Showing posts with label Matt Dodd. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Matt Dodd. Show all posts

Friday, July 24, 2020

New Shipwreck Adventure Golf in Swanage

There's a new Shipwreck Adventure Golf course in Swanage, Dorset.


There's a new Shipwreck Adventure Golf course at the Santa Fe Fun Park in Swanage, Dorset

Many thanks to our friend and fellow minigolf explorer Matt Dodd for letting us know there's a new Shipwreck Adventure Golf course at the Santa Fe Fun Park in Swanage, Dorset.

Check out the Santa Fe Fun Park website for more information.

It's another good reason for us to revisit Swanage. We had a great time in the seaside resort on our South West road trip in 2015. The existing Jurassic Adventure Golf course there was the landmark 600th UK visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We've now been to 949 courses since 2006.

------------

Check out the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour Newsletter archive and sign-up to receive future editions

Monday, July 13, 2020

Crazy Golf at St Michael's Park in Cirencester

A look at the Crazy Golf course at St Michael's Park in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.


Many thanks to our friend, minigolf rival and fellow adventure golf traveller Matt Dodd for sending over some snaps of the 12-hole Crazy Golf course at St Michael's Park in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

Crazy Golf at St. Michael's Park in Cirencester by Matt Dodd, July 2020

Crazy Golf at St. Michael's Park in Cirencester by Matt Dodd, July 2020

Crazy Golf at St. Michael's Park in Cirencester by Matt Dodd, July 2020

Crazy Golf at St. Michael's Park in Cirencester by Matt Dodd, July 2020

We haven't played there on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour yet.

Looking online St Michael's Park is also home to a Pitch & Putt course and a Boules Piste.

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Mini Golf in Cutteslowe Park, Oxford

Crazy Croc's Mini Golf at Cutteslowe Park in Oxford.


I recently found out there's been a change to one of the minigolf courses in my home city.


Our fellow minigolf adventurers Matt and Helen Dodd were in Oxford and swung by Cutteslowe Park and let us know the course there is now an adventure golf-style layout.


When Emily and I visited back in 2008 and 2009 the course in the park was a Swedish Felt Mini Golf B-Run.

The old Mini Golf course in Cutteslowe Park, Oxford
How the now lost minigolf course looked on a frosty day in December 2008

The new Crazy Croc's Mini Golf in Cutteslowe Park is a 9-hole layout.

Visit the Crazy Croc's Mini Golf website for more information, opening times and prices.

It'll be a new course to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in the future.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Crazy Golf at Birchington Vale Holiday Park

A look at the Crazy Golf course at Birchington Vale Holiday Park in Kent.


Crazy Golf at Birchington Vale Holiday Park. Photo by Matt Dodd, 12th October 2019

A BIG thank you to our friend, minigolf rival and fellow Crazy Golf adventurer Matt Dodd for sending over some snaps from his visit to the Crazy Golf course at Birchington Vale Holiday Park in Kent.


Crazy Golf at Birchington Vale Holiday Park. Photo by Matt Dodd, 12th October 2019

Crazy Golf at Birchington Vale Holiday Park. Photo by Matt Dodd, 12th October 2019

The course is another where each of the holes is in the shape of a letter and the finished result spells out Crazy Golf. It certainly looks neat on the satellite image of the holiday park.


Crazy Golf at Birchington Vale Holiday Park. Photo by Matt Dodd, 12th October 2019
Z and Y

Visit the Birchington Vale Holiday Park website for more information.

Matt, Helen and their family have visited almost 200 miniature golf courses on their own Mini Golf travels. We've met up with them - and competed against them - on some of the courses too. Check out Matt's other guest minigolf blog posts.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Crazy Golf at Birdworld in Hampshire

A look at the Crazy Golf course at Birdworld in Hampshire.


Crazy Golf at Birdworld Hampshire. Photo by Matt Dodd, October 2019

Many thanks to our friend, minigolf rival and fellow Crazy Golf adventurer Matt Dodd for sending over some snaps from his visit to the Crazy Golf course at Birdworld in Hampshire.


