Monday, December 29, 2014

Mini Golf courses visited in 2014

A look at the miniature golf courses visited and played this year.

Richard Gottfried at the Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Old Woking, Surrey - the 352nd course played on our tour
At the Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Old Woking, Surrey - the 352nd course played on our tour

Since September 2006 we've visited 588 courses on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. During 2014 we visited 46 courses that added to our tally.

Richard Gottfried playing Moby Adventure Golf in Romford, Essex in June. The course was the 337th played
Playing Moby Adventure Golf in Romford, Essex in June. The course was the 337th played

The first new course of the 28 we played in 2014 was the Indoor Pirate Adventure Golf course at the Pleasure Island Amusement Arcade in Whitby, Yorkshire.

Richard Gottfried at the indoor Pirate Adventure Golf course in Whitby in March. The layout was the 544th visited and 327th played
At the indoor Pirate Adventure Golf course in Whitby in March. The layout was the 544th visited and 327th played

During the summer we visited and played fourteen courses in Scotland.

One of the most picturesque views in Minigolf. Playing the Crazy Golf course in Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae in July
One of the most picturesque views in Minigolf. Playing the Crazy Golf course in Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae in July

The final new course of the year played was the Jungle Island Adventure Golf at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey, while the last new Crazy Golf layout putted on was the UrbanCrazy minigolf hole at a wedding aboard the HMS President on the River Thames!

Emily Gottfried playing minigolf at Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London on the launch night in September
Emily playing minigolf at Swingers Crazy Golf in Shoreditch, London on the launch night in September

Courses played 20th March 2014 - 27th November 2014
327 Whitby (Pleasure Island Amusement Arcade) - Indoor Pirate Adventure Golf course
328 Harrogate (Valley Gardens) - Crazy Golf
338 Windsor (Alexandra Gardens) - Adventure Golf - a replacement for the old concrete miniature golf course (visited in May 2009)

The Crazy World of Minigolf Tour wouldn't be the same if we hadn't been to a number of closed or derelict courses. This year we arrived at 18 courses to find them in an unplayable condition.

Richard Gottfried at the derelict Eternit Miniature Golf course on Ayr seafront in July. It was the 230th unplayable course on our tour and 572nd visited overall
At the derelict Eternit Miniature Golf course on Ayr seafront in July. It was the 230th unplayable course on our tour and 572nd visited overall

The first was the Arnold Palmer Putting Course on North Terrace in Whitby, with the last unplayable course being Ohana Mini Golf in Las Vegas which was closed when Emily passed by at 6am.

Richard Gottfried at the Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Whitby in March. The course was the 545th visited and 218th unplayable one on our tour
At the Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Whitby in March. The course was the 545th visited and 218th unplayable one on our tour

Courses visited but not played 20th March 2014 - 14th September 2014
Whitby (North Terrace) - Arnold Palmer Putting Course
Whitby (North Terrace) - Pitch & Putt Mini Golf
Harrogate (Valley Gardens) - Pitch & Putt Mini Golf
Derby (Mundy Play Centre at Markeaton Park) - Crazy Golf
Gillingham (Strand Leisure Park)
Barton's Point Coastal Park, Sheerness (Isle of Sheppey)
Margate (Temporary mobile theme park)
- London (Clerkenwell Design Week 2014)
Ardrossan (Seafront) - Crazy Golf - derelict course.
Largs (Putting on the Ritz) - 18-hole Putting course
Largs (Putting on the Ritz) - 18-hole Putting course #2
Largs (Mackerston Putting Green) - 18-hole Putting course
Largs (Aubrey Park) - Crazy Golf
Ayr (Seafront) - Derelict Minigolf
Troon (Seafront) - Crazy Golf
Prestwick (Seafront) - Putting course
Falkirk (Callendar Park) - Crazy Golf
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - Ohana Mini Golf

We've revisited a number of courses this year, notably in Prestatyn, West HorndonAbingdon-on-Thames, and quite a few during the 2014 tournament season.

