Showing posts with label Weymouth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Weymouth. Show all posts

Monday, October 12, 2020

12 years ago...

I won the Weymouth Open minigolf tournament on this day in 2008.


Richard Gottfried, the 2008 Weymouth Open minigolf champion

What a day that was!

The inaugural Weymouth Open minigolf competition was held on the 18-hole Pirate Adventure Mini Golf course at the Weymouth Sea Life Centre at Lodmoor Country Park.

Pirate Adventure Mini Golf at the Weymouth Sea Life Centre at Lodmoor Country Park

I had a very good record in Weymouth Open events. As well as winning the individual title in 2008 my team-mate Chris Harding and I were the Weymouth Open doubles champions in 2011.

Richard Gottfried and Chris Harding, the 2011 Weymouth Open doubles champions

I was also runner-up in the 2009 and 2011 events and seventh in 2010. In the 2009 tournament Kevin Moseley and I were tied after two rounds and it took 4-holes of a sudden-death play-off to separate us.

Pirate Adventure Mini Golf at the Weymouth Sea Life Centre at Lodmoor Country Park

The course was the 77th played on our travels. We've now been to 956 courses since September 2006.

Pirate Adventure Mini Golf at the Weymouth Sea Life Centre at Lodmoor Country Park

I've heard that the Pirate Adventure Mini Golf course at the Weymouth Sea Life Centre has undergone some changed in recent few years. It'll be interesting to revisit the layout on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Flintstones Crazy Golf

Caption this photo of me playing The Flintstones Crazy Golf course in Weymouth...


The Flintstones Crazy Golf course in Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth. October 2009
The Flintstones Crazy Golf course in Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth. October 2009

The Flintstones Crazy Golf course at Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth was the 77th visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back in October 2008. I replayed it in 2009.

It's now a lost course.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Eleven years ago today...

...I won the Weymouth Open minigolf tournament.


Richard Gottfried, the 2008 Weymouth Open minigolf champion
Weymouth Winner

What a day!


The inaugural Weymouth Open minigolf competition was held on the 18-hole Pirate Adventure Mini Golf course at the Weymouth Sea Life Centre at Lodmoor Country Park.


Pirate Adventure Mini Golf at the Weymouth Sea Life Centre at Lodmoor Country Park
One of the holes on the incredibly tricky layout

I had a very good record in Weymouth Open events. As well as winning the individual title in 2008 my team-mate Chris Harding and I were the Weymouth Open doubles champions in 2011.

Richard Gottfried and Chris Harding, the 2011 Weymouth Open doubles champions
The Weymouth Open team champs

I was also runner-up in the 2009 and 2011 events and seventh in 2010. In the 2009 tournament Kevin Moseley and I were tied after two rounds and it took 4-holes of a sudden-death play-off to separate us.

Pirate Adventure Mini Golf at the Weymouth Sea Life Centre at Lodmoor Country Park
Putting aboard a pirate ship

I've heard that the Pirate Adventure Mini Golf course at the Weymouth Sea Life Centre has undergone some changed over the last few years. It'll be interesting to revisit the layout on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. The course was the 77th played on our travels. We've now been to 925 courses since September 2006.

Pirate Adventure Mini Golf at the Weymouth Sea Life Centre at Lodmoor Country Park
Playing in the 2010 edition of the competition

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Flintstones Crazy Golf in Weymouth

A look back at The Flintstones Crazy Golf course at Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth.


I was looking through some of the weird and wacky Crazy Golf courses we've visited over the years and found this snap of me playing a 'Flintstones' themed course back in 2009.


The Flintstones Crazy Golf course at Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth
Fred and Barney look on as I tee-off in Weymouth

The Flintstones Crazy Golf course at Bowleaze Cove was the 77th visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back in October 2008. I played it while in town to compete in the Weymouth Open tournament.


We've now visited 905 courses on our minigolfing travels since September 2006.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in Dorset

Details of the Adventure Golf, Crazy Golf, Minigolf and Golf Putting Green courses we've played in Dorset since October 2008.

