Sunday, August 23, 2009

Minigolf etc. - English to Welsh translations

While on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour holiday in Wales in 2009 we noticed a few different spellings of Minigolf, Miniature Golf and Crazy Golf!

Golff Giamocs / Crazy Golf in Porthmadog
Below are the translations from English to Welsh:

Crazy Golf (1) = Golff Gwyllt

Crazy Golf (2) = Golff Giamocs

Minigolf = Minigolff

Mini Golf = Golff Bach

Miniature Golf = Maes Golff

Putting Green = Llain Bytio

Golf = Golff

Course = Cwrs

Crazy Golf / Golff Gwyllt in Swansea
Maes Golff / Miniature Golf in Criccieth
Golff Gwyllt / Crazy Golf in Anglesey
Golff Bach / Mini Golf in Rhyl
Related blog posts:
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour list of courses visited and played
Wales
- Lost in Translation

6 comments:

Richard Gottfried said...

Looking at the Anglesey Attractions 2009 Map & Guide I noticed another variation on the Welsh terms for Crazy Golf.

In English it said:
"Captain Jake's Crazy Golf."

In Welsh it said:
"Golff gwallgof Capten Jake."

Richard Gottfried said...

Looking at a blog post from 2010 when we visited Penarth we saw another two ways to say 'Miniature Golf' in Welsh.

Mini Golf = Golff Mini

Pitch and Putt = Golf Byr

Related blog post:
- Penarth Golff Mini (it's a Golf Byr!) - Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Richard Gottfried said...

At the World Alternative Games 2014 (Gemau Byd Arallddewisol 2014) in Britain's smallest town - Llanwrtyd Wells - we played the Portaputt Crazy Golf course that our friends the Kukielka family brought to the event.

In the World Alternative Games event brochure the word 'Portaputt' is translated into Welsh and comes out as 'Portaputt'.

But, the introductory line in Welsh is "Beth am gêm o golff gwirion pan yn ymweld â Llanwrtyd yn 2014?" which translates as "How about a game of crazy golf when visiting Llanwrtyd Wells in 2014?", so 'Crazy Golf' is also 'golff gwirion'. Another new way to say Crazy Golf in Welsh! Brilliant.

Related blog posts:
- Portaputt at the World Alternative Games
- World Alternative Games
- Lost in Translation

Richard Gottfried said...

Here's an updated list of the ways to say 'Crazy Golf' etc. in Welsh!

Crazy Golf = Golff Gwyllt

Crazy Golf = Golff Giamocs

Crazy Golf = Golff Gwallgof

Crazy Golf = Golff Gwirion

Minigolf = Minigolff

Mini Golf = Golff Bach

Mini Golf = Golff Mini

Miniature Golf = Maes Golff

Pitch and Putt = Golf Byr

Portaputt = Portaputt

Golf = Golff

Course = Cwrs

Golf course = Cwrs Golff

If anyone knows of any other ways to describe the game please do let me know.

I'd like to see an example of Adventure Golf on a sign in Welsh ;-)

Ace Man said...

Loving it!

Richard Gottfried said...

Speaking with the team at Cwmbran-based Crazy Golf business Portaputt I've got some more info on English to Welsh translations of 'Minigolf'.

"Adventure Golf" is "Golff Anturus".

The best translation for "Crazy Golf" is "Golff Gwyllt". The word "gwirion" means "stupid"!

The Welsh word for "putt" is "put".

Check out the Portaputt website and Twitter feed for more information on the Portaputt Crazy Golf course / Cwrs Golff Gwyllt and how you can hire it for events.