Friday, January 15, 2010

From the archives - Crazy Golf at The Green Man Pub, Stanford, Bedfordshire

I found out today (15th January 2010) that the Crazy Golf course at The Green Man Pub, Stanford, Bedfordshire has been removed! I will be visiting the pub in February (for a Gluten Free meal!) so will be able to see what remains, or what has taken its place.

The course was the 11th minigolf course visit on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and took place even before we joined the British Minigolf Association (BMGA) and so the rules we were using were not 'Official' - note the non-movement of the ball from the borders to allow backswing for example (much like our first ever course visits on the Tour at the Adventure Golf in Southsea).

Videos of Minigolfers 'Squire' Richard Gottfried* and Emily 'Coach' Gottfried playing the 9-hole Crazy Golf course on the 29th December 2006 on one of the first course visits on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Photos that I took of the course as it was back at the end of 2006 can be found at the excellent website Green Man Pub course entry.

In the 9-hole round played at the course (which counted towards half the score in the 2006 Irregular Mini Golf Tour Christmas Challenge tournament) I scored a 41 to beat Emily by one-shot. The other course played as part of the competition was another public house course at the Horse & Harrow in West Hagbourne, Oxon.

For the full list and links to other courses visited on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour please visit -

* Prior to my BMGA Tour debut (and after some terrible shots on the course at The Green Man pub) my minigolf nickname was almost Richard 'Hole in Two, or Eight' Gottfried!

Despite the course closing the The Green Man Pub itself continues to operate, and now offers Gluten Free menu options for Coeliacs - excellent news! I look forward to returning, but am sad that the Crazy Golf has gone!

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