Friday, September 04, 2015

The Midlands Minigolf Club Ball of Fame

The Midlands Minigolf Club has a Ball of Fame!

Following the Midlands Minigolf Club's victory in the BMGA British Club Championships this year the club had the honour of producing a Ball of Fame to mark the achievement.

Photo of the Midlands Minigolf Club's Ball of Fame
The Midlands Minigolf Club's Ball of Fame!

The Midlands Minigolf Club (MMGC) was formed in 2005 and are two-time national team champions, winning the title for the first-time at Stratford-upon-Avon in 2008 and regaining the title in Hastings in March.

Photo of Richard Gottfried playing hole 16 of the Pirate Golf course in Hastings at the 2015 BMGA British Club Championships
Playing in the national final in Hastings

I'm proud to have been a member of the MMGC since my debut season in 2007 and have been a member of both winning teams alongside Chris Harding (2008), John Moore (2008 & 2015), Jam Trubridge (2008), Michael Smith (2015) and Seth Thomas (2015).

Photo of the 2015 BMGA British Club Champions - the Midlands MGC team of Seth Thomas, John Moore, Michael Smith and Richard Gottfried
The winning Midlands MGC team of Seth Thomas, John Moore, Michael Smith and Richard Gottfried

The Midlands Minigolf Club's Ball of Fame (BoF) was produced by 3D Minigolf in Germany. Details of other Balls of Fame can be found on the 3D Minigolf website.

When playing in minigolf-sport competitions players can choose to use a wide-variety of specialist balls. Each has a a different property in terms of hardness, weight, bounce, surface and size. In the last 70 years more than 10,000 minigolf balls have been produced!

The Midlands Minigolf Club's BoF has the following properties: Bounce 5cm, Shore 37, Weight 45g. It's a low bounce ball and is slightly softer than average. It's good for direct shots and our club captain Michael Smith has highlighted some holes on the Pirate Golf course in Hastings and the Star City Adventure Golf course in Birmingham where it could be useful. The MMGC BoF costs £15. To secure one of the limited edition balls please get in touch via the MMGC's Facebook page.

The MMGC consists of a dedicated group of crazy minigolfers from around Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the USA. For more information check out the club's Facebook, Twitter, and other MMGC-related blog posts.

Photo of the 2015 BMGA British Club Champions in Hastings. From l-r Seth Thomas, Michael Smith, Brenda Smith, Paul Johnson, Owen Johnson, Richard Gottfried, John Moore, Chris Smith
The 2015 BMGA British Club Champions in Hastings. From l-r Seth Thomas, Michael Smith, Brenda Smith, Paul Johnson, Owen Johnson, Richard Gottfried, John Moore, Chris Smith

Around the world there are over 900 minigolf clubs and 38,000 competitive minigolf players registered with the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) via the 55 member nations. For further info on the sport of minigolf and essential kit and equipment check out the WMF's Starting out in Minigolf guide.

Links:
- Midlands Minigolf Club on Facebook
- Midlands Minigolf Club on Twitter
- 3D Minigolf 

Related blog posts:
- Midlands Minigolf Club
- Crazy about Mini Golf Balls
- Minigolf Clubs in the UK

Loo-town

This evening I popped into Luton town centre to collect a parcel and decided to park up in my old stomping ground of High Town.

Driving along Havelock Road I saw this most peculiar sight!

Photo of a portaloo in Luton
There wasn't even a building site nearby. Perhaps the lavvy had just been dumped

Are the council calling for people to recycle EVERYTHING now! Or has someone flytipped an actual portable toilet at the recycling point?

There's a dearth of public conveniences in Luton, perhaps this is the future...

Links:
- Rubbish, Waste and Recycling on Luton Borough Council's website
- Elliott Loohire website

Related blog posts:
- Recycling
- Public Toilets
- Toilets

Monday, August 31, 2015

Minigolf at Charnwood Golf Complex in Loughborough

A visit to the Miniature Golf course at Charnwood Golf Complex.

