Showing posts with label Essex. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Essex. Show all posts

Monday, October 12, 2020

Rascal Bay Adventure Golf opening in Chelmsford, Essex

New Adventure Golf course heading to Chelmsford.

West Park Golf Centre in Chelmsford, Essex will be home to a new Adventure Golf course

West Park Golf Centre in Chelmsford, Essex will soon be home to a new adventure golf course.

The centre will be creating an 18-hole adventure golf course planned to open in January next year.

The course will be called Rascal Bay Adventure Golf and it'll be the third in the brand following the Brentwood, Essex and Manston, Kent locations.

Check out the West Park Golf Centre Facebook Page for more information.

Visiting West Park Golf Centre

We visited West Park Golf Centre on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour way back in December 2009. The old Crazy Golf course there was the 157th course played on our travels. We've now been to 956 courses since 2006.

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Monday, August 03, 2020

Minigolfing at Blake End in Essex

A look back at the minigolf course we played at Blake End in Essex.


Minigolf course at Blake End in Essex

We played the 9-hole Swedish Felt Mini Golf course at Blake End Craft Centre near Braintree, Essex back in 2009.

Minigolf course at Blake End in Essex

Minigolf course at Blake End in Essex

It was the 95th course played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Minigolf course at Blake End in Essex

Minigolf course at Blake End in Essex

Minigolf course at Blake End in Essex

Minigolf course at Blake End in Essex

Minigolf course at Blake End in Essex

Minigolf course at Blake End in Essex

Minigolf course at Blake End in Essex

Related blog posts:
Swedish Felt Mini Golf courses in Essex
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Essex

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Blockbuster Video Express in Westcliff-on-Sea

A look at the old Blockbuster Video Express in Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend.


Blockbuster Video Express on London Road in Westcliff-on-Sea. Photo by Mark Routh, July 2020

Many thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Mark Routh for sending me these photos of the old Blockbuster Video Express store in Westcliff on Sea, Essex.

Blockbuster Video Express on London Road in Westcliff-on-Sea. Photo by Mark Routh, July 2020

It's amazing the signs are still up seven years since the demise of the brand.

Blockbuster Video Express on London Road in Westcliff-on-Sea. Photo by Mark Routh, July 2020

Blockbuster Video Express on London Road in Westcliff-on-Sea. Photo by Mark Routh, July 2020

Since I found the remains of the Blockbuster Video store in Fallowfield, Manchester last October I've been intrigued to see the brand still has a lingering presence on the high street. It's always fun to see ghost signs, remnants of old & dead brands and interesting signage while out and about on our travels.

I found out the Blockbuster signage was still in place at the Westcliff-on-Sea store via this post on Instagram.

We should've been visiting family in Southend-on-Sea this summer but that trip has been postponed. Hopefully we'll get back down there soon so I can check out the old Blockbuster store too.

Check out Mark's superb postcard blog at Mark's Postcard Chat and his Facebook Page. The blog is a wonderful insight into the world of postcard collecting and social history.

Minigolfing in Dovercourt, Essex

A look back at the minigolf course we played in Dovercourt, Essex.


Minigolf in Dovercourt, Essex

We played the 6-hole Swedish Felt Mini Golf course on Low Road in Dovercourt, Essex back in 2009.

Minigolfing in Dovercourt, Essex

It was the 92nd played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Minigolf in Dovercourt, Essex

Minigolf in Dovercourt, Essex

Related blog posts:
- Swedish Felt Mini Golf courses in Essex
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Essex

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Enchanted Garden Adventure Golf course proposed for Raphael Park, Romford

A planning proposal has been submitted for a new Enchanted Garden Adventure Golf course at Raphael Park in Romford, Essex.


An Enchanted Garden Adventure Golf course has been proposed to be built in Raphael Park, Romford, Essex

The themed minigolf course would be an 18-hole layout located at the Raphael Park Cafe.

The course would be created by Saturn Rock Creative.

It'll be interesting to see what the course looks and plays like. It'll be another new place to play on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

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Crazy Golf at Walton on the Naze in Essex

A look back at the Crazy Golf course we visited at Walton on the Naze in Essex.


Crazy Golf at Walton on the Naze in Essex

We visited the Crazy Golf course at Coronation Gardens in Walton on the Naze, Essex back in 2013.

Crazy Golf at Walton on the Naze in Essex

It was the 535th visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Crazy Golf at Walton on the Naze in Essex

There was also a grass Putting layout next to the Crazy Golf.

Putting Green at Walton on the Naze in Essex

Sadly both were closed because of bad weather. It was a shame as Swedish Felt type courses are always interesting to play. The Putting Green looked fun too.

