Tuesday, June 22, 2010

King Putt Indoor Mini Golf - Henderson, Las Vegas

Visiting the King Putt Indoor Mini Golf course in Henderson, Nevada.


Our third minigolf course visit in Las Vegas, Nevada was to the sister-course of the Jungle King Putt in the north west (visit #175) at Tut's King Putt at Southeastern Avenue/Beltway Marketplace on Saturday 12th June.

The course is also an 18-hole indoor blacklight minigolf course, this time with an Egyptian-theme!

Some excellent holes, and some great theming - check out the Mummy's Tomb video below!

King Putt Indoor Mini Golf in Henderson, Las Vegas, Nevada
King Putt Indoor Mini Golf in Henderson, Las Vegas, Nevada
King Putt Indoor Mini Golf in Henderson, Las Vegas, Nevada

King Putt Indoor Mini Golf in Henderson, Las Vegas, Nevada
King Putt Indoor Mini Golf in Henderson, Las Vegas, Nevada
King Putt Indoor Mini Golf in Henderson, Las Vegas, Nevada
The course visit was also the location for the third round of our 'Las Vegas Minigolf Desert Classic' tournament and once again Emily and I tied in the match! Scores below:
Richard 'The Low Roller' Gottfried - 43(+7)
Emily 'Snake Eyes' Gottfried - 43(+7)

Emily's one-shot lead that she had maintained since the 10th and our first stop would therefore continue to the fourth and final round of the competition!

Videos from the visit.

Visit to King Putt Indoor Minigolf in Henderson, Las Vegas 1 of 2


Visit to King Putt Indoor Minigolf in Henderson, Las Vegas 2 of 2 - here Emily plays the 'Mummy's Tomb' hole!


In a non 'Las Vegas Minigolf Desert Classic' tournament round we decided to take advantage of a clear course ahead of us and the great $4 same-day replay offer for another round. This time I beat Emily 43-46 in the 'Irregular Mini Golf Tour 4-Buck Replay Classic'.

Link:
- King Putt

Related blog posts:
Mini Golf in Las Vegas
- Las Vegas
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Crazy World of Minigolf Tour - Course Visit #176 - Pike's Pass Miniature Golf - Circus Circus, Las Vegas


The second course we visited in Las Vegas was at the Adventure Dome at Circus Circus.

Emily had previously visited the course in September 2008, but it was to be my first play of the 18-hole 'Pike's Pass Miniature Golf' course.


The holes were quite short and did allow for a few Ace-opportunities. However, it's not the best course I've played to be honest. The Adventure Dome itself and the Circus Circus hotel are great though - nice theming, and playing minigolf with a rollercoaster going over your head is a new experience!





The scores from the second round of the first ever 'Las Vegas Minigolf Desert Classic' competition were:
Richard 'The Low Roller' Gottfried - 40(+4)
Emily 'Snake Eyes' Gottfried - 40(+4)

This meant that Emily kept her one-shot lead heading into the third round at our next stop - the King Putt in southeast Las Vegas/Henderson.

Videos from the visit.

Pike's Pass Miniature Golf in Las Vegas 1 of 4


Pike's Pass Miniature Golf in Las Vegas 2 of 4


Pike's Pass Miniature Golf in Las Vegas 3 of 4


Pike's Pass Miniature Golf in Las Vegas 4 of 4

Crazy World of Minigolf Tour - Course Visit #175 - King Putt Indoor Mini Golf - North West Las Vegas


The first stop on our Tour of Las Vegas' minigolf courses was to the north west location of King Putt.

The Jungle King Putt at Mead and Tenaya is an 18-hole jungle-themed indoor blacklight minigolf course, the first full course of its type that we have played on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour!

Having not really adjusted to 'Vegas-time' we had woken up very early on Thursday 10th June and decided to head out for some breakfast at The Cracked Egg in the north west and then head over to King Putt.

However, our taxi driver didn't know anything about the roads 'off the strip' so we had a lovely scenic trip. With us not knowing the exact opening times of the course either meant that when we arrived at 8am(!?) we had a four hour wait until opening time! This allowed us to have a pleasant four mile walk in the 90 degree heat to The Cracked Egg and back, and still have time for some shopping at the Whole Foods Market on the same strip mall at West Lake Mead Boulevard.

The course was great fun to play, and the blacklight effects were very interesting. The 18th hole (see videos below) was also great, as you played your shot up a ramp, into a hole, where the ball was moved up a tube, then over a small bridge and down a wall of pegs until it dropped into one of a number of different scoring slots!

Great course, nice friendly staff and a good location - well worth a visit.






The course visit was also the location for the first round of the first ever 'Las Vegas Minigolf Desert Classic' tournament that was to be played by me and Emily during out stay in Las Vegas.

The scores for round one:
Richard 'The Low Roller' Gottfried - 48(+12)
Emily 'Snake Eyes' Gottfried - 47(+11)

So Emily carried a one-shot lead into our next stop - at the Pike's Pass Miniature Golf course at the Circus Circus hotel's AdventureDome.

Videos from our visit.

