Back in March 2010 I visited the Askoe Wien Wasserpark in Vienna, Austria and while there I saw an intriguing game that was a hybrid of Miniature Golf and Billiards! That game was Pit-Pat.
|The Hindernis Billard layout at the Askoe Wien Wasserpark in Vienna, Austria (March 2010)|
|Western Putting (and Pit-Pat) in Littlehampton (April 2012)|
|Cue and carry-case in hand and ready to play Pit-Pat|
|My favourite table on the layout sees you having to play down table from a tee-off point right next to the hole!|
The obstacles are very similar to those found on Mini and Crazy Golf courses and the balls used are like specialist Minigolf-sport balls, rather than standard Golf, or low-bounce, balls.
|Emily sets up the skittles on table 1!|
|And I knock them all down in one go|
|Emily lines-up a shot on hole 2|
|Hole / Table 2|
|Emily plays up a ramp obstacle|
|Western Putting on Banjo Road in Littlehampton is also home to a Swedish Felt type of Minigolf course and a grass Putting Green|
|Emily shoots the green ball over a little ramp and onto a bigger one|
|The Pipe hole - often my nemesis on Eternit Miniature Golf...|
|...and no different on Pit-Pat as it was my worst hole!|
|The specialist Pit-Pat balls in their little red carry-case|
This is very handy to know as each of the balls has different properties, meaning that some are more bouncy, while others are harder and deader.
|The green Pit-Pat ball is a bit of a dead ball|
|The bouncy yellow Pit-Pat ball|
|The slightly squidgy purple Pit-Pat ball|
|The Red one|
With our experience of playing tournament Minigolf in the British Minigolf Association (BMGA) and World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) since 2007 we were already thinking about how different shots could be played on different lanes by mixing the balls up a bit.
- Playing Pit-Pat (Crazy Snooker) in Littlehampton 2 of 5 (hole-in-one)
- Playing Pit-Pat (Crazy Snooker) in Littlehampton 3 of 5 (hole-in-two)
- Playing Pit-Pat (Crazy Snooker) in Littlehampton 4 of 5 (two)
- Playing Pit-Pat (Crazy Snooker) in Littlehampton 5 of 5 (hoop)
* While in Skegness, Lincolnshire in May 2011 we saw a sign for 'Crazy Pool', however the 'tables' were long gone when we reached the (derelict) course.