Saturday, April 10, 2021
Labels: Adventure Wonderland, Alice at the Movies, Alice in Wonderland, Christchurch, Crazy Golf, Dorset, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Theme Park
There's a new adventure golf course in Hove, East Sussex.
Visit the Jurassic Beach Adventure Golf website for more information.
Jurassic Beach Adventure Golf in Hove is another new course for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
Labels: Adventure Golf, East Sussex, Hove, Jurassic, Jurassic Beach Adventure Golf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course
Location: Kingsway, Hove, UK
While having a walk round Stockport yesterday evening it was amazing to see the old ghost sign on the rear of the store had been uncovered!
The old BHS shop in the Merseyway shopping centre in Stockport was a Poundland, but that store closed last month.
BHS became defunct in August 2016, but there are still traces of the brand if you know where to look.
As well as the newly uncovered ghost sign you can see name as part of the mural artwork along the side of the store as well as on two small signs in the doorways where the fireman's switches are.
Labels: BHS, branding, British Home Stores, Ghost Signs, Merseyway, retail, shopfront, shopfronts, Shops, signage, signs, Stockport, storefront
There's a minigolf course at Hove Lagoon in East Sussex.
Check out the Hove Lagoon Fun Play Facebook Page for more information.
Hove Lagoon Mini Golf is another new course for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour when we're next down that way.
Location: Hove Lagoon, Kingsway, Hove BN3 4LX, UK
Friday, April 09, 2021
A look at the Splash Point Mini Golf course in Worthing's Denton Gardens.
We last got to visit and play at Splash Point Mini Golf in Denton Gardens, Worthing in April 2019. It's one of the best courses in the country and a favourite of ours to play.
The unique 18-hole layout has a range of challenging holes to play and we've enjoyed playing official tournaments and 'fun' competitions between ourselves there over the years.
It'll be ace to be able to get down for another game there again soon.
|The front nine|
|The back nine|
Minigolf in Denton Gardens
Minigolf has been played in Denton Gardens since 1904 and the excellent 18-hole Splash Point Mini Golf course opened in 2010 and has proved popular with locals, holidaymakers, day trippers and professional minigolfers ever since.
|Worthing, Denton Gardens, Putting Green. The Photochrom Co Ltd. Posted to Birchington, Kent on 30 July 1928|
The layout was the 181st course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We're now up to 956 courses visited on our travels since September 2006.
Visit the Splash Point Mini Golf website and follow the course on Twitter.
Labels: Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Denton Gardens, old postcards, Postcards, Revisit, Splash Point, Splash Point Mini Golf, Worthing, Worthing stuff
A look at the Puttstars indoor minigolf centre in Rochdale.
Emily swung by the Puttstars indoor minigolf centre at Rochdale Riverside entertainment, leisure and shopping centre yesterday.
Puttstars is a new minigolf brand from the Hollywood Bowl Group. The Rochdale venue is home to three 9-hole minigolf courses.
Check out the Puttstars Mini Golf website for more information.
Labels: Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Greater Manchester, Indoor Crazy Golf, Indoor Mini Golf, Indoor Minigolf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Puttstars, Retailtainment, Rochdale, Shopping Centre
Location: Riverside Walk, Rochdale OL16 1BE, UK
There's a new adventure golf course at Llwyngwair Manor Hotel & Holiday Park in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.
Visit the Llwyngwair Manor Holiday Park website for more information.
Labels: Adventure Golf, Llwyngwair Manor Holiday Park, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Wales
Thursday, April 08, 2021
There's a Funny Farm Mini Crazy Golf course at the Gateway Resort holiday park in Bynea, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
Many thanks to my friend and minigolf rival Martyn Williams of the Welsh Minigolf Club for letting me now about the minigolf course at the Gateway Resort holiday park in Bynea, Carmarthenshire.
The description of the course is quite unique as it states the layout contains "some worryingly realistic cowpats"!
Visit the Gateway Resort website for more information.
It's another new course for us to play on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
Labels: Bynea, Carmarthenshire, Crazy Golf, Llanelli, Martyn Williams, Mini Crazy Golf, Mini Golf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Wales
Location: Bynea, Llanelli SA14, UK
A new adventure golf course is being built at Jump Heaven in Hazel Grove, Stockport.
Jump Heaven in Hazel Grove is opening a new adventure golf course.
It'll be a very local course for us to play on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
Jump Heaven on Pepper Road in Hazel Grove was the UK's first trampoline, Ninja Warrior, Parkour and Total Wipeout arena.
