A look at names for the game of minigolf in Wales.
We love visiting Wales and have visited most of the minigolf courses in the country. We were supposed to have a holiday there back in March and one of the towns we planned to visit was Porthmadog.
On our minigolf road-trip around Wales in 2009 we arrived in Porthmadog just as the three miniature golf courses there were closing so were looking forward to finally playing them this year.
Last week I posted this question on our Facebook Page - where did we see this sign and what does Golff Giamocs mean?
|Giamocs means a number of things, but doesn't necessarily translate directly as 'crazy'|
Some of the responses were very interesting as they gave us even more meanings when translated into English as 'Giamocs' can mean tricks, gimmick, prank, stunt and a joke.
All quite apt ways to describe Crazy Golf.
Ways to say minigolf in Welsh
We've seen a number of names for the game on signs and scorecards at courses.
Adventure Golf = Golff Anturus
Crazy Golf = Golff Gwyllt
Crazy Golf = Golff Giamocs
Crazy Golf = Golff Gwallgof
Crazy Golf = Golff Gwirion
Minigolf = Minigolff
Mini Golf = Golff Bach
Mini Golf = Golff Mini
Miniature Golf = Maes Golff
Miniature Golf Course = Cwrs Golff Bach
Pitch and Putt = Golff Byr
Putting Green = Llain Bytio
Golf = Golff
Course = Cwrs
Bach = Small
Maes = Field
Giamocs = Tricks / Gimmick / Prank / Stunt / a joke
Gwallgof = Crazy
Gwirion = Stupid
Gwyllt = Wild
Types of minigolf courses
Since our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour began in September 2006 we have visited and played minigolf in a number of forms, names and guises.
Definitions of minigolf
There are a number of different names for the game of minigolf. While there are some design standards for courses, most would be regarded as 'fantasy' courses where the end result is limited only by imagination, budgets and building regulations.
You can see the common names for the game of putting in this Definitions of minigolf blog post.