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24 Sept 2020
Miniature golf fun in a safe, secure way
The government has moved the goalposts (or putting greens in our case) again. In line with what has been published we have made some slight alterations. We will now be selling last tickets at 9pm until the end of October, this ensures our floodlights are off prior to the 10pm curfew. We now ask that groups larger than 6, unless from the same household or bubble, do not attend our site. Just a reminder, the maximum groups size we allow on a hole is 5, this means the course can flow at an enjoyable pace for all players. All of our staff will now be wearing face coverings whilst on our site to ensure you, and they, are as safe as possible.
All of the measures and procedures we have had in place since the start of June will remain unchanged.
We will continue to evolve to ensure we comply through this very challenging time but we could not do it without the help and cooperation our customers. So thank you and we hope to see you soon, just not too late at night or in a large group :)
A little thank you from us
We wanted to take two minutes to pass on our thanks to all our customers since we reopened. It has not been easy and many challenges have been thrown up along the way but we like to think we have and are doing all we can to keep everyone safe. The positive comments as players come off our courses, leave our food court area and on social media have been reassuring in these strange times.
We hope to carry on welcoming you to our greens and food outlets through this next period and we can enjoy the sunshine together.
EAT OUT to HELP OUT
Our Beach Retreat Cafe & Fish and Chips have joined up to the governments Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout August you can have 50% off our delightful, tradionally cooked (in beef dripping) Fish and Chips up to the value of £10 (discount) per person. Just order and we will do the rest!
We have plenty of extenal tables to sit on so come and enjoy the sunshine.
We are doing what we can to help everyone get back in the way of 'normal' life and what better way than with a portion of half price chips!
We at Hastings Adventure Golf, like others, are monitoring the government advice closely. The safety, enjoyment and well being of our customers is paramount. We have therefore taken extra precautions to try and minimalise the spread of COVID-19.
Our clubs are being wiped clean after each round. The public areas around our site are being wiped clean even more frequently and our staff have had additional training in hand washing and are being extra vigilant. We have installed additional hand sanitiser points for our staff, they have been told if they experience any COVID-19 symptoms to notify their managers immediately and as a company we will then implement the government policy on isolation.
We all hope this virus passes with further minimal disruption and loved ones are kept safe. We are playing our part and doing what we can. We look forward to welcoming all for a little piece of 'normal' life and beating your fellow competitors at the simple old game of crazy golf.
Late night opening
Our late night opening is starting on Saturday 14th March. From this point forward we will be open until 10pm every night (weather permitting) until the end of September. Come on down and play under the lights!
Entry to the World Crazy Golf Championships is now open. For the first time, in its 17-year history, it is including a new junior competition category too - just for children.
Taking place at Hastings Adventure Golf across the weekend of June 7 – 9 the Championships boasts a £4,500 prize fund.
The junior category is open to those aged 8 to 14 and will be played on Friday 7, June at 5.30pm. The novice competition category, that was introduced two years ago, will continue to be played over one day, Saturday 8, June, while the crazy golf professional category is played over two days, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June.
Each category competes for a separate prize fund too. £3,000 prize fund is allocated to the professional category, with the overall winner scooping £1,000 - the largest prize fund in mini golf. A separate prize fund of £1,500 is allocated to the novice category. There are also opportunities for team entries in both the novice and professional categories. The junior category will have awards for first, second and third place.
Simon Tompkins of Hastings Adventure Golf said: “We are thrilled to introduce the junior category to this year’s championships. The three separate competitive categories; professional, novice and junior, help make the championships even more inclusive.
“The novice category was established two years to give non-professionals an event of their own. Now the addition of the junior category makes the Championships an open playing field for younger players too. So get the putters polished and start practicing!”
All 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 UK’s ‘spiritual home of mini golf’.
Following last year’s fantastic efforts, there will again be prizes for 'best dressed' and 'personality of the competition' this year.
This is the seventeenth year that Hastings Adventure Golf has hosted the global championships - now firmly considered the pinnacle competition for crazy golfers in the UK and beyond.
For more info visit www.hastingsadventuregolf.com/worldcrazygolf.asp
Competitors can enter via the Hastings Adventure Golf website: www.hastingsadventuregolf.com/book
All entrants are entitled to half price practice golf at the complex.
