Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Treetop Adventure Golf in Leicester

Treetop Adventure Golf is now open at the Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester.


Treetop Adventure Golf in Leicester

We swung by the brand new two course, 36-hole indoor Adventure Golf venue while in Leicester on Sunday and were pleased to see the course really busy with players.


Treetop Adventure Golf in Leicester

Treetop Adventure Golf in Leicester is home to two 18-hole courses, the Ancient Explorer and the Tropical Trail. There's also a cool looking, electronic Lucky 19th hole.


Treetop Adventure Golf in Leicester
One of the holes on the Ancient Explorer course

Treetop Adventure Golf in Leicester
A tricky little plateau hole

Treetop Adventure Golf in Leicester
A hill and a loop on a dogleg hole!

Treetop Adventure Golf in Leicester
The borders on the tropical trail course differ to the Ancient Explorer and have a woody feel to them

We're looking forward to playing the Treetop Adventure Golf courses in Leicester in the future.

Treetop Adventure Golf in Leicester
I wonder who won?

The Treetop Adventure Golf courses in Manchester were the 799th and 800th we visited in the British Isles.

Treetop Adventure Golf in Leicester
There were lots of people enjoying their mini golf adventure inside Treetop Golf when we visited

Next time we're in South Wales we'll have to check out the popular Treetop Adventure Golf course in Cardiff too.

Check out the Treetop Adventure Golf website for more info on the three venues.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Crazy Golf at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke

A look at the Crazy Golf course at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke-on-Trent.


The Crazy Golf course at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke

While driving to Leicester on Sunday Emily found another miniature golf course for us to visit, so we took a slight detour to Fenton in Stoke to have a look for it.


Crazy Golf Land at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke
Crazy Golf Land! The UK is certainly a land full of courses

The Crazy Golf course at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke became the 902nd course we've visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.


Crazy Golf at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke
It's amazing that after 13 years of our crazy golf travels we can still be shocked by what we find!

Having a wander round the course we were struck with how crazy the layout and obstacles looked.

Crazy Golf at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke
The Crazy Golf course in Fenton is loopy!

It was only later that we realised that the course had been set up so that each hole was in the shape of a letter and the 9-holes spelled out the words CRAZY GOLF!

Crazy Golf at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke
This is a C

We have seen that before on some fibreglass Crazy Golf courses, but never on a permanent, landscaped course.

Crazy Golf at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke
Clearly an R

Crazy Golf at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke
A

Crazy Golf at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke
Z

Crazy Golf at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke
Y

Crazy Golf at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke
G

Crazy Golf at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke
O

Crazy Golf at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke
L

Crazy Golf at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke
F

We noticed that hole 1 (C) used boules as obstacles! We're big fans of Petanque too so this was fun to see.

Crazy Golf at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke
Hole C/1 and the Petanque obstacles. Crazy!

Crazy Golf at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke
Four boules

Crazy Golf at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke
Two boules

Crazy Golf at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke
One of the boule obstacles



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- Crazy Golf
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Bar Billiards at The Railway pub in Stockport

Finding a Bar Billiards table at The Railway pub in Stockport.


We're big fans of the old pub game of Bar Billiards so were very pleased to find a table at The Railway pub in Stockport on Saturday!


The Bar Billiards table at The Railway pub in Stockport

Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to play it as the pub had problems with its water supply and had to close while the emergency works were completed.


The Rules of Bar Billiards
Bar Billiards Rules

We're looking forward to returning for a game or two in the future.

The Railway Pub in Stockport
The Railway Pub in Stockport - you can see the table if you look in through this window

In 2017 we played the Bar Billiards table at The Blossoms pub on the A6. Like The Blossoms, the table at The Railway uses the four peg arrangement.

Bar Billiards at The Railway pub in Stockport
The table looks to be popular!

Coming from down south we're more used to seeing three pegs. We haven't seen too many four-peg tables on our Barmy Bar Billiards Trail. The ones at The Cheshire Cheese pub in London and The Chequers Inn at Knebworth spring to mind.

Bar Billiards at The Railway pub in Stockport
The nice and 'easy' 50-point holes are guarded by the white mushrooms in the four peg game

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New Adventure Golf course planned for Chorley, Lancashire

A new Adventure Golf course and Tenpin Bowling Alley planned to open in Chorley, Lancashire.


A new Adventure Golf course and Tenpin Bowling Alley planned to open in Chorley

A new entertainment centre is being planned for the Market Walk Shopping Centre in Chorley, Lancashire.


The team behind Cheeky Monkey's Family Entertainment Centre in Whittle-Le-Woods, Chorley are planning to open the new Adventure Golf venue which will also be home to Tenpin Bowling, retro games, a bar and more.


It'll be another new local course for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Friday, June 14, 2019

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough

A visit to our 900th minigolf course - North Bay Crazy Golf in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.


North Bay Crazy Golf in Scarborough

Last Friday we made the landmark 900th course visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour when we had a round at the North Bay Mini Golf course in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.


North Bay Crazy Golf in Scarborough
At our 900th minigolf course!

We were staying near Peasholm Park and had seen a number of the other courses in the North Bay area shortly after arriving in the town. As it was a Friday - and a rainy one at that - none were open.


North Bay Crazy Golf in Scarborough
A view of the North Bay in Scarborough

While walking along the clifftop we spied the North Bay Crazy Golf course and I couldn't run down the hill quickly enough to get a closer look at the 12-hole course.

Luckily for us the course was open


It's always nice to find unique courses and the North Bay Crazy Golf course is that. There are some very nice hole-in-one opportunities and a few tricky second putts on the colourful course. What was really nice to see was that the borders had felt on them that allowed skillful shots to be rewarded.

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
A view of the course

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
  
North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough

In our round I shot a 24 to take the win, with Emily scoring a 26 and our friend Cat Patterson hitting a 33.

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough

It was brilliant chatting to the course owners. They've got a real passion for the game and have created a fun and challenging layout. They told us that the course record was a 20, but not many players get close to that or even near to my round of 24. That was very nice to hear. If the weather hadn't gotten worse and if the day was longer I would've had another round or two to try and beat the record.

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough

Luckily when we swung by the course on the Sunday of our weekend away the course was doing a brisk trade in the sunnier conditions. Before we wandered along the coast to the South Bay I managed to have another round, but didn't score as well as I had on my first go, shooting a 27.

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough

The course can be easily found next to the main road and beach in Scarborough's North Bay.

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 1

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 1

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 2

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 3

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 3

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 4

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 5

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 6

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 7

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 8

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 8

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 8

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 9

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 10

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 10

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 11

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough
Hole 12

Scarborough and its two bays are well worth visiting. We'll be heading back to the seaside resort and look forward to playing the North Bay Crazy Golf course again then.

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough

The North Bay Crazy Golf course was the 900th visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour since September 2006. When our travels began there were around 600 courses in the UK. We've now been to 862 courses in the British Isles and 39 overseas. The North Bay Crazy Golf course was the 520th we've played in the last 13 years as a number of courses we've visited have been closed, derelict, flooded or abandoned.

North Bay Mini Golf in Scarborough

After our weekend in Scarborough we'd visited a total of 901 courses. The latest being the Holbeck Putting Green in the South Bay, a course that had been there since 1925!

Holbeck Putting Green in Scarborough
The next leg of our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and the road to 1,000 courses started in Scarborough

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