Oxford to get new minigolf centre

Lucky, lucky Oxford

New minigolf Oxford

Minigolf is burgeoning in the UK, with new course openings coming thick and fast. In the last eight months we’ve reported on new course openings in Tonbridge, Hartlepool, Chichester, Cheltenham, Warrington, York, London and Liverpool. And those are just the ones we can remember. Some openings are due to established chains like Mr Mulligan’s and Paradise Island Adventure Golf expanding into new towns, while others are grass-roots facilities created by councils and enthusiasts.

The latest to be announced is a new three-course minigolf facility in Oxford’s new Westgate shopping centre. The minigolf is intended to ‘anchor’ the restaurant area, which will include outlets such as Benito’s Hat, Rola Wala and Shawa Lebanese Grill. The £440m, 800,000 sq ft complex will feature over 100 shops including a mahoosive John Lewis, 25 eateries and a Curzon cinema.

Oxford Westgate brands
Cor! Look at that lot

Emma Mees, Senior Portfolio Manager at Landsec, the site’s developers, said ‘With Westgate Social, we aim to lead the charge for next generation retail destinations by bringing our scheme in line with the rapidly changing lifestyle habits  of consumers.’

We’re happy to hear that minigolf is ‘officially’ part of people’s changing lifestyle habits!

The putting will be provided by Junkyard Golf Club, who already run several other crazy golf venues fitted out with their trademark ultraviolet lights, weird junk and cool urban themes.

Oxford crazy golf Westgate

Junkyard Golf Club Co-founder Chris Legh said: “We are really excited to join Westgate Oxford, giving residents a completely unique day and night out, that is on a par with our leading cities.

“We have a huge space to play with so we’re going to fit in three courses, with crazy installations and some awesome bars. Look out for slides, cars, boats and of course the usual UV and jungle madness that has made our venues famous.

“Our mission in life is to keep making crazy golf epic.” [Oxfordshire Guardian]

The new Westgate Centre is scheduled to open on the 24th of October 2017.

Here at Putterfingers, we sell and hire minigolf that you don’t go to – you take it with you! See our portable minigolf course options at putterfingers.co.uk

Office crazy golf fun at Criteo’s London HQ

Office crazy golf

Back in June 2016 we supplied and set up a Supersize office crazy golf course at the London head office of Internet marketing company Criteo. The course was set up at their Bloomsbury offices for a social function. This year they called us again asking for a repeat performance, with ‘something a little different this time’. Happy to oblige, we created a set of special putting obstacles for Criteo’s party which depict London icons: a red bus, a red phone box, a black taxi and Tower Bridge.

Here’s our blog post about last year’s event:

Putterfingers rock Criteo’s London offices!

Office party fun crazy golf

We also got creative with the hole layouts to make them pretty challenging, but not ridiculously challenging, so that guests could still have fun. Maybe our photography skills are not the greatest – our photographer here got his own shadow in the frame – but it doesn’t matter, because the emphasis was on providing Criteo with the best office crazy golf experience we could. Actually the hole in the foreground is pretty fiendish, come to think of it. If you can hit a 3 on that you’re doing well, unless you go airborne to get over the foam bumpers. A well-placed book or coaster might help there!

Once again Ruby Cassin-Davies, Workplace Experience Office Manager for Criteo, was delighted with the crazy golf and she really appreciated the bespoke obstacles of London icons.

Office crazy golf London

The good weather was a bonus,  and with a rooftop terrace just outside it must have been a great party. Incidentally, Putterfingers astro grass interlocking floor mats are UV-treated to protect them from strong sunlight so they won’t lose their colour. So the course could equally well have been outside on the terrace. On the flipside, if it rains then the tiles will drain quickly thanks to the hundreds of little holes they have. There is never any standing water on the putting surface, so play can go on straight after a shower.

Planning an office party? Get in touch to find out our prices and hire options today!

office@connectedshopping.com

08450 570321

www.putterfingers.co.uk

Battle of Hastings: World Minigolf Champs in 3 weeks!

