Monday, December 19, 2011

Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in and around London

Details of the Adventure Golf, Crazy Golf, Minigolf and Golf Putting Green courses we've played in and around London since July 2008.

Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in and around London
The London Bus and a Passing Tube Train at the Crazy Golf course in Chiswick

To date we've visited 42 (& a half) Minigolf, Crazy Golf, Miniature Golf, Adventure Golf and Putting Courses in and around London on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour (playing 26 & a half). Here's a list of them.

Note: The number next to the course denotes the 'visit number' on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. You can click through from the list below to the webpage on the Ham & Egger Files detailing our visit to the course.

All Minigolf courses played in, and around, London (as at 6th June 2014)
59 Harrow (Northwick Park) - ‘Mini Majors’ Adventure Golf
74 New Malden - Jurassic Golf
117 Staines (Lammas Park) - Adventure Golf
190 East Finchley - Garden Minigolf - The course was also the 'Landmark' 250th course location visited on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour (Private Course - No Public Access)
205 Sidcup/Chiselhurst (World of Golf) - Lost Island Encounter Adventure Golf - Mateleys Course - It's actually in Kent, but is within spitting distance from the border with Greenwich
206 Sidcup/Chiselhurst (World of Golf) - Lost Island Encounter Adventure Golf - Explorers Course - It's actually in Kent, but is within spitting distance from the border with Greenwich
262 Arkley (near Elstree & Borehamwood) - 'Dinosaur Safari' Adventure Golf Course
282 London (Alexandra Palace) - Crazy Golf - See also #155 & #155b
298 London (Selfridges) - Bompas & Parr Rooftop Crazy Golf
299 West Horndon, near Brentwood (Dunton Hills Golf Course) - Miniature Golf
302 London (Camden Town Brewery - The Brewmaster's Open) - 5-hole Temporary Mini-Golf course
303 London (Clarence Way, Camden) - Crazy Golf
304 London (Golf Apocalypse) - Crazy Golf - Update: September 2012 - course has moved to Bristol
306 London (Tintype Gallery) - Crazee Golf Art Exhibition (and playable hole!)
307 London (Covent Garden) - Lyle & Scott Woolly Golf / Wooly Golf - 3-hole Temporary Mini-Golf course
308 London (London Golf Show at Earls Court) - UrbanCrazy "Signature Course" - Portable Minigolf
314 Wimbledon (Wimbledon Park) - Crazy Golf
315 Beckenham, Kent (Kelsey Park) - Kelsey Park Championship Minigolf
316 Croydon, Surrey (World of Golf) - Dragon Quest Adventure Golf
322 London (Regent's Place) - UrbanCrazy 9-hole Signature Course - one-day only layout
323 London (Putt in the Park at Wandsworth Park) - Mini Golf
337 Romford / Chadwell Heath (Golf Kingdom) - Moby Golf adventure golf

Photos from Miniature Golf Course Visits in and around London

Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in and around London
Jurassic Encounter, New Malden (2008)

Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in and around London
Barnet Copthall (2010)

Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in and around London
Alexandra Palace (2011)

Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in and around London
East Finchley (2010)

Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in and around London
Hyde Park (2010)

Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in and around London
Broomfield Park (2010)

Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in and around London
Northwick Park, Harrow (2010)
Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in and around London
Staines (2009) - venue for the 2009 London Open minigolf tournament where I finished as the runner-up (Links: BMGA Report / Blog Report)

Playing hole 5 at The Brewmaster's Open Minigolf Tournament at the Camden Town Brewery (2012)

Playing at the Crazy 'Golf Apocalypse' Mini Golf Course in London (August 2012)

On the Lyle & Scott Woolly Golf course in London's Covent Garden (October 2012)


Following the Brown Sign for a Hole-in-One on hole 5 of the new UrbanCrazy 'Signature Course' at the London Golf Show!

Wimbledon Park's 18-hole Crazy Golf course (2013)


At the 18-hole Kelsey Park Championship Minigolf course in Beckenham, Kent (2013)

In the snow outside the 18-hole Dragon Quest Adventure Golf course at World of Golf Croydon (2013)

At the UrbanCrazy Minigolf Course at Regent's Place in London (October 2013)

At Putt in the Park, Wandsworth Park, London (October 2013)


Moby Adventure Golf in Chadwell Heath
Playing out a hole at Moby Golf in Romford (June 2014)

London Minigolf courses visited but not played* (as at 30th March 2013)

Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in and around London
Standing in the middle of the unplayed Crazy Golf course in Camden (2009)
44 London (Clarence Way, Camden) - Crazy Golf - Residents-only course, no clubs or balls for hire - now course #303 played
- London (Portobello Gold Hotel) - Mini Golf on Roof Terrace - You must be a Hotel Guest booked in that room
- London (Alexandra Palace) - Pitch & Putt - Closed for the Season


* Due to closure, flooding, dereliction or other causes

There is also a London Minigolf Club whose members play in British Minigolf Association Tour competitions around the country. Both are FREE to join as standard members and you can find out more about the BMGA and the London Minigolf Club at the BMGA website.

