Top 5 benefits of minigolf for kids & family

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We all know that minigolf is fun, but is it actually good for you? The answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’ Read this brief summary of the benefits of playing minigolf to find out just how good minigolf is for you, your kids and your family.

1. Playing minigolf can burn off 300 calories an hour

That is comparable to an hour’s brisk walk. An adult will burn around 300 calories an hour and it’s good for your kids too, giving them a good cardiovascular workout.

2. Social skills

Kids will learn sportsmanship and fair play on the minigolf course, coupled with following rules and being respectful to others. It is also a good lesson in self-control and perseverance to get a result. Healthy competitiveness is the order of the day out on the minigolf course.

3. Educational benefits

Hand-eye coordination is required for a good putt. Kids can develop it while having a fun time. They can learn the logic of good form and technique: a good stance and a good swing lead to better results.

4. It isn’t Xbox!

Fresh air and free movement in the real physical world takes them away from their mobiles, video games and computers. Minigolf isn’t virtual reality, it IS reality! And fun reality too!

5. Family bonding

Families often don’t get enough time together engaging in fun activities. A trip to the local crazy golf course (or a Putterfingers hire for the garden) as a family can strengthen bonds and allow family members to compete in a fun atmosphere during their leisure time. Funny how in family photos from the minigolf course, everybody is always grinning their heads off.

So there are the top 5 ways minigolf is good for you, your kids and your family. Hire a Putterfingers course for a weekend to find out how much fun it is!

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The Eiffel Tower has a minigolf course for a week!

Gallic landmark hosts sky-high putting action

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It’s fairly common to see an Eiffel Tower obstacle out on a minigolf course – after all, its inviting arch makes a natural target to putt through. La Tour Eiffel pops up most often on ’round the world’ – type courses featuring famous landmarks. Made out of metal, wood or whatever came to hand, the giraffe-like structure is a pleasing addition to any minigolf course.

So what if we told you that now you can play minigolf ON the Eiffel Tower rather than through a miniature version of it? That’s right, there is now a minigolf course on the viewing platform of the actual Eiffel Tower! In Paris!

It’s all part of the build-up to the 28th of September 2018, the day the next Ryder Cup starts. The big ‘big golf’ event will be held at Le Golf National near Paris, and the organisers have only gone and bagged the city’s most famous landmark for some promotional stunts, including the two team captains hitting golf balls off the tower down the Champ de Mars (what people picnicking down there thought of this has not been reported).

And as part of these events, for the first time ever a minigolf course has been installed on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. It’s a themed 6-hole ‘tour of Paris’ with players putting past the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and – guess what – an itty-bitty Eiffel Tower, on their way to the Ryder Cup itself. With the thousands of visitors to the tower each day, it’s bound to generate extra ticket sales for the Ryder Cup.

It’s only there for a week, but we think it’s a great piece of marketing from the Ryder Cup folks. If you’re in Paris this week and are OK with heights, go and have a play!

Here’s a report on this amazing attraction (with photos) from golfshake.com.

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The minigolf course is up there on the first floor.

Halloween minigolf action around the UK

Putting Pumpkins, it’s Halloween!


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Here’s a rundown of ghoulish Halloween minigolf action going on around the UK. It’s half term, so it’s a great time to take the kids out for some scary-ish putting action. A number of adventure golf courses and themed attractions are putting on spooky putting events, so read this and see if there’s one behind you … I mean near you.

October already! But that means half-term and Halloween at the end of the month – and we've got lots of spooky fun…

Posted by Four Ashes Golf Centre on Sunday, October 1, 2017

Four Ashes Golf Centre in Solihull have Spooky Adventure Golf during the half term week, with a free trick or treat tub for each kid and free hot chocolate before 12 pm.

Globalls in Brighton have glow-in-the-dark creepies on their Jurassic course for an extra-spooky UV experience.

Lost World Adventure Golf, Hemsby have made their course super-scary for some petrifying putting.

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Tee Rex Golf in Cardiff has been infested by spiders, ghouls and ghosts waiting in the shadows to jump out at you.

