Friday, September 17, 2021

The Lost City Adventure Golf's Treasure Hunt for Miniature Golf Day

The Lost City Adventure Golf is organising three city-wide treasure hunts to celebrate Miniature Golf Day.


The activity tees-off with a total of 150 golden tokens being hidden in Nottingham, Belfast and Hull on Tuesday 21st September, aka Miniature Golf Day. All three cities are home to a Lost City Adventure Golf centre and each area will have 50 coins to find.

Inca Gold from The Lost City Adventure Golf
Two pieces of Inca Gold from The Lost City. These are safely tucked away in the vaults of The Crazy Golf Museum

Each of the Inca Gold Coins is worth a free game at The Lost City and the treasure hunt runs until Sunday 26th September.

The Lost City Adventure Golf will be posting clues across social media to help find the gold tokens in the cities.

Visit The Lost City Adventure Golf website for more details.


Miniature Golf Day is the second of the year's two 'minigolf days' and is always on the 21st September. The other day is National Miniature Golf Day. That is always on the second Saturday in May.

It's nice to see a minigolf brand getting involved with Miniature Golf Day and the treasure hunt sounds like it'll be a really fun activity.

at The Lost City Adventure Golf in Nottingham
Playing in the BMGA English Open minigolf tournament at The Lost City Adventure Golf in 2014

We've played at The Lost City Adventure Golf in Nottingham on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, but haven't been to Belfast for a few years and have not yet been to Hull on our travels. We're looking forward to playing at The Lost City's venues in both cities in the future.

Halloween Adventure Golf at The Cow Putt in Uckfield

There will be Halloween Adventure Golf at The Cow Putt in Uckfield, East Sussex this October.


There will be Halloween Adventure Golf at The Cow Putt in Uckfield, East Sussex this October


The 18-hole farm-themed Cow Putt Adventure Golf course opened in July this year.

Visit The Cow Putt Facebook Page and Heaven Farm website for more information.

Happy Shopper in Ormesby St Margaret, Norfolk

Finding a ghost sign at the old Happy Shopper shop in Ormesby St Margaret, Norfolk.


We were surprised and amazed to see an old Happy Shopper sign while en route to Hemsby during our East Anglian Road-Trip last month.

We had taken a couple of detours because of traffic and ended up on a different road towards the seaside that took us through the village of Ormesby St Margaret. We're always looking for points of interest and new things to spot when on our travels and as we drove past the village shop we both said to each other jokingly "I wonder if that used to be a Happy Shopper?"

Imagine our shock when we saw a really old, classic Happy Shopper sign in one of the shop windows!

Fletchers Mini Market in Ormesby St Margaret used to be a Happy Shopper shop
Fletchers Mini Market in Ormesby St Margaret used to be a Happy Shopper shop


I almost crashed into the village pond such was the excitement of our discovery.


During the pandemic we've been feeling very nostalgic. One of the brands we've been thinking about is Happy Shopper - the name alone conjures up images of the 1980's.

We didn't think there would be many - or any - of the original orange and yellow branded shops still around, but we were happy to find out we were wrong when we saw one in Preston last September.

Since then we've been lucky enough to spot and snap a few more on our limited travels outside of lockdown. Take a look at my posts about other Happy Shopper shops in:

Halloween 2021...

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

A revisit to the Lost World Adventure Golf course in Hemsby, Norfolk.


Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

We got to revisit one of our all-time favourite courses during our East Anglian Road-Trip last month.

Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk is a superb 9-hole adventure golf course and was one of the first adventure golf courses to open in the UK.

We've played there a number of times over the years, including in two tournaments, and it's still a fantastic attraction.

Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

The course was proving to be incredibly popular on our visit which was very nice to see.

Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

We're already planning a return visit next year.

Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

Check out the Lost World Adventure Golf website for more information, opening times and prices.


Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

Lost World Adventure Golf also has a free scorecard and loyalty app which shows each of the holes, with tips on how to play the course.

Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

The Lost World Adventure Golf course in Hemsby was the 88th course played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back in May 2009.

An End to Sleep Miniature Golf at von ammon co in Washington DC

There's an art-based minigolf course at the von ammon co art gallery in Washington DC, USA.


There's an art-based minigolf course at the von ammon co art gallery in Washington DC, USA

I've found out about a new art-based minigolf installation at the von ammon co art gallery in Washington DC.

The playable six-hole miniature golf installation has been created by Detroit based artist Tony Hope and is called "An End to Sleep", with each hole based on a scene from the Nightmare on Elm Street films.

The course opened on the 11th September and is playable up to and including Halloween itself.

Visit the von ammon co website to find out more.


