Thursday, June 13, 2024

16 years gluten free

Today marks my 16 year Coeliac Anniversary - my Coeliacversary.


Coeliac disease and gluten free

I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease 16 years ago today. And so began my journey into the gluten free world.

What is Coeliac Disease?


Coeliac Disease is a lifelong autoimmune condition, where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. In Coeliac Disease the immune system mistakes substances found inside gluten as a threat to the body and attacks them. This can trigger a number of painful, horrible, stressful and uncomfortable symptoms.

In the UK it's estimated that 1 in 100 people have the condition.

Living a gluten free life


Richard Gottfried - Coeliac Crazy Golfer
I'm still alive and kicking as I've avoided gluten (my Kryptonite) since 2008

Having suffered from a range of symptoms for around ten years I finally received a positive diagnosis of Coeliac Disease following some 'interesting' and in-depth tests and procedures in 2008. It came as a relief to finally have a name for the mysterious cause of my illnesses and ailments, but at the time I was only given a brief summary and told that I'd have to "cut down on bread and beer". It was only later when I met with a Gastroenterologist and a dietitian that I found out that the only treatment for people with Coeliac Disease is a strict, life-long gluten free diet.

My life as a Coeliac in LEGO form
My life as a Coeliac in LEGO form

While having a life-long condition such as Coeliac Disease can be a pain - and horrible if I 'get glutened' - having the disease has had some positives. I've met great people since my diagnosis and have made some brilliant friends who I've met through Coeliac groups. I've also blogged a lot about living with the condition and the great free from food and drink I've found since 2008.

Thank you to everyone for their support, tips, help and recommendations over the years. It's very much appreciated.

For more information on Coeliac Disease visit the NHS Choices and Coeliac UK websites.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

New Mulligans Adventure Golf in Hemel Hempstead

A new Mulligans Adventure Golf venue is opening in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.


A new Mulligans Adventure Golf venue is opening in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

A new 18-hole indoor Adventure Golf course is opening at Jarman Park in Hemel Hempstead in July 2024.

Mr Mulligan's in Milton Keynes
Mr Mulligan's in Milton Keynes

We've played several Mulligan's courses on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour over the years. The latest two were in Milton Keynes last October where we enjoyed rounds on the Enchanted Forest and Underwater Kingdom 12-hole indoor courses at the Theatre District venue.

Mr Mulligan's in Worcester
Mr Mulligan's in Worcester

Visit the Mulligans website for more information.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Minigolf at Coate Water Park in Swindon

The two miniature golf courses at Coate Water Park in Swindon, Wiltshire will be reopening this summer.


Crazy Golf course at Coate Water Country Park in Swindon

The 18-hole Pitch & Putt layout and 18-hole Crazy Golf course at Coate Water Park in Swindon closed during the coronavirus pandemic and haven't reopened since.

They're now set to open for play again from July.

The Crazy Golf course at Coate Water Park was the 750th course visited on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back in August 2017.

Crazy Golf at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk

The Sandringham Estate in Norfolk will have a Crazy Golf course from July to September.


The Sandringham Estate in Norfolk will have a Crazy Golf course from July to September 2024

The 18-hole Crazy Golf course will be a new addition to the Royal Parkland.

Visit the Sandringham Estate website for more information.


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

Adventure Golf at The Pumpkin House in Thursford

An Adventure Golf course has opened at The Pumpkin House at Brookhill Farm in Thursford, Norfolk.


An Adventure Golf course has opened at The Pumpkin House at Brookhill Farm in Thursford, Norfolk

Opening days/times for the 9-hole farm-themed minigolf layout will vary so please check the farm's website for more information.


It's another new course for us to check out on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Crazy Golf at the Gaggle of Geese pub in Buckland Newton, Dorset

There's a Crazy Golf course at the Gaggle of Geese pub in Buckland Newton, Dorset.


There's a Crazy Golf course at the Gaggle of Geese pub in Buckland Newton, Dorset

Check out the Gaggle of Geese website for more information.


It's another course for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour next time we're down in Dorset.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Adventure Golf plans for the Lake District

A new adventure golf course could be created at Windermere in the Lake District.


A new adventure golf course could be created at Windermere in the Lake District

Choices Health Club have plans to build an 18-hole adventure golf course at Troutbeck Bridge Swimming Pool in Windermere.