Chichester Golf Club have creepy things going on at their adventure golf course, with a halloween fun and pumpkin lighting event from 2 to 6 pm on Friday the 27th.

Codonas Amusement and Theme Park’s in Aberdeen is ghosting … I mean hosting its CarnEvil Haunted Walkthrough on Friday from 6-11pm (This one is for 15 + only).

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Forest of Dean Adventure Golf are holding a ‘Putt and Pose’ competition on Saturday 28th from 6-8 pm with a prize for the best Halloween costume (adult and child categories).

Haigh Woodland Park, Wigan have Pumpkin Carving; Flower Cauldron Making; Ice Scream Party; Pig Tail Trail (Sunday); Halloween at Crazy Golf (Sunday).

These are some of the spooky minigolf events that we are aware of here at Putterfingers Plaza. It’s pretty easy to find one near you – try googling ‘Halloween minigolf’, ‘Halloween crazy golf’ or ‘Halloween adventure golf’ along with your locality.

For more Halloween minigolf action in the UK and abroad, check out minigolf supremo Richard Gottfried’s blog posts about Halloween.

 

Portable Putting Pleasure: The 3 P’s of Putterfingers

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Set up a Putterfingers course anywhere you like!

What you see in the back of this typical family car is a complete minigolf course: interlocking astro grass tiles, obstacles, putters, balls, putting cups, hole markers, scorepads and pencils. So the lucky owners of this course can take it anywhere they like and set it up in half an hour for a minigolf party, anywhere!

They have bought the course because they want to use it all year round. It goes without saying that if you hire a course, we deliver it to your venue and take it away again afterwards (though you won’t want us to!).

The photo shows the large course. Our medium and small (Funsize and Bitesize) courses are even more compact for easy transportation.

When we came up with the Putterfingers concept, we wanted to create the ultimate portable minigolf system that can be set up anywhere and used in wet or dry, with challenging obstacles and a modular format that can be arranged to fit any space, indoors or outdoors. We also designed it to fit into a standard lift shaft, so that events on the upper floors of buildings can be catered for too. Happily the British public took to it and it has become a popular hire for parties, weddings and fundraising events around the UK. Its portable and modular nature mean it is easy to set up and take down, which makes it ideal to hire for one or two-day events.

Buying a course is an option when it is needed over longer periods or used in multiple locations. For example, we have sold courses to pubs who put them out in their gardens in the Summer and pack them away in the Winter. But a Putterfingers course keeps on giving. Because it is modular, part of it can be set up indoors to keep the putting action going through the Winter. Just one or two holes at strategic locations keeps the putting punters satisfied. So pubs get 5 P’s: Portable Putting Pleasure for Putting Punters … or something.

Whether it’s for a wedding, party, corporate event, party, or just for the pleasure of owning a portable minigolf course, Putterfingers are the minigolf hire masters.

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Minigolf breaks the ice during Freshers’ Week

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University of Hertfordshire Welcome Fest Sept 2015 photography by Pete Stevens

Universities and colleges pull out all the stops in September/October to make Freshers’ Week as fun as possible for their new intake of students. Societies scramble to recruit members, industrial amounts of beer are drunk and everybody gets to know their classmates for the coming year. A big part of the ‘ents’ budget goes on concerts and shows, but the students’ union needs to be a fun place in between these events as well.

We have found over the years that minigolf fits the bill nicely as an icebreaker during Freshers’ Week. It’s fun, colourful and as competitive as you want to make it. Students love to mingle over a round of minigolf, and it can even raise funds for charity at the same time if the students’ union organises a sponsored putt or mini-golfathon. Here are a few snaps from just two of the many Freshers’ Weeks Putterfingers have supplied.

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Photography by Pete Stevens

We can supply various sizes of course from 4 holes to 9 holes, and the putting surface will not damage floors thanks to its rubberised backing. It can be used outdoors too, anywhere with a reasonably flat surface such as a lawn, plaza or campus path. We supply everything needed: putting surface, side bumpers, putters, balls, score cards and pencils, putting cups, obstacles and hole cones. A complete portable minigolf course can fit into a standard lift shaft, so whichever floor of the students’ union it need to get to, that shouldn’t be a problem.