We've played a number of art-based courses on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We're big fans of horror movies and Halloween too so An End to Sleep Miniature Golf would be a very interesting layout to view and play.

Crazy Golf at Herrings Green Farm Birds Of Prey Activity Centre in Wilstead

A look at the Crazy Golf course at Herrings Green Farm Birds Of Prey Activity Centre in Wilstead, Bedfordshire.


Crazy Golf at Herrings Green Farm Birds Of Prey Activity Centre in Wilstead. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, September 2021

My brother Christopher sent me these photos of the Crazy Golf course at Herrings Green Farm Birds Of Prey Activity Centre in Wilstead, Bedfordshire.

Crazy Golf at Herrings Green Farm Birds Of Prey Activity Centre in Wilstead. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, September 2021

The course became the 1,005 visited on our combined Crazy World of Minigolf Tour!

Crazy Golf at Herrings Green Farm Birds Of Prey Activity Centre in Wilstead. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, September 2021


Visit the Herrings Green Farm Birds Of Prey Activity Centre website for more information.

Halloween Mini-Golf at Lahey Family Fun Park in Pennsylvania

There will be Halloween-themed mini-golf at Lahey Family Fun Park in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA.


There will be Halloween-themed mini-golf at Lahey Family Fun Park in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA

Lahey Family Fun Park is hosting Halloween Miniature Golf on its 18-hole course. Starting on the 24th September you can then tee-off on the haunted course every weekend in October.

Check out the Lahey Family Fun Park website for more information.

The Putt Park Annual Mini-Golf Tournament Las Vegas

Looking back at The Putt Park Annual Mini-Golf Tournament Las Vegas.


I won The Putt Park's Annual Mini-Golf Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA back in September 2011.

Richard Gottfried - winner of The Putt Park's Annual Mini-Golf Tournament Las Vegas

We had first played miniature golf at The Putt Park on our holiday to Las Vegas the year before. It was the 178th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Playing minigolf at The Putt Park in Las Vegas
Playing at The Putt Park

Sadly The Putt Park is no longer there. It was a brilliant 18-hole course and at the time the only outdoor minigolf course in Las Vegas.

The Putt Park in Las Vegas

Stonehenge - The BIG mini golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

A revisit to the Stonehenge minigolf course in Hemsby, Norfolk.


Stonehenge - The BIG mini golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

Last month we swung by the 18-hole Stonehenge-themed miniature golf course in the seaside town of Hemsby.

Stonehenge - The BIG mini golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

Stonehenge Big Mini Golf was the 174th course played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in June 2010 when it was a 15-hole layout. We first visited it in May 2009 when it was a 12-hole course.

Stonehenge - The BIG mini golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

Stonehenge - The BIG mini golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

Stonehenge - The BIG mini golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

Stonehenge - The BIG mini golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

Stonehenge - The BIG mini golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

Stonehenge - The BIG mini golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

Stonehenge - The BIG mini golf in Hemsby, Norfolk
Social distancing footprints next to the entrance sign

We were back in Hemsby during our East Anglian road-trip.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Miniature Golf Day 2021

There are two 'minigolf days' each year - the second of which is coming up soon.


Miniature Golf Day is always on the 21st September. This year that is a Tuesday.

Playing the Putt in the Park Miniature Golf course at Battersea Park in London on Miniature Golf Day 2015
Playing the Putt in the Park Miniature Golf course at Battersea Park in London on Miniature Golf Day 2015

The other minigolf day is National Miniature Golf Day. That is always on the second Saturday in May. In 2022 that will be the 14th.

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe, Suffolk

A revisit to one of our most visited minigolf courses.


Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe Suffolk

We swung by the Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe, Suffolk during our East Anglian Road-Trip last month.

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe Suffolk
A new sign for the course on the seafront

We've been going to the seaside town for years and the 9-hole course is one of our most visited layouts as we go there about three times a year. However, the pandemic has meant this was our first visit since 2019.

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe Suffolk

It was originally the 7th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

A Happy Shopper shop in Lowestoft, Suffolk

A look at a Happy Shopper shop in Lowestoft, Suffolk.


We didn't only visit minigolf courses during our East Anglian Road-Trip last month. We always try to pack in as much stuff as possible when we're out and about and one of our interests is in lost brands, retail archaeology and interesting signage.

By the time we reached Lowestoft in Suffolk we'd been to a lost Happy Shopper shop in Ashwellthorpe and been shocked to discover one in Ormesby St Margaret too. We knew there was a Happy Shopper in Lowestoft as we'd been there in 2011.

A Happy Shopper shop in Lowestoft
At a Happy Shopper shop in Lowestoft

As with most things in the seaside town, the Happy Shopper is the 'easternmost' example of its type in the British Isles.

