Wednesday, June 23, 2021

A new crazy golf course is opening in Belfast

There are plans for a new entertainment centre in Belfast city centre.


There are plans for a new crazy golf course in Belfast city centre

Part of the former Debenhams store in Belfast is planned to become an entertainment centre with a crazy golf course, laser tag, escape rooms, VR experiences and more.

The new indoor minigolf course at CastleCourt in Belfast will be another new course and venue for us to visit on a return trip to Northern Ireland on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

The last few years has seen a number of former retail units becoming entertainment venues with a fair few minigolf, crazy golf and adventure golf layouts setting up shop in the locations.

With the demise of Debenhams as a high street presence there is a lot of empty real estate open to the opportunity that retailtainment offers.

Adventure Golf at the Pleasure Beach Gardens in Great Yarmouth

A look at the Adventure Golf course at the Pleasure Beach Gardens in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


My brother, and founding member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Christopher was in Great Yarmouth recently and sent me some snaps from the Pleasure Beach Gardens.

Crazy Jungle Golf at the Pleasure Beach Gardens in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, June 2021


Adventure Golf at the Pleasure Beach Gardens in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, June 2021


Crazy Golf at the Pleasure Beach Gardens in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, June 2021

It'll be brilliant when we can return to Great Yarmouth to see what's new and what's changed in the seaside resort.


Visit the Pleasure Beach Gardens website for more information on the Crazy Jungle Golf course there.

Crazy Golf at Branston Golf and Country Club near Burton

A new crazy golf course is opening at Branston Golf and Country Club near Burton on Trent, Staffordshire.


A new crazy golf course is opening at Branston Golf and Country Club near Burton, Staffordshire

The 18-hole crazy golf layout will have a woodland theme.

Visit the Branston Golf and Country Club website for more information.

It'll be another new course for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Crazy Golf at Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth

My brother, and charter member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Christopher was recently in Great Yarmouth and sent me this snap of the sign at Merrivale Model Village as it includes Crazy Golf.

Crazy Golf at Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, June 2021


The Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk is well worth a visit.

We're looking forward to our next trip to the seaside town.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Beach Golf in Great Yarmouth

There's a crazy golf course on the beach in Great Yarmouth.


Beach Crazy Golf in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, June 2021

My brother Christopher found a minigolf course on the beach in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on his visit to the seaside resort yesterday!

Beach Crazy Golf in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, June 2021

Great Yarmouth was one of the first places we visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and we've been back a number of times, although not since July 2016! It'll be fun to revisit and see what else is new there.

With Christopher's discovery of the Great Yarmouth Beach Golf course it brings the grand total of miniature golf courses visited by members of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour to 992 since September 2006! 

Today is Summerween!

Happy Summerween.


Summerween is celebrated annually on the 22nd June.

A Summerween Jack-o-Melon
A Summerween Jack-o-Melon

The quirky holiday originated in Gravity Falls, Oergon and in some calendars is also marked on the second to last Friday of the month of June. That was last Friday, the 18th.

So you get two bites of the cherry (or should that be watermelon) to celebrate this made up event.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Wardown Adventure Golf in Luton

A look at the new Wardown Adventure Golf course in Luton.


Wardown Adventure Golf in Luton

We were back in our old home town of Luton, Bedfordshire on Saturday 19th June and while there swung by the new Adventure Golf course at Wardown Park.

Wardown Adventure Golf in Luton

The new Wardown Adventure Golf course opened in the park last month. It's a nice looking layout.

Wardown Adventure Golf in Luton

Wardown Park's first miniature golf course opened on the 19th June 1934 - so our visit came 87 years to the day since the first putt was taken in the park!

Wardown Adventure Golf in Luton

Wardown Adventure Golf in Luton
The 18-hole woodland-themed minigolf course is on an elevated bowling green in the park

Unfortunately we didn't have time for a game on the 18-hole course during our flying visit to the town. However, it was very nice to see the course proving popular with players.

Wardown Adventure Golf in Luton
It's nice to see a disused bowling green put to good use

We're looking forward to spending some time having some rounds there on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in the future.

Visit the Wardown Adventure Golf website for more information, opening times and prices.


A Covid-19 sign at the entrance to Wardown Park in Luton
A Covid-19 sign at the entrance to Wardown Park

Miniature Golf at Wardown Park

Wardown Park's latest minigolf course opened in May this year.


Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club's new course is opening next month

The countdown is on to the launch of the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club's new Crazy Golf course in Knowle West.


Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club's new course is opening on Saturday 3rd July 2021

The Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club is getting ready to tee-off on the brand new community designed miniature golf course at the Filwood Community Centre in Knowle West, Bristol next month.


