Sunday, March 03, 2019

Penguin Park at a Mini-Golf course on an old Newquay postcard

Finding another great scene on an old minigolf postcard.

I'm always on the look out for old minigolf postcards and I found a cracker at an antiques fair in Stockport today for just 25p.

Penguin Park, Mini-Golf Course, Newquay, Cornwall. A1BC. Harvey Barton Viewcard 27 July 1970
No sign of the Mini-Golf course on this card, except on the caption

The Harvey Barton Viewcard shows the Penguin Park at the Mini-Golf Course, Newquay, Cornwall and was sent from Newquay on the 27 July 1970.

We played the course - now called Gilmore's Golf - during our two-week holiday around the coast of South West England back in 2015.

Richard and Emily Gottfried at Gilmore's Crazy Golf course in Newquay
Gilmore's Golf in Newquay was the 639th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

There was no sign of the Penguin Park when we were there, however the course itself is largely unchanged from its original construction in the 1960's.

Postcard of the Mini-Golf course in Newquay, Cornwall (A1BB). Harvey Barton Viewcard. Postally unused
If you look at the right of the card you can see a man in a striped jumper paying for his round. This same man appears in the postcard below. The hole the ladies are playing and the one to the left of it can be seen in the photo we took when we visited the course in 2015

Gilmore's Crazy Golf course in Newquay
Gilmore's Crazy Golf course as it looked in the summer of 2015. Not much has changed since it was built in the 1960's. The course is something of a rarity on these shores as it's of the Beton / Concrete variety more commonly found in continental Europe

Postcard of the Mini-Golf course in Newquay, Cornwall (A1E). Harvey Barton Viewcard. Postally unused
If you look closely you can see the ladies in the purple jackets from the other postcard in the middle of this card

I'm sure the old postcard will be of interest to our friends over at The Putting Penguin minigolf review site.

Related blog posts:
- Newquay
- Postcards
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Mini Golf in the South West of England


Mr Harrington said...

It is very interesting that you found the postcard in Stockport. In the mid to late 1960's my grandad worked in the ticket booth at the Newquay Mini Golf. I can remember visiting him at work while we were on holiday staying with my grandparents who lived in St Austell. The interesting part - both of my grandparents were born and grew up, married and lived for many years in Hazel Grove, Stockport.

Richard Gottfried said...


I'll have to dig out the postcard and see who sent it and where it was sent to...