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World Champion crowned in Hastings
The Czech Republic’s Olivia Prokopova has won the World Crazy Golf Championships for the second time at Hastings Adventure Golf.
Olivia took the world title and £1000 prize money in a two-day mini golf marathon. Her score was 235, 17 under par. The 22 year old last won this tournament in 2013, and said she was delighted to win the title in Hastings again.
56 serious crazy golfers competed for the title in the international tournament, in which complete novices pit their skills against seasoned minigolf professionals.
The novice title and £500 went to Jimmy Exall from Tunbridge Wells. Jimmy said: “It was a really fun two days. The atmosphere at this course is fantastic and I am so pleased to have won the amateur title.”
Simon Tompkins of Hastings Adventure Golf, said: “Congratulations to all our winners and a huge well done to everyone for taking part and making this a thoroughly enjoyable event.”
There were several other runner up prizes. In total 8 of the 16 novices went home with prize money. This tournament has been held at Hastings Adventure Golf since 2003.
ENTRY NOW OPEN - WORLD CRAZY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017
Minigolf hopefuls worldwide are polishing off their putters for thisyear’s World Crazy Golf Championships in June. The two-day minigolf extravaganza uniquely attracts complete novices and top international players, with a prize fund of £4,500 up for grabs.
Held in Hastings on June 10 and 11, competitors must beat the windmill and watermill as well as negotiate the bends, twists and ramps on the traditional seaside course at Hastings Adventure Golf - dubbed the ‘spiritual home of crazy golf’ by the British Minigolf Association.
Last year, Britain’s minigolf number one, Michael Smith, won the world title - four strokes clear of the British Minigolf Association (BMGA) chairman, Sean Homer.
Leicester’s Ed Pope led the way in the novice category.
Finland’s Pasi Aho, of the World Minigolf Sport Federation said: “This is a key tournament in the international mini-golf calendar. Uniquely it is an opportunity for rising minigolf stars to perfect their skills alongside some of the world’s top professionals.”
Simon Tompkins, of Hastings Adventure Golf, said: “This is our fourteenth year hosting the World Crazy Golf Championships. It’s a highlight in Hastings, with fierce competition but also lots of fun.” The winner in the novice category picks up £500 and the pro winner £1000. In addition, there are runner up prizes for both categories.
For the first time this year, Hastings Adventure Golf will offer specially adapted putters for disabled entrants.
Investment in town brings entertainment
The spirit of Covent Garden comes to the south coast this weekend following the £450,000 investment in Pelham Place by Hastings Adventure Golf.
Popular street drummers iDrum and close-up magician, Justin Saul, will perform for free on Saturday 15 April at the new plaza area by the Beach Retreat café. The colourful new food huts will also officially open at the weekend.
Simon Tompkins of Hastings Adventure Golf said: “We want to give a buzz to this amazing seaside town and what better than a range of street entertainment. If it proves popular, this will become a regular summertime fixture.”
iDrum – 11am – 6pm
Justin Saul magician – 1 – 4pm
HASTINGS WORLD FIRST FOR INTELLIGENT GOLF BALLS
Revolutionary crazy golf software that turns your golf ball into a hole homing device hasbeen developed by Hastings Adventure Golf.
The technology - believed to be the first and only of its kind in the world - works in conjunction with the innovative Smartseeker pre-programmed golf balls.
A microprocessor inside the Smartseeker balls is activated by the camera setting within the crazy golf app. Once the camera has ‘locked on’ to the golf ball, the ball acts as a homing device and when hit by a putter, travels towards its objective – the hole – in the most efficient way possible.
Simon Tompkins of Hastings Adventure Golf said: “We were inspired to design and build this technology to relieve the frustration of players who’d like to get round the course more speedily. This will also be particularly useful for those who would otherwise struggle to achieve a hole in one in their lifetime.”
Hastings Adventure Golf worked with leading experts in the states to create the pioneering invention, which is estimated to speed up the average game of 18holes by at least 40 per cent.