We're looking forward to playing the layout on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Check out the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club Facebook Group to find out more.

World Music Day

Today is World Music Day.


We've seen and played some musical-themed courses on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour over the years.

Minigolf in East Finchley, London
Musical minigolf


Garden Minigolf in East Finchley, London

Garden Minigolf in East Finchley, London


The 529th course we played was Puttshack super tech mini golf at White City in London. One of the holes there requires you to play your shot over five drums. Emily aced the tricky shot.

Emily playing at Puttshack super tech mini golf at White City in London
Emily playing a musical hole at Puttshack

My friend and world traveller PJ Goedhals sent me some snaps from his visit to the music-themed minigolf course at O'Learys sports bar in Norrtull, Sweden in 2019.

Minigolf at O'Learys Norrtull, Sweden. Photo by PJ Goedhals, May 2019
Hole 5 of the Minigolf course at O'Learys Norrtull in Sweden. Photo by PJ Goedhals

Last summer there was a music and theatre themed pop-up minigolf course at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee. Our friend and minigolf rival 'Hacksaw' Jon Drexler was lucky enough to have a game there.

Orpheum Theatre Mini-Golf in Memphis, USA. Photo by Jon Drexler, 16 August 2020
The green on the Memphis: The Musical hole. Photo by Jon Drexler


Our friends at A Couple of Putts in the USA let us know about a minigolf-themed song called Putt Putt Butt Butt by Koo Koo Kanga Roo.

One of the latest minigolf courses to open in the UK is Pop Golf - a pop-music themed indoor crazy golf venue at Boxpark Wembley in London.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Jurassic Mini-Golf heading to Stockeld Park in Yorkshire

Stockeld Park in Wetherby, Yorkshire will be home to a Jurassic Summer event.


Part of the dinosaur fun taking place between July and September will be a Jurassic Mini-Golf course.

A Jurassic Mini-Golf course is heading to Stockeld Park in Yorkshire this summer

Visit the Stockeld Park website for more information.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Princess Parade Crazy Golf course in Blackpool

Playing the Crazy Golf course on Blackpool's North Shore.


Princess Parade Crazy Golf course in Blackpool

I finally got to play the Crazy Golf course on Blackpool's North Shore as it reopened last month. We've been to the course a number of times on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour over the years but it had always been closed.

Princess Parade Crazy Golf course in Blackpool

Blackpool and the Fylde Street Angels and Blackpool Fulfilling Lives joined forces to refresh and reopen the Princess Parade Crazy Golf course on Blackpool's North Shore in 2019 and a number of other people and groups have been a part of the project.

Princess Parade Crazy Golf course in Blackpool

The base of the course itself has changed very little since it was first created in the late 1950's and it's wonderful that the area is easily recognisable from old postcards from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

There have still been some noticeable improvements to the course and the whole area it sits in. Most notable are the repairs to the obstacles as well as the addition of professional putting carpet to the holes. It makes the course very nice to play.

Princess Parade Crazy Golf course in Blackpool

Here are videos of me playing the crazy golf course on Blackpool's North Shore at the launch event on Friday 28th May 2021.







The course is now open to play at weekends with plans to increase the opening times in the future. Take a look at the Princess Parade Crazy Golf Facebook Group for more information.

Princess Parade Crazy Golf course in Blackpool

It's been 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.

Princess Parade Crazy Golf course in Blackpool

We're looking forward to getting back to Blackpool again later this summer and playing a few more rounds on the course.

Junglemania Adventure Golf opening in Farnham this July

A new Adventure Golf course is opening in Farnham, Surrey next month.


Junglemania Adventure Golf is opening in Farnham, Surrey in July 2021

A big thanks go to my friend and fellow minigolf fanatic Matt Dodd for letting me know about the new 18-hole Junglemania Adventure Golf course opening in Farnham, Surrey on the 23rd of July.

Visit the Junglemania Adventure Golf website for more information, opening times and prices.


It's another new course for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour when we're next down in Surrey. We haven't played a jungle theme for a while.

Swingers Crazy Golf in Washington D.C.

The new Swingers Crazy Golf venue opens in Washington D.C. this week.


Swingers Crazy Golf on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in 2019

The first Swingers Crazy Golf location in the USA is opening at Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. tomorrow (Friday 18th June).

There are already plans for a second Swingers Crazy Golf in the US with courses being built at the new Virgin Hotel on Broadway in the Flatiron District of New York City.

Check out the Swingers Crazy Golf website for more information.


We played the first Swingers Crazy Golf pop-up course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in Shoreditch back in September 2014. The brand has grown since then, with Swingers in The City opening next to the Gherkin in 2016 and Swingers West End following in 2018.