Visit to King Putt Indoor Minigolf in Las Vegas - Intro 1 - 1 of 6


Visit to King Putt Indoor Minigolf in Las Vegas - Intro 2 - 2 of 6


Visit to King Putt Indoor Minigolf in Las Vegas - Intro 3 - 3 of 6


Visit to King Putt Indoor Minigolf in Las Vegas - hole 18 - 4 of 6


Visit to King Putt Indoor Minigolf in Las Vegas - hole 18 - 5 of 6


Visit to King Putt Indoor Minigolf in Las Vegas - post-match - 6 of 6

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Minigolfing in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

We're just back from an excellent holiday in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, where between chilling out, gambling and drinking cocktails, we had the chance to play four of the City's Minigolf courses.

Full details of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour visits to the two King Putt courses, Pike's Pass and The Putt Park, along with photos and video are to follow.

There will also be a report and full results from the first ever 'Las Vegas Minigolf Desert Classic' tournament that Emily and I competed in over the 72-holes played.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Gottfried's Latest BMGA Tour Minigolf Rankings

The latest BMGA Tour Minigolf Ranking Lists have been released and I have moved up to another career-high placing of 8th in the BMGA Order of Merit Rankings (up from 10th spot). Emily is now ranked 33rd in the list of 76 places/81 players.

In the BMGA Tour Season Only Rankings I retain my 8th spot, Emily is ranked 55th of the 87 players listed.

Lost World Adventure Golf - Hemsby - Crazy World of Minigolf Tour Re-visit

The host venue for the 2010 Lost World Classic Doubles Competition was the 9-hole Lost World Adventure Golf course in Hemsby.

We originally visited the course in May 2009, when it became visit #88 on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Lost World Adventure Golf Course on Beach Road, Hemsby
Lost World Adventure Golf Course on Beach Road, Hemsby
Lost World Adventure Golf Course on Beach Road, Hemsby
Lost World Adventure Golf Course on Beach Road, Hemsby
Lost World Adventure Golf Course on Beach Road, Hemsby
Lost World Adventure Golf Course on Beach Road, Hemsby
In our Irregular Mini Golf Tour match-up prior to the Lost World Classic I managed to beat Emily to lift the Lost World Cup! I scored a 22(+4), while Emily scored 27(+7).

Lost World Adventure Golf Course on Beach Road, Hemsby

More from the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Great Yarmouth's Crazy Golf Courses, by day and by night...

...and closed both times! Probably because we were too late and too early to play!

While staying in Great Yarmouth following the Lost World Classic Minigolf Doubles Competition, and before the BMGA British Championships, we had a wander around and snapped a couple of the courses we have played on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour before.

The Arnold Palmer Putting Courses - 9 & 18-holes (originally course played #22 and #23).





By day.




Video of the Arnold Palmer Putting Course at Great Yarmouth.


The Pirates Cove Adventure Golf Course.


While walking past the amusement arcades on Saturday night we did however spot a 'Putt! Championship' arcade minigolf game in the Silver Slipper!




We also noticed that the 'Grazy Golf' (sic) poster on Hollywood Indoor Adventure Golf at the Windmill Theatre that we spotted in May 2009 has been rectified!

Crazy World of Minigolf Tour - course re-visit and played course #174 - Hemsby's Stonehenge BIG Minigolf

Hemsby's Stonehenge BIG Minigolf
While in Hemsby on Friday 4th June we made a visit to the 15-hole Stonehenge BIG Minigolf course for a round. Back in May 2009 we visited the Stonehenge BIG Minigolf course (back when it was only 12-holes) but it was closed for the evening.

The course has some very interesting obstacles, including the swinging poles on the first hole! I ended with a three on the hole, but Emily hit a hole-in-one with a beam-assist!







Stonehenge BIG Mini Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk
Stonehenge BIG Mini Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk
Stonehenge BIG Mini Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk

More from the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Crazy World of Minigolf Tour - course re-visit and played course #173 - Gorleston-on-Sea

Crazy Golf at Pops Meadow Putting Green in Gorleston-on-Sea
On Friday 4th June we re-visited Gorleston-on-Sea in Norfolk to play the 9-hole Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course at Pops Meadow Putting Green.

We originally visited Pops Meadow on the 10th May 2009, but on that occasion the course was closed. At that point the overall visit was number 100 on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour!

The course costs £1 for a round and is quite crazy to play as the course is felt-less so the ball's bounce and roll is very unpredictable!

Emily picked up the win with a score of 24(+6), to my dismal 34(+16)!

Crazy Golf at Pops Meadow Putting Green in Gorleston-on-Sea
Crazy Golf at Pops Meadow Putting Green in Gorleston-on-Sea
Crazy Golf at Pops Meadow Putting Green in Gorleston-on-Sea
Crazy Golf at Pops Meadow Putting Green in Gorleston-on-Sea

Crazy Golf at Pops Meadow Putting Green in Gorleston-on-Sea

Related blog post:
List of courses visited and played on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Gottfried's Crazy World of Minigolf Tour - 100 Minigolf Courses visited to date!

Old Zeke's Shooting Shack at Wroxham Barns

During a break in play at the BMGA British Minigolf Championships at Wroxham Barns in Norfolk, me, Steve Gow and Brad Shepherd decided to compete in an Old Zeke's Shooting Shack Shoot-out!





