While on a day out in Bedford I noticed an Antiques and Collectors fair going on at St Paul's Church so popped in to see if I could find any minigolf postcards or ephemera.
I was in luck as I found an interesting old Official Guide for visitors to the seaside town of Stonehaven.
|The Stonehaven Official Guide, designed and produced under the authority of the Town Council by Mearns Publications. Printed by Langstane Press, Aberdeen|
Flicking through the guide I spotted a half page photo of the Putting and Bowling Greens on page 19.
|Some of the entertainment and leisure facilities on offer to visitors to the town|
On page 22 it states there were two putting courses in the town, and on page 35 the cost per round is given as 6d.
Stonehaven is on the north east coast of Scotland and lies 15 miles south of Aberdeen. Stonehaven is now a part of Aberdeenshire as Kincardinshire lost its administrative status in 1975. I couldn't find any other dates of publication of the old guide, but it is pre-decimal (before 1971). Very interesting to see the old phone numbers listed too - only four-digits long!
At a guess I would say the guide was produced in 1966. A recent event shown is the reopening of the old tolbooth by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1963. There is also an advert on the inside back cover for Milne's Soft Drinks and Cordials - they are endorsed by Andy Ross, the 1965 winner of the Suffolk Point to Point.
Looking online the current official website for the town is the Stonehaven Guide. You can still find a Putting course at the Stonehaven Recreation Grounds Club. Its existence was confirmed by George McGillivray of the Stonehaven Guide.
Over the years Emily and I have enjoyed some very nice trips to Scotland on our travels.
- Stonehaven Guide website
- Stonehaven Guide on Twitter
- The Crazy Golf Museum
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- Putting courses
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