Emily Gottfried putting her way to victory in the Holiday on the Buses Pro Minigolf Championship at the Central Beach Crazy Golf course in Prestatyn in September
Emily putting her way to victory in the Holiday on the Buses Pro Minigolf Championship at the Central Beach Crazy Golf course in Prestatyn in September

Check out the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour list for links to all of the courses we've visited and played to date.

Gluten free Christmas sandwiches

The hunt for an almost elusive festive sandwich.

As a recipient of the British Sandwich Association's enewsletter I recently completed an online survey about sandwiches, in doing so I was entered into a prize draw in which I won a £5 luncheon voucher.

The very first Luncheon Voucher I've ever seen. A gift from the British Sandwich Association
The very first Luncheon Voucher I've ever seen. A gift from the British Sandwich Association

With this new found wealth I began to think what I could buy with it. As someone with Coeliac Disease my choices of safe lunches to eat while out and about are very limited. Some supermarkets and coffee shop chains have gluten and wheat free options, albeit not with the most exciting of ingredients (think basic ham, cheese, egg, chicken with very little added to them, apart from a bit of salad).

As the festive season was upon us it got me thinking about whether any brand had produced a 'Christmas sandwich'.

I put out a tweet to the big players that I knew normally have gluten free sandwiches / free from sections to see if they were tapping into the Coeliac Pound this year.

I tweeted Sainsbury'sTescoWaitroseM&Sthe Co-OpPretStarbucks and Costa and I'm happy to report that most replied. Unfortunately all but one of those that came back to me were not selling a gluten free Christmas sandwich. But they did make a point to say that my suggestion had been noted.

A Turkey, Bacon & Cranberry Gluten Free Wrap in Costa
A Turkey, Bacon & Cranberry Gluten Free Wrap in Costa

The one place I could sate my hunger for a Christmas sanger was at Costa, as they were stocking a festive gluten free Turkey, Bacon and Cranberry wrap.

A combo of Christmas treats from Costa
A combo of Christmas treats from Costa

After work on Christmas Eve Emily and I popped into the two branches of Costa in The Mall Luton to see if we could find a gluten free wrap. Unfortunately they didn't have any in the St George's Square branch, but we were in luck at the other shop.

The gluten free Turkey, Bacon and Cranberry Wrap from Costa was good. As was the Christmas Cake slice. Both were well priced and in-line with other products for people on 'normal' diets. That's a nice touch
The gluten free Turkey, Bacon and Cranberry Wrap from Costa was good. As was the Christmas Cake slice. Both were well priced and in-line with other products for people on 'normal' diets. That's a nice touch

Unfortunately Costa doesn't accept Luncheon Vouchers (but I've heard that some supermarkets and restaurants do) so we had to spend real cash money for my gluten free wrap and cake. I wonder if the British Sandwich Association will notice that 'spike' in sales from my Coeliac pound being spent - it's a rare occasion for me to be able to buy gluten free food from a takeaway or restaurant in Luton. It's worth noting that because I could eat, Emily decided to purchase a sandwich and cake too - I wonder how many manufacturers and retailers consider the impact selling gluten free products (or not) has on their bottom line?

Thanks go to my fellow gluten free blogger Kevin Gollop of Gluten Free By The Sea who also let me know that Costa and Starbucks were doing the Turkey wraps.

Fingers crossed there will be more interesting gluten and wheat free sandwich options for Coeliacs in 2015.

Related blog posts:
Coeliac
Gluten Free

Links:
- British Sandwich Association
- Costa
- Gluten Free By The Sea

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Gluten free Lebkuchen Christmas Biscuits

Baking some treats from the Gluten-free Baking at Christmas book by Samantha Stein.

One of the Christmas food items I've missed most since being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease is Lebkuchen. They are a tasty glazed - and sometimes chocolate-coated - gingerbread biscuit from Germany.

