Hi, it's Steve Lovell. I hope wherever you in the world, this finds you safe and well with those you hold dear. As we all know, minigolf has the incredible power to unite us all and during the time of Covid-19, this is heighetened. I've spoken to a few friends around the world to ask them the same three questions about the situation we face.
How badly has Covid-19 affected your country?
When do you think you could be playing minigolf again?
Have you managed to do any minigolf activities at home, like Puttathome or made any obstacles?
Our third interviewee hails from Poland and goes by the name of Maciej Madrowski.
Hi, my name is Maciej Madrowski, I’m 34, from Poland. I live in a town on the Baltic Sea coast in the north. I'm the president of my city's minigolf club, KS Minigolf Kolobrzeg. I have been playing minigolf since I was a teenager.
The ban on outdoor sports activities due to the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted in Poland on May 4th, but with restrictions (only training, no competitions, groups of a maximum of six people at one time, social distancing of 1,5 metres with a covered mouth and nose), so we have decided to do some practice on Monday, May 4th. Our club is rather small, only around ten active players, five of whom showed up. We had about 2 hours of individual practice. Really it was more of a chance to see each other, talk and hang out, which we've been missing for the last seven weeks of lockdown.
I've managed to record some #puttathome videos and post one on Facebook, many minigolf players in Poland did the same, as a sign of solidarity with Italy, where the pandemic seems to hit the hardest. It was a simple "net" style jump obstacle, with the target being a glass on its side, which turned out to be a rather bad idea, as it broke when hit with the ball. However, it was lots of fun and our Italian friends took the breaking of the glass a sign of good fortune for the future!
Thank you to Maciej for his time, as well as Jens and Vanette.