Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Part of the former Debenhams store in Belfast is planned to become an entertainment centre with a crazy golf course, laser tag, escape rooms, VR experiences and more.
The new indoor minigolf course at CastleCourt in Belfast will be another new course and venue for us to visit on a return trip to Northern Ireland on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
The last few years has seen a number of former retail units becoming entertainment venues with a fair few minigolf, crazy golf and adventure golf layouts setting up shop in the locations.
With the demise of Debenhams as a high street presence there is a lot of empty real estate open to the opportunity that retailtainment offers.
Labels: Belfast, CastleCourt, Crazy Golf, Debenhams, Indoor Crazy Golf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Northern Ireland, retail, Retailtainment, Shoppertainment, shoppingtainment
Location: Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1DD, UK
A look at the Adventure Golf course at the Pleasure Beach Gardens in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
My brother, and founding member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Christopher was in Great Yarmouth recently and sent me some snaps from the Pleasure Beach Gardens.
We first played the 12-hole Adventure Golf layout at the Pleasure Beach Gardens in June 2007 and last played it in August 2011. Where has that time gone!
It'll be brilliant when we can return to Great Yarmouth to see what's new and what's changed in the seaside resort.
We've got a nice old postcard in our collecation showing the Crazy Golf course when it was known as Nelson Gardens back in 1980.
Visit the Pleasure Beach Gardens website for more information on the Crazy Jungle Golf course there.
Labels: Adventure Golf, Christopher Gottfried, Crazy Golf, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Great Yarmouth, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, Norfolk, Pleasure Beach Gardens
A new crazy golf course is opening at Branston Golf and Country Club near Burton on Trent, Staffordshire.
The 18-hole crazy golf layout will have a woodland theme.
Visit the Branston Golf and Country Club website for more information.
Labels: Branston Golf and Country Club, Burton, Burton on Trent, Burton upon Trent, Crazy Golf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Staffordshire
My brother, and charter member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Christopher was recently in Great Yarmouth and sent me this snap of the sign at Merrivale Model Village as it includes Crazy Golf.
We played the course in August 2011. Time certainly flies!
The Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk is well worth a visit.
We're looking forward to our next trip to the seaside town.
Labels: Christopher Gottfried, Crazy Golf, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Great Yarmouth, Model Village, Norfolk, Revisit, Sign
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
There's a crazy golf course on the beach in Great Yarmouth.
My brother Christopher found a minigolf course on the beach in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on his visit to the seaside resort yesterday!
Great Yarmouth was one of the first places we visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and we've been back a number of times, although not since July 2016! It'll be fun to revisit and see what else is new there.
With Christopher's discovery of the Great Yarmouth Beach Golf course it brings the grand total of miniature golf courses visited by members of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour to 992 since September 2006!
Labels: Beach, Beach Golf, Christopher Gottfried, Crazy Golf, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, DK Fibreglass, Great Yarmouth, Minigolf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Norfolk
Location: Great Yarmouth, UK
Summerween is celebrated annually on the 22nd June.
|A Summerween Jack-o-Melon|
The quirky holiday originated in Gravity Falls, Oergon and in some calendars is also marked on the second to last Friday of the month of June. That was last Friday, the 18th.
So you get two bites of the cherry (or should that be watermelon) to celebrate this made up event.
Labels: Day, Gravity Falls, Halloween, jack-o-melon, melon, Melons, Pumpkin, Pumpkins, Summer, Summerween, USA, Watermelon, Watermelons
Monday, June 21, 2021
A look at the new Wardown Adventure Golf course in Luton.
We were back in our old home town of Luton, Bedfordshire on Saturday 19th June and while there swung by the new Adventure Golf course at Wardown Park.
The new Wardown Adventure Golf course opened in the park last month. It's a nice looking layout.
Wardown Park's first miniature golf course opened on the 19th June 1934 - so our visit came 87 years to the day since the first putt was taken in the park!
|The 18-hole woodland-themed minigolf course is on an elevated bowling green in the park|
Unfortunately we didn't have time for a game on the 18-hole course during our flying visit to the town. However, it was very nice to see the course proving popular with players.
|It's nice to see a disused bowling green put to good use|
We're looking forward to spending some time having some rounds there on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in the future.
Visit the Wardown Adventure Golf website for more information, opening times and prices.
|A Covid-19 sign at the entrance to Wardown Park|
Miniature Golf at Wardown Park
Wardown Park's latest minigolf course opened in May this year.
The park was previously home to two minigolf courses. One was a crazy golf course, the other was a grass miniature golf course. Both were turned into a 'Mini Golf Meadow' in 2015.
