Thursday, August 22, 2019

Mini Golf at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, Oregon

A look at the Mini Golf course at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, Oregon, USA.


Mini Golf course at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, Oregon, USA. Photo by Laura Emmerson
Mini Golf course at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, Oregon, USA. Photo by Laura Emmerson

A BIG thank you goes to my friend, and fellow Coeliac blogger, Laura aka the Gluten Free Traveller for sending me these great photos of the Mini Golf course at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, Oregon, USA.


Mini Golf course at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, Oregon, USA. Photo by Laura Emmerson
Mini Golf course at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, Oregon, USA. Photo by Laura Emmerson

Fingers crossed we'll play the course on a visit to Oregon in the future. Laura lives in Portland and tells me that the city is full of dedicated gluten free places.


Mini Golf course at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, Oregon, USA. Photo by Laura Emmerson
Mini Golf course at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, Oregon, USA. Photo by Laura Emmerson

Check out the Oaks Amusement Park website for more information.

The course at Oaks Amusement Park is the second Laura has found on her travels around Oregan. Earlier this week she spotted this Wizard of Oz Mini Golf course at Rockaway Beach.

We love seeing different courses around the world. The one at Oaks Amusement Park looks like it'd be fun to play.

North Bay Miniature Railway in Scarborough

A look at the North Bay Railway in Scarborough.


North Bay Railway in Scarborough

On our holiday to Scarborough earlier this year we stopped by for a look at the North Bay Railway.


North Bay Railway in Scarborough
Scalby Mills station

Unfortunately it was far too wet and late to have a ride when we arrived. And then on the Sunday we left it was far too nice a day to spend sitting on a train. Typical.


North Bay Railway in Scarborough
A set of carriages at Peasholm Station

The North Bay Railway runs from Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills - and there are miniature golf courses at both ends of the line!

North Bay Railway in Scarborough
Peasholm Station

North Bay Railway in Scarborough
A brown tourist sign at the bottom of the hill to Scalby Mills Station
 
North Bay Railway in Scarborough
A view of the North Bay from Scalby Mills Station

North Bay Railway in Scarborough
The carriages awaiting an engine at Peasholm Station

We do enjoy visiting miniature railways and have been to a fair few on our travels over the years.

Related blog posts:
Miniature Railways
- Scarborough

Link:
- North Bay Railway

Crazy Golf at Henllan Station in Newcastle Emlyn, Wales

A look at the Crazy Golf course at Henllan Station in Newcastle Emlyn.


Crazy Golf course at Henllan Station in Newcastle Emlyn. Photo by Adam Dewar
The Crazy Golf course at Henllan Station in Newcastle Emlyn. Photo by Adam Dewar

Many thanks to my friend Adam Dewar for sending along these snaps from his visit to the minigolf course at Henllan Station in Newcastle Emlyn, Wales.


Crazy Golf course at Henllan Station in Newcastle Emlyn. Photo by Adam Dewar
The Crazy Golf course at Henllan Station in Newcastle Emlyn. Photo by Adam Dewar

Crazy Golf course at Henllan Station in Newcastle Emlyn. Photo by Adam Dewar
The Crazy Golf course at Henllan Station in Newcastle Emlyn. Photo by Adam Dewar

Crazy Golf course at Henllan Station in Newcastle Emlyn. Photo by Adam Dewar
The Crazy Golf course at Henllan Station in Newcastle Emlyn. Photo by Adam Dewar

The concrete course is next to the Teifi Valley Railway and one we played during our holiday in Wales back in August 2009. It's looking in a lot better condition than when we visited!


It's always nice to see that courses we've been to are still in use and even better when we find out they've been improved.

Playing the Tiki Hut Trail at Paradise Island Adventure Golf Manchester

We had another fun night playing Paradise Island Adventure Golf at the Trafford Centre in Manchester yesterday.


Tiki Hut Trail at Paradise Island Adventure Golf Manchester
Emily playing hole 8

This time we played the Tiki Hut Trail and Emily won with a score of 33 to my 36.


Tiki Hut Trail at Paradise Island Adventure Golf Manchester
Emily is the Big Kahuna of PIAG

33 is the best either of us have ever scored on the Tiki course and looking on the leader-board it was a new Course Record too!


Tiki Hut Trail at Paradise Island Adventure Golf Manchester
The leader-board as it was

It was Emily's second win in-a-row on the Tiki Hut Trail following our match-up with Seth Thomas in July.

Emily also scored a Course Record on the Temple Ruins layout to win the Paradise Island Adventure Golf Open Championship last month with a round of 30, including seven holes-in-one on the 18-hole course.

Playing hole 3

Playing hole 10

Playing hole 11

Related blog posts:
Paradise Island Adventure Golf
Trafford Centre
Manchester

Link:
Paradise Island Adventure Golf

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Minigolf in Paris

We've played two Paris-themed minigolf holes this year - one at the Riverside Bowl's Glo-Golf course and one on the Landmark Golf layout at Wolsingham Sports Hall


Riverside Bowl's Glo-Golf course in Andover
Hole 3 of the Glo-Golf course in Andvover

Landmark Golf at Wolsingham Sports Hall
Hole 3 of the Landmark Golf course was also Paris-themed

Emily has actually been to Paris this year.


The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower in July

Invader PA_598 in Paris, France
Emily logged her first Invader in Paris - the city is swarming with them

I have been to Blackpool though.

The Blackpool Tower
Blackpool - the Paris of the North West

Do let us know if you've played any minigolf in Paris? Or if you know of any other Paris-themed minigolf holes?

Merry Christmas from Stockport

Christmas has come early. Too early.