Middle photo: Marc Chapman, 2018 World Crazy Golf Champion
CALLING ALL SUSSEX SCHOOLS – WIN A CRAZY WORLD MATHS DAY LESSON FOR YOUR CLASS AT HASTINGS ADVENTURE GOLF
It’s back! The 2019 local schools’ competition to celebrate World Maths Day has been launched. Aimed at Sussex schools, primary and secondary, and with the added support of East Sussex County Council Lead Member for Education, we are offering schools the chance to win a fully prepared practical maths lesson for an entire class at the famous crazy golf attraction.
Kate Richards, former maths teacher and manager of Hastings Adventure Golf, said: ”I know from experience that demonstrating maths in a practical way is often the key to pupils’ learning success. So once again we are giving schools the chance to win this immersive and fun learning opportunity. It’s also a ready made, planned lesson - so teachers won’t have any prep work!”
Cllr. Bob Standley Lead member Education and ISEND, East Sussex County Council said: “As shown by last year's success this initiative has proved a positive step. Maths knowledge is a vital skill and finding new ways to involve pupils in the practical applications of the subject is very much welcomed. I am pleased to support Hastings Adventure Golf’s innovative learning platform for World Maths Day. It gives more pupils across the county a chance to play and learn maths in a very creative way!"
A range of maths lessons for primary and secondary curriculums complete with worksheets and key learning points have been developed to turn the game of crazy golf into a practical maths learning experience. Areas of the curriculum covered include, geometry, basic operations, fractions and percentages, measurement and distance.
Both pupils and teachers can enter. To enter, email: firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2019 saying why your class (max 33 pupils) deserves to win the lesson at Hastings Adventure Golf. Lesson prize can be taken any school day this academic year i.e. weekdays, Monday to Friday, term-time only. Transport to/ from Hastings Adventure Golf is not included. Winner will be announced end of March.
- World Maths Day, March 7, 2019, is one of the world's largest global educational events aimed at lifting numeracy standards in a fun and meaningful way.
- With three 18-hole miniature golf courses, Hastings Adventure Golf is the national centre for mini golf in the UK.
What previous winners said about the crazy golf maths lesson last year:
Lucy Godley, Year 5 teacher, at Guestling Bradshaw school:
“A huge, huge thank you to Hastings Adventure Golf. The children had an amazing experience. The maths opportunities were brilliant - a full range of skills that can be tailored to their age and ability. If other schools are wondering whether to give it a go, I would highly recommend it.”
Lauren Barber, Year 6 teacher, at Silverdale Primary Academy:
“My class was honestly BUZZING so much for the experience! Some said it was the best school day they had ever had and how lucky they were. The maths was brilliant - fantastic revision skills that were targeted at their age and ability brilliantly.” “They all had an amazing time and I thoroughly enjoyed it too! Highly recommend it. Please run the maths lesson competition again next year!"
Cllr. Bob Standley Lead member Education and ISEND, East Sussex County Council & Kate Richards former maths teacher and manager of Hastings Adventure Golf.
We’ve reduced waste from our entire crazy golf and food attraction by a whapping 15%. In addition, recycled waste has increased by 157% in the last two years, with 2.8 tonnes more waste being recycled then in 2016.
Our mission to eliminate single-use plastic and reduce general waste started three years ago. By focusing on products that were most frequently used we banished plastic straws and cups, replacing them with paper ones. We also changed to recyclable cardboard food containers and wooden cutlery, among other initiatives. Currently we are also looking at introducing paper and plant-based water bottles.
Elvie Cotton, catering manager at Hastings Adventure Golf, said: “Initially it was difficult to source non-plastic items. Many manufacturers simply weren’t supplying alternatives. However, we persevered and found suppliers who could provide quality products with less packaging and with massively reduced use of plastics.
“What we have achieved so far has been phenomenal. We are happy to share our knowledge and alternative supplier network with others as part of the global effort to eliminate single use plastic.”
Simon Tompkins, general manager, said: “We analyzed the type and weight of waste that we have been generating and monitored the impact that each new supplier of non-plastic packaging has had on this. The evidence so far is phenomenal. Imagine if every business reduced its general waste by 15% in a year - it would have a tremendously effect on landfill sites.”
