Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Crazy Golf in Ladram Bay, Devon

Spotting another course on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Neither Emily nor I have played or visited any Crazy Golf courses today - but charter member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour Christopher Gottfried has!

The Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course at the Ladram Bay Holiday Park in Otterton, Devon
The Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course at the Ladram Bay Holiday Park in Otterton, Devon

While on business in Devon he found a miniature golf course at Ladram Bay, near Honiton. It looks like a great layout and is an example of an Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course that includes a windmill, loop-di-loop and lucky last hole.

On the 30 September 2006 we visited and played at the first course on what has become the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and its great to hear about another new course for us to visit when we reach the south west of England.

One of the great views of Ladram Bay in Otterton, Devon
A great view of Ladram Bay in Otterton, Devon

Other courses visited by Christopher include Brighton (Crazy Golf), Paignton (Crazy Golf), Margate (Cliftonville, Little Oasis Crazy Golf), Herne Bay (Mini Golf), Newquay (Mini Golf) and Mundesley (Adventure Island Golf).

Looking on the Ladram Bay Holiday Park website the recently refurbished course costs £1.50 for a round.

Related blog posts:
Eight years of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour!
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Christopher Gottfried's Minigolf Player Profile
Christopher Gottfried on The Ham and Egger Files

Link:
- Ladram Bay Holiday Park

Eight years of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour!

Eighth anniversary of our minigolf travels.

Treasure Island Adventure Golf course on the seafront in Southsea, Hampshire
A big skull and green on the tricky Treasure Island Adventure Golf course in Southsea

Back on the 30 September 2006 we visited the Treasure Island Adventure Golf course on the seafront in Southsea, Hampshire and since that day we've gone on to visit 583 courses in the UK, USA, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Finland and Sweden.

Treasure Island Adventure Golf course on the seafront in Southsea, Hampshire
Playing at the Treasure Island Adventure Golf course's Victory Trail

Treasure Island Adventure Golf course on the seafront in Southsea, Hampshire
Emily putting at Treasure Island Adventure Golf as an Alligator lurks

Treasure Island Adventure Golf is home to two 9-hole courses - and a lucky last hole where you have to 'fire the cannon' with your putt! Something I managed on that very first visit, but seldom have on the many courses with a 'top hole' since!

Treasure Island Adventure Golf course on the seafront in Southsea, Hampshire
Winning another FREE GAME on the Treasure Island course, this time on a visit in 2011

The Victory Trail became the first course played on what would become the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. The next day we played the Warrior Trail.

Treasure Island Adventure Golf course on the seafront in Southsea, Hampshire
Charter member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour Christopher Gottfried about to play a shot in Southsea

Many thanks to Tim 'Ace Man' Davies for running MiniatureGolfer.com, everyone who has let us know about new courses out there, and all the minigolf course owners and operators keeping the game alive.

Check out the blog post links below for more on our visits to Southsea's Treasure Island Adventure Golf course over the years.

Links:
- Treasure Island Adventure Golf, Southsea website
- MiniatureGolfer.com

Related blog posts:
- From the Vault - Southsea Minigolf 2006
- Southsea Pirate Masters 2010 - Irregular Mini Golf Tour Competition and Crazy World of Minigolf Tour Re-visit
- Minigolf Revisit - Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Southsea - Five Years Later...
- A revisit to Southsea on a lovely sunny day
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour - Courses Visited List

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mini Golf in Las Vegas

Details of miniature golf courses in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Mini Golf in Las Vegas
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas - home to some great Mini Golf courses too

With Emily returning from a recent trip to Las Vegas here's an updated list of the Mini Golf courses we've visited in the city.

175 Las Vegas - King Putt (North West Las Vegas) - Indoor Mini Golf
176 Las Vegas - Pike's Pass (Circus Circus Hotel & Casino) - Miniature Golf - Revisited 9th September 2011
177 Las Vegas - King Putt (Henderson, Las Vegas) - Indoor Mini Golf
178 Las Vegas - The Putt Park (Las Vegas) - Miniature Golf - Revisited 10th September 2011
268 Las Vegas - The Swingers Club (The Plaza Hotel & Casino) - Mini Golf - now closed
346 Las Vegas - KISS by Monster Mini Golf
- Las Vegas - Ohana Mini Golf - closed when Emily passed by at 6am

King Putt Mini-Golf, Las Vegas can be found at 7230 West Lake Mead Boulevard​.