Merry Christmas from our local B&M in Cheadle Heath, Stockport!


A selection of Christmas items at B&M in Cheadle Heath, Stockport

This is the earliest we've ever seen a Christmas aisle in a shop.


I know the weather has been bad this summer, but surely it's too soon to be thinking about Christmas shopping.

Landmark Golf in Wolsingham

Playing the Landmark Golf course at Wolsingham Sports Hall in County Durham.


Landmark Golf at Wolsingham Sports Hall in County Durham

On the way up to Newcastle upon Tyne last Friday we called in to Wolsingham Sports Hall to play the pop-up Landmark Golf course.


Landmark Golf at Wolsingham Sports Hall in County Durham

Landmark Golf at Wolsingham Sports Hall in County Durham

The course had been set up for the week and was proving popular. Some groups were finishing their rounds as we arrived and so we had a clear run at the layout.


Landmark Golf at Wolsingham Sports Hall in County Durham
Emily playing hole 8

We received a nice welcome at the leisure centre and from the chap at Landmark Golf. After Ian from the course had explained the rules and tee-off points we set off on our trip around the world in 9-holes.

Landmark Golf at Wolsingham Sports Hall
The tee on hole 1


It's brilliant when a course has a wow factor and the Landmark Golf course certainly did with the Statue of Liberty. In fact each of the holes had something interesting about them.

Landmark Golf at Wolsingham Sports Hall
A view of the course

Landmark Golf at Wolsingham Sports Hall
The Egyptian pyramids

We've played a number of fibreglass courses on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and this was certainly one of, if not, the best so far. We really liked the corner pieces that allowed for rebound skill shots to be played.

Landmark Golf at Wolsingham Sports Hall
Back in London!

In our match-up I managed to secure the win with a round of 18 to Emily's 22.

Landmark Golf at Wolsingham Sports Hall
Standing tall after my victory

We've been following Landmark Golf on social media for a while and it was nice we were able to time the trip to Newcastle with one of the Landmark Golf events.

Landmark Golf in Wolsingham
On the road to triumph

The Landmark Golf course was the 919th visited and 525th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Landmark Golf in Wolsingham
Hole 1 - Big Ben in London

Landmark Golf in Wolsingham
Hole 2 - the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle upon Tyne
 
Landmark Golf in Wolsingham
Hole 3 - Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower

Landmark Golf in Wolsingham
Or is it the Blackpool Tower?

Landmark Golf in Wolsingham
Hole 4 - the Great Wall of China

Landmark Golf in Wolsingham
Hole 5 - Egyptian pyramids

Landmark Golf in Wolsingham
Hole 5

Landmark Golf in Wolsingham
Hole 6 - the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Landmark Golf in Wolsingham
Hole 6

Landmark Golf in Wolsingham
Hole 7 - the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty

Landmark Golf in Wolsingham
Hole 8 - some large tools!

Landmark Golf in Wolsingham
Hole 9 - the Taj Mahal

It was really nice to see a portable minigolf course set-up indoors at a sports hall. As we were leaving another couple of groups came in to play. It'd be brilliant if more leisure centres and sports halls had pop-up events like the one in Wolsingham.


Following its busy stint at Wolsingham Sports Hall the course moved up to Newcastle for a run at a hotel.

Landmark Golf in Wolsingham
Emily playing hole 2

Speaking with Ian from Landmark Golf he told us that they create a number of different configurations with the course and obstacles and so the layout can be different each time. They've also got one of the 'letters' Crazy Golf courses which spells CRAZY GOLF when set-up. Hopefully we'll get to have another game of Landmark Golf in the future.


Visit the Landmark Golf website for more information and upcoming event locations.


Related blog posts:
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- County Durham

Link:
- Landmark Golf

Videos:
- Landmark Golf in Wolsingham 1 of 4
- Landmark Golf in Wolsingham 2 of 4
- Landmark Golf in Wolsingham 3 of 4
- Landmark Golf in Wolsingham 4 of 4

One month until Miniature Golf Day 2019

One month today and it'll be Miniature Golf Day 2019.


Jurassic Adventure Golf at Wyevale Bridgemere Garden Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire
Jurassic Adventure Golf at Wyevale Bridgemere Garden Centre in Nantwich

Miniature Golf Day is ALWAYS on the 21st of September.


The Minigolf course at Stoke Park in Guildford, Surrey
Emily playing the Minigolf course at Stoke Park in Guildford

Where will you be having a round?


Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf in Skegness, Lincolnshire
On the Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Skegness

For inspiration do check out our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour post to see the 920+ courses we've visited since 2006.

Each year there are two annual 'days' to celebrate the game. The first of the year is National Miniature Golf Day which is on the second Saturday in May - you'll next be able to celebrate that on Saturday 9th May 2020.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Mini Golf at Rockaway Beach, Oregon, USA

A look at the Mini Golf course at Rockaway Beach, Oregon, USA.


Many thanks to my friend, and fellow Coeliac, Laura aka the Gluten Free Traveller for sending me a photo of the Mini Golf course at Rockaway Beach, Oregon, USA.


Mini Golf at Rockaway Beach, Oregon, USA. Photo by Laura Emmerson the Gluten Free Traveller 190819
Mini Golf at Rockaway Beach, Oregon, USA. Photo by Laura Emmerson the Gluten Free Traveller

It's always brilliant to see different courses around the world.


Hopefully we'll get to play the course on a visit to Oregon in the future. Laura lives in Portland and tells me that the city is full of dedicated gluten free places!

You can find the Wizard of Oz themed Mini Golf course at Troxel’s Rock Garden at Rockaway Beach, Oregon.