Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Course Skellington

Spotted lurking in Captain Hook's Adventure Golf in Ryde.

Putting Interrupted

While playing a round on the Putting Green in Southsea we were treated to an awesome display by the Red Arrows.

Not a Minigolf course in Southsea, but it looked like it

Spotted on Southsea Seafront.

No Enrty!?

Spotted at Portsmouth's Ferry Port.

One of them is right though!

Great Britain's 15th Best Minigolfer

It's Official!

Jungle Adventure Golf Courses...

...always seem to feature crashed planes!

This one in Shanklin is by far the scariest!

Rylstone Gardens Scoreboard

We all scored 'Very Good'

Easy to find course!

If visiting the Isle of Wight there are no excuses for not finding the Rylstone Tea Gardens Crazy Golf Course!

Photos from the Isle of Wight Minigolf Tour

Shanklin's Beton Crazy Golf Course

Shanklin's Jungle Adventure Golf Course

The Rylstone Tea Gardens Crazy Golf Course - 50 years old and still going strong!

Captain Hook's Adventure Golf in Ryde

Two weeks in a row!

For the second week running the Ham & Eggers Sports and Social Club team won the George II Pub Quiz.

This week we beat 5 other teams, with a total of 31 points out of 50.

Monday, July 28, 2008

67 courses visited and played so far!

Since 30th September 2006 I have played a total of 67 ‘Minigolf’ courses!

These have included Minigolf, Miniature Golf, Crazy Golf, Adventure Golf, Putting Greens, Eternit, Beton, Swedish Felt and a Pitch & Putt or two.

Shooting Shacks – Hayling Island

After a fruitless search in Portsmouth, Southsea, Shanklin, Sandown and Ryde on the Isle of Wight two Shooting Shacks were found in Hayling Island’s Funland.

They were:

The Hillbilly Shooting Gallery

And The Spooky Shoot (which seems to be a Japanese Import!)

Hayling Island Scarecrow Festival

Following the completion of the Minigolf Tour of Hampshire & the Isle of Wight we explored the excellent Seaside resort of Hayling Island which was holding a Scarecrow Festival.

In our Scarecrow searching, in-between rides at Funland, Crazy Golf, Stone Skipping and Steam Train Riding, we managed to spot 30 of the potential 246 that have been created and listed in the Scarecrow Trail Sheet.

The Hayling Island Scarecrow Festival is running from 26th July to 9th August.

See www.haylingscarecrows.co.uk for more information.

Overseas Minigolf Tours

Setting off to Hayling Island or the Isle of Wight? Then don’t forget:
- Your passport
- Duty Free Allowance
- To check if your mobile phone will work
- Travel Insurance
- To check local times
- A phrase book

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Invitational Tournament 2008

Three days…
Five towns…
Two (Three?) Islands…
Nine courses…
125 holes…

…The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Invitational Tournament 2008!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

New Adventure Golf Course at Wroxham Barns, Norfolk

Minigolfers Richard & Emily Gottfried have been invited to the launch of a brand new 18 hole Adventure Golf course at Wroxham Barns, Norfolk.

According to the organizers lots of exciting things will be going on, including a challenge match between the reigning World Crazy Golf Champion, Chris Harding, and a top local golfer!

The course has been built by UrbanCrazy, sponsors of the Great Britain Minigolf Sport Team.

More details on Wroxham Barns can be found here:

Full details of the event and photos of the course are to follow.

New Minigolf League!

The first 36 hole Minigolf course in the UK, at Birmingham’s Star City Leisure Complex, is due to start a League night in August, starting with a singles Invitational tournament in early August.

More details can be found here:

Ham & Eggers – Quiz Champions of the George II Pub!

The Ham & Egger Sports and Social Club entered its first Pub Quiz in many years at the George II pub in Luton’s Bute Street yesterday evening and ended as the winning team.

With a total of 39 points out of 50 over five rounds, the quiz went to a tie breaker after another team gained two extra points on top of their score of 37 for having the funniest team name (CFLR).