We are planning a big beach clean in the Spring and if you’re interested in getting involved simply follow us on Facebook as we’ll be posting all details there.
Pupils from Guestling Bradshaw primary school claimed their prize of a unique maths lesson at the UK’s largest minigolf complex in Hastings.
The Rye Road school in Hastings won a practical maths lesson for an entire class at Hastings Adventure Golf following a World Math’s Day competition run by the crazy golf attraction.
31 children from Year 5 took to the 18-hole mini golf course to learn about geometry, measurement, distance and basic operations and fractions. Each pupil had a maths worksheet to complete on their way around and once completed received a prize.
Lucy Godley, Year 5 teacher, at Guestling Bradshaw school, said: “A huge, huge thank you to Hastings Adventure Golf. The children had an amazing experience. The maths opportunities were brilliant - a full range of skills that can be tailored to their age and ability. If other schools are wondering whether to give it a go, I would highly recommend it.”
Kate Richards, manager at Hastings Adventure Golf and former maths teacher, said: “From experience, I can see the difference in pupils’ engagement when they learn maths through practical application and real-life examples. It’s fantastic to be able to provide this opportunity to schools at Hastings Adventure Golf.
“We are overwhelmed with the positive feedback we have received and can’t wait for the next school to come! We will also run the competition to win a maths class again this Autumn so do keep your eyes peeled. If your school is not lucky enough to win, then we have very special highly discounted group rates for schools too.”
Hastings Adventure Golf offers special school group rates with a range of ready made, planned maths lessons for primary and secondary curriculums complete with worksheets and key learning points that turn the game of crazy golf into a practical maths learning experience. All lesson plans and worksheets can be customised to suit the class teacher’s requirements.
For more information email: email@example.com
Pupils from Guestling Bradshaw Primary School
CRAZY GOLF PUTTS IN CASH FOR LOCAL CHARITY
Hastings Adventure Golf’s charity evening for the local branch of Sands charity raised almost £1500.
The money was raised from a special evening of reduced cost mini golf at the Hastings Old Town complex plus some very generous donations received. The total of £1,467.50 will benefit the local branch of the national stillbirth and neonatal death charity to help build a bereavement suite at Hastings Conquest Hospital.
Family voucher prizes for golf and fish and chips at Hastings Adventure Golf were won in three age categories. Elliot won the U12 category with a score of 38, Honor Homewood won the U18 with 40 and there was a three-way tie in the adult category with Dave Gomm, Jade Beattie and Ashley Relf each scoring 38.
Kate Richards, of Hastings Adventure Golf, said: “Sands is an amazing charity that provides essential support to families. We are very grateful to everyone who joined us on the charity evening and contributed to this wonderful charity.”
Suz Brooks of Sands, added: “We are really grateful that Hastings Adventure Golf is supporting our work locally and helped raise this amazing amount towards building a facility to support local people at a very difficult time.”
Sands has been helping bereaved families for 40 years and the new suite in Hastings will be a private space for bereaved parents to be supported by professionals.
L to R: Kate Richards, Hastings Adventure Golf, Suz Brooks with Dawne and Ian Braine of Sands Charity and David Gomm
Hastings Adventure Golf and Hastings & East Sussex SANDS charity are calling on all golfers and their families to come and play the pirate course on Friday 22nd June to raise as much money as possible and to be in with a chance of winning golf with fish and chips for a family of 4.
Players can come and play anytime between 4pm and 7pm and play a round of Pirate golf for only £5 a player (5 and unders for £2.50). All the money raised will be given to this amazing charity who are hoping to refurbish the bereavement suite at the Conquest Hospital.
The charities aim is to offer support locally to anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby and to raise funds to improve bereavement care in Hastings and the East Sussex Area.
Players can submit their scores on the day and be entered into a competition to win golf and fish and chips for a family four! There are three categories, with the lowest score being the winner, under 12's, 13 to 18 years and then any one over 18. Winners will be announced the next day once all scores are submitted.
So make sure you come down and join in the fun and lets raise as much money as possible for our charity of the year!
2018 WORLD CHAMPION CROWNED IN HASTINGS
Marc Chapman has won his first World Crazy Golf Championships. The championships took place at Hastings Adventure Golf on June 9 and 10, with the largest number of competitors in the field since 2005.