Photo of the Minigolf course at Charnwood Golf Complex in Loughborough
A view of the Charnwood Minigolf course

On Saturday 29th August we visited the 9-hole Minigolf course at Charnwood Golf Complex in Loughborough.

It's a nice little course

The course was designed and built by UrbanCrazy and is a great skill-based layout.

The colourful third hole. Emily aced it

In our match-up I scored 16(-2) with Emily hitting a 25(+7). The course was the 670th visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and the 388th played.

The tricky second

I had a pleasing ace on the first

And I got a hole-in-one on the ninth

A tough long hole, but it has a forgiving green

Up and around

Another view of the third

Another tricky hole position

For more information on the course, opening times and prices visit the Charnwood Golf Complex website.

Links:
- Charnwood Golf Complex
- UrbanCrazy

Related blog posts:
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- UrbanCrazy
- New Miniature Golf course open in Loughborough

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Minigolf Report from the Midlands Invitational Tournament in Nottingham

Gottfried third in the Midlands Invitational Tournament in Nottingham

Leagrave minigolfers Richard and Emily Gottfried competed in the eighth edition of the Midlands Invitational Tournament held on the 18-hole Temple Trail course at The Lost City Adventure Golf centre in Nottingham on Sunday 30th August.

Richard finished in third-place in the Midlands Club Championship after scores of 34, 33 and 34 for a total of 101(-7). Eleven players competed in the event.

Photo of Richard Gottfried - third placed player in the Midlands Invitational Tournament
Richard and his bronze medal

Emily played in the Guest Invitational event and recorded rounds of 36, 36 and 40 for a total of 112(+4) and fourth place in the five-player event.

Emily Gottfried playing hole 10 at The Lost City Adventure Golf course in Nottingham
Emily playing hole 10 at The Lost City

The Midlands Invitational Tournament was won by Michael Smith with a score of 95, with Chris Smith runner-up on 100.

The Midlands Guest Invitational and overall leaderboard was won by Andy Wilde with a 91, with Steve Lovell in second place on 95 and Edward Pope third on 110.

Richard said “It's always nice to play in a Midlands club event and I'm very pleased to get third-place. It was very close between me and Chris Smith for the silver medal and it's a shame I couldn't put away more aces on the front-9. I'm happy with how I played and to drop just one shot in 54-holes was quite an achievement. Thanks to the MMGC for organising the event and The Lost City for hosting.”

Photo of Richard Gottfried playing hole 5 at The Lost City Adventure Golf course in Nottingham
Richard playing hole 5 at The Lost City Adventure Golf

“Having recently watched three quarters-of-an-hour of Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom really helped my play as the course pipes in the theme tune on a loop.” He added while incanting the word “Kalima”.

Emily said “The tournament was fun, although I was disappointed with my performance overall as I didn’t get enough aces, and dropped more shots than I should have done.”

In the overall leaderboard Richard was fifth of sixteen players, with Emily twelfth.

The Midlands Minigolf Club are the reigning and two-time BMGA British Club Champions. For more information visit the club’s Facebook page.

The Lost City Adventure Golf is home to two 18-hole courses – The Temple Trail and Sacred Skull Pass.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

An amazing animatronic adventure golf alligator

On our minigolf travels we've seen a whole host of animal obstacles in themed miniature golf courses. Crocodiles and Alligators often appear and today I spotted the best one yet!



We were visiting The Lost City Adventure Golf course in Nottingham for the 2015 Midlands Invitational Tournament and saw the great animatronic alligator on the Sacred Skull Pass course.

Photo of the amazing animatronic adventure golf alligator at The Lost City in Nottingham
The Alligator 'secured' behind the fence

Check out The Lost City Adventure Golf website for more info.

Related blog posts:
- Fake Crocodiles! Or are they Alligators?
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Nottingham (The Cornerhouse) - The Lost City Adventure Golf

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Getting sharked

While we were in Nottingham for the Midlands Invitational Minigolf Tournament we made sure to go along to The Beach in the city centre after a tip-off from our friend and rival Jam Trubridge. It was well worth a visit. As well as picking up some great postcards and an interesting amusements token for my collections I also got up close to a BIG shark!

