Showing posts with label Christopher Gottfried. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christopher Gottfried. Show all posts

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Castaway Island Mini Golf in Great Yarmouth

A look at the Castaway Island Mini Golf course in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


Castaway Island Mini Golf in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2020

My brother and Charter Member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour has sent over some photos of the Castaway Island Mini Golf course in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Castaway Island Mini Golf in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2020
Social distancing measures at the entrance/exit to the course

Castaway Island Mini Golf in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2020

Castaway Island Mini Golf in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2020

Castaway Island Mini Golf in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2020
The anchor has been there since it was an Arnold Palmer Putting Course

Castaway Island Mini Golf replaced the 9-hole and 18-hole Arnold Palmer Putting courses on the promenade. We visited in July 2016 and the course became the 693rd on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Great Yarmouth, June 2007
At the Arnold Palmer Putting Course on the site in June 2007

Castaway Island Mini Golf in Great Yarmouth in July 2016
How Castaway Island Mini Golf looked in July 2016

The Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Christopher and his family have visited 37 courses on their branch of the tour, 26 of those have been unique to them. Emily and I have visited 956 courses on the main tour.

Christopher has been to six courses in 2020. He revisited the indoor adventure golf course at The Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth too.

Indoor adventure golf course at The Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2020

We've been to a total of 46 courses in 2020, with 15 of those being new courses visited. We've swung by eight new courses in the time of coronavirus.

We've got 40 of the original 600 we set out to visit left and a lot of new courses to play at too!

Together we've been to 982 courses since the 30th September 2006.

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Alton Water Mini Golf in Ipswich

A visit to the Alton Water Mini Golf course in Ipswich, Suffolk.


Alton Water Mini Golf in Ipswich. Photo by Christopher Gottfried

My brother and Charter Member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour has sent over some photos of the miniature golf course at Alton Water in Suffolk.

Alton Water Mini Golf in Ipswich. Photo by Christopher Gottfried

The Alton Water Mini Golf course is the 982nd course visited overall on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour since September 2006.

The course was created by the team at UrbanCrazy and opened earlier this year.

Alton Water Mini Golf in Ipswich. Photo by Christopher Gottfried

Check out the Alton Water website for more information, opening times and prices.


Alton Water Mini Golf in Ipswich. Photo by Christopher Gottfried

Visit the UrbanCrazy website for more information about the courses they build and minigolf supplies they offer.


Alton Water Mini Golf in Ipswich. Photo by Christopher Gottfried

We're looking forward to having a game there in the future. We'd normally have been to see family and friends in Ipswich a number of times already this year but haven't been able to get back once yet.

Alton Water Mini Golf in Ipswich. Photo by Christopher Gottfried

The Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Christopher and his family have visited 36 courses on their branch of the tour, 26 of those have been unique to them. Emily and I have visited 956 courses on the main tour.

Christopher has been to four courses in 2020.

We've been to a total of 46 courses in 2020, with 15 of those being new courses visited. We've swung by eight new courses in the time of coronavirus.

We've got 40 of the original 600 we set out to visit left and a lot of new courses to play at too!

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Saturday, September 05, 2020

Mini Golf at Africa Alive! in Lowestoft

A look at the Mini Golf course at Africa Alive! in Kessingland, Lowestoft, Suffolk.


Mini Golf at Africa Alive! in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, September 2020

Charter member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour Christopher Gottfried sent me these photos of the Mini Golf course at Africa Alive! in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Mini Golf at Africa Alive! in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, September 2020

The crazy golf course at the Africa Alive! zoo became the 981st course visited overall on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour since September 2006.

Mini Golf at Africa Alive! in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, September 2020

Mini Golf at Africa Alive! in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, September 2020

Check out the Africa Alive! website for more information.


The Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Christopher and his family have visited 35 courses on their branch of the tour, 25 of those have been unique to them. Emily and I have visited 956 courses on the main tour.

Christopher has been to three courses in 2020.

We've been to a total of 46 courses in 2020, with 15 of those being new courses visited. We've swung by eight new courses in the time of coronavirus.

We've got 40 of the original 600 we set out to visit left and a lot of new courses to play at too!