On our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour travels Emily and I have visited over 500 courses to date. The furthest along the south coast of England we've managed to reach so far is the county of Dorset, where we've played a variety of Miniature Golf courses.

The first course I visited in the county (and 76th overall) was the 18-hole Pirate Adventure Mini Golf course in Weymouth. Situated at the town's Sea Life Centre at Lodmoor Country Park, the course hosted the first-ever Weymouth Open Minigolf tournament in October 2008, a contest I won!

2008 Weymouth Open Minigolf champion

We revisited the town for further editions of the event, when I finished as the runner-up in 2009 & 2011, and seventh in 2010. Alongside Chris Harding I won the Weymouth Open Team Tournament in 2011.

2011 Weymouth Open Team Champions

The next visit to Dorset came in June 2009 when the 106th course played was the 18-hole Crazy Golf course in Sandbanks. We were in the area for the British Minigolf Association's British Doubles Championship event at the Boscombe Chine Gardens Minigolf course and took the opportunity explore the courses down there.

Me and my Minigolf Doubles Partner Kevin Moseley at Boscombe Chine Gardens Minigolf course

In total we've visited fifteen courses in Dorset and played eleven of them. Check out the list below for links to blog posts about our visits.

Miniature Golf Courses Played in Dorset:
76 Weymouth (Sea Life Centre) - Adventure Golf



77 Weymouth (Bowleaze Cove) - Crazy Golf



106 Sandbanks - Crazy Golf


107 Bournemouth (Lower Gardens) - Minigolf



108 Boscombe (Chine Gardens) - Minigolf



109 Southbourne/Fisherman's Walk (Cafe Riva) - Crazy Golf - this course has been refurbished since our visit



110 Fordingbridge (Tudor Rose Inn) - Miniature Golf - Update: October 2012 - the beer garden has had a makeover and the course is no longer there


153 Poole (Poole Park) - Crazy Golf - Course removed and replaced in Summer 2010. See also 203
154 Poole (Poole Park) - Putting Green
203 Poole (Poole Park) - New 12-hole Crazy Golf - revisit in October 2011



204 Weymouth (Greenhill Gardens) - Putting



Unplayed Miniature Golf Course Visits in Dorset:
Weymouth - Putting Green - Now played, see #204
- Bournemouth (Near Lower Gardens) - Derelict course
Sandbanks - Putting Green
- Weymouth (Riviera Hotel) - Crazy Golf - Visited again in October 2010 - the Hotel and Course were derelict!
- Christchurch (Hoburne Holiday Park) - Crazy Golf

Note: The number next to the course denotes the 'visit number' on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. You can click through from the list above to the webpage on the Ham & Egger Files detailing our visit to the course.

Two of the most viewed videos on my YouTube Channel were filmed on Poole Park's old Crazy Golf course. Hole 9 used to be a Pinball layout and in the video I show you how the 'Pro's play it'...


If you've got a spare £375,000 knocking about the place you can currently purchase a house in Bournemouth that comes with its own Huxley Golf Putting Green!

The Southbourne Crazy Golf course had the strangest prices I've ever seen!

In 2013 the British Minigolf Association Tour will be returning to Dorset when the Boscombe Chine Minigolf course hosts the BMGA British Matchplay Championships and the Sandbanks Crazy Golf course hosts the Dorset Pro-Am Crazy Golf Championship.

Photo of the Midlands Minigolf Club at the 2009 BMGA British Club Championships at Sandbanks Crazy Golf course in Dorset
The Midlands Minigolf Club at the 2009 BMGA British Club Championships in Sandbanks

According to the excellent Miniature Golf course list at MiniatureGolfer.com there are also Minigolf / Crazy Golf courses in Bere Regis, Bridport, Charmouth, Rousden, Warmwell and Wimbourne. The journey continues...

