Saturday, August 29, 2020

Playing Minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton

A look back at a pop-up crazy golf course in Luton.


Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

We played a pop-up one-day-only minigolf course set-up on the football pitch at Kent Athletic Club in Luton nine years ago today.

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

The layout was the 267th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

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Friday, August 28, 2020

PUTT PUTT #2 art installation Crazy Golf course in Croydon

A look back at the PUTT PUTT #2 art installation Crazy Golf course in Croydon. Played on this day in 2014.


PUTT PUTT #2 art installation Crazy Golf course in Croydon

The art installation miniature golf course was the 345th played on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and the 578th visited overall since September 2006.

We've now been to 955 courses in 14 years.

For more information visit the Turf Projects website and PUTT PUTT #2 project page.


Check out my blog post 'Artainment and the world of minigolf' to see how minigolf has been used in other artistic creations.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Crazy Pool at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester

The new Roxy Ball Room at Withy Grove in Manchester will be home to a Crazy Pool layout.


The new Roxy Ball Room at Withy Grove in Manchester will be home to a Crazy Pool layout

Work is underway to create a new Roxy Ball Room venue at next to the Arndale Centre at Withy Grove in Manchester. One of the new games to play there will be Crazy Pool.

Crazy Pool is also available at the Roxy Ball Room on Hanover Street in Liverpool. As a fan of minigolf and billiard hybrid games I was intrigued to see what it would like as I've played a few on my Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

You can see a preview of the Crazy Pool at Roxy Ball Room in Liverpool on Roxy Ball Room's Facebook Page.



Taking a peak in the windows at the new Withy Grove location we saw a number of the Crazy Pool tables taking shape. They looked really good.

Crazy Pool at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester

Crazy Pool at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester

Crazy Pool at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester

It'll be interesting to see what the cues and balls are like and what other obstacles will appear on the tables.

Visit the Roxy Ball Room website for details of their eleven venues and the games on offer.

Check out my blog post "Crazy Snooker Pool Billiards Golf and Pit-Pat" for a look at some of the stranger miniature golf and cue-sports crossover games we've played on our travels.


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New Treetop Adventure Golf opening in Birmingham

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


Treetop Adventure Golf

The Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham will be home to a new Treetop Adventure Golf centre.

The venue will be home to two indoor 18-hole adventure golf courses.

Treetop Adventure Golf in Birmingham is planned to open next Spring.

Treetop Adventure Golf

Treetop Adventure Golf venues

You can also find Treetop Adventure Golf courses at St David's Shopping Centre in Cardiff, at The Printworks in Manchester and at the Highcross shopping centre in Leicester.

Treetop Adventure Golf

Visit the Treetop Adventure Golf website for more information.

Crazy World of Minigolf Tour visits

We're looking forward to playing the new Treetop Adventure Golf courses on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

The tropical Trail course at Treetop Adventure Golf in Manchester was the 800th course we visited in the British Isles. We're now up to 955 courses visited overall.

We've also been to the Cardiff and Leicester courses.

New minigolf courses 

I heard about the new Bullring minigolf course in Birmingham back in June before it was known to be a Treetop Adventure Golf. It was the the second new course planned to open that I found out about during the pandemic. The other was the replacement for the old course in Andover, Hampshire.

Check out details of new minigolf courses in the UK.

Minigolf during the pandemic and retailtainment

Find out more about minigolf in the time of coronavirus.

Read more about the rise of shopping mall minigolf and retailtainment.

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Reliant Regals

It's crazy how many Reliant Regal Supervans we've seen on our minigolf travels.


Reliant Regal Supervan in Ayr
With a Del Boy van in Ayr in 2014

Reliant Regal Supervan for sale
What a bargain!

Reliant Regal Supervan at Teezers in Coventry
An Only Fools and Horses themed crazy golf at Teezers in Coventry

Reliant Regal Supervan at Junkyard Golf in Manchester
At Junkyard Golf in Manchester

Reliant Regal Supervan at Junkyard Golf in London
At Junkyard Golf in London
  
Reliant Regal Supervan at That Funky Golf Place in Birmingham
The last hole at That Funky Golf Place in Birmingham has a Reliant Regal on it

Reliant Regal Supervan at That Funky Golf Place in Birmingham
You have to putt into the van for a hole in one

Reliant Regal Supervan at That Funky Golf Place in Birmingham
The end of the course

Reliant Regal Supervan in Great Yarmouth
Del Boy parked up at Great Yarmouth

I've also seen there are also Reliant Regal gimmicks on a few other courses we're yet to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Crazy Golf at the Social Muscle Club

The Social Muscle Club's Summer Camp is taking place tomorrow night.


Social Muscle Club Summer Camp

We're very excited to be a part of the Social Muscle Club's Bristol event tomorrow evening. It'll have a summer holiday camp theme!