Crazy Golf at Birdworld Hampshire. Photo by Matt Dodd, October 2019

Unfortunately it was closed. Matt said it's never been open on the three times he and his family have been there.

Crazy Golf at Birdworld Hampshire. Photo by Matt Dodd, October 2019

Visit the Birdworld website for more information.


Matt, Helen and their family have visited almost 200 minigolf courses on their own Crazy Golf travels. We've met up with them - and competed against the pair - on some of them too. Check out Matt's other guest minigolf blog posts.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Adventure Golf at Worldham Golf Club in Alton

A look at the Adventure Golf course at Worldham Golf Club in Alton, Hampshire.


Adventure Golf course at Worldham Golf Club in Alton, Hampshire

Many thanks to our friend, minigolf rival and fellow Crazy Golf explorer Matt Dodd for sending over some snaps from his recent visit to the 12-hole Adventure Golf course at Worldham Golf Club in Alton, Hampshire.

Adventure Golf course at Worldham Golf Club in Alton, Hampshire
A tyre loop-di-loop

Adventure Golf course at Worldham Golf Club in Alton, Hampshire
More wheels

Adventure Golf course at Worldham Golf Club in Alton, Hampshire
That's a fine line to putt over!

For more information visit the Worldham Golf Club website.

Matt, Helen and their family have visited over 170 minigolf courses on their own Crazy Golf travels. We've met up with them - and competed against the pair - on some of them too. Check out Matt's other guest minigolf blog posts.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Adventure Golf at Worldham Golf Club

New Adventure Golf course at Worldham Golf Club in Hampshire.


There's a new Adventure Golf course at Worldham Golf Club

Many thanks to our friend and minigolf rival Matt Dodd for letting us know there's a new Adventure Golf course at Worldham Golf Club in Hampshire.

Another course for us to add to our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour!

You can find out more about the 12-hole Crazy Golf course on Worldham Golf Club's website.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Wildforest Falls Adventure Golf at Hotham Park in Bognor Regis

A look at the Wildforest Falls Adventure Golf course at Hotham Park in Bognor Regis.


Wildforest Falls Adventure Golf at Hotham Park in Bognor Regis. Photo by Matt Dodd, January 2019
A view of the 18-hole Adventure Golf course in Hotham Park. Photo by Matt Dodd

Our friends and minigolf rivals Matt and Helen Dodd were recently in Bognor Regis and swung by the new Wildforest Falls Adventure Golf course at Hotham Park.

Wildforest Falls Adventure Golf at Hotham Park in Bognor Regis. Photo by Matt Dodd, January 2019

Matt said the course was good but tough and had quite a few holes he’d never seen before.

Wildforest Falls Adventure Golf at Hotham Park in Bognor Regis. Photo by Matt Dodd, January 2019

The Wildforest Falls Adventure Golf course was built by the team at HM Adventure Golf. You can find out more about the Wildforest Falls Adventure Golf course on the Tivoli Lifestyle website.

Wildforest Falls Adventure Golf at Hotham Park in Bognor Regis. Photo by Matt Dodd, January 2019

While in the park Matt also had a look at the old Crazy Golf layout which is now a picnic area.

Hotham Park in Bognor Regis. Photo by Matt Dodd, January 2019

Hotham Park in Bognor Regis. Photo by Matt Dodd, January 2019

Hotham Park in Bognor Regis. Photo by Matt Dodd, January 2019

We're yet to play the Wildforest Falls Adventure Golf course. The old minigolf layout at Hotham Park and the Putting course that was formerly on the site were the 273rd and 274th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back in October 2011.

Related blog posts:
- Matt Dodd
- Bognor Regis

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Adventure Golf at Dinton Pastures Country Park in Wokingham

A look at the new Adventure Golf course at Dinton Pastures Country Park in Wokingham.


Many thanks to fellow minigolf adventurer Matt Dodd for sending over a snap from his visit to the new Adventure Golf at Dinton Pastures Country Park in Wokingham.

