Saturday, June 27, 2015

Crazy Golf at Thorne Park Golf Centre

Playing the Crazy Golf course course at Thorne Park Golf Centre in Devon.

Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
The 9-hole Crazy Golf at the Thorne Park Golf Centre

The 605th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour was the Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth.

Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Holing out on the first

The 9-hole layout would be the third played on our tour of the South West of England and the 366th played overall on our tour.

Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Hole 1

Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Hole 2

Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Hole 3

Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Hole 3

Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Hole 3

Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Hole 4

Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Hole 4

Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Hole 5

Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Hole 5

Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Hole 6

Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Hole 7

Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Hole 8 - the round killer

Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Hole 9

Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Hole 9

In our match on the Crazy Golf course on the 2nd June 2015 Emily scored 28 and I scored 24 to take the win.

Minigolfer Emily Gottfried at the Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Emily on hole 2

Minigolfer Richard Gottfried at the Crazy Golf course at the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, Devon
Playing hole 1

There's a 9-hole Golf course, Driving Range, Pitch & Putt, and a Putting Green at Thorne Park Golf Centre too.

Putting Green at Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth
The Putting Green

You can find the Thorne Park Golf Centre in Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, East Devon. For more information on the various golf courses, opening times and prices visit the Thorne Park Golf Centre website.

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Putting Green at Oak Mead Family Golf Centre in Devon

The 603rd and 604th courses visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour were at Oak Mead Family Golf Centre in Devon where there's a 9-hole Pitch & Putt layout and a practice Putting Green.

The Putting Green at Oak Mead Family Golf Centre
The Putting Green at Oak Mead Family Golf Centre

Follow the brown tourist sign to find the Oak Mead Family Golf Centre on Gatedown Lane in Sidmouth, Devon
Follow the brown tourist sign to find the course on Gatedown Lane in Sidmouth, Devon

For more information check out the Oak Mead Family Golf Centre page on the Oakdown Holiday Park website.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf in Exmouth, Devon

A visit to the Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Exmouth.

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Exmouth, Devon
The Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Exmouth

The 611th and 612th courses visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour were at the Arnold Putting Course on the seafront in Exmouth, Devon.

Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Exmouth, Devon
Arnold Palmer Putting Courses are a seaside classic

Minigolf Explorer Richard Gottfried at the Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Exmouth, Devon
At the 611th course on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

There's a 10-hole Crazy Golf layout, with a 'Lucky 11th' top hole where you can try to win a free game, and a Grass Putting course.

A view of the Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf and Grass Putting courses in Exmouth, Devon
A view of the Crazy Golf and Grass Putting courses

The Lucky Top Hole at the Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf in Exmouth, Devon
The Top Hole!

The two miniature golf courses on Queen's Drive were the 12th and 13th visited during our tour of the South West of England.

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Exmouth, Devon
Hole 1

The Crazy Golf course costs £3 a round, with the Grass Putting £3 for 9-holes, or £4 for 18-holes. There's also a Jungle Fun centre and a Safari Cafe on the site.

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Exmouth, Devon
Hole 2

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Exmouth, Devon
Hole 2

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Exmouth, Devon
Hole 3

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Exmouth, Devon
Hole 4

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Exmouth, Devon
Hole 4

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Exmouth, Devon
Hole 5

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Exmouth, Devon
Hole 5

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Exmouth, Devon
Hole 6

Arnold Palmer Mini Golf course in Exmouth, Devon
Hole 7

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Exmouth, Devon
Hole 8

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Exmouth, Devon
Hole 9

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Exmouth, Devon
Hole 10

Unfortunately there are plans to remove the Crazy Golf courses as part of a redevelopment of the seafront in Exmouth. This is a real shame. The course still looks to be in excellent shape and Arnold Palmer Putting Courses have been a part of the UK seaside since the 1960's. It's a classic piece of seaside history and should be preserved rather than destroyed.

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course in Exmouth, Devon
Visit this course while you still can!

Arnold Palmer Putting Courses are my favourite type of minigolf to play and we've visited quite a few over the years - 24 in fact! The first course Emily and I ever played on together was an Arnold Palmer at Butlin's Minehead. On our trip to Skegness earlier this year it was great to see the scorecard at the course there listing all of the Arnold Palmer Putting courses - many of which have ceased to exist.

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Mini Golf Grass Putting Course in Seaton, Devon

The 602nd course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour was the Putting Green at Seafield Gardens in Seaton, Devon.

Golf Putting Green at Seafield Gardens in Seaton, Devon
On the green in Seaton

The 18-hole Mini Golf layout was a bonus discovery on our tour as we spotted a sign for the course while walking towards the town centre from the prom!

Golf Putting Green at Seafield Gardens in Seaton, Devon
A nice bit of signage letting people know the course is there

Unfortunately the course wasn't open when we arrived on Tuesday 2nd June. The weather was a bit drizzly on our visit so it was probably for the best.

Golf Putting Green at Seafield Gardens in Seaton, Devon

Golf Putting Green at Seafield Gardens in Seaton, Devon

Interestingly the 18-hole course is split into two sections.

Golf Putting Green at Seafield Gardens in Seaton, Devon
The lower section is next to the Bowling Green

Golf Putting Green at Seafield Gardens in Seaton, Devon
The upper section is next to the club house pavilion

Golf Putting Green at Seafield Gardens in Seaton, Devon

You can find the course in Seafield Gardens, Seafield Road, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2QS. For more information, opening times and prices check out the Leisure East Devon website.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mini Golf in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Playing the Lister Gardens Mini Golf course in Lyme Regis.

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset

The 601st course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour was the Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset.

Minigolf explorers Richard and Emily Gottfried at the Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset

The 18-hole Mini Golf layout would be the second played on our tour of the South West of England and the 365th played overall on our tour.

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset

It's a great course, with some brilliant views of the seafront and The Cobb harbour area.

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset

In our match on the Lister Gardens Mini Golf course on the 1st June 2015 Emily scored a very good 36 - hitting one ace and dropping only one shot - to my 40 for the win.

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset
Emily, the Lyme Regis Champion

We had to have another stroll along the prom before we left the seaside town on the 2nd June and on our walk back to the car I got my wish of a rematch. This time I won (38 to 40).

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset
Winning at the second attempt

During the summer months the course is open from 9am to 9pm, and is just £2.50 a round for adults.

Mini Golf in Lyme Regis

The course isn't particularly well signposted from the seafront, and can't be seen if you're below it. But if you're in Lyme Regis do check it out. As well as being called Lister Gardens the area is also known as Longmoor Gardens.





Check out the Lyme Regis Town Council website for more information, opening times and prices. We received great service from the staff on duty on our visits and Emily was very pleased to hear that her score of 36 was good enough to get her name on the Wall of Fame in the kiosk!

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset
Emily in action on the course

It was nice to be able to buy a postcard that showed the course. The Salmon Cameracolour Post Card shows 'The Cobb from Longmoor Gardens' and we saw them for sale in the Tourist Information Centre and the Post Office.

Mini Golf course at Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, Dorset

There's also a grass Putting course in Lister Gardens, but on our visit it wasn't set out to play. It looked like a two-tier course and hopefully we'll give it a go on a return visit to Lyme Regis.

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