This Sunday marks 12 years since we began our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour down on the south coast of England at Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Southsea, Hampshire.
|At Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Southsea on the tenth anniversary of our tour|
At the end of the round on the Victory Trail Adventure Golf course I fired the cannon on the Lucky Last Hole to win a FREE GAME and our minigolf travels have rolled on since then. How different would our lives have been if I'd missed my shot on the final hole?
|Adding another FREE GAME card to my collection|
We last played the course on the 30th September 2016 and I won another FREE GAME. I also won a FREE GAME when we revisited the course on the fifth anniversary of our tour on the 30th September 2011. Incredibly I won again on the 7th August 2015!
|Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Southsea|
I've never used the prize vouchers - instead they are safely deposited in the Crazy Golf Museum.
|The infamous FREE GAME PASS!|
Since 2006 we've visited a total of 846 miniature golf courses in the UK and overseas. 38 of the courses have been overseas, with 808 of them in the British Isles.
We've certainly logged some miles and spent some dough on our pursuit!
While we've been able to play a lot of the courses multiple times, some of those locations we've visited have been closed, derelict or abandoned. As of last weekend we've played a total of 500 different courses, with number 500 being the unique indoor miniature golf course at Holey Molies in Skelton-in-Cleveland.
|Playing at Holey Molies Miniature Golf|
When our travels began on the 30th September 2006 there were approximately 600 courses in the UK. That number has skyrocketed and the figure is now closer to the 1,000 mark. A phenomenal number, especially when you consider how many courses have closed in the last decade too.
The game is experiencing a real boom, with a range of unique and interesting minigolf layouts opening up. From Crazy Golf bars, to jungle-themed Adventure Golf courses, to traditional seaside courses and classic putting greens there is a rich variety of courses to play.
Earlier this year we had a crazy 42-hours in Sweden where we were able to visit nine courses, including our 800th overall - at Swing by Golfbaren in Stockholm.
|At Swing by Golfbaren in Stockholm|
Since that trip in February it's amazing to think we've reached the 846 mark!
We're looking forward to the next 12 years and beyond. It won't be long until we hit the magical 1,000 courses visited milestone either.
Check out our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour list of courses for links to the places we've been.