Crazy Golf family fun at Dock Park Dumfries

On a sunny afternoon, armed with a telephoto zoom not to disturb the game, I went to Dock Park to document some families playing crazy golf.

Dock Park, developed at the end of the nineteenth century, epitomises the Victorian idea of green spaces in urban centres where people of all walks of life could enjoy nature free of charge. It is the oldest park in Dumfries. Understandably I keep eyeing it as a promising ‘urban repose’ lifestyle location for one of my Urban Portraits Dumfries project sessions as the the 9-hectares park features some historic structures and is often used for local events and festivities.

Dock Park was recently renovated and revitalised to transform a rather tired looking urban location into the one that fits the needs of the contemporary town inhabitants. A lot of effort was invested to create an attractive and entertaining  place in the heart of Dumfries. The 2014 relaunch ceremony was attended by Earl and Countess of Wessex. The newly designed and built Peter Pan themed crazy golf course was a hit and Prince Edward and Sophie couldn’t resist to take a swing.

Of all the park structures I particularly favour this lovely mini course for its fun potential. Well, it was good enough for the royal couple, wasn’t it?! The photos below are my sketches/observations of the location – I was looking for authentic interactions and experiences of the real families playing the game.

Father teaching golf moves at Crazy Golf at Dock Park

Father teaching golf moves at Crazy Golf at Dock Park Dumfries

I love how the flowerbeds soften the mini golf course lines

I love how the flowerbeds soften the mini golf course lines

A girl waiting for her turn at crazy golf

Waiting for her turn

Only built in 2014, the course became a favourite weekend spot for the local familities

Only built in 2014, the course became a favourite weekend spot for the local familities

A boy preparing to putt at Peter Pan themed mini golf set at Dock Park

Preparing to putt

Stylised benches for the break in the game

Stylised benches for the break in the game

A wider view

A wider view

You can see more photos of families enjoying the park facilities in my Crazy Golf at Dock Park Dumfries Flickr gallery.