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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 20th November, 2012)

Refurbished crazy golf, Haigh Hall

Refurbished crazy golf, Haigh Hall
With the hard work and dedication of The Friends of Haigh Hall, they power washed the paths, cut the grass, repaired and painted the obstacles.

Now they are to run it. After years of neglect by the management. By next year they are to have the railway up and running.

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Canon Powershot)
Views: 4,165

Comment by: Ken R on 20th November 2012 at 00:02

Sounds good Ron, keep up the good work I may try a ride on that railway.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 20th November 2012 at 02:09

Yay!!!! Crazy Golf I love it!!!!!! We call it Putt-Putt over here, but however ya spell it I love it. Good on you hard working people, well done!! :-) thanks for the pic Ron, cheers!!!

Comment by: hindleyite on 20th November 2012 at 05:31

Great job.Well done everyone.

Comment by: Jonathan on 20th November 2012 at 07:11

Where abouts in Haigh Haill is this?

Comment by: peterp on 20th November 2012 at 07:13

At first glance I thought it was a shot of a housing project.Good luck to the volenteers

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 20th November 2012 at 07:51

well done to one and all
PS when did the railway stop running?

Comment by: Mick on 20th November 2012 at 08:45

Railway was still running in April of this year because I videoed it.


Comment by: Janice on 20th November 2012 at 10:55

Great job - well done. I will certainly have a go. Still young at heart (and a lot younger than Ernest) Fancy a game? We should have Photo-a-day participants battle. Sorry Lizzie Down Under and all other distant Wiganers.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 20th November 2012 at 11:48

Janice ,good idea, I'm up for it, if it comes to fruition, we would,in the future be able to put names to faces. We could send photographs. to Lizzie, and our other long distance friends who could be with us in spirit !.
I hope other devotees of the site feel interested in a game, and a cup of coffee in the cafe afterwards.

Comment by: Alan H on 20th November 2012 at 14:07

Great idea, count me in.

Comment by: Ron D on 20th November 2012 at 15:00

The track was declared unsafe late spring ,and the train hasn't run all summer.
The crazy golf is near the entrance to the walled gardens.

Comment by: cullie on 20th November 2012 at 16:29

i'll come and lay the new track after all thats my day time job .

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 20th November 2012 at 17:37

Hi Janice! Yes it would take a mighty effort to get to Haigh Hall for a round of crazy golf. Maybe I should put it on my bucket list, hee hee!!! Cheers!!!

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 20th November 2012 at 17:47

Thomas that would be great to have a photo of you all, truly it should be the start of a social get together for you all which would be a support for Haigh Hall. I would definitely be there in spirit!!!! Cheers!!

Comment by: BrianB on 20th November 2012 at 18:46

Not the same railway Mick.
There were three railways at Haigh.
The miniature one next to the pitch and put which I understand is in storage awaiting the kind attention of the friends group.The one run by the council which Ron D refers to and the one run by the Wigan and District Model engineering society.The last one is is still very much in use.

Comment by: Janice on 20th November 2012 at 23:29

Great to see the interest in the 'golf tournament'. As soon as it is officialy open and we have a nice day - let' do it!

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 21st November 2012 at 10:56

Janice, in Mesnes Park, years ago, there were three bowling greens, a putting green and nine tennis courts.
Then the middle bowling green became a putting green and the putting green became a crazy golf course.
The putting green later reverted back to a bowling green.
The Restoration Project ref :-
mentions a Bowling Pavilion.

Comment by: ben on 21st November 2012 at 11:55

CULLIE - hi cullie, can you email me with more details about how you can help laying the track. I am a member of FOHCP and we're looking for people to help with the train.
my email address is


hope to hear from you.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 21st November 2012 at 19:41

How wonderful I can see it now you all could start up " The Friends of Haigh Hall Crazy Golf " I love it!!!!! Cheers!!!!

Comment by: ben on 22nd November 2012 at 02:53

i believe the FOHCP group may be looking for volunteers to run the crazy golf next summer, get in touch with them if you want to help

Comment by: Maggie K on 22nd November 2012 at 04:19

Great photo - my grandson complains every time I take him to Haigh Hall about the crazy golf being closed he will be so pleased when it is in use again. Well done the friends of Haigh Hall - what a good job volunteers are doing in Wigan. Hindley Station, Sussex Close and the other 'In Bloom' volunteers also do an excellent job around the Borough.

Comment by: Rhys on 22nd November 2012 at 08:27

Rhys age 5 says I am very pleased the golf course will be open for me to play on it with Grannie Annie and my Grandma.

Comment by: danny dewhurst on 25th November 2012 at 08:40

good to see!what year did the old grass pitch and putt disappear,does anyone know?Loved it as a kid.The old cabin was run by Mr.Rudd who was an employee at the course for many years.

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