Showing posts with label Shark. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shark. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Pizza Shark

I spotted this fun Pizza Shark sticker art by Samuel B Thorne at Elephant & Castle in London last year.

Pizza Shark sticker art by Samuel B Thorne at Elephant & Castle

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Jaws Crazy Golf

Jaws is 45 years old today.


Playing the Jaws hole at Teezers Retro Golf in Coventry
Playing the Jaws hole at Teezers Retro Golf in Coventry

It's one of my all-time favourite films.

Jaws hole at Teezers Retro Golf in Coventry
Jaws Crazy Golf

I always enjoy seeing shark obstacles at minigolf courses we visit.

Sharks on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Jaws 45

Jaws was released on this day in 1975.


It's one of my favourite films.


I always enjoy seeing shark obstacles at minigolf courses we visit.

Sharks on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Friday, May 08, 2020

Happy National Miniature Golf Day Eve

It's National Miniature Golf Day Eve.


Last year I was preparing for a trip down to the South Wales coast and a visit to the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course in Aberavon, Port Talbot for a weekend of minigolf action with the Welsh Minigolf Club.

Hole 12 of the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course in Aberavon, Port Talbot
Hole 12 of the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course in Aberavon, Port Talbot

Related blog posts:

- National Miniature Golf Day
- Aberavon

Saturday, January 25, 2020

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

A look at the glow-in-the-dark Cosmic Golf courses at the Xscape Centre in Castleford.


Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford, West Yorkshire is home to two indoor Cosmic Golf glow-in-the-dark courses.


4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

One is the Search for Atlantis. A 6-hole layout with an underwater theme.


4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

The second course is the Curse of the Mummy in 3D (or 4D depending on which sign you read).


4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

This is a 9-hole courses and one where you need to wear 3D glasses to enjoy the full effects as you putt around the layout.

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford


Check out the Xplore website for more information, opening times and prices.

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

The two courses at Xplore were among the 20 courses we visited in the first 20 days of 2020.

The entertainment, leisure and retail area at Junction 32 of the M62 in Castleford is a real minigolf hotbed.

There are six miniature golf courses with a total of 87-holes to play.

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Our first games at Paradise Island Adventure Golf for 2020

Playing at Paradise Island Adventure Golf in Manchester.


Paradise Island Adventure Golf at the Trafford Centre in Manchester
A view of the Tiki Hut Trail course

Last night we called into Paradise Island Adventure Golf at the Trafford Centre in Manchester for a couple of games on the two 18-hole courses.



In our round on the Temple Ruins Adventure we both scored 36.

Paradise Island Adventure Golf at the Trafford Centre in Manchester
About to ace the 5th hole on the Tiki Hut Trail

In our round on the Tiki Hut Trail I shot a 34 and Emily scored 40.

Paradise Island Adventure Golf at the Trafford Centre in Manchester
Posing with the shark on the 6th

Last year Emily broke the course records on both of the layouts at Paradise Island Adventure Golf in Manchester.

Paradise Island Adventure Golf at the Trafford Centre in Manchester
Emily playing hole 1 of the Temple Ruins Adventure course

In July Emily scored a record on the Temple Ruins course to win the Paradise Island Adventure Golf Open Championship with a round of 30, including seven aces.

Paradise Island Adventure Golf at the Trafford Centre in Manchester
Emily holing out on hole 2 of the Temple Ruins Adventure course

In August she shot a 33 on the Tiki Hut Trail course to beat the previous record by one-shot.


So far this year we've visited seven courses and played at three of them.


We've been to 942 courses on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour since September 2006.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Shark at St David's shopping centre in Cardiff

We saw this nice bit of shopping mall marketing at St David's in Cardiff last week.


Shark at St David's shopping centre in Cardiff
Sh...sh...SHARK!

The 25ft long Great White Shark has been installed at the shopping centre to hook people in to visit and help them find out more about sustainability, with a particular focus on single-use plastic and the harm it poses to marine life.


