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Diamonds are forever
07 Mar 2011 at 15:12 | Posted in: General | Views: 3178 | Comments: 4
Diamonds are forever


Prague is a really nice city. Awesome public transportation, beautiful old town and great cheap food and drinks. My only problem is that I don't drink beer and has to pay the same price, sometimes even more, to get a coke that's only 60% of the size of the beer. Having been to Prague at several different times during my life, I've started to get to know some parts pretty good.
When I got the news that the organizers had changed the hotel I was happy since the new hotel was close to a place which I know well, called Anděl. That came in very handy indeed on Thursday night when we arrived. Having set some sort of minigolf time record from the airport to the hotel (1h10m from landing to check-in), Anders and I marched straight down to Anděl for a dinner at TGI Friday's.

The course is in the mall Galerie Butovice, which is 2 tram stops and 5 underground stops from the hotel. The time door-to-door is, when you're unlucky, 25 minutes. The location inside the mall was one that most of the indoor courses in Europe could only dream about, which the 4 000 visitors since the opening in October 2010 proofs.
The course itself had to be moved, or half of the lanes, to make room for the spectator stands. This of course removed some of the advantage the home players had and being nice to us visitors we had been sent suggested lines and balls a couple of days before the event. Two lanes could have been better; the salto had ha bump in the obstacle preventing a normal shot, but it was certainly possible to control the outcome and then the cannon/tube was a lottery lane with a win being awarded approx 80% of the time. Thankfully the cannon was in the beginning (lane 5), so if you lost that lane in the green you still had 13 lanes to make it up.

On the Friday there was a small opening ceremony, without the normal long speeches, at a restaurant in the mall where we were informed of the rules of the competition. We also got shirts with name, country and sponsors printed to be worn during the competition. On the day of the competition we also got access to a great backstage area where there was free drinks, some food and a place to relax between the rounds.

The competition was well though out with the 4 best players in the preliminary rounds getting a bye in the first cup round and moving directly into the quarter-finals. By the way, that's something that I highly and strongly recommend to the EMF/WMF for the European and World Championships. The cup was played in the now common way of winning lanes and that's a good way to play these types of events.
In the cup rounds there were girls keeping scoreboards for all the spectators to see which was great, but they also could have used that type of showing in the preliminary round as well. As it was now a spectator would have no chance to know how the players played until we went into the KO-system. Apart from being shown on the scoreboards on the course there were both paper lists and a digital scoreboard showing the results. It was a simple system using Excel, which filled the need, but I would recommend using the Swedish Bangolf Arena for next years competition to enhance the presentation even further.

Media was present in form a TV-team with three different cameras and a couple of photographers, which were all very good at being invisible for the players (at least for me), and also a speaker. Since my knowledge of the Czech language is very limited I couldn't understand what he was saying, but I suppose he was informing the spectators of the standings in the matches and maybe a little extra. He also did a very good job of not speaking that much when players were concentration on making a shot.
All in all a great job by the organizing committee and with an upgrade of the results system that enables live internet lane-by-lane results would benefit the tournament and move increase my grading from great to perfect.

Some notes after the competition:
- Don't drink 16 years old champagne in plastic mugs
- With this tournament my career statistics in KO-matchplay is 3-1 ;)

Comments (4)

Czech Republic Simca (Simona Handlova) | Delete

13 Mar 2011 at 23:30
Hello,

thanks CJ for nice summarize :-)
For me as a spectator it was really extraordinary tournament with unforgettable atmosphere.

Czech Republic molny (Karel Molnar) | Delete

08 Mar 2011 at 15:45
Organisation was perfect.
Thanks for participation professional top world players, without them it does not have the correct level.

In the duel with C-J R i was very, very nervous.
Also, for me personally it's a great experience.

I look forward to next year.

Finland HansIII (Pasi Aho) | Delete

07 Mar 2011 at 19:40
Few more observations from my point of view regarding the organisation. Maybe I had a bit more time for them as being Kosti's coach than Calle as player. Or maybe I paid attention to other things.

The organisation was really great and improving it further would make it perfect as Calle said. That should be said right at the beginning. Saturday would probably have been a better day for the tournament in terms of attracting the visitors of the mall to watch minigolf. There were clearly more people in the mall during Saturday than Sunday. Yet also people who had no connection to minigolf stopped and watched the play, some shorter, some longer. Outside the course premises there was also a mini lane where everyone could test their minigolf skills and got instructions from local players with the help of hostesses. In general I expected a bit more advertising for the tournament in the mall. There were some ads though and the mall radio station informed about the event.

Clearly the organiser is counting a lot on the advertising effect of the tv broadcasting and let's hope they'll get what they expect for their future business. For the tv everything was very well prepared, the optics of the location were good, the sponsors were well visible and the tv staff worked very professionally with the players. They obvoiusly were familiar with sport and what the sportsmen require when playing. The schedule was well planned and it held with an exception of small delay on preliminary rounds.

For those players who stayed till Monday there was a closing dinner yesterday evening in restaurant Olympia near the hotel. A perfect finale for the event, the speeches were even shorter than at the opening, there were none. Just a relaxed evening which set the sugar top on the cake of the great hospitality from our Czech hosts. I believe all players and coaches were most impressed for what they experienced and some ideas could be used in other local, national or international events for sure.

Finland HansIII (Pasi Aho) | Delete

07 Mar 2011 at 19:19
16 years old champagne with room temperature in plastic mugs...(h)mmmm... :-) The bottle didn't have space in the suitcases, because both gentlemen from Uppsala had filled also them with balls! Of course!
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