We lived in Luton for 16 years and played the minigolf courses in the park a fair bit during that time. 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 was the 19th played on the 19th May. Until the meadows were planted minigolf had been played in the park since the 19th June 1934.
Labels: Adventure Golf, Bedfordshire, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Luton, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Wardown Adventure Golf, Wardown Park, Woodland Adventure Golf
The countdown is on to the launch of the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club's new Crazy Golf course in Knowle West.
The Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club is getting ready to tee-off on the brand new community designed miniature golf course at the Filwood Community Centre in Knowle West, Bristol next month.
It was was brilliant meeting up with fellow members of the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club during the first lockdown last year.
We're looking forward to playing the layout on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
Check out the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club Facebook Group to find out more.
Labels: Bristol, Crazy Golf, Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club, Knowle West, Mini Golf, Mini-Golf, Miniature Golf, Minigolf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course
Location: Barnstaple Rd, Bristol BS4 1JP, UK
Today is World Music Day.
We've seen and played some musical-themed courses on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour over the years.
One of my favourites is this Garden Minigolf course in East Finchley, London where you have to putt into a 'musical shed'!
The 503rd course we played on our travels was the indoor Rock N Golf Crazy Golf course at One Adventure in Droylsden, Tameside. The 12-hole layout has a rock music-theme.
The 529th course we played was Puttshack super tech mini golf at White City in London. One of the holes there requires you to play your shot over five drums. Emily aced the tricky shot.
|Emily playing a musical hole at Puttshack|
My friend and world traveller PJ Goedhals sent me some snaps from his visit to the music-themed minigolf course at O'Learys sports bar in Norrtull, Sweden in 2019.
|Hole 5 of the Minigolf course at O'Learys Norrtull in Sweden. Photo by PJ Goedhals|
Last summer there was a music and theatre themed pop-up minigolf course at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee. Our friend and minigolf rival 'Hacksaw' Jon Drexler was lucky enough to have a game there.
|The green on the Memphis: The Musical hole. Photo by Jon Drexler|
Our friends at A Couple of Putts in the USA let us know about a minigolf-themed song called Putt Putt Butt Butt by Koo Koo Kanga Roo.
One of the latest minigolf courses to open in the UK is Pop Golf - a pop-music themed indoor crazy golf venue at Boxpark Wembley in London.
Friday, June 18, 2021
Stockeld Park in Wetherby, Yorkshire will be home to a Jurassic Summer event.
Part of the dinosaur fun taking place between July and September will be a Jurassic Mini-Golf course.
Visit the Stockeld Park website for more information.
Labels: Dinosaur, Harrogate, Jurassic, Jurassic Golf, Jurassic Mini-Golf, Mini-Golf, Minigolf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, pop-up, Wetherby, Yorkshire
Location: Wetherby Rd, Wetherby LS22 4AN, UK
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Playing the Crazy Golf course on Blackpool's North Shore.
I finally got to play the Crazy Golf course on Blackpool's North Shore as it reopened last month. We've been to the course a number of times on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour over the years but it had always been closed.
Blackpool and the Fylde Street Angels and Blackpool Fulfilling Lives joined forces to refresh and reopen the Princess Parade Crazy Golf course on Blackpool's North Shore in 2019 and a number of other people and groups have been a part of the project.
The base of the course itself has changed very little since it was first created in the late 1950's and it's wonderful that the area is easily recognisable from old postcards from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
There have still been some noticeable improvements to the course and the whole area it sits in. Most notable are the repairs to the obstacles as well as the addition of professional putting carpet to the holes. It makes the course very nice to play.
Here are videos of me playing the crazy golf course on Blackpool's North Shore at the launch event on Friday 28th May 2021.
The course is now open to play at weekends with plans to increase the opening times in the future. Take a look at the Princess Parade Crazy Golf Facebook Group for more information.
It's been a pleasure to be a part of the Princess Parade Crazy Golf project and I've enjoyed working with the teams at Blackpool Fulfilling Lives and Blackpool & the Fylde Street Angels, Blackpool Council and the Blackpool Civic Trust to get the course reopened.
We're looking forward to getting back to Blackpool again later this summer and playing a few more rounds on the course.
Labels: Blackpool, Blackpool and Fylde Street Angels, Blackpool Fulfilling Lives, Crazy Golf, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, heritage, history, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, refurbished
A new Adventure Golf course is opening in Farnham, Surrey next month.
A big thanks go to my friend and fellow minigolf fanatic Matt Dodd for letting me know about the new 18-hole Junglemania Adventure Golf course opening in Farnham, Surrey on the 23rd of July.
Visit the Junglemania Adventure Golf website for more information, opening times and prices.