Dinton Adventure Golf. Photo by Matt Dodd, May 2018

The 18-hole Dinton Adventure Golf layout opened earlier this month and Matt and his family were among the first players to have a round on the course.

Dinton Adventure Golf course is located at Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Wokingham, Berkshire RG10 0TH. Visit the Dinton Adventure Golf course website for more info.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Tidal Bay Crazy Adventure Golf in Sherfield on Loddon

A look at the new Tidal Bay Crazy Adventure Golf course in Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire.


Tidal Bay Crazy Adventure Golf in Sherfield on Loddon. Photo by Matt Dodd, September 2017

Many thanks to fellow minigolf aficionado Matt Dodd for sending over some snaps from his visit to play at Tidal Bay Crazy Adventure Golf in Sherfield on Loddon near Hook, Hampshire.

Tidal Bay Crazy Adventure Golf in Sherfield on Loddon. Photo by Matt Dodd, September 2017
It looks like the captain of this boat missed the tide!

Tidal Bay Crazy Adventure Golf in Sherfield on Loddon. Photo by Matt Dodd, September 2017
What a BIG minigolf volcano!

The 18-hole course is located at the Wyevale Garden Centre in Sherfield on Loddon. Check out the Tidal Bay Crazy Adventure Golf website for more information, opening times and prices.

Tidal Bay Crazy Adventure Golf in Sherfield on Loddon. Photo by Matt Dodd, September 2017

We're looking forward to a future visit to Tidal Bay Crazy Adventure Golf on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Report from the Surrey Invitational Minigolf Tournament 2016

Results of the second Surrey Invitational Tournament.

On Saturday 14th May five semi-pro minigolfers competed in the second edition of the Surrey Invitational Tournament in a two-round, two-course, 27-hole contest.

The Surrey Invitational Tournament competitors line-up for a shot at the title in Woking Park

The competition was played at the 9-hole Eternit Miniature Golf course at Woking Park, and the 18-hole Swedish Felt B-Run course at Stoke Park in Guildford. The staging of the 2016 event coincided with National Miniature Golf Day.

Inaugural Surrey Invitational Tournament champion Matt 'The Don' Dodd leads out the players on hole 1 at Woking Park

The champion after 27-holes of play was Burpham's Oliver 'The Machine' Florence, who was victorious with a score of 65, having shot rounds of 19 and 46. Luton's 'Squire' Richard Gottfried became a two time S.I.T. runner-up with a total of 74, with Emily 'Lemony' Gottfried picking up the bronze medal with a score of 82.

The new Surrey Invitational Tournament champion Oliver 'The Machine' Florence captured the title and big minigolf trophy at Guildford's Stoke Park

The first stage of the Surrey Invitational Tournament was won by Surrey's Steve 'F1' Gow with a score of 17(-1) on the Woking Park layout. However, the veteran and GB international was unable to maintain the momentum and scored 68 in round two to finish in fourth place.

Steve 'F1' Gow playing the snakey second hole in Woking

Defending champion Matt 'The Don' Dodd scored rounds of 33 and 61 to finish in fifth place.

Ollie on target in Woking

New Surrey Invitational Tournament champion Oliver 'The Machine' Florence said "At the first Surrey Invitational in 2014 I had a prior engagement which meant I had to leave the tournament after the first round and it was really disappointing as I was in the lead. I was a bit worried I was going to have to depart early this year as I was scheduled to attend my mother's birthday tea at 4pm in Weybridge but luckily I managed to get the job done before heading off to enjoy the party."

Oliver in action on hole 6 of the Woking Park Mini Golf course

Florence commented "Among the sandwiches my particular favourites were the mini ham rolls but I also took a shine to the cream cheese and cucumber offerings. After a round of scones, both fruit and plain, with raspberry jam and cream, I partook in a delightful mango cheesecake among other sweet treats."

Florence added "Thanks to Richard and Emily for organising the Surrey Invitational and Matt and Englefield Green's finest Steve for taking part. I look forward to defending the magnificent trophy next time."

