Friday, October 20, 2017

Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge

Playing the new Adventure Golf course at Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge, Solihull.


Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge

On Saturday 9th September we visited the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge to play the new 18-hole Adventure Golf course.

Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge
On the 18th

It's a brilliant Harris Miniature Golf layout and it looks superb. Even though the weather had been dreadful the course still played really nicely. I shot a round of 41 (the course par is 50). Not bad considering the weather conditions. There are definitely some great hole-in-one opportunities on the course, as well as some potential pitfalls. It's a well designed course and you really need to be on top of your game for some of the second putts as the greens are fairly large for minigolf.

Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge
What a lovely setting for a game of miniature golf

The course became the 770th visited and 457th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge
On the practice putting green before my round

Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge
The Rules

Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge

Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge

Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge

Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge
 
Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge

Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge

Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge

Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge

Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge

Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge

Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge
 
Adventure Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge

We've visited the Four Ashes Golf Centre a lot over the years to play tournaments on the centre's 12-hole Mini Golf course. It was originally course number 72 visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Emily and Richard Gottfried at the Adventure Golf course at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge
The Four Ashes Golf Centre was the location of our 72nd and 770th courses visits

Visit the Four Ashes Golf Centre website for more information, opening times and prices.

Related blog posts:
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Minigolf Course Number 72 - Dorridge 
Minigolf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge
Dorridge

Link:
Four Ashes Golf Centre website

Video:
- Adventure Golf at Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Mini Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Minigolf in Canada, Spain and Portugal. And Beer in Devon

A selection of photos from minigolf courses in Portugal, Spain and Canada.

I recently received some great photos and scorecards from my friend (and coin & token dealer) Nigel Lutt following his travels to Huelva in Spain, Lagos in Portugal, Niagara Falls in Canada and Beer in Devon! Top stuff indeed.

It's always wonderful to find out about new courses - as well having a look at the scorecards players get too!

First up was the Dinosaur Adventure Golf course in Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, Canada. Take a look at the size of that volcano!

The Dinosaur Adventure Golf course in Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, Canada. Photo by Nigel & Ruth Lutt, 2017
That is a BIG minigolf layout!

Next up are some snaps of the interesting looking and motor racing-themed Crazy Golf course in Isla Canela in Huelva, Spain.

Crazy Golf course in Isla Canela in Huelva, Spain. Photo by Nigel & Ruth Lutt, 2017
A nice looking minigolf course

Crazy Golf course in Isla Canela in Huelva, Spain. Photo by Nigel & Ruth Lutt, 2017
Nigel in action on the course

Crazy Golf course in Isla Canela in Huelva, Spain. Photo by Nigel & Ruth Lutt, 2017
Each of the holes is constructed to look like a road/racetrack!

Nigel and Ruth also visited the Pro Putting Garden in Lagos, Portugal. What a brilliant looking minigolf course.

Pro Putting Garden minigolf in Lagos, Portugal. Photo by Ruth Lutt, 2017
Nigel in action at the Pro Putting Garden

Pro Putting Garden minigolf in Lagos, Portugal. Photo by Ruth Lutt, 2017

Pro Putting Garden minigolf in Lagos, Portugal. Photo by Ruth Lutt, 2017
A tricky double plateau hole!

Pro Putting Garden minigolf in Lagos, Portugal. Photo by Ruth Lutt, 2017

Pro Putting Garden minigolf in Lagos, Portugal. Photo by Ruth Lutt, 2017
That looks like a tough hole to ace

Pro Putting Garden minigolf in Lagos, Portugal. Photo by Ruth Lutt, 2017

Pro Putting Garden minigolf in Lagos, Portugal. Photo by Ruth Lutt, 2017
One of the longest raft rides we've seen on a minigolf course

Pro Putting Garden minigolf in Lagos, Portugal. Photo by Ruth Lutt, 2017

Pro Putting Garden minigolf in Lagos, Portugal. Photo by Ruth Lutt, 2017
  
Pro Putting Garden minigolf in Lagos, Portugal. Photo by Ruth Lutt, 2017

Pro Putting Garden minigolf in Lagos, Portugal. Photo by Ruth Lutt, 2017

Pro Putting Garden minigolf in Lagos, Portugal. Photo by Ruth Lutt, 2017

Pro Putting Garden minigolf in Lagos, Portugal. Photo by Ruth Lutt, 2017

Pro Putting Garden minigolf in Lagos, Portugal. Photo by Ruth Lutt, 2017

Here's the Pro Putting Garden scorecard from Nigel and Ruth's minigolf match-up.

