Showing posts with label East Sussex. Show all posts
Showing posts with label East Sussex. Show all posts

Monday, November 23, 2020

Wonder Golf opening in Hastings

A new pop-up crazy golf course is opening in Hastings.


A new pop-up crazy golf course is opening in Hastings

The seaside town of Hastings will be home to a new pop-up indoor crazy golf course next month.

Wonder Golf is planning to open in the old Hastings Observer newspaper offices in the town centre and will operate for a month between the 4th December 2020 and 3rd January 2021.

Each of the holes on the crazy golf course will pay tribute to the heritage and cultural events of the Hastings & St Leonards area.

Visit the Wonder Golf website and Facebook Page for more information.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Hastings Adventure Golf - social distancing in numbers

A look at the work of Hastings Adventure Golf in the time of Coronavirus.


The three miniature golf courses at Hastings Adventure Golf reopened with social distancing measures in place in June.

The team at the south coast seaside venue have put together an informative film showing the stats from the work they've been doing.


Check out the Hastings Adventure Golf website for more information.


Hole 4 of the Crazy Golf course at Hastings Adventure Golf
Hole 4 of the Crazy Golf course at Hastings Adventure Golf, one of my favourite courses

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Social distancing at Hastings Adventure Golf

The three miniature golf courses at Hastings Adventure Golf have reopened with social distancing measures in place.


Visit the Hastings Adventure Golf website for more information.

We've played at Hastings Adventure Golf a lot over the years and look forward to having a few more rounds there in the future.

World Crazy Golf Championships at Hastings Adventure Golf
The World Crazy Golf Championships were due to take place at Hastings Adventure Golf earlier this month. This was me playing hole 2 in front of a crowd at the 2014 World Championships

The 18-hole Crazy Golf course at Hastings Adventure Golf in East Sussex turned 45 years old this year, having opened on Saturday 21st March 1975.

Crazy Golf at Hastings Adventure Golf
Hole 7 of the Crazy Golf course at Hastings Adventure Golf. One of my all-time favourite courses

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Miniature golf postcards from Brighton

A look at four old minigolf postcards from Brighton.


I've enjoyed spending some time looking through our minigolf postcard collection during lockdown. Emily and I have found some brilliant old postcards at fairs, charity shops, car boot sales, antique shops and online over the years. Some are quite new and date from the 2000's while some are from the early 1900's. We also really enjoy finding brand new postcards on sale at minigolf courses we visit.

Three of the same location


One of the first minigolf course postcards I bought is also the earliest dated card I have of Brighton. The colourised card shows the 'Miniature Golf Links, Brighton' and was posted from Brighton to West Harrow on the 29th August 1927.

Miniature Golf Links, Brighton. Postally used 29 August 1927
Miniature Golf Links, Brighton. Postally used 29 August 1927. Publisher unknown

The next dated card I have shows the 'New Miniature Golf Course and Carpet Gardens, Brighton' - the same course as above - and was posted from Wolverton in Buckinghamshire to Rochester, Kent on the 27th May 1928.

New Miniature Golf Course and Carpet Gardens, Brighton. Postally used 27 May 1928
New Miniature Golf Course and Carpet Gardens, Brighton. Postally used 27 May 1928. Publisher unknown

The Tuck's card No. 2162 I have shows the same area and is captioned 'Lower Parade & Miniature Golf course, Brighton'. It was posted from Brighton to Fulham on the 10th October 1928. However, looking at the course, surrounding area and the clothing people are wearing I would suggest the course was the first to be on the site and was there pre-1927.

Lower Parade & Miniature Golf course, Brighton. Postally used 10 October 1928. Tuck's Photogravure Postcard No. 2162
Lower Parade & Miniature Golf course, Brighton. Postally used 10 October 1928. Tuck's Photogravure Postcard No. 2162

The pier in the background of those three postcards is the West Pier.

One of a different old course


The next dated card was posted from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire to Lancing, Sussex on the 15th April 1945. This card is captioned 'Aquarium & Palace Pier showing Miniature Golf Links, Brighton'.