The putting surface tiles are square and made from astro grass on a rubberised backing. They interlock together to create a variety of different hole shapes, and this means a course can be built around existing objects and furniture – there’s no need to clear a large space to set it up.

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Sheffield Hallam University’s Freshers Week in the students’ union foyer

So with Fresher’s Week fast approaching, now’s a good time to order a Putterfingers minigolf course hire to start off the academic year with a bit of fun. We deliver to anywhere on the UK mainland.

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Fundraising? Stage a Minigolf marathon!

As thousands of runners of all ages and abilities head for the start line of the London Marathon this weekend, many will be taking part to raise funds for their chosen charities. You don’t necessarily have to dress as a muppet or a banana to run the marathon for charity, but it does tend to get you more sponsorship!

There’s another type of marathon that really works for fundraising, and isn’t anywhere near as exhausting as running (or staggering) twenty-six and a bit miles. The relatively gentle setting of a nine-hole minigolf course can be a fundraising magnet if you stage the event right. Here’s how to do a mini-golfathon!

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Balls and scorecards ready for a minigolf marathon
  1. Pick your day. You’ll need several weeks or longer to publicise the event, and for participants to raise sponsorship. For a Summer mini golfathon, the time to start planning is now.
  2. Plan the event format. It can be a 24-hour mini-golfathon where total number of holes putted can approach 250. Players sponsored per hole will raise quite a lot if they have the stamina! Make sure drinks and snacks are available for everybody. Alternatively, players can get sponsored for how many holes they putt in an hour, two hours, or another period that fits with your event arrangements.
  3. Secure a venue. It can be indoors or outdoors, as our equipment works just as well either way.
  4. Check with Putterfingers for course hire availability on your planned day. We usually have enough stock to accommodate everyone, but at particularly busy periods such as the Summer months it’s worth calling us to see if we can cater for you.
  5. Get your publicity out there. We can help you on the day with minigolf course branding to promote your cause, but the lion’s share of the donkey work (to use a mixed animal metaphor) is up to you!
  6. Approach local celebrities or public figures such as MPs, mayors and business leaders. Ask them to participate by hitting the first putt, speaking, or engaging in a photo opportunity with the public. Even better if you can do this before the event as well as during it, to raise interest and gain sponsored players. We can provide customised sponsorship forms if you don’t have time and resources to make your own.
  7. Order your personalised scorecards from Putterfingers. It can take us a couple of weeks to get them printed for you.
  8. Do more publicity. You can never do too much!
  9. Ask local companies to sponsor a hole. They get publicity from it, and you get money for your cause. It’s a win-win. We can assist with adding their company branding to hole flags and course edge bumpers.
  10. Arrange delivery and collection of your Putterfingers kit. We supply:
  • A 9-hole crazy golf course
  • Plenty of putters and balls
  • Scorecards
  • Golf flags
  • Sponsorship forms, if required
  • A staff member to assist with organisation on the day (subject to location)
  • Organiser packs with complete golfathon instructions.

Here’s an example of a mini golfathon staged by the charity Guide Dogs.

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A clever idea to promote the cause – avoid street clutter with your putter
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Local dignitaries participated
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The branded putting surface promoting the charity

Planning a Summer fundraising event? Call Putterfingers on 08450 570321 or email office@connectedshopping.com!

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Spring minigolf course openings around England

There’s plenty happening in the minigolf world as the weather warms up and we all emerge from our winter holes! From now until Octoberish, minigolfers will have the delights of al fresco putting as well as the year-round fun of indoor adventure golf. Hardcore minigolfers will have carried on through the winter regardless, but in terms of numbers out on the courses, Spring and Summer are peak times. Minigolf attractions are gearing up for the increased footfall by reimagining themselves or opening for the first time. Whether indoors or outdoors, minigolf is in full swing. Here are a few of the exciting things going on this Spring.

