Monday, July 01, 2019

95 years of Mini Golf in Worthing's Denton Gardens

A look at the history of miniature golf in Worthing's Denton Gardens.


Minigolf was first played in Denton Gardens on Tuesday 1st July 1924!


Almost a century later and the relatively new Splash Point Mini Golf course there is going strong and is popular with locals, tourists, enthusiasts and the characters of the British Minigolf Association tour.


Splash Point Mini Golf in Worthing's Denton Gardens
Playing hole 7 - the hardest hole on the course

The first miniature golf courses in Denton Gardens were of the grass Putting variety, when both sides of the lawn in the gardens were given over to minigolf Putting courses.

Worthing, Denton Gardens, Putting Green. The Photochrom Co Ltd. Posted to Birchington, Kent on 30 July 1928
Worthing, Denton Gardens, Putting Green. The Photochrom Co Ltd. Posted to Birchington, Kent on 30 July 1928

Putting Green, Denton Gardens, Worthing. Photogravure by S. & E. Ltd., Hastings. Postally unused. Undated
Putting Green, Denton Gardens, Worthing. Photogravure by S. & E. Ltd., Hastings. Postally unused. Undated

The Putting Green, Denton Gardens, Worthing. Picture Post Card by Wardell's. Postally unused. Undated
The Putting Green, Denton Gardens, Worthing. Picture Post Card by Wardell's. Postally unused. Undated

In 2010 our friends Anthony Pope and Peter Emmerson created the 18-hole Splash Point Mini Golf course. It was the 181st played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. Interestingly the same kiosk that can be seen in the postcards above is still in use today.

Splash Point Mini Golf in Worthing's Denton Gardens
Playing hole 13 on the 3rd July 2010. The course has a lot more foliage now!

We've returned on many occasions to compete in tournaments and to play for fun. You can see what the course looked like on our return to the course in April this year.

Splash Point Mini Golf in Worthing's Denton Gardens
Emily playing hole 12

Check out the Splash Point Mini Golf course website and give the course a follow on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.



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- Worthing
- Splash Point Mini Golf
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Splash Point Mini Golf in Denton Gardens, Worthing
- A look at Splash Point Mini Golf in Worthing's Denton Gardens