Monday, May 04, 2020

The Coronavirus (Ham & Egger) Files

A look at minigolf and competitive socialising in the time of coronavirus and social distancing.


I've been blogging about the world of minigolf since 2006 and have seen how the game boomed in the last decade.

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works into the whole world and as such minigolf courses and competitive socialising venues have taken a hit.

I recently took a look at 'The next normal rules of minigolf' with a dive into how minigolf will be played after lockdown.

A look at minigolf and competitive socialising in the time of coronavirus and social distancing

The Coronavirus (Ham & Egger) Files


I've collated a number of blog posts from recent months, looking at the rise of competitive socialising, tenpin bowling and minigolf combinations, minigolf in a retail setting, technological innovations through minigolf scoring and loyalty apps, as well as the popularity of mixing art and minigolf.

These pre-pandemic posts are joined by the posts I've written about minigolf, competitive socialising and competitive isolation during the time of Covid-19.

Pre-pandemic

Shopping mall minigolf - The growth of shopping centre crazy golf and retailtainment.

Garden centre minigolf - A look at garden centres with miniature golf courses.

Artainment and the world of minigolf - A look at how minigolf has been used in artistic creations.

Minigolf and tenpin bowling - Where to find minigolf and tenpin bowling entertainment centres.

Minigolf Scoring and Loyalty Apps - A look at minigolf, crazy golf and adventure golf scorecard and loyalty apps.

New minigolf courses - Details of new minigolf, crazy golf and adventure golf courses opening.

During the time of Covid-19

Keeping minigolf rolling - Prior to the coronavirus pandemic the minigolf and wider competitive socialising sectors were booming. Something we're very keen to continue once the world gets back to a semblance of normality.

The Big Mini Golf Bucket List - Ideas to while away the hours, days, weeks and months of lockdown.

Crazy World of Minigolf Tour update - Out-of-Home Putting Paused by Pandemic.

Competitive socialising in isolation - Keeping social and competitive in the new world of physical distancing.

The next normal rules of minigolf - A look at how minigolf will be played after lockdown.

Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus - Posts written about new courses opening or planned, course visits, information and examples of social distancing measures, competitions and tournaments, putt at home activities and more.

Social distancing minigolf - Examples of minigolf in the time of coronavirus and social distancing.

Gator Adventure Golf in Chorley - Blog post about the first course we played during the pandemic.

After the pandemic

Watch this space...

Putting at home

There are also a number of Putt at Home events taking place around the world and it's been brilliant to see how popular home and garden minigolf has been during lockdown.

Crazy Golf in Prestatyn, Wales
We're looking forward to launching back into the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour when it's safe to do so

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48 comments:

Richard Gottfried said...

We saw social distancing measures in place at a miniature golf course in person for the first time today.

It was at Bruntwood Pitch & Putt in Bruntwood Park, Cheadle, Stockport.

Richard Gottfried said...

Check out my new blog post looking at the social distancing measures in place on The Secret Garden Crazy Golf course at The Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre in Preston, Lancashire.

Richard Gottfried said...

Social distancing in operation at Denton Gardens, Worthing.

The Splash Point Mini Golf course there is open to play.

Richard Gottfried said...

A look at the social distancing measures in place at Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk, England.

Richard Gottfried said...

The team at Putter Madness are getting prepped for when they are able to operate their portable minigolf courses at events in the future.

Richard Gottfried said...

Looking back through our photo archive I noticed an interesting sign on a minigolf course we played in Essex back in May 2009.

A precursor to social distancing...?

Richard Gottfried said...

Strokes Adventure Golf in Margate, Kent has reopened with social distancing measures in place.

Richard Gottfried said...

The three miniature golf courses at Hastings Adventure Golf have reopened with social distancing measures in place.

Richard Gottfried said...

The Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Whitby has reopened with social distancing measures in place.

Richard Gottfried said...

We visited Wythenshawe Park over the border in Manchester for our daily outdoor exercise yesterday.

The Crazy Golf course there is the first previously played Crazy Golf location we've revisited during the coronavirus pandemic.

The park is also home to a Pitch & Putt miniature golf course. That became the first new course we've been to during the pandemic and the 949th visited overall on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Richard Gottfried said...