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

New Adventure Golf course in Penrith

Foxy's Adventure Golf is opening at Penrith Golf Hub.


Foxy's Adventure Golf is opening at Penrith Golf Hub

A new 18-hole outdoor adventure golf course is opening at Penrith Golf Hub in Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria.

The course opens on Sunday 26th May.

Check out the Penrith Golf Hub website for more information.


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

Monday, May 20, 2024

Mini Golf at Ballers and Hackers Driving Range in Nottingham

There's a new Mini Golf at Ballers and Hackers Driving Range in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire.


There's a new Mini Golf at Ballers and Hackers Driving Range in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire

Ballers and Hackers Activity Centre in Hucknall, Nottingham is now home to an outdoor mini golf course.

Check out the Ballers and Hackers website for more information.


It's another new course for us to check out on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Twilight Zone Mini Golf in Las Vegas

Playing the Twilight Zone Mini Golf course in Las Vegas.


Twilight Zone Mini Golf in Las Vegas

Emily recently returned from a holiday to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA where she played the Twilight Zone Mini Golf course at the Horseshoe Hotel & Casino.

Twilight Zone Mini Golf in Las Vegas

The venue is home to an 18-hole indoor minigolf course.

Twilight Zone Mini Golf in Las Vegas

Visit the Twilight Zone Mini Golf website for more information.


Twilight Zone Mini Golf in Las Vegas

The Twilight Zone Mini Golf course was the 574th played and 1,053rd visited overall on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Twilight Zone Mini Golf in Las Vegas

Twilight Zone Mini Golf in Las Vegas

A wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube man in Las Vegas, Nevada

Spotting a wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube man in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.


A wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube man in Las Vegas, Nevada

Emily saw this wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube man while on holiday to Las Vegas recently.

PopStroke in Las Vegas

A look at the new PopStroke miniature golf courses in Las Vegas.


PopStroke in Las Vegas

PopStroke in Las Vegas

Emily recently returned from a holiday to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA where she swung by the new PopStroke courses at Town Square.

PopStroke in Las Vegas

The venue opened in April 2024 and is home to two outdoor 18-hole minigolf courses - the black and blue courses.

PopStroke in Las Vegas

PopStroke in Las Vegas

Check out the PopStroke website for more information about PopStroke Las Vegas.


PopStroke in Las Vegas

PopStroke in Las Vegas

Swingers Las Vegas

Swingers Crazy Golf Las Vegas is opening at the Mandalay Bay.


Swingers Las Vegas

Swingers Las Vegas is opening five 9-hole indoor crazy golf courses at MGM's Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Emily recently returned from a holiday to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA where she swung by the new Swingers Las Vegas indoor minigolf venue where five 9-hole indoor crazy golf courses are being created at Mandalay Bay.

Swingers Las Vegas

The new Swingers Las Vegas crazy golf location is set to open this fall.

Swingers Las Vegas

Visit the Swingers Crazy Golf website for more information.

A wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube man in Boulder City, Nevada

Spotting a wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube man in Boulder City, Nevada, USA.


A wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube man in Boulder City, Nevada

Emily saw this wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube man while on holiday to the USA recently.

Jurassic Adventure Golf at Grimsby Golf Centre

The new Jurassic-themed Adventure Golf course is now open at Grimsby Golf Centre in Lincolnshire.


The new Jurassic-themed Adventure Golf course is now open at Grimsby Golf Centre in Lincolnshire

The Jurassic Adventure dinosaur-themed adventure golf course is now open at Grimsby Golf Centre.

Check out the Grimsby Golf Centre website for more information.

The 18-hole outdoor adventure golf course is another new place for us to play on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Mini Golf Adventures at Activity for All on the Wirral

A new indoor mini golf course has opened on the Wirral.


A new indoor mini golf course has opened on the Wirral

Mini Golf Adventures is an 18-hole indoor glow-in-the-dark mini golf course at Arrowe Commercial Park in Upton.

Check out the Mini Golf Adventures website for more information.


It's be another new course for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour on a return trip to the Wirral Peninsula.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Coca-Cola Street Golf at Gravity MAX Westfield Stratford City

There's a Coca-Cola Street Golf course at Gravity MAX Westfield Stratford City.


