Visit to the new Putt in the Park Miniature Golf course at Wandsworth Park, Putney, London.
|A view of the Putt in the Park Minigolf course in Wandsworth Park, London|
On Friday 18th October I headed to the new 12-hole Putt in the Park Minigolf course at Wandsworth Park in London for a ‘friendly’ round of Crazy Golf against some of my friends and Minigolf rivals Gareth, Alan and Paul.
|Alan playing the long and tricky 10th hole at Wandsworth Park's Putt in the Park Minigolf course|
The course was the 538th visited overall on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, the 323rd played and the 321st course I’ve played since September 2006.
|Another course visit on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour|
In the Putney Putting Invitational I faced off against BMGA Tour rivals and London Minigolf Club members Alan ‘Stormin’ Norman and Gareth ‘The Owl’ Holmes, and fan of ludicrous photos Paul ‘Flip Flops’ O’Connor.
|The competitors line-up at the Putt in the Park Minigolf course at Wandsworth Park in London|
The match-up started well for Alan who shot a magnificent hole-in-one on the first hole! His form (luck!) continued through the match and it was clear early on that the rest of us were playing for second/not to be last!
|Alan 'Stormin' Norman plays his first shot and lands an ace on hole one|
Paul also managed a hole-in-one on the course, scoring a brilliant ace on the 11th hole (or as I kept calling it - "The 17th").
|Paul signalling an Ace is in his sights! Like the Babe Ruth of Miniature Golf!|
The course looks great and has some very long and winding holes. The water features are both pleasant to look at as well as being integrated as obstacles on some of the holes. Especially on the 7th hole where I found the water twice, and the 9th where Gareth almost helped Alan into the water while he was retrieving his ball while stood on a stepping stone.
|Gareth lends Alan a helping hand|
|The unlucky 7th hole for Squire, finding the water twice as Alan looks on|
The course has a par of 27, with holes 6, 7 and 8 par-3 and the others par-2. In our contest Alan had a storming 31(+7 on a BMGA par rating), Gareth was runner-up with a score of 36(+12) and I was the bronze medallist on 38(+14). Paul, the novice of the group and a player with a very strong swing, shot a 48(+24).
|Gareth holes out on the 12th for an almost ace two|
1. Alan ‘Stormin’ Norman = 31(+7)
2. Gareth ‘The Owl’ Holmes = 36(+12)
3. ‘Squire’ Richard Gottfried = 38(+14)
4. Paul ‘Flip Flops’ O’Connor = 48(+24)
|Alan 'Stormin' Norman - Champion Minigolfer|
The 12-hole layout opened four months ago and has been a popular attraction in the nice setting of Wandsworth Park. We received a fine welcome by Jack at the course who told us the area used to be a disused Bowling Green. The renovation is a brilliant use of the space and the Putt in the Park course has its own clubhouse with bar and cafe.
|Putt in the Park at Wandsworth Park serves "Putney's Finest Bacon or Sausage Sandwiches" - the clubhouse pavilion also has a bar and we enjoyed an alcholic beverage after our round|
There’s plenty of seating too for players to rest between rounds and enjoy a drink and a bite to eat, and a great vantage point for spectators.
|The Putt in the Park Minigolf course is open until dusk|
I look forward to returning for more Minigolf match-ups on the course, and hopefully get close to, or beat the course record of 25 shots!
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