Chris Richards of Hastings Adventure Golf said: “Much of this technology already exists – it was just a matter of linking it together to produce the Smartseeker balls and application.”
A limited number of Smartseeker balls are available on request from the kiosk at Hastings Adventure Golf. The Hastings Adventure Golf app, which can be used in conjunction with the Smartseeker balls, is available for free download from the app store or Google play.
INCLUSIVE CRAZY GOLF WITH ADAPTED PUTTERS
We have launched a range of specially adapted putters specifically for our seated patrons.
The mobility friendly putters, available at Hastings Adventure Golf, have a hinge joint at the bottom, allowing for convenient positioning for every shot. The putters also feature a ‘ball retriever’ that fits neatly to the end of the putter grip. This makes it easy to retrieve a golfball from a hole - great for wheelchair users and equally helpful to anyone with back issues - as it eliminates the need to bend down.
Chris Richards, of Hastings Adventure Golf said: “Our 18 hole Pirate course at the complex is wheelchair (and pushchair) friendly, but we also want everyone to be able to play too! After carrying out onsite research we have now acted on our findings. On occasions in the past individuals with a disability have struggled with the traditional club so our investment in mobility-friendly putters makes the game of mini golf not only accessible but also a level playing field for all.”
Terry Avery, a wheelchair user from Hastings, took the new putters for a test drive. “I really liked the club, it gave me much better control and made it a lot easier to play. The tilting head meant I could adjust the lower part as suited. I was also impressed by the ball collector on the top of the club as this enabled me to play independently. We have grandchildren and now I know that Hastings Adventure golf have these putters I look forward to coming down in the summer and enjoying a round with them,” he said.
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Choose whether to do battle on the pirate course or dodge the talking, spitting totem poles on the adventure course. Maybe you’ll play the traditional course with its ramps and windmills? It’s up to you. With a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence you can’t get better.
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The serious game of crazy golf - Business away day package
Who can resist a competitive game of crazy golf? For a corporate day out of the office, novel team-building event or Christmas party with a difference – Hastings Adventure Golf has it all.
Take advantage of our business event package which includes unlimited all day golf, fish and chips at the on-site Beach Retreat restaurant, use of the free app to keep track of scores and a winners’ trophy. There is also a crazy golf photographer on site ready to capture all your office antics!
Widely acknowledged as the UK’s home of mini golf, we have three 18-hole championship courses – pirate, adventure and traditional - complete with waterfalls, talking tikki poles, pirate ships and even cannon fire!
We also offer exclusive hire of our Pirate course on a per hourly basis. On weekdays this is £250 + vat per hour, for a minimum of two hours, and weekends £350 + vat per hour for a minimum of two hours.
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UK CRAZY GOLF CHAMP CROWNED IN HASTINGS
Crazy golf got serious at Hastings Adventure Golf as defending champion Michael Smith took gold once again at this year’s British Minigolf Open. The British number one and three-time winner of the World Crazy Golf Championships held on to his title by a margin of just two shots. Adam Kelly from Cambridge came in second place and Kent’s Will Donnelly was third. Oxford’s Michael Smith said: “I’m over the moon to have won. It was a really close match and a nerve-wracking two days, but I’m delighted to keep the title for another year.” In excess of 50 British mini golf competitors took part in the two-day, nine round event on the 18-hole Pirate Course, dubbed the spiritual home of crazy golf.
First: Michael Smith
Second: Adam Kelly
Third: Will Donnelly
HASTINGS ADVENTURE GOLF ANNOUNCE WINNING PHOTO
Shutter closes on Big Summer photo comp
The Hastings Adventure Golf big summer photo competition has ended and Patrick Kavanagh from Elphinstone Road, has been crowned star snapper, taking home the top prize of £500. Suzanne Jones and Jackie Milton came in second and third place in the inaugural photo competition, winning £300 and £200 respectively.