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Tuesday, August 04, 2020

The Brewmaster's Open at the Camden Town Brewery in London

A look back at The Brewmaster's Open minigolf tournament at the Camden Town Brewery in London.


The Brewmaster's Open at the Camden Town Brewery in London

We competed in The Brewmaster's Open at the Camden Town Brewery eight years ago today. It was part of the brilliant summer of sport in the capital.

The Brewmaster's Open at the Camden Town Brewery in London
Ready to compete

It was a superb event played on a portable 5-hole minigolf course from UrbanCrazy set up in a brewery! More than 200 players competed in the tournament.

The Brewmaster's Open at the Camden Town Brewery in London
Playing hole 1

The scorecards were some of the best I've ever seen.

Scorecard from The Brewmaster's Open at the Camden Town Brewery in London
Beermat scorecards!

It was a marvellous day out.

Minigolfers at The Brewmaster's Open tournament at the Camden Town Brewery
Taking a 'refreshment break' at the Camden Town Brewery during The Brewmaster's Open tournament

Christopher Gottfried playing in The Brewmaster's Open at the Camden Town Brewery in London as Emily and Simon Hall look on
Christopher Gottfried playing in The Brewmaster's Open at the Camden Town Brewery in London as Emily and Simon Hall look on
  
The Brewmaster's Open at the Camden Town Brewery in London
Hole 1

The Brewmaster's Open at the Camden Town Brewery in London
Inside the brewery miniature golf course

The Brewmaster's Open at the Camden Town Brewery in London
Alan Norman teeing-off the competition

Alan 'Stormin' Norman won The Brewmaster's Open with his round of 8. I finished in tied 2nd place alongside Seth Thomas.

The Brewmaster's Open at the Camden Town Brewery in London
The podium - me, Alan Norman and Seth Thomas

The Brewmaster's Open at the Camden Town Brewery in London
The leaderboard

We also played our own three-round tournament, you can read about it in my blog post Mini Golf at the Camden Town Brewery in London.

The Brewmaster's Open at the Camden Town Brewery in London
In action

Check out the Camden Town Brewery website.

Camden Town Brewery in London

Visit UrbanCrazy's website for more info on portable putting courses.

Crazy Golf at the Camden Town Brewery in London

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Foam Golf Set at Lidl

Look what's in the Middle of Lidl!


You can currently get a Foam Golf Set in the middle aisle of Lidl for £14.99.

Foam Golf Set in the Middle of Lidl. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, June 2020
My brother Christopher spotted this Foam Golf Set while doing his weekly shop in Lidl

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Minigolf in Traben-Trarbach, Germany

Traben-Trarbach is home to Germany's first minigolf course.


The Beton Concrete Mini Golf layout was built in 1955. You can find it at MGC Traben-Trarbach.

We've played a few Beton Concrete Mini Golf courses on our travels, notably in Nations Cup tournaments in Finland and Sweden.

Spotting a Miniature Golf course in Traben-Trarbach 


In 2018 my brother Christopher was on a cycling trip in Luxembourg and Germany and spotted a minigolf course in Traben-Trarbach. That one was an Eternit Miniature Golf layout.

Miniature Golf in Traben-Trarbach, Germany. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, May 2018

He did see a Beton Concrete Mini Golf course while in Zeltingen-Rachtig.

Minigolf in Zeltingen-Rachtig, Germany. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, May 2018

Beton Minigolf


Paul Bongni standardised the game with the Beton type of minigolf courses in 1953. The first Beton course was opened in Locarno, Switzerland.

Dr Walter Spier introduced minigolf to Traben-Trarbach two years later. The first German Minigolf Championship was held on the course in 1956.

Eternit Miniature Golf


The first Eternit Miniature Golf course opened at the 'Planten un Bloomen' Leisure Park in Hamburg, Germany in 1958.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The A-Z of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Together with my brother Christopher we've visited a total of 973 miniature golf courses around the world since September 2006.


A hole on the Crazy Golf course at Ancaster Karting in Grantham, Lincolnshire
A hole on the Crazy Golf course at Ancaster Karting in Grantham, Lincolnshire

Emily and I have been to 948 courses while Christopher has been to 34 on his own branch of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We've been to nine of the 34 Christopher's visited.