Visit the Jump Heaven website for more information.
Labels: Adventure Golf, Adventure Golf Solutions, Greater Manchester, Hazel Grove, Jump Heaven, Minigolf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Stockport
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
Looking back at the American Golf Adventure Golf National Pairs Championship.
My team-mate Peter Jones and I qualified for the American Golf Adventure Golf National Pairs Championship Final by winning the Welsh Regional Qualifier at Clays Golf Centre on this day in 2017. Where has that time gone!
|In action on the course|
Each of the holes on the 9-hole Miniature Golf course at Clays Golf Centre in Wrexham are based on famous holes from regular golf.
The American Golf Adventure Golf National Pairs Championship Final was played at The Belfry in September 2017 and was televised on Sky Sports Golf. You can watch the tournament in the video below from 26m 55s.
The American Golf Championship Tour Season Review programme can also be watched on the American Golf YouTube Channel with the Adventure Golf competition starting at 31m 33s.
Players earned their places in the final by competing in qualifying events at courses in England, Scotland and Wales:
- Great Western Golf Clydebank
- World of Golf Croydon
- Top Golf Watford
- Bristol Golf Centre
- Trent Lock, Long Eaton
- Clays Farm Golf Centre, Wrexham
|On telly at The Belfry|
Labels: American Golf, American Golf Adventure Golf Championship, Clays Golf Centre, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Peter Jones, Richard Gottfried, Sky Sports, The Belfry, The Belfry Hotel and Resort, Wrexham
Location: Wrexham, UK
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
We found a miniature railway at one of our local parks at the weekend!
We've spent a lot of lockdown visiting different parks and outdoor spaces in and around Stockport. On Easter Sunday we went for a walk in Handforth where we found a miniature railway at Meriton Road Park.
|Two trains were running!|
We're big fans of miniature railways and even though we've lived nearby for almost five years never knew it existed! We've never seen any signs for it even though we've walked and parked near to it many many times before.
|There was a Scarecrow Trail in the town - this was The (not so) Fat Controller|
Visit the Handforth Model Engineering Society website and Handforth Miniature Railway Facebook Page for more information.
|End of the line|
Nearby miniature railways
Handforth is in Cheshire East and borders the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport. The borough is home to three miniature railways - at South Park in Cheadle Hulme, Brookside Miniature Railway at the Garden Centre in Poynton and the Dragon Miniature Railway at the Garden Centre in Marple.
Labels: Cheshire, Handforth, Handforth Miniature Railway, Handforth Model Engineering Society, Meriton Road Park, Miniature Railway, model railway, Park, parks
You can buy my minigolf marketing ebook on Amazon.
Don't worry if you don't have a Kindle as you can download the Kindle App on iOS, Android, Mac & PC.
The ebook is also available on Kobo.
It's just £1.99.
I've been so pleased to see the book bought and used by a number of competition players, course owners and managers, bloggers, course reviewers, minigolf associations and federations around the world since I published the guide in 2017.
As a minigolfer with over a decade of experience as a tournament competitor and years of experience in marketing and communications I designed the guide so that anyone interested or involved in minigolf could help promote the game. It's a niche title, but an audience and subject I know a lot about.
Writing the book was brilliant and enabled me to bring two areas of my life together. I've worked in marketing since 2003 and have played minigolf since I was a child. Stepping up to compete on the national minigolf tour circuit and in international tournaments opened my eyes to the potential of the game. I’ve also had the honour of serving on the committees of the British Minigolf Association (BMGA) and the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF).
Minigolf is a sport for all. People of all ages, sexes, backgrounds and abilities can pick up a putter and play the game.
The Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Emily and I have visited 956 courses in the UK and overseas on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. When our travels began in 2006 there were around 600 courses in the UK. We've got 40 from that original list left to visit.
The minigolf boom
The game is really booming and new courses are being announce all the time!
There are a huge amount of interesting and fun stories to tell and positive aspects to highlight to potential players, the media, sponsors and the wider sporting community. The Minigolfer's Guide to Marketing should give federations, associations, courses, clubs and our fellow players ideas, inspiration and support in their marketing efforts.
Much of the guidance can also be applied to a number of other sports clubs and organisations to help raise their profile and boost memberships.
Labels: Advertising, blogger, Blogging, Book, Books, branding, Business, ebook, Marketing, Minigolf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, Promotion, Richard Gottfried, The Minigolfer's Guide to Marketing, Writing
This year Coeliac Awareness Week runs from the 10th to the 16th May.
What is Coeliac Disease?
