Friday, July 27, 2018

Winning the Paradise Island Adventure Golf Open Championship 2018

Yesterday evening I collected my trophy and prize for winning the Paradise Island Adventure Golf Open Championship at the Trafford Centre venue in Manchester.


What a tournament to win. It's a title I've wanted to win for years! 


Richard Gottfried - Paradise Island Adventure Golf Open Champion 2018
Richard Gottfried - Paradise Island Adventure Golf Open Champion 2018

My score of 31 - the course par is 42 - was enough to fend off the challenge of hundreds of other players who competed over the four-day event.

As part of the prize I received a 6-month free game pass so Emily and I enjoyed a two-round 36-hole game over the two courses yesterday too. We shot a fair few aces on both courses, but were nowhere near the form of last week! We're looking forward to our next match-up at Paradise Island Adventure Golf.

Visit the Paradise Island Adventure Golf website for more information about the PIAG courses in Cheshire Oaks, Derby, Glasgow, Livingston, Manchester and Sheffield.

New Adventure Golf course at Fantasy Island in Ingoldmells

There's a new Adventure Golf course at Fantasy Island in Ingoldmells.


Many thanks to our friend Steven Huckle for letting us know about the new Adventure Golf course at Fantasy Island in Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire.


There's a new Adventure Golf course at Fantasy Island in Ingoldmells

The Lava Creek Adventure Golf course is an 18-hole, multi-platform course. Check out the Fantasy Island website for more details.

We've visited Ingoldmells on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour before. Back in May 2011 we played the Crazy Golf course underneath the rollercoaster at Fantasy Island. That course was the 240th played on our travels. We're now up to 823 course visits.

The outdoor Crazy Golf course at Fantasy Island in May 2011

Link:

Barry Island Resort 1995 Information & Entertainment Guide

A look at the Barry Island Resort 1995 Information & Entertainment Guide.


Barry Island Resort 1995 Information & Entertainment Guide
The Barry Island Resort 1995 Information & Entertainment Guide

As a big fan of the British seaside and traditional holiday entertainment I was pleased to find a Barry Island Resort 1995 Information & Entertainment Guide while sorting through some paperwork at home.


Seeing the Barry Island Resort 1995 Information & Entertainment Guide brought back so many happy memories.

My family used to go on holiday to Barry Island in the late 80's and 90's and loved it there. The holiday camp was absolutely marvellous, with everything from swimming to Crazy Golf, to snooker and darts, to the fun fair and more - all free of charge once you had checked in. My brother's and I would spend hours going from one activity to another and then spend the evening in the arcades playing games such as Blasteroids, Xybots, Double Dragon and Wardner. Halcyon days.

Check out the six-page Barry Island Resort 1995 Information & Entertainment Guide. As a former holidaymaker at the camp, fan of the British seaside, postcard collector and marketer it makes for interesting reading - especially some of the adverts!

Barry Island Resort 1995 Information & Entertainment Guide
What a cover

Barry Island Resort 1995 Information & Entertainment Guide
There was always so much to do at Barry Island

Barry Island Resort 1995 Information & Entertainment Guide
The entertainment continues

Back when you could still advertise cigarettes!

Barry Island Resort 1995 Information & Entertainment Guide
A great bit of marketing and use of a postcard image

Barry Island Resort 1995 Information & Entertainment Guide
I spent many an hour at building 5 - Princes Ballroom as that's where the Crazy Golf, snooker and arcade was 

Barry Island Resort was originally a Butlin's holiday camp in 1966 and was re-opened as a Majestic holiday camp in the 1980's. Sadly it closed for good in 1996 and was demolished to make way for housing.

I've returned to Barry Island - in 2009 and 2010. Apart from the disappearance of the holiday camp there were some new attractions, but the resort was still recognisable from the 90's. I'll have to return for another look as the last eight years since our last visit has flown by!

