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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2 new minigolf courses!

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Ghetto Golf in the old Cairns Brewery, Liverpool

Ghetto Golf, Liverpool

Coming very soon is Ghetto Golf at the Cairns Brewery, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool. The new venue is billed as ‘Crazy Golf, Cocktails, DJ’s & Street Food set in a Ghetto Wonderland.’ The brewery has had a creative makeover featuring a blend of graffiti and skate punk humour. We particularly like the industrial silo turned into a rude Minion.

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That’s one way of repurposing a big brewing vessel.

As new minigolf courses go, this one is pretty cool. Abandoned breweries are generous on space, so Ghetto Golf is a full 18-hole course and by all accounts it’s pretty bonkers. There’s going to be a DJ suspended above the minigolfers in a treehouse, a PacMan room dedicated to vintage video games, and every available surface is covered in spray paint graffiti. There are 3 bars, hot dogs, cocktails and a cool vibe.

Ghetto Golf say on their Facebook page: “We’re a few mates who wanted to create an experience and a venue that people wouldn’t forget.
We’ve carried out every aspect of work on the abandoned brewery ourselves. It’s been hard, but we’ve loved every second!!”

Ghetto Golf should be opening in the next two or three weeks or when they run out of spray paint, whichever comes first. For more details check their Facebook page.

Approval for Crazy Golf course in York

Council planners have recommended approval for a new crazy golf course next to York’s Designer Outlet. It has been up before the planners because it will mean the loss of 26 parking spaces at the Designer Outlet, but if given the final green light it should add more to the area than it takes away. We would say that, being minigolf freaks.

Designs for the course’s 12 holes include ones based on York landmarks like the Bar walls, St Mary’s Abbey, Clifford’s Tower and a Viking longboat. Obstacles will include a 1.4 metre high Viking helmet, a set of stocks and a hut resembling one of the buildings on The Shambles.

We’ll keep you posted here on our blog about any more new minigolf courses we hear about!

For all your minigolf needs – putters, balls, obstacles, holes, and course hire or purchase, browse the Putterfingers website for the best deals and prompt service! www.putterfingers.co.uk

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A branded Putterfingers minigolf green for Tommy Hilfiger

2 new minigolf courses! (But one is private)

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Time Raiders Pirate Adventure Golf opened in Congresbury in late August, inside the Cadbury Garden Centre. As you might expect in a garden centre, the planting is particularly lush, with palm trees a major feature. The 15-hole course has lounging pirates, treasure chests, a shipwreck, an alligator, rocks, waterfalls and other items related to nautical skulduggery. It was created as a permanent course by Neil and Jontjë Kimberley under their company name Adventure Golf Limited.

The course has created two new jobs at the Cadbury Garden Centre and Manager Paul Butchers said, ‘We look forward to welcoming families to the centre throughout the Summer months to pick up the clubs for a bit of friendly competition.’

They are running a promotion to win family tickets, so if you’re in Somerset it’s worth entering. Here’s the competition page, with a ridiculously easy question to answer.

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Some people prefer not to pay entry fees to play minigolf. No, we don’t mean urchins who sneak in for a free game, we mean a Sherborne couple who have built an attraction-quality minigolf course in their back garden so they can play whenever they want for free.

Paul and Mandy Kinder have spent three years building a fully-fledged nine-hole course in their capacious Dorset garden. Starting out with the Tiki beach bar at the centre, they have constructed a minigolf course that a lot of people would happily pay to play on – but it’s all for the enjoyment of the Kinders and their guests.

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Locals have been protesting against the demolition for some time.

Sadder news from Exmouth: East Devon District Council is going to redevelop the site of an Arnold Palmer minigolf course that has brought joy and fun to locals and visitors for 40 years. Owner Maureen Wright, now in her 80s, lost a legal battle against the council and it is to be bulldozed. The council claims the minigolf course is ‘outdated’. We say pish to that. They clearly have no idea how popular it is at the moment.

BUT a phoenix will arise from the flames. Phoenix probably wouldn’t be a bad name for the NEW minigolf course now planned at the neighbouring Exmouth Fun Park, run by Maureen’s son Chris Wright. Maureen will help with the new course, which should help with getting over what Mr Wright describes as the ‘great emotional and personal cost’ of the battle with the council.

