Thursday, July 09, 2020

Caddy Shack opening at Sol Central in Northampton

The new Caddy Shack Mini Golf course at Sol Central in Northampton is opening this month.


Caddy Shack indoor mini golf opening at Sol Central in Northampton

The new Caddy Shack indoor games venue is due to open on Friday 17th July. It was originally planned to open earlier this year.

Caddy Shack is a New York-themed venue and home to a minigolf course, tenpin bowling and darts and is part of the Gravity Activity Entertainment centre at Sol Central.

Check out the Caddy Shack website for more information.

We're looking forward to visiting Caddy Shack and playing the crazy golf course there on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

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New Adventure Golf course opening at Wexham Park Golf Centre in Buckinghamshire

A new Adventure Golf course will be created at Wexham Park Golf Centre in Slough, Buckinghamshire.


A new Adventure Golf course is being built at Wexham Park Golf Centre in Buckinghamshire

The 18-hole Adventure Golf layout will also be joined by a new Footgolf course.

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

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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Farmyard Crazy Golf at Uncle Henry's Farm in Gainsborough

A new minigolf course has opened at Uncle Henry's Farm in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.


Farmyard Crazy Golf at Uncle Henry's Farm in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

A brand new Farmyard Crazy Golf course has opened at Uncle Henry's Farm Shop, Butchery & Cafe in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

It's a new course for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We've enjoyed our visits over to Lincolnshire on our travels.

Visit the Uncle Henry's Farm website for more information, opening times, booking details and prices.

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Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

A look back at our visit to play Crazy Golf on Southend Pier.


Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

We headed to the seaside town of Southend on Sea for a day out of fun and games back in June 2016.


Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

It was the last seaside trip we made while still living down south. We started the big day out with a visit to the brilliant Southend Pier Crazy Golf course - 1.3 miles out to sea!

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier
The view back towards dry land

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier
Playing above the sea

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier
  
Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

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Pitch & Plakks indoor miniature golf game

Check out the Kickstarter for the new Pitch & Plakks minigolf game - there are only 11 days to go.


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Pitch & Plakks indoor miniature golf game

We love playing minigolf - whether it's a full size course, a video game or a board game we're super competitive!

In May we found out about Pitch & Plakks, an indoor minigolf course board game toy. It's the second game from the team at Plakks after they successfully launched the Plakks football game in 2019.

Pitch & Plakks indoor miniature golf game

If you are interested in finding out more about Pitch & Plakks and supporting a growing business with a great product please use this link. Any pledges made through it will also support us to continue bringing you brilliant minigolf content.

Pitch & Plakks will be a nice addition to our collection of minigolf toys, games and board games.

More information, FAQs, photos and videos can be found on the Pitch & Plakks Mini Golf game Kickstarter campaign page.

WINNERS DON'T USE DRUGS

Who is your favourite Director of the FBI?

I'd have to go with William S. Sessions.

William S. Sessions arcade game attract screen message at 7 Sins in Manchester
Show me a better arcade game attract screen. I'll wait

Happy National Video Game Day!

Mr Mulligan's Lost World Adventure Golf in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. July 2016

A look back at our visit to Mr Mulligan's Lost World Adventure Golf in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.


We visited Mr Mulligan's Lost World Adventure Golf in Stevenage back in July 2016. It was the last course we visited while we still lived down in Luton.

Mr Mulligans Lost World Golf in Stevenage. July 2016

There are two 18-hole indoor adventure golf layouts at the centre at Stevenage Leisure Park - the Jungle Explorers and Ocean Adventurers courses.


The courses were the 685th and 686th visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

You can also find Mr Mulligan Adventure Golf courses in Basildon, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Castleford, Cheltenham, Milton Keynes (indoor and outdoor), Newcastle, Nottingham, Sidcup, Tonbridge and Woking.

We've visited them all apart from Basildon, Bournemouth, the indoor course in Milton Keynes, Nottingham and Tonbridge.
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Where in the world was this miniature golf course?

Can you identify where this miniature golf course was?


Where in the world was this miniature golf course?
Clue - it's a lost course

Happy National Video Game Day

Today is National Video Game Day.


This is some of the video game graffiti art at the Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf courses in Birmingham and Liverpool.

Video game graffiti art at Ghetto Golf

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Putting in the Kitchen

Pandemic Putting at Home has now moved into our kitchen.


The Putt18 putting game mat
Does that look an adverse camber to you?

I'm looking forward to competing in the new Putt18 World Pro League.

The season tees-off tomorrow, Wednesday 8th July and players from around the world will compete every two weeks for a total of seven events.

More information can be found on the Putt18 website.

Putter Madness face masks

The team at Putter Madness have some very nice branded face masks for staff to wear at their upcoming minigolf events.

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport

A look at a lost golf centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport.


Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
The gates at the entrance to the old golf centre

In May we found a lost golf centre on one of our daily walks in Stockport during lockdown.

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
This building will not be standing for much longer

We were in Heaton Mersey again yesterday and had a walk round the Common and Nature Reserve next to the centre.

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
The fence at the back of the centre

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
A view of the rear of the golf centre building

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
There's some graffiti on the buildings

Cranford Golf Centre was a golf driving range. It closed down on the 31st October 2014.

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
The range and bays

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
A closer look at the bays

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
A view of the overgrown driving range

Looking online there were plans for the area to be turned into housing. We saw a notice with more details of the demolition of the golf centre buildings on the gate yesterday, it was dated 22nd June 2020.

The public notice about the proposed developments on the site

Ghetto Golf face masks

Ghetto Golf has a range of branded face masks for sale at their venues. More info is up on the Ghetto Golf website.

Ghetto Golf in Byker, Newcastle

Social distancing at Teezers Crazy Golf in Coventry

Teezers Crazy Golf in Coventry is reopening tomorrow, Wednesday 8th July.

Monday, July 06, 2020

Pubs of Stockport

A look at the pubs of Stockport during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.


The Kings Tap on Station Road in Cheadle Hulme
Pub number 1 - The Kings Tap on Station Road in Cheadle Hulme. A lovely Art Deco building. We'd never seen it shuttered before the lockdown

We've spent some of our new-found outdoor exercise time during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown visiting the pubs of Stockport.

The Crown Inn on Heaton Lane in Stockport town centre
Pub number 73 - The Crown Inn on Heaton Lane in Stockport town centre

It's been interesting to see the variety of architecture, different signage, parts of the town we haven't been to for a long time and other parts of the area we've never been to. I've been documenting them on Instagram using the #StopfordianPubs tag.

The Bull's Head Hotel in High Lane, Stockport
Pub number 222 - The Bull's Head Hotel in High Lane, Stockport. Our daily walks around the town took us to the borough's canals on a number of occasions

This is us outside pub number 265 - The Nursery Inn in Heaton Norris on Friday 3rd July 2020.

At the 265th pub on our lockdown 'pub crawl'. Not a drop was drunk on our daily walks in April, May, June and July

It was the last of all the pubs in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport we visited on our daily outdoor exercise between Wednesday 1st April and before pubs were allowed to reopen with social distancing measures on Saturday 4th July.

The Crown in Hawk Green, Marple
Pub number 185 - The Crown in Hawk Green, Marple, a part of the borough we never knew existed before our walks began

We saw a real mixture of pubs, bars, club and social clubs, along with a few lost and closed pubs. There were also some new pubs getting ready to re-open post-lockdown.

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A token from the Boondocks

One of the minigolf tokens in my collection came from a visit to play the two miniature golf courses at Boondocks Fun Center in the town of Northglenn, Colorado, USA.

Machine token from Boondocks Fun Center in Northglenn, Colorado, USA

It was one of the arcade machine tokens in use at the fun center when I visited in March 2009.

Machine token from Boondocks Fun Center in Northglenn, Colorado, USA

Do you know of any minigolf courses that still have tokens when you win on the lucky last hole, or in use at attached arcades or fun centres?

Happy National Fried Chicken Day

Today is National Fried Chicken Day.


Chicken shops from our travels
We've seen a lot of different chicken shops on our travels including a few alternate KFCs

Saturday, July 04, 2020

New minigolf courses in the UK


A look at new miniature golf courses in the UK.


Minigolf courses in the UK

There are a number of new minigolf courses being built, in development or planned to open in the UK.

It's great to see that the game's popularity continuing. Before the coronavirus pandemic minigolf was booming, with new courses opening up every month.

Over the last few months we've found out about the following minigolf courses:


  • Wolverhampton Adventure Golf, an 18-hole dinosaur-themed adventure golf course at Perton Park Golf Club in Wolverhampton. It was the first brand new course to open during the pandemic.
  • Mini Golf at Sea Acres Holiday Park at Kennack Sands in Cornwall. This is a Swedish Felt type of course.
  • Crazy Golf at Ighton Leigh Social Club in Burnley.
  • Adventure Golf at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham St Annes on the Fylde coast.
  • Adventure Golf at China Fleet Country Club in Saltash, Cornwall.
  • A new Crazy Golf course is planed to open at the Filwood Community Centre in Knowle West, Bristol. They have a Putt at Home Crazy Golf Club in the meantime.
  • The new Roxy Ball Room at Withy Grove in Manchester will include minigolf among the games on offer.
  • Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf are creating a course in Putney, London.
  • A new Caddyshackers Crazy Golf bar could be heading to Nottingham.
  • Work will soon be underway again at the Princess Parade Crazy Golf course in Blackpool.
  • There are plans for a new Ghetto Golf venue in Sheffield
  • An indoor Adventure Golf centre is planned for Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre
  • A Crazy Golf course is planned to open at Kingsway West Retail Park in Dundee
  • A new Adventure Golf course is planned to replace the old layout in Andover, Hampshire.
  • Work is also almost complete at the new Crazy Golf course at Pembrey Country Park in Wales.
  • Boom Battle Bar will have a minigolf course when it opens in Norwich.
  • The new Gravity venue in Northampton was completed just as lockdown was announced and is ready to play when it is safe to reopen.