Barry Island in 2010
Barry Island in 2010

Barry Island in 2009
Outside the gates of the former holiday camp

Related blog posts:
- 45 minutes on Barry Island
- Minigolf Course Visit No. 121 - Barry Island / Ynys y Barri
- Barry Island
- Holiday Camp
- Postcards
- Butlin's

New Adventure Golf course on Clacton Pier

Skull Point Adventure Golf has opened on Clacton Pier in Essex.


There's a new Adventure Golf course on Clacton Pier

Looking on the Clacton Pier website it claims to be "The most unique All Weather 18 Hole Adventure Golf in the Country." Blimey!


We're looking forward to visiting the new Skull Point Adventure Golf course on our next visit to the seaside resort.

We've actually played minigolf on Clacton Pier before. Back in 2011 there was an Adventure Golf course set-up for the season. It became the 217th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We're now up to 823 course visits.

Adventure Golf course on Clacton Pier
The previous Adventure Golf course to sit on Clacton Pier

Clacton Pier has one of the best postal addresses I've seen. It can be found at No.1 North Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1QX, UK!

Link:
- Skull Point Adventure Golf website

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Minigolf San Antonio in Lanzarote

A look at the San Antonio Minigolf course in Lanzarote.


Minigolf San Antonio in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Many thanks to my brother-in-law Les Tubby for sending over some snaps of the San Antonio Minigolf course in Lanzarote. It wasn't in a playable condition!

Minigolf San Antonio in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Minigolf San Antonio in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Minigolf San Antonio in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Minigolf San Antonio in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Minigolf San Antonio in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Minigolf San Antonio in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Minigolf San Antonio in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Minigolf San Antonio in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Minigolf San Antonio in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Les and Jo have previously found a Mini Golf course at in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote and on their latest trip to Lanzarote also played the Mini Golf Aquarium course.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mini Golf Aquarium in Lanzarote

A look at the Mini Golf Aquarium course in Lanzarote.


Mini Golf Aquarium in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Many thanks to my brother-in-law Les Tubby for sending over some snaps of the Mini Golf Aquarium course in Lanzarote. It looks like a colourful layout.

Mini Golf Aquarium in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018
Looks a bargain

Mini Golf Aquarium in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018
The course scorecard

Mini Golf Aquarium in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Mini Golf Aquarium in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Mini Golf Aquarium in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Mini Golf Aquarium in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Mini Golf Aquarium in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Mini Golf Aquarium in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Mini Golf Aquarium in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Mini Golf Aquarium in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018

Mini Golf Aquarium in Lanzarote. Photo by Les Tubby, July 2018
The match between Les and Jo was a tie!

Les and Jo have previously found a Mini Golf course at in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote.

Related blog posts:
- Lanzarote
- Mini Golf in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
- Rooftop Mini Golf in Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote
- Mini Golf in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Happy birthday to the Crazy Golf Museum

The Crazy Golf Museum is eight years old today.


Many happy returns to the Crazy Golf Museum as it marks it's eighth birthday today.


The Crazy Golf Museum

Set up by Crazy Golf legend Tim 'Ace Man' Davies and me back on the 15th June 2010, the virtual musuem is a treasure trove and archive for all things minigolf.

There's so much stuff happening in the world of miniature golf that there's new stuff to log and record every single day. The future of the game is looking bright too, with new courses opening up around the world all the time.

Check out the Crazy Golf Museum website, Facebook and Twitter for more info.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Mini Golf at the Lagotel in Playa de Muro, Majorca

A look at the minigolf course at the Lagotel in Playa de Muro, Majorca.


Many thanks to Jim Holden for sending me these snaps of a "retro" and "slightly rustic" minigolf course while on holiday in Majorca.

Mini Golf at the Lagotel in Playa de Muro, Majorca. Photo by Jim Holden, June 2018

The 18-hole miniature golf course in the grounds of the Lagotel in Playa de Muro, Majorca.

Activities at the Lagotel Club in Playa de Muro, Majorca. Photo by Jim Holden, June 2018

My brother and charter member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour Christopher Gottfried also found a 'rustic' looking minigolf course in Majorca a few years ago, it was at Vista Alegre in Porto Cristo.

