole-in-one at Mead Open Farm

Check out the videos of Emily and me scoring some holes-in-one on the course.

There's lots to see and do at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire
There's lots to see and do at Mead Open Farm

We had a great time at Mead Open Farm, there was plenty to see and do (even for big kids like us).

Lots of sheep, lambs and rams at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire
Lots of sheep, lambs and rams at Mead Open Farm

Crazy Goats at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire!
Crazy Goats!

A bull and a cow at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire
A bull and a cow

A funny looking alpaca at Mead Open Farm in Billington, Bedfordshire
Richard and a funny looking alpaca

As the 18 October was the first-day of the farm's special Halloween Freaky Fortnight there were ghoulish fun activities too.

Mead Open Farm's Freaky Fortnight Halloween Event
Emily doesn't look too happy before we headed into 'The Dark'. I wasn't happy afterwards!

Mead Open Farm's Freaky Fortnight Halloween Event
Getting a high-five off of a giant inflatable pumpkin witch

Check out the Mead Open Farm website for more information, opening times, prices, events and activities.

In my element
In my element

On the 18 October last year I played at the Putt in the Park Minigolf course in Wandsworth, London, and in 2012 I played the Woolly Golf course in Covent Garden.

Links:
- Mead Open Farm
- Mead Open Farm on Facebook
- Mead Open Farm on Twitter

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

Video links:
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 1 of 9 - Emily scores an Ace
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 2 of 9 - Richard Aces hole 1
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 3 of 9 - Richard Aces hole 3
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 4 of 9 - Richard Aces hole 6
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 5 of 9 - Richard Aces hole 7
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 6 of 9 - Richard Aces hole 8
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 7 of 9 - Close 2 on hole 5
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 8 of 9 - Close 2 on hole 8
- Crazy Golf at Mead Open Farm 9 of 9 - Emily plays hole 8 & course view

Friday, October 10, 2014

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Latest national ranking lists from the British Minigolf Association

National ranking list updates from the British Minigolf Association.

The official rankings have been updated following the 2014 BMGA English Open held at The Lost City Adventure Golf course in Nottingham.

Richard Gottfried playing at The Lost City Adventure Golf in Nottingham
Richard Gottfried playing at The Lost City Adventure Golf in Nottingham

Richard Gottfried's rankings in the Strokeplay Order of Merit for the 2013/14 season:
Following the BMGA Star City Open - 12th of 74 places (135 players)
Following the BMGA Star City Open & AGM changes - 11th of 79 places (135 players)
Following the BMGA British Masters - 7th of 84 places (137 players)
Following the BMGA British Championships - 10th of 85 places (138 players)
Following the Splash Point Open - 11th of 85 places (138 players)
Following the Midlands Open - 10th of 86 places (140 players)
Following the BMGA Players Championship and BMGA British Open - 8th of 88 places (142 players)
- Following the BMGA English Open - 8th of 91 places (147 players)

Emily Gottfried playing on the Temple Trail course at The Lost City Adventure Golf in Nottingham
Emily Gottfried playing on the Temple Trail course at The Lost City Adventure Golf in Nottingham

Emily Gottfried's rankings in the Strokeplay Order of Merit for the 2013/14 season:
Following the BMGA Star City Open - 42nd of 74 places (135 players)
Following the BMGA Star City Open & AGM changes - 34th of 79 places (135 players)
Following the BMGA British Masters - 26th of 84 places (137 players)
Following the BMGA British Championships - 21st of 85 places (138 players)
Following the Splash Point Open - 21st of 85 places (138 players)
Following the Midlands Open - 21st of 86 places (140 players)
Following the BMGA Players Championship and BMGA British Open - 26th of 88 places (142 players)
Following the BMGA English Open - 26th of 91 places (147 players)

In the BMGA Season Only Rankings for 2014 I am 20th of 65 players, Emily is in 21st place.

In the BMGA Matchplay Order of Merit Rankings Emily is in tied 20th place of 55 players, I am in 38th position.

We are both ranked in the World Minigolf Sport Federation's General Class ranking lists. In the women's rankings Emily is in tied 120th position of 128 places (132 players). In the men's rankings I am ranked in tied 397th place of 413 places (419 players).

Links:
British Minigolf Association (BMGA)
BMGA on Facebook
BMGA on Twitter

Related blog posts:
- Minigolf Report from The Lost City Adventure Golf in Nottingham
World Minigolf Rankings for 2014
Rankings
Richard Gottfried's Minigolf Player Profile
Emily Gottfried's Minigolf Player Profile

Zombies!!! 13: DEFCON Z board game

Backing a Kickstarter campaign for the latest addition to the Zombies!!! board game series.

Special Zombies!!! 13: DEFCON Z 'Wish you were here...' postcard featuring original artwork and signed by Zombies!!! illustrator Dave Aikins

Earlier this year I spotted that the team at Twilight Creations were launching a Kickstarter campaign for the latest addition to the post-apocalyptic survival horror game series and knew I had to chip in to the funding.

I'm a big fan of games, horror and zombies and while playing many of the editions and expansions of the Zombies!!! and Humans!!! games I'd noticed that the ruined cityscapes and environments in the Zombies!!! universe were lacking something that many towns and cities have.