Photo of the shark at Nottingham Beach
Sharked

Check out the Nottingham Beach website for more info.

On our travels to over 650 courses we've spotted a lot of minigolf sharks too!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Celiac Awareness Day 2015

Celiac Awareness Day is on 13 September.

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is the group behind Celiac Awareness Day, taking place on Sunday 13 September.

Coeliac Disease (Celiac in the US and Canada) is a lifelong autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten and the only treatment is to adhere to a strict lifelong gluten free diet.

In the UK it's estimated that 1 in 100 people have the condition, in the USA the figure is 1 in 133.

It's important to know and remember that Celiac/Coeliac is NOT an allergy, it's NOT a preference, it's NOT a fad, it's NOT a diet, it's NOT an intolerance, it's NOT a choice - it's an AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE.

Richard Gottfried - Coeliac. Living gluten free since May 2008
I've been a Coeliac (and a Celiac when in the US) since May 2008

Visit the Celiac Central website for more information on their work and Celiac Awareness Day.


In the UK, Coeliac Awareness Week is taking place from 11 to 17 May. For more information check out the Coeliac UK website and the Awareness Week page. Last year I was Minigolfing gluten free in Margate during Coeliac Awareness Week.

Related blog posts:
- Read my Gluten Free Journey blog on the Udi's gluten free website
- Celiac Awareness Day 2014
- Coeliac UK Awareness Week 2014 and the Gluten-free guarantee
- Minigolfing gluten free in Margate
- What a Day, Week and Month! (2013)
Gluten Free
Coeliac
- Funny things about being a Coeliac

Links:
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) / Celiac Central
Coeliac UK

Sunday, August 23, 2015

New Plonk Golf course in Hoxton

New Crazy Golf course opening in London this September.

A new minigolf course will be opening in London next month, as the team at Plonk Golf opening up a course at an undisclosed location in Hoxton!

Mini Golf in Dalston, London
The working Volcano hole at Plonk Golf in Dalston

It's always great to hear about new Crazy Golf courses in London. The original Plonk Golf course at Efes Snooker Hall in Dalston became the 596th visited and 360th played on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in April this year.

Richard Gottfried playing Plonk Mini Golf in London earlier this year
Playing Plonk Mini Golf in Dalston earlier this year

You can find the original Plonk Golf course at Efes Snooker Club, 17B Stoke Newington Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 8BH. The nearest station is Dalston Kingsland (Overground). For more information and booking details check out the Plonk Golf website, Plonk Golf Hoxton page and the Plonk Golf Facebook page for news and updates. The new course will be a UV indoor mini golf - great news as there is certainly a lack of indoor black light courses in the UK!

Photo of one of the wacky Plonk Golf holes at the Efes Snooker Hall course in Dalston, London
One of the wacky Plonk Golf holes at the Efes Snooker Hall course

We've visited and played a number of mini golf courses in London since our tour began in 2006. Check out the Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in and around London blog post for info and links of where to play the game in the capital.

Links:
Plonk Golf website
Plonk Golf on Facebook
Plonk Golf on Twitter
Efes Snooker Hall on Twitter
The House of Revelry website

Related blog posts:
Plonk Golf Crazy Golf at Efes Snooker Hall in London
Plonk Golf in Dalston, London
Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in and around London
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Indoor Minigolf, Crazy Golf and Adventure Golf courses

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Banksy's Dismaland Bemusement Park

New temporary Bemusement Park open for the summer in Weston-super-Mare.

Renowned street artist Banksy has created a dystopian theme park on the site of the old Tropicana Lido in Weston-super-Mare called 'Dismaland', and the park features a Crazy Golf course.

We love visiting the British seaside and while there are some top spots for fun and entertainment, we've seen our fair share of dismal seaside resorts and deteriorating fun parks and amusement arcades amongst the 200 we've been to.