The scores and first-round rankings from Woking were:
1. Steve 'F1' Gow - 17
2. Oliver 'The Machine' Florence - 19
3. 'Squire' Richard Gottfried - 24
4. Emily 'Lemony' Gottfried - 28
5. Matt 'The Don' Dodd - 33

'Squire' Richard Gottfried playing the second hole in Woking

Matt tackles the fifth hole

Steve on the seventh

Each round winner of the Surrey Invitational Tournament gets to lift the trophy, but only the overall winner gets to keep it until the next edition of the event.

Steve 'F1' Gow with the Grand Prix - for the first round at least

The scores and second-round rankings from Guildford were:
1. Oliver 'The Machine' Florence - 65
2. 'Squire' Richard Gottfried - 50
3. Emily 'Lemony' Gottfried - 54
4. Matt 'The Don' Dodd - 61
5. Steve 'F1' Gow - 68

Tournament leader Steve Gow tees-off round two at Guildford's Stoke Park

Emily playing the second hole. Quite possibly the most difficult hole in minigolf - all of the players scored a seven on it!

Matt tackling another very difficult hole

Richard has slightly better luck than Matt as Ollie looks on

Steve playing his second shot as Ollie gets ready to tee-off

The final rankings and two-round totals from the Surrey Invitational Tournament 2016 were:
1. Oliver 'The Machine' Florence - 65
2. 'Squire' Richard Gottfried - 74
3. Emily 'Lemony' Gottfried - 82
4. Steve 'F1' Gow - 85
5. Matt 'The Don' Dodd - 94

Surrey Invitational Tournament champion Oliver 'The Machine' Florence playing the Stoke Park loop-di-loop hole. Strangely, the loop is turfed on the outside!

Surrey Invitational Tournament Hall of Fame
2016 - Oliver 'The Machine' Florence
2014 - Matt 'The Don' Dodd

National Miniature Golf Day Tournament Hall of Fame
2016 - Oliver 'The Machine' Florence
2015 - Brad 'The Fist' Shepherd

Give the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour a Like on Facebook, watch our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter @putting_gott and @Ems_Lems.

You can also now sign-up to receive our miniature golf newsletter.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Crazy Golf at the Haven Golden Sands Caravan Holiday Park in Mablethorpe

Our fellow minigolf adventurers Matt, Helen and Emily Dodd have been on a trip to the fine county of Lincolnshire and found plenty of courses to visit there. With the Dodd's staying at holiday parks they were able to play some courses that we never got to when we first visited Lincolnshire in 2011.

A dogleg hole at Haven's Golden Sands Crazy Golf course. You don't normally see a bridge/ramp on the fairway

This Arnold Palmer Putting Course was played in the Haven Golden Sands Caravan Holiday Park in Mablethorpe. What a great discovery.

A BIG minigolf elephant on the themed Arnold Palmer course

Plenty of obstacles in the path to the cup on this hole!

Tricky

Even trickier!

The hole below is a regular sight on Arnold Palmer Putting Courses and is very often a good opportunity for a hole-in-one. But this is the first time I've the hole with additional obstacles!

The ledge hole in Mablethorpe

A version of the hole in Whitby, Yorkshire

As hole 16 in Hastings, East Sussex

There is another Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Mablethorpe. The Hooks Island Crazy Adventure Golf was a 13-hole layout (12-holes, plus lucky last hole) when we played it in 2011.

Lincolnshire is a real hotspot for minigolf. Skegness alone has 102-holes spread across nine seafront courses!

The Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Skegness still has an old scorecard in use. It lists many of the Arnold Palmer courses that are long gone. A great bit of minigolf history

Related blog posts:
- Mablethorpe
- Matt Dodd
- Helen Dodd
- Arnold Palmer
- Haven
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Link:
- Haven

Give the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour a Like on Facebook, watch our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter @putting_gott and @Ems_LemsYou can also now sign-up to receive our miniature golf newsletter.