Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The Sunderland Bowl tenpin bowling centre is opening a new indoor minigolf course.
As well as tenpin bowling and minigolf there will also be darts and shuffleboard at the venue.
With the boom in the popularity of minigolf and the growth in new courses, a number of tenpin bowling centres have added minigolf, crazy golf and adventure golf courses.
Traditionally the two leisure activities have been quite separate and distinct, with people choosing to do either one or other and most operators running either a minigolf course or tenpin bowling centre.
We're fans of both games and we've been to quite a few places on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour that have both entertainment options.
Labels: Darts, Indoor Minigolf, Mini Golf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, shuffleboard, Sunderland, Sunderland Bowl, Tenpin Bowling
Location: 141 High St W, Sunderland SR1 1TR, UK
Globalls at Brighton Marina is planning a move with a new and larger venue opening nearby later this year.
The existing Globalls indoor minigolf location will remain open until the new unit is ready.
The new Globalls UV glow-in-the-dark location will be home to two indoor crazy golf courses as well as other games and a UV cocktail bar.
Visit the Globalls website for more information.
It's been quite a few years since we've been to Brighton so we haven't managed to play at Globalls yet.
Labels: Brighton, glow in the dark, Indoor Black Light Mini Golf, Indoor Crazy Golf, Indoor Minigolf, Jurassic Globalls, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, UV Golf
A new Lane7 venue is planned to open at the St Enoch Centre in Glasgow.
The new location at the St Enoch Shopping Centre will include mini golf, ping pong, ten-pin bowling and more.
Visit the Lane7 website for more information.
We've played minigolf at Lane7 in Newcastle upon Tyne on a couple of occasions.
Labels: Glasgow, Indoor Minigolf, Lane7, Mini Golf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Retailtainment, Scotland, Shopping Centre, St Enoch Centre
Location: 55 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4BW, UK
Monday, May 10, 2021
We made our Great Britain team debuts at the 2008 Nations Cup of Minigolf in Tampere, Finland thirteen years ago today!
Our Great Britain Minigolf team, sponsored by UrbanCrazy, finished the tournament in 13th place. In the individual rankings I finished in 51st place and Emily was 53rd.
|In action at the Minigolf Nations Cup in Tampere, Finland|
|The 2008 Great Britain squad - Jouni Valkjarvi (coach), John 'Big Top Ted' McIver, Marion 'Mation' Homer, Sean 'Freebird' Homer, Tim 'Ace Man' Davies, Steve 'F1' Gow, Emily 'Lemony' Gottfried, Andy 'Sarge' Booth, 'Squire' Richard Gottfried|
We've also played for the Great Britain national team in World Minigolf Sport Federation and European Minigolf Sport Federation tournaments in Stockholm, Sweden and Hastings, England.
Labels: Competition, Emily Gottfried, Finland, Great Britain, Great Britain Minigolf Team, Richard Gottfried, Tampere, Tournament
Location: Tampere, Finland
Spotting an advert for the Windmill Theatre Crazy Golf course in Great Yarmouth.
My brother and charter member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour Christopher Gottfried recently spotted this advert for the Windmill Theatre Crazy Golf in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
We've both played the indoor minigolf course, but haven't yet had a game against each other there.
When our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour began in 2006 the course at the Windmill Theatre was one of only two indoor miniature golf courses in the UK. There are now more than 100 indoor courses!
Visit the Hollywood Adventure Golf course website for more information.
Labels: advert, Christopher Gottfried, Great Yarmouth, guest blog, guest blog post, Guest Blog Posts, guest blogs, Hollywood, Hollywood Adventure Golf, Indoor Minigolf, Marketing, Norfolk, Windmill Theatre
Saturday, May 08, 2021
Today is National Miniature Golf Day.
National Miniature Golf Day is always marked on the second Saturday in May.
Miniature Golf Day
Each year there are two 'minigolf days', the second of which is Miniature Golf Day. It is always on the 21st September. This year that will be a Tuesday.