With my German-heritage I remember receiving hampers from relations in Germany and my favourite item was always Lebkuchen.

As there are no commercially available gluten free Lebkuchen in the shops I haven't eaten any since Christmas 2007.

I heard via twitter that fellow coeliac Samantha Stein (aka The Happy Coeliac) had included a recipe for gluten free Lebkuchen in her 'Gluten-free Baking at Christmas' book! As an early Christmas present I bought the book and it was delivered in time to get baking before the big day.

The Gluten-free Baking at Christmas book by 'The Happy Coeliac' Samantha Stein. The book contains 20 festive recipes
The Gluten-free Baking at Christmas book by 'The Happy Coeliac' Samantha Stein. The book contains 20 festive recipes

Emily is a great cook and budding baker and looked forward to cooking the Lebkuchen. As recommended in the recipe the dough mix was prepared 24-hours in advance an left overnight in the fridge so that the flavour could intensify.

We had to hunt for some Christmas-shaped cake cutters, but managed to track down a set in M&S so we could make the Lebkuchen festive.

The end result was a batch of very nice Lebkuchen and a very happy coeliac. As well as the glaze we topped some of them with melted dark chocolate. They really tasted of Christmas.

Gluten free Lebkuchen biscuits. Made to a recipe by The Happy Coeliac
Gluten free Lebkuchen biscuits

You can buy the 'Gluten-free Baking at Christmas' book by Samantha Stein on The Happy Coeliac website. Check out the gluten free Lebkuchen recipe on the site too.

If you sign-up for free updates from The Happy Coeliac you will also receive a free 40-page eBook 'Gluten Free For Beginners'.

Related blog posts:
- Coeliac
- Gluten Free

Links:
- The Happy Coeliac website
- The Happy Coeliac on Twitter
- The Happy Coeliac on Facebook
- The Happy Coeliac on YouTube

New Glutafin gluten free pizza bases

Trying out some of the new gluten free pizza bases from Glutafin.

I recently received a 'Sorry you were out' card in my letterbox and so headed down to my local sorting office to collect my large item. When the postman brought out the parcel it was a surprise!

Glutafin gluten free pizza bases
The bright 'takeaway' pizza box I collected from the Royal Mail sorting office surprised me and I got some funny looks from the other people waiting to collect their packages. It's not often you go to a Post Office for pizza!

Glutafin was one of the first gluten free brands I heard of when I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in 2008 when I first saw my Consultant and Dietitian at the L&D Hospital. I was given details of the products, information on how to order on prescription and some coupons for free sample products. I've been buying their products ever since and I've also received Glutafin products on prescription over the years.

The new pizza bases from Glutafin are very good. They are nice and thin, with a slightly raised edge so you can fill it up with tasty toppings. The pizzas we made were so good that we scoffed them before we had a chance to take any photos.

The Glutafin gluten free pizza bases
The Glutafin pizza bases came with a movie themed pizza ideas leaflet and details of a contest

Find out more about the Glutafin range on the website, follow them on Twitter and Facebook and sign-up for the newsletter. If you're a newly diagnosed Coeliac you can sign-up to receive a free hamper of Glutafin goodies on the website too.

A slice of very nice gluten free pizza cooked by Emily. The Glutafin Pizza Bases are great. They hold up well, are nice and thin, with a good crust. This pizza was topped with some of the tasty Kelkin Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce (that we bought in our haul from Lidl recently), some excellent Chorizo from The Bath Pig and Mozzarella
A slice of very nice gluten free pizza cooked by Emily. The Glutafin Pizza Bases are great. They hold up well, are nice and thin, with a good crust. This pizza was topped with some of the tasty Kelkin Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce (that we bought in our haul from Lidl recently), some excellent Chorizo from The Bath Pig and Mozzarella

Related blog posts:
Coeliac
Gluten Free
- Glutafin
- Gluten free surprise at Lidl

Links:
- Glutafin website
- Glutafin on Twitter
- Glutafin on Facebook
- Kelkin
- The Bath Pig

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Free From Coeliacs

Some interesting labeling on a crisp packet.