Birdies at Roof East

Let’s start in the capital, where urban park Roof East in Stratford will be back on the 4th of May with an offering that includes a roller disco, cinema, crazy golf and bowls. The Social, Fun & Games Club is home to Birdies Rooftop Crazy Golf, a popular destination in recent years, with a bar open from noon at weekends and 5pm on weekdays and tickets at £8 for a round of minigolf.

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Birdies rooftop crazy golf will be open for Spring crowds on the 4th of May

Bents Garden & Home

We’ve been tweeting and facebooking about the exciting new dinosaur adventure golf park at Bents Garden and Home in Glazebury, Cheshire. Now it’s open, and here’s a first look inside with a gallery of photos of the nine-holer and its life-sized moving dinosaurs. Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf is open 10 to 17:30 with the last ball served 30 minutes before closing. Just keep your eyes peeled for large hungry raptors.

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Dinosaur toothpase tubes are quite big. Or we may have misunderstood what this man is doing

Devon’s Jurassic adventure golf park

Another Jurassic-themed adventure golf park has opened its doors down in Devon. We’ve been following the development of the attraction at Seafield Gardens in Seaton as the it was being built on the site of the former putting green, and wish Seaton all the best with its newly completed minigolf landmark. Here’s some local news and info about it.

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Local Councillors tee off at the opening ceremony in Seaton

Aldershot Lido

Crazy golf is part of a plan being touted for the redevelopment of Aldershot’s lido. However, there is quite strong local opposition to the plan as it would see the much-loved lido pool disappear and be replaced with a giant splash pad. We love minigolf, but don’t want to see it built at the expense of any local treasures. We’ll report on any developments in this story.

Aldershot lido, Spring 2017
It would be a shame if this has to go

 

As always, for all your Spring minigolf needs, whether it be course hire, putters, balls, obstacles, novelty balls, gifts, wedding minigolf hire, or branded courses for events, get in touch with Putterfingers, the minigolf masters.

08450 570321

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www.putterfingers.co.uk

 

 

 

Create your own minigolf puzzle!

If you’re given 36 square tiles, how many different combinations can you arrange them in? According to one quick calculation, it’s 7140. We’re not mathematicians, but that’s one answer we have obtained and please correct us if the number should be higher or lower. But one thing we do know is that with Putterfingers astrograss putting surface tiles that interlock to create a smooth and seamless putting green, the number of combinations is … well, a lot.

Our Supersize course has 36 tiles. In theory, you could create one very long putting hole (36 metres or 118 feet!), or a 6 by 6 square with various obstacles and multiple cups to sink the ball into. But you’ll probably want a 9-hole course with greens numbered 1 to 9 if you want your score cards to have a score for a number of separate holes. Let’s look at some of the various shapes that can be made by simply slotting the tiles together.

First, the procedure to create a minigolf hole is simple and consists of four easy steps. The image below shows the four stages:

  • Lay out the tiles in the desired pattern.
  • Join the tiles together via the dovetailed interlocks on their edges.
  • Add foam bumper edges, which attach with velcro.
  • Add obstacles and a hole.

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Obviously a straight hole is the simplest option, but you can create a number of different combinations to make the holes more interesting and challenging. The foam bumpers can also be used as obstacles and for bank shots. Here are a few ideas for holes with 3 or 4 tiles.

Create minigolf putting green tiles

It’s possible to get a hole in one on these designs with a bit of practice. But if you want more fiendish holes that are par 2’s or 3’s, you can get more creative and do things like this:

Crazy golf putting green tiles combinations

You won’t get 9 holes if you’re using 12 tiles per hole as in the above picture, but you can stage a putting challenge with 3 large and challenging holes similar to these, to see who can hole out with the fewest strokes.

If you hire a course and we set it up for you, we’ll usually set up 9 holes in a variety of shapes with an average of 4 tiles per hole. But with the flexibility our modular system provides, there are so many ways to set up a course that each course will be unique in its layout of tiles, bumpers and obstacles.