In 2009 I was the runner-up in the London Open minigolf tournament played at the Lammas Park Adventure Golf course in Staines. Results and reports - BMGA / Ham & Egger Files.

In June 2012 I became the first of the 'Crazy Golf with Bompas & Parr Championship Playoff' winners on the 9-hole course at Selfridges London and in August 2012 I won the Bompas & Parr Crazy Golf Championship Final!

If you know of any other Miniature Golf courses in London do let me know by leaving a comment below...

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26 comments:

Timbo said...

Happy new year Richard. I guess with mini golf you're not so worried about frozen greens ? Or are some of the courses on real grass ?

I've played at Jurassic golf in New Malden (Kingston) and apart from that stupid doughnut hole (!) really enjoyed it.

Tim

Richard Gottfried said...

Hello Tim,

Many thanks for your comment and Happy New Year to you too.

Us Crazy Minigolfers tend to play in any weather!

Frozen Greens aren't a problem. Some of the Putting Courses I have played (e.g. Hyde Park) are Grass Putting Style Mini Golf.

Emily always seems to beat me at New Malden :-( It's the Volcano hole that does me in there!

Happy Putting!

Cheers,

Richard

Richard Gottfried said...

There six other Minigolf Courses in London that we are yet to play/visit on our Tour, but are on our list for 2011.

They are:
- Bexley, Danson Park
- Bexley, Sidcup Place
- Bromley, Kelsey Park
- Chiswick, Rocks Lane Multi Sports Centre
- Wimbledon, Wimbledon Park
- Hounslow, Lampton Park

Phil said...

You could always come and use the putting green at Metrogolf in Paddington :)

Richard Gottfried said...

Hello Phil,

Many thanks for the tip ;-)

We'll pop along and check out Metrogolf.

Cheers,

Richard

Richard Gottfried said...

Two more London Crazy Golf 'courses' visited recently, full details at:

Crazy Golf in Chiswick, London

And

85 Years Too Late to Play a Rooftop Putting Green in London

Richard Gottfried said...

I've read that Selfridges department store in London is to get a Crazy Golf course and Tea Room on its Rooftop Garden this summer (from the 31st May - 2nd Sept 2012)! More details on a blog post here. The store used to have a Mini Golf course on the Rooftop in the 1920's and 1930's.

I've also heard that a Minigolf is being put up near the London Eye in the city. I'll try and check out this course on my next trip to London.

joby williamson said...

Can anyone help me track down the folks who play golf around the streets of London at night? sounds fun to me... cheers
Joby Williamson

Richard Gottfried said...

Hello Joby,

I'm afraid I don't know anything about any 'Midnight Golfers' in London. I remember seeing a piece in a newspaper/magazine about a Street Golf Challenge in East London/Hoxton-area a few years ago...

All the best,

Richard

Richard Gottfried said...

I spotted a tweet from the team at UrbanCrazy that linked to the Covent Garden London Events page - from the 18th to the 21st of October 2012 the golf and knitwear brand Lyle & Scott will have a Mini-Golf course set-up as part of its support for The Campaign for Wool and Wool Week!

The course will be set-up at the Lyle & Scott store on King Street, Covent Garden, London and it appears that the Mini-Golf course will be made up of lots of wool with sheep obstacles! It sounds very crazy indeed.

Fans of the Lyle & Scott brand can practice their putting skills for a chance to get a 15% discount and a free Lyle & Scott golf ball!

I'm looking forward to giving the course a play :-)

Link:
- "Lyle & Scott ‘putts’ on a great show for Wool Week"
- "Wool School Sweater and a chance to win £500 of Lyle and Scott"

Richard Gottfried said...

Fellow Minigolfer Gareth Holmes let me know about another Miniature Golf course he'd heard about in London. It's a Pitch & Putt type of Minigolf at Gunnersbury Park. The park is also home to a Putting course.

The course at Gunnersbury Park is run by Golfwise, the team that also operates a number of other Pitch & Putt Mini Golf courses including West Park in Chelmsford, Alexandra Palace and Princes Parade in Skegness.

A spring/summer trip for a round or two is being planned.

Richard Gottfried said...

My latest Minigolf course search in London was a bit of a wild goose chase...