Pro Putting Garden course scorecard from Lagos, Portugal. Courtesy of Nigel & Ruth Lutt, 2017
It looks like the front nine holes were tricky

Pro Putting Garden course scorecard from Lagos, Portugal. Courtesy of Nigel & Ruth Lutt, 2017
The Rules

It's always nice to see the types and variations of scorecard in use at courses. Back on our tour of the south west coast of England Emily and I ran out of time to have a day out at Pecorama in Beer. Judging by Nigel's scorecard from the Pecorama Crazy Golf course we could have been there a long time too as it looks like holes 2, 5, 7 and 8 were very tricky indeed!

Pecorama Crazy Golf course scorecard from Beer, Devon. Courtesy of Nigel & Ruth Lutt, 2017
Nigel's round at Pecorama Crazy Golf in Beer, Devon

Pecorama Crazy Golf course scorecard from Beer, Devon. Courtesy of Nigel & Ruth Lutt, 2017
What a scorecard! Don't lose your balls

Many thanks again to Nigel and Ruth for the snaps and scorecards from their travels. It's so nice to see the wide-range of minigolf courses there are around the world. There's always something new to see. Check out the more guest blog posts in the links below.

Related blog posts:
- Guest blogs
- Portugal
- Spain
- Canada
- Devon

Links:
- Dinosaur Adventure Golf course in Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls
- Pro Putting Garden in Lagos, Portugal
- Pecorama in Beer, Devon

Minigolf Apps

A look at minigolf apps.

There are a lot of apps about to enhance your minigolf experience and they offer a range of scoring functions, loyalty and reward schemes, games, reviews, contests, information and tips.

The Hastings Adventure Golf App and hole 2 in real-life - it's the trickiest hole on the Crazy Golf course in Hastings
The Hastings Adventure Golf App and hole 2 in real-life - it's the trickiest hole on the Crazy Golf course in Hastings

There's certainly a real mixed bag of apps available on Android and iPhone. Links below are to the Google Play Store location:




Have you had the chance to use one of these apps whilst enjoying a round recently? How do they compare with paper scorecards? Or do you know of any others? Let us know in the comments.

Related blog posts:
- New Mini Golf App
- App

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Forest of Dean Adventure Golf

A visit to the Pirate Island Adventure Golf course in the Forest of Dean.


Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
A view of Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean

On Saturday 7th October we swung by the Pirate Island Adventure Golf course in Newnham in the Forest of Dean. It's a unique and tricky layout with some great theming.

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
Through a tunnel

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
Emily on hole 2

Forest of Dean Adventure Golf course was the 467th course played and 786th visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
Playing a left hand shot

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
Trying to avoid the bunker

We had a very close match-up on the tricky 12-hole course. Emily scored 37, while I shot a game winning 36.

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
Holing out

For more information, opening times and prices check out the Forest of Dean Adventure Golf course website.

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
Warning!

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
A small alligator

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
Some alligators

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
The Rules

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
Somewhere to have a rest

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
The first hole gives you an interesting start to the round

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
Holes 2 and 3

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
A lovely view

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
I wonder what's in this box

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
There's some great theming on the course

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
Emily on hole 2

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
The raft to the the island

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
On the pirate island

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
A look back at the island

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
Emily on the 12th

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
A nice little 3-hole Putting Practice Area

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
The course gets the thumbs-up

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean
Chilling out after our round

Links:
- Forest of Dean Adventure Golf website
- Forest of Dean Adventure Golf on Facebook

Related blog posts:
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Videos:
- Forest of Dean Adventure Golf 1, 2, 3, 4