Showing posts with label Karl Moles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Karl Moles. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Mini Golf on a cruise ship

A look at the miniature golf course on the MSC Opera.


Minigolf course on the MSC Opera. Photo by Karl & Sophia Moles, October 2019

Our friends Sophia and Karl Moles have just returned from a Mediterranean cruise on the MSC Opera and sent us some snaps of the 8-hole minigolf course on the ship.


Minigolf course on the MSC Opera. Photo by Karl & Sophia Moles, October 2019

Minigolf course on the MSC Opera. Photo by Karl & Sophia Moles, October 2019

The MSC Opera sailed from Italy, to Montenegro, to Greece and then back to Italy.


Minigolf course on the MSC Opera. Photo by Karl & Sophia Moles, October 2019

Minigolf course on the MSC Opera. Photo by Karl & Sophia Moles, October 2019

The Moles family have found and played quite a few minigolf, crazy golf and adventure golf courses on their travels.

The MSC Opera. Photo by Karl & Sophia Moles, October 2019
The MSC Opera

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Mini Golf at the Haven Wild Duck Holiday Park

A look at the Mini Golf course at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


Mini Golf at the Haven Wild Duck Holiday Park in Norfolk. Photo by Karl Moles, June 2019

Many thanks to our friends Karl and Sophia Moles for sending over some snaps of the Mini Golf course they spotted while on holiday at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


Mini Golf at the Haven Wild Duck Holiday Park in Norfolk. Photo by Karl Moles, June 2019
A view of the course

Mini Golf at the Haven Wild Duck Holiday Park in Norfolk. Photo by Karl Moles, June 2019
The rules

Mini Golf at the Haven Wild Duck Holiday Park in Norfolk. Photo by Karl Moles, June 2019
A train obstacle - the course was made by DK Fibreglass, I guess this obstacle dates from 1985

Mini Golf at the Haven Wild Duck Holiday Park in Norfolk. Photo by Karl Moles, June 2019
A look at the course

Karl and Sophia have been to quite a few different holiday camps with their children Fiorella and Arabella and have sent over minigolf snaps from trips to Haven's Caister-on-Sea Holiday ParkPontins PakefieldAllhallows Leisure Holiday Park, as well as the Crazy Golf course at Suffolk Leisure Park in Ipswich and Minigolf Sport Club Sanremo in Arma, Italy.

Links:
Haven Wild Duck Holiday Park
- DK Fibreglass

Related blog posts:
- Haven
- Great Yarmouth
- Norfolk
- Holiday Camp
- Karl Moles
- Sophia Moles
- Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf at Haven's Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park
- Adventure Golf at Pontins Pakefield
- Mini Golf at Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park
- Crazy Golf at the Haven Golden Sands Caravan Holiday Park in Mablethorpe
- Haven's Thorpe Park Adventure Golf course in Cleethorpes

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Crazy Golf at Suffolk Leisure Park in Ipswich

A look at the Crazy Golf course at Suffolk Leisure Park in Ipswich, Suffolk.


Crazy Golf at Suffolk Leisure Park in Ipswich by Sophia Moles, February 2019

Many thanks to our friends Sophia and Karl Moles for sending over some snaps from their recent visit to the Miniature Golf course at Suffolk Leisure Park in Ipswich.

Miniature Golf at Suffolk Leisure Park in Ipswich by Sophia Moles, February 2019

Minigolf at Suffolk Leisure Park in Ipswich by Sophia Moles, February 2019

Mini Golf at Suffolk Leisure Park in Ipswich by Sophia Moles, February 2019

We first visited the Suffolk Leisure Park minigolf course while it was under construction in December 2010. At that point the cups hadn't been cut out yet.

Crazy Golf at Suffolk Leisure Park in Ipswich

We played the course in May 2011.

Crazy Golf at Suffolk Leisure Park in Ipswich

Check out the Suffolk Leisure Park and Ski Centre website for more information, opening times and prices.