Swingers West End Crazy Golf in London
Emily about to score a hole in one on hole 4 of the Swingers Crazy Golf course in London's West End

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Plans for a new mini-golf course in Fife

There are plans for a new mini-golf course to open as part of a high street entertainment venue in Fife, Scotland.


There are plans for a new mini-golf course to open as part of a high street entertainment venue in Fife, Scotland

As well as the indoor mini-golf course the location would be home to an escape room, shop and cafe.

The unit on Leven High Street was formerly a WHSmith.

The plans have been put forward by Brag Enterprises.

The indoor miniature golf layout will be designed with a local landmark theme.

The plans are the latest to tap into the retailtainment trend bringing entertainment and leisure to high streets, shopping centres and retail parks.

Emily is a big fan of escape rooms too and we haven't been to Scotland together since the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It'll be nice to have a holiday up there again in the future and swing by the new venue on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Crazy Golf at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton

There's a Crazy Golf course at Buxton's Pavilion Gardens.


You can now play Crazy Golf at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton on weekends

You can now play Crazy Golf at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton on weekends.

Visit the Pavilion Gardens website for more information.


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Covid-19 signage at Puttstars Mini Golf in Rochdale

I've been blogging about minigolf during the time of coronavirus and posting examples of Covid-19 and social distancing signage that I've seen or had shared with me during the pandemic.


During the pandemic we've played four minigolf courses, two of which were indoors. Last August we played our first game following lockdown at Gator Adventure Golf in Chorley. In September we played at Cae Glas Park in Oswestry. Last month we played at the newly refurbished Princess Parade Crazy Golf in Blackpool and earlier this month we played two of the three indoor courses at Puttstars in Rochdale.

Covid-19 signage at Puttstars Mini Golf in Rochdale
A social distancing sign at the entrance to Rochdale Riverside

Covid-19 signage at Puttstars Mini Golf in Rochdale
We didn't take the lift

Covid-19 signage at Puttstars Mini Golf in Rochdale
The approach to Puttstars

Covid-19 signage at Puttstars Mini Golf in Rochdale
A welcome sign

Puttstars Mini Golf in Rochdale
Hole one of the Slingshot course

Covid-19 signage at Puttstars Mini Golf in Rochdale
A sign at the end of the round

Away from minigolf I've been documenting all of the Covid-19 signs I've seen on my Instagram account.

Swingers Crazy Golf at Cocktails in the City

Play the Swingers Crazy Golf 'Battle Green' at London's Cocktails in the City.


Cocktails in the City is taking place at Bedford Square Gardens in London on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th June. Swingers Crazy Golf will be in attendance with their Battle Green pop-up crazy golf game.

We've played at Swingers on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, but haven't played the Battle Green game yet. It looks fun. I'm sure we'd be VERY competitive playing against each other on it.

Swingers West End Crazy Golf in London

Find out more on the Cocktails in the City website.


Visit the Swingers Crazy Golf website for details of their two London courses and new US venue opening in Washington D.C.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

New Mini Golf at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales

A new Mini Golf course has opened at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales.


Mini Golf course at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales. Photo by Martyn Williams, June 2021

Many thanks to my friend, minigolf rival and fellow crazy golf enthusiast Martyn Williams of the Welsh Minigolf Club for letting me know about a brand new Mini Golf course that recently opened at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar.

Mini Golf course at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales. Photo by Martyn Williams, June 2021

It looks like an ace layout and Martyn tells me it plays very nicely indeed.

Mini Golf course at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales. Photo by Martyn Williams, June 2021

It's another course for us to visit when our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour returns to Wales.

Check out the Parc Bryn Bach website for more information.


Mini Golf course at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales. Photo by Martyn Williams, June 2021

Mini Golf course at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales. Photo by Martyn Williams, June 2021

Mini Golf course at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales. Photo by Martyn Williams, June 2021

Mini Golf course at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales. Photo by Martyn Williams, June 2021

Mini Golf course at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales. Photo by Martyn Williams, June 2021

Mini Golf course at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales. Photo by Martyn Williams, June 2021

Mini Golf course at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales. Photo by Martyn Williams, June 2021

Mini Golf course at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales. Photo by Martyn Williams, June 2021

Mini Golf course at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales. Photo by Martyn Williams, June 2021

Mini Golf course at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales. Photo by Martyn Williams, June 2021

Mini Golf course at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales. Photo by Martyn Williams, June 2021

Martyn also sent me this snap of a brilliant social distancing sign he spotted while visiting the park.

Social distancing sign at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Wales. Photo by Martyn Williams, June 2021