Minigolf raises £1000s for good causes

Minigolf raises hundreds of thousands a year for causes

Minigolf can be a force for bettering the community. It’s been a staple of fundraising in the USA for a long time and is beginning to get some traction over here. It’s a fun, social activity that offers ample opportunnity for charity branding to promote the cause and raise awareness and money. Corporate sponsors also get plenty of exposure when they sponsor a hole and the event is written about, photographed and even televised. Here are some examples of how it’s used over the pond to bring communities together and raise funds for good causes.

minigolf fundraising, causes1. The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio raises between $20,000 and $30,000 every year at its ‘Practically a Golf Tournament‘ event. It uses a different set of holes each year, each one being custom-built by a corporate sponsor. The sponsored holes can be very creative and reflect the business the sponsor is in. What a great way to promote a business while raising funds for charity!

cancer research fundraising minigolf, good causes

2. In West Palm Beach, Florida, a 10-year old girl raised $4,000 for cancer research by staging her own minigolf tournament.

Muscular Dystrophy fundraising, good causes

3. Wisconsin students staged a minigolf fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy.

minigolf charity fundraising

4. At Panama City Beach, Florida, there’s an annual minigolf event called Putting for Patriots, which raised funds for war veterans. A bit like our Help For Heroes.

minigolf for good causes

5. Arizona Small Dog Rescue host ‘Putts for Mutts‘ every year to raise funds.

The list could go on for a long, long time. Minigolf fundraisers are well-established in Uncle Sam, and there are more and more each year in Old Blighty too. Why? Because they work, generate interest and raise substantial amounts of money.

Here’s a link to a page dedicated to organising such an event to promote a cause. It’s, you guessed it, American, but here at Putterfingers we’re also doing our best to offer advice and tips on how to stage a successful and lucrative event.

Mini Golf Fundraiser

Thanks to MinigolfNews.com for the links, which come from their blog posts about bettering the community through minigolf.

To find out more about staging a minigolf charity event anywhere you please (our courses are portable!!), email office@connectedshopping.com or call us on 08450 570321.

 

Crazy Golf Clown for 18th hole, rages Poulter

I suppose you would have to have been asleep to have missed the crazy golf clown comments from two high-profile players that threatened to overshadow the Open First Round at Muirfield.

Ian Poulter and Phil Mickleson after their rounds of 72 and 69, respectively complained about the Open Course according to the Daily Mail.

Poulter suggested Muirfield was playing like a crazy golf course, as the Englishman noted that the 18th hole needed a “windmill and a clown face”. Mickelson also went on the attack, saying he hoped that the organisers would “let go of their ego” after he criticised the pin positions.

In a rage on Twitter “all the 18th hole needs is a clown and a windmill” said Ian Poulter.

Ian Polters' Crazy Golf Clown tweet attack on Open 2013 at Muirfield
Crazy Golf reference Tweet from Ian Poulter

There are some great clown and windmill obstacles as featured in our blog for Windmill Day

What is the best crazy golf clown or windmill obstacle you have played?

Send some pictures to us and we will post the best on our Facebook page: Crazy Golf

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/golf/article-2368872/The-Open-2013-Ian-Poulter-Twitter-rage-poor-finish.html

 

National Miniature Golf Day and Windmill Day – All things Crazy Golf!

Well what better way to spend the weekend than celebrating National Miniature Golf Day!

Tomorrow, Saturday 11th May 2013 is National Miniature Golf Day!

Did you know that miniature golf has been around since the 1800s? During that time, people considered it highly inappropriate for a woman to raise a golf club above her shoulder level – ooh heaven forbid!

Equally pertinent to us is that today is officially Windmill Day and many traditional Crazy Golf courses feature the all important Windmill obstacle. They still exist and remain popular with groups and families, as seen below in this photograph taken at the Arnold Palmer course in Bognor Regis:

Mini golf at Bognor Regis course with windmill
Minigolf – Bognor Regis – Waterloo Place (Image courtesy of Richard Gottfried)

You can also see the infamous obstacle at the Arnold Palmer course in Skegness, Lincs.

Crazy Golf Windmill Obstacle
Minigolf – Skegness – Image courtesy of Richard Gottfried (www.hamandeggerfiles.blogspot.com)

And also as featured on the Ham and Egger Files blog  there is a BIG version on the crazy golf course at Selsey and also you can view a You Tube video of the windmill in action at the crazy golf course at Southend-on-Sea!

Minigolf - Selsey Crazy Golf BIG Windmill
Minigolf – Selsey                                       Image courtesy of Richard Gottfried

You can see lots more crazy golf windmills on the miniaturegolfer.com website.

Our portable crazy golf course was hired to Sharrocks Insurance in their windmill premises last year for a successful crazy golf event in aid of Send a Smile Foundation.

Windmill Crazy Golf
Sharrocks Insurance Crazy Golf at the Windmill

Have you ever played crazy golf inside a windmill?

Windmill Crazy Golf at the premises of Sharrocks Insurance

Crazy Golf Day at Sharrocks Insurance
Sharrocks Crazy Golf day to raise funds for the Send a Smile Foundation

Crazy Golf at the windmill premises in Sheerness, Kent is underway and we are pleased that our portable crazy golf course has been put to use in such a novel and historic part of Crazy Golf history!

Sharrocks Insurance have been residents in this stylish, renovated windmill since early 2011 and it is named Watson’s Mill after the owners and developers Bernie and Caleb Watson.

Windmill premises of Sharrocks Insurance
The windmill premises of Sharrocks Insurance hosts of the Crazy Golf Charity Day

Have you ever played crazy golf inside a windmill?

The Crazy Golf begins!
The first guests playing a spot of Crazy Golf outside the windmill!

We aim to check back in again soon with some more crazy golf images and news from the day.

We wish the team at Sharrocks Insurance a fun day, with a successful amount raised for the Send a Smile Foundation.