Labels: Adventure Golf, Farnham, guest blog, Jungle, Jungle Adventure Golf, Junglemania, Junglemania Adventure Golf, Matt Dodd, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Surrey
The new Swingers Crazy Golf venue opens in Washington D.C. this week.
The first Swingers Crazy Golf location in the USA is opening at Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. tomorrow (Friday 18th June).
There are already plans for a second Swingers Crazy Golf in the US with courses being built at the new Virgin Hotel on Broadway in the Flatiron District of New York City.
Check out the Swingers Crazy Golf website for more information.
We played the first Swingers Crazy Golf pop-up course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in Shoreditch back in September 2014. The brand has grown since then, with Swingers in The City opening next to the Gherkin in 2016 and Swingers West End following in 2018.
|Emily about to score a hole in one on hole 4 of the Swingers Crazy Golf course in London's West End|
Labels: competitive socialising, Indoor Crazy Golf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Swingers, Swingers Crazy Golf, Swingers USA, USA, Washington
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
There are plans for a new mini-golf course to open as part of a high street entertainment venue in Fife, Scotland.
As well as the indoor mini-golf course the location would be home to an escape room, shop and cafe.
The unit on Leven High Street was formerly a WHSmith.
The plans have been put forward by Brag Enterprises.
The indoor miniature golf layout will be designed with a local landmark theme.
The plans are the latest to tap into the retailtainment trend bringing entertainment and leisure to high streets, shopping centres and retail parks.
Emily is a big fan of escape rooms too and we haven't been to Scotland together since the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It'll be nice to have a holiday up there again in the future and swing by the new venue on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
Labels: Brag Enterprises, Escape Room, Fife, Indoor Mini Golf, Indoor Minigolf, Mini-Golf, Minigolf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Retailtainment, Scotland, Shoppertainment, shoppingtainment
Location: High St, Methil, Leven KY8, UK
There's a Crazy Golf course at Buxton's Pavilion Gardens.
You can now play Crazy Golf at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton on weekends.
Visit the Pavilion Gardens website for more information.
Labels: Buxton, Crazy Golf, Derbyshire, DK Fibreglass, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Pavilion Gardens, Pop Up
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
I've been blogging about minigolf during the time of coronavirus and posting examples of Covid-19 and social distancing signage that I've seen or had shared with me during the pandemic.
During the pandemic we've played four minigolf courses, two of which were indoors. Last August we played our first game following lockdown at Gator Adventure Golf in Chorley. In September we played at Cae Glas Park in Oswestry. Last month we played at the newly refurbished Princess Parade Crazy Golf in Blackpool and earlier this month we played two of the three indoor courses at Puttstars in Rochdale.
|A social distancing sign at the entrance to Rochdale Riverside|
|We didn't take the lift|
|The approach to Puttstars|
|A welcome sign|
|Hole one of the Slingshot course|
|A sign at the end of the round|
Away from minigolf I've been documenting all of the Covid-19 signs I've seen on my Instagram account.
Labels: coronavirus, covid-19, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Greater Manchester, Indoor Mini Golf, Mini Golf, Minigolf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, pandemic, Puttstars, Rochdale, Social distancing
Play the Swingers Crazy Golf 'Battle Green' at London's Cocktails in the City.
Cocktails in the City is taking place at Bedford Square Gardens in London on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th June. Swingers Crazy Golf will be in attendance with their Battle Green pop-up crazy golf game.
We've played at Swingers on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, but haven't played the Battle Green game yet. It looks fun. I'm sure we'd be VERY competitive playing against each other on it.
Find out more on the Cocktails in the City website.
Visit the Swingers Crazy Golf website for details of their two London courses and new US venue opening in Washington D.C.
Labels: Battle Green, Cocktails in the City, Crazy Golf in London, London, Mini Golf in London, minigolf in london, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Swingers, Swingers Crazy Golf, Swingers London
Location: Bedford Square, London, UK
Sunday, June 13, 2021
A new Mini Golf course has opened at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales.
Many thanks to my friend, minigolf rival and fellow crazy golf enthusiast Martyn Williams of the Welsh Minigolf Club for letting me know about a brand new Mini Golf course that recently opened at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar.
It looks like an ace layout and Martyn tells me it plays very nicely indeed.
It's another course for us to visit when our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour returns to Wales.
Check out the Parc Bryn Bach website for more information.
Martyn also sent me this snap of a brilliant social distancing sign he spotted while visiting the park.
Labels: Adventure Golf, Blaenau Gwent, Dragon, Martyn Williams, Mini Golf, Minigolf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Parc Bryn Bach, Social distancing, Tredegar, Wales, Welsh Dragon