Putting at the 'Flintstone's' Crazy Golf course at Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth

Links:

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Greenhill Gardens in Weymouth

Last October the Putting Course at Greenhill Gardens in Weymouth became the 204th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. It's a brilliant course, with excellent views. While we didn't have time to replay the course on our visit to Weymouth this year we did spend some time looking around the very well maintained gardens.



According to the signs around Greenhill Gardens, the Putting Green is open every day from 10am (weather permitting).


Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Nice Cup of Tea in Weymouth

While in Weymouth for the Weymouth Open Minigolf Tournament we popped over to 5js Cafe which is also at Lodmoor Country Park.

I'm not normally a tea drinker, but the advertising offer of a 'Nice cup of Tea' drew me in.


I must say it was a very nice cup of tea indeed.


I may start drinking Tea more often, as it may have played a part in fuelling the victory Chris Harding and I had in the Weymouth Open Team Tournament that afternoon!

Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Weymouth Preliminaries Rock Paper Scissors Contest

Ahead of the upcoming 2011 UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships a bunch of Minigolfers, some of whom will be competing in the tournament, faced-off in The Weymouth Preliminaries Rock Paper Scissors Contest at the Weymouth Annual Octoberfest Beer Festival.

The tournament saw five competitors square-off in 'best-of-3' matches. The results and order of play were a little hazy, possibly due to the effects of the environment that the contest took place in!

Firstly, a 'random' draw was held to see who would face who in Round One, and then battle commenced...

Results:
- Oliver 'The Machine' Florence lost to Richard 'The Rock' Gottfried 1-2
- Emily 'Lemony' Gottfried beat Paul 'The Terminator' Jones 2-1
- Kevin 'Alex Kidd' Moseley - bye to Round Two
- Oliver 'The Machine' Florence lost to Paul 'The Terminator' Jones 1-2 in a 'Best Loser Match'
- Paul 'The Terminator' Jones lost to Kevin 'Alex Kidd' Moseley* 1-2
(* Kevin 'Alex Kidd' Moseley was given a 'Public Warning' for playing an illegal throw of 'Sausage' in the first game)
- Richard 'The Rock' Gottfried beat Kevin 'Alex Kidd' Moseley 2-1 in the 'Final' - see below for footage

Video: RPS - Weymouth Preliminaries at Octoberfest - The 'not' Grand Final



However, it had been forgotten that Emily had in fact won her first round match against 'The Terminator' and was through to the next round too!!!

So, in the 'Actual' Grand Final (which was not filmed) Emily 'Lemony' Gottfried defeated Richard 'The Rock' Gottfried 2-1.

Weymouth Preliminaries Ultimate Grand Champion of RPS 2011 - Emily Gottfried

Second Runner-up Kevin 'Alex Kidd' Moseley summed up the contest perfectly when he said "Can't even organise a tournament at a p*ss-up!"

Next time I think a Round Robin Tournament Format will be used!

2011 UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships - Event Details at Wacky Nation. The 2011 Championships are being sponsored by Sportingbet.

Other Blog Posts about the great game of Rock Paper Scissors:
- UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships 2010 - Report, Photos and Videos from the Event!
- GoRPS Rock Paper Scissors Championships in Birmingham
- Rock Paper Scissors Tournament at The Crown in Bristol







Monday, October 10, 2011

Minigolf Report - Weymouth Open 2011

10th October 2011
Press Information
For Immediate Release

Minigolf Report – Weymouth Open 2011

Richard runner-up in Individual Competition and winner, with Chris Harding, in Team Tournament

Luton Minigolfers Richard and Emily Gottfried were in action at the fourth-annual Weymouth Open competition at the 18-hole Pirate Adventure Golf course at the Sea Life Centre at Lodmoor Country Park on Sunday 9th October. Competing in a 13 player field Richard was the runner-up in the Weymouth Open individual tournament. Emily finished in tied-eighth place.

Photo: Richard playing the 9th hole at Weymouth Pirate Adventure Mini Golf

In the two round tournament Richard scored a total of 81(+9) after rounds of 42 and 39. Emily had a total of 95(+23) after rounds of 48 and 47. The winner was Oxford’s Michael Smith who retained the title with a score of 78(+6).