We'll be attending alongside the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club's manager Megan who will be sharing designs from the club's project to create a real-life course as well as hosting a quick fire Mini Golf challenge.

We can't wait to discuss the crazy world of miniature golf, our travels to 955 courses and judge the crazy golf creations made by the attendees.

If you fancy a night in with a summer holiday camp theme you can get your free ticket from Trinity Bristol.

About Social Muscle Clubs and Shambala

At Social Muscle Clubs you’re invited to grab a drink, a socially-distanced friendly buddy, join a Zoom call, and take part in a simple sharing game where everyone offers something they are willing to give, and makes a request for something they’d like to receive. These things can be concrete and practical but also abstract, or relationship-focused. Fresh bread, tax return support, a tattoo, a holiday apartment in Costa Rica, a sofa, cash, a shoulder to cry on. The giving and receiving games in small groups are punctuated by performance, music, and surprises. The atmosphere is celebratory!

‘Taste of Shambala’ digital weekender

The Social Muscle Club is part of the ‘Taste of Shambala’ digital weekender. The physical, real-world Shambala Festival has been postponed until August 2021. Find out more on the Shambala website.

The Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Our travels to play at every minigolf course in the UK began in September 2006 when we set out to visit as many British seasides as possible. Once we'd won a free game on the first Adventure Golf course we played in Southsea we were hooked.

Southend Pier Crazy Golf course
At the Southend Pier Crazy Golf course

Since then we've been to 955 courses. 916 of them have been in the British Isles, with 39 in eleven overseas countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and the USA.

Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sanda Holiday Park
Playing Crazy Golf at Pontins Camber Sanda Holiday Park

When our adventures began there were 600 courses in the UK. There are now well over a thousand and counting! We've got 40 of the original 600 we set out to visit left and a lot of new courses to play at too.
Crazy Golf at Pontin's Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park
Playing Crazy Golf at Pontin's Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park

Our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour stats:

  • 955 courses visited since September 2006
  • 916 courses visited in the British Isles
  • 543 courses played overall
  • 14 new courses visited in 2020
  • 7 new courses visited in the time of coronavirus
  • 36 courses visited in 2020, including revisits

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

On holiday - two years ago today

Looking back at our holiday to Lytham St Annes two years ago.


We were on holiday on the Fylde Coast this time two years ago.

How times change.

MiniLinks Crazy Golf course in Lytham St Annes
With Humpty at the MiniLinks Crazy Golf course in Lytham St Annes

The MiniLinks Crazy Golf course was the 48th visited and played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in April 2008.

The MiniLinks in Lytham Saint Annes is home to three miniature golf courses - the Crazy Golf, a Pennines Putting course and a Par-3 layout.


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Lost Shops - RadioShack in Saint Annes on the Sea

Two years ago today we were still able to shop at a RadioShack in the UK.


The store was in Saint Annes on the Sea on the Fylde Coast and after I discovered it I shopped there every time I visited the seaside town.

Sadly it closed in 2019.

This RadioShack was the last of its kind in the UK
This RadioShack was the last of its kind in the UK. Note the Tandy sign in the top left of the window

Working at Tandy

My first job was at a Tandy franchise shop in Abingdon, Oxfordshire where I remember selling a number of electronic products bearing the 'RadioShack', 'Genexxa' and 'Realistic' brand names.

It's always fun spotting old brands & signage and a treat when it's something rare like Tandy.

Tandy said goodbye to the UK high street in 2001 as the last of the shops was converted after acquisition by Carphone Warehouse.

Other lost shop brands

As well as the RadioShack in Saint Annes on the Sea we've seen a Woolworths Big W in Brunstane, Edinburgh; Toys R Us in Ancoats, Manchester; Tandy in Hitchin; Blockbuster in Fallowfield, Manhester; Woolworths in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent; BHS in Stockport; Blockbuster Video Express in Colne and Kwik Save in Barrow-in-Furness.

If you know of any other remnants or relics of lost retail brands please do let me know.

Putt18 World Pro League - Week 3 & 4 Results

Results from weeks 3 and 4 of the Putt18 World Pro League.


Putt18 Indoor Golf Putting Game Mat

Play has been completed in the third and fourth weeks of the Putt18 World Pro League.

During the pandemic players from Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand and the USA are competing in individual and team events over seven events on the Putt18 golf game putting mat.

Week 3 - top 3

  1. Matt Ansley (NZL) - 251
  2. John Ansley (NZL) - 261
  3. Dave Gomm (GBR) - 265


Week 4 - top 4

  1. Matt Ansley (NZL) - 245
  2. John Ansley (NZL) - 256
  3. Dave Gomm (GBR) - 262

I finished week 3 at the bottom of the pile of players who completed their rounds with rounds of 69, 87, 79 and 86 for a total of 321 and 12 points.

I fared better in week 4 with scores of 79, 70, 74 and 76 for a total of 299 and 25 points to finish 17th of 20 players.


