Thursday, February 16, 2017

Old Crazy Golf course at Alexandra Park in Edgeley, Stockport

Spotting an old and long gone Crazy Golf course at Alexandra Park in Edgeley, Stockport. 

Last year Emily and I joined the Woodstock Petanque Club which plays at Alexandra Park in Edgeley, Stockport. We're also members of the Friends of Alexandra Park group which was recently set-up to maintain and improve the large park.

The Friends group has been asking members to contribute photos and memories of the park and it was great to see Allen Gleave's photo of the old Alexandra Park Crazy Golf course on the Park Friends Group Facebook Page.

Photo of the Alexandra Park Crazy Golf course courtesy of Allen Gleave

We didn't know the park once had a Crazy Golf course until we spotted what looked like the outline of a minigolf layout while looking up a Google Satellite view of the park last week - it must be a very old image of the park! On Google Street View you can see the course next to the fence on Edgeley Fold in October 2008.

Speaking with members of the Friends group it appears the course had been a popular feature in the 1980's but was barely used in the 90's and was eventually removed. Comparing the Street View images from 2008 and 2015 you can see the area where the course once was is next to the MUGA (Multi Use Games Area). How times change.

It's funny to thing there used to be a Crazy Golf course just a stone's throw from where we play Petanque now! If only we'd moved to Stockport, or at least visited on our tour, ten years ago!

Join the Friends of Alexandra Park to find out more about the park, its history and future activities. The latest addition to the park is a new BMX and Skate Park.

Alexandra Park in Edgeley, Stockport
How the area looks now

Related blog posts:
- Alexandra Park
Stockport
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Links:
The Friends of Alexandra Park
Woodstock Petanque Club
Alexandra Skatepark Association
Alexandra Park

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American Golf Adventure Golf Championship 2017

New Adventure Golf Championship launched by American Golf.


American Golf has launched a new Adventure Golf Championship tournament series, with the finals taking place at The Belfry.

Last year American Golf launched a number of free to enter American Golf Championships including the Pairs Championship, Junior Championship, Long Drive Championship, Senior Championship and Ladies Championship. This year the company is increasing the range of events and American Golf Championship titles will be contested in the American Golf Family, Par 3, Adventure Golf, Scratch and 9 Hole Individual Championships.

Playing at Pirate's Landing Adventure Golf at Trent Lock Golf Centre in Long Eaton in 2014
Playing at Pirate's Landing Adventure Golf at Trent Lock Golf Centre in Long Eaton in 2014. The course will be hosting American Golf Adventure Golf Championship Regional Qualifiers this year

The American Golf Adventure Golf Championship will see Regional Qualifying competitions held at various American Golf centres in England, Scotland and Wales, with the winners of each moving on to the American Golf Adventure Golf Championship Final to be played on the new Ryder Legends miniature golf course at The Belfry in September.

The competition is a pairs format and is open to all golfers and non-golfers and will take place on selected dates in March and April at the venues below:



For more details, tournament schedules and entry information check out the American Golf Adventure Golf Championship website.

Playing the Dragon Quest Adventure Golf course at World of Golf Croydon in 2013
Playing the Dragon Quest Adventure Golf course at World of Golf Croydon in 2013

We haven't played the Adventure Golf courses at the American Golf centres in Clydebank, Bristol or Wrexham, but have played at Croydon, Watford and Trent Lock on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

The 18th hole at Top Golf Watford

The 18-hole course at Watford's Top Golf centre was one of the first we played way back in 2006.

Playing the Adventure Golf course at Top Golf in Watford on one of our many trips there when it was our local course

Back in 2009 I won the the Mini Masters and Miniature Open tournaments held on the Miniature Golf course which used to be at the Trafford Golf Centre. Part of my prize included American Golf vouchers, which I spent at Top Golf in Watford.

Minigolf winnings

Links:
- American Golf Adventure Golf Championship 2017
- American Golf Free Tournaments
- American Golf

Related blog posts:
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Putting Edge portable minigolf

Playing the Putting Edge portable minigolf course at Prolific North Live 2017.


The team Putting Edge minigolf were exhibiting at Prolific North Live 2017 at EventCity in Manchester so I got to play minigolf while wearing both my @putting_gott and @marketing_gott hats!

Putting Edge portable minigolf
The Putting Edge minigolf course gets the thumbs-up from me - even if David from Putting Edge had made the second hole very very tough indeed!

The tricky little 2-hole Putting Edge minigolf layout was the 722 visited on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and the 423rd played since September 2006.

