Monday, June 26, 2017

Crazy Golf on Saint Annes Pier

Finding a Crazy Golf course at the end of Saint Annes Pier.

Crazy Golf course on Saint Annes Pier
The course at the end of Saint Annes Pier

Ahead of my visit to Lytham Saint Annes I knew there were four miniature golf courses on two sites on the seafront. What I wasn't expecting to find was a Crazy Golf course on the pier too!

Sign for the Crazy Golf course on Saint Annes Pier
What a sign! It's got a back to front 'z' and everything!

The Crazy Golf course is a unique 8-hole layout with a local seaside theme. Clubs and balls can be hired from The Deck House Cafe on the pier.

Crazy Golf on Saint Annes Pier
The Crazy Golf course at the end of the pier

Crazy Golf on Saint Annes Pier
The prices

Crazy Golf on Saint Annes Pier
A view of the course

Crazy Golf on Saint Annes Pier
And another angle  

Crazy Golf on Saint Annes Pier
And another
 
Crazy Golf on Saint Annes Pier
There were some interesting looking holes on the course

Crazy Golf on Saint Annes Pier
And some quite tricky obstacles too 

Crazy Golf on Saint Annes Pier
Quite a distance to cover from tee to cup

Crazy Golf on Saint Annes Pier
The centrepiece of the course

Crazy Golf on Saint Annes Pier
Always nice to see a windmill on a Crazy Golf course

Crazy Golf on Saint Annes Pier
The largest obstacle on the course

Crazy Golf on Saint Annes Pier
Directions
 
Crazy Golf on Saint Annes Pier
And another sign
 
Crazy Golf on Saint Annes Pier
The course had some of the smallest cups to putt into I've ever seen

The Crazy Golf course on the pier in St Annes on the Sea became the 741st visited and 435th played on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. It was the sixth course we've found on a pier, with others found at Clacton-on-Sea, Southsea, Brighton, Sandown and Southend-on-Sea.

Playing Crazy Golf on the end of Saint Annes Pier
Playing hole 1 of the 435th course played on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour - I scored a 24 and a 23 on my rounds

Related blog posts:
- Minigolfing in Lytham Saint Annes
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Lytham Saint Annes
- Pier

Link:
- The Deck House on Facebook

Bench at the end of Saint Annes Pier

As well as having a Crazy Golf course at the end of Saint Annes Pier there is a wide bench to have a nice sit down on.

Bench at the end of Saint Annes Pier
The sea always seems to be a long way away in Saint Annes on the Sea

The view looks back towards the rest of the pier and the seafront itself, rather than out to sea.

Saint Annes Pier
Behind this fence there is a Crazy Golf course

Saint Annes Pier
A view to the left

Saint Annes Pier
And to the right

Saint Annes Pier
Over the left shoulder

Saint Annes Pier
And a turn to the right
Bench at the amusements on Saint Annes Pier
Just before you head out on the deck to walk to the end of the pier there's another bench to have a sit down on. Nice to see the Crazy Golf course advertised at this point too


Related blog posts:
- Bench
- Crazy Golf at Saint Annes Pier

Minigolf litter

Spotting some minigolf ephemera on the streets of London.

My mate and minigolf rival Gareth Holmes has turned up another piece of minigolf ephemera - this one quite literally from the streets of London - as he found a discarded scorecard from the Battersea Putt in the Park course on the pavement outside The Latchmere Pub at 7am!

Scorecard from the Putt in the Park Mini Golf course at Battersea Park in London
The front of the abandoned scorecard that Gareth found on his travels

Looking at Player 2's score we think they should consider turning pro.

Scorecard from the Putt in the Park Mini Golf course at Battersea Park in London
The scores from the AME vs CON match-up played sometime before 7am on the 22nd June 2017...

Gareth has also recently spotted minigolf adverts on the tube and at bus stops in the capital. He's now the official Principal Public Transport Minigolf Advertisement Spotter of the blog and The Crazy Golf Museum.

Putt in the Park Mini Golf at Wandsworth Park in London
Gareth lending our friend and minigolf rival Alan 'Stormin' Norman a helping hand to retrieve a golf ball at Wandsworth Park

There are three Putt in the Park minigolf courses in London. We've played the Wandsworth Park and Battersea Park courses, but have yet to hit the Acton layout.

Putt in the Park Mini Golf at Battersea Park in London
The Battersea Park minigolf course

Link:
- Putt in the Park

Related blog posts:
- Gareth Holmes
- Crazy Golf in London
- Putt in the Park Minigolf at Wandsworth Park, London
- Minigolf with The Putting Penguin at Putt in the Park
- Putt In The Park Mini Golf at Battersea Park in London

New Adventure Golf course to open in Leicester

New Adventure Golf course heading to the Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester.

The team behind Treetop Adventure Golf in Cardiff are opening a brand new Adventure Golf course to the Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester. The new indoor minigolf course is planned to open by the end of 2018.