Labels: 2021, Day, Mini Golf, Mini-Golf, Miniature Golf, Miniature Golf Day, Minigolf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, National Miniature Golf Day
Friday, May 07, 2021
Tomorrow is the BIG day!
There are two annual minigolf 'days' dedicated to celebrating the game each year. First up is National Miniature Golf Day. It is always marked on the second Saturday in May. This year the date is Saturday 8th May.
The world's first miniature golf course
The first miniature golf course in the world opened in St Andrews, Scotland in 1867. The Himalayas Putting Course is still open and is a marvellous place to have a round.
Labels: 2021, Day, Event, Miniature Golf, Miniature Golf Day, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, National Miniature Golf Day, National Miniature Golf Day Eve
Thursday, May 06, 2021
There are plans for a new 12-hole miniature golf course to open at Duxbury Park in Chorley, Lancashire.
Visit the Glendale Golf website for more information on the Duxbury Park golf centre.
Chorley is fairly close to us so it'll be interesting to swing by for a game on the new layout when it opens.
Labels: Chorley, Duxbury Park, Glendale Golf, Golf, Lancashire, Miniature Golf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course
A look at the Jungle Adventure Golf course at the Parkdean Vauxhall Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth.
Our friends Sophia and Karl Moles recently had a short break at the Parkdean Vauxhall Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth and sent us these photos of the Adventure Golf course at the park.
|I do like seeing crashed plane theming on a course|
|A crocodile - or alligator - lurking near the course|
Visit the Parkdean website for more information.
|What's that croc had for dinner?|
The Moles family have found and played a fair few minigolf, crazy golf and adventure golf courses on their travels. Including one on a cruise ship!
It's always brilliant seeing new courses and those we haven't been to on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
Labels: Adventure Golf, Great Yarmouth, guest blog, guest blog post, Guest Blog Posts, guest blogs, Holiday Park, Jungle Theme, Karl Moles, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, Norfolk, Parkdean, Sophia Moles
A new adventure golf course is opening in Maidstone, Kent.
There are plans for a new indoor adventure golf course to be created at the Prison Island escape room venue in Maidstone, Kent.
Visit the Prison Island website for more information.
It's another new course for us to play on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. It'll be interesting to see if the theme continues along the prison line. That'll be a relatively new theme for us to play.
Labels: Adventure Golf, Escape Room, Indoor Adventure Golf, Kent, Maidstone, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Prison Island, Retailtainment, Shoppertainment, shoppingtainment
Location: 60-61 High St, Maidstone ME14 1SR, UK
Wednesday, May 05, 2021
A look at the Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf course on Shanklin Seafront on the Isle of Wight.
Our fellow minigolfing explorer Matt Dodd sent me these snaps from the new Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf on Shanklin Seafront following his visit last summer.
Check out the Shanklin Seafront website for more information.
Matt and his family have visited hundreds of courses on their crazy golf adventures and it's always brilliant to meet up with them for a game. Matt has managed to track down and play quite a lot of courses that we're yet to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour!
We have played minigolf on the spot that the Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf course now sits - in fact we played it in its two previous forms.
Labels: Adventure Golf, Dinosaur, guest blog, guest blog post, Guest Blog Posts, guest blogs, Isle of Wight, Jurassic, Jurassic Adventure Golf, Jurassic Bay, Matt Dodd, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, Shanklin
Location: Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BG, UK
Tuesday, May 04, 2021
Checking out the former Blockbuster Video store in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
Earlier this year the old sign at the former Blockbuster Video store on Regent Street in Nuneaton was uncovered when the most recent tenant of the building moved out.
The unit had been home to a 365 Bargains store which has now moved-next-door-but-one on the same retail park.
|The sign at the rear of the store has also been removed and the ghost outline of the Blockbuster Big Ticket logo sign can be seen|
It's always marvellous to find remnants of lost brands that evoke memories of a bygone time.
|What film or game would you rent out if you could?|
We were also lucky enough to spot an old Woolworths ghost sign while we were having a walk round Nuneaton town centre!
