National Miniature Golf Day this Saturday!

National Miniature Golf Day

It’s almost here again – National Miniature Golf Day! Minigolf enthusiasts like us are excited because not only is this Saturday dedicated to our sport, but other things are happening too – read on to find out. It’s time to head to your nearest minigolf/crazy golf/adventure golf course and see what’s on offer. Some courses might be offering discounts on Saturday by way of promoting the sport.

Wondering how to find a minigolf course near you? For a pretty much definitive list of Britain’s minigolf courses, written by someone who has played over 700 of them – head over to Richard Gottfried’s blog for descriptions of and information on each one. There’s sure to be one near you to play on during National Miniature Golf Week.

The Himalayas St Andrews Ladies Putting Club

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the world’s first miniature golf course, the green known as the Himalayas at St Andrews Ladies’ Putting Club.  It was created to prevent the ‘unseemly’ spectacle of a lady raising her club above her shoulder – something which is still unseemly, not to mention inaccurate and potentially dangerous – on modern mini golf courses for either sex!

May is also National Golf Month. This year it is dedicated to getting more women into golf. Heaven forbid they should raise their clubs above the shoulder … which of course they will. It’s hard to hit a drive from a putting stance!

National Golf Month

And just a few weeks away, there will be a fantastic festival of minigolf at the World Minigolf Championships at Hastings Adventure Golf on the seafront. Last year Britain’s superstar Michael Smith won by four strokes from Sean Homer. Expect to see him fired up to defend his title this year. The World Champs are on the 10th and 11th of June.

World Mini golf Championships Hastings

So get down to your local course this National Miniature Golf Day, grab a putter and find out why so many people love minigolf!

For all minigolf needs, we’re the minigolf masters. Find out what we do at www.putterfingers.co.uk !

Now that’s a club!

It’s often assumed that that ‘big’ golf is all serious, and crazy golf is where silly things happen involving windmills and dinosaurs. But to think that is to reckon without Danish golf trick shot supremo Karsten Maas. He makes silly things happen on a full-size golf course. He can drive a golf ball with practically anything, even if it’s bent or floppy or 18 inches long or 13 feet long or has a hammer on the end. He hasn’t tried a cat yet, but we won’t rule it out. A golf professional, he has been travelling the world since 2003 with his amazing collection of strange clubs, and entertaining audiences with his trick shot skills. Here is a video of the maestro himself displaying the assortment of objects he can drive a golf ball with.

Karsten Maas currently holds the world record for Longest Usable Golf Club, having hit a ball 165 metres with a monster 4.09 metre long driver. Here he is showing off the mega-club and driving a ball with it. The double follow-through is an obvious necessity.

The rules of ‘big golf’ limit the length of clubs to 48 inches, so Maas’s Clubzilla could not be used in competitive golf. But he has been wielding it for years and can drive a ball straight with it as long as there is room for him to stand four metres away from the tee, and there’s nobody else standing nearby.

We’re wondering about the potential for novelty clubs in minigolf. How about floppy ones? Telescopic ones? Bent ones? Extremely long ones? It would add an extra dimension to crazy golf adventure parks and warehouse bar clubs, wouldn’t it? Especially after a drink or two. One time-honoured way of holing out in non-competitive crazy golf is to lie down and use your putter like a pool cue. Let us know if you have seen any bizarre objects used as putters, or any bizarre putters.

And, of course, merry Christmas and a fantastic 2017 from the team at Putterfingers!

Christmas gift ideas from Putterfingers

Minigolf Christmas stocking fillers

For the golf nut in your life, look no further than Putterfingers for Christmas gift ideas. They are all available direct from our store. Here are a few to start you browsing:

Putt Returner

Putterfingers putt returner

Get your own back – your ball that is – with the simple and effective putt returner. It sends the ball right back to you so you can just keep putting in an endless loop.

Trick Balls

Putterfingers trick golf balls

The Awesome Foursome of Unputtaball, Jetstreamer, Cloud-Flite Exploder and Phantom Ball. Very funny when used on unsuspecting friends.

Novelty Balls

Putterfingers novelty golf balls

Football, Pool 8 Ball, American Football, Baseball, Basketball and Tennis Ball. A perfect stocking filler.

