Putterfingers in GoHen’s Top 50 Wedding Entertainers!

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For over ten years Putterfingers have been diligently supplying crazy golf to wedding parties to make sure the guests have a fun time. We beaver away behind the scenes delivering and setting up the courses, dealing directly with the venue or with the bride and groom and their family. We supply the best crazy golf equipment for hire and we’re nice people, so it’s lovely to get a bit of recognition from time to time. This week hen party planning website GoHen have included us in the Top 50 UK Wedding Entertainers Guide. Here’s what GoHen said about us:

Top 50 wedding entertainers 2017

We’ve always known that minigolf is just as entertaining as magicians, casinos, singers, bands, karaoke, fairground rides and dancers. So it’s good to see our crazy golf hire service listed alongside all those other favourite wedding party entertainers.

As GoHen say, ‘Sometimes weddings can a little bit boring. There, we said it! But while the bride and groom are off posing for the perfect wedding photo, guests can sometimes get a little bit lost.’

We’ve always done our best to make wedding parties more fun by giving guests a challenging but enjoyable game that can be played by all ages. What better way to bring wedding guests together than letting each one grab a putter and get on the minigolf course? Everyone from Grumpy Gramps to Tiny Tim can have a go, and that’s when the smiles start spreading around the wedding party. Crazy golf isn’t terribly noisy, so that guests can actually hear each other speak, and that helps them to socialise. They can take the game as seriously or light-heartedly as they please. Uncle Fred might want to place a bet on a game, whereas Auntie Mabel might just wat to have a friendly game with the kids. Either way, it works and is absorbing fun for everyone.

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Portable crazy golf hire couldn’t be simpler. We deliver and take away a premium crazy golf course complete with everything needed for a wedding party to have a fun game. Just call us on 08450 570321 a minimum of two weeks before the event, and we’ll do the rest!

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8 reasons to hire portable minigolf from Putterfingers

1. It’s portable

A complete Putterfingers crazy golf course fits into the back of an average family car, so you can drive it wherever you want to set up. No power supply is required, so in theory you could set it up on top of Ben Nevis, although obviously that would be mad. Still, it’s not called crazy golf for nothing.

Our courses are best suited to any reasonably level indoor or outdoor surface, anywhere you choose.

Portable crazy golf hire

2. Easy Assembly

No bulky wooden or metal frames to lay down. Our interlocking 1m x 1m astro grass tiles form the playing surface. Transform your garden, indoor room, office or event venue into a crazy golf course in 30 minutes!

portable crazy golf putting surface

3. Tricky Obstacles

Think our obstacles look innocent? Heh heh. It takes a steady hand to tackle the curves of the Volcano and just the right amount of speed on the ball to negotiate the twists of the Acapulco. They can challenge all ages and experience levels of minigolfer.

crazy golf obstacles

4. Hire a Course by Post

You don’t have to be beside the seaside to enjoy our crazy golf!  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.

Portable minigolf delivery

5. Any Weather (even all round British weather!)

Not just for outside, the portable crazy golf course is rubber backed and won’t mark floors indoors.  Have you an unused space – unutilised sports court, school assembly hall, hotel atrium, roof top terrace, empty office? For outdoors, rain doesn’t stop play because the tiles drain through the holes in the bottom!

portable Minigolf Putting surface

 

7. Modular Flexibility

Play Tetris with minigolf tiles! The modular nature of our courses means you can build each hole the way you want, to suit the venue and floor space available. Whether it’s 4 holes or 9 holes, the flexibility means they can fit almost any space!

Portable crazy golf course

8. Nice people to deal with!!

We always have availability, the team at Putterfingers are friendly and efficient, we strongly believe in our concept – so why not let us help you with something different at your event this year?

View our customer testimonials and see for yourself!

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Putterfingers at Facebook’s London headquarters

Swinging London: Office minigolf

Office minigolf is one of the hottest office party hires in London. One of our recent customers, communications agency Hive Health Group, have been kind enough to send us some photos of their Putterfingers minigolf course in place at their offices in Piccadilly, London.

‘Our event went really well and everyone had a great time playing mini golf in the office,’ said Prateek Shah, Finance Manager. He didn’t mention who was responsible for putting a cow on the course though, but we think it’s an imaginative addition!

Office minigolf hire London

Minigolf is the perfect entertainment to hire for an office party because it brings people together who might not normally interact, and colleages learn something about each other as it soon becomes clear who is the most competitive – if it wasn’t already!

Hire office minigolf in London

Staff can improvise by adding extra items like pot plants to the courses – or raising a corner of a hole, as seen in the photo above, to make it even more challenging. Office minigolf allows staff to relax and socialise whilst remaining competitive.