Blockbuster ceased operations in the UK in December 2013. At the start of the year there were 528 Blockbuster locations in the UK. The number dwindled until October when only 264 shops remained. The remaining stores closed on the 16th December that year.
At its peak in 2004 there were more than 9,000 Blockbuster stores around the world. There is now just one remaining store open. It's in Bend, Oregon, USA.
Luckily for us there are still relics of its time as a retail powerhouse on the high streets and retail parks of the UK.
Blockbuster Video Express
We recently visited one of the last remaining Blockbuster Video Express shopfronts. It's in Billingham, County Durham.
With our retail archaeology interest piqued by our discovery of the abandoned Blockbuster Video store in Fallowfield in 2019 we've now visited a number of former Blockbuster locations, including:
- Fallowfield, Manchester
- Colne, Lancashire
- Billingham, Teesside
- Prescot, Lancashire
- Cheadle Hulme, Greater Manchester
- Marple, Greater Manchester
- Oldham, Greater Manchester
- Felixstowe, Suffolk
- Hastings, East Sussex
- Chester, Cheshire
- Barnsley, South Yorkshire
- Telford, Shropshire
- Chorley, Lancashire
- Abingdon, Oxfordshire
- Leigh, Greater Manchester
- Great Moor, Stockport, Greater Manchester
- Wythenshawe, Manchester
Labels: Abandoned, Blockbuster, history, Lost, Nuneaton, retail, retro, shopfront, shopfronts, Shopping, Shops, storefront, urban exploration, urbex, video shop, Warwickshire
Location: Regent St, Nuneaton CV11, UK
A look at the Miniature Golf course at Dunton Hills Golf Centre in West Horndon, Essex.
A big thank you to my friend and crazy golf rival Stephen Skinner for these photos of the Miniature Golf course Dunton Hills golf centre in West Horndon, Essex.
Check out the Dunton Hills Family Golf Centre website for more information, opening times and prices.
Playing minigolf at Dunton Hills
The 18-hole miniature golf course at Dunton Hills was the 499th Miniature Golf course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in July 2012. We've now been to 958 courses since 2006.
The layout at Dunton Hills is an incredibly tricky, long and wide minigolf course, but great fun and a good test to play.
Labels: Dunton Hills Family Golf Centre, Essex, guest blog, guest blog post, Guest Blog Posts, guest blogs, Miniature Golf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, Stephen Skinner
A look at the new Woodland Adventure Golf course at China Fleet Country Club in Saltash, Plymouth.
My mate and minigolf rival Simon Brown hit up a new minigolf course over the weekend as he teed-off on the Woodland Adventure Golf course at China Fleet Country Club in Saltash, Plymouth.
The 18-hole adventure golf layout opened last year.
Check out the China Fleet Country Club website for more information, opening times and prices.
Labels: Adventure Golf, China Fleet Country Club, Devon, Greenspan, guest blog, guest blog post, Guest Blog Posts, guest blogs, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, Plymouth, Saltash, Simon Brown
Location: Plymouth, Saltash PL12 6LJ, UK
Happy Star Wars Day.
|Jabba the Putt at Trailer Trash Jim's Crazy Golf at Level Preston in May 2018|
Labels: bootleg, Crazy Golf, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Day, Indoor Crazy Golf, Jabba the Putt, Level Preston, Minigolf, Parody, Star Wars
Location: Lancaster Rd, Preston PR1 1HT, UK
A look at the Mini Golf course at Vivary Park in Taunton, Somerset.
My friend and crazy golf rival Simon Brown swung by the Crazy Golf course at Vivary Park in Taunton and sent over these snaps of the ace course.
We played the layout on our road-trip around the South West in 2015 and it was a pleasure to have a game there. It's such a well designed course and a real test of putting skill.
Visit the Vivary Park Crazy Golf website for more information, opening times and prices.
Labels: Crazy Golf, guest blog, guest blog post, Guest Blog Posts, guest blogs, Mini Golf, Minigolf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, Simon Brown, Somerset, Taunton, Vivary Park