Saturday, August 15, 2015

Luton Mini Golf Meadows

Visiting the new meadows in Wardown Park, Luton.

Photo of Luton Mini Golf Meadows in Wardown Park
Luton's new Mini Golf Meadows

Earlier this week I read about the developments at the old minigolf and crazy golf site in Luton's Wardown Park and today Emily and I headed down for a look at the new 'Luton Mini Golf Meadows'.

Photo of Luton Mini Golf Meadows in Wardown Park
The area does look really nice

As part of our visit we met the project's co-ordinator Helen Hoyle who told us about the project, while we were able to tell her more about the minigolf courses that used to be there. We also completed a survey for the research while we wandered around the meadow.

Photo of Luton Mini Golf Meadows in Wardown Park
Exploring the Mini Golf Meadows and completing my survey of 'Plot G'. Emily did 'Plot H'

The year-long project has been set-up to monitor how local Luton residents and insects react to the new meadows.

Photo of Luton Mini Golf Meadows in Wardown Park
One of the pretty plots in the meadow

Over the years we played the minigolf courses in the park a fair bit. The Crazy Golf course that used to be in Wardown Park was the 18th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour way back on the 5th May 2007. The Grass Putting Miniature Golf layout became the 19th played on the 19th May. Until the meadows were planted minigolf had been played in the park since the 19th June 1934.

Photo of the old Crazy Golf course in Luton's Wardown Park
I spotted a metal cup from one of the grass minigolf holes sitting on the 'green' of the old Crazy Golf course. As a connoisseur of derelict minigolf courses it was interesting to see what had become of the old holes

Photo of the Crazy Golf course in Wardown Park, Luton
Hole 1 as it used to look

Photo of the old Crazy Golf course in Luton's Wardown Park
Hole 1 now

Photo of the old Crazy Golf course in Luton's Wardown Park
A view of the old Crazy Golf site. The markings from the old fibreglass holes are still clear to see

Photo of the old Mini Golf course in Luton's Wardown Park
Out standing in his field. In the middle of what once was a grass putting course

It was nice to see at some signs that the area was once home to two miniature golf courses.

A view of the Luton Mini Golf Meadows from the old Crazy Golf course
A view of the Luton Mini Golf Meadows from the old Crazy Golf course

Photo of Luton Minigolf Meadows in Wardown Park
Hole 8 is no longer this way. You can find plots A-D there though

Two old golf balls in Luton's Minigolf Meadows in Wardown Park
Signs of golf still exist 'in the rough'

Photo of the Miniature Golf course in Wardown Park, Luton
Playing the Miniature Golf course back in 2010

Links:
- Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield
- F3ues Urban BESS project
- Green Estate
- Pictorial Meadows
- Luton Borough Council

Related blog post:
- Crazy Golf in Wardown Park Luton

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