Mark Chapman with Kate Richards from Hastings Adventure Golf
Marc took the world title and £1,000 prize money in the two-day mini golf marathon. His score was 226, 26 under par, beating last year’s top score by Czech Republic’s Olivia Prokopova who took the 2017 title with a score of 235, 17 under par.
This is the ninth time the 32 year old from Canterbury in Kent entered the tournament and said he was thrilled to win the title. Marc said: “It feels amazing to finally become the World Crazy Golf Champion! It’s been a great personal ambition of mine to win this event and I have been close to it a few times before. I’ve only played in a few events in the last five years, which makes this win even more amazing to believe!”
Adam Kelly took runner-up prize of £750 and Michael Smith, former World Champion, took home £500 for third place. Playing along side the seasoned crazy golf professionals was a separate novice category with a dedicated prize fund of £1,500.
The novice title and £500 went to Russell Smith from Tunbridge Wells. The runner-up Chris Horn took home £300, while third place went to Italian Mark Berezicki who won £200.
Russell said: “It was a really fun day. The atmosphere at the course was 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 eight novices went home with prize money. This tournament has been held at Hastings Adventure Golf since 2003.
ENTRY OPEN TO WORLD CRAZY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
Entry to the World Crazy Golf Championships is open. Taking place at Hastings Adventure Golf on June 9 and 10 the competition is open to anyone and any ability.
The global competition has two categories - one for novices that is played on Saturday 9, June and one for professionals played over the two days (Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June).
Each category competes for a separate prize fund too, with the overall winner scooping £1,000 - the largest prize fund in mini golf. A separate prize fund of £1,500 is allocated to the novice category.
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 UK’s ‘spiritual home of mini golf’.
For the first time ever the organisers are also awarding prizes for 'best dressed', 'personality of the weekend' and 'most improved player’.
Seasoned pro and twice runner-up, Sean Homer, said: “I made my debut in 2006 and got hooked on the game. I’ve played in every competition since. It’s fantastic that the Hastings’ event is still focused on what has always made it so special - a fun, exciting, inclusive and entertaining spectacle for the young, old and everyone in between.”
This is the sixteenth year that Hastings Adventure Golf has hosted the global championships - now firmly considered the pinnacle competition for crazy golfers in the UK and beyond.
Simon Tompkins of Hastings Adventure Golf said: “We want players of all abilities to get involved. The novice category is open to anyone who fancies their chances at taking home the prize fund. So get the putters polished and start practicing!”
All entrants are entitled to half price practice golf at the complex.
For more information about the world crazy golf champs click here or to enter online click here.
Sussex Top Destination for Team Building Days
In the last two years, Sussex attractions have reported an increase in popularity - with the corporate market.
Hastings Adventure Golf reports a 20 percent rise in corporate team building events at its crazy golf complex. With companies from Kent, Surrey and Sussex all booking team building days. Similarly, Branching Out Adventures, based in Halland, Sussex, a tree top adventure park, recorded an increase of 15 percent in corporate team outings.
Findings at the beginning of last year by Investors In People showed that poor staff motivation was responsible for cutting UK productivity by close to half. It was suggested that team motivation and boosting team morale plays a key part in productivity with team building days or activities proven to help with this.
Kevin Boorman, Manager of the 1066 Country Partnership said: “It is great news to see businesses taking advantage of what’s on offer in the area. Sussex has many great outdoor activities perfectly suited to corporate activities and days out.”
Chris Richards, MD, Hastings Adventure Golf: “When an office team comes to the course, they are looking for fun, combined with a bit of competition and, of course, a break away from the office – the fresh air and fish and chips by the seaside are an additional bonus!”
Mark Oakden of Branching Out Adventures, said: “Getting outdoors is very important. Irrespective of the weather, corporate teams who make the effort to get out amongst it all report feeling refreshed, a sense of achievement plus improved communication skills - particularly if they do the rope course blind fold!”
Kate Richards at Hastings Adventure Golf said: “The main goal of team building should be to take staff away from the office, improve team work, communication and, most importantly, have fun. It doesn’t need to be sky diving – although outdoor activities are definitely best. An easy and accessible activity open to everyone is important, one where you don’t need to be marathon-fit or a champion tennis player to take part.”