You guessed it - a miniature golf course!

I was one of fifteen Tile Designers who backed the project and so now 'Squires Minigolf' is a playable part of the game!

Squires Minigolf course in the new Zombies!!! board game - Zombies!!! 13: DEFCON Z
The ruined, derelict and overrun Squires Minigolf course in the new Zombies!!! board game

Zombies!!! 13: DEFCON Z sees the military, the CDC and others begin the fightback against the zombie menace and takes place in the years after the original outbreak caused the end of the world as we know it!

Zombies!!! 13: DEFCON Z
Zombies!!! 13: DEFCON Z box front

The Zombies!!! games are very high quality - with great artwork on the event cards and game board tiles. There are also quite a few different types of zombie figures to kill (or avoid) in the game's universe - including humans, clowns, military enhanced zombies and zombie zoo animals!

Zombies!!! 13: DEFCON Z
Zombies!!! 13: DEFCON Z box reverse

Zombies!!! 13: DEFCON Z is a standalone expansion can be played in combination with Zombies!!! or in its own right. The set includes 25 map tiles (including the Minigolf course), 50 event cards, heart, bullet and new 'infection' tokens, dice, new player figures and 100 Zombies in four new poses.

Zombies!!! 13: DEFCON Z
What you get in the box - all ready to play!

Zombies!!! 13: DEFCON Z
The cast of characters - Zombies and Survivors

Check out the Twilight Creations website for more details and stockists of the Zombies!!! games and expansions, as well as other board and card games they make.

Back in 2011 we played in a Zombie Apocalypse outdoor laser tag event in Hastings. We were told that our group were the worst to ever play and so in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse we can all now rest easy in the knowledge that we would make better Zombies than survivors.

This year World Zombie Day is scheduled for Saturday 11 October!

Links:
- Twilight Creations website
- Twilight Creations on Facebook
- Zombies!!! 13: DEFCON Z Kickstarter page

Monday, October 06, 2014

Mini Golf Putting Green in Rhyl

Finding and playing a Mini Golf Putting Course in Rhyl, Wales.

Mini Golf Putting at East Parade Bowling Club in Rhyl, Wales

On the last day of our Holiday on the Buses weekender we headed to Rhyl for some Charity Shop shopping, amusement arcading and anything else the seaside resort had to offer on a slightly out-of-season Monday in September.

Mini Golf Putting at East Parade Bowling Club in Rhyl, Wales
'avin a larf at the East Parade Bowling Club's Mini Golf Putting Green in Rhyl

Parking up outside the Wales National Crown Green Bowling Centre on East Parade I spotted a Putting Green set-up on a Bowling Green!

Mini Golf Putting at East Parade Bowling Club in Rhyl, Wales
The Mini Golf Putting Green in Rhyl

The 9-hole Mini Golf course is at the East Parade Bowling Club. There are four bowling greens at the Wales National Crown Green Bowling Centre with one set-out for putting.


Mini Golf Putting at East Parade Bowling Club in Rhyl, Wales
Seth Thomas taking a putt while Brad Shepherd and I look on

At only £1 per player for an hour of minigolf it was marvellous value for money.


Mini Golf Putting at East Parade Bowling Club in Rhyl, Wales
Bargain Mini Golf at Rhyl's East Parade Bowling Club

The course was tricky, with some long putts - but we all came close to scoring some holes-in-one.


Mini Golf Putting at East Parade Bowling Club in Rhyl, Wales
The 'podium' after the Rhyl Thrill Mini Golf Classic


Mini Golf Putting at East Parade Bowling Club in Rhyl, Wales
Brad 'The Fist' Shepherd playing a long shot


Mini Golf Putting at East Parade Bowling Club in Rhyl, Wales
Seth playing the final hole


Mini Golf Putting at East Parade Bowling Club in Rhyl, Wales
Brad having a shot

In our match-up I picked up the win with a score of 21(+3), Seth Thomas was the runner-up with a round of 23(+5) and Brad Shepherd was third on 27(+9).


Mini Golf Putting at East Parade Bowling Club in Rhyl, Wales
Minigolf 'Star' Richard Gottfried at Rhyl's Putting Course

The Mini Golf Putting Green at East Parade Bowling Club was the 349th course played and 583rd visited overall on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

On our travels we've played a number of miniature golf layouts on grass bowling greens. A good use of a 'fallow' part of the facilities.

Related blog posts:
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Wales
- Rhyl

Link:
- East Parade Bowling Club

Welsh Dragon Adventure Golf in Rhyl

A revisit to the Welsh Dragon Adventure Golf course in Rhyl, Wales.

Outside the Welsh Dragon Adventure Golf course in Rhyl
Outside the Welsh Dragon Adventure Golf course in Rhyl

Back in August 2009 we visited and played the 12-hole Welsh Dragon Adventure Golf course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour visit to Wales.

During our holiday in nearby Prestatyn we made a revisit to the course, although as it was an 'out of season' Monday the course was closed. When we'd driven passed the course on the Saturday it had been open and looked nice and busy.

Welsh Dragon Adventure Golf course in Rhyl
The Welsh Dragon Adventure Golf course in Rhyl