Mini Golf in Las Vegas
King Putt's indoor blacklight Jungle Mini Golf course in Las Vegas in 2010

Pike's Pass Miniature Golf can be found at The Adventuredome at Circus Circus Hotel & Casino.

Mini Golf in Las Vegas
Emily has played the Pike's Pass miniature golf course at The Adventuredome at Circus Circus three times. The first round was in 2008 

The King Putt Entertainment Center is at 27 Stephanie Street, Henderson.

Mini Golf in Las Vegas
King Putt's indoor blacklight Mini Golf course in Henderson in 2010

The Putt Park Miniature Golf Course is at 6085 Ssouth Fort Apache, Suite #130, Las Vegas, NV 89148.

Mini Golf in Las Vegas
Emily putting at The Putt Park, a course we visited in 2010 and 2011

Mini Golf in Las Vegas
In 2011 I won The Putt Park's Annual Mini-Golf Tournament. Emily was the runner-up

While on an excursion off-strip in September 2014 Emily spotted the Ohana Mini Golf course near to the M Resort Hotel & Casino. You can find Ohana Mini Golf at 120 East Bruner Avenue, Suites 175, Las Vegas, Nevada 89183.

Minigolf in Las Vegas
A view of the exterior of Ohana Mini-Golf course

The latest course played was the KISS by Monster Mini Golf course at 4503 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169 (Across from the Hard Rock Hotel, next to Rumor).

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
Emily playing 'The Demon' hole at the indoor glow-in-the-dark KISS Monster Mini Golf course

In 2011 we visited Hunstanton, Norfolk, England where we played Crazy Golf at the 'Vegas Amusement Arcade'.

Crazy Golf in Hunstanton, Norfolk
Not real Vegas. The Vegas Amusement Arcade in Hunstanton has a Crazy Golf course out back

Links:
- King Putt Mini Golf
The Adventuredome
- The Putt Park
- Ohana Mini Golf
- KISS by Monster Mini Golf

Related blog posts:
- Las Vegas
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London

Playing the new Swingers Crazy Golf course in Shoreditch.

Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London
A view of the Swingers Crazy Golf course in Shoreditch

Ahead of its full launch today (25 September) Emily and I visited the new Swingers Crazy Golf course in London on Wednesday 24 September.

Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London
Swingers - a part of The Institute of Competitive Socialising

It's a really good layout, with some good solid borders, good hole-in-one opportunities

Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London
Holes 2 and 3

Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London
Playing hole 2 - a couple of ways to play the hole, but watch out for over-hit shots

The course has a par of 21 - with some real par-3 holes, especially the 8th, which features a bridge, dogleg, elevated green and two pipes!

Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London
Emily on the tee at hole 8

There's a real party atmosphere at the venue too, with DJ's playing music throughout the night and 'The Royal Shoreditch Golf Club' clubhouse has plenty of alcohol available - with drinking on the course encouraged!

Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London
A sand-trap hole!

Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London
The 7th hole at Swingers Crazy Golf

Swingers Crazy Golf was the 581st miniature golf course we've visited and 347th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour since September 2006.

Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London
Emily playing a shot on hole 2 as one of the Royal & Awesome bedecked course guides/umpires/caddies looks-on. This hole has a tiered green and three routes to the hole

In our match-up Emily won with a score of 21 to my 23 after I scored a dreadful six on the tough water hazard last hole.

Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London
I 'decided' to wash my ball on the last hole. For a 6

The current course record is 20(-1) and is held by the course creator - Josh Ford, founder of the Winterwell Festival. We'll be back to have a crack at bettering that score.

Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London
Playing hole 6. Noticed the Windmill on the drinks table - there's one for each of the nine holes

In addition to the Crazy Golf course there are two very well-stocked bars - the main Clubhouse and a Freixenet bar - and street food from Patty & Bun and Pizza Pilgrims. Emily tells me the burgers from Patty and Bun are very good. I enjoyed sampling the Freixenet during the round and drowning my sorrows after my loss to Emily with a Gentleman Jack cocktail.

Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London
A view of the course from the Clubhouse

There will also be further pop-up food vendors including When Mac Met Cheese, Butchies and Hix Fishdogs heading to Swingers in the coming months.

There's a unique 'Lucky Last Hole' at the course too. The Freixenet challenge offers the winner a prize if they can knock down the six-pins on the Bowling Alley lane! The closest we got was leaving just one-pin. It's a really nice touch having the hole there as an extra challenge.

Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London
The Freixenet Challenge Lucky Last Hole

Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London
Emily playing a shot on the Freixenet Top Hole

Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London
The six wooden Freixenet bottles you have to knock down to win

Advance booking is necessary to guarantee a round of Crazy Golf at Swingers. The club has seen a huge amount of bookings made already and have already announced that they will be open beyond December, with tickets now available for January, and also for Saturday afternoons.

Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London
Emily playing the loop-di-loop hole

If you can't get an advance ticket then there are tickets available on the door for walk-ups. You can also make bookings for large groups and events. More details on the three options for entry to the Swingers Crazy Golf club can be found on the booking section of the website

Swingers - the Crazy Golf Club - can be found at 7-11 Hearn Street, London, EC2A 3LS. Doors open at 6.15pm and the venue is open to 12.30am.

More information on the course, bookings and prices are available on the Swingers Crazy Golf website. You can also sign-up to the enewsletter online for regular news and information.

Links:
Swingers Crazy Golf website
Swingers Crazy Golf on Twitter
- The Institute of Competitive Socialising on Facebook

Related blog posts:
Swingers Crazy Golf to open in Shoreditch, East London
Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in and around London
Indoor Minigolf, Crazy Golf and Adventure Golf courses
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
New Mini Golf course played in Las Vegas - The Swingers Club

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

KISS Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas

A visit to the KISS Glow-in-the-Dark Indoor Minigolf course in Las Vegas, USA.

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
The entrance to KISS Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas

Back in 2011 we heard about the unique KISS Rock n’ Roll-themed attraction that would be opening in fabulous Las Vegas in 2012 and on Emily's recent trip to the city she went along for a round. She tells me it was amazing.

And by the look of the great photos she took it certainly does!

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
The tee-off area for hole 1 at the 18-hole KISS Monster Mini Golf course 

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
The course is in a nice wide-open space and filled with some BIG minigolf obstacles

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
Emily putting into The Demon's mouth at KISS Monster Mini Golf

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
Janie about to putt in the nicely themed course

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
A view of the KISS Monster Mini Golf course

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
This hole had a sneaky shortcut to the cup

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
During your round the course's own DJ gives your group a shout-out!

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
Playing the right shot on this hole makes 'KISS' perform on stage!

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
Emily lining up a putt at KISS Monster Mini Golf

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
It's always great to wear white clothes when playing indoor black light minigolf courses

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
One of the BIG minigolf obstacles on the KISS Monster Mini Golf course

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
This hole had a small volcano obstacle on it

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
The fiery volcano

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
Indoor black light courses do look great with their contrast of colours

Playing against her international tournament rival Janie Peace, Emily won in a very close contest with a score of 46 to Janie's 48.

In addition to the 18-hole blacklight Mini Golf course the venue has an amusement arcade, Wedding Chapel, KISS Cafe, KISS Gallery and the largest KISS Gift Shop in the World!

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
KISS Monster Mini Golf is much more than just a minigolf course!

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
You can get married at the KISS Monster Mini Golf course's own KISS-themed Wedding Chapel!

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
The huge fish tank made for the course by the team from Fish Tank Kings

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
There looks to be an air hockey table in the large amusement arcade at the course

Emily got me some great merch from the KISS Gift Shop - including a t-shirt and four minigolf balls.

KISS Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas
The HUGE KISS Gift Shop

The course can be found at 4503 Paradise Road (near to the Hard Rock Hotel) and is open seven days a week from 10am until midnight. For more information and prices check out the KISS Monster Mini Golf website.

KISS Monster Mini Golf looks great and has some HUGE obstacles and decorations around the course. I've enjoyed playing the indoor black light courses we've visited over the years. In the UK you can find two in Castleford and our friend Jam tells us there's one in Paignton too. I can't wait to play at the KISS course.

Monster Mini Golf create themed indoor glow-in-the-dark 18-hole minigolf courses. Each location is unique and custome designed and there are around 30 Monster Mini Golf courses in the USA and Canada. You can find out more about the courses, franchising and locations on the Monster Mini Golf website.

The course was the 580th visited on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and the 346th played.

Related blog posts:
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Las Vegas
New Indoor Minigolf Course Opening in Las Vegas - KISS Minigolf by Monster Mini Golf

Links:
Monster Mini Golf website
KISS Monster Mini Golf website
Monster Mini Golf on Twitter
- KISS Monster Mini Golf on Twitter
Monster Mini Golf - KISS, Las Vegas on Facebook
Las Vegas 'tagged' Blog Posts on The Ham & Egger Files