Kate Richards, general manager of Hastings Adventure Golf said: “Our big summer photo competition proved very popular, so it was difficult for our judge Natalie Evans of Bloom Chique Photography to choose an overall winner. However, in the end it was decided that Patrick’s cleverly executed photo entitled 'My very strong daughter Jessica and I’ fitted perfectly with our ‘Crazy Seaside Adventure’ theme and captured the spirit of our seaside town in summer.
“The quality of entries was fantastic and we hope to make this an annual summer competition that also raises money for a local charity too.”
Winner Patrick Kavanagh said: “ I am really thrilled to have won. I’m often down on the beach with my two daughters taking silly photos so this competition was perfect for us!”
The competition, run by the popular crazy golf complex, also raised £150 for local charity The Winkle Club, which supports a variety of local causes.
To see the shortlist of entries visit http://www.hastingsadventuregolf.com/summer/ or find them on Facebook..
Patrick Kavanagh receives first prize from Kate Richards.
First Prize: Patrick Kavanagh
Second Prize: Suzanne Jones
Third Prize: Jackie Milton
BRITISH GOLF CHAMP TO BE CROWNED IN HASTINGS THIS WEEKEND (17-18 Sept 2016)
It’s getting serious on September 17 and 18 when in excess of 50 mini golf competitors tee off in a bid to win the British Open here at Hastings Adventure Golf.
The tournament takes place on the 18-hole Pirate Course, where players must contend with cannon fire, explosions, water features, tunnels, ramps and banked curves in order to claim one of the top three places.
1st place: £500, gold medal and the British Open trophy
2nd place: £200 and silver medal
3rd place: £100 and bronze medal
Chris Richards of Hastings Adventure Golf, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the tournament again this year. It’s a challenging course but this event attracts the very best players and is always a spectacle to watch.”
With three 18-hole miniature golf courses, Hastings Adventure Golf is considered the national centre for mini golf in the UK and also hosts the World Crazy Golf Championships. Situated on the seafront in Hastings Old Town, the British Crazy Golf Championships starts at 9am on Saturday 17 September.
Take your best shot for charity
We have just launched our summer photo competition with £1,000 prize money up for grabs. The competition will also help raise funds for a Hastings charity.
For this inaugural Big Summer Photo Competition, we are calling for photographs taken in Hastings that fit in with the theme of ‘Crazy Seaside Adventures’. We have also pledged to donate £1 to the Winkle Club for each of the first 500 photos we receive.
The winning photographer will receive £500. There’s a second prize of £300 and a third prize of £200.
Manager Simon Tompkins said: “This is a great way of celebrating summer and everything that Hastings, as a quirky seaside town, has to offer. So get snapping and send them in to us, you’ll be helping a great local charity and you might just pocket some extra cash.”
Formed in 1900 by Hastings fishermen to help the under-privileged families of Hastings Old Town, the Winkle Club today supports a variety of local causes.
To enter simply email your photo (one per person) and your name to: email@example.com or visit www.hastingsadventuregolf.com/summer/ for more details and the terms and conditions. The closing date for entries is August 31, 2016.
World Champion crowned in Hastings
Over 70 crazy golfers got serious last weekend at the World Crazy Golf Championships – with £4,500 prize money up for grabs.
Leicester’s Ed Pope led the way in the novice category with a score of 258 (6 over par), taking home the amateur title and £500 prize fund.
Ed was closely followed by Matt Bray, London, (+11) and Rupert Pilgrim, Bucks (+15), who both won further cash prizes. In total eight of the 21 amateurs went home with prize money.
Britain’s number one, Michael Smith, won the world title - four strokes clear of British Minigolf Association (BMGA) chairman, Sean Homer. This is Michael’s fourth time to win the Championships, pocketing £1,000 prize money.
Simon Tompkins, manager of Hastings Adventure Golf, said: “Congratulations to all the winners. Next year we hope to welcome even more crazy golf enthusiasts to compete for the dedicated prize fund of £1,500 just for novices!
“So get those putters out and start practicing for 2017.”
This tournament has been held at Hastings Adventure Golf since 2003. For the first time in the World Crazy Golf Championships’ 14-year history there was a novice category with a £1,500 amateur prize pot.
