Thursday, November 14, 2019

Extraordinary Golf at Alton Towers

A look back at our visit to the Extraordinary Golf course at Alton Towers.


Extraordinary Golf at Alton Towers

We're long overdue a return visit to Alton Towers. We couldn't have had a rainier day when we were there back in June 2007.


One of the things we'd been really looking forward to was playing the Extraordinary Golf course.


Extraordinary Golf at Alton Towers
That's a BIG minigolf windmill

In 2007 we were still less than a year into our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and the excitement at playing a new course was tremendous. That's not to say I don't get super excited when I hear about or see a new minigolf course now!

Imagine our disappointment when we arrived to find the course had been closed for the day as the weather was so bad as to render the course unplayable.

Extraordinary Golf at Alton Towers
Not your typical water ride

Looking on the Alton Towers website there are two 9-hole courses with miniature versions of the most famous rides and attractions at the theme park. It'll be brilliant to play them.

Extraordinary Golf at Alton Towers
Even the free monorail ride couldn't cheer me up

We've now visited 933 courses since September 2006. Of those we've been able to play 535. Many of them multiple times.

We haven't been able to play 398 courses we've visited for a number of reasons. Some have been waterlogged like the Extraordinary Golf at Alton Towers, while others have been derelict, abandoned, out-of-season, under construction or completely removed!

Lost minigolf courses - Abingdon Crazy Golf

A look back at the old Crazy Golf course at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames.


Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames

One of the courses we've visited and played on our travels but has since become a 'lost' course was the 10-hole Crazy Golf layout at the Abbey Meadows in my home town of Abingdon.


Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames

The course was the first one I ever played way back in the early 1980's.


Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames

The course had been in the park since the 1950's but was removed at the end of the 2016 season as part of renovations to the area.

Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames

Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames

Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames

It's always sad to see an old miniature golf course removed. Especially so when it's not even replaced by a new one.

Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames
The last hole of the first course I ever played

In August 2007 the course became the 31st played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames
Playing hole 5 in 2007

Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames
Playing hole 5 in 2012

Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames
Playing hole 5 for the very last time in 2016


We also revisited in June 2012 and December 2014.

Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames
The course was very mossy in 2014

Woman Yelling at Cat Meme - Minigolf

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Savage Golf crazy golf pop-up in Norwich

A pop-up Crazy Golf course is opening in Norwich.


A new 9-hole Crazy Golf course and cocktail bar is popping-up in Norwich.


Savage Golf is opening in Norwich

Savage Golf will be open from Thursday 28th November to Saturday 21st December and can be found on St Stephens Street in Norwich city centre.


Check out the Savage Golf website for more information.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Bun Throwing in Abingdon-on-Thames

It's been a year since Abingdon's last Bun Throwing event.


Last November my home town of Abingdon marked 100 years since the end of the First World War with a special Bun Throwing event in the market place.


Bun Throwing in Abingdon-on-Thames
Abingdon has a curious tradition of bun throwing

The Bun Throwing was the 35th event since 1761.


The first marked the Coronation of King George III. The last Bun Throwing held before the 2018 event was to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016.


I have attended each Bun Throwing in Abingdon in my lifetime, a total of 15 since 1981.

Related blog posts:
- A year since Abingdon's last Bun Throwing event
- Abingdon-on-Thames Bun Throwing timeline - 1761 to 2018

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Golf Pong at Project B in Manchester

What rainy Saturdays in Manchester are all about.


Golf Pong at Project B in Manchester

Last Saturday afternoon we headed over to Manchester as Emily had seen there was Golf Pong at a brand new bar in a railway viaduct arch that used to be a car dealership.


Golf Pong at Project B in Manchester
It was the first time we'd played this variation of golf

As well as the bar, golf pong and beer pong Project B has a number of street food vendors and hosts live music. We enjoyed listening to Mike Dignam while we were there.


Check out Project B on Facebook for more info.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

HM Adventure Golf at the NEC

While at the Family Attraction Expo and Holiday Park & Resort Innovation Show at the NEC I swung by the HM Adventure Golf stand.

HM Adventure Golf at the Family Attraction Expo in Birmingham

I've played one of HM Adventure Golf's modular minigolf courses at the Palace Fun Centre in Rhyl. There's also an indoor Adventure Golf version of it at the Blackpool Tower that we've yet to play on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Mini Golf course at the Palace Fun Centre in Rhyl, Wales
The first hole of the indoor minigolf course in Rhyl

Having a minigolf layout on an exhibition stand is a brilliant way to engage delegates and entertain visitors.