If you know of any other new minigolf courses opening, or are planning to create one please do get in touch.



Our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour


Before the pandemic we were closing in on visiting the final 40 courses of the original 600 we set out to play in 2006. We're also very close to hitting 1,000 course visits overall.

Before the lockdown hit and our out-of-home putting was paused we'd visited 948 courses since September 2006.

We're now up to 949 course visits as we found a Pitch & Putt course on one of our daily walks last month.

We'd had a very strong start to the year and visited 20 courses in the first 20 days of 2020.

Who knows where and when our 950th course visit will be...?

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Friday, July 03, 2020

Minigolfing in Worthing a decade ago

A look back at Splash Point Mini Golf in Worthing's Denton Gardens as it was ten years ago.


Splash Point Mini Golf in Denton Gardens, Worthing
Playing hole 13 ten years ago today

This is how the hole looked in April last year.

Splash Point Mini Golf in Denton Gardens, Worthing

Take a look at the history of miniature golf in Worthing's Denton Gardens in this blog post. The game has been played there for 96 years.

New Crazy Golf course at Ighten Leigh Social Club in Burnley

Ighten Leigh Social Club in Burnley has a new Crazy Golf course.


There's a new Crazy Golf course at Ighten Leigh Social Club in Burnley

Hopefully we'll get to play the layout in the future. Burnley isn't too far from us and we're looking forward to visiting the town again when it's safe for us to do so.

It'll be interesting to see what the Ighten Leigh Social Club Crazy Golf course layout looks like.

New miniature golf courses in the UK

It's the second brand new minigolf course in the UK to open its doors for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic. The first was the 18-hole dinosaur-themed adventure golf course at Perton Park Golf Club in Wolverhampton.

A new Mini Golf course has also been installed at Sea Acres Holiday Park at Kennack Sands in Cornwall.

There are a number of new minigolf courses also being built, in development or planned.

A new adventure golf course is under construction at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham St Annes on the Fylde coast. A new adventure golf layout is nearing completion at China Fleet Country Club in Saltash, Cornwall. The Filwood Community Centre in Knowle West, Bristol is planning a new Crazy Golf course and have a Putt at Home Club in the meantime. The new Roxy Ball Room at Withy Grove in Manchester will include minigolf among the games on offer. Work will soon be underway again at the Princess Parade Crazy Golf course in Blackpool. There are plans for a new Ghetto Golf venue in Sheffield, an adventure golf centre at Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre, a crazy golf course at Kingsway West Retail Park in Dundee and an adventure golf course in Andover, Hampshire. Work is also almost complete at the new Crazy Golf course at Pembrey Country Park in Wales and Boom Battle Bar in Norwich. While the new Gravity venue in Northampton was completed just as lockdown was announced.

Our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic we were closing in on visiting the final 40 courses of the original 600 we set out to play in 2006. We're also very close to hitting 1,000 course visits overall.

Before the lockdown hit and our out-of-home putting was paused we'd visited 948 courses since September 2006.

We're now up to 949 course visits as we found a Pitch & Putt course on one of our daily walks last month.

We'd had a very strong start to the year and visited 20 courses in the first 20 days of 2020.

Who knows where and when course visit number 950 will be...?

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Resident Needle

I don't think I could've seen a better business name, sign and shopfront during my pandemic lockdown daily outdoor exercise than this one in Woodley Precinct, Stockport!

What voice would you use to say this shop name out loud?

Back to the Future is 35

Back to the Future was released in the USA on this day in 1985!

On Friday 13th March I managed to see a Back to the Future DeLorean at Media City in Salford.

A Back to the Future DeLorean in Salford

It was brilliant to tick that off my bucket list.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Putt-Putt tokens from the USA

A look at some 1980s's Putt-Putt tokens from the USA.


Putt-Putt tokens from the USA

From the Crazy Golf Museum's collection.

Putt-Putt tokens from the USA

Putt-Putt tokens from the USA

The very first Putt-Putt Golf course was created by Don Clayton in Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA back in 1954.

In the 1960's Putt-Putt franchises began opening outside of the US, in locations such as South Africa, Australia and Japan. There were also courses in the UK, the first of which opened in Sunderland in 1968. Others followed at Flamingo Land in Yorkshire and in Buxton, Derbyshire. However, information on these UK courses is limited.

Do you know of any courses that still have tokens?