Showing posts with label Devon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Devon. Show all posts

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Ilfracombe Crazy Golf

A look at the Ilfracombe Crazy Golf course.


Ilfracombe Crazy Golf. Photo by Adam Dewar, September 2020

Many thanks to my friend Adam Dewar for sending along a few snaps from his recent visit to Ilfracombe, Devon where he had a game on the Crazy Golf course.

Ilfracombe Crazy Golf. Photo by Adam Dewar, September 2020

Ilfracombe Crazy Golf. Photo by Adam Dewar, September 2020

Ilfracombe Crazy Golf. Photo by Adam Dewar, September 2020

We visited the course on Ilfracombe Promenade during our south west coast road-trip in 2015 but were just too late to have a game there.

It's an interesting looking layout and the 12-hole course has some unique obstacles to play up, over, under, around and through.

Visit the Ilfracombe Crazy Golf website for more information.


A postcard from Ilfracombe

I actually bought a couple of crazy golf postcards of the Ilfracombe course at the last postcard fair I attended before the pandemic.

We're looking forward to returning to Ilfracombe on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in the future.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Crazy Golf at The Beaver Inn, Appledore, Devon

There's a Crazy Golf course at The Beaver Inn, Appledore, Devon.


Many thanks to my friend and minigolf rival Alan 'Storming' Norman for sending over these photos of the Crazy Golf course at The Beaver Inn in Appledore, Devon.

Crazy Golf at The Beaver Inn, Appledore, Devon. Photo by Alan Norman, September 2020

It looks like a very nice layout and one we've added to our To Play list when we're next down that way on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.


It's always fun finding minigolf courses in pub beer gardens.

Visit The Beaver Inn website for more information.


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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Crazy Golf and Crazy Snooker at Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle in Devon

There are Crazy Golf and Crazy Snooker courses at Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle near Ilfracombe in North Devon.


One of the places to visit on our post-pandemic bucket list is Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle near Ilfracombe in Devon.

There's a 9-hole Crazy ‘Fountain’ Golf course there AND a Crazy Snooker layout. When I checked with the theme park the team confirmed it is a Pit-Pat layout. That makes it the only outdoor Pit-Pat course in the UK!

Watermouth money

Two of the tokens in my collection come from Watermouth Castle. I found them at an antiques fair back in 2015 and I found out they date from before 1992.

Token from Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle in Devon
What a happy castle

Token from Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle in Devon
I wonder how much 10 Gnolds are worth these days? Not that I'd part with the coin

Visit the Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle website for more information.

Friday, August 07, 2020

One for International Beer Day - Crazy Golf in Beer, Devon

A look at a crazy golf scorecard from Pecorama in Beer.


Happy International Beer Day.

Here's an item from the Crazy Golf Museum archives - a minigolf scorecard from the Crazy Golf course at Pecorama in Beer, Devon. Donated by Nigel Lutt.

Pecorama Crazy Golf course scorecard from Nigel Lutt, September 2017

Pecorama Crazy Golf course scorecard from Nigel Lutt, September 2017

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Plans for a new Crazy Golf in Bideford, Devon

There are plans for a new Crazy Golf course in Bideford, Devon.


There are plans for a new Crazy Golf course in Bideford, Devon

The new business would also include a cafe, bounce area and arcade games.

We visited Bideford on our tour of the South West of England back in 2015. We had a look for the Crazy Golf course in Park Avenue but it was long-gone.

We did however visit the Pebble Ridge Adventure Golf course in Westward Ho!.

It'll be nice to get back down to visit the South West of England on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in the future.

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Thursday, June 04, 2020

Mini Golf in Goodrington Sands

On this day in 2015 - we visited our 600th miniature golf course in the UK.


Mini Golf in Goodrington Sands

We played the Mini Golf course in Goodrington Sands on the 4th June 2015 during our mammoth road trip around the South West coast of England.

Mini Golf in Goodrington Sands

In two weeks we visited 62 minigolf courses.

Mini Golf in Goodrington Sands

The Beton-style Concrete 18-hole Goodrington Park Mini Golf course in Goodrington Sands, Paignton was the 600th course visited in the UK and the 621st overall.

