HAVING AN URBANCRAZY NEW YEAR
2019 has been another great year for UrbanCrazy. Our team have been involved in some really interesting and exciting projects and have had a ‘ball’ along the way.
And as we ‘swing’ into 2020, we hope to ‘tee’ up another fun year ahead… here are some highlights from this year:
The new year saw PongCrazy, our uniquely themed table tennis tables, make yet another appearance at the Matchroom Sports and BetVictor World Championships of Ping Pong – for a fifth year running! For those not in the know, the World Championships Of Ping Pong is held at Alexandra Palace every January and players come from all over the world to battle it out for the title and a cash prize. Whilst temperatures outside were close to zero, things really heated up inside. The tournament was as exciting as ever with the final being played between British player Andrew Baggaley and Wang Shibo of China. Baggaley claimed the victory and regained his title for the third time. Visitors got to try their hand at a bit of table tennis themselves on our tables and of course the players also took time out to have a game or two such as our friend Gavin “Rumdog” Rumgay and some Chinese players trying out their mini bats. The event will be running again on 25th and 26th January 2020, so why not pop down to see how the professionals do it and have a go on our tables too.
When Mountpark Warrington (a leading distribution park in the North West) wanted to showcase their brand new giant sized warehouses to potential customers, what better way to do it than with a bespoke UrbanCrazy nine-hole mini golf course. Each custom-made hole related to parts of the warehouse construction, logistics and operations and we had a great time creating a course featuring: a model of the warehouse itself; cascading shelves, steel girder spaghetti; a Jenga style tower of pallets; and a UV hole in the back of a lorry, yes a lorry! Our personal favourite though, was our friend Porta-loo Pete who brings a new meaning to a potty putter!
March is always the start of our busy season when it comes to accessories and this year was busier than ever. We stock a wide range of accessories from balls to scorecards that we supply to clients all over the world. In addition to our usual impressive array of putters (in a wide range of sizes), our DDA (wheelchair friendly putters) proved very popular this month, as did our customised putter shaft wraps service along with branded balls. Click here to view one of our blogs posts about this service.
The sun really came out to play at Mundy Play Centre, Markeaton Park in Derbyshire for the opening of two new nine-hole courses in April. Designed and built by UrbanCrazy, we worked closely with Derby City Council to create something interesting, exciting and unique to replace the popular but tired old course that had been there for many years. Some of our friends from the BMGA and British Minigolf Team came down to the launch to put it through it’s paces along with some disability groups, to enjoy the DDA friendly course. The ramps, bends, slopes and bumps all got a big thumbs up and we are delighted to hear that since it has been re-opened, footfall has increased by over 40%. We hope that more people will be able to continue to enjoy the course along with the many other activities on offer at the park. Read what the Derby Telegraph had to say – click here.
May brought another new and interesting project for UrbanCrazy. We were asked to deliver a bespoke crazy foot-golf course for none other than Manchester City Football Club in partnership with their sponsors Nexen Tyres and in association with Dugout. They wanted us to create a range of crazy golf style obstacles for the players to test their skills and test them we did, by creating features, such as: a football-driving range complete with bunkers; a ramp with trapdoors; a graffiti covered brick wall to punt the ball through; a half-pipe challenge; and even a giant basketball hoop for them to dunk a few balls. Click here to see episode 1, here to see episode 2 and here to see the final battle.
There is nothing that we love more here at UrbanCrazy, than a good party and June saw us working with many universities and organisations to help arrange their summer events. Emmanuel College in Cambridge hired three of our PongCrazy tables and a six hole minigolf course for their May Ball. A good time was had by all as ever as they partied into the wee hours of the morning and our crew were able hold their own and keep awake throughout.
The British Minigolf Team were in action in Kungalv, Sweden, doing us proud in the WAGM with some excellent British rounds including a new fantastic record for an MOS-course, of 21 strokes, from Adrien Amey with Terry Exall just 1 stroke behind. We have been proud sponsors of the Great Britain Minigolf Team for many years and hope to continue to support them and the BMGA (British MiniGolf Association) in the future.
When it comes to the summer what more could you ask from a festival than sunshine and minigolf? Well this year at the East Barnet Festival, we added something else in the form of our giant darts games, DartsCrazy, which really scored a full 180 with everyone that took part. The game can be played either as a golf putting game or as a throwing game with beanbags, and is something exciting and different that anyone can join in.
We were also delighted to complete a new 12-hole crazy golf course at the popular Rutland Water reservoir in Leicestershire. This included features and obstacles based on the park’s landmarks and the owning company, Anglian Water. We used reclaimed timber to create carved wooden models, different coloured carpets and even a giant tap! The Oakham Nub News had fun when they came to visit – click here to view their thoughts.
The summer bookings continued throughout August, including providing a nine-hole fully themed mini golf course for a fundraising (or Fun Raising) event that took place at Woking Shopping Centre. The event was part of ‘One Great Day’ which brought together people across the country to support Great Ormond Street Hospital and children’s charities in local areas.
News of how good our courses are travels far and wide and we have worked with companies all over the world keen to get some minigolf magic in their lives. And whilst the weather started to look bleak in the UK, one of our semi-permanent courses headed to the sunshine to catch some rays in Saudi Arabia, whilst our creative team were also busy providing a design service for Landmark Beach Resort in Lagos, Nigeria.
Halloween at the end of October may be a frightening time for some, but at UrbanCrazy it was a great chance to sell some of our novelty balls. Our Halloween themed pumpkin, spider, red-eye and skull and cross bone balls disappeared from our shelves scarily fast!
In November, we were in the beautiful town of Ambleside, Lake District, to give a new lease of life to a few of the holes on their traditional and popular course at White Platts. The new holes incorporated scaled models of local landmarks such as the Bridge House and the Beatrix Potter House.
Love was all around us in November with several weddings where we supplied customised mini-golf obstacles as well as our freestanding illuminated letters. We were also invited to the 25th anniversary of Eurostar at the iconic Camden Roundhouse in London. Revellers enjoyed games and food from the four countries they operate in – England, France, Belgium and Nertherlands. Our Dutch themed course included bridges, beers and windmills!
Christmas may have been round the corner, but we were still as busy as ever. December saw us working with another Saudi Arabian client to construct and ship three courses for their new indoor centre. Each nine-hole course has a different theme – British countryside, arcade games and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Our team worked to create some really exciting large scale featured holes complete with mechanical elements.
The party season was in full swing and our Christmas elves were kept very busy setting up mini-golf courses and PongCrazy tables all over the country. The merry festivities also saw a big demand from UK and Europe for some of our yuletide themed balls especially our Christmas tree, Ho-Ho-Hole in One and shiny range balls all proving very popular. Our Pokemon themed balls were also a festive favourite but with the release of ‘The Rise of Skywalker’, the new Star Wars film, it was the rise of our Sci-Fi themed balls that became the number one force with our UV/blacklight balls lighting up the dark side.