Back in June 2016 we supplied and set up a Supersize office crazy golf course at the London head office of Internet marketing company Criteo. The course was set up at their Bloomsbury offices for a social function. This year they called us again asking for a repeat performance, with ‘something a little different this time’. Happy to oblige, we created a set of special putting obstacles for Criteo’s party which depict London icons: a red bus, a red phone box, a black taxi and Tower Bridge.
We also got creative with the hole layouts to make them pretty challenging, but not ridiculously challenging, so that guests could still have fun. Maybe our photography skills are not the greatest – our photographer here got his own shadow in the frame – but it doesn’t matter, because the emphasis was on providing Criteo with the best office crazy golf experience we could. Actually the hole in the foreground is pretty fiendish, come to think of it. If you can hit a 3 on that you’re doing well, unless you go airborne to get over the foam bumpers. A well-placed book or coaster might help there!
Once again Ruby Cassin-Davies, Workplace Experience Office Manager for Criteo, was delighted with the crazy golf and she really appreciated the bespoke obstacles of London icons.
The good weather was a bonus, and with a rooftop terrace just outside it must have been a great party. Incidentally, Putterfingers astro grass interlocking floor mats are UV-treated to protect them from strong sunlight so they won’t lose their colour. So the course could equally well have been outside on the terrace. On the flipside, if it rains then the tiles will drain quickly thanks to the hundreds of little holes they have. There is never any standing water on the putting surface, so play can go on straight after a shower.
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Office minigolf is one of the hottest office party hires in London. One of our recent customers, communications agency Hive Health Group, have been kind enough to send us some photos of their Putterfingers minigolf course in place at their offices in Piccadilly, London.
‘Our event went really well and everyone had a great time playing mini golf in the office,’ said Prateek Shah, Finance Manager. He didn’t mention who was responsible for putting a cow on the course though, but we think it’s an imaginative addition!
Minigolf is the perfect entertainment to hire for an office party because it brings people together who might not normally interact, and colleages learn something about each other as it soon becomes clear who is the most competitive – if it wasn’t already!
Staff can improvise by adding extra items like pot plants to the courses – or raising a corner of a hole, as seen in the photo above, to make it even more challenging. Office minigolf allows staff to relax and socialise whilst remaining competitive.
Harking back to 2015 and an office minigolf hire to Next15, another communications agency, these were some comments we received from them:
‘Putterfingers have been a great company to do business with, everything was very quick and simple all the communication was very clear and if I had any questions I knew I would get a quick response back.
This is the 2nd time we have used Putterfingers and it won’t be the last. The mini golf idea is fantastic and it really creates a wonderful atmosphere around the office.’
Putterfingers have also supplied mingolf courses to Facebook, Criteo and other leading firms.
Hot on the heels of our successful minigolf event at the London offices of Facebook, Putterfingers were off to the capital again after a call from internet company Criteo. They wanted to hire a Supersize course to grace a golf-themed social event at their offices in Bloomsbury. No problem – Shelley and Richard were on time and on hand to set up the matting, obstacles, holes, putters and balls to create a 9-hole festival of minigolf. Ruby Cassin-Davies of Criteo said after the event, ‘I wanted to email, on behalf of Criteo, to say a very big thank you to you both for your work yesterday evening- it was such fun and looked amazing, much appreciated.’
The Supersize course was just right for their large room leading to the rooftop terrace.
When Putterfingers arrived, the facilities manager was zooming round the top floor on a hoverboard, and that set the tone for the kind of place it is. They have table tennis which they moved to accommodate the Putterfingers course, table football, a bright red phone box, loud music, art on the walls and a bar that looked set to flow the moment the post-work event began at 5:30 pm. The view from the rooftop terrace is amazing, with the London Eye spinning and the British Museum just down the street.
The CEO – who is rumoured not to attend very many company social events – was spotted having a putt, and the facilities manager, whose job involves making these offices as pleasant a place to work in as possible – also had a go.
We were pretty excited when we got the call from Facebook. What would their offices be like? Would we meet Mark Zuckerberg? We didn’t, but we just missed Bill Gates – honestly! The Microsoft legend and philanthropist had dropped in just before we got there. Cue starstruck squeals from us.
Facebook asked for a 9-hole course to grace an internal event. We dispatched James and Richard to central London to set it up. The first obstacle (pun intended) they encountered was the tight security, as you would imagine at the world’s biggest social media firm. (We can’t disclose the details, because then we’d have to kill you). Moving on, one floor of Facebook’s London offices became The Crazy Golf Clubhouse for the day, complete with signage and Facebook-branded scorecards.
Facebook went for our Fun Size Course. It was perfect for a room of this size. This is our standard 9 hole portable golf course (as the name suggests)!
The package consists of:
27 x 1msq astro grass tiles
Foam edge bumpers
Assorted obstacle pieces
9 rubber headed putters
9 low bounce balls
Scorecards, clipboards and pencils
Number cones 1-9
The courses can be hired as they are, or branded with company logos and other insignia by prior arrangement with us. All courses are also available for purchase, either to create a more permanent fixture or to store and use when the occasion demands – the equipment is fully portable and easy to set up. Our Supersize course is also a 9-holer but with more tiles to create an expanded putting surface. We also supply all the equipment you need: putters, balls, obstacles, flags – you name it! Browse our store to see what else we offer.
With the U.S. Masters kicking off in Augusta on the 6th of April, there’ll be an extra media buzz around golf in the coming weeks. Why not ride on the back of it by arranging a branded minigolf hire and staging a Mini Masters minigolf tournament, fully branded to your business? Putterfingers.co.uk are experienced in providing everything you need to stage this type of event – even down to branded Mini Masters score cards.
Here’s what the Happen Innovation Agency said about their branded minigolf hire:
‘Fantastic from start to finish. We all had a great time, Putterfingers set up on time and where they to take away the equipment on time. Would not hesitate to use again. Overall a very good experience.’
And here’s feedback from Morrisons:
‘Many thanks to Shelley and Putterfingers for supporting us in our corporate event, the service and support receive throughout the ordering and delivery process was first class, especially as we requested the mini golf at short notice. We used the mini golf setup with obstacles to set our managers the challenge of finding the shortest solution to get the ball in the hole, thus using the golf as an analogy to overcome obstacles in the workflow processes. The golf equipment was of good quality and easy to put together, and we as the management team where able to add some fun to a corporate learning event. We would definitely recommend Putterfingers to anyone looking add a something different to their event.’
Do you have a corporate event coming up this Spring or Summer? Would you like to make it a memorable one where everybody can participate in a fun competitive sport on courses that are fully branded with your company logos? Go the whole hog with a 9-hole course if you want to stage a minigolf Masters or keep minigolf as a sideshow with a single putting green. There is a range of options in between to suit any venue size and events budget.
Another great idea is to have a small minigolf putting green at your stand at the next industry conference you are exhibiting at. It creates a focus around your stand and gives attendees a reason to linger around it, increasing your chances of engaging with them. What’s not to like about that?