The Crazy Golf Championships 2017 will take place in June.
All the participants from the World Crazy Golf Championships 2016
Novice winner Ed Pope with Simon Tompkins, manager of Hastings Adventure Golf
British number one, Michael Smith, picked up the world title and £1000 prize money
CRAZY ENOUGH TO BE CHAMPIONSHIP MATERIAL?
Entry is now open to anyone who fancies their chances in the 2016 World Crazy Golf Championships – with a £1,500 prize pot exclusively for novice players.
The Championships runs on June 11 and 12 here at Hastings Adventure Golf and uniquely attracts complete novices and top international players. Everyone is competing for a slice of the £4,500 prize fund - the biggest ever in the competition's history.
For a shot at the title competitors must beat the windmill and watermill as well as negotiate the bends, twists and ramps on our traditional seaside course - dubbed the ‘spiritual home of crazy golf’ by the British Minigolf Association.
Manager Simon Tompkins said: “The World Crazy Golf Championships are a real highlight in Hastings. Of course there’s fierce competition but it is also a lot of fun – and great for spectators too.”
The overall winner picks up £1,000 and there’s an additional £2,000 prize fund for the top players.
Michael Smith, GB, was crowned 2015 champion with an incredible 31 under par result, while the youngest player in last year’s competition was Jessica Pilgrim, aged 10. The Czech Republic’s Olivia Prokopova claimed fourth place and was the only female in the final round.
Finland’s Pasi Aho, sport director of the World Minigolf Sport Federation, who took second place in 2015 said: “This is one of the key tournaments in the international mini-golf calendar. It attracts the attention of major players, but it alsoprovides a platform for rising stars to cut their teeth.”
There are four rounds on Saturday and a further two rounds on Sunday for all players. The final round on Sunday will be contested amongst the top 18 players.
For an entry form please see www.minigolf.org.uk
Beach Retreat Fish and Chips Opens
Picture: It couldn’t be batter – fisherman Scott Virgo and chef Louise Fox with locally sourced ingredients to o-fish-ally open Beach Retreat Fish and Chips
After waiting with baited breath, the Beach Retreat Fish and Chips is now open. Part of our redevelopment at Pelham Place, the restaurant serves fish sourced from Hastings Fishmarket and hand cut spuds from Westfield, plus a shoal lot of other specials!
Get your skates on as, to celebrate, we're running ‘A Day at the Seaside’ promotion – with discounts on a favourite quintessential British combo: Play golf all day and enjoy fish and chips for only £20 per player!
CRAZY ENOUGH TO BE CHAMPIONSHIP MATERIAL?
We’re hosting the 14th World Crazy Golf Championships again this year over the weekend of June 11 and 12. The ‘crazy’ championships attracts top international players but uniquely it is also open to complete novices - all competing for a slice of the £3,000 prize fund.
For a shot at the title competitors must beat the windmill and watermill as well as negotiate the bends, twists and ramps on the traditional seaside course - dubbed the ‘spiritual home of crazy golf’ by the British Minigolf Association.
Simon Tompkins, of Hastings Adventure Golf, said: “The Crazy Golf Championships are a real highlight in Hastings. Of course there’s fierce competition but it is also a lot of fun – and great for spectators too.”
Michael Smith, GB, was crowned 2015 champion with an incredible 31 under par result, while the youngest player in last year’s competition was Jessica Pilgrim, aged 10. Finland’s Pasi Aho, sport director of the World Minigolf Sport Federation, who took second place in 2015 said: “This is one of the key tournaments in the international mini-golf calendar. It attracts the attention of major players, but it also provides a platform for rising stars to cut their teeth.” The Czech Republic’s Olivia Prokopova claimed fourth place and was the only female in the final round. Olivia holds the US Masters and US Open Minigolf titles, and became the first female winner of the World Crazy Golf Championships at Hastings in 2013.
There are four rounds on Saturday and a further two rounds on Sunday for all players. The final round on Sunday will be contested amongst the top 18 players.