When choosing team-building events, the advice is to pick activities that support your business objectives, whether it's rewarding hard work, building rapport, improving communication or sparking creativity.
For information on corporate team days, or staff rewards visit:
BRINGING THE BEST OF ITALY TO HASTINGS
Following substantial investment in Pelham Place, Hastings just 18 months ago, staff of local crazy golf attraction jetted off to Italy for a week of gourmet investigation and learning.
The catering team at Hastings Adventure Golf are in Rimini on the east coast where they are immersed in the best foods Italy offers and will bring back their finely honed skills and top quality suppliers to the town.
Jade Sampson, Louise Fox, Elvie and Stevie Cotton all local Hastings residents, lead specific food areas at the crazy golf complex that was expanded with a £450k investment.
Chris Richards of Hastings Adventure Golf, said: “Following the significant investment in the Pelham Place area on the seafront, this summer will see the outdoor plaza style food court in the heart of Hastings brimming with choice. The look and feel, complete with colourful beach huts, is in keeping with Hastings’ seaside heritage and the food offering spans traditional Italian cuisine like pizza and gelato, to more quintessential British seaside fare like fish and chips, burgers and doughnuts!”
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 is fantastic.”
Elvie Cotton, reporting from Rimini said: “We’ve attended master classes in gelato and pastry making, barista training while also perfecting our pastry and baking talents. It’s been amazing and we can’t wait to bring this new knowledge and skills back to Hastings.”
Hastings Adventure Golf is a complex of three, 18-hole miniature golf courses. It is the largest in the UK and provides facilities suitable for players of all ages and abilities. It is also the home of the annual World Crazy Golf Championships in June.
THREE SCHOOLS SCOOP CRAZY GOLF MATHS LESSON
The winning schools of the ‘crazy’ maths class opportunity at Hastings Adventure Golf have been announced.
The winners are Mrs Chalmer’s Year 7 class at Ratton School Academy Trust in Eastbourne, Ms Barber’s Year 6 class at Silverdale Primary Academy in Hastings – voted the UK’s happiest school in 2016 and Ms Godley’s Year 5 class at Guestling Bradshaw CE Primary School in Hastings.
Kate Richards of Hastings Adventure Golf said: “We were inundated with entries and couldn’t decide on just one winner so we are giving three Sussex schools the opportunity to come and have a practical maths lesson at Hastings Adventure Golf.
“The popularity of this initiative shows that there is a desire to have a more practical approach to learning. As a result we are pleased to announce that Hastings Adventure Golf will offer this opportunity again next year to give more children a chance to play and learn! So, if you didn’t win this time, apply again next year!
“We loved receiving the many handwritten letters with amazing drawings from pupils too, who clearly made a huge effort and thought about why they wanted to win! “
A pupil from Silverdale Primary Academy said: “We’ve got really hard SATs coming up so are under pressure. We think this will be a satisfying way to revise.”
Teachers have said that they love the idea of linking the crazy golf lesson to maths modules and being able to apply maths to a real-life situation.
With three 18-hole miniature golf courses, Hastings Adventure Golf is the national centre for mini golf in the UK.
LOCAL UNDER 8s FOOTBALL TEAM CELEBRATE NEW SPONSOR
The Hastings under-eight football team is celebrating its new sponsor.
Hastings Adventure Golf, the UK’s home of mini golf, is supporting the town’s young players with this season’s football kit.
Manager of Hastings Adventure Golf, Simon Tompkins, said: “Hastings Adventure Golf likes to be involved in the local community so were delighted to be supporting this fantastic young team. They look great in the new kit and we wish them every success this season.”
Nathan Grinham, manager of the Hastings U8’s said: “We are really delighted to have the support of Hastings Adventure Golf. The team children love the new strip and are looking forward to a winning season.”
The Hastings under eights is a team of 12 players and is part of the Hastings United youth section.
Hastings United U8 team
Double Reward Points this weekend!
Happy putting! We know you love to putt so we have a new reward scheme, are you using it? If not, simply join our brand-new Caddie Club to start collecting.To launch our new Caddie rewards points this weekend you can earn DOUBLE reward points! Existing members can login here.
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Check out our latest competion here. Competition closes on Thursday July 20, 2017 at 3.10pm.
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!