Aquarium & Palace Pier showing Miniature Golf Links, Brighton. Postally used 15 April 1945
Aquarium & Palace Pier showing Miniature Golf Links, Brighton. Postally used 15 April 1945. Publisher unknown

Playing minigolf in Brighton


We've played minigolf in Brighton a number of times over the years but haven't been to the south coast seaside resort since 2011. Where have the last nine years gone!

Crazy Golf in Brighton
The 12th course visited on our travels. This was back in July 2007

One of the first courses played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour was the Crazy Golf on the seafront near the Palace Pier back in 2007.

Monday, January 14, 2019

A postcard of Hastings Mini Golf

A look at the Crazy Golf course in Hastings.


I recently bought 50 more postcards for my collection of minigolf cards and among them was this nice old postcard of the Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Hastings, East Sussex.

Hastings Mini Golf postcard C6911 by Judges Limited Hastings. Postally unused
A postally unused Hastings Mini Golf postcard C6911 by Judges Limited Hastings. The player is on hole 12

The Judges postcard shows the 18-hole Crazy Golf course in the foreground and you can just make out the grass Putting course in the background. The course on Hastings sea front is still recognisable today, although the area has had quite a few new additions - not least in the shape of two themed adventure golf courses.

Hastings Crazy Golf course
How hole 12 of the Crazy Golf course looked in 2015

The Hastings Crazy Golf course was the 39th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour when we were in town for the World Crazy Golf Championships in October 2007. We've been back a number of times since.

Check out the Hastings Adventure Golf website for more info on the three courses on the site.

Related blog posts:
- Hastings
- Postcards

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hastings Miniature Railway

It was nice to see the Hastings Miniature Railway running while we were in town last weekend. It's a wonderful little line running for half a mile along the Old Town seafront. It starts at Rock-a-Nore and has a station at Marine Parade, next to the boating lake and close to Hastings Adventure Golf.

Hastings Miniature Railway
Marine Parade Station

Hastings Miniature Railway
The Hastings Miniature Railway sign

Hastings Miniature Railway
The engine 'Speedy Fizzle' passing The Stade

Hastings Miniature Railway
One of the crossing points near the boating pond

Hastings Miniature Railway
Rock-a-Nore station. And a funicular railway in the background

Hastings Miniature Railway
Rock-a-Nore station

Visit the Hastings Miniature Railway website for more information.

Revisiting Hastings Pier

We recently visited Hastings for the first time since 2015 and it was great to have a walk on the new pier. We'd only ever been on it once before back in 2008.

Hastings Pier

We were really impressed with what has been built following the fire which almost totally destroyed it in 2010.

Hastings Pier
A view of the new pier from White Rock Gardens

Hastings Pier
The end of the pier is a nice wide-open space. We've visited a lot of piers on our travels and Hastings Pier is certainly different to most

A pair of Minions on the pier

We visited the pier just after the Hastings Pier Yarn Bomb had opened!
We visited the pier just after the Hastings Pier Yarn Bomb had opened!

Hastings Pier Yarn Bomb
There was a lot of knitted bunting

Hastings Pier Yarn Bomb
Having a nice sit down next to a mermaid
  
Hastings Pier Yarn Bomb
A knitted beach hut

Hastings Pier Yarn Bomb
The knitting got almost everywhere

Hastings Pier
One of the un-yarn bombed benches at the end of the pier

While we were on the pier on Sunday we spotted an ice cream cart going round offering free knitted ice creams! They were gluten free to boot
While we were on the pier on Sunday we spotted an ice cream cart going round offering free knitted ice creams! They were gluten free to boot

Enjoying my knitted Ice Cream alongside Hastings character John 'Big Top Ted' McIver
Enjoying my knitted Ice Cream alongside Hastings character John 'Big Top Ted' McIver

Visit the Hastings Pier website for more information.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Christmas all wrapped up at Hastings Adventure Golf

I've heard from the team at Hastings Adventure Golf they now offer minigolf gift vouchers.