The team at Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the Forest of Dean have kindly sent over some photos of the social distancing measures in place on their course.

Richard Gottfried said...

Many thanks to my friend, minigolf rival and local Martyn Williams of the Welsh Minigolf Club for sending over snaps of the social distancing measures in place at the Tee-Rex Adventure Golf course at Cardiff Golf Centre in Wales.

Richard Gottfried said...

The team at Putter Madness have some very nice branded face masks for staff to wear at their upcoming minigolf events.

Richard Gottfried said...

Social distancing at Teezers Crazy Golf in Coventry.

Richard Gottfried said...

Ghetto Golf has a range of branded face masks for sale at their venues.

Richard Gottfried said...

The first socially distanced minigolf tournament in the UK is taking place on Sunday 26th July.

Organised by the Welsh Minigolf Club the 2020 Dragon Classic will be held on the Dragon's Quest Mini Golf course at Fontygary Leisure Park in Rhoose, Barry.

Entry is limited to 18 players and more information can be found on the Welsh Minigolf Club's website and Facebook Page.

Richard Gottfried said...

Plans for the new Iron Age themed Adventure Golf course in Andover, Hampshire have been approved.

The plans for the new Adventure Golf course in Andover were the first I heard about for a new course since before the coronavirus pandemic.

Richard Gottfried said...

Play is set to resume on the British Minigolf Association tour with a double-header weekend of events at Dunton Hills in Essex in August.

Richard Gottfried said...

The team at Plonk! Golf have opened a new venue in London Fields, Hackney.

Richard Gottfried said...

A planning proposal has been submitted for a new Enchanted Garden Adventure Golf course at Raphael Park in Romford, Essex.

Richard Gottfried said...

Here's a look at the social distancing and hygiene measures at Mr Mulligans Lost World Adventure Golf in Stevenage.

Richard Gottfried said...

A look at the social distancing measures at Volcano Falls Adventure Golf in Castleford.

Richard Gottfried said...

There's a new Shipwreck Adventure Golf course at the Santa Fe Fun Park in Swanage, Dorset.

Richard Gottfried said...

The new Puttstars indoor minigolf centre at Rochdale Riverside entertainment, leisure and shopping centre is opening in August. It had been due to open earlier in the year but was delayed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The first Puttstars location opened at the Thorpe Park shopping and entertainment site in Leeds in March this year.

A third Puttstars location is opening up in York next month too.

Richard Gottfried said...

Here are some of the latest minigolf updates during the coronavirus pandemic:

The team at the Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk have introduced a new mobile scoring and loyalty app for the 9-hole course. It's available to download for free on Android and iPhone.

We found two miniature golf courses by accident while out on our daily outdoor exercise is Salford!

A Crazy Golf course is opening at the new Flip Out trampoline and adventure centre in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

A look at the new Puttstars Mini Golf venue in Rochdale.

Richard Gottfried said...

While our out-of-home putting has been temporarily paused by the coronavirus pandemic we have been doing a fair bit of putting at home and writing about the game.

We had a brilliant time judging all of the entries into the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club's PUTT PARTY contest last month.

A new Boom: Battle Bar venue is opening at the Brewery Quarter in Cardiff.

A new indoor minigolf venue is now open in Seaton Carew, Teesside.

Lincoln city centre will be home to a pop-up Crazy Golf course this summer as Cornhill Cove opens in Lincoln's Cornhill this month.

A new indoor adventure golf course is planned to open at The Oracle shopping centre in Reading, Berkshire.

A new 9-hole pirate-themed crazy adventure golf course has opened at East Park in Hull.

The new Puttstars indoor minigolf centre at York Stadium is opening next month.

Richard Gottfried said...

A look at the new Caddy Shack Mini Golf course at Shanklin Seafront, Isle of Wight.

There's a new Crazy Golf course in Shanklin, Isle of Wight.

There's a new Crazy Golf course at The Gaggle of Geese pub in Buckland Newton, Dorchester, Dorset.

A new Adventure Golf course is now open at Stockwood Vale Golf Club in Bristol.

There are plans for a new Crazy Golf course in Bideford, Devon.

