Saturday, December 31, 2016

The last blog post of the year

What a year 2016 has been!

This year has seen some BIG milestones in the world of Mini Golf including the 90th anniversary of England's first Crazy Golf course opening in Skegness. There's still a course on the same spot today.

Crazy Golf in Skegness
A lovely bit of minigolf history

2016 saw the tenth birthday of our Ham and Egger Files blog, ten years of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and ten years since we played our tenth course. We've now visited 720 courses in total.

We had great fun playing the Southend Pier Crazy Golf course in the summer. The layout is 1.3 miles out to sea!
We had great fun playing the Southend Pier Crazy Golf course in the summer. The layout is 1.3 miles out to sea!

We also made a HUGE change in our lives, moving from Luton to live in Cheadle Hulme. We also found that we now live less than a mile away from a miniature golf Putting course, although it's one we're likely to never play.

There's a miniature golf course at the Park Square office complex in Cheadle Heath
There's a miniature golf course at the Park Square office complex in Cheadle Heath

On the very bright side moving north has opened up a large number of courses to visit (and old ones to revisit) on our tour. The latest course played in Greater Manchester was the wonderful Lost Valley Adventure Golf at Amazonia in Bolton.

The Lost Valley Adventure Golf course is well worth a play
The Lost Valley Adventure Golf course is well worth a play

The first course we played in 2016 was at Paradise Island Adventure Golf in Sheffield - that seems so long ago now!

Paradise Island Adventure Golf in Sheffield
We've played one of the two Adventure Golf courses in Sheffield

In 2016 we visited 47 courses, posted 204 blog posts (205 with this one - and 2394 in total since 2006) and went over the one million page views mark on the Ham & Egger Files.

2017 will see the 150th anniversary of the world's first Miniature Golf course. The Himalayas Putting Course at St Andrews in Scotland is still there today. We visited the Links Minigolf course in April 2012. It's a real pleasure to play.

Playing the world's first miniature golf course
The world's first miniature golf course

Thank you to everyone who has continued to support us. We look forward to sharing more minigolf fun in 2017.

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