The new Gravity MAX Westfield Stratford City indoor entertainment centre will be home to a Coca-Cola branded indoor street crazy golf course.

Gravity MAX Westfield Stratford City opens on Friday 17th May.

Check out the Gravity MAX Westfield Stratford City website for more information.


We visited the Urban Street Golf at Gravity MAX in Liverpool last November.

The Coca-Cola Street Golf course will be a new one for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Urban Street Golf at Gravity MAX in Liverpool
Urban Street Golf at Gravity MAX in Liverpool

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Prestatyn Crazy Golf

A revisit to Prestatyn Crazy Golf.

I revisited and replayed the excellent Prestatyn Crazy Golf in Prestatyn, North Wales on Saturday (National Miniature Golf Day).

Prestatyn Crazy Golf course
I managed to capture this shot of the superb course and its classic crazy golf colours during a gap in players on the course during a busy and very warm summer afternoon

The course was originally the 147th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back in 2009.

As one of our local seaside towns we used to head to Prestatyn a few times a year. We went there in December 2021 during the pandemic and before that the last visit was in June 2019! Where's the time gone since then!

The Prestatyn Crazy Golf is one of our favourite courses and is an excellent Arnold Palmer Putting Course.

I very much enjoyed my two rounds on the 18-hole layout and scored a 40 (+4) on each round. Not too bad considering how rusty my putting is!

It's a course that is well worth a visit and I'm very much looking forward to another game there this summer.

Minigolf consultancy

As a marketing professional I use my extensive knowledge and skills in supporting and promoting the game I enjoy as a hobby, a competitive sport and a leisure activity.

My marketing activity sees me work across the minigolf industry, from traditional British seaside crazy golf courses, to new inland adventure golf layouts, competitive socialising venues and within retailtainment.

Since 2006 Emily and I have visited more than 1,000 minigolf courses in the UK and overseas. This has given me an insight into many aspects of minigolf including course operators, pop-ups, competitions, equipment, national associations, international federations, clubs, suppliers, designers, builders and technology providers.

My involvement in the world of minigolf includes blogging, media relations, sponsorship, course design, advice and consultancy, content generation, digital marketing and new technology, event organisation and promotion, and participation in tournaments around the world.

I have consulted on a number of minigolf business concepts in the UK and USA including Princess Parade Crazy Golf in Blackpool; the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club in Knowle West, Bristol; Tea Green Golf in Luton; Burray Crazy Golf in Orkney; Prestwick Putting and Crazy Golf; Portaputt Crazy Golf; Aces Minigolf Gloucester; Southend Pier Crazy Golf; Knaresborough Mini Golf; Glory Holes art-based Crazy Golf in Saltaire; Putting at the Kiosk in Bedford; Visionary Crazy Golf at the London Design Festival, and The Big Mini Golf Tour in Great Yarmouth.

Richard Gottfried - Minigolfer

As a volunteer I served three terms on the Executive Committee of the British Minigolf Association and was a member of the World Minigolf Sport Federation’s Marketing and Media Committee for six years.

My sports, games and travel blog at the Ham & Egger Files contains over 5,500 posts that have attracted 3.3 million page views. Read my posts about the next normal rules of minigolfcompetitive isolationsocial distancing, the boom in minigolf and competitive socialisingartainment, the concept of retailtainment, as well as the increase in shopping mall and garden centre miniature golf courses. You can also sign-up to receive my minigolf enewsletter.

My specialist knowledge and experience in the worlds of minigolf and marketing were demonstrated in InterGame’s discussion of the opportunities and challenges of operating a mini-golf venue amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the Let’s Talk Leisure feature with Briq Bookings.

You can read my top 20 must-do tips for venues in the InterFun Guide for Operators.

As a consultant I contributed to the Guinness World Records 2024.

You can buy my ebook, The Minigolfer’s Guide to Marketing, on Amazon.

Please do get in touch to find out how I can help with your minigolf, crazy golf and adventure golf activities.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

National Windmill Day

Today is National Windmill Day - and National Miniature Golf Day.