Harking back to 2015 and an office minigolf hire to Next15, another communications agency, these were some comments we received from them:

‘Putterfingers have been a great company to do business with, everything was very quick and simple all the communication was very clear and if I had any questions I knew I would get a quick response back.

This is the 2nd time we have used Putterfingers and it won’t be the last. The mini golf idea is fantastic and it really creates a wonderful atmosphere around the office.’

Putterfingers have also supplied mingolf courses to Facebook, Criteo and other leading firms.

To enquire about minigolf for your office party or social event, email office@connectedshopping.com or call 08450 570 321. Check out the hire options here!

Minigolf turns 100, says America

Minigolf lies about its age

Strange articles have been popping up this week in U.S. newspapers about minigolf ‘turning 100’ this year. This would be news to the Ladies’ Putting Club of St Andrews, formed in 1867. But the U.S. news articles are probably referring to the first standardised, commercial mass-production minigolf courses, of which the first was built in Pinehurst, North Carolina in 1916. The first documented commercial minigolf course in mainland Europe inspired by the American phenomenon was built in Germany in 1926 by a Mr. Schröder, who had visited the USA and observed minigolf courses spreading across the country.

But minigolf goes further back than that. In June 1912 The Illustrated London News featured a minigolf game called Golfstacle, by F.A. Davis of London. Here’s a set auctioned a few years ago at Sotheby’s.

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Our own take on minigolf sets has become pretty popular with the British public. Check out our courses and kits to buy or hire!

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This is our Supersize course. We also offer Funsize and Bitesize.

Looking further back to before the U.S. idea of commercialising and franchising minigolf, there was the Ladies’ Putting Club of St Andrews, formed in 1867 so that ladies could practice without taking the club back above their shoulder, which was deemed improper.

Anyway, happy 100th birthday to the fun and colourful American sport that gave us Putt-Putt, Tom Thumb, and ‘rinkie-dink’ courses made with drainpipes and other cheap stuff during the 1930s Depression. They can be credited with kicking off the whole thing by taking it from a casual weekend pursuit to a commercial phenomenon.

Minigolf: The Movie

To celebrate the 100th Birthday of minigolf, a feature film is being made called Through The Windmill. U.S.-centric (World Series, anyone?), it charts the history of American Minigolf and features copious footage of some of the best courses being played. Definitely worth checking out once it’s released later this year. Here’s a video from Producer/Director, Amanda Kulkoski.

Crazy golf croc shocker!

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Snapped – the croc after being hauled out of the lake

At Holiday Resort Unity at Brean Sands near Weston-Super-Mare, management received calls from concerned holidaymakers about a crocodile being spotted in a lake at the resort. Staff approached it cautiously and poked it with a stick, only to find that it was made of fibreglass. It turned out that pranksters had snaffled the croc from nearby Brean Leisure Park’s Congo Adventure crazy golf course and put it in the lake during the night.

The rigid reptile has been returned to its rightful place on the crazy golf course and slightly disappointed wildlife crews have now stood down.

Our obstacles are challenging, colourful and ridiculously easy to set out. Take a peek at them here.

Select the best entertainment for your wedding

Whatever your wedding theme there are a number of different wedding entertainment ideas to suit all budgets.

What better way to celebrate a Summer wedding than with a seaside or a country garden party feel.  An eclectic mix of village style games to keep the guests of all ages entertained, retro party games, bunting adorned buildings and serving drinks in glasses with retro striped straws.

Our crazy golf courses are a popular feature to those yearning for a country wedding theme or a seaside theme to celebrate a summer ceremony in style. Make the most of the grassed spaces at your venue with lawn games such as our portable golf course, giant Jenga, skittle and hoopla and re-awaken the sentiment of the games we played and enjoyed as kids.

Seaside themed wedding entertainment | Putterfingers.co.uk
Summer Wedding Party theme with Punch and Judy Face in the Hole Board

One of the latest trends in the wedding world is a vintage ice cream van serving ice creams to your guests as they mingle outside after the ceremony. Who could resist ice cream and crazy golf to recreate fun memories of family holidays and childhood memories?  That’s what weddings are all about after all aren’t they?

Here’s our favourite local ice cream van hire business Sweet Ally Scoops and her van ‘Lottie’.

Suffolk Vintage Ice Cream Wedding Hire | Putterfingers.co.uk
Sweet Ally Scoops vintage ice cream van hire - perfect for country garden weddings or for bringing a bit of the seaside to your special day!
Vintage ice cream vans complement the country garden or seaside wedding theme.
Sweet Ally Scoops ice cream and vintage lawn games complement the country garden wedding theme perfectly.

Ally serves delicious ice cream flavours such as hand picked blackberry, salted butter caramel and a delightful sounding Henham honey and lavender flavour from ‘Lottie’, a charming 1973 Bedford CF vintage ice cream van.