The Happy Shopper newsagent, general store and off licence in Lowestoft retains the classic yellow and orange colours of the brand, but differs from other Happy Shopper shops as it doesn't feature the smiling face anywhere on the logo.


Monday, September 13, 2021

Looney Golf in Bradford

A new indoor crazy golf course is opening in Bradford.


A new indoor minigolf course is opening on North Parade in Bradford, West Yorkshire

A new indoor minigolf course is opening on North Parade in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

Looney Golf is being created in a former retail unit in the city centre.

Check out the Looney Golf Facebook Page for more info.


Looney Golf will be another new course for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Family Adventure Golf at Little Joe's Ice Cream Shack in Lowestoft, Suffolk

A look at the easternmost Adventure Golf course in the British Isles.


Family Adventure Golf at Little Joe's Ice Cream Shack in Lowestoft, Suffolk

We visited Lowestoft in Suffolk on our East Anglian road-trip last month and revisited the 20th course we ever played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. Back then it was called East Point Family Golf.

Family Adventure Golf at Little Joe's Ice Cream Shack in Lowestoft, Suffolk

The Family Adventure Golf course at Little Joe's Ice Cream Shack in Lowestoft is the easternmost Adventure Golf course in the British Isles.

Family Adventure Golf at Little Joe's Ice Cream Shack in Lowestoft, Suffolk

Family Adventure Golf at Little Joe's Ice Cream Shack in Lowestoft, Suffolk

Family Adventure Golf at Little Joe's Ice Cream Shack in Lowestoft, Suffolk

Family Adventure Golf at Little Joe's Ice Cream Shack in Lowestoft, Suffolk

Happy National Video Game Day

Today is National Video Game Day.


Winners Don't Use Drugs

Friday, September 10, 2021

The Flintstones Crazy Golf

A look back at The Flintstones Crazy Golf course at Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth, Dorset.


The scorecard from Tee Time Miniature Golf in Ocean City, New Jersey that I recently blogged about reminded me of The Flintstones Crazy Golf course at Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth.

The Flintstones Crazy Golf course at Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth, Dorset

That course was the 77th visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back in October 2008. It's long gone now.

Pirates Island Adventure Golf at Norfolk Premier Golf in Blofield, Norfolk

A look at the Pirates Island Adventure Golf course at Norfolk Premier Golf in Blofield, Norfolk.


Pirates Island Adventure Golf at Norfolk Premier Golf in Blofield, Norfolk

We swung by the 12-hole Pirates Island Adventure Golf course at Norfolk Premier Golf in Blofield, Norfolk on our East Anglian road-trip last month.

Pirates Island Adventure Golf at Norfolk Premier Golf in Blofield, Norfolk

The course was the 971st visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Pirates Island Adventure Golf at Norfolk Premier Golf in Blofield, Norfolk

Visit the Pirates Island Adventure Golf website for more information, opening times and prices.


Pirates Island Adventure Golf at Norfolk Premier Golf in Blofield, Norfolk
It's always fun seeing minigolf vehicles

Haunted Miniature Golf at Putt'n Around in Delray Beach, Florida

Putt'n Around in Delray Beach, Florida, USA will be having a Haunted Miniature Golf course throughout October.


Putt'n Around in Delray Beach, Florida, USA will be having a Haunted Miniature Golf course throughout October

It's always fun to hear about Halloween-themed minigolf courses and events.

Putt'n Around Delray Beach is home to two 18-hole miniature golf courses. Hopefully we'll get to play them on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour one day.

They've got a fun mascot at the course too.

Check out the Putt'n Around Delray Beach website for more information.

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Minigolf scorecards from New Jersey, USA

A big thank you to Pat Sheridan from The Putting Penguin for sending over some minigolf scorecards from New Jersey.


Pat was in New Jersey for a recent minigolf tournament with the O-Street Mini Golf team.

The first scorecard is from Tee Time Miniature Golf on the Boardwalk at Ocean City.


Minigolf scorecard from Tee Time Miniature Golf on the Boardwalk at Ocean City, New Jersey, USA. Photo by Pat Sheridan, 2021

Minigolf scorecard from Tee Time Miniature Golf on the Boardwalk at Ocean City, New Jersey, USA. Photo by Pat Sheridan, 2021

The second is from The Sandtrap at 23rd & Long Beach Boulevard in Ship Bottom.


Minigolf scorecard from The Sandtrap at 23rd & Long Beach Boulevard in Ship Bottom, New Jersey, USA. Photo by Pat Sheridan, 2021

Minigolf scorecard from The Sandtrap at 23rd & Long Beach Boulevard in Ship Bottom, New Jersey, USA. Photo by Pat Sheridan, 2021

It's always brilliant scorecards and other ephemera from miniature golf courses around the world and Pat has provided lots from his travels for fun and tournaments in the USA. They are a marvellous addition to the archives of the Crazy Golf Museum.