Putt18 World Pro League Table after 4 events:


  1. Matt Ansley, NZL
  2. Dave Gomm, GBR
  3. John Ansley, NZL
  4. Cameron Couper, NZL
  5. Nathan Lamplough, AUS
  6. Faye Ansley, NZL
  7. Steve Lovell, GBR
  8. Josh Mars, AUS
  9. Pat Sheridan, USA
  10. Allan Cox, AUS
  11. Luke Lord, AUS
  12. Cameron Fincher, GBR
  13. Tom Loftus, USA
  14. Aaron Kaminski, USA
  15. Matt Roadhouse, USA
  16. Richard Gottfried, GBR
  17. Shelley Cooper, GBR
  18. Gary P Shiff, USA
  19. Randy Rice, USA
  20. Karl R Barth, USA


Week 5 of the 7 event Putt18 World Pro League series tees-off on Wednesday 2nd September.


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Night minigolf at Play4Score in Riga, Latvia

Night minigolf at the Play4Score miniature golf course in Riga, Latvia.


Play4Score in Riga, Latvia

Check out this video of the recent night minigolf event at the Play4Score miniature golf course in Riga, Latvia.


It's certainly a unique location and I love the look of the light up golf balls used. I've played a number of indoor glow-in-the-dark minigolf courses, but haven't played night minigolf yet.

Visit the Play4Score minigolf website for more information.


Related blog post:
- Minigolf course in Riga, Latvia

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Four-eyed Philip J. Fry

It's always fun to spot interesting street art, stickers and graffiti while out and about.

Four-eyed Philip J. Fry
I saw this tattooist's sticker in Camden

Related blog posts:
- Futurama
- Stickers

Krunchy Fried Chicken in Fallowfield, Manchester

Finding a 'KFC' in Fallowfield.


Krunchy Fried Chicken in Fallowfield, Manchester
Krunched in sign!

We've seen a number of 'KFCs' on our travels, including this Krunchy Fried Chicken in Fallowfield, Manchester.

Krunchy Fried Chicken in Fallowfield, Manchester

Krunchy Fried Chicken in Fallowfield, Manchester

There are Krunchy Fried Chicken shops in Liverpool and Stalybridge too.

Four months until Christmas Day...

...where has the year gone!

Christmas Crazy Golf hole at Teezers Coventry
A Christmas Crazy Golf hole at Teezers Coventry - we played there at Easter 2019

Monday, August 24, 2020

Treetop Adventure Golf at The Printworks in Manchester

We walked past Treetop Adventure Golf at The Printworks in Manchester on our first wander in the city centre in a while on Saturday afternoon.


Treetop Adventure Golf at The Printworks in Manchester

Treetop Adventure Golf at The Printworks is home to two indoor 18-hole courses.

They have reopened following the lockdown closure.

You can also find Treetop Adventure Golf courses in Cardiff and Leicester.

Visit the Treetop Adventure Golf website for more information.


Treetop Adventure Golf in Manchester were the 799th and 800th courses visited in the UK on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We've now been to 955 courses overall.

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Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room on Deansgate in Manchester

We walked past Roxy Ball Room on Deansgate in Manchester on our first trip to the city centre in quite a while on Saturday afternoon.


Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room on Deansgate in Manchester

We've played the Mini Golf course at Roxy Ball Room on Deansgate a few times on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and enjoyed seeing in the New Year there a couple of years ago.

It's an indoor 18-hole minigolf layout.

Roxy Ball Room on Deansgate has now reopened following the lockdown.

Visit the Roxy Ball Room website for more information.


Work is underway on Roxy Ball Room's second venue in the city. The new location is at Withy Grove. We had a walk by that site on Saturday too and managed to see something very interesting through the windows...

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Windmills by Dracula's Miniskirt

Check out the new video for Windmills by Dracula's Miniskirt.


Prestatyn Crazy Golf
Hole 14 of the Prestatyn Crazy Golf course

The new video for the song Windmills by US-band Dracula's Miniskirt features a Crazy Golf windmill.


It's the windmill at the Crazy Golf course in Prestatyn, Wales. It's cool to see a minigolf video of mine in the music video!

Here's me scoring a hole-in-one on it.


Find out more about Dracula's Miniskirt on the band's website.

Junkyard Golf advertising in Manchester

Spotting some new Junkyard Golf advertising in Manchester.


Junkyard Golf advertising in Manchester

We saw some new Junkyard Golf posters on our first walk round Manchester in a while.

Junkyard Golf advertising in Manchester

Junkyard Golf advertising in Manchester

The indoor crazy golf venue in Manchester has now reopened and we saw people queuing to get in when we walked past on Saturday afternoon.

Visit the Junkyard Golf website for more information.


Playing at Junkyard Golf

The last course I played before the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown was at Junkyard Golf's First Street venue in Manchester back on the 9th March 2020.

Junkyard Golf at First Street in Manchester, March 2020

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