Keeping in the vintage theme, one of our recent wedding couples hired a VW campervan to bring them to the ceremony – rather novel wedding transport! Of course the guests loved the opportunity for photographs both inside and out. The wedding couple then took the campervan on their honeymoon driving around the idyllic British countryside – very retro.

Entertainment can set you back financially if you don’t shop around.  Our portable crazy golf hire can be anything from our Bitesize four hole course through to our full Supersize nine hole course and we can offer custom courses to suit your budget and any space constraints.

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This crazy golf mad bride and groom insisted on having crazy golf at their wedding!

I will be celebrating my 13th wedding anniversary this year which is a lace inspired anniversary.  A hot trend this year is apparently lace wedding gowns, but after marrying overseas and as much as this blog is making me want to get married all over again, my other half will be relieved that I don’t wish to wear a wedding dress again anytime soon!

Happy wedding planning!

 

 

Plan the perfect wedding with Crazy Golf

Plan your day to include wedding crazy golf
Why not include crazy golf to your wedding planning?

So were you lucky enough to get proposed to over the festive season?  Many congratulations if you did!     

So now the celebrations are over, it is time to think about the wedding planning…..

It may not sound it in the first instance, but weddings and mini golf are a perfect match, trust us we have been to many weddings!!  Over the years we have had many brides have a crazy golf course in the grounds of their wedding venue and it has been a fantastic addition to what has been a great day full of laughter and fond memories.

Crazy Golf at weddings isn’t a new thing for the team at Putterfingers. We have entertained several bridal parties at weddings in recent years.  We get lots of enquiries at this time of the year with excited brides, planning their budget and making their day stand out in the crowd looking for a fully inclusive, family activity – great fun for the big kids too!

Our wedding packages are simple, either hire on a self assembly basis or we can deliver and set up for you on the day.

We can also liaise directly with the venue or your wedding co-ordinator to arrange the delivery and collection, taking the pressure away from you to concentrate on more important wedding preparations.

Most venues are happy to have us too – our courses have a soft rubber base, meaning they won’t damage the grass or mark or scratch indoor surfaces. In addition, we only use low bounce balls so there is no fear of broken windows, as these balls don’t have the flight of a traditional golf ball. We can also provide practice foam balls if essential.  Here is a throwback of a couple of brides playing our crazy golf course.

Wedding Crazy Golf - fun for brides, grooms and all the family
Wedding Mini Golf is great fun for all the family

We will exhibiting at the Newmarket Wedding Show on Sunday 25th January 2015 so if you are in the area and are planning your wedding, you will be spoilt for choice.  The Newmarket Wedding Show is set in the prestigious Millennium Grandstand building at Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket. This wedding show brings together 145 suppliers from around local area.  There will be a fantastic choice for planning a wedding, including florists and wedding cakemakers to wedding dresses and chocolate fountains.

See Putterfingers Crazy Golf on stand G20 at the Newmarket Wedding Show
Come and see us and play mini golf on Stand G20 at the Newmarket Wedding Show

Alongside the traditional wedding items on offer you will see of course our unique portable crazy golf course and novel wedding themed face in the hole boards.

Thinking about crazy golf as entertainment now?  Drop by at the wedding show and have a chat with Shelley, our crazy golf expert!

Wedding Crazy Golf Hire – come visit us in 2014

We are already looking forward into 2014 for wedding crazy golf equipment hire.

With several enquiries coming in from organised brides and grooms for the Summer of 2014, we will be exhibiting at two wedding fairs in January 2014.  Many congratulations if you are reading this because you are getting married next year!

With wedding crazy golf hire a very popular booking on our annual calendar, a 9 hole crazy golf course can be a fun extension to your wedding day and guaranteed to bring enjoyment for your guests, no matter what age during your special day.

So why not bring a taste of Summer to your wedding? Whether in the form of candy floss and ice cream treats for your guests, magicians to offer close up magic or an array of outdoor games like giant Jenga, Chess and of course a good old game of traditionally British Crazy Golf!!

Wedding Crazy Golf at Wedding Fair
Wedding Crazy Golf

Our first Wedding Fair for 2014 will be the Take My Hand Wedding Fair on Sunday 5th January at the Apex, Bury St Edmunds between 11am and 4pm.

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Take My Hand Wedding Fair 5th January 2014

At this fair we are fortunate enough to be alongside some of East Anglian’s finest wedding suppliers including the organiser Matt Carter who is a well established event pianist in this area.

Our second wedding fair is at the Newmarket Wedding Show at the Millenium Grandstand of the prestigious Rowley Mile Newmarket racecourse.

This takes place on Sunday 19th January 2014 between 11am and 5pm.  You will find us on the Ground Floor in space G20.