Putting Edge portable minigolf
I really liked the ramp and jump on the first hole - I shot a few aces on it

Admittedly I had a fair few goes on the course (probably enough to constitute a full round of 18-hole), but by the time I left I'd equaled the day's low score of 4, with an ace and a three. The long dog-leg second hole was nigh on impossible to get a hole-in-one on.

Putting Edge portable minigolf
On the leaderboard

Check out the Putting Edge website for more details and do get in touch with David to find out how he can help make a difference to your event, function or exhibition space.

Putting Edge portable minigolf
David and the team at Putting Edge can tailor the obstacles and branding on the course to suit your needs 

Check out the video of me scoring a hole-in-one on the first below.





Links:
- Putting Edge
- Prolific North

Related blog posts:
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Portable Minigolf

Video:
- Hole-in-One on the first

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Crazy Golf at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Playing the beer garden Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance, Cornwall.


On the 7th June 2015 we visited Penzance and found that The Alexandra Inn had a Crazy Golf course in its beer garden!

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance, Cornwall

The very crazy and unique miniature golf course became the 34th visited on our roadtrip around the south west of England, the 374th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and the 633rd visited since September 2006.

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance


Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

In our minigolf match-up on the course I won with a score of 43 to Emily's 55.

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance


Crazy Golf course at The Alexandra Inn Penzance

Related blog posts:
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Mini Golf in the South West of England

Video:
- Crazy Golf Hole-in-One at The Alexandra Inn in Penzance

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A visit to East Didsbury railway station

Maximum Train Nerdery at East Didsbury railway station.

Since moving to the north of England we've been travelling to a lot of new places. This has given me the chance to see some new railway stations and a lot of different trains too.

Train nerd Richard Gottfried at East Didsbury railway station
Train nerd Richard Gottfried at East Didsbury railway station

My new favourite railway station is East Didsbury in Manchester. It's actually one of the closest to ours and we stopped by on Friday prior to going tenpin bowling over the road at Parrs Wood. In just ten minutes six trains passed through the station, although only one stopped. And that was en route to Llandudno!



Check out my YouTube Channel and the links below to see some of my other recent train nerdery captured on camera.

Related blog posts:
- Train Nerd
- Train
- Trains
- A trip to Ashton-under-Lyne railway station
- Tube trains on the Isle of Wight

Videos:

Spotted in Stockport - Only Fools and Hearses

I enjoy a good play on words and so had to get a snap of the Only Fools and Hearses hearse outside the Town Hall Tavern in Stockport yesterday.

Only Fools and Hearses in Stockport
Trotter's Independent Traders don't own this vehicle

Related blog posts:
- Stockport
- Bootleg

Friday, February 10, 2017

Crazy Golf at Bitts Park in Carlisle

Playing the Crazy Golf course at Bitts Park in Carlisle.


On the 5th April 2012 we visited Carlisle and the Crazy Golf course at Bitts Park.

Crazy Golf course at Bitts Park in Carlisle

The Bitts Park course was one of 13 we played on a roadtrip that took us to 49 minigolf courses in England and Scotland.

At the 471st course on our tour

Crazy Golf course at Bitts Park in Carlisle
Tackling the Humpty obstacle

The Crazy Golf course was similar to the Eternite style, but each hole had a fibreglass obstacle on it, including one Humpty. The course was the 289th played and 471st visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Crazy Golf course at Bitts Park in Carlisle

Crazy Golf course at Bitts Park in Carlisle

Crazy Golf course at Bitts Park in Carlisle

Crazy Golf course at Bitts Park in Carlisle

Crazy Golf course at Bitts Park in Carlisle

Crazy Golf course at Bitts Park in Carlisle

Crazy Golf course at Bitts Park in Carlisle

Crazy Golf course at Bitts Park in Carlisle

Crazy Golf course at Bitts Park in Carlisle
Humpty!

However, only one of the holes was anything but a straight 'lane'. With the pyramid obstacle hole being a dogleg right.

Crazy Golf course at Bitts Park in Carlisle
Playing the only hole with any sort of variety

In our minigolf match-up Emily won with a score of 31 to 23.

Crazy Golf course at Bitts Park in Carlisle
Emily won our round on the faux-Eternit course

We found somewhere to have a nice sit down after our game too.

Crazy Golf course at Bitts Park in Carlisle
What a ludicrous bit of street furniture

Related blog posts:
Visiting a further 49 Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in England and Scotland
Unplayed Minigolf Courses on our Roadtrip to Scotland & Back
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

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