+Emily recently got some Convivial Yorkshire Crisps and I was pleased to see they were 'Free From' Gluten.

I did laugh when I saw they were also 'Free From' Coeliacs!

Good to know these crisps do not contain any Coeliacs. I draw the line at eating fellow gluten free people
Good to know these crisps do not contain any Coeliacs. I draw the line at eating fellow gluten free people!

Being on a lifelong medically approved diet to treat my Coeliac Disease I am forever poring over labels on food and drink before I'll dare consume it.

The Yorkshire Crisps website also details the allergy information and states the lightly sea salted flavour crisps are suitable for Coeliacs and Vegetarians. They are Free From nuts, soya, milk, egg, gluten, MSG and GM.

Natural Sea Salted Yorkshire Crisps
The 'Convivial' crisps

I'm looking forward to eating them.

Take a look at my blog series on Funny things about being a Coeliac for more menu and label fails.

Links:
- Yorkshire Crisps
- Coeliac UK

Related blog posts:
Coeliac-related blog posts
Gluten Free-related blog posts
Funny things about being a Coeliac

Monday, December 22, 2014

Star Command Laser Tag in London

New London laser tag battleground is open.

Star Command Laser Tag in London

While recently walking from Oxford Circus to Tottenham Court Road my eye was taken by an interesting sight - a new Laser Tag arena!

I popped in and the two staff members gave me a run through on the laser guns, game modes and a walk round the battle zone. It looks great.

We played Star Command Laser Tag when it was based at the Trocadero. It's great to know the centre has reopened elsewhere.

Richard and Emily Gottfried at Star Command Laser Tag in London in 2011
Me and Emily at Star Command Laser Tag in 2011

The new venue opened on the 15 December and is located in the Old Foyles Bookshop on Charing Cross Road, between Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road.

For more information on opening times, game options and prices visit the Star Command Laser Tag websiteFacebook page and Twitter.

It might be time to get a group together for a match-up and dust off the Laser Tag Rankings.

Related blog posts:
- Laser Tag
- Laser Tag in Birmingham and London

Links:
- Star Command Laser Tag
- Laser Tag and Paintball in London

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Blogging for eight years today

As of today I've been blogging for eight years!

Richard Gottfried, veteran blogger
Richard Gottfried, veteran blogger

I've written 1,931 blog posts.

The blog has received almost 700,000 page views.

With readers from over 100 countries.

In that time Emily and I have travelled to 193 seasides.

We've played more than 30 different sports and games.

And visited 588 minigolf, crazy golf, putting and adventure golf courses.

Plus, I've found, tried and reviewed lots of gluten free food & drink.

Thank you all for reading, liking, commenting, tweeting, RT'ing, sharing and +1'ing :-)

Related blog posts:
My first blog post "The Ham & Egger Files – An Introduction"
- My most viewed blog post "Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in and around London"
- Behold...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

World of Bun Throwing: Abingdon County Hall Museum

World of Bun Throwing: Abingdon County Hall Museum: A visit to Abingdon-on-Thames.

On a recent visit to my old home town of Abingdon-on-Thames I was very pleased to see that the roof of the County Hall Museum is now open to visitors...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Crazy Golf in Abingdon's Abbey Meadows

A revisit to the first miniature golf course I ever played.

The Crazy Golf course at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
The Crazy Golf course at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames

At the weekend I visited my home town of Abingdon-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. While there I had to go and have a look at the Crazy Golf course that was the first-ever minigolf course I played.

Richard Gottfried at the Crazy Golf course at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. The first minigolf course he ever played
At the first minigolf course I ever played

On our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour the Abbey Meadows Crazy Golf course became the 31st played in August 2007.

When we first walked up to the out-of season minigolf course we thought it had been felted. But no, it was a build-up of moss on holes one and two of the Crazy Golf course at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
When we first walked up to the out-of season minigolf course we thought it had been felted, but no, it was a build-up of moss on holes one and two!