Mr Wright plans to introduce minigolf to the Exmouth Fun Park ‘within the next few weeks’. More on that when we have it!

If Mr Wright needs some new putters and balls, he knows who to call: Putterfingers of course! Here’s our range of minigolf course supplies. 

Latest news from Planet Putt!

What’s going on in the minigolf world this week? Here’s a digest of news from puttingland. If we’ve missed anything important, please let us know and we’ll try to include it next week.
First, let’s have some minigolf trick shots from People Are Awesome.
Check out the video of awesome putting trick shots
More outstanding ball skills – this time in serious competition – came from superchamp Michael Smith on the 16th of July when he beat 36 other players to take the Cambridgeshire and Essex Minigolf Club Open at the Dunton Hills Family Golf Centre. Well done Michael. Long may your reign continue.

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Michael Smith pictured winning the 2012 World Crazy Golf Championship

New course openings

Pirate Cove Adventure Golf has just opened on the seafront at Aberavon, Port Talbot. It features piratey stuff: galleons, treasure chests, sharks and the like. The development has been made possible by a successful bid by Neath Port Talbot Council to the Coastal Communities Fund, which is funded by the Government with income from the Crown Estate’s marine assets.  It is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It’s open daily from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm.

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Council Leader Cllr Ali Thomas OBE pictured with Mike Newman of course designers The Natural Play Company at the newly-opened Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course.

Bolton’s Market Place Shopping Centre now boasts an adventure golf and jungle play area in a former loading bay beneath the shopping centre. While kids will love the rope climbs, Jungle Express train, slides and other fun stuff, people of all ages can enjoy the 18-hole Lost Valley adventure golf course, which local paper The Bolton News describes as being done with ‘painstaking detail’. It comes complete with The Jungle Cafe and a party area that can be hired for special occasions. Kids are reported to be ‘astounded’ by the quality of the place and are loving it to bits.

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The entrance to the Lost Valley adventure golf course

In Stroud, artist-designed crazy golf is back this Summer after a very successful first year. Crazy Golf at the Goods Shed is a collaboration between Stroud Valleys Artspace and Chalford-based architect firm Millar + Howard Workshop. Each hole is designed by an artist and The Goods Shed will be open 10am – 4pm daily until Sunday, September 4.

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Players can also have a go at virtual reality crazy golf using the Oculus Rift VR headset.

Putterfingers rock Facebook HQ!

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.

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James and Richard from Putterfingers at Facebook London HQ

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.

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Get your putters here, and remember to Like and Share them.
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Balls and scorecards. Pencils! How quaint.
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Setting up the course. Nice view outside. We added helter skelter and merry-go-round boards for a fairground feel.

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.

The benefits of playing Crazy Golf

Crazy Golf is an old sport. The first miniature golf course was in 1912 it has come a long way since then.

Crazy Golf needn’t just be for families or couples looking for a challenge.  Playing crazy golf is a useful way to teach children better hand and eye co-ordination.  Some 68% of children apparently learn 84% better when they are learning through an activity they like.

And who doesn’t like crazy golf I ask?

The benefits of Crazy Golf for children

  • An economic way for children to learn to challenge themselves and have fun at the same time
  • Helps younger children develop their fine motor skills
  • Improves hand eye co-ordination which can help with other activities for the future
  • Helps with reaction times in ball sports
  • Encourages light activity for those that don’t enjoy team sports
  • Gets children off their seats and away from electronic devices and TV!

We have been at a number of local Primary schools recently to encourage the children to participate in different sport and leisure activities.  Here are some photos of some children enjoying some crazy golf in the outdoors yesterday:

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Primary school crazy golf fun
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Children enjoying crazy golf at school activity

If you are planning some school activities where you would like to hire crazy golf, do get in touch!

Putting the Fun into Corporate Fun Days

Back in September we were invited to a Corporate Fun Day for Sealey Tools business in Bury St Edmunds to celebrate the opening of their new £10 million Service Centre.  Sealeys is an established business in our local town and is one of the largest suppliers of garage and workshop equipment in the UK.

