What’s going on in the minigolf world this week? Here’s a digest of news from puttingland. If we’ve missed anything important, please let us know and we’ll try to include it next week.
First, let’s have some minigolf trick shots from People Are Awesome. Check out the video of awesome putting trick shots
More outstanding ball skills – this time in serious competition – came from superchamp Michael Smith on the 16th of July when he beat 36 other players to take the Cambridgeshire and Essex Minigolf Club Open at the Dunton Hills Family Golf Centre. Well done Michael. Long may your reign continue.
New course openings
Pirate Cove Adventure Golf has just opened on the seafront at Aberavon, Port Talbot. It features piratey stuff: galleons, treasure chests, sharks and the like. The development has been made possible by a successful bid by Neath Port Talbot Council to the Coastal Communities Fund, which is funded by the Government with income from the Crown Estate’s marine assets. It is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It’s open daily from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm.
Bolton’s Market Place Shopping Centre now boasts an adventure golf and jungle play area in a former loading bay beneath the shopping centre. While kids will love the rope climbs, Jungle Express train, slides and other fun stuff, people of all ages can enjoy the 18-hole Lost Valley adventure golf course, which local paper The Bolton News describes as being done with ‘painstaking detail’. It comes complete with The Jungle Cafe and a party area that can be hired for special occasions. Kids are reported to be ‘astounded’ by the quality of the place and are loving it to bits.
In Stroud, artist-designed crazy golf is back this Summer after a very successful first year. Crazy Golf at the Goods Shed is a collaboration between Stroud Valleys Artspace and Chalford-based architect firm Millar + Howard Workshop. Each hole is designed by an artist and The Goods Shed will be open 10am – 4pm daily until Sunday, September 4.
Skelton on Teesside is home to a new indoor minigolf course which boasts 18 holes, a licenced bar and cafe, and the world’s longest hole, a monstrous 264-footer. Husband and wife team Andy and Nadine Oliver have created the putt-tastic venue in a disused warehouse in North Yorkshire, not far from Middlesborough. Andy has long harboured the dream of opening a minigolf course – according to local news sources since he was just 12 – so this has been a long time in the planning. The venture has created 24 jobs and added a new family entertainment centre to the area’s leisure offering. It comes hot on the heels of the opening of a new outdoor course at nearby Saltburn, the brainchild of brothers Andrew and Gavin Smith. The industrial unit, a former Sainsbury’s warehouse, had lain empty since 2008, and luckily for the minigolf world the Olivers were successful in their application to Redcar and Cleveland Council to change its use.
Holey Molies is open 10am until 10pm, Monday to Sunday.
A round costs £5.50 per adult and £4 per child. Other discounts are also available.
Putting enfants terribles Richard ‘Squire’ Gottfried and Tim ‘Ace Man’ Davies have made it their mission to gather minigolf sets, badges, postcards, toys & games, and anything else minigolf-related they can get their hands on, and present them for your delectation and delight in the online crazy golf museum. Here you can find, amongst much else, proof that Emperor Ming Xuande of China played minigolf a thousand years before the Scots even invented golf, score cards from crazy golf courses past, the wacky Waddington’s Crazy Golf Machine that some of us played as kids, a version of parlour golf from 1930s Wisconsin, Midget golf (which doesn’t involve midget people, though there’s an idea), books, badges and much more that’s related to minigolf and crazy golf. Follow the museum on Facebook for the latest additions.
After his second place finish at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards on Sunday, Rory McIlroy is after speeding up the game of golf, to attract more youngsters into golf.
Living in a time pressed society, it is very true that people don’t have 5 or 6 hours to spend on the course each week.
In fact Sport England figures show that the number of 16-25-year-olds playing the game regularly almost halved between 2009-10 and 2012-13.
Here is an analysis from the BBC’s golf correspondent Iain Carter – we totally agree a shorter course or shorter rounds does reduce the time looking for lost balls and getting closer to the hole.
McIlroy, who famously appeared on television to chip golf balls into a washing machine at the age of nine, wants young people to follow his example and take up the sport early in life.
Clubs should now be encouraging nine-hole courses in family friendly environments such as 9 hole pitch and putt or minigolf greens. This is where the art of the sport is developed, particularly as putting is such an important part of most players game.
Let’s get Rory McIlroy playing crazy golf! What do you think?
As if Wentworth Golf Club hasn’t enough putting green, our very own portable mini golf course was recently used as part of a corporate ‘Masters’ event to 70 delegates during a dinner celebration and evening of presentations.
Liaising directly with the event management company ACF Hospitality, who offer a wider range of events from evening entertainment, team building and activity days – the mini golf course was incorporated into the evening’s entertainment and put even the keenest of golfers to the test.
The team of hosts from ACF Hospitality embraced the evening in a colourful golf attire!
With a blindfolded hole as well as an 8 hole contest, the evening was enjoyed by all.
Kat Bowhay, Events Executive at ACF Hospitality said:
“The service and professionalism from Putterfingers was fantastic. The communication from the start was very informative and they were very patient with me despite the short lead time. The equipment was brilliant, very eye catching and it was so simple to set up. Thank you Putterfingers for all your help”
If you have a corporate event coming up where a mini golf course would entertain your clients, delegates or guests – do get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wentworth Golf Course will host the forthcoming BMW PGA Championships from 24th to 27th May 2012.