Golf Butler

Putterfingers golf butler

Don’t strain your back picking up your ball! The Golf Butler fits on the end of your putter and makes picking up your ball easy.

Putting Mat

Putterfingers putting mat

Special synthetic matting for a consistent roll. Raised at one end with a hole. Just roll it out anywhere and start putting!

Shop online at our store now for your Christmas stocking fillers! Just visit http://putterfingers.co.uk/putterfingers-golf-gifts.htm

Watch two men fight pathetically on a golf course (and other news)

[Disclaimer: we do not condone golf-based violence]

A video has emerged of a golf fight: two men trying to bop each other on the nose (and one of them succeeding) on a golf course on Colorado, USA. Apparently incensed at the group behind hitting their ball at them, the instigator starts throwing haymakers – and then receives one in return. This sort of behaviour would never occur in the genteel world of minigolf. We can’t imagine how or why it would. A scoring dispute, perhaps? In any case, we do not condone golf-based violence and our advice is to keep calm and putt. In any case, these two wannabe heavyweights ended up shaking hands.

In other less pugilistic news, Wesley Street in Southport was transformed into a minigolf course last week. It was built to coincide with the Junior Open Golf Championships held at the Royal Birkdale the same week. Funds raised go towards the upkeep of the street, which has 22 independent retailers. Course fees were a very reasonable £2.50 for adults £7.50 for a family of four.

 

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image: otsnews.co.uk

Now the Open is over, the crazy golf course at Royal Troon has been revamped and reopened. It has a new 5-year leaseholder, a new ticket office and a fresh coat of paint. The course has been around for several generations to enjoy and now looks set fair to continue as an attraction.

Troon, crazy golf, troon minigolf
image: dailyrecord.co.uk

A new pirate-themed minigolf course has opened at Promenade Park in Maldon, Essex. Two years in the making, this course looks beautiful and has exploding cannons, sleeping pirates, ship features, crocodiles and a great-looking playing surface. Pirates Bay Adventure Golf should prove a hit with Essex families for the rest of the Summer.

Maldon, pirates bay adventure golf, promenade park
image: essexchronicle.co.uk

The 2016 Youth World Championships take place from August 10-13 in Bischofshofen, Austria. The under-19s tournament will have 74 players from 9 countries competing on two courses. Top contenders for the title appear to be Germany, who won the under-23 tournament earlier in the year.

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Practice at the course before the event

A chance to win crazy golf for six at Junkyard Golf is up for grabs! It’s as simple as sending them an email. Details here.

junkyard golf, crazy golf, minigolf, win competition, family
image: londontheinside.com

The world’s most dangerous golf courses

We sometimes call our favourite sport ‘crazy golf’ because of the eccentric things often found in it: fantasy themes, wild angles, impossible obstacles. It also has its fair share of colourful characters wielding putters. But here are some golf courses that make minigolf and minigolfers look decidedly sane. These golf courses can kill you. Welcome to the most dangerous golf courses in the world.

  1. Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa
golf, big five, africa
Golf in a safari park, anyone?

Yes, it’s a golf course in the middle of a national park full of terrifyingly dangerous wild animals. The big five are all there: lions, cape buffalo, leopards, hippos and rhinos. Warthogs and baboons might also invade the fairway. You’d be forgiven if your swing was a little nervous. It must be hard to keep your eye on the ball as you scan your surroundings for lethal predators. An indemnity form must be completed before playing. That way if you become a lion’s lunch, the park won’t be held responsible. And we worry about water hazards. That’s not a hazard, mate – THIS is a hazard!

Oh yes, there are crocodiles too. One golfer was eaten by a croc as he was diving for golf balls in a lake feature.

The park advise booking early to avoid disappointment. We advise never booking at all to avoid devourment.

2. Furnace Creek Golf Course, Death Valley

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Temperatures can reach 135 Fahrenheit (57 degrees Celsius).

 

Golf balls have been known to melt here. It’s just silly. The hottest place on Earth needs 24/7 irrigation, and the players need it too. Temperatures can reach 135 Fahrenheit/57 Celsius. Visitors and players are frequently rescued due to dehydration. They held a ‘Heatstroke Open’ in 2011. It’s not a golf course, it’s an oven. Don’t go there.