Sealey Tools Corporate Fun Day

Their Family Day offered a range of activities from a casino, rodeo bull, bouncy castles, face painting and lots of activities for the strong 360 strong employee base and their families.  The idea of the Family Day was to celebrate the new service centre and for the employees and their families to check out Mum and Dad’s place of work.

Positioned in the warehouse area, we set our 9 holes and brought along a couple of our PicturePutt to get everybody in the party mood.  Along with the entertainment, free food and drinks was provided for all employees. I enjoyed a mean gourmet hot dog and a few non alcoholic beverages….there would definitely have been a few sore heads on the Sunday morning 🙂

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Crazy Golf set up in warehouse

We had a number of players of all ages who played the course several times over with lots of positive feedback.

Along with the team at Castle Capers, whose offices are based over the road from our base, meant we had the entertainment for the families covered!

Here is Mike and his team overseeing the Rodeo Bull:

Castle Capers Rodeo Bull Fun

Our youngest participant was just 2 and she had a great time trying her luck at a hole in one!

And apart from a few stray balls amongst the machinery in the warehouse, we had a great time too and was glad to read that the families all had a fun time!

Sealey Tools Bury St Edmunds

And last but not least here is ‘our Graham’ clowning around in the skinny lifeguard photo board!

Seaside face in the hole boards for hire

If you have a corporate fun day or event and would like something to keep your employees entertained over the festive season, do drop us a line or get in touch via @putterfingers or through our Facebook page Crazy Golf

You can hire anything from 1 to 9 holes and we can offer our face in the hole boards into your package.

 

 

Astro Golf – enjoying the new mini golf game

Just recently we have been made aware by the developer Boulder Games of the new Astro Golf game for the iPhone and iPad.

Astro Golf markets itself as ‘Taking Mini Golf to New Heights’.  In Astro Golf you need to help a robot find a way out of a space station. Play golf, start him through space tunnels, evading from black holes, moving platforms and other traps.

We couldn’t help liken to the fact that Astro Golf is really at the heart of Putterfingers.  With our interlocking astro grass tiles, astro most definitely is our surface of choice for playing mini golf.

Astro Golf

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Astro Golf Screenshot

Have any of our readers played this game yet?

Don’t forget if you want to play on real life ‘astro golf’ our portable crazy golf courses are available for hire, please contact us on info@putterfingers.co.uk and we would be happy to provide a quote.

We can deliver our courses all over the country due to its flexible lightweight nature so no distance is too far, unlike some other operators.

Do let us know how you get on with Astro Golf – it can be downloaded from iTunes – well worth its £1.49.  You can follow the developers of the game via twitter @boldergames or of course if you don’t already follow us on @putterfingers.

Happy #minigolfmonday everyone!

 

5 Great Reasons to Hire Crazy Golf from Putterfingers

1.  Hire Crazy Golf to be different

Transform your venue or party when you hire crazy golf, 9 holes can be set up in less than 30 minutes and give a real impact to your event.

9 hole layout for portable crazy golf

2. Crazy Obstacles

Whether you dare to tackle the curves of ‘volcano’, or prefer the twists and turns of ‘acapulco’, there is plenty to challenge any age or level of golfer when you hire our crazy golf course.

Mini Golf Obstacles set straight from the home of Mini Golf

4. Hire a Crazy Golf Course by Post

Our portable crazy golf hire transports easily via courier to your chosen venue so that you can enjoy for as long as you like…….a one day event, a weekend hire or long term if you require. Just unpack, play and re pack on the allocated collection day – simples!

Hire Crazy Golf by post!

5. Modular Flexibility

With what other crazy golf course could you create such a large playing surface?  No static 8ft greens that restrict your play to a simple straight putt.  Let you mind wander wiht the interlocking tiles and create a wild and wacky set of crazy golf holes.

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 3. Brand your Crazy Golf hole

Go crazy for some crazy golf at your next corporate event! We can brand our course to complement your sales message and give you more presence at your marketing event or exhibition.

Branded Crazy Golf Hole

What more do you need to know?

We are a friendly bunch so please drop us a line if you have any questions about hiring our crazy golf courses for your event.