I picked up the win, with a score of 180!

Link to other posts about Shooting Shacks played on our many journey's to seasides and amusements around the UK.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Minigolf Reports – Lost World Classic & BMGA British Championships

7th June 2010
Press Information
For Immediate Release

Minigolf Reports – Lost World Classic & BMGA British Championships


Luton Minigolfers Richard and Emily Gottfried were in action in Norfolk over the weekend as they competed in two events in Hemsby and at Wroxham Barns, Hoveton.

Lost World Classic Doubles Competition

First up was the Lost World Classic hosted by the Lost World Adventure Golf course in Hemsby on Friday 4th June.

The competition format saw teams of two selected via a random draw. In the 12-team field Emily and her partner, London’s Brad Shepherd, finished in third place. The pair had tied with eventual runners-up Nicky Chitty and Marion Homer, after both teams finished with 18-hole totals of 97(+25). However, in the sudden-death play-off it was Marion who won it for her team at the fifth extra hole. Richard and his partner, Birmingham’s Owen Johnson, finished in tied 8th place with a score of 104(+32).


Emily said “The tournament was great fun, and it was a good experience to play with Brad. He was an excellent playing partner and although we lost the play-off, we were both really happy with our third place finish.”

BMGA British Championships

The 13th Annual BMGA British Championships took place at the 18-hole Adventure Golf course at Wroxham Barns on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th June.

The first minigolf ‘major’ of the season was won by Tim Davies from Hastings with a score of 231(-21). Richard had a seven-round, 126-hole total of 253(+1) which included scores of 37(+1), 39(+3), 35(-1), 36(par), 36(par), 34(-2) and 36(par), and earned him tied 11th place, alongside London’s Chris Jones, in the 26-player field.

This 11th place is Richard’s best finish in the BMGA British Championships to date. His previous results in this competition since his debut in 2007 have been 19th, 18th and 25th.


Richard said “Although I didn’t hit my objective of achieving the win, or a top ten finish, looking at my previous results in the British Championships I’m pleased to have done better than other years. I’m also happy to have got a tournament average around the 36-mark on the Wroxham Barns course having previously hit rounds in the high 30s and low 40s.”

Ends

Minigolf at the Seaside - My entry to Visit England's 'Enjoy Every Minute’ video competition

Video - Minigolf at the Seaside - Playing the first hole at the Adventure Golf course on Felixstowe Seafront on a lovely Spring afternoon.

I filmed this video clip to enter the Visit England ‘Enjoy Every Minute’ video competition to win a 10,000 minute holiday.

Here I am enjoying my minute by playing the Minigolf course in Felixstowe, Suffolk. There’s nothing better than a round or two of Crazy Golf at the English seaside, especially when the weather is nice!

Please vote for my ‘favourite minute in England’ video here.

Many thanks,

Richard

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Gottfried brothers win the SB Classic Minigolf Doubles Trophy at Tea Green

On Wednesday 6th June Richard & Christopher Gottfried were challenged to a minigolf doubles match by Tea Green Golf's Manager Lester Coles. His partner for the match...Emily Gottfried!!!

In the 9-hole cumulative strokeplay match it was Richard & Christopher who took the win (even with an off putting shout from a fellow player before Richard's second shot on the ninth and final hole).

The final result was 39(+3) for Die fantastische Gottfried BrĂ¼der, with The Challengers hitting a total of 41(+5). The win meant the Gottfried brothers won the SB Trophy, kindly presented by Lester.




Monday, May 31, 2010

Crazy World of Minigolf Tour - Three years and eight months update

To date we have visited a total of 223 Minigolf, crazy golf and adventure golf courses on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. 215 of which of been in the UK. Of these we've managed to actually play 172 of them, the others being closed on our visit for a number of reasons (or they were derelict!).

Just under a year ago we made our 100th course visit overall - to the 9-hole Arnold Palmer course at Pops Meadow Putting Green in Gorleston-on-Sea on Sunday 10th May 2009. Unfortunately on our visit to Gorleston-on-Sea the course was closed so could not be the 89th course to be played, and was instead the 12th course visited but not played on the tour.

On Saturday 30th May 2009 we visited Maidenhead and Windsor which accounted for visits to courses that we also managed to play, bringing the tally of those minigolf courses played to 99!

The 100th course actually played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour was on our Tyneside Tour in June 2009. The location for the milestone was the 12-hole Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf at South Shields, Tyneside. A video introducing and celebrating the visit can be seen here.

To reach and play the 100th course on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour took us two years, eight months and one week from Saturday 30th September 2006. In the year since the 100th course was played we have managed to play a further 72 courses, to bring the total number of visits to 223 overall.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Luton Herald & Post Minigolf News Story - "Golfers enjoy a mini break"

On page 80 of this week's (27/05/10) Luton Herald & Post newspaper there is a story about our participation in the Codonas Classic and BMGA Scottish Open held at Pirate Island Adventure Golf at Codonas Aberdeen Beach.

You can view the digital edition of the newspaper and the "Golfers enjoy a mini break" story here.