I last played the course in June 2012 in match-up against my brother Jon. That visit saw a rematch following our game in April 2012.

One of the tricky minigolf holes at the Abbey Meadows Crazy Golf course in Abingdon-on-Thames
One of the tricky minigolf holes at the Abbey Meadows Crazy Golf course in Abingdon-on-Thames

Related Blog Posts:
- A Gottfried vs. Gottfried Crazy Golf Match in Abingdon-on-Thames
- A day out of Bun Throwing, Crazy Golf and Bar Billiards in Abingdon-on-Thames
- Abingdon Abbey Meadows Crazy Golf Course Replay on a Crazy World of Minigolf Tour Revisit
- Crazy Golf in Abingdon, Oxfordshire
- Abingdon
- Abingdon-on-Thames
- World of Bun Throwing blog
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Link:
Abbey Meadows, Abingdon on the Vale of White Horse District Council website

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club

Report from the Minigolfer's Christmas 'Do' 2014.

The players after the London Skittles competition at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
Crazy Skittlers

This year our annual festive jaunt took us to The Freemasons Arms, home to London's last remaining Skittle Alley and the historic Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club.

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
Emily playing London Skittles

After reading about the game some years ago and a visit to the pub after a Hopping tournament in 2012 we made the booking to play a game of London Skittles in the basement alley for our Christmas tournament.

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
Brad 'The Fist' Shepherd launches into action

With reigning champion Emily leading one team and multiple-time former winner of Christmas shenanigans Brad captaining the other the other players were picked by number before we got straight into playing.

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
'Squire' Richard throwing a little off course

Emily led the proceedings and with a choice of three different 'cheeses' stepped up and scored an end of 5 with her three goes to get the competition underway.

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
A pair of 'Cheeses'

The winner's of the team tournament were 'Lemony's Lobbers' who defeated 'Team Frugal' with a scoreline of 178 to 176!

Lemony's Lobbers - 2014 Christmas 'Do' Champions. From l-r Jon Angel, Steve Gow, Alan Norman, John Moore, Emily Gottfried, Richard Gottfried at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
Lemony's Lobbers - 2014 Christmas 'Do' Champions. From l-r Jon Angel, Steve Gow, Alan Norman, John Moore, Emily Gottfried, Richard Gottfried

This year's losers and runners-up, Team Frugal. From l-r Paul O'Connor, Chris Jones, Brad Shepherd, Trevor 'Lord of Smeeth' Robertson, Richard Linden, Seth Thomas at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
This year's losers and runners-up, Team Frugal. From l-r Paul O'Connor, Chris Jones, Brad Shepherd, Trevor 'Lord of Smeeth' Robertson, Richard Linden, Seth Thomas

The overall individual was once again Brad 'The Fist' Shepherd with a total of 44, having been the only player to score a double-digit end in the two-hour tournament. Newcastle's John Moore and Surrey's Steve Gow tied for second.

The Big Cheese - Brad 'The Fist' Shepherd at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
The Big Cheese - Brad 'The Fist' Shepherd

Baby Bel - Alan 'Stormin' Norman at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
Baby Bel - Alan 'Stormin' Norman

Our instructor for the evening, Pete, was a great coach and referee giving us plenty of hints & tips and history of the game and venue. We also learned some of the terminology of the game for good shots, bad shots, pin layouts and more.

The final scores of the London Skittles competition at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
The final scores

We'd definitely play again and recommend London Skittles at the Freemasons Arms as a great night out.

The Freemasons Arms in Hampstead, home of the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
The Freemasons Arms, Hampstead

Check out the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club website for more information on London Skittles and for booking enquiries, as well as some videos showing the game as it was in the 1930's and as it is now.

The Lawn Billiards game that forms part of the club's name is a long extinct sport, but you can still view Lawn Billiards artifacts in the club's alley.