Putting Green at Walton on the Naze in Essex

Related blog posts:
Swedish Felt Mini Golf courses in Essex
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Essex

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Moby Adventure Golf in Romford

A look at Moby Adventure Golf in Romford, Essex.


We played Moby Adventure Golf at Golf Kingdom in Romford back in June 2014. Time flies!

Moby Golf in Romford, Essex

Visit the Golf Kingdom website for more information on the course.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Swedish Felt Mini Golf courses in Essex

A look at four Swedish Felt Mini Golf courses we've visited in Essex.


Southend Pier Crazy Golf
Playing Mini Golf on the pier in Southend-on-Sea

There are a wide-range of minigolf courses in the world. Some of the designs are formal and standardised, while others are more outlandish and fantasy courses. Some sit in-between the two extremes.

Feltgolf and the WMF


World Minigolf Sport Federation tournaments are held on four types of minigolf courses and the WMF has its own definitions for the sport.

These are Concrete, Miniaturegolf, Minigolf Open Standard (MOs) and Feltgolf.

Feltgolf courses (also known as Swedish Felt) are a type of course made of a felt covered wooden base consisting of 18-holes (often described as lanes) from a selection of 32 standardised designs.

How to play mini golf
How to play mini golf

Feltgolf in the UK


There are no standard full-size Feltgolf courses in the UK. There was at one time a version at The Green in Hither Green, London. However this has long since closed.

It was a brilliant venue and we enjoyed competing in a number of league, club and national tournaments there.

The Green indoor mini golf course in Hither Green, London
The Green indoor mini golf course in Hither Green, London

Feltgolf in Finland and Austria


We have played official Feltgolf courses on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. The first was at the Manse Ratagolf Club in Tampere, Finland in 2008. I also played the course at the Askoe Wien Wasserpark in Vienna, Austria in 2010. That layout was the longest Swedish Felt course in Europe.

Playing an incredibly long Feltgolf hole in Finland as Steve 'F1' Gow looks on
Playing an incredibly long Feltgolf hole in Finland as my team-mate Steve 'F1' Gow looks on

Playing Feltgolf at the Askoe Wien Wasserpark in Vienna, Austria
Playing Feltgolf at the Askoe Wien Wasserpark in Vienna, Austria

Feltgolf versions in the UK


There are quite a few smaller versions of Feltgolf in the UK and they do offer a different putting challenge to other crazy, mini and adventure golf courses. I'd say they tend to be trickier and more technical courses to play, where you need to be very accurate with the line of your tee-shot and any subsequent shots you have to take.

Feltgolf in Essex, England


Looking back on our travels we've been to four Swedish Felt courses in the county of Essex. These were in Dovercourt and Blake End in May 2009, Walton on the Naze in August 2013 and on the end of Southend Pier in June 2016.

Dovercourt - May 2009

Playing the Crazy Golf course at Low Road in Dovercourt
Playing the Crazy Golf course at Low Road in Dovercourt

Blake End Craft Centre near Braintree - May 2009

Playing on the Minigolf course at Blake End Craft Centre near Braintree
Playing on the Minigolf course at Blake End Craft Centre near Braintree

Walton on the Naze - August 2013

The Crazy Golf course at Coronation Gardens in Walton on the Naze
The Crazy Golf course at Coronation Gardens in Walton on the Naze

Southend Pier - June 2016

Putting on the Southend Pier Crazy Golf course
Putting on the Southend Pier Crazy Golf course

The game in Sweden


The first minigolf courses created in Sweden were introduced in 1930 and the popularity of the game saw the formation of the Swedish Minigolf Association in 1936.

The game is still incredibly popular in Sweden and the country is a powerhouse in international tournaments.

We played for the Great Britain team in the 2011 WMF Nations Cup held in Stockholm. We also returned to Sweden in February 2018. While we've visited Swedish Felt courses in the country, we've never played a round of Swedish Felt Mini Golf there.

Bangolf Vasaparken in Vasastan, Stockholm
The closest I've got to playing Swedish Felt Mini Golf in Sweden

Another course to play


There is another version of Swedish Felt Mini Golf in Essex, it's at Caddies in Southend-on-Sea. The competitive socialising venue opened up in the seaside town shortly after our last visit. Some of my cousins who live in the area have played it and gave it the thumbs up. We're looking forward to playing it in the future.

Have you played Swedish Felt Mini Golf before? What did you think of it? If you know of any Swedish Felt style courses in the UK do let us know.


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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Social distancing since 2009

Looking back through our photo archive I noticed this interesting sign on a minigolf course we played back in May 2009.

A precursor to social distancing.