The windmill hole on the grass putting miniature golf course at the Palm Bay Café in Cliftonville, Margate back in 2007
The windmill hole on the grass putting miniature golf course at the Palm Bay Café in Cliftonville, Margate back in 2007

As with National Miniature Golf Day, National Windmill Day is celebrated on the second Saturday of May each year.

Playing a windmill hole in Skegness on a previous National Miniature Golf Day
Playing a windmill hole in Skegness on a previous National Miniature Golf Day

Windmills are a familiar sight on minigolf courses around the world. We've played a fair few on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour over the years.

Emily playing a windmill hole at the Rhos Fynach Crazy Golf course on Miniature Golf Day in 2017
Emily playing a windmill hole at the Rhos Fynach Crazy Golf course on Miniature Golf Day in 2017

A Dutch-themed hole at Glo-Golf indoor Crazy Golf at the Riverside Bowl in Andover
A Dutch-themed hole at Glo-Golf indoor Crazy Golf at the Riverside Bowl in Andover

Playing the windmill hole on the Crazy Golf course at Penwith Pitch & Putt in Cornwall
Playing the windmill hole on the Crazy Golf course at Penwith Pitch & Putt in Cornwall 

Happy National Miniature Golf Day

There are two 'miniature golf days' each year.


Today is National Miniature Golf Day!

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf in Skegness on National Miniature Golf Day 2015
Playing the Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Skegness on National Miniature Golf Day 2015

Each year there are two Miniature Golf Days - National Miniature Golf Day on the second Saturday in May and Miniature Golf Day on the 21st September.

Friday, May 10, 2024

Tomorrow is National Miniature Golf Day 2024

Tomorrow is National Miniature Golf Day.


Minigolf courses we've played on Miniature Golf Days
Minigolf courses we've played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour on previous Miniature Golf Days

National Miniature Golf Day is always marked on the second Saturday in May.

Mini Golf Days

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 Saturday.

The Minigolf Nations Cup 2008 in Finland

We made our Great Britain team debuts at the 2008 Nations Cup of Minigolf in Tampere, Finland 16 years ago today!


The 2008 Minigolf Nations Cup

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
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
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

Richard Gottfried - International Minigolfer

Emily Gottfried - International Minigolfer

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.

The Beton Concrete Mini Golf course at the Manse RG Club in Tampere was the 50th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. The Eternit Miniature Golf course was the 51st and the Swedish Felt Minigolf course there was the 52nd played. We've now been to 1,045 courses since 2006.

Thursday, May 09, 2024

Dino Golf expanding at Mote Park Outdoor Adventure in Maidstone

The Dino Golf course at Mote Park Outdoor Adventure in Maidstone, Kent is doubling in size from 9 to 18-holes.


The Dino Golf course at Mote Park Outdoor Adventure in Maidstone, Kent is doubling in size from 9 to 18-holes

Visit the Mote Park Outdoor Adventure website for more.


It's a course we're yet to get to on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Wednesday, May 08, 2024

The 2008 Minigolf Nations Cup in Tampere, Finland

A look back at the 2008 Nations Cup of Minigolf in Tampere, Finland.



2008 Nations Cup of Minigolf in Finland

We made our Great Britain team debuts at the 2008 Nations Cup of Minigolf in Tampere, Finland 16 years ago this week. Where has that time gone!

The GB team playing the Beton Concrete Minigolf course in Tampere, Finland
The GB team playing the Beton Concrete Minigolf course in Tampere, Finland during a practice session

In international action on the Eternit Miniature Golf course

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.

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
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

Richard Gottfried's player card at the 2008 Nations Cup in Tampere, Finland

Emily Gottfried's player card at the 2008 Nations Cup in Tampere, Finland

Since the 2008 Nations Cup we've also played for the GB national team in tournaments in Stockholm, Sweden and Hastings, England.

Receiving some tips on the Middle Hill Eternit Miniature Golf hole from Crazy Golf legend Tim 'Ace Man' Davies
Receiving some tips on the Middle Hill Eternit Miniature Golf hole from Crazy Golf legend Tim 'Ace Man' Davies

The Beton Concrete Mini Golf course at the Manse RG Club in Tampere was the 50th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. The Eternit Miniature Golf course was the 51st and the Swedish Felt Minigolf course was the 52nd played.

Manse Ratagolf in Tampere, Finland

Tuesday, May 07, 2024

Minigolf courses in Manchester & Greater Manchester

A look at minigolf courses in Manchester & Greater Manchester.


