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Crazy golf at Olympics? It's still a fairway off?

From MIKE RIDLEY at the Pirate Course, Hastings

The top 50 crazy golf players in Europe had descended on Hastings to compete for a top prize of £500 and a claret jug — and they invited The Sun to take part.

Nutters with putters

Forget the Ryder Cup, the British Crazy Golf open is where the action's at...

The Nutters with Putters, as crazy golfers jokingly refer to themselves, want to be accepted into the Olympic Games. In fact, it is bidding to become a demonstration sport at the Olympics in Tokyo 2020.

It sounds crazy but it is not, especially when you look at some of the weird pastimes that have been trialled at previous Olympic Games — "sports" such as poodle clipping, shooting live pigeons, underwater swimming and van driving.

In Britain today, crazy golf is still a novelty sport played mainly by families at the seaside.

But around the world, it is now a big-money game and more than 200 professionals make their living playing crazy golf — or mini-golf as it is known in other countries.

And the World Minigolf Sport Federation is now lobbying the International Olympic Committee to introduce crazy golf to the Games in six years’ time.

Introducing PicturePutt

PicturePutt is the latest introduction to the Putterfingers family. If you haven’t already come across us we are mad about crazy golf, mini golf, putting and all other golf related activities.

PicturePutt combines face in the hole photo boards with crazy golf to create a unique new golf game as entertainment.

A traditional twist on the face in the hole boards you would find at coastal resorts, these seaside or beach themed props give you a unique entertainment piece. Suitable for corporate event hire, birthday parties, team building events, weddings, family fun days and much more.

We found a fabulous artist in Peter Gander, who from Herne Bay has lots of inspiration living so close to the sea. Peter commissioned us 9 seaside style postcard drawings in the theme of Donald McGill. Peter’s work is hand-painted, bold and graphic and has a visual twist with the humour of the saucy postcard.

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The Sun takes the beach to Britain’s most landlocked village

More than a third of children in the UK have never built and sandcastle and a shocking 11% have never been to a beach. The Sun took their team to recreate a beach for children in Coton-on-the-Elms, the most landlocked village in the UK. The children got to experience the seaside traditions of building sandcastles, popping their heads through a peep board and of course enjoying ice cream.

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'On the Campaign Trail' with Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs’ Campaigns Team works extremely hard alongside people who are blind and partially sighted and their efforts were recently recognised when they scooped two prestigious awards at the Public Affairs News Awards.

These were Best Party Conference Stand – their crazy golf course, highlighting the problem of street clutter, was judged to be exciting, innovative and good value for money; and In-House Team of the Year – recognising a team which has had an outstanding year in influencing public policy.

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Minigolf Report from the 2012 Oswestry Games Multi-Sport Event

Players from the British Minigolf Association hold training & coaching sessions and tournaments at the Oslympics multi-sport event in Shropshire.

Minigolf was included as a sport in the ten-day Oswestry Games multi-sport event that took place from the 6th to the 15th July. The British Minigolf Association held a morning of Minigolf coaching and training on Saturday 14th July at the 18-hole Miniature Golf course in the town’s Cae Glas Park before organising a Pro-Am Team contest in the afternoon. On Sunday 15th July the BMGA teamed-up with Mini Golf course suppliers Putterfingers.co.uk to feature a 9-hole course layout for members of the public to play, as well as compete in an Open competition. The BMGA players also held an elite player BMGA Tour event on the course as part of the Oswestry Games Closing Day.

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Creative Minds get golfing!

Creative Minds, a Strategy for the South West Yorkshire Trust funded the purchase of a portable golf course for use by the service users on the ward at the Dewsbury and District Hospital. The golf course gives the service users a chance to participate outdoors in a safe and enjoyable activity. The golf course was used at the Mini Olympics in 2012 as part of the Creative Minds strategy. The new equipment has been well received and is proving very popular with the service users.

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Abbey golf is not such a crazy idea

It's not exactly what you would expect to find amongst the beautiful blooms and ancient ruins - but crazy golf has come to the Abbey Gardens.

The nine-hole course, normally the perserve of caravan parks and coastal resorts, has been installed on the top two lanes of the bowling green in the cherished park in Bury St Edmunds.

It is the latest attraction to pull in visitors to the historic gardens, which already boast tennis courts, a children's play area, a putting green and an aviary.

Despite being an unusual attraction amid the ruins of a medieval Benedictine abbey, preservation groups in the town have welcomed the introduction of crazy golf - as long as the course is only there for the summer holidays...

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