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.
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.
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.
Hire minigolf for your Summer / Autumn fundraiser!
Sponsored minigolf fundraising events have been a tradition for years in the United States, but are now catching on over here. Fundraisers are discovering how good minigolf can be to raise money for good causes.
Here are a few examples of how minigolf has been used to raise funds and provide a fun day for participants and exposure for local businesses at the same time.
Putterfingers supplied the minigolf at a Summer fundraiser for the St Nicholas Hospice, Bury St Edmunds. Players were sponsored per hole, and passersby in the busy shopping centre (The Arc) could play a few holes too in exchange for a donation, while they waited for their families to finish their shopping or just for a bit of fun.
A beach charity event was held at Cullercoats Harbour to raise funds for the local lifeboat. The RNLI is almost entirely funded by donations – 95% of its income is from the public’s generosity – so fundraising is a constant need. Minigolf was the answer for this event.
It’s also possible to improvise a crazy golf course, as in this example of a library building a course out of books and having customers putt around for a donation. Putterfingers course hires do cost some money up front but are easier – we deliver and collect, and set the course up for you if you are not too far away from us. Our putting surface is high quality for a better feel and performance and can be set up into any shape desired. You also get all the balls, putters, obstacles, holes, hole markers, scorecards and pencils you need.
Everybody likes playing minigolf, which makes it the perfect activity for fundraising events. Here’s an example from the USA of how one boy staged a minigolf tournament to raise funds for a Multiple Sclerosis charity because his grandfather has the disease. The event raised over $10,000 for the charity through a $20 playing fee and private donations made by participants. 50 people attended the event, which is a good but not huge number, and generated donations in five figures. Not bad for a game of minigolf!
It’s fairly simple to organise a minigolf fundraising event or ‘mini golfathon’. You need enough equipment to keep golfers moving round the course instead of waiting, but 6 to 9 holes is enough unless you are completely overrun with players. The main part is the preparation work beforehand: visiting local sponsors and canvassing them to attend or sponsor the event.
If your event is anything like as successful as the one described above, the cost of hiring the minigolf course will be covered in the first hour or two and the rest will be funds raised for your chosen cause. You can get local companies to sponsor an individual hole in exchange for some advertising on a backdrop to the hole (we can help with printing company logos and artwork onto these).
We suggest the mini golfathon format in which players seek sponsorship for each hole they manage to play within a defined time period. If you have a 9-hole course then four times round the course in two hours is a reasonable target. The more energetic players can go for fifty holes. If you have 50 players playing 36 holes with 10 sponsors each offering 20p per hole, this will raise £3,600 assuming they all finish the four rounds. If sponsors offer more per hole or if you have more players, the amount raised can go up and up. Players who arrive without sufficient sponsorship can be asked to pay a fee for playing which also goes into the kitty.
A successful mini golfathon can become an annual event. Anyone from 8 to 80+ can play and it can’t be rained off, though it would be a bit soggy. The only barrier to success is the number of sponsored players and their ability to raise sponsorship.
Give us a call on 08450 570 321 to see how we can help you to organise a minigolf fundraising event.
The best type of charity fundraising event is one where people actively participate and have fun along the way. Add a competitive edge, and your event will really draw people in to see if they can outdo everyone else.
A crazy golf day is a perfect way to achieve that mix of fun, participation and competitiveness and raise surprising amounts of money for your charity.
One popular approach is to stage a crazy golfathon – an epic crazy golf playing session. Participants are sponsored per hole and the money raised can be substantial. Hundreds of thousands of pounds are raised annually by golfathons. The fundraising event can be anything from five rounds of crazy golf (45 holes) to a dawn-to-dusk or even 24-hour session, where totals can approach 250 holes! If a crazy golfer is sponsored just 20p per hole at a shorter five-round event and has 10 sponsors, they’ll raise £90 (if they’ve got the stamina!). If you can get 50 players on board it could raise £4,500 for your charity.
Stage a longer crazy golf fundraising event and the amount raised can be much more. Obviously this needs balancing with finding enough people willing to devote their day to playing crazy golf for charity! But if planned and announced well in advance of the day it can work well.
Children can participate too, of course. It’s exciting for them to get sponsored and see how many holes they can do. You might find you have a small army of little fundraisers eager to help you raise money.
One great idea is to get local businesses to sponsor a hole. Putterfingers can assist with the branding of hole flags and course edge bumpers. This can cover the cost of hiring the golfathon package.
Putterfingers provide you with a everything you need to run a crazy golfathon:
9 hole Crazy Golf course
Plenty of putters and balls
Staff member to assist with the organisation on the day (subject to location)
Organiser packs with complete Golfathon instructions.
We’re happy to give you advice on organising the event to help it all go smoothly, or for an extra fee we’ll organise and staff the whole event ourselves.