Visiting and playing the 541st Miniature Golf course on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour!
|The 9-hole Crazy Golf course in Burton upon Trent|
While in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire I made a visit to Shobnall
Leisure Centre in the town as my friend, Minigolf rival and Midlands Minigolf
Club member Jam Trubridge
had told me there was a Crazy Golf course there.
Arriving at 6pm on a cold November evening I was warmly
greeted by the staff and asked them what time the Minigolf course was normally
open – luckily for me the reply was “It’s never closed”.
|Playing hole 9 on Shobnall Leisure Complex's Crazy Golf course|
I was expecting the Miniature Golf course visit to be the
overall, but yet another closed course visit (having
previously been to 215 courses that I couldn’t play for one reason or another).
However, as it was open and available to play it become the 326th
course played on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
since September 2006.
|A view of the course from hole 4|
The course was of the fibreglass and felt variety, with a
number of obstacle on the course in addition to dog leg hole layouts,
unfortunately there wasn’t a ‘Humpty’
on the course – an obstacle I’ve found on
many courses of this type.
|Hole 8 - a roll of the dice - I came close to acing the hole|
The courses, manufactured by DK Fibreglass
, play the best
when they are laid out on a solid foundation. Thankfully the 9-hole course at
Shobnall Leisure Complex was built on concrete foundations which meant the ball
rolled well and the course stayed in place (unlike a course of this type Emily
and I once played in Lytham St Anne’s
The 9-hole Crazy Golf course is reasonably priced at
£1.80 a round and it was good fun. Unfortunately my round went for a Burton* as
I didn’t score a single hole-in-one. In the chilly and shivery conditions I
shot a round of 24(+6).
|The 9-hole Crazy Golf course at Shobnall Leisure Complex in Burton upon Trent|
Mark and the team at the leisure centre were really nice
and friendly and asked lots of questions about the world of Minigolf – they were
also knowledgeable about the game and had heard about tournaments. It was
really nice to visit a new place and receive such a great welcome, I’ll
definitely be heading back to Burton and the leisure centre, and Emily
are looking forward to a tour of all the other Mini, Crazy and Adventure Golf
courses we’re yet to play in the East Midlands!
|The course and leisure centre get the thumbs up from me|
|A very dark view of the Pitch & Putt Mini-Golf course at Shobnall Leisure Centre|
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* Is it possible to visit, talk, or write about Burton
upon Trent without using the phrases “gone for a Burton”, or “went
for a Burton”? I think not...