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Newmarket Wedding Show 19th January 2013

Wedding crazy golf hire is a terrific way to keep youngsters occupied during what can be a quite lengthy period – there’s only so many aunties they can irritate!

The big kids will want to play too – especially after a few beers or glasses of champagne…

Hotels and stately homes like our course too – our crazy golf courses have a soft rubber backing, meaning they won’t damage the grass or mark indoor surfaces.

Come and drop by at one of the exhibitions and have a chat with Shelley, our crazy golf expert!

 

 

Festival Mini Golf Fun in the Sun

The sun has certainly been shining on us in the mini golf world! Aside of the mini golf t-shirt tans and glowing noses we have had a fabulous weekend.

A hectic couple of weeks with fetes, festivals, schools and wedding couples taking advantage of our unique hire by post portable crazy golf course.  As we hold stock of several crazy golf courses in different sizes from 1 hole through to 9 holes at any one time, so we can just about offer something for every event.

Our courses have recently been used at a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Music Festival, Charity Fetes and a Corporate Party.

When the telephone rang last week, it gave a warm glow to hear a client who had been let down by another supplier of crazy golf at the last hour – to be told – ‘you have saved my life…..thank you so much’

I can’t think of anything worse than being told 48 hours before the date that one of the main family attractions at an advertised event is no longer available.

So if you have an event or party that you are planning, give us a call, we can work in short timescales and would welcome any enquiries.

Here is a sample of photos from a couple of events we attended this weekend in our local area.

Mini Golf at Music Festival - Gig in the Garden
The Mini Golf competition heats up at Gig in the Garden
Thurfest Mini Golf 2013
Thurfest Mini Golf - Family Fun Day

 

Putterfingers 9 hole Crazy Golf set up
9 Hole Crazy Golf at Gig in the Garden

Finally we were pleased to have contributed a percentage of our takings to the following charities:

East Anglian Childrens Hospices  http://www.each.org.uk/

St Nicholas Hospice Care  http://www.stnicholashospice.org.uk/

Action Medical Research  http://www.action.org.uk/

 

 

Marriage and Mini Golf go hand in hand

A mini golf mad couple in the US, recently chose to get married on the mini golf course that had their first date!

Having read this feature this morning Couple ties the knot on mini-golf course I will actually be celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary this weekend, so figured it was quite apt to feature on the blog this week.

Chris Canfield and Jamie Kerner of Caldwell got married Friday afternoon at Wahooz in Meridian.  The couple had their first date at the mini golf course about four years ago.

“Our beginning started here, and we thought ‘why not,'” Canfield said. “We wanted to tie the knot and play afterward – we wanted to have fun.”

There is something about mini-golf as a dating activity and certainly as a post wedding activity.  Our Summer has been filled with wedding bookings and as we are now approaching the wedding fair season for bride and grooms in 2013, we are still seeing a flurry of mini golf hire enquiries for next Summer.

Getting married is certainly now influenced by so many inspirations and often used as storyboard of the bride and groom’s life.

Rebecca and Derek’s fun bicycle wedding was featured in a blog including a unique mini golf layout which was built by the brides’ father and told the story of their lives and each hole had a selection of fun, wedding themed obstacle pieces.  This included large diamond rings to putt through, personalised golf balls and traditional wooden putters.

You can check out some of the images on our pinboards through our Pinterest account –  Putterfingers Pinterest – Wedding Mini Golf

Our crazy golf course can offer a unique layout too, the interlocking grass tiles link together to create whichever shape you desire.

If you are getting married next year and want to have mini golf at your wedding, don’t forget to check our hire a mini golf course 
page on our website.

Wedding Mini Golf – will you say ‘I do’ ?

The last few weeks have been a flurry of enquiries and bookings for wedding mini golf, and what a great way to entertain your guests?

Our portable golf courses have entertained many bridal parties over the last few years and every weekend in our calendar has at least one happy couple that want to play crazy golf on their wedding day – will you say ‘I do’?

Image Courtesy of h2cards.com Wedding Mini Golf cake topper

One of our clients kindly wrote in to tell us all about their big day:

“The Crazy Golf was great, our wedding guests loved it. It was very easy to put together, the obstacles were a great challenge for old and young and I would definitely use it again.”

Another client took this photograph of the bride playing on one of the mini golf holes as part her wedding reception:

Wedding Mini Golf
Wedding Mini Golf Courtesy of puttingitaround

So why not entertain your guest with one of our portable mini golf courses?

  • easy to set up
  • interchangeable so obstacles can be moved around to increase challenge
  • perfect for entertaining the children – junior and toddler putters available
  • safe to use
  • great for adults too!

Set up is approximately 20-25 minutes and is usually taken care of by the bridal party or the wedding venue and adds a unique feature to help celebrate your special day.

For bookings of mini golf for your wedding do get in touch at sales@putterfingers.co.uk

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