Art Attack FX and GlowGolf

It was great to chat to the Art Attack FX team at the Family Attraction Expo and Holiday Park & Resort Innovation Show in Birmingham.

GlowGolf by Art Attack FX

I'm a big fan of UV / glow-in-the-dark minigolf and enjoy playing them on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

My brother and Charter Member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour Christopher has played one of Art Attack FX's GlowGolf creations in Amsterdam.

Time Machine GlowGolf in Amsterdam
Time Machine GlowGolf in Amsterdam

As well as miniature golf courses Art Attack FX also create laser tag arenas, mini bowling alleys, play systems and more.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Exhibition minigolf at the NEC

Playing the Marsh Industries hole-in-one challenge minigolf course.


I've been down in Birmingham attending the Family Attraction Expo and Holiday Park & Resort Innovation Show at the NEC today. On my way out of the exhibition I was surprised and pleased to find a very nice 3-hole minigolf layout on the Marsh Industries stand.


Marsh Industries hole-in-one challenge minigolf course
I had so much fun playing the course and chatting to the Marsh Industries team on the stand I almost missed my train home!

I didn't manage to get an ace with my first three goes to enter the prize draw. But I did get a hole-in-one on my fourth go.


Having a miniature golf layout on a trade or exhibition stand is a brilliant way to engage delegates and entertain visitors.

Check out the Marsh Industries website for more info on what they do.

The second and final day of the shows is tomorrow, Thursday 7th November. Find out more on the Family Attraction Expo and Holiday Park & Resort Innovation Show websites.

A visit to The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Checking out The Floodgate, a new experiential entertainment venue in Digbeth.


The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Last Wednesday I headed down to Birmingham to check out the new indoor entertainment venue at the Custard Factory in Digbeth.


Bleachers baseball, Pit-Pat table golf and Curl Club curling at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

The Floodgate is home to three activities - indoor baseball batting cages, curling and Pit-Pat table golf.


The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

As a BIG fan of all things minigolf-related my main interest was the Pit-Pat table golf.

Pit-Pat table golf at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat is similar to crazy golf in that you have to play over, up, through and around different obstacles on each of the tables. The main difference though is that you use a cue rather than a club.

Pit-Pat table golf at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

After checking out the baseball cages in the main bar area I walked through a corridor to find the curling rink.

Baseball at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
The baseball batting cage

Curling at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
Curling

A little further down the corridor was a sign for Pit-Pat and then to the left was a doorway into the Pit-Pat course.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

The Pit-Pat layout is split into three, with most of the tables in one large retro graffiti art covered room. The tables have been UV painted and so there's a nice glow-in-the dark look to it.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Table 12 can be found all on its own in a very cool black & white room. The mono look is a very nice contrast to the UV sections.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Tables 13 to 18 then follow, with more graffiti art on the walls and some tricky obstacles including a bridge, ramp & net, pipes and a loop-di-loop to tackle.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

It was brilliant to be the first person to play the UK's first and only indoor UV Pit-Pat Table Golf course. I had five rounds at The Floodgate, scoring 47, 51, 37, 34 and 36. I was very happy with my rounds in the 30s and the 34 was very sweet as I shot four aces.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

I'd previously played Pit-Pat at the UK's only previous course back in 2014. Sadly that course in Littlehampton became a lost course a couple of years ago.

As I was leaving to catch my train back home the Pit-Pat area began to fill up with more players taking to the tables.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
This is a nice obstacle and hole to play into

It was nice to see people enjoying the batting cages and curling too, along with the street food and well stocked bar.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
Table 18

Check out The Floodgate website for more information, opening times and prices.

The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
The Floodgate is housed in this old building built in 1938

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Laser Tag in Birmingham

Spotting a Laser Tag centre in Birmingham.


Laser Tag at Teamworks Karting in Birmingham

On my recent trip to Birmingham I stumbled upon the Laser Tag centre at Teamworks Karting in Digbeth.


Laser Tag at Teamworks Karting in Birmingham

Great to know there's one there. I really need to have another game of laser tag soon.


Check out the Teamworks Karting website for more information.

Laser Tag at Teamworks Karting in Birmingham

Along with my sixth sense in finding minigolf courses I seem to also be able to sniff out a laser tag arena wherever I go.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Putting Course at the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel and Resort in Lymington

A look at the Putting Course at the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel in Lymington, Hampshire.

While we were down in Lymington to play the New Forest Adventure Golf course at Lymington Golf Centre in May we popped over the road to the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel and Resort as our friend and minigolf rival Ollie Florence had told us there was a Putting Course there.

Putting Course at the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel and Resort in Lymington
A nice view