Having visited 669 Crazy, Mini and Adventure Golf courses on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour we have come across a large amount of derelict and abandoned courses.

One of the many many many derelict and abandoned miniature golf courses we've found on our tour
One of the many many many derelict and abandoned miniature golf courses we've found on our tour

We've even played the Crazy Golf course at the end of the world!

This was 'Golf Apocalypse' during the summer of 2012
What's more dismal, dystopian and crazy than playing a minigolf obstacle made of old tyres next to another that is made of the fuselage of a crashed plane. This was 'Golf Apocalypse' during the summer of 2012

Minigolf has been used in many artistic creations so it's not surprising to see a course pop-up at Dismaland. The 'Mini Gulf' layout features an oil caliphate theme, and the course is constructed from the old hockey pitch at Cheltenham Ladies College.

On our tour we've played art-based minigolf at the one-day only M!MS Mini Golf course in Bedford, Crazee Golf at the TinType Gallery in London, the Bompas & Parr food architecture course on the roof of Selfridges and Putt Putt #2 by TURF Projects in Croydon. We've also not played art courses in Clerkenwell and Folkestone, where the remnants of the old Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course were used to create a series of beach huts!

The '18 Holes' Crazy Golf art installation by Richard Wilson in Folkestone
The '18 Holes' Crazy Golf art installation by Richard Wilson in Folkestone

Putt Putt #2 by TURF Projects was a temporary art installation minigolf course in Croydon
Putt Putt #2 by TURF Projects was a temporary art installation minigolf course in Croydon

This year our friends over at A Couple of Putts created an art-installation course called Sparkle City Mini Putt in Spartanburg, South Carolina. While the team at The Putting Penguin have seen and reviewed a number of art-courses over the years. Earlier this summer my friend and crazy golf rival Gareth Holmes visited "The BEST Mini Golf Course in Venice" at artist's Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf.

Dismaland does look well worth a visit. Hopefully we'll get along before it closes for good on the 27th September this year.

As big fans of Crazy Golf we also run The Crazy Golf Museum - itself featured in the book Crap Days Out!

While you're in Weston-super-Mare there are plenty of other traditional seaside amusements to visit, along with three miniature golf courses.

Fella's Crazy Golf course near the pier in Weston-super-Mare
Fella's Crazy Golf course near the pier in Weston-super-Mare

The old grass Putting course and Miniature Railway we visited in 2011 was removed a couple of years ago, but I've recently heard it's re-opened and called 'The Putting Shed'.

Mini Golf course and Miniature Railway in Weston-super-Mare
Putters Junction Signal Box

At Dismaland there are a limited number of tickets available each day, with 4,000 punters allowed in at £3 per person, which sounds reasonable. Check out the Dismaland website for more information, opening times and a site map.

The Banksy artwork Well Hung Lover on Park Street in Bristol
Back in 2011 our friend and minigolf rival Kevin Moseley took us for a tour around Bristol and we spotted the Banksy artwork Well Hung Lover on Park Street

If you like your entertainment options to be unique and weird then I highly recommend a visit to the Novelty Automation arcade in London and the Under the Pier Show in Southwold, Suffolk too.

Link:
- Dismaland Bemusement Park website
- Banksy website
- The Crazy Golf Museum website

Related blog posts:
- Art
- Art Gallery
- Art Installation
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Weston-super-Mare
- Crazee Golf Art Exhibition to Open at the Tintype Gallery in London
- M!MS Empire Sunset Nine Hole Mini Golf course in Bedford
- Crazy Golf Course visited but not able to be played - Folkestone (Seafront) - 18-holes Art Installation
- Playing Bompas & Parr's Minigolf course on the roof of Selfridges
- Not playing Crazy Golf at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014
- Putt Putt #2 Crazy Golf in Croydon
- Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf
- Novelty Automation arcade in London
- Sparkle City Mini Putt in Spartanburg, South Carolina
- Crap Days Out - at The Crazy Golf Museum?
- Miniature Golf Putting at Weston-Super-Mare, plus a Miniature Railway
- Fella's Crazy Golf in Weston-Super-Mare
- Crazy Hills Putting Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf Course in Weston-Super-Mare

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf in Milton Keynes

A visit to Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course in Milton Keynes.