Related blog posts:
- Ipswich
Sophia Moles
Karl Moles
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Courses visited by the Moles family:
- Adventure Golf at Pontins Pakefield
- Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park in Rochester
- Haven's Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park
- Minigolf Sport Club Sanremo in Arma, Italy

Link:
- Suffolk Leisure Park and Ski Centre

Thursday, January 31, 2019

A return to Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

Playing another round at Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe, Suffolk.


Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

In December we returned to East Anglia to visit family and friends and while in Felixstowe  we swung by our most visited course, Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe. Luckily the weather was really nice and the course was open to play!


Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

My opponents on this occasion would be Karl Moles and his daughter Arabella. Karl, the Suffolk Coastal champion defeated me on the course in our first round way back in May 2011. I'd gained a win back against Karl in our rematch in June 2014 so we were all set for a very competitive round on the 9-hole layout.


Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
Hole 1 at Fantasia Adventure Golf

Karl started with a pair of threes, while I dropped shots picking up a pair of fours - the same scores as the debuting Arabella.

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
Hole 1 can certainly be a puzzler

We all shot a three on the third hole - Twister - before Karl extended his lead with a hole-in-one on hole 4 - Humpy.

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
Karl helping Arabella with a shot on hole 2 - or is it the other way round?

Threes followed on the fifth, fours on the sixth and twos for all on the seventh. Amazingly Arabella, with a little help from her mum Sophia, shot a three on the eighth hole, while Karl and I both hit fours.

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
Arabella with a tricky second shot on hole 2

Richard Gottfried at Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
Holing out for a four on hole 6 - Evil Eye

Threes all round on the ninth hole meant that Karl had won with a round of 26. Arabella (and Sophia) placed second with a 28, while I won the bronze with a score of 29!

Karl Moles at Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
The Champ

The Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe is well worth a visit and is a tricky little layout. A two is as good as an ace on many of the holes.

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

We're looking forward to returning once again. Perhaps the challenge series needs to be best-of-five games...

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

Related blog posts:
- Fantasia Adventure Golf
- Felixstowe
- Karl Moles

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Adventure Golf at Pontins Pakefield

A look at the minigolf course at Pontins Pakefield in Suffolk.

Our friends Sophia and Karl Moles were on a family holiday at Pontins Pakefield and sent us some photos of the Sailing Through The Ages minigolf course at the holiday park. It looks great fun.

Sailing Through The Ages minigolf course at Pontins Pakefield Holiday Park. Photo by Sophia and Karl Moles, September 2017
There's even a 'Titanic' on the course!

Sailing Through The Ages minigolf course at Pontins Pakefield Holiday Park. Photo by Sophia and Karl Moles, September 2017
Always nice to see BIG obstacles on minigolf courses

Sailing Through The Ages minigolf course at Pontins Pakefield Holiday Park. Photo by Sophia and Karl Moles, September 2017
There are plenty of nautical obstacles on the course

Sailing Through The Ages minigolf course at Pontins Pakefield Holiday Park. Photo by Sophia and Karl Moles, September 2017
Iceberg dead ahead!

Sailing Through The Ages minigolf course at Pontins Pakefield Holiday Park. Photo by Sophia and Karl Moles, September 2017
It looks like a good minigolf layout

Check out the other guest blog posts from Sophia and Karl about minigolf courses at Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park in Rochester, Haven's Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park and the Minigolf Sport Club Sanremo in Arma, Italy.

Emily and I have played two minigolf courses at Pontins holiday parks - at Prestatyn Sands and Camber Sands.

Related blog posts:
- Pontins

Link:
- Pontins Pakefield

Friday, June 09, 2017

Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man on the Isle of Wight

Windy Man Air Dancer spotted in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

Our friends Karl and Sophia spotted a Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man during their holiday on the Isle of Wight and sent along a snap to add to my 'collection'!

A Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man on the Isle of Wight. Photo by Karl Moles
A Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man on the Isle of Wight. Photo by Karl Moles

I've only seen this type of Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man at ground level once before. That one was in Flimwell, while en route to Hastings for the World Crazy Golf Championships in 2012. The only other time I've seen the blue Air Dancer was above a shop on the seafront at Bridlington in 2015.

Related blog posts:
- Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man
- Isle of Wight

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mini Golf at Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park

A look at the Mini Golf course at Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park.


Our friends Sophia and Karl Moles kindly sent us some great snaps of the 12-hole Mini Golf course at the Haven Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park in Rochester, Kent.

Mini Golf course at Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park in Rochester, Kent. Photo by Sophia Moles, May 2017

The 12-hole Crazy Golf course has holes themed after areas of local interest such as the White Cliffs of Dover and Killick's Windmill.

Mini Golf course at Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park in Rochester, Kent. Photo by Sophia Moles, May 2017

Mini Golf course at Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park in Rochester, Kent. Photo by Sophia Moles, May 2017

Mini Golf course at Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park in Rochester, Kent. Photo by Sophia Moles, May 2017

Mini Golf course at Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park in Rochester, Kent. Photo by Sophia Moles, May 2017

Mini Golf course at Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park in Rochester, Kent. Photo by Sophia Moles, May 2017

Mini Golf course at Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park in Rochester, Kent. Photo by Sophia Moles, May 2017

Mini Golf course at Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park in Rochester, Kent. Photo by Sophia Moles, May 2017

I thought it was a bit odd that one of the holes is themed on Adventure Island in Southend-on-Sea - in Essex!? But Sophia explained that the holiday park has a clear view across the Thames Estuary to Southend-on-Sea. I wonder if you can see the Crazy Golf course that's at the very end of the pier too?

Mini Golf course at Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park in Rochester, Kent. Photo by Sophia Moles, May 2017
There are two Adventure Golf courses at Adventure Island in Southend-on-Sea. In fact I made my tournament debut on the course in the 2008 British Masters!

The course looks like a fun layout.


Mini Golf course at Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park in Rochester, Kent. Photo by Sophia Moles, May 2017
There's no sneaking passed this loop-di-loop obstacle

Sophia and Karl have previously sent us snaps of the Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf at Haven's Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park, as well as the course at Minigolf Sport Club Sanremo in Arma, Italy.

Link:
- Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park

Related blog posts:
- Haven

Monday, November 07, 2016

Pirate Flyer Laser Gun Monorail in Blackpool

Riding a monorail inside Blackpool's Coral Island amusement arcade.

The Pirate Flyer monorail at Coral Island in Blackpool
The Pirate Flyer monorail in Blackpool

I'm a big fan of seaside Amusement Arcades, Monorails and Laser Tag. So when I first saw the Pirate Flyer Laser Gun Monorail ride at the Coral Island Amusements in Blackpool back in 2009 I was amazed.

The Pirate Flyer monorail at Coral Island in Blackpool
Can you spot Emily in the crowd below the monorail?

On our recent return to the seaside resort I had to have another go on it.

The Pirate Flyer monorail at Coral Island in Blackpool
Well worth a go if you're in Blackpool

Unfortunately the guns in our Monorail car didn't work and no scores were given. And there was a fairly long queue for the £2 ride. But it was still fun to ride the rail above the crowds of people enjoying the arcade games below.



The Pirate Flyer monorail at Coral Island in Blackpool
A nice bit of ephemera

The Pirate Flyer monorail at Coral Island in Blackpool
There's a blacklit tunnel section of the ride

Coral Island amusement arcade in Blackpool
Coral Island is one of my favourite amusement arcades - and we've visited a LOT of arcades on our travels to over 200 seasides in the UK

Related blog posts:
- Monorail
- Amusement Arcades
- Blackpool

Link:
- Coral Island, Blackpool

Video:
- Pirate Flyer laser monorail ride at Coral Island in Blackpool