If you think you’ve got what it takes, entry opens on May 1, via www.minigolf.org.uk.
OH MY COD! LOOK WHAT’S COMING
The redevelopment at Pelham Place will be open for Easter. The £450,000 construction project, part of Hastings Adventure Golf, is nearing completion and has transformed an area of the promenade that was looking a bit weary.
The section from behind Hastings Adventure Golf to the beach-front will now include a pedestrian plaza-style eating area with modern street furniture and an all new fish and chip restaurant, serving locally sourced fresh fish – all at the Beach Retreat, Hastings Adventure Golf.
Chris Richards of Hastings Adventure Golf said: “It’s a very exciting time and we are delighted with the results so far. We worked closely with the Council to plan the redevelopment of this area, and local contractors, S J Homewood, have done a great job in often-inclement weather conditions. We are sure it will be well received by residents and visitors.”
Cllr Kim Forward of Hastings Borough Council said: “Hastings Adventure Golf has invested a substantial amount of time, thought and finance into this project, and the result promises to be impressive. I am looking forward to seeing the new facilities open at Easter, packed with happy visitors!”
TELEGRAPH REPORTER FINISHES LAST AT WORLD CRAZY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Read how Telegraph reporter Jonathan Wells and the pros performed at the World Crazy Golf Championships...
Jonathan Wells Tees off at the World Crazy Golf Championships.
SWEET RESULT FOR LOCAL CHARITY
In excess of £200 was raised for charity from ice cream sales at The Beach Retreat Café, part of Hastings Adventure Golf.
The Jungle Juice flavour ice cream was specially developed by Elvie Cotton following an online poll. It proved popular with over 10 litres sold within the first week.
The cheque was handed over to Paul Harris, CEO of Charity for Kids, who said that he really appreciated the effort and that it would make a big difference to their current fundraising goals.
ARE YOU CHAMPIONSHIP MATERIAL?
Fancy a crack at being the next World Crazy Golf Champion?
The championships return to Hastings Adventure Golf on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October and anyone can enter to play for the top prize fund of £1,000! There are also runner up prizes of £750, £500, £200 and £100. For a shot at the title competitors must beat the windmill and water mill as well as negotiate the bends, twists and ramps on the traditional seaside course.
Simon Tompkins of Hastings Adventure Golf, said: “We always look forward to this particular competition. There are players of all abilities, from top flight to complete novices, some crazy outfits and always a great spirit of fun over the whole weekend.”
If you think you’ve got what it takes, you enter via the British Minigolf Association website: www.minigolf.org.uk or click here to download an application form. All entrants benefit from a free practice session on Friday 23, October.
Hastings Adventure Golf, dubbed the ‘spiritual home of crazy golf’ by the British Minigolf Association, is hosting the Championship again this year. Last year’s winner and three-time World Crazy Golf Champion, Chris Harding from Birmingham, will be hoping to defend his title.
ICE CREAM COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
The Beach Retreat Café, part of Hastings Adventure Golf, has created a new limited edition ice cream, Jungle Juice, to help raise money for a local children’s charity.
Hastings Adventure Golf is donating the proceeds from the sales of the special ice cream to Hastings’ Charity for Kids.
The winning flavour was selected by the public in a recent Facebook competition. Inspired by the Adventure golf course, Jungle Juice is a delicious mix of coconut, passion fruit, mango, lime and basil. It pipped Pirate’s Booty - salted liqorice with gold & silver pieces and Crazy Tee-Time – a cheese and pickle sandwich flavour, to the post.
If you’d like to get your hands on a scoop or two and help raise funds for Hastings’ Charity for Kids then head down to The Beach Retreat Café at Hastings Adventure Golf. The limited edition ice cream is available until August 30.
Gemma Lister, of Charity for Kids, said: “Big thanks go to Hastings Adventure Golf. We appreciate the opportunity to profile our charity locally and of course raise funds so that we can continue to help disabled, sick and terminally ill children and their families across Rother.”