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
While one team is throwing, two of the opposing team's players act as pin setters and cheese returners

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
Emily readying herself for a lob

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
Richard preparing for a shot

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
John Moore getting in the swing

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
Five scored

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
Pin setting and cheese rolling

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
Chris 'Stretch' Jones on a leisurely stroll up the alley

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
Trevino in action

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
Big Al in full flight

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
Jon Angel with a great shot up the middle
  
London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
Alan 'Stormin' Norman throwing a cheese

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
London Skittles team competition results

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
London Skittles individual competition results

Minigolfer's Christmas Shenanigans Hall of Fame
2014 - Brad 'The Fist' Shepherd - London Skittles Individual Championship
2014 - Lemony's Lobbers (Emily 'Lemony' Gottfried, 'Squire' Richard Gottfried, Alan 'Stormin' Norman, John 'Big Al' Moore, Jon 'Occasional' Angel, 'Big' Stevie Gow) - London Skittles Team Championship
2013 – Emily ‘Lemony’ Gottfried – World Boules Le Noël Champignonship
2012 – Brad ‘The Fist’ Shepherd – Riverclose Worlds UnProfessional Minigolfer's Darts Championship
2011 – Brad ‘The Fist’ Shepherd – Rivernear Worlds Professional Crazy Golfers Darts Championships
2010 – Brad ‘The Fist’ Shepherd – Christmas Minigolf 9-Hole Putting Green Sudden Death Challenge
2010 – Keith 'Doc' Kellard & Jon 'El Pato' Angel (Team KJ Choice) – Sim BIG Golf Par-3's of the World Doubles Challenge
2009 – Brad ‘The Fist’ Shepherd – Christmas-themed Crazy Golf at Devonshire Square
Before Records Began – Lionel ‘The Spoon’ Bender – Crazy Golf Contest

Links
- London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club
- London Skittles on Facebook
- The Freemasons Arms, Hampstead

Related blog posts:
- Report from the Minigolfer’s Annual Christmas Shenanigans ‘Do’ in London 2013
- The Minigolfer’s Annual Christmas Darts ‘Do’ 2012 in London
- Crazy Golfers Christmas 'Do' in London 2011 - Darts Tournament at Rileys Victoria!
- The Minigolfers Christmas 'Do' 2010
- 2009 Christmas Crazy Golf Challenge at Devonshire Square
- A London Pub & Jumble Sale Crawl
- Another New Game Played - Northamptonshire Skittles
- Behold...
- Tenpin Bowling

Monday, December 08, 2014

Gluten free beer at The King and Queen pub in Fitzrovia

Spotting gluten free beers available at The King & Queen pub in London.

While on a recent evening out in London Emily spotted that The King and Queen Pub in Fitzrovia serves gluten free beer.

Gluten free beers are available at The King and Queen pub in Fitzrovia, London
Green's gluten free beers and Crop Circle by Hop Back Brewery are available at The King & Queen pub in Fitzrovia

After seeing the chalkboard advertising the beers Emily asked behind the bar and was shown the row of Green's Beers and Crop Circle by Hop Back Brewery.

The bar staff at The King and Queen pub in London opened up the fridge so Emily could take this photo of the gluten free beers available. Green's beers and Crop Circle are on the bottom shelf
The bar staff opened up the fridge so Emily could take this photo of the gluten free beers available. Green's beers and Crop Circle are on the bottom shelf

Great to know there's another pub serving gluten free beer.

Links:
- The King and Queen Pub
Green's Beers
- Crop Circle

Related blog posts:
Gluten free Ale, Beer and Lager
Gluten Free

Sunday, December 07, 2014

End of minigolf season report for 2014

Details of Richard and Emily Gottfried's participation in the 2014 minigolf season.

Luton Minigolfers Emily and Richard Gottfried completed the 2014 minigolf season with a visit to the Dunton Hills Family Golf Centre in West Horndon for the CEMGC Invitational Tournament on Saturday 6 December.