A for Abingdon


The first minigolf course that Christopher and I ever played was the Crazy Golf course at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

The Crazy Golf course at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames
The Crazy Golf course at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames

Sadly that course was closed and removed at the end of the 2016 season.

Z for Zeltingen-Rachtig


In 2018 Christopher visited a number of courses during a cycling trip in the Mosel Valley, Germany. One of those was the Beton Minigolf course in Zeltingen-Rachtig.

The Beton / Concrete Minigolf course in Zeltingen-Rachtig, Germany
The Beton / Concrete Minigolf course in Zeltingen-Rachtig, Germany

Together we've visited minigolf courses in 18 overseas countries:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Croatia
  5. Finland
  6. France
  7. Hong Kong
  8. Indonesia
  9. Italy
  10. Luxembourg
  11. Netherlands
  12. New Zealand
  13. Poland
  14. Singapore
  15. Spain
  16. Sweden
  17. Turkey
  18. USA


Within the British Isles we've been to courses in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Jersey and the Isle of Man.

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.

Check out our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour page for the list of, and links to, all of the courses visited on our travels.

Crazy Golf at Ancaster Karting in Grantham, Lincolnshire

Do let us know if there's a minigolf course out there that you think we should play once the world is again open for business.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Adventure Golf at Center Parcs Elveden Forest in Norfolk

A look at the Adventure Golf course at Center Parcs Elveden Forest in Thetford, Norfolk.


Adventure Golf on Treasure Island at Center Parcs Elveden Forest in Norfolk. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, March 2020

My brother Christopher, a founder member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, and his family were recently on holiday at Center Parcs Elveden Forest in Norfolk and sent over these photos of the Adventure Golf course there.


Adventure Golf on Treasure Island at Center Parcs Elveden Forest in Norfolk. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, March 2020

The approach to the course on Treasure Island looks really good.


Adventure Golf on Treasure Island at Center Parcs Elveden Forest in Norfolk. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, March 2020

More photos of the course below.


Adventure Golf on Treasure Island at Center Parcs Elveden Forest in Norfolk. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, March 2020
A pirate lavvy?

Adventure Golf on Treasure Island at Center Parcs Elveden Forest in Norfolk. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, March 2020

Adventure Golf on Treasure Island at Center Parcs Elveden Forest in Norfolk. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, March 2020

Adventure Golf on Treasure Island at Center Parcs Elveden Forest in Norfolk. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, March 2020

Adventure Golf on Treasure Island at Center Parcs Elveden Forest in Norfolk. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, March 2020

Adventure Golf on Treasure Island at Center Parcs Elveden Forest in Norfolk. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, March 2020

Visit the Center Parcs Elveden Forest website for more information.

The last minigolf course Christopher visited was also in Norfolk.

The very first course we visited on our travels was the Treasure Island Adventure Golf course in Southsea.


The combined total of Crazy World of Minigolf Tour course visits is now at 973.


Related blog posts:
- Center Parcs
- Norfolk

Friday, February 21, 2020

Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade, Norwich

A look at the Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf course at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade, Norwich, Norfolk.


Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade, Norwich. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, February 2020

My brother Christopher and his family recently visited Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade, Norwich and while there spotted the Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf course.


Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade, Norwich. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, February 2020

It's an 8-hole layout and play on the course is included with entry to the park.


Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade, Norwich. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, February 2020

Check out the Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure website for more information.

Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade, Norwich. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, February 2020

With Christopher's visit to Lenwade the combined total of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour is now at 971 courses visited!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Savage Golf scorecard from the minigolf pop-up in Norwich

Many thanks to my brother and Crazy World of Minigolf Tour member Christopher Gottfried for saving me a scorecard from his visit to the Savage Golf minigolf pop-up in Norwich last December.

Savage Golf scorecard from the minigolf pop-up in Norwich

The Savage Golf pop-up crazy golf course was only open for a month last year.

Savage Golf minigolf pop-up in Norwich. Photo by Christopher Gottfried
Savage Golf minigolf pop-up in Norwich. Photo by Christopher Gottfried