If you buy a course, then every time you set it out it can be different!

To find out more about our modular putting system, call 08450 570 321 or email office@connectedshopping.com

Dawlish minigolf course entrepreneur needed

Last week we posted on Facebook about the uncertain future of the minigolf course in Dawlish. Teignbridge Council had decided the course was dangerous and would have to be demolished. This caused a furore among town councillors who said they had not been consulted about what would replace the historic minigolf course and were left in the dark about future plans for the site. The ire of local minigolfers and travelling putters was not mentioned, but we can only assume the would consider it a great loss to the minigolf world.

Well, a week is a long time in minigolf. According to the Torquay Herald Express, the area is to be redeveloped but the minigolf course will remain, albeit with some re-landscaping.

Dawlish minigolf course redeveloped business opportunity

The Exe Estuary Trail cycle route is to be extended through Dawlish and this will require widening an existing footpath running next to the minigolf course. Some modifications will be necessary to the course, but it will remain in place … if the Council can find somebody willing to run it.

A Teignbridge Council spokesman said: “As part of the alterations, Teignbridge looked at what improvements could be made to the existing Mini Golf Course.

“Investigations were made and it was felt that there was an opportunity to invite Expressions of Interest to take on the running of the mini golf for a minimum term of five years so that it could be open all year round. Any improvements proposed could involve modernising the course and making it more of an attraction to the area.

“This will hopefully offer an exciting business opportunity for someone to invest in the town as we look to welcome visitors to Dawlish all year round.”

So if you are a minigolf fan with an entrepreneurial bent and/or deep pockets, here is your chance to run your own course – and one steeped in minigolf history.

Interested parties are to invited complete an Expressions of Interest form by 12pm on Friday, February 17.

Planning an event or wedding in 2017: Hire a minigolf course from Putterfingers for friendly service and a lot of putting fun!

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Inaugural Irish Minigolf Open and other news

2017 has only just begun. There hasn’t been any proper snow yet, but there is a flurry of minigolf news. The first Irish minigolf Open will happen this year, a new course is planned in Nottinghamshire, and Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle is fast becoming the hippest place in the UK after the opening of Ghetto Golf.

The Inaugural Irish Minigolf Open

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The weekend of the 18th and 19th of February will see the first ever Irish Minigolf Open take place at Rainforest Adventure Golf in Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin. It will be the first World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) sanctioned competition in the Republic of Ireland and some top players from across Europe are expected to be there to play 8 rounds over two days for prize money. There will also be a tournament for local players with some prize money involved.

Sean Homer, President of the BMGA, said, ‘The course will provide a brilliant venue and challenge for all the players who take part and we will see some top class Minigolf over the weekend in February. I am sure that the generous prize fund and hospitality that Dublin has to offer will appeal to players from across Europe and that, along with a sizable field of local players adds up to what promises to be a superb weekend in Ireland.’

Registrations are open at €40 for international players and €20 for Irish players. Online registration can be done here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/irish-minigolf-open-2017-registration-29403079402

New dinosaur-themed course in Nottingham?

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Apart from dinosaur eggs and T-Rex bones, another obstacle for a new adventure golf course planned at the Riverside Golf Centre is Nottingham Council planning permission. If given the green light, the outdoor Jurassic-themed course will be added to the existing golf course, driving range, short course and footgolf facilities. (Footgolf is golf with a football and, obviously, a bigger hole, and it’s really catching on).

Owner of Riverside Golf Centre Declan Malone says, ‘This will be a new adventure golf facility similar to crazy golf or pitch and putt … it will be an outdoor facility similar to what Trent Lock Golf Centre and Ramsdale Park Golf Centre have developed.’

We’ll keep you updated on developments.

Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle officially very hip indeed

We’ve blogged before about Ghetto Golf, the new crazy golf experience in Liverpool. The Liverpool Echo reckons it is one of the top reasons why the Baltic Triangle is one of the hippest places in the UK at the moment. If this photo is anything to go by, they are right.

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Hipsters are starting to show their age!

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