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The Battle of Hastings starts on the 10th of June

Hastings Adventure Golf lies on the seafront in the shadow of the ruins of Hastings Castle. This quintessential British seaside town, town, famous for a certain invasion rather a long time ago, sees a newer invasion every year in the form of hundreds of avid mini golf enthusiasts, who descend on Hastings for the World Crazy Golf Championships. Brandishing putters rather than swords, they are of all abilities from novice to professional (uniquely, it’s an open competition), and compete for the coveted trophy. The tournament has its own unique set of rules, including the condition that all players must use the same type of ball. This contrasts with some other minigolf championships where a selection of balls with different properties can be used, and players select the desired one for each hole.

In 2013 an 18-year old Czech, Olivia Propokova, was both the first lady winner and also the youngest. Michael Smith has won it for the last two years, with Sean Homer never far behind. This year it kicks off on the 10th of June and lasts two days. The course presents many challenges, including a waterwheel, a windmill, an obelisk, lighthouse, ramps, bends, twists and bunkers. The top players know each hole inside out and are frequently able to hit a hole in one. The winner is the one who hits the most – and it’s usually tight at the top, with play sometimes going down to the last hole and the victor winning by a single stroke.

Here’s a video taken at the 2014 World Crazy Golf Championships, in which Sean Homer, Chairman of the British Mini Golf Association, talks about the World Minigolf Federation’s efforts to get Minigolf into the Olympic Games. There’s no good reason why it shouldn’t be included in the Olympics. It’s competitive, watchable, tense and requires great skill. Who knows? Maybe in a few years we will be watching Michael Smith and other top players kissing their gold medals on the Olympic podium. We’re keeping our Putterfingers crossed for that!

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.

guide dogs minigolf marathon
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!

www.putterfingers.co.uk

British Open: Who will don the tweed jacket this April?

BMGA minigolf British Open 2017
Worthing is where the real magic happens. On the seafront, just up from the chippy

As Augusta, Georgia fills up with golf Masters Tournament fans from April 6th, Britain’s minigolfers will be drawing equally large crowds at Splash Point Mini Golf in Denton Gardens on the seafront at Worthing, just up from the chippy. In a stunning timetable clash with golf’s Masters Tournament, the BMGA British Masters is taking place on the very same weekend. Augusta National Golf Club were unable to give a reason for the calendar bungle when Putterfingers called them for an explanation.

This mistake was easily avoidable. Surely the U.S. Masters could have been moved to another weekend? The pro golfers would have understood. However what’s done is done, and it means that fans of both sports will have to check live results as they watch the other tournament. It will be a weekend of twin battles: one for the coveted green jacket of the Masters and the other for the just-as-coveted and only slightly ketchup-stained tweed jacket of the BMGA British Open.

BMGA minigolf British Open 2017
Oh yeah, that is happening as well.

Splash Point is a challenging course run by BMGA rivals Anthony Pope and Peter Emmerson. Richard Gottfried’s definitive blog post about the course gives it a whopping nine out of ten for all three criteria: difficulty, creativity and atmosphere. It will sort the men from the boys at the Open with its tricky holes. However players will already have a good feel for the course, because, like its ‘big golf’ equivalent Augusta National Golf Club, Splash Point has hosted the British Open for the last six years.

In what could be shock news, Minigolf superchamp Michael Smith has not yet registered for the tournament, according to the BMGA website at the time of writing. The list of registered players can be seen here. Smith has been dominant in recent years, and his absence, if confirmed, would lay the field open for a mighty struggle for the tweed jacket between the likes of Steve Lovell, Tiger Pragnell and Adam Kelly. However it’s possible he is playing cat-and-mouse with his opponents and will sign up at the last minute. Make them sweat, Michael.

BMGA minigolf champion Michael Smith
Bubba who?