Check out The Putting Penguin minigolf review website for details of lots of US courses and a number of others from around the world.

Trick or Treat Mini Golf and Glow Golf at Fun Fore All Family Fun Park

The team at Fun Fore All Family Fun Park in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, USA are getting ready to tee-off Trick or Treat Mini Golf and Glow Golf at the 18-hole miniature golf course there.


The team at Fun Fore All Family Fun Park in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, USA are getting ready to tee-off Trick or Treat Mini Golf and Glow Golf at the 18-hole miniature golf course there

Trick or Treat Mini Golf runs from the 1st October and finishes on Halloween night itself.

Each evening at dusk the course will become a Glow Golf layout.

Check out the Fun Fore All Family Fun Park website for more information, opening times and prices.


Fun Fore All Family Fun Park is on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour 'To Visit' list and we're looking forward to a game there. Hopefully our trip to Pennsylvania co-incides with one of the themed, seasonal events at the fun park.

The World Crazy Golf Championships at Hastings Adventure Golf

Good luck to all of the players in the 2021 World Crazy Golf Championships.


The weekend of action tees-off with a team event at Hastings Adventure Golf tomorrow, followed by the two-day main event on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit the Hastings Adventure Golf website for more information.


We both made our debuts in the 2007 edition of the event back when it was known as the Virgin Money World Crazy Golf Championships. It was Emily's first ever miniature golf tournament.

The World Crazy Golf Championships at Hastings Adventure Golf
Playing hole 2 at the 2014 edition

The competition is played on the 18-hole Crazy Golf course at Hastings Seafront. The layout is of the Arnold Palmer Putting Course variety. The course was the 39th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back in October 2007.

The World Crazy Golf Championships began in 2003. Two-time, back-to-back World Crazy Golf Champion Marc 'The Force' Chapman is defending the title in the 18th edition of the event.

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

New Adventure Golf course at Clayton Caravan Park in Fife

A new Adventure Golf course is being created at Clayton Caravan Park in Fife, Scotland.


A new Adventure Golf course is being created at Clayton Caravan Park in Fife, Scotland

A new 18-hole Adventure Golf course is being built at Clayton Caravan Park in Fife, Scotland.

The course will is being themed on the Old Course at St Andrews and will open in 2022.

Visit the Clayton Caravan Park website for more information.

Thursday, September 02, 2021

The old Happy Shopper shop in Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk

Finding an old Happy Shopper shop in Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk.


During the pandemic we've been feeling very nostalgic. One of the brands we thought about was Happy Shopper - the name alone conjures up images of the 1980's and the classic logo is a wonderful sight.

We didn't think there would be many - or any - of the original orange and yellow branded shops still around, but we were happy to find out we were wrong when we saw one in Preston (while en route to check out an abandoned Toys R Us store) last September.

Since then we've been lucky enough to spot and snap a few others on our limited travels outside of lockdown.

This one in Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk is a definite favourite. We were lucky enough to visit it during our East Anglian minigolf road-trip last month.

The Ashwellthorpe Stores Happy Shopper shop in Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk
A happy shopper at the, sadly now closed, Ashwellthorpe Stores in Norfolk



Play glow in the dark golf at the MiniLinks this Halloween

The MiniLinks golf centre in Lytham St Annes is lighting up its three courses for night golf this Halloween.


The MiniLinks in Lytham St Annes is lighting up its three courses for night golf this Halloween

The MiniLinks in Lytham St Annes is home to three miniature golf courses and will be lighting them up for night golf play this Halloween.

From 5pm to midnight on Halloween night, Sunday 31st October, you'll be able to have a round on the 18-hole Par-3 Championship course, the 9-hole Crazy Golf layout and the 18-hole Pennines Putting grass mini-golf course.

Check out the MiniLinks website for more information.


We've played the three courses at the MiniLinks a number of times on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and they are a nice mix of layouts. The 18-hole Par-3 is a very nice 'big' golf course and the Pennines Putting is a great grass course.

Crazy Golf at the MiniLinks in Lytham St Annes
Crazy Golf at the MiniLinks in Lytham St Annes

Par-3 Golf at the MiniLinks in Lytham St Annes
Par-3 Golf at the MiniLinks in Lytham St Annes

Pennines Putting at the MiniLinks in Lytham St Annes
Pennines Putting at the MiniLinks in Lytham St Annes

It's brilliant to hear about Halloween-themed minigolf events and I look forward to seeing what the MiniLinks courses look and play like by night.