In a shopping mall shark cage!
In a shopping mall shark cage!

It's one of the best malls I've visited on my travels.

Link:
- St David's shopping centre

Related blog posts:
- Sharks
- Cardiff
- St David's shopping centre

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Plymouth, Devon

A look back at our visit to the Treasure Island Adventure Golf course in Plymouth, Devon.


Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Plymouth, 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.


Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Plymouth, Devon

One of those courses was the Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Plymouth, Devon.


Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Plymouth, Devon

The course was the 626th visited on our travels.

Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Plymouth, Devon

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.

Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Plymouth, Devon

Related blog posts:

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

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Funder Island Adventure Golf in Woolacombe, Devon

A look back at our visit to the Funder Island Adventure Golf course in Woolacombe, Devon.


Funder Island Adventure Golf in Woolacombe, 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.


Funder Island Adventure Golf in Woolacombe, Devon

One of those courses was the 15-hole Funder Island Adventure Golf in the seaside town of Woolacombe.


Funder Island Adventure Golf in Woolacombe, Devon


Funder Island Adventure Golf in Woolacombe, Devon
The hands at the kiosk were a nice touch in the theming

Funder Island Adventure Golf in Woolacombe, Devon
As was the shark!

Funder Island Adventure Golf in Woolacombe, Devon

The course was the 659th visited on our travels.

Mini Golf at the Woolacombe Bay Hotel
We also noticed that the Woolacombe Bay Hotel had a Mini Golf course of the Pitch & Putt variety. Unfortunately the cost to park in Woolacombe was so expensive we weren't able to play either of the courses

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

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Crazy World of Minigolf Tour - update from Wales

A blog post from a wonderful weekend in Wales.


I've just returned from a brilliant weekend away in Wales. Hours and hours of minigolf on some new courses, superb weather and visits to some new seasides added up to a lot of fun.


Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course at Aberavon beach in Port Talbot
It's always nice to see a shark obstacle on a minigolf course

I arrived in Wales at 10.40am on Saturday morning and my first stop was in Port Talbot town centre for a wander, a bit of charity shop shopping and some lunch. While there I spotted the outdoor market/car boot sale in a car park and was surprised to be able to add to a number of my collections by finding some retro 80's toys, pin badges and amusement park tokens! The weekend got off to a bright start.

After checking in at the excellent Aberavon Beach Hotel on the seafront I went straight to the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course to practice for the Welsh Mini Golf Club's Doubles Championship.

The Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course at Aberavon beach in Port Talbot
The Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course in Aberavon

The 12-hole Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course became the 865th course visited and 516th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. Created by the Natural Play Company, it's a tricky layout and while there are hole-in-one opportunities, they are few and far between!

We warmed up for Sunday's tournament with a singles competition to celebrate National Miniature Golf Day. The in-form David Hartley added to his recent trophy haul by taking the win by one-shot, with Marion Hartley and me tied for second place.

Aberavon beach is such a lovely spot and provides spectacular views - Swansea Bay to the right and the steelworks to the left! It was a very nice place to spend time Putting.

Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course at Aberavon beach in Port Talbot
Playing hole 12

Wandering along the prom I noticed an odd-shaped lump in the distance and upon closer inspection found it to be a huge concrete whale, surrounded by some penguins! I've been told that this was once part of another, long-gone, Crazy Golf course! I'd love to know more about Aberavon's Whale Park...

The Whale Park in Aberavon
The Whale Park in Aberavon

The Whale Park in Aberavon, Port Talbot
It was the largest fake whale I've seen on my travels

Sunday's Welsh Mini Golf Club Doubles Championship was a great event to be a part of. The Welsh Mini Golf Club are relative newcomers to the world of minigolf and have put in a lot of effort to create new events, play at different courses and become competitive on the national minigolf tour.

The weather was perfect, with not a cloud in the sky and only a slight sea breeze. This, though would cause a lot of 'classic' minigolfer's sunburn by the end of the day!