Mini Golf in Goodrington Sands
 
Mini Golf in Goodrington Sands

Mini Golf in Goodrington Sands

When our travels began in September 2006 we had a target to visit all 600 courses in the UK. Between then and now hundreds more course have opened, while others have closed, been demolished, abandoned or refurbished.

We've now been to 948 courses, including 39 overseas.

Hopefully we'll get to return to Devon and the South West again in the future as we had a marvellous time in 2015.

The Jurassic Golf course at Santa-Fe Adventure Park in Swanage, Dorset was the 600th course visited overall on our tour on Sunday 31st May 2015.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Crazy Golf postcards from Ilfracombe

A look at a pair of miniature golf postcards from Ilfracombe.


I bought this pair of crazy golf postcards from Ilfracombe, Devon at the last postcard fair I attended.

Mini Golf Course. Sea Front. Ilfracombe. Taw Valley Wholesale Co.
Mini Golf Course. Sea Front. Ilfracombe. Taw Valley Wholesale Co. 1977

Crazy Golf at Ilfracombe. Taw Valley Wholesale Co.
Crazy Golf at Ilfracombe. Taw Valley Wholesale Co. Photocolour TV/IF312

Both were published by the Taw Valley Wholesale Co, Ilfracombe. Neither are postally used.

We visited the course on our tour of the South West in the summer of 2015. It hasn't changed much at all.

Crazy Golf on the Promenade in Ilfracombe, Devon

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Pitch and Putt at Roundham Head in Goodrington Sands, Devon

A look at the Pitch and Putt course at Roundham Head in Goodrington Sands.


Pitch and Putt at Roundham Head in Goodrington Sands, Devon

During the summer of 2015 we visited 62 mini golf courses on a tour of the South West of England.


One of those was the Pitch & Putt course at Roundham Head, Goodrington Sands, Paignton, Devon.


Pitch and Putt at Roundham Head in Goodrington Sands, Devon

It wasn't open at the time of our visit.

Pitch and Putt at Roundham Head in Goodrington Sands, Devon
Bunkered

Pitch and Putt at Roundham Head in Goodrington Sands, Devon

Pitch and Putt at Roundham Head in Goodrington Sands, Devon

Luckily the Mini Golf course at Goodrington Sands was open. That became the 600th course we visited in the UK.

Monday, September 16, 2019

New Adventure Golf course at Exmouth Leisure Amusements

Treasure Island Adventure Golf now open at Exmouth Leisure Amusements in Devon.


There's a new Adventure Golf course at Exmouth Leisure Amusements

There's a new Crazy Golf course now open at Exmouth Leisure Amusements.


The 9-hole pirate themed layout can be found on the seafront in Exmouth.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Lost minigolf courses - the Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Exmouth

A look at the Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Exmouth, Devon.


Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Exmouth

We stayed in Exmouth, Devon for part of our summer holiday in June 2015 so we could visit the Arnold Palmer Putting Course on the seafront.


Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Exmouth
Sadly the course wasn't open when we swung by in June 2015

Unfortunately the course wasn't open on the day we visited and even more unfortunate is the fact that the course is now consigned to history as it was demolished in 2016.


Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Exmouth
A view of the 10-hole course

I'm a BIG fan of Arnold Palmer Putting Courses and the Exmouth layout looked superb.

Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Exmouth
The classic windmill obstacle was on hole 3 at Exmouth

It was a 10-hole course, with a lucky 11th hole where you could win a free game if you rang the bell with your shot.

Hole 1

Hole 2

Hole 4

Hole 5

The Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Exmouth was the 611th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Exmouth
Hole 10 was a waterwheel obstacle

Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Exmouth
The venue in Exmouth was also home to a grass Putting course

The first Arnold Palmer Putting Course in the UK opened in Coventry in 1965 and was part of an Arnold Palmer Driving Range. A course was also located at a Driving Range in Sheffield.

Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Exmouth
A classic Arnold Palmer Putting Course sign

Sadly over the years a number of Arnold Palmer Putting Courses in the UK have been closed, abandoned, demolished or converted beyond recognition.

As well as the loss of the Exmouth Arnold Palmer course, the two Arnold Palmer courses in Great Yarmouth have been replaced by one Adventure Golf course. The two courses in Cliftonville, Margate were closed in 2014 and removed shortly after. The course that was once in Folkestone is no longer playable - as it was used to make an art installation on the promenade.

