There are lots of opportunities to get into the competitive swing of things this month.
As we know, there's no such thing as a 'friendly' game of minigolf - everyone wants to win when they play. Well, this month there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the competitive side of the game.
Putt 'n BBQ in Prestwick
There's a Putting event taking place at Putting Plus in Prestwick this coming weekend. Players at the event on Sunday 9th July will receive free entry to the Scottish Open Putting Championship where there are a range of category prizes up for grabs! There's also a BBQ at the Parkstone Hotel on the Prom. Visit the Putting Plus Facebook page for more info.
British Open in Hastings
The 20th annual BMGA British Open championships are taking place in Hastings this weekend, with action teeing-off on the brilliant Pirate Course on Saturday 8th July. Entries to take part have closed, however spectators are always welcome to watch the action. More details on the British Minigolf Association and Hastings Adventure Golf websites.
Worthing Mini Golf Club Open at Splash Point
If you're looking to compete with the BMGA pro players you won't have to wait long though, as the next stop on the tour is the excellent Splash Point Mini Golf course at Worthing's Denton Gardens. The venue hosts the first Worthing Mini Golf Club Open on Saturday 15th July. The event has an evening tee-off time of 5pm, which will give ample time to practice during the day. Check out the event info on the Worthing Mini Golf Club Facebook page.
Holeymolies Crazy Golf
The team at Holeymolies Crazy Golf course in Skelton-in-Cleveland are organising a minigolf tournament to celebrate a successful first year for the course. The open event is offering a top prize of £1,000 to the overall champion. Qualifying is taking place between Monday 10th July and Saturday 15th July, with the finals held on Sunday 16th July. More info on the format and rules can be found on the Mini Golf 1k Competition Facebook event listing.
MiniLinks Mini Open in Lytham Saint Annes
The team at MiniLinks Golf organise a number of competitions throughout the year, including four Mini Majors. Next up is the Mini Open taking place on the Par-3 miniature golf course from the 20th-23rd July. For more info check out the MiniLinks Golf website.
There's also a Crazy Golf course and Pennines Putting layout at MiniLinks. I had a great time playing them during my visit to the seaside town last month. I also finished in tied-13th place in the MiniLinks US Open tournament.
US Pro Minigolf Association Open
Speaking of US Opens, the USPMGA Tour's national Open tournament is taking place at the Bluegrass Miniature Golf course in Oceanport, New Jersey on the 21st and 22nd July. Our friend Pat Sheridan of the Putting Penguin website is competing. Visit the USPMGA and Bluegrass Miniature Golf websites for more details.
Paradise Island Adventure Golf Open Championships
The Paradise Island Adventure Golf Open Championships are once again taking place at the indoor Paradise Island courses around the country. This year's event runs from the 20th-23rd July and will also see action at the newest Paradise Island Adventure Golf venue in Derby. More details of the event and the other PIAG courses at Cheshire Oaks, Glasgow, Livingston, Manchester and Sheffield can be found on the Paradise Island Adventure Golf website.
World Minigolf Sport Federation
Check out the World Minigolf Sport Federation's website and calendar of events to find out about the sport and how you can get involved. The WMF has member associations in 63 countries around the world and is growing all the time. Visit the WMF website for more info.
Shouting about your success
Don't forget, whether you win or lose there's always a sporting story to tell about your participation in an event. Share your results online, send a report to your local media and be proud of your achievement.
If you want to take things a step further then why not check out my ebook, The Minigolfer's Guide to Marketing, to find out how you can help promote yourself, your club, your local course, your national association and the great game. It's available in multiple formats via Amazon and Ganxy.
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