The tie breaker question was “The author of Jeeves & Wooster is known by his initials P.G., what is his surname?” and without any hesitation the answer “Wodehouse” was given by the Ham & Eggers team to win the quiz.

One question that did outfox the Ham & Eggers was:
“LARGE FAT NOISE is an anagram of which 80’s pop star?”

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Night Crazy Golf and the Irregular Mini Golf Tour Emu Open

The Seafront Crazy Golf Complex in Hastings is open until 11pm at weekends!

Eastbourne - Treasure Island Adventure Golf

A top notch course and a true test of Putting skill.

Blackbeard's Treasure Island

Another seaside town, another Shooting Gallery!

This time in Eastbourne.
Playing the Treasure Cove shooting gallery at Blackbeard's Treasure Island in Eastbourne
Playing the Treasure Cove shooting gallery at Blackbeard's Treasure Island in Eastbourne
The Treasure Cove shooting gallery at Blackbeard's Treasure Island in Eastbourne
Related blog posts:

A quest is over

After two years and countless attempts to win an Emu hand puppet from a seaside amusement arcade 'Grabber' I finally won one last Saturday.

Here he is in 'The Smuggler's' pub on Saturday night.

And here he is guarding the Putter Bags on Day 2 of the BMGA British Championships.

Related blog posts:
- Emu

Swing and a Miss!

Quality Batting Cages at Northwick Park in Harrow.

Practice Softball or Baseball - £2.50 for 15 balls!

Also home to a BIG Golf course and a 'Mini Majors' Crazy Golf course!

"Emily is third in the country"

The Luton News and Dunstable Gazette wrote a story on 16th July about Emily's first podium place after she finished 3rd in the BMGA British Women's Minigolf Championships.

BMGA Order of Merit Rankings 14 July 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

Ryanair Magazine follows the British Minigolf Team


Minigolf Report – BMGA British Championships 2008

14th July 2008
Press Information
For Immediate Release

Minigolf Report – BMGA British Championships 2008

Luton Minigolfers Emily and Richard Gottfried travelled to Hastings, East Sussex on the 12th and 13th July to compete in the first Minigolf Major of the 2008 Season, the BMGA British Championships. Over two days 33 competitors played 126 holes, in seven 18-hole rounds at the Planet Hastings Minigolf Course at White Rock Gardens.

The tournament was won by Hastings own Tim ‘Ace Man’ Davies who carded a new course record score of 26 (-10) to finish with a total score of 226 (-26). The 26 scored was also the best ever round of Minigolf recorded on British Soil. In second place was Andy Exall of Tunbridge Wells, who had led the tournament from round one but carded a 35 (-1) in the final round for a total of 230 (-22). Third was John McIver of Hastings with a score of 243 (-9).

Emily finished in 26th place with scores of 41, 56, 42, 46, 46, 41, 48 for a total of 320 (+68). Emily also achieved a new personal best score on the Planet Hastings course, with her pair of 41’s besting the score of 48 she recorded in March 2008.

In the BMGA Women’s Championships Emily achieved her best result to date and a spot on the podium after finishing in third place, behind five-times Women’s champion Ruth Bullin of St Leonards-on-Sea and Jo Williamson of the Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club.

Emily said “I am really thrilled to be Britain’s number three Female Minigolfer. It was a really tough tournament and on a difficult course, and the competition was close right up to the final round, so it is really satisfying to achieve third place.”

In the main BMGA British Championship tournament Richard finished in 18th place with a seven round total of 284 (+32) carding scores of 37, 46, 40, 39, 42, 41, 39. His score of 37 (+1) is a new personal best on the Planet Hastings course (having previously achieved a best score of 51 (+15) in March 2008).

Richard said “I am fairly pleased with my scores, and I was happy to have set myself a new personal best. I’ll be looking to go under par when I return to this course again in March for the Hastings Open.”