In addition to being one of our favourite places for a game of minigolf, Hastings Adventure Golf has a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and now you can give the gift of the quintessential British seaside day out with gift vouchers for every occasion. Starting from £7.00 for a round of minigolf, or £20 for unlimited golf on its three 18-hole courses.

In action on hole 10 of the Pirate Adventure Golf course in Hastings
In action on hole 10 of the Pirate Adventure Golf course in Hastings

This year the venue also opened a fish and chip shop - and thankfully it's undercover, in the warm and away from the pesky seagulls that'll try to mug you for a chip, or your minigolf ball!

Seagulls at Hastings Adventure Golf course
I wonder what the seagulls behave like in wintery weather conditions?

We've played the three courses at Hastings Adventure Golf countless times since our first visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back in 2007.

We haven't ever played the Hastings course in the snow, but we have played in some very crazy weather conditions in the seaside town over the years.

Find out more about prices, gift vouchers and opening times on the Hastings Adventure Golf website.

Related blog posts:
- Hastings
- Seagulls
- Christmas

Thursday, September 08, 2016

British Minigolf Open at Hastings Adventure Golf

British Minigolf Open championships heading to Hastings.


The team at Hastings Adventure Golf have got in touch to let us know about the British Minigolf Open taking place on the 17th and 18th September. Over 50 British and international crazy golf competitors will tee off in a bid to win the title in the two-day, nine round event.

Chris Richards of Hastings Adventure Golf, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the tournament again this year. It’s a challenging course but this event attracts the very best players in UK crazy golf and is always a spectacle to watch.”

Playing the Pirate Adventure Golf course in Hastings
Tackling the challenge of the Pirate Golf course

The tournament takes place on the 18-hole Pirate Course, where players must contend with cannon fire, explosions, water features, tunnels, ramps and banked curves.

The 18-hole Pirate Adventure Golf course in Hastings was the 219th course we played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

With three 18-hole miniature golf courses, Hastings Adventure Golf also hosts the World Crazy Golf Championships. Situated on the seafront in Hastings Old Town, the British Open Championships starts at 9am on Saturday 17th September.

Playing the Pirate Adventure Golf course in Hastings
Emily playing the Pirate Golf course in Hastings

Earlier this year Hastings Adventure Golf completed a massive refurbishment at Pelham Place in Hastings that transformed an area of the promenade that had been looking a bit weary. The £450,000 construction project involved the redevelopment of the land behind Hastings Adventure Golf from Pelham Place to the promenade. This is now pedestrianised and includes a plaza-style eating area with modern street furniture and a new fish and chip restaurant.

Over the years Emily and I have competed in a number of British Opens and other national tour events in Hastings and the miniature golf courses there are great fun.

For more information check out the Hastings Adventure Golf website.

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Saturday, November 07, 2015

Crazy Golf in Hastings

A look at the Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex.

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Emily playing hole 1 of the course

The 39th course played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour was the classic Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf in Hastings, East Sussex back on the 26th of October 2007. Since then we've returned for a number of minigolf, crazy golf and adventure golf competitions in Hastings each year and were recently in town again - this time for the 13th annual World Crazy Golf Championships.

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 2 at Hastings Crazy Golf

Here's a look at the course as at October 2015. It's well worth a play and is a great piece of seaside heritage.

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 1

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 2

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 3

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 4

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 5

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 5 - the green

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 6

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 7

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 7 - the middle bit

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 7 - the green

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 8

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 8 - the green

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 9

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 9

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 10

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 11

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 11 - the green

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 12

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 13

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 14

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 15

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 16

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 17

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
The flat loop obstacle on hole 18

The Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
Hole 18

The Lucky Last Hole where you can attempt to win a free game pass

Hastings Adventure Golf is also home to an Adventure Golf course and a Pirate Golf layout. Visit the Hastings Adventure Golf website for more details, opening times and prices.

Link:
- Hastings Adventure Golf website

Related blog posts:
- Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf in Hastings
- Hastings
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Videos:
- A walk around the 18-hole Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf in Hastings (2010)
- Videos from the 2015 World Crazy Golf Championships

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