I teamed up with my former Midlands Minigolf Club team-mate Seve Kukielka for the event and after a shaky middle patch we qualified from the round-robin group stage as group winners. This meant a semi-final clash with Cardiff's combination of Holly and Stewart aka the team of 'How Hard Can This Be?'. Seve and I - as the 'Natural Disasters' - avoided catastrophe and qualified for the final match against 'Sturgeon's Nightmares', the combination of Planet Hastings' Dave Gomm and the Welsh Mini Golf Club's Simon Brown, who had defeated Cindy Kukielka and Andrew Edmonds in the other semi-final.

Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course at Aberavon beach in Port Talbot
Playing hole 11

The final itself was a very close match, with Dave and Simon leading by one-hole heading to the 12th. Simon managed to drain a long second putt to close out the match meaning Seve and I were runners-up. Even so it was a nice event to compete in and the new course was well suited to the doubles format.

The Welsh Doubles Championship silver medalists with Martyn Williams, captain of the Welsh Mini Golf Club
The silver medalists with Martyn Williams, captain of the Welsh Mini Golf Club

As I love holidays/minigolf/the Welsh coast I was in no rush to head home on Monday and stopped off at Porthcawl as I'd seen there was a Putting Green in Griffin Park. Unfortunately it wasn't yet open for the season and the groundskeepers were working on a few other areas of the park to get it ready for the summer.

Putting Green at Griffin Park in Porthcawl
You can make out the shape of the holes at Griffin Park's Putting Green

We have been to Porthcawl before, although only to Trecco Bay Holiday Park where we played Adventure Golf back in 2009. So it was nice to explore a new seaside resort and play in some new amusement arcades.

The Hi-Tide amusement arcade in Porthcawl
The Hi-Tide amusement arcade in Porthcawl - can you see Pac-Man?

I'd recently heard from the team at Greenspan Projects that there was a brand new minigolf course at Fontygary Leisure Park in Rhoose and luckily for me that was on my route.

Dragon's Quest Adventure Golf course at Fontygary Leisure Park
I do like a mining theme

It was great to have a round on the 18-hole Dragon's Quest Adventure Golf course. It looks really nice and has some interesting features, most noticeably the BIG red dragon!

Dragon's Quest Adventure Golf course at Fontygary Leisure Park
The dragon breathes smoke at times too!

The Adventure Mini Golf course at Fontygary Leisure Park became the 887th visited and 517th played since September 2006.

View from the patio at Fontygary Leisure Park
What a view from the patio at Fontygary Leisure Park

My next stop was somewhere I know well, as my family had many happy holidays in Barry Island back in the 1980's and 1990's.

Barry Island is still recognisable from my time there 30 years ago, even though the holiday camp has been knocked down to make way for housing and a public car park.

Site of the old Butlin's Holiday Camp at Barry Island
They paved paradise

While in Barry Island I revisited a lot of my old haunts including the Quasar and had a nice chat with the owner who told me about it's history. It opened in July 1992, so I must've been one of the first players through the door on our summer holiday that year!

Me with a Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 Series 800 Terminator at Barry Island Quasar
Me with a Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 Series 800 Terminator at Barry Island Quasar

Before I left I had a round on the Smuggler's Cove Adventure Golf course - a course we first played in 2009 - and had one last walk on the beach.

Smuggler's Cove Adventure Golf at Barry Island
The Smuggler's Cove course at Barry Island was the 121st visited

Smuggler's Cove Adventure Golf at Barry Island

Smuggler's Cove Adventure Golf at Barry Island

Barrybados beach
Big Steve the seagull on Barry Island beach

Rather reluctantly, I left Barry Island for the trip back north to Stockport and re-entered England at 5.38pm.

Barry Island railway station
I might look happy here - well, that is a double Pacer Railbus formation - but it was sad to leave Barry Island on such a lovely sunny day

All in all it was a marvellous weekend and I'm looking forward to my next trip to the Welsh coast already.