In the second competition of the day Richard teamed with Birmingham’s Chris Harding to compete in the first-ever Weymouth Open Team Tournament. In the combined score doubles event the pair won with a total of 80(+8) with both players hitting rounds of 40. Emily and her partner Chris Smith were runners-up with a team score of 82, with Emily scoring 42 and Chris Smith a 40.

Photo: Richard Gottfried (l) with Minigolf Team Mate Chris Harding, showing off the 2011 Weymouth Open Team Tournament Trophy

Richard said “The Pirate Adventure Golf course in Weymouth is one of the hardest courses we play on the BMGA Tour but I always enjoy the challenge it presents. I’ve now been runner-up up here twice, as well as winning the event in 2008. I’m very pleased to have added the Weymouth Open Team Championship title to my honours and Chris Harding was a great partner to have in the event.”

Emily said “The doubles competition was great fun. Chris Smith was a good partner to have and we put up a good fight for the Team Title. I felt I played a little under-par, and so let the team down, as we were only two shots away from a play-off for the trophy, and I made a couple of silly putting errors. Hopefully the title will be ours next year!”

Ends

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Gluten Free Fish & Chips in Weymouth at the Old Harbour Fish Bar

To round off a successful weekend of minigolf on the course we headed for the Old Harbour Fish Bar (formerly Maguires) in Weymouth for some well earned Gluten Free Fish and Chips.

I must say that it was one of the best portions of Fish and Chips I've ever had (Gluten Free or 'normal')!

Gluten Free Fish & Chips in Weymouth at the Old Harbour Fish Bar
Gluten Free Fish & Chips in Weymouth at the Old Harbour Fish Bar

Monday, October 13, 2008

Gottfried wins the Weymouth Open

13th October 2008
Press Information
For Immediate Release


Minigolf Report
Gottfried wins Pirate Adventure Mini Golf Weymouth Open

Luton Minigolfer Richard Gottfried won the Pirate Adventure Mini Golf Weymouth Open, held at the Sea Life Centre at Lodmoor Country Park in Weymouth on Sunday 12th October.


On the 18-hole course and with 18 players competing Gottfried won the title by five shots with a three round total of 131 (44, 43 and 44).

Gottfried said “I had a great weekend and am proud to be the first-ever Pirate Adventure Mini Golf Weymouth Open Champion. The course and competition was tough so I’m very happy to have won it and I'm looking forward to defending my title in 2009.”

The tournament was the first to be held at the Sea Life Centre and the Course Manager David Picksley said “Congratulations to Richard on his victory. It was a thrilling competition and I would like to thank Richard and the other competitors for supporting the event.”

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Richard Gottfried with his Weymouth Open Prizes.Richard Gottfried - Pirate Adventure Mini Golf Weymouth Open Champion of 2008
Course Manager David Picksley presents Richard with his winnings.
Richard Gottfried - Pirate Adventure Mini Golf Weymouth Open Champion of 2008

Minigolf Course Number 76 - Weymouth Sea Life Centre

The Crazy World of Minigolf Tour called into Weymouth, Dorset on the 11th October 2008 where I was competing in the Pirate Adventure Mini Golf Weymouth Open tournament at the Sea Life Centre in Lodmoor Country Park.

Photos of the course are below:

Pirate Adventure Mini Golf course at the Sea Life Centre in Lodmoor Country Park in Weymouth, Dorset
Pirate Adventure Mini Golf course at the Sea Life Centre in Lodmoor Country Park in Weymouth, Dorset
Pirate Adventure Mini Golf course at the Sea Life Centre in Lodmoor Country Park in Weymouth, Dorset
Pirate Adventure Mini Golf course at the Sea Life Centre in Lodmoor Country Park in Weymouth, Dorset
I also spotted an interesting 'obstacle' on this hole!

Related blog posts:
- Weymouth
- Dorset
- Minigolf and Crazy Golf courses in Dorset