A look at minigolf courses in Manchester & Greater Manchester

There are a number of options for minigolfing in Greater Manchester, with a variety of courses to play, ranging from traditional crazy golf to indoor minigolf to new adventure golf layouts. The city centre itself has seen an increase in courses over the last few years and there are more to open in the coming months too!

Here's a list of the minigolf courses in Manchester


  • Paradise Island Adventure Golf at the Trafford Centre - two indoor adventure golf courses
  • Junkyard Golf at First Street - three indoor crazy golf courses.
  • Treetop Adventure Golf at The Printworks in Manchester - two indoor adventure golf courses
  • Dino Falls Adventure Golf at the Trafford Golf Centre - two outdoor adventure golf courses
  • Roxy Ball Room on Deansgate - indoor mini golf course
  • Roxy Ball Room on Withy Grove - indoor crazy pool (think of a cross-between pool and crazy golf)
  • Putters Crazy Golf at the Urban Playground in Manchester Arndale - indoor crazy golf
  • Crazy Golf at Challenge Point Manchester - indoor crazy golf
  • Mini Golf at King Pins at the Manchester Arndale - indoor mini golf

Here's a list of the minigolf courses in Greater Manchester


  • The Lost Valley Adventure Golf at Amazonia, Market Place Shopping Centre, Bolton - an indoor adventure golf course
  • Haigh Woodland Park, Wigan - an outdoor adventure golf course
  • Haigh Woodland Park, Wigan - an outdoor crazy golf course
  • UV Crazy Golf at One Adventure in Droylsden - an indoor crazy golf course
  • Pitch & Putt at Bruntwood Park in Cheadle, Stockport - an outdoor miniature golf course
  • Puttstars at Rochdale Riverside - three indoor minigolf courses
  • Park Square, Cheadle Heath, Stockport - an outdoor Putting Green (for tenants only)
  • Parr Fold Park in Walkden - a Pitch & Putt course
  • Kearsley Golf Range - Pitch & Putt and Putting Greens
  • Victoria Park in Pendlebury, Swinton - an outdoor putting green
  • Buile Hill Park in Salford - a Pitch & Putt course
  • Woodheys Park in Sale - a Pitch & Putt course
  • HUKD Golf in Bury - indoor crazy golf

Minigolfing in Manchester


We've been travelling to play minigolf in Manchester on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour since 2009 when I won the Mini Masters and Mini Open at the Trafford Golf Centre. I also won the Chrizy Golf Masters at Piccadilly Place in 2012. We moved to Stockport in 2016 and have continued to compete in events. Emily won the Paradise Island Adventure Golf Open in 2019, while I won the tournament in 2018. I also won the DinoFalls Masters at the Trafford Golf Centre in 2018.

Former courses


  • Championship Miniature Golf at the Trafford Golf Centre - an outdoor miniature golf course
  • Chrizy Golf at Piccadilly Place - pop-up Christmas-themed crazy golf course
  • Tea Party Mini Golf at Spinningfields, Manchester - a pop-up mini golf course
  • Junkyard Golf at the Great Northern Warehouse and at Piccadilly Place - indoor crazy golf courses
  • Alexandra Park in Edgeley, Stockport - an outdoor crazy golf course
  • Walkden Town Centre - pop-up crazy golf course

Derelict and abandoned courses


  • Stamford Park, Stamford Street, Stalybridge, Tameside - an outdoor crazy golf course
  • Wythenshawe Park, Wythenshawe - an outdoor crazy golf course


Please do get in touch and let us know of any other minigolf, crazy golf, adventure golf, pitch & putt, or putting layouts we don't yet know about in the area.

Mini Golf at King Pins at the Manchester Arndale

The Manchester Arndale Centre will soon be home to a Mini Golf course at King Pins Bowling.


Mini Golf at King Pins at the Manchester Arndale opens on Friday 17th May 2024

King Pins Bowling is opening its second location in the city following the Trafford Centre venue. The new King Pins opens at the Arndale Centre on Friday 17th May, and one of the games there will be Mini Golf.

Check out the King Pins website for more information on the indoor venue.


The King Pins Mini Golf course will be another local course for us to check out on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.