3. Camp Bonifas, Demilitarised Zone, Korean Peninsula

Camp Bonifas, golf course, dangerous
The golf course lies between two nations that hate each other and is surrounded by minefields.

There might be only one hole, but the Camp Bonifas ‘course’ makes up for it with hazards. It is lined with live land mines, and at least once a golf shot has set one off. If your ball rolls out of bounds, you are NOT going to go and get it. Camp Bonifas was named after Captain Arthur G. Bonifas, a United Nations soldier who was murdered with an axe by North Korean soldiers in a dispute over pruning a poplar tree. The hole is played with North Korean soldiers watching through binoculars from only a few hundred yards away. Korean tigers also make the occasional appearance just to add some spice, as if any were needed.

4. Merapi Golf Course

Mount Merapi, golf course, dangerous
Fore! That’s how many minutes you get to run away if this goes off.

A live and frequently erupting volcano is a feature of this course in Java. It is the most active volcano in Indonesia. A 2010 eruption killed 353 people, pyroclastic flows wiped out villages and the golf course was covered in burning ash. Still, you can probably play at night by the glow of the bulging lava dome.

Sometimes golfers are more dangerous to themselves than their surroundings. In 1994, 16-year-old Jeremy Brenno was killed by his own golf club. While playing the sixth hole at Kingsboro Golf Club, Brenno, disgusted with a drive, threw his No.3 wood at a bench. It snapped and bounced back at him, and the jagged end of the shaft pierced his heart, killing him. So don’t throw clubs at hard, unyielding things if you have a tantrum.

My Mini Golf obstacles earn industry award for quality

My Mini Golf obstacles earn industry award for quality

The mini golf obstacles used on our portable crazy golf course have been recently awarded a recognised quality label in Germany.  The quality label is the result of years of research and practical experience in the basic issues of physical activity in children.

The research waMini Golf Obstacles from Putterfingers.co.uks carried out by The University in Würzburg and the mini golf obstacle range passed the high standards associated with the sign of Movement and Innovation.

The obstacles were granted this label of quality they passed rigorous tests and are seen to be beneficial to the active and physical development of children of all ages.

Both big and little kids in our experience!

Having used the plastic moulded obstacle pieces for some years for our portable crazy golf courses here in the UK, we are fully aware of the benefits:

  • wipe clean toughened ABS plastic
  • suitable for all terrain (indoors and outdoors)
  • indestructible
  • weather resistant
  • UV protected
  • packaged in its own carry bag and only £199+VAT
Portable Mini Golf Obstacles
My Mini Golf Obstacles for Portable Mini Golf Courses

My Mini Golf is based on a play anywhere game of minigolf. The complete My Mini Golf set offers a range of challenging obstacle pieces that can be used, with or without our modular mini golf courses.

Now available as an ‘Extras‘ set – the four most popular pieces in the set – Loop the Loop 360, Bridge, Daytona and Warm Up.  The main feature of these is they can be used on existing courses where the holes are built into the course or putting green.

Take My Mini Golf with you to the park, to visit friends or just have in the garage to play 9 holes in the garden whenever you fancy.

Speed up Golf says Rory McIlroy

After his second place finish at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards on Sunday, Rory McIlroy is after speeding up the game of golf, to attract more youngsters into golf.

Living in a time pressed society, it is very true that people don’t have 5 or 6 hours to spend on the course each week.

In fact Sport England figures show that the number of 16-25-year-olds playing the game regularly almost halved between 2009-10 and 2012-13.

Here is an analysis from the BBC’s golf correspondent Iain Carter – we totally agree a shorter course or shorter rounds does reduce the time looking for lost balls and getting closer to the hole.

BBC Golf Correspondent Iain Carter reviews the sport of Golf
How should golf change to appeal to young people?

McIlroy, who famously appeared on television to chip golf balls into a washing machine at the age of nine, wants young people to follow his example and take up the sport early in life.

Clubs should now be encouraging nine-hole courses in family friendly environments such as 9 hole pitch and putt or minigolf greens.  This is where the art of the sport is developed, particularly as putting is such an important part of most players game.

Let’s get Rory McIlroy playing crazy golf!  What do you think?

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Source: Speed up Golf to attract more youngsters by BBC News