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

On the way home from a recent trip to Milton Keynes I swung by Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre for a round on the 18-hole course.

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Welcome to Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf

Back in December 2011 the course became the 281st played on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. It's changed a bit since my first visit. Most noticeable is the change of name from its previous incarnation as Pirate Island Adventure Golf.

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
A skull's eye view of the 18th and 2nd holes

The course itself was still in good condition and the huge pirate ship that houses the first two holes of the 18-hole layout is still a dominant site upon entering the car park at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre!

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Hole 1 is an indoor hole, with hole two having upper and lower level tee-off points

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
The 'High Rise Pirates' tee-off area of hole 2

As it was a bit drizzly on my visit I was able to have a clear course ahead and behind me so got to enjoy the £8.25 round at a leisurely pace.

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
There's a pair of dueling pirates near the fourth hole

Mr Mulligan's Milton Keynes course is really tough, with some large minigolf holes, tricky obstacles and uneven greens. It's a course worthy of its par score of 55 (I shot a 51! And that included a hole-in-one on the very long fourth hole).

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
The very long fourth hole. Nicely aceable

You can find Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre on Monks Way in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK8 8AA.

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
The coffin is a new addition

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
You used to have to play over the gap and avoid the water

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
The Scallywag's Tee

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
A soggy green

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Another one of the skellingtons on the course. There are loads of them there now!

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
There's a stack of treasure beyond the double plateau

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
You have to travel by raft to get on and off the island hole

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rummy the crocodile. Or is it an alligator?

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
A view from the island hole

Photo of Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf course at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
I do like good theming

Visit Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf website for details of the course, opening times and prices, as well as the other Mr Mulligan's Adventure Golf courses in Castleford, Nottingham and Woking. We've played at Castleford and Woking, but are yet to get to the Ramsdale Park Golf Centre course.

Related blog posts:
- Pirate Island Adventure Golf at Abbey Hill Golf Centre, Milton Keynes - Minigolf Course Played #281
- Milton Keynes
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Links:
- Mr Mulligan's Adventure Golf website
- Mr Mulligan's Adventure Golf, Milton Keynes website
- Mr Mulligan's Adventure Golf on the Abbey Hill Golf Centre website

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Grünerløkka Minigolf Park in Oslo, Norway

Finding out about a Miniature Golf course in Norway.

As regular readers of the blog will know I do like a bit of post. Especially if it's minigolf-related. So I was very pleasantly surprised with a nice piece of ephemeral advertising that recently dropped through my letter box.

Promotional leaflet from the Grünerløkka Minigolf Park in Oslo, Norway
The Grünerløkka Minigolf Park can be found in Oslo

Many thanks to Anthony Pope from Splash Point Mini Golf course in Worthing, West Sussex for posting the leaflet from the Grünerløkka Minigolf Park in Norway to me. Anthony tells me he visited the Oslo course in December. Sadly it was closed when he arrived. It sounds like one of our visits on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour!

Promotional leaflet from the Grünerløkka Minigolf Park in Oslo, Norway
The inside of the promotional leaflet

The course is an 'Eternit' style of Miniature Golf and the 18-hole layout is approved for competitions by the Norwegian Minigolf Federation. Hopefully we'll get to give it a play one day.

Promotional leaflet from the Grünerløkka Minigolf Park in Oslo, Norway
The front, back and a bit of the middle

Emily and I actually appear on a minigolf promotional item - down in Dorset the courses put together a leaflet that asked the question "Where is the best Crazy Golf course in Dorset?"

Links:
- Grünerløkka Minigolf Park website
Christiania Minigolf Club website
- Norges Minigolf Forbund website
Splash Point Mini Golf website

Related blog posts:
- Ephemera
- Advertising
- Leaflet
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Anthony Pope
- Splash Point Mini Golf
- Eternit

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