Friday, September 30, 2011

Five years on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour!

Back on the 30th September 2006 we played our first course on what would become the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, when we played the 9-hole Victory Trail Adventure Golf course at Treasure Island in Southsea. The second course we played was the Warrior Trail course at Treasure Island on the 1st of October!

We've since gone on to visit a total of 419 courses in eleven countries to date, playing 268 of them. These 419 courses have gone under various names and guises (not all Miniature Golf courses are the same), in fact we've played the game at courses using a total of 43 synonyms!

The tour itself and the many road trips we've been on since 2006 came about after Emily and I set about visiting as many seasides in the UK as we could. So far we've made it to 149 coastal resorts, towns and villages by the sea. We've played Minigolf in 89 of these places.

Photo: Richard plays Hole 7 of the Oddballs Crazy Golf Course in Cleethorpes, Lincs

Photo: Emily putts through a Rocketship hole at the Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

So to celebrate the half-decade landmark point of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour we've put together the following facts and stats.

Number of courses played = 268

Number of holes played on the 268 courses = 3,675

Number of courses visited but not played = 151

Number of courses visited overall = 419

Number of courses played that had a Windmill obstacle = 16
1. Brighton #12
2. Southend-on-Sea #16
3. Great Yarmouth #26
4. Broadstairs #35
5. Margate/Cliftonville #36
6. Margate/Cliftonville #37
7. Hastings #39
8. Blackpool #45
9. Bury St Edmonds #71
10. Rhyl #145
11. Prestatyn #147
12. Southport #150
13. Gorleston-on-Sea #173
14. Cleethorpes #226
15. Skegness #234
16. Great Yarmouth #265
- Rottingdean’s Putting Course and Miniature Golf #223 was at an actual Windmill!
- The Extraordinary Golf at Alton Towers has a Windmill on it but the course was flooded on our visit, so we could not play there

Number of countries Emily and I have played Minigolf in = 11 – England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Finland, USA, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden

Number of Piers that we’ve played Minigolf on = Two – Sandown, Isle of Wight & Clacton-on-Sea

Number of Piers that have got a Minigolf course on, but which wasn’t open on our visit = One – Southsea

Number of Piers that advertise that they have got a Minigolf course on, but haven’t = One – Brighton

Number of Seasides we’ve played Minigolf in = 89

Number of Capital Cities we’ve played Minigolf in = 6 – London, England; Stockholm, Sweden; Auckland, New Zealand; Vienna, Austria; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland

Islands in the British Isles we’ve played Minigolf on = 7 – Portsea Island, Isle of Wight, Thanet, Isle of Anglesey, Barry Island, Canvey Island, Hayling Island

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Ace Man said...

I think you're pushing it on the Islands :))

May you both have many more years producing extraordinary statistics!!

Richard Gottfried said...

Ha ha, many thanks Ace Man :-)

Richard Gottfried said...

Our Minigolf Rival and Crazy Golf Enthusiast Seth 'Clockwork Orange' Thomas has blogged about our Minigolfing Milestone over on his blog Forever Pushing Buttons.

You can read his article at - Mini but Crazy