Luton minigolfers Richard and Emily Gottfried at the Dunton Hills miniature golf course in Essex
Luton minigolfers Richard and Emily Gottfried at the Dunton Hills miniature golf course in Essex

In the five-player event Emily scored rounds of 50 and 49 to tie with local competitor Chris Wood on a score of 99. In the four-hole cumulative score play-off Emily won with a score of 9 to Wood’s 13. Richard had led the contest after round one, but a round of 59 saw him finish in fourth place.

Emily Gottfried putting on her way to victory in the season-ending CEMGC Invitational Tournament at the Dunton Hills Family Golf Centre in West Horndon, near Brentwood, Essex
Emily putting on her way to victory in the season-ending CEMGC Invitational Tournament in Essex

Richard completed the British Minigolf Association’s season with an 11th place finish in the Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club Open that saw 26-players compete on the 18-hole Adventure Golf course in Hastings. Richard scored rounds of 40 and 42 for a total of 82(+10).

Richard Gottfried playing in the season-ending CEMGC Invitational Tournament at the Dunton Hills Family Golf Centre in West Horndon, near Brentwood, Essex
Richard in action at the CEMGC Invitational in Essex

The pair also recently participated in the Surrey Invitational Tournament played at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking and Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom. The 36-hole event was won by Woking’s Matt Dodd. Richard was the runner-up, with Emily in third-place.

Richard Gottfried at the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course in Epsom
Richard at the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course in Epsom

Richard said “It’s been a good minigolf season and we’ve played some fun events. Emily has had a very strong year and won some great titles. I’m happy to have finished ranked 12th in the UK and I’m looking forward to competing as part of the rejuvenated Midlands Minigolf Club in the 2015 season.”

Richard Gottfried playing the Strokes Adventure Golf course in Margate
Richard playing the Strokes Adventure Golf course in Margate

Emily said “It has been an interesting season. I have won some brilliant titles and taken part in some amazing tournaments. I’ve had a lot of fun along the way and hope to keep it up during 2015.”

Emily Gottfried in action at the Midlands Open at Dorridge
Emily in action at the Midlands Open at Dorridge

Richard once again ended the year inside the top-16 in the country with a 12th place ranking of 105 places (161 players) in the BMGA Strokeplay Order of MeritEmily reached a career-high end of season ranking, finishing 29th.

Richard Gottfried at the World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings
Richard at the World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings

In the BMGA Matchplay Order of Merit Rankings Emily finished in tied 20th place of 55 players, Richard was 38th.

Emily Gottfried playing hole 17 at Strokes Adventure Golf in Margate
Emily playing hole 17 at Strokes Adventure Golf in Margate

In the BMGA Season Only Rankings Emily finished 21st of 91 players, Richard was ranked in 25th position.

Richard Gottfried at the BMGA British Masters at Splash Point Mini Golf in Worthing
Richard at the BMGA British Masters at Splash Point Mini Golf in Worthing

The BMGA Season Only Rankings also contained a team listing. Richard is a member of the Midlands Minigolf Club that was ranked 2nd of five clubs. Emily and her Cambridgeshire & Essex Mini Golf Club team-mates finished the year in 4th place.

Emily won The Gommery trophy for most aces at this year's World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings
Emily won The Gommery trophy for most aces at this year's World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings

Richard and Emily are both listed in the World Minigolf Sport Federation's General Class rankings. In the women's rankings Emily is in tied 120th position of 128 places (132 players). In the men's rankings Richard is ranked in tied 397th place of 413 places (419 players).

International Minigolfers Emily and Richard Gottfried on GB duty in Sweden in 2011
International Minigolfers Emily and Richard Gottfried on GB duty in Sweden in 2011

Worldwide the WMF has 46 member nations, with over 38,000 Minigolf players, 1,000 courses approved for competitions, 900 clubs and over 1,500 Minigolf tournaments held each year.