Captain Jack's Adventure Golf is now open next to the observation wheel in Scarborough's South Bay.

Richard Gottfried said...

There are plans for a new Crazy Golf course to be created at the Fulwood Central retail park in Preston.

Richard Gottfried said...

There are plans for a minigolf course to be created as part of the proposed new Countryside Adventure attraction at Over Farm in Gloucester.

Richard Gottfried said...

There's a free to play minigolf course at Bank Street Park in Canary Wharf, London.

Richard Gottfried said...

We played at the first new course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour since February this year when we swung by Gator Adventure Golf at the Escape Entertainment venue in Chorley, Lancashire yesterday evening.

It was the first time we've experienced covid-secure / social distancing measures as players at a minigolf course first hand.

Richard Gottfried said...

A look at the pop-up minigolf course at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee.

Orpheum Mini-Golf is a 9-hole socially distanced Broadway-themed course and is set-up on the stage of the theatre.

Richard Gottfried said...

Hastings Adventure Golf: social distancing in numbers - a look at the work of Hastings Adventure Golf in the time of Coronavirus.

Richard Gottfried said...

A new indoor Treetop Adventure Golf centre is planned for Birmingham's Bullring.

Richard Gottfried said...

There are plans for a new minigolf course to be created in York.

Richard Gottfried said...

Check out details of the new minigolf courses opening in the UK.

Richard Gottfried said...

My specialist knowledge and experience in the worlds of minigolf and marketing were recently demonstrated in InterGame's discussion of the opportunities and challenges of operating a mini-golf venue amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Richard Gottfried said...

A look at the Adventure Golf course in Telford Town Park (September 2020).

The course is open but currently has restrictions on the opening times, with online bookings required to enter the course.

Richard Gottfried said...

Check out my latest blog post on Minigolfnews - Minigolf in the time of Covid-19

Richard Gottfried said...

Minigolf in the time of coronavirus - Gator Golf in Chorley.

Richard Gottfried said...

A look at the new Pembrey Country Park Crazy Golf course in Wales.

There are now Mini Golf courses at Airtastic Entertainment Centres in Craigavon and Cork.

A look at the Alton Water Minigolf course in Ipswich, Suffolk.

There are plans for a new crazy golf course to be built in Walmer, Kent.

There are plans for a new minigolf course to open in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The new Adventure Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes is nearing completion.

There are plans for a new indoor minigolf course to open in York early next year.

There are plans for a new Adventure Golf course to be built at the Sandy Bay Holiday Park in Ashington, Northumberland.

Richard Gottfried said...

Here's a look at the Alton Water Mini Golf course in Ipswich, Suffolk.

Richard Gottfried said...

A new indoor Adventure Golf course is being built at Charnwood Golf Complex in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Richard Gottfried said...

A new Viking-themed Adventure Golf course is planned to open at Southport Pleasureland.

Richard Gottfried said...

I've been Putting at Home and competing in the inaugural Putt18 World Pro League during the pandemic. Six of the seven events in the first season have now been completed.

Check out my blog post from week 6 of the Putt18 World Pro League.

Richard Gottfried said...

We visited Blackpool for the first time this year on the 3rd September. It was really nice to get back to the seaside.

While there we had a catch-up with Ian and Paul from the Blackpool Fulfilling Lives and Blackpool and the Fylde Street Angels - the two groups that have joined forces to refresh and reopen the Princess Parade Crazy Golf course on Blackpool's North Shore.

It was brilliant to talk to people in real life for a change!

It's a pleasure to be a part of the Princess Parade Crazy Golf project and I've enjoyed working with the teams at Blackpool Fulfilling Lives and Blackpool & the Fylde Street Angels, Blackpool Council and the Blackpool Civic Trust to get the course reopened.

The area has been given a massive clean up by the project team and a number of the holes have required repairs. You can see how the course looked in May 2019 and October 2019 in my blog post.

Take a look at my blog post about the Princess Parade Crazy Golf course for more info and photos of the course.

Richard Gottfried said...

A new Putt Club crazy golf course is opening in Watford, Hertfordshire.

Richard Gottfried said...

There was a pop-up crazy golf course in Fleet, Hampshire yesterday.