E-mail
Password
Lost password »
Register »
      

LATEST FORUM POST

Argentina  INESfun

22 Feb 2020 at 13:37

There are about 300 recesses on one golf ball, and thanks to them, the ball flies three times farther than a smooth one. ... Balls of the same size...

Go to latest post »


LATEST COMMENT  More »

United States of America  Smitty

20 Oct 2020 at 14:46

Congrats to Rainey and Olivia. Great representation of Texas!

Go to latest comment »




LATEST BLOG POSTS

United States of America  PatPenguin | 181 views | 0 comments

19 Oct 2020 at 17:28

Guest Post - Starting From....


United States of America  PatPenguin | 178 views | 0 comments

11 Oct 2020 at 05:12

Crack Kills – Part 1


United States of America  PatPenguin | 242 views | 1 comments

09 Oct 2020 at 13:50

Never Forget Your Penguin


All blogs »



POLL

How do you think COVID-19 will impact international minigolf tournaments in 2021?


- No Impact - All Happen as Scheduled

- Minor Impact - A Couple Change Dates

- Major Impact - Several Get Canceled


To vote, you need to log in.


You have to vote to see the results.


Total 3 votes, since 19 Jun 2020.

Recent polls »

Interview with Filipe Costa


Portugal 20 Apr 2019 at 13:47 | Published by: PatPenguin | Views: 3414 | News search

Interview with Filipe Costa
Filipe and team in London  (Photo by Filipe Costa)

In November last year, an intrepid bunch of minigolf explorers from The Azores in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean visited Great Britain to take part in a club event. Filipe Costa, Duarte Mendes, Jose Garcia and Fabio Simoes competed in the Kent Open, representing União Desportiva Praiense Minigolf. They left a lasting impression on everyone who met them and made a number of new friends. Reporter Steve Lovell caught up with Filipe Costa to ask him about what made the group want to play so far from home and about the experience itself, as well his own course in The Azores.

Steve Lovell - MinigolfNews (MGN): Hello Filipe, tell me a little bit about yourself?

Filipe Costa (FC): Hello, everyone. I’m 33 years old and I live in a small village called Agualva in the Azores, where we have a golf course (Terceira Island Golf Course), just between the two small cities that we have on the island, Praia da Vitória and Angra do Heroismo. I am married to Marilda and soon our daughter, Amelia, will be born. I started up a small minigolf business five years ago and before that, I worked nine years in computer programming.

MGN: How old were you when you first played minigolf and what did you like about it?

FC: I started playing minigolf in the United States. I was 14 years old and it was the first time I visited the USA. From then, I went there several times because I had a lot of family living there. I played in various fields because at the time I was practicing golf and as we were on vacation with the family. There is nothing better than going to play minigolf because everyone could play.

Quickly, minigolf fascinated me. In golf, I had already reached the Portugal national team but I was not interested in becoming a professional in a small island like Terceira, so I took advantage of the technical and teaching knowledge that came from this time.

What I like best about minigolf is a competitive and leisure sports practice that offers challenging moments of relaxation and fun, wellness promoters and contact with nature. It is an experience within everyone's reach without exception, that does not require special abilities, physical motor skills or particular technical dexterity to play it.

MGN: Tell us about The Azores, for people who have never been there.

FC: Our islands are very beautiful, the New York Times ranked it number nine on its list of places to visit this year, ahead of Zadar (CRO), Las Vegas (USA), Salvador (BRA and Costalegre (MEX). The lush green mantle, the giant volcanic craters, which are now lakes, from the natural springs that pour steam through the earth and the thousands of blue hydrangeas. For a selection of pictures of the beauty of The Azores, visit www.byacores.com.

MGN: You own the course in Praia da Vitoria, Adventure Island Minigolf. As well as the course itself, what else do you have there?

FC: I joined an already existing club here on Terceira island and we started with minigolf sport. Today, we are about forty minigolf athletes from the União Desportiva Praiense Minigolfe club, duly federated in the Portuguese Minigolf Federation, growing and showing what this model has the best, taking part in some tournaments in Portugal and also in the United Kingdom. I drew a field around the map of the nine islands of The Azores and created a unique business based on our islands with a support snack bar, where I also make several custom events for up to forty people.

minigolf course

minigolf course
Course Photos. Credit: Filipe Costa

MGN: Living on an island, do you get much chance to play in competitions in Portugal?

FC: We already participated in different tournaments in Portugal in fields with other types, such as Minigolf, Felt or Peter, but our club is focused on being the best in Portugal at Minigolf Open Standard (MOS).

MGN: Last summer, you first looked at playing in events in Great Britain. What made you want to play there?

FC: As more than 95% of the competitions in Portugal are on non-MOS courses, our club tried to play where there are the best players of Europe at MOS, and I have no doubt that where there are more quality players in this type of field is in the UK. These were the reasons that led us to participate in Sidcup at the Kent Open 2018 last year. The UK is and will be our favourite chosen destination whenever we want to play outside of Portugal.

MGN: You chose the Kent Open in Sidcup to the south east of London. Tell us about your time at the competition, the other three players that came with you and did you get to see London?

FC: Our participation in a event on the British Minigolf Association tour was very productive. It gave us a glimpse of what happens in high level competitions. We met very friendly people, family of miniature golf players. They helped us to get to know part of the city of London in two days which is without a doubt, a wonderful and charming city. We even saw the Queen enter Buckingham Palace because we were at the palace door when she was coming back from the one hundred year anniversary of the end of the First World War. That was quite lucky.

MGN: Did you do as well as you hoped? You finished joint 10th in a very large field.

