Wednesday 19 February 2020

Interview with mini golf professional Richard Gottfried

With Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf set to open its doors in Cheltenham this autumn, SoGlos chats to one of the UK’s best mini golfers, Richard Gottfried, about his nationwide tour, top tips, and favourite courses.

Whether you’re a pro putter, or fancy getting a few tips for scoring a hole-in-one, SoGlos chats to mini golf professional Richard Gottfried ahead of his visit to Cheltenham’s eagerly awaited attraction, Mr Mulligans Lost World Golf.

Set to open on Saturday 7 October 2017, the brand new adventure golf course will boast 36 holes of indoor pitch and putt fun at Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter, along with an onsite restaurant, offering plenty of fun for all ages.

Discussing his Crazy World of Mini Golf Tour and sharing advice for fellow mini golf fans, Richard Gottfried gives SoGlos the lowdown on the fun-filled sport.

Can you tell SoGlos readers about your role a mini golf professional?

I’ve been playing in tournaments since 2007, so have come to know a thing or two about the game. My wife Emily and I have played in hundreds of mini golf tournaments, picking up a few wins along the way too!

How did you get into mini golf?

I’ve been playing crazy golf for as long as I can remember. Apart from day trips to France, we spent our holidays at the British seaside and holiday camps, so crazy golf was very much a part of growing up.

Then, my wife Emily and I began our Crazy World of Mini Golf Tour by visiting as many seaside towns as possible.

What can we expect from Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf in Cheltenham?

Hopefully plenty of hole-in-ones!

Mr Mulligan’s golf courses are always bright and colourful, and it’s brilliant to play adventure golf indoors, as you know you’re not going to be caught in a sudden downpour.

Course designers are always coming up with new ways to test players’ skills and try to trick them, so who knows what Mr Mulligan has in store for players…

Have you got any tips for taking on the course in Cheltenham?

My top tip is to always have a proper look at the hole you’re about to play before hitting the ball. Don’t just hit and hope!

Mini golf isn’t just about luck, there’s a lot of skill involved too. Check the best route from the tee to the cup as there are likely to be hidden bumps, humps and bunkers. You might even find a secret route to the hole.

The number one rule though, is to have fun!

Where has your mini golf tour taken you?

We’ve travelled to more than 760 mini golf courses; including 28 overseas.
It’s brilliant to see the variety of courses there are around the world. Even after 11 years of travelling around the UK, we’re still finding new courses we never knew existed.

Where is your favourite place to play mini golf?

I’d say the next course is always my favourite – visiting a brand new course is always exciting as you never know what you are going to find.

Finally, what makes the Cheltenham course unique?

I don’t know yet, I’ll have to wait and see!


For more information visit mrmulligan.com/Cheltenham directly.

© SoGlos
Thursday 14 September 2017

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