Back on the 30th September 2006 we visited my brother Christopher down in Southsea, Hampshire and while there had a game on the Treasure Island Adventure Golf course on Long Curtain Road near Clarence Pier. On the lucky last hole I managed to 'fire the cannon' and won a free game. The rest is history!
|The Free Game Pass that set the ball rolling!|
Since that first course visit we've visited a grand total of 671 courses around the world. Of these we've played 389, while 282 of them have been unplayable for a variety of reasons.
|Who knows why so many courses around the country fall into disrepair!?|
Earlier this year we hit some BIG minigolf landmarks on our tour, with visits to the 600th and 650th courses in overall and in the UK while on holiday in the South West of England.
This summer I also revisited Southsea for Christopher's Stag Do and managed to squeeze in a round on the Victory Trail Adventure Golf course at Treasure Island - and I once again hit the top hole to win a free game!
|The Victory Trail at Treasure Island - where our tour began|
|There's some nice theming on the Pirate course|
|As well as some tricky holes|
|The 8th on the Victory Trail|
|The last hole|
|The Lucky Last Hole in Southsea - scene of a few Free Game wins. None have ever been claimed|
We estimate there are around 50 more courses we're yet to visit in the UK. Although when we began there were around 600 courses!
Check out the photos and links below from some of our landmark course visits.
|The Jungle Golf course is now the site of a Segway Grand Prix track|
|Emily on international duty with the GB team in Finland|
|The tricky minigolf course in Guildford|
#100 visited overall and played #173 Gorleston-on-Sea (Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf at Pop's Meadow Putting Green)
|A felt-less Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course|
|The BIG 100th course played|
#125 Swansea/Abertawe (Crazy Golf at Singleton Boating Lake)
|The Crazy Golf course in Swansea|
|King Putt Mini Golf course was a cool stop on our tour|
|The 200th course played was a blacklight indoor minigolf in Castleford|
|Emily playing the Beton Minigolf course in Stockholm, Sweden ahead of the 2011 Nations Cup tournament|
|Crazy Golfing on at the 400th course visited|
|Five years after first playing the Victory Trail we revisited the course for a game|
|Playing minigolf on the world's first course!|
|Putting at the 300th course played, and 500th visited, on our tour|
#350 Billington, near Leighton Buzzard (Swedish Felt B-Run Mini Golf at Mead Open Farm)
|Some more Swedish Felt minigolf|
#364 played and #600 visited overall Swanage (Jurassic Adventure Golf at Santa Fe Fun Park)
|At the 600th course visited!|
#370 played and #600 visited in the UK Goodrington Sands, Paignton (Beton Mini Golf)
|Emily putting in Goodrington Sands|
#378 played and #650 visited overall Padstow (Crazy Golf at Greens Cafe) - Crazy Golf
|Emily in Padstow|
#389 played, #671 visited overall and #650 visited in the UK London (Putt in the Park in Battersea Park)
|Emily putting in Battersea Park|
Many thanks to everyone who has helped us out with tips of where to play over the last nine years. It's much appreciated.
I wonder where we'll have traveled to by this time next year!
|How many more scorecards and free game passes will we have added to our collection too?|
Related blog posts:
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Treasure Island Adventure Golf website
- MiniatureGolfer.com website
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