Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Re: Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Postby Peter Jones » Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:00 pm

There are some photos of Folkestone Rotunda and the AP course, here:
http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/main/sh ... php?t=6488
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Re: Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Postby Peter Jones » Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:30 pm

I wondered which AP course this is, from a photographer in Dublin?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocphotography/7168019498/

I've made an enquiry, as I can't work it out.
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Re: Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Postby squirerichard » Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:43 pm

Peter Jones wrote:I wondered which AP course this is, from a photographer in Dublin?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocphotography/7168019498/

I've made an enquiry, as I can't work it out.


Great Yarmouth? That's one that springs to mind with the cars parked so close...
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Re: Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Postby Peter Jones » Sat Feb 15, 2014 3:51 pm

This is a nicely-kept Arnold Palmer course in America which seems to be in operation:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/63563242@N02/
https://www.facebook.com/AlpineAvenueGolfCenter
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Re: Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Postby squirerichard » Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:10 pm

Peter Jones wrote:This is a nicely-kept Arnold Palmer course in America which seems to be in operation:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/63563242@N02/
https://www.facebook.com/AlpineAvenueGolfCenter


Great spot Peter Jones.

It does look in decent nick.
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Re: Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Postby Ace Man » Sun Feb 16, 2014 4:47 pm

Nice one Peter! :D
I make that two AP courses in the US now :(
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Re: Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Postby Peter Jones » Thu Jun 05, 2014 3:54 pm

On a short stay in Southend I heard, from the new owner it's had for a couple of years, that Steve Beswick designed the Prestatyn course. And that he designed about 30 AP courses and the ones at Butlins. As there are quite a lot of them in operation at Haven camps I presume he must have been saying the 30 figure referred to the official courses. The owner had spoken to him on the phone one of the days I was there.

The council redevelopment plans, I mentioned earlier, aren't happening now, thank God, and the courses is staying. It also might be getting a new carpet and a new version of the ramp obstacle which he said is in need of replacing, and also the hole with the missing obstacle, so he was thinking of checking which one it was. I had several rounds while I was there, and was going to have my first round on the Adventure Island courses since the tournament in 2009, but I left that until after the weekend, when I found it unexpectedly closed. That and the Arnold Palmer seemed to have about the same number of customers over the weekend but I couldn't compare them during the weekdays as only the AP was open - similar prices for both.

The Fantasy Island funfair and AP course, at Canvey Island, hasn't been open all year, but I was then told, when I asked, at the amusement arcade, next to it, that it will be opening again later.
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Re: Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Postby Peter Jones » Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:51 pm

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 1.29094209

This course in Birmingham, Alabama, was part of a property on the market a while back. It looks vandalised though the obstacles are mainly intact.
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Re: Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Postby Peter Jones » Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:36 pm

Things I found out from my Southend visit also included that the old West Course site at Southend looks as though it's going to be used for an extension of the Sea Life Centre. I was a bit confused about the ball provided when I played the East Course - which still has the sign pointing that out. I was later told that it was midway between a golfball and a low-bounce ball. I mentioned the prices of the Arnold Palmer and the Adventure Island courses being similar, but was surprised that there were no child concessions for the Inca and Aztec courses - which were £3 for one course or £5 for both. The owner of the Arnold Palmer had rounded his prices up to £4 per adult and £3 per child to avoid fiddling around with 50ps.
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Re: Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Postby Peter Jones » Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:16 pm

I've received an unexpected and mysterious email, headed Crazy Golf, from someone who apologised for not having photos but say the met Henry Cooper at the opening ceremony. He hasn't replied to me asking which course his reply was about, but my guess is that it might have been the Weymouth Arnold Palmer. I posted an appeal, some time ago, to anyone who might have photos or information. The Website already had a photo of the much-changed site, on Commercial Road, where there was once a course. I looked the respondent up, from his business email address, and he has a wedding company in Australia.
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Re: Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Postby Peter Jones » Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:25 pm

I've been informed that the Weymouth Arnold Palmer course was built on thesite of either a tennis court or bowling green, and is now a car park as the Weymouth website also mentions here: http://www.weymouth-dorset.co.uk/railway.html
The photo shows where it was, in the picture of the junction. It would have been in the foreground of the photo, if shown. It's now all part of a car park. He mentioned that it was at the Backwater area of Weymouth, as the description does.
I thought the information about Henry Cooper doing the ceremonies in opening it was revelation enough but my source also believes the course was later bought by none other than Tony Jacklin. You'd think that would be documented somewhere. Apparently, there's a golf historian who lives in Weymouth, so you'd assume he'd know, if this surprising revelation is indeed true.
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Re: Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Postby Peter Jones » Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:35 pm

A new prospective buyer for the Prestatyn course (there are no plans to sell it) has left their card. Apparently, they said the building (hut) is the "bread and butter" of the business. The couple interested maybe think along the lines of the previous owner - when it was known as Goodwin's Five Star Putting - who ran it after retiring from running their coach business, and made a mess of it before the present owners restored it.

Meanwhile, there are plans to bring it even closer to it's original layout. Not in time for the Butler Cup, obviously, being six days away. And the beginning of next week, anyone on the Hastings courses may be able to spot Prestatyn course-owner Christine and partner trying them out - they seem to have decided to go for the 19th-hole recording set-up. I wouldn't have thought it was worth the outlay, but I'm to blame by doing impersonations of the voices, leading them to fancy installing the system at Prestatyn. I talked Alan out of going for the squirty water gimmick, as out of keeping with Arnold Palmer courses' country club atmosphere. I try to influence them with my specialist knowledge but they don't take much notice. Given some of the loons that could take over, I can't complain though.
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Re: Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Postby squirerichard » Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:16 am

The Crazy Golf course in Ladram Bay, Devon is an Arnold Palmer one :-) http://hamandeggerfiles.blogspot.co.uk/ ... devon.html
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Re: Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Postby Peter Jones » Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:06 pm

Marvellous. Its has unusual design features and nice lighthouse as well. The camp website says the course has been recently refurbished, and has photos of some of the obstacles: looks like some metal chute has been added on one of them. Interesting, as well, that it's not a Haven camp.
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Re: Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Postby squirerichard » Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:25 pm

Peter Jones wrote:Marvellous. It's has unusual design features and nice lighthouse as well. The camp website says the course has been recently refurbished, and has photos of some of the obstacles: looks like some metal chute has been added on one of them. Interesting, as well, that it's not a Haven camp.


I wonder if it was ever in the Haven portfolio...
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Re: Arnold Palmer Putting Courses

Postby squirerichard » Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:39 pm

Pics from our revisit to the Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Prestatyn http://hamandeggerfiles.blogspot.co.uk/ ... tatyn.html
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