AND THE WINNERS ARE…
Sammy Moffat-Bailey, Leza Marie Phillimore, Sarah Woollard, Holly Di Cesare and Tiger Pragnell. Can the 5 winners please e mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to claim your prize!
Fancy a round of golf for 4 plus ice cream all round?
Here’s your chance!
We’ve challenged our resident ice cream queen to produce three new limited edition ice cream flavours. They are:
Pirate’s Booty - salted liquorice, gold & silver pieces
Jungle Juice - coconut, passionfruit, mango, lime & basil
Crazy Tee-Time - cheese & pickle sandwich
We’re asking our Facebook fans to help us choose which one to produce for sale. Everyone who partakes is in with a chance to win one of five family passes (four people) for golf and ice cream. Proceeds from the sales of the winning flavour will go to local Hasting’s charity, Charity for Kids.
So head on over to our Facebook page and tell us which ice-cream flavour tickles your taste buds.
The winning flavour and winners of the family passes will be announced on the 30th July!
Hastings Hosts World Adventure Golf Masters 2015 - The Serious Side of Adventure Golf
The World Adventure Golf Masters (WAGM) swings into action at Hastings Adventure Golf in Sussex, June 6 – 7.
The international adventure golf competition has attracted teams from India, China, Sweden, Spain, the Czech Republic, Finland, Portugal, the UK and reigning champions, Germany. They will compete in the two-day, seven-round tournament on the Pirate course at the Hastings complex.
The event is the highlight of the World Minigolf Sport Federation’s international calendar with a prize fund of over €2,000 up for grabs.
It’s a golf masters, but not as you know it! Dodging cannon fire, explosions and splashes and a giant talking skull with a habit of eating golf balls, the British team has high hopes of being victorious this year.
Host nation, Team GB, is entering 16 players across four national teams. Great Britain captain, Sean Homer said: “The standard of the play in the UK keeps going from strength to strength and with the course having hosted the British Championships in May, our preparation has been excellent in our bid to finally take the team title at the World Adventure Golf Masters.
“As well as our most experienced international players, I’m delighted to see a number of our Great Britain players making their full International debut at this year’s WAGM. We are in good form and looking forward to taking on the best players from across the world when the competition tees off in June.”
The tournament was contested in Sweden last year. It returns to the UK this year and promises to be the biggest WAGM since its inception in 2011. The event was last played in Hastings in 2013 with Gerrit Below from Germany winning the overall individual Masters tournament in his first appearance at the event.
Hastings Adventure Golf, established in 1974, is the largest mini golf complex in the country and is fondly considered the home of mini golf in the UK. www.hastingsadventuregolf.co.uk
WE’VE BEEN AWARDED 2015 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE
Recognised as a Top Performing Attraction as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site
|We’ve received a TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence award. This is now our second consecutive year to be awarded a Certification of Excellence by the world’s largest travel site.
This achievement is a direct result of consistently great reviews from TripAdvisor travellers.
Chris Richards, of Hastings Adventure Golf said: “A big thank you goes out to all our visitors who took the time to write a review. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers.”
"TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travellers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”
Hastings hosts British Championships
Polish off your putters, the Hastings Adventure Miniature Golf Complex will host the two day British Championships across the weekend of 16 and 17 May.
The tournament takes place over 9 rounds of mini golf at the seafront Pirate Golf course, with a total prize fund in excess of £500. More than 30 of Britain’s top mini golfers will be taking part. As well as the overall British champion, the competition will also decide the Women’s, Senior and Junior champions.
With three 18-hole miniature golf courses, Hastings Adventure Miniature Golf is a national centre for mini golf in the UK and will also host the World Crazy Golf Championships in October.
The British Championships tees off from 9am on Saturday.
Dedicated golfers (Simon Tompkins and Tom Rose) brush up on their technique in advance of the Championships this weekend in Hastings.
Edele Lynch B*witches our Pirate Course
Edele Lynch and the Cast of Pirates of Tresure Island returned to our courses on Saturday 18th April. Edele scored an impressive 42 on the Pirate course!