For those unable to secure tickets for the event, score updates will be available via the BMGA’s website.

For all your minigolf needs, including sports bar minigolf hire during both tournaments, call Putterfingers on 08450 570 321.

Putterfingers.co.uk

office@connectedshopping.com

All-weather minigolf that drains when it rains!

Here’s a little video of what happens at a typical minigolf course after it rains. Small children might love it, taking after infant role model Peppa Pig and splashing in puddles for fun. But grown-ups who have paid for a minigolf experience might feel that they could have found a puddle elsewhere for the little ones to splash around in free of charge.

So how about a putting surface that drains when it rains? Water doesn’t lay on top of the rolling surface of Putterfingers astrograss tiles, which means they can be played on in any weather, barring heavy snow. No more putting in puddles. Your ball rolls evenly over the surface unimpeded by water, even after a heavy shower. So even if players get a bit soggy, the minigolf course won’t be.

The tiles are also UV-treated so that the lovely green colour won’t fade even when left out in the sun for extended periods.

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Rain, rain, go away …

 

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Side view of our tiles

When the tiles interlock together with their dovetail joins, it creates a smooth putting surface and the ball does not bobble when it rolls over a join. The surface is like a flat, well-trimmed lawn.

We hope it doesn’t rain at your event. But if it does, the minigolf won’t have to stop with a Putterfingers minigolf course.

To hire a minigolf course whatever the weather, drop us a line at office@connectedshopping.com or call Shelley on 08450 570 321. Check out all our courses and options at www.putterfingers.co.uk.

 

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!

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!

Jingle Balls: Winter minigolf action around England and Wales

A bit like caster sugar on a warm mince pie, here is a light sprinkling of places to go for some winter minigolf action this festive season. What’s on offer below should be a treat if you’re not too far from one of the venues. And don’t forget you can always stage your own minigolf event by hiring one of our portable modular minigolf courses – the top choice of private party and corporate events organisers: www.putterfingers.co.uk

In Edinburgh on the 10th and 11th of December, there’s minigolf and gourmet burgers, live music and lots of beer and cider at the Street Food Putter Club. Following its success at the Glue Factory in Glasgow, Street Food Putter Club will be at Edinburgh’s Biscuit Factory over that weekend.

street food putter club burgers
Yum

Also on the 10th and 11th of December, down on the Isle of Wight, there’ll be a winter minigolf tournament at Rylstone Tea Gardens and Crazy Golf, Shanklin.

Shanklin minigolf

http://englandevents.co.uk/shanklin-christmas-market-2016/866871

Bath on Ice is back until the 3rd of January, with glow in the dark mini golf and ice skating. Try not to confuse the two things. Minigolf on ice is a recipe for frustration.

Bath glow in the dark minigolf

Mr Mulligan’s Adventure Golf have venues in Castleford, Milton Keynes, Sidcup, Nottingham, Stevenage and Woking. Here are some festive events at Mr Mulligan’s for little ones and grown ups.

Plonk Golf, a popular purveyor of minigolf experiences in London, will be offering a variety of winter minigolf experiences including a new course opening alongside the Walthamstow Winter Feast and Beer Festival. It’s worth staying on top of exactly what they are up to by checking their site often and seeing what’s on when you plan to have your frosty festive minigolf fun.

Plonk Golf London

http://plonkgolf.co.uk/

For company Christmas morale-boosting events in Cardiff, you could do a lot worse than booking Treetop Adventure Golf. They might have a few slots left for corporate minigolf fun.

Treetop Adventure Golf Cardiff

http://www.adventuregolf.com/Treetop_Christmas_Party_Packages.pdf

Over Peckham way, don’t forget to check out the Peckham Feastival with minigolf provided by Birdies.

Birdies crazy golf Peckham Feastival

Enjoy the festive season, get your wooly hat on and see if you can get in some minigolf action.

And remember to hire your own minigolf equipment from www.putterfingers.co.uk!

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