Prior to the coronavirus pandemic we were closing in on visiting the final 40 courses of the original 600 we set out to play in 2006. We're also very close to hitting 1,000 course visits overall.
Before the lockdown hit and our out-of-home putting was paused we'd visited 948 courses since September 2006.
We'd had a strong start to the year and visited 20 courses in the first 20 days of 2020.
We went to Wythenshawe Park just over the border in Manchester for our daily outdoor exercise on Sunday 21st June and revisited the Crazy Golf we first played in 2009. While there we also visited the currently closed Pitch & Putt Miniature Golf course. That became course visit 949 and the first new course since the pandemic hit.
During the lockdown I've been taking a look at minigolf and competitive socialising in the time of coronavirus and social distancing. You can read more in my post at 'The Coronavirus (Ham & Egger) Files'.
The Crazy World of Minigolf Tour before and during the lockdown
Last new course played before the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown - CLUB GOLF pop-up minigolf in King's Cross, London. 25th February 2020.
Last course played before the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown - Junkyard Golf at First Street in Manchester. 9th March 2020.
Last course visited before the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown - The Lost Valley Adventure Golf at Amazonia in the Market Place Shopping Centre, Bolton. 14th March 2020.
First course we visited on a daily walk that we saw with social distancing measures - Bruntwood Pitch & Putt in Cheadle Hulme. 23rd May 2020.
First previously played course visited during the Coronavirus pandemic - Crazy Golf at Wythenshawe Park in Manchester. 21st June 2020.
First new course visited during the Coronavirus pandemic - Pitch & Putt at Wythenshawe Park in Manchester. 21st June 2020.
Social distancing minigolf
We're interested in seeing examples of Covid-19 social distancing at minigolf courses around the world - from signage to scorecards we'd like to see them and share them.
If you're a course owner, minigolf club or player please do get in touch with your examples.
New courses opening
It's been good to hear that new miniature golf courses are still being planned, designed and built ready for the future.
We've found out about the following developments during lockdown.
- Construction is underway on Adventure Golf courses at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham St Annes.
- Work is nearing completion on the Woodland Adventure Golf course at China Fleet Country Club in Saltash, Cornwall.
- The Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club has been created in Bristol, with online Putt at Home activities taking place ahead of the building of a new Crazy Golf course.
- A new Ghetto Golf course could be heading to Sheffield.
- A new indoor Mini Golf venue is opening Birmingham.
- A new Mini Golf course has been installed at Sea Acres Holiday Park at Kennack Sands in Cornwall.
- A new Roxy Ball Room is being created at Withy Grove in Manchester, it'll be home to a minigolf course.
- And a new Adventure Golf course could be built in Andover, Hampshire.
If you know of any other new minigolf courses opening or are planning to create one please do let us know.