Happy tenth birthday to Paradise Island Adventure Golf in Manchester

Today is the tenth birthday of Paradise Island Adventure Golf at Manchester's Trafford Centre.


Happy tenth birthday to Paradise Island Adventure Golf in Manchester and congratulations on the minigolf milestone.


About to score a hole-in-one on the 11th hole at Paradise Island Adventure Golf last December

The Tiki Hut Trail and Temple Ruins Adventure courses at the Trafford Centre's 36-hole indoor Adventure Golf venue were the 85th and 86th courses played on our travels back in 2009. We've returned a number of times since then and following our move north in 2016 Paradise Island Adventure Golf is actually now one of our local courses.

There are six Paradise Island Adventure Golf courses and the Manchester layout recently received a spruce up as part of the birthday celebrations. The course now includes some of the features found at the Sheffield and Cheshire Oaks courses, including ships, sharks and seagulls.

Paradise Island Adventure Golf
Some of the ship theming at the Sheffield venue

Next week Paradise Island Adventure Golf tees-off it's own Open tournament, with each of the Paradise Island Adventure Golf courses in the country inviting players to submit their scores to the competition leaderboard.

Visit the Paradise Island Adventure Golf website for more information about the courses in Cheshire Oaks, Derby, Glasgow, Livingston, Manchester and Sheffield.

Related blog posts:
- Manchester
- Paradise Island Adventure Golf
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Sunday, July 08, 2018

The Swingers Open Crazy Golf tournament 2018

Enter The Swingers Open 2018 for a chance to win a trip to New York!

The Swingers Open Crazy Golf tournament 2018


Entry is now open to the second Swingers Open minigolf tournament. The event will see a number of qualifying events take place at the two Swingers Crazy Golf venues in London before the grand final takes place.

The Swingers Open minigolf tournament is being run in association with Tanqueray No. TEN and the prize is a trip for four, including flights and hotel, to New York.

The Swingers Open competition starts on the 16th July and will run throughout July, August and September. Check out the Swingers Crazy Golf website for more info.

Swingers Crazy Golf also has plans to open its first US location in Manhattan's new Virgin Hotel.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Crazy Golf in Southwold, Suffolk

A visit to the Crazy Golf course in Southwold, Suffolk.


Crazy Golf course at the Boating Lake in Southwold, Suffolk

This summer seems to be flying by and I thought it was high time for me to blog about our trip to Southwold, Suffolk back in May. It was a flying visit and while in the seaside town we swung by the Crazy Golf course at the Boating Lake & Cafe on North Parade just as it was closing for the day.


Crazy Golf course at the Boating Lake in Southwold, Suffolk
The course is in a nice setting

Crazy Golf course at the Boating Lake in Southwold, Suffolk
The entrance to the course

Crazy Golf course at the Boating Lake in Southwold, Suffolk
A lovely bit of signage

Crazy Golf course at the Boating Lake in Southwold, Suffolk
The Rules

The Crazy Golf course in Southwold became the 812th visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Crazy Golf course at the Boating Lake in Southwold, Suffolk

Crazy Golf course at the Boating Lake in Southwold, Suffolk

Crazy Golf course at the Boating Lake in Southwold, Suffolk
  
Crazy Golf course at the Boating Lake in Southwold, Suffolk

Crazy Golf course at the Boating Lake in Southwold, Suffolk

You can find the Crazy Golf course at Southwold Boating Lake & Cafe, North Parade, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6BN.

Crazy Golf course at the Boating Lake in Southwold, Suffolk
The main entrance to the Boating Lake

Crazy Golf course at the Boating Lake in Southwold, Suffolk
I always love seeing the words CRAZY GOLF printed onto roofs!

In March last year my sister-in-law Jo and niece Kate spotted the Crazy Golf course. It wasn't there when Emily and I visited the seaside town in 2009.

Related blog posts:
- Southwold
- Suffolk
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour