There are many minigolf courses in the Midlands, but some are a lot better than others. Opinions on which courses are good and which are less good are extremely subjective. Nevertheless, the courses described below which have hosted MMGC and BMGA events have hosted tournaments because the majority of members rate them highly.
Congo River Adventure Golf at Blaby Golf Centre, near Leicester, features some of the longest minigolf holes in the UK. Any score under 50 is fantastic!
Volcano Falls has two fantastic indoor courses which are open all year round.
Cannon Hill Park
CHP has two long and challenging 18 lane courses in a beautiful setting. You’ll have to putt very well to keep your ball from going in the water hazards.
This 12 lane course has hosted the Midlands Open in 2006, 2011-12 and 2014-16. It has also hosted the Midlands Invitational Tournament in 2006, 2010, 2014, the BMGA British Club Championship in 2005, 2006, 2011, and the British Doubles Championship in 2011, 2012 and 2014. The course is popular among most members of the club for its lightning fast felt and variety of different lanes. There are several aces available but there are plenty of challenges that can trip up even the very best players, especially the 11th! Sadly this course will be demolished very soon – make the most of it while you still can!
In July 2016, Four Ashes Golf Centre opened a new 18 lane adventure golf course. So far the course has been very popular with the general public, though it is much slower and has far fewer rebound shots than the 12 lane course.
An extremely picturesque and well-designed 9 lane course can be found at Charnwood Golf Complex. It’s a great test of minigolf which forces minigolfers to use every ounce of their imagination and cunning in order to safely plot their way around the course test.
The Temple Trail course at Lost City Adventure Golf, Nottingham, has hosted the 2015 and 2016 Midlands Invitational Tournaments, as well the BMGA English Open in 2014 and 2016. It is ‘relatively’ straightforward, with a course record of 27 by Michael Smith and a 30 by Geoff Farmer with just a course putter and one ball. That being said, the course has some challenging lanes, especially 6, 12 and 17. Along with the Sacred Skull Pass course, the Temple Trail course is situated in the basement of the Cornerhouse, in the centre of Nottingham.
Another challenging pirate themed course near Nottingham with some truly unique lanes.
Star City (Indoors)
Lost Hut Trail is the course MMGC hosts training sessions on selected Monday nights. It has also hosted the BMGA Star City Open every year since 2009. A similar design and level of difficulty to the Nottingham course, it also has a course record of 27. Another extremely enjoyable indoor course is a great test of skill, especially the formidable lane 12.
SUA has long been famous for William Shakespeare but amongst the British Minigolf community, SUA is equally famous for its picturesque minigolf course near the river which is well designed and is an excellent test of skill. The course has hosted the 2009 and 2010 Midlands Opens, the 2008 and 2009 Midlands Invitational Tournaments, and the 2015 and 2016 Midlands Masters tournaments. The course record is 28.
Based near Nottingham, Trent Lock is an extremely challenging 18 lane pirate themed course which features some of the most challenging lanes in the UK.
The 18 lane course at St Nicholas Park hosted the 2007 Midlands Open and the BMGA English Open 2007. It has a course record of 33 which reflects the fact that it is a challenging course with legitimate ace chances few and far between.