Coeliac Disease ('Celiac' in the USA and Canada) is a lifelong autoimmune condition, where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. In Coeliac Disease the immune system mistakes substances found inside gluten as a threat to the body and attacks them. This can trigger a number of painful, horrible, stressful and uncomfortable symptoms.
In the UK it's estimated that 1 in 100 people have the condition.
Visit the Coeliac UK website for more information.
Living a gluten free life
Having suffered from a range of symptoms for around ten years I finally received a positive diagnosis of Coeliac Disease following some 'interesting' and in-depth tests and procedures in 2008. It came as a relief to finally have a name for the mysterious cause of my illnesses and ailments, but at the time I was only given a brief summary and told that I'd have to "cut down on bread and beer". It was only later when I met with a Gastroenterologist and a dietitian that I found out that the only treatment for people with Coeliac Disease is a strict, life-long gluten free diet.
Labels: Coeliac, Coeliac Awareness Week, Coeliac Disease, Coeliac Problems, Coeliac UK, Coeliac UK Awareness Week, Gluten Free
Location: United Kingdom
Monday, April 05, 2021
Update from week 6 of the Putt18 World Pro League 2021.
I played my latest rounds in the 2021 Putt18 World Pro League on Saturday evening and shot scores of 79, 81, 77 and 80 for a total of 317.
There is one week and four rounds left to play in the first Putt18 World Pro League of 2021. My next rounds will be at 6pm on Saturday 17th April.
21 players from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the USA are competing in the seven event series to find the world's best putter on the Putt18 Golf Putting Game System.
Visit the Putt18 website for more information.
Labels: Competition, Competitive isolation, competitive socialising, indoor putting game, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, Putt at home, Putt18, quarantainment, quarantinement, Tournament
Location: Stockport, UK
Saturday, April 03, 2021
There's a new Adventure Golf course at Rufford Abbey Country Park in Nottinghamshire.
Visit the Rufford Abbey Country Park website and Facebook Page for more information.
It's another course for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
Labels: Adventure Golf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Nottinghamshire, Rufford Abbey Country Park
A new minigolf course is opening at Dobbies Garden Centre in Gloucester.
Work is underway on the new Aces Minigolf course at Dobbies Garden Centre in Gloucester.
Check out the Aces Minigolf Facebook Page for more information.
The 12-hole minigolf layout is the brainchild of my minigolf rival and doubles partner Seve Kukielka. Seve has been playing tournament minigolf since the mid 2000's, is highly ranked in the British Minigolf Association Order of Merit and has won a number of competitions over the years.
We're really looking forward to playing the Aces Minigolf course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
Labels: Adventure Golf, Crazy Golf, Dobbies Garden Centre, Garden Centre, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, Minigolf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, retail, Retailtainment, Seve Kukielka, Shoppertainment
Location: Bath Rd, Gloucester GL10 3DP, UK
There's a new Crazy Golf course at Daisy Made Farm in Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire.
The 13-hole Crazy Daisy Golf course at Daisy Made Farm in Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire has been replaced and upgraded with a brand new minigolf layout.
The course is planned to open later this month.
The team at UrbanCrazy have created the Crazy Golf course at the farm. Check out the photos courtesy of UrbanCrazy showing some of the new course below.
Visit the Daisy Made Farm website for more information.
We visited Daisy Made Farm on our way to a Lincolnshire seaside holiday in May 2011. Back then the Crazy Daisy Golf course was a Swedish Felt B-Run type with added farmyard obstacles.
We're looking forward to revisiting and playing the new layout on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
Labels: Crazy Daisy Golf, Crazy Golf, Farm, Lincolnshire, Minigolf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Skellingthorpe, UrbanCrazy
New adventure golf course opening at Wardown Park in Luton.
A new adventure golf course is opening in Luton's Wardown Park this May.
The 18-hole layout will have a woodland theme.
Check out the Wardown Adventure Golf website for more information.
Minigolf at Wardown Park
Wardown Park was previously home to two minigolf courses. One was a crazy golf course, the other was a grass miniature golf course.
We lived in Luton for 16 years and played the minigolf courses in the park a fair bit during that time. The Crazy Golf course that used to be in Wardown Park was the 18th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour way back on the 5th May 2007. The Grass Putting Miniature Golf layout was the 19th played on the 19th May. Until the meadows were planted minigolf had been played in the park since the 19th June 1934.
Labels: Adventure Golf, Bedfordshire, Luton, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Wardown Adventure Golf, Wardown Park, Woodland Adventure Golf