Check out the Treetop Adventure Golf and Highcross Shopping Centre websites to keep up to date with news of the course.

We're looking forward to playing the new course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in the future.

Minigolf is most certainly booming!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Crazy Golf at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes

A revisit to the Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes.


Back in 2008 we made a flying visit to Lytham Saint Annes after a weekend in Blackpool. On that occasion we didn't have the time to play the Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake. Something I put right on my recent proper visit to the seaside town.

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
A view of the course from the Inner Promenade

The 9-hole Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake is a fibreglass type of layout with a number of obstacles on it. It's nicely set-out on a flat surface which aids putting.

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
A fun course for a game of minigolf

The course became the 436th course played on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. It was previously the 4th of (to date) 305 courses we've been unable to play on our travels.

Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
A bit of the lake

I played two rounds of 9-holes and scored 22 on each of them. I aced the 6th hole in both rounds and also managed a hole-in-one on the 5th in round two.

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 1 
Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 1



Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 2

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 3

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 4 - the clown again

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 5

Hole 5 - a nice ace opportunity

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 6 - another good place for a hole-in-one

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 7 - not Humpty

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 8 - the bullet / rocket again

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 9

For more information, opening times and prices visit the Fairhaven Lake and Gardens website.

Related blog posts:
- Minigolfing in Lytham Saint Annes
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Lytham Saint Annes

A view of Wardown Park in Luton

A look at an old Crazy Golf location in Luton.

My mate and Lutonian Martin Morrin recently sent me a snap from Luton's Wardown Park showing the site of the old miniature golf courses. There used to be a grass Putting course and a Crazy Golf layout in the park.

Wardown Park in Luton. Photo by Martin Morrin, June 2017
The shed has been replaced with a different wooden structure. The bench is looking a little wonky these days

In 2015 the two courses were removed to make way for a year-long project to monitor how local Luton residents and insects reacted to a variety of new meadows.

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.

Wardown Park Crazy Golf course in Luton
A remnant of hole one of the old Wardown Park Crazy Golf course

It's a shame to see the area isn't being used for anything anymore.

You can see what the courses used to look like in our Crazy Golf in Wardown Park blog post.

Happy Summerween!

Happy Summerween 2017.

Today is Summerween. Unless, like some people, you celebrate the summer version of Halloween on the second to last Friday of June. In which case happy Summerween for tomorrow.

Jack-o-melon for Summerween 2017

Related blog posts:
- Watermelons
- Halloween

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bar Billiards at The Goose in Jersey

Spotting a Bar Billiards table at The Goose in Beaumont.

I haven't blogged about Bar Billiards for a while so it was nice that Emily sent over a snap of the table at The Goose in Beaumont in Jersey. Unfortunately she was unable to play it though as it was broken.

Bar Billiards table at The Goose in Beaumont

Jersey is a hotbed for Bar Billiards and the venue for World Championship tournaments. Although we struggled to find any tables there during our holiday last summer!?

Related blog posts:
- Bar Billiards in Jersey
- Bar Billiards
- Jersey

Another Crazy Golf advert in London

Another minigolf advert spotted on London's public transport network.

Gareth Holmes has done it again, this time he's spotted an advert for the Minigolf course at Columbus Courtyard in Canary Wharf, London.

There's a minigolf course at Columbus Courtyard in Canary Wharf, London. Photo by Gareth Holmes, June 2017
The course was originally open until the end of June, but on the website it's an ongoing activity

The Minigolf course at Columbus Courtyard opened in May this year. The 9-hole course is FREE to play! Check out the Canary Wharf website for more info.

Related blog post:
- Crazy Golf in London

Monday, June 19, 2017

Minigolfing in Lytham Saint Annes

A return visit to the seaside at Lytham Saint Annes.

Yesterday I returned to the Fylde coast for a bit of minigolf fun in the sun. That bit turned into a LOT of minigolf as I ended up playing eight rounds on five courses in Lytham Saint Annes - a total of 79 holes.

Crazy Golf in Lytham Saint Annes
Course one was a replay of the Crazy Golf at MiniLinks on the sea front. Good to see Humpty was still there

Miniature Golf in Lytham Saint Annes
Course two was the new Pennines Putting layout on the sea front

Crazy Golf in Lytham Saint Annes
Course three was an unexpected one as I didn't know there was a Crazy Golf course on the pier until I saw the sign for it!

The trip to Lytham Saint Annes has helped push the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour up to 742 course visits.

Mini Golf in Lytham Saint Annes
The biggest of the five courses I played was the Par-3 MiniLinks course

More blogs to follow about the three courses at MiniLinks (Pennines Putting, Crazy Golf and a lovely Par-3 layout), Crazy Golf at Fairhaven Lake and a Minigolf course I wasn't expecting to find at the end of St Annes pier!

Crazy Golf in Lytham Saint Annes
I finally got to properly visit the Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lakes. Nine years after my first brief stop there!