Luckily you can still find playable examples of Arnold Palmer Putting Courses - in varying conditions and some with modifications - in the following locations:

  • Bognor Regis - built in 1993
  • Broadstairs - built in 1995
  • Caister-on-Sea (Haven Holiday Park)
  • Canvey Island (9 holes of an 18 hole course remain)
  • Cleethorpes
  • Filey (Primrose Valley Holiday Park)
  • Gorleston-on-Sea
  • Hastings
  • Mablethorpe (Haven Golden Sands Caravan Holiday Park)
  • Mablethorpe (Hooks Island)
  • Prestatyn
  • Skegness x2 (9 and 18 hole courses)
  • Southend-on-Sea (1 of 2 courses remain - the 'East' course) - upgraded
  • Southport
  • Weston-Super-Mare
  • Whitby


A scorecard from the Arnold Palmer Putting Courses in Skegness - this has a wonderful listing of other courses. Some of these still exist, while others have closed
A scorecard from the Arnold Palmer Putting Courses in Skegness - this has a wonderful listing of other courses. Some of these still exist, while others have closed

Lost Arnold Palmer Putting Courses:

  • Ayr (Haven Craig Tara Holiday Park, formerly Butlin's)
  • Battersea
  • Blackpool, Starr Gate
  • Bognor Regis (Butlin's)
  • Camber Sands - now a Car Park
  • Cliftonville, Margate (2 courses)
  • Coventry
  • Eastbourne
  • Exmouth
  • Folkestone - now an Art Installation on Beach Huts!
  • Goodrington
  • Great Yarmouth (2 courses) - turned into Castaway Adventure Golf
  • Hornsea Potteries
  • Hove
  • Ladram Bay
  • Leicester
  • Manchester
  • Minehead (Butlin's)
  • Nottingham
  • Prestatyn
  • Pwhelli (Butlin's)
  • Rhyl
  • Scarborough
  • Sheffield
  • South Shields
  • Southend-on-Sea ('West' course demolished)
  • Tynemouth
  • Weymouth
  • Whitley Bay
  • Withernsea


If you know of any Arnold Palmer Putting Courses missing from the lists above please do get in touch.

Of the 912 courses we've visited since September 2006, 25 have been Arnold Palmer Putting Course locations.

Related blog posts:
- Arnold Palmer Putting Courses in the UK
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Exmouth

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Crazy Golf course on the Promenade in Ilfracombe, Devon

A look back at our visit to the Crazy Golf course in Ilfracombe, Devon.


Crazy Golf course on the Promenade in Ilfracombe, Devon

During our summer holiday around the South West of England back in 2015 we visited 62 miniature golf courses on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.


Crazy Golf course on the Promenade in Ilfracombe, Devon

The last of the seaside courses on the trip, and the penultimate course visited, was the 12-hole Crazy Golf course on the Promenade in Ilfracombe, Devon.


Crazy Golf in Ilfracombe, Devon

Crazy Golf course on the Promenade in Ilfracombe, Devon

The course was the 660th visited on our travels.

Crazy Golf in Ilfracombe, Devon

Crazy Golf in Ilfracombe, Devon

Crazy Golf in Ilfracombe, Devon

Crazy Golf in Ilfracombe, Devon

Crazy Golf in Ilfracombe, Devon

Crazy Golf in Ilfracombe, Devon
 
Crazy Golf in Ilfracombe, Devon

Crazy Golf in Ilfracombe, Devon
A rocket hole

Crazy Golf in Ilfracombe, Devon
What a space ship!

Crazy Golf in Ilfracombe, Devon
A view of the 'moon' green

Crazy Golf in Ilfracombe, Devon

Crazy Golf in Ilfracombe, Devon

Crazy Golf in Ilfracombe, Devon

The last hole is really long!

A view of hole 12

A look back at hole 12 from the green

For more information check out the Ilfracombe Crazy Golf course website.

Squeezing 62 course visits into two-weeks was a BIG task and it wasn't possible to stop at, or play all of the Mini, Crazy and Adventure Golf courses, or all the Putting Greens and Pitch & Putts we saw on the trip, or those we'd heard about beforehand.

Related blog posts:

Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Mini Golf in the South West of England