Richard Gottfried said...

The team at UrbanCrazy will be setting up one of their Crazy Golf courses at Regent's Place in London on Tuesday 1st October 2013.

People will be able to play the course between 11am and 3pm.

Check out the events calendar at Regent's Place to see what other interesting events and activities going on there!

Earlier this summer UrbanCrazy had their Signature course at Regent's Place.

Last November along with fellow Minigolfer Oliver Florence I played the crazy Signature minigolf course at the London Golf Show.

Regent's Place is a large mixed use campus in London's West End, you can find out more about what's there and what's on at the Regent's Place website.

UrbanCrazy designs and builds permanent and portable Miniature Golf, Crazy Golf and Adventure Golf courses. Check out the UrbanCrazy website for more information.

Richard Gottfried said...

The latest Minigolf course to hit the capital is Putt in the Park. The 12-hole Miniature Golf putting course is in London's Wandsworth Park in Putney, SW18 1PP.

The course opened in June 2013 and is open from 10am until dusk.

As well as the Crazy Golf course the venue has a fully licensed clubhouse cafe.

I can't wait to get along for a round or two on the course.

Check out the Putt in the Park website, Facebook page and Twitter.

Richard Gottfried said...

Here's a blog post about my visit to the new Putt in the Park 12-hole Minigolf course in Wandsworth Park, London.

Richard Gottfried said...

I've recently found out about a couple of other miniature golf courses in London, links and details below:

Queen's Park in north London has a Pitch and Putt course and a P├ętanque piste/terrain/pitch too.

Palewell Common Richmond, an extension to Richmond Park, is home to a 9-hole Pitch and Putt minigolf course. The course is operated by Golfwise - a company that runs a number of great miniature golf courses around the country.

Richard Gottfried said...

Check out my blog post about the Lyle & Scott Hole-in-One challenge hole at their Carnaby Street store in London - "Lyle & Scott's Hole-in-One Challenge"

Richard Gottfried said...

As part of Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 there's going to be a Crazy Golf course set up at GGI's office furniture showroom on 15 Northburgh Street, EC1V 0JR between Tuesday the 20th and Thursday 22nd May!

Further details can be found here.

If you want to attend Clerkenwell Design Week you need to register online for a free ticket that will have to be presented on visiting any of the showrooms.

The #CDW2014 Programme of Events can be found here.

Shelley Barrett said...

Hi Richard, it will be one of Putterfingers Modular Mini Golf Courses at GGI Furniture's offices and decorated with pieces of furniture to negotiate to get to the hole! Have fun! Shelley www.putterfingers.co.uk

Richard Gottfried said...

There's a brand new Adventure Golf course opening in Chadwell Heath, Romford in May 2014. Check out the blog post with links to the Moby Adventure Golf course here.

Richard Gottfried said...

Emily and I played the Moby Adventure Golf in Chadwell Heath, Romford on Friday 6th of June. Check out the blog post about our visit.

Richard Gottfried said...

The team at TURF Projects will be setting up an art-based minigolf course in Croydon during the summer.

The Minigolf course will be open every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday from Saturday 19th of July until Saturday 30th of August.

More details can be found in my blog post "Minigolf and Art in Croydon" and on the Turf Projects website.

Richard Gottfried said...

A new minigolf course will be opening in London later this year.

The 9-hole indoor Crazy Golf course will be opening in Shoreditch, East London in September 2014!

More info on Swingers Crazy Golf can be found on my blog post "Swingers Crazy Golf to open in Shoreditch, East London" and on the Swingers website.

Richard Gottfried said...

It's not in London itself, but the Extreme Motion 18-hole Adventure Golf course in Windsor's Alexandra Garden is not a million miles away and is worth a visit and a play.

Check out the blog post from my visit on the 21st of June 2014 at "Windsor Adventure Golf".

Richard Gottfried said...

The 9-hole Swingers Crazy Golf course in London will be open for three-months from Thursday 25th of September.

A new website has been launched for the course with further details and you can also sign-up to the mailing list.

Link - Swingers Crazy Golf website

Blog - Swingers Crazy Golf to open in Shoreditch, East London

Richard Gottfried said...

There's a new Minigolf course in London!

Dinosaur Escape Adventure Golf has opened at the West London Golf Centre in Northolt.

The 18-hole Dinosaur Escape Adventure Golf course is located at West London Golf Centre, Ruislip Road, Northolt, Greater London, UB5 6QZ - seven minutes from Junction 16 of the M25.

Check out the Dinosaur Escape Adventure Golf website for more information, photos of the course, opening times and a price list.

Links:
- Dinosaur Escape Adventure Golf website
- West London Golf Centre website