FC: My 10th place in 44 top players was very good and prestigious for our club and Portugal representation. The first round was 40 (+4) and I recovered in the second with 35 (-1) and finished with 37 (+1). For me, who had just done an afternoon of training in Sidcup to know the field and play with a different ball was an excellent performance. It is a sign that in the future, we can have several top players, we have many good players in our club already, I am one of them. It is early to speak of results because I believe that sooner or later, there will be other players from our club that will also have good performances in other tournaments.

MGN: Do you hope this maybe the beginning of an exchange between Great Britain and The Azores?

FC: The destination of The Azores will always be open doors to receive you all, I can help with all the logistics on whichever islands you choose to visit. If anyone came to Terceira Island and wants to participate in any of our tournaments or vacations with your family, just let me know. I can offer the island tour if you choose Terceira Island. I did this recently with Brad Shepherd, Chris Jones and Alan Norman, who were long time players on the Great Britain tour. There are flights that make it very easy to exchange between The Azores and Great Britain if you like nature tourism. You can also choose to visit the Algarve in Portugal and enjoy excellent miniature golf courses. I invite you all to participate in our Portugal Open MOS at Albufeira Minigolf Park on 2 and 3 November. Come and join us.

Before concluding this interview, I would like to thank two people in particular, Sean Homer and Steve Lovell and for helping us a lot to our club when we moved to England They were relentless with us, and they helped us in everything we had doubts in or needed. A number of players provided putting equipment as well. União Desportiva Praiense Minigolf (UDPM) sends a huge hug to all Minigolf athletes.

» Course Facebook

SHARE

Share



Comments

No comments yet.

Add comment
To add comments, you need to log in.


Otorohanga Open (Round 3 of New Zealand Putting Tour 2019) Completed

New Zealand 18 Apr 2019 at 13:09 | views: 2827 | Comments: 0

Yesterday saw a very high-scoring but highly enjoyable Otorohanga Open take place at Kiwiana Leisure Park. The sun was shining all day and our wonderful hosts Aaron and the team made us feel right at home. The par for the course is 40 and when you consider that 42 ...
Read more »

Otorohanga Open (Round 3 of New Zealand Putting Tour 2019) Completed

Major Series of Putting Locks in Its 2019 Championship and Tour

Major Series of Putting Locks in Its 2019 Championship and Tour

United States of America 29 Mar 2019 at 12:45 | views: 3425 | Comments: 0

LAS VEGAS, NV (March 27, 2019) — Major Series of Putting (MSOP) today announced the return of the ultimate Vegas golf experience — the MSOP Championships — where anyone can compete and feel like a pro. With over 500 events and more than $1.2 million in cash ...
Read more »

Round 2 of New Zealand Putting Tour 2019 Completed

New Zealand 26 Mar 2019 at 12:17 | views: 3011 | Comments: 0

Round two of the 2019 Putting Tour took place yesterday at The Range Warkworth. 17 players battled against each other, the fun yet demanding course and the very very hot conditions. It was the first event held in Warkworth and most players enjoyed the new ...
Read more »

Round 2 of New Zealand Putting Tour 2019 Completed

2019 World Crazy Golf Championships Introduces New Junior Category

2019 World Crazy Golf Championships Introduces New Junior Category

United Kingdom 22 Mar 2019 at 12:18 | views: 4374 | Comments: 0

Entry to the World Crazy Golf Championships is now open. For the first time, in its 17-year history, it is including a new junior competition category too - just for children. Taking place at Hastings Adventure Golf across the weekend of June 7 – 9 the ...
Read more »

UPCOMING EVENTS   More »

 25 Oct 2020 (1 day)

BMGA British Adventure Golf Masters


 07 Nov 2020 (1 day)

2020 Ship Golf Miniature Golf Course Championship


 31 Dec 2020 (1 day)

BMGA Club Championship- POSTPONED





LATEST RESULTS   More »

 17 Oct 2020

Bristish Championships

 11 Oct 2020

Tabers Fall Classic Mini Golf Tournament presented by 105.5

 01 Oct 2020

Minigolf European Champions League Final

 25 Sep 2020

Open African Championships

 19 Sep 2020

Finnish Adventure Golf Masters

 19 Sep 2020

4th Matterhorn International Pro-Am

 12 Sep 2020

Lee Stoddard Maine State Dolphin Open




LATEST NEWS

United Kingdom 22 Oct 2020 at 12:43 | PatPenguin
Chapman’s victory at the BMGA Champs creates triple history

United States of America 18 Oct 2020 at 13:48 | PatPenguin
Statum wins 2020 USPMGA Masters

United States of America 14 Oct 2020 at 13:40 | PatPenguin
It is All Highlights at the Taber's Fall Classic

United Kingdom 05 Oct 2020 at 13:43 | PatPenguin
Michael Smith takes seventh British Open

Iran 30 Sep 2020 at 13:35 | PatPenguin
The Second Round of Mini-Golf Media Cup

United States of America 23 Sep 2020 at 13:24 | PatPenguin
Koerner Takes First Title in Tight Matterhorn Tournament

United States of America 17 Sep 2020 at 14:28 | PatPenguin
Seymour Comes Back to Defend Lee Stoddard Dolphin Open Title

United States of America 03 Sep 2020 at 13:33 | PatPenguin
Stewart and Graybeal Find Success in Tennessee

United States of America 02 Sep 2020 at 13:41 | PatPenguin
Fishing for a Win at the O-Street $1,000 Tournament

United States of America 31 Aug 2020 at 13:40 | PatPenguin
Sheridan Goes Back-to-Back at Farmington

Malta 25 Aug 2020 at 12:54 | PatPenguin
Malta Joins WMF