Playing minigolf at Blake End Craft Centre, near Braintree, Essex
WHEN PUTTING MAKE SURE NOBODY IS NEAR YOU

The 9-hole Swedish Felt Mini Golf course was at Blake End Craft Centre, near Braintree, Essex. It was the 95th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We've now been to 948 since September 2006.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Mini Golf in Dovercourt, Essex

A look at the miniature golf courses in Dovercourt.


Mini Golf in Dovercourt, Essex

We visited Dovercourt in Essex way back in May 2009. There we found a 6-hole Swedish Felt Mini Golf course and a Putting Green on the seafront on Low Road.

Mini Golf in Dovercourt, Essex

We recently asked where this course was on our Facebook Page and had some interesting guesses and only one correct answer.


Mini Golf in Dovercourt, Essex

The Mini Golf course was the 92nd played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We've now been to 948 courses since September 2006.

Mini Golf in Dovercourt, Essex



Since our visit over a decade ago another Crazy Golf course has been added to the site. You can now play Crazy Golf, Putting, Croquet and Petanque there.

Our visit to Dovercourt was part of a Suffolk, Essex and Hertfordshire minigolfing roadtrip which saw us visit courses at Stonham Barns, Felixstowe, Clacton-on-Sea, Blake End near Braintree and Hemel Hempstead.

Related blog posts:
- Minigolf Course Visit No. 92 - Dovercourt
- Crazy Golf in Dovercourt, Essex
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Minigolf and Crazy Golf in Essex

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Saturday, June 06, 2020

Moby Golf in Romford, Essex

A look at the Moby Adventure Golf course at Golf Kingdom in Romford.


On 6th June 2014 we played Moby Golf adventure golf course at Golf Kingdom in Romford.

Moby Golf at Golf Kingdom in Romford

The 18-hole adventure golf course was the 561st visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We've now been to 948 courses since 2006.

The inspiration behind the course is the legend of 'Moby Dick' - a whale that washed up nearby in Dagenham back in 1790!




The Moby Golf course is located Golf Kingdom and depending on who you ask is located in Romford, Chadwell Heath, Hainault, London and Essex!

For reference and ease of locating it the postcode for the course is RM6 6SB.

Failing that just look out for the GIANT whale and MASSIVE pirate ship by the main road.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

New minigolf at the Northern Gateway leisure site in Colchester

A new Puttstars minigolf course is planned to open at the Northern Gateway leisure site in Colchester, Essex.


A new Puttstars minigolf course is planned to open at the Northern Gateway leisure site in Colchester

Hollywood Bowl are opening a Puttstars indoor minigolf course and a tenpin bowling centre at the site.


The Northern Gateway leisure area will also be home to a cinema and a sports park.


It is scheduled to open in mid-2022.

Puttstars is a new concept from the Hollywood Bowl Group and their first site at the Rochdale Riverside development in Greater Manchester will feature three 9-hole minigolf courses. Further Puttstars locations are planned for York and Leeds.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

A$$ bins in Billericay

Having a look through my photo archive I spotted this photo of some bins in Billericay.

Take a close look for the missing letters.


It reminded me of the 'recycling drive' in Luton a few years ago.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Putt in the Park Colchester opening this week

The new Putt in the Park adventure golf course at Castle Park in Colchester is opening this week.



The new 14-hole Putt in the Park minigolf course at Castle Park in Colchester, Essex will be opening this Wednesday, 28th August.


The Putt in the Park course at Battersea Park in London
The Putt in the Park course at Battersea Park in London

The park used to be home to a couple of different minigolf courses that we've visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.


The old Eternit Miniature Golf course at Castle Park in Colchester
The old Eternit Miniature Golf course at Castle Park

The old miniature golf course at Castle Park in Colchester
The old miniature golf course at Castle Park

The new adventure golf course course in Colchester has been built by the team at Putt in the Park. We've played their courses in Wandsworth and Battersea in London on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. They also have a course in Acton we've yet to get along to.

Putt in the Park at Wandsworth Park in London
Putt in the Park at Wandsworth Park in London was the 650th course we visited in the UK

Link:
Putt in the Park

Related blog posts:
Colchester
Putt in the Park
Minigolf in Colchester (2009)
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Sunday, May 26, 2019

New Adventure Golf course in Southend on Sea

Garon Castle Adventures adventure golf course now open in Southend on Sea, Essex.


Many thanks to my Aunty Carol for letting me know that a new Adventure Golf course has opened in Southend on Sea.


Garon Castle Adventures adventure golf course now open in Southend on Sea, Essex

The 18-hole Garon Castle Adventures course can be found at Garon Park Golf Complex.

For more information on the Garon Park Adventures course visit the Garon Park Golf Complex website and Garon Castle Adventures Facebook Page.

We're looking forward to a return visit to Southend on Sea on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.