Par-tee food: our top ten mini golf recipes

As the Summer party season kicks off and outdoor mini golf becomes a thing again, we thought we’d throw out some catering ideas to keep your al fresco mini golf party swinging. Par-tee snacks are necessary on the mini golf course to keep spirits up and just celebrate life generally. Nobody should have to putt on an empty stomach. Don’t let hunger be an obstacle – there are enough of those already. So let’s get stuck in to the Putterfingers Top Ten snack list, by appointment to Her Majesty The Green.

Low Bounce Jelly

Par-tee food low bounce jelly

We sell low bounce jelly practice balls and they are great, but due to consumer protection laws and the Food Standards Agency we wouldn’t recommend eating them. So here is an alternative recipe from BBC Good Food: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/summer-berry-lime-jellies

Banana PARfait

Par-tee food banana parfait

If you put enough bananas in, and maybe a bit of food colouring, this one will match our yellow foam edge bumpers and is just the snack to help you putt out of your skin. It’s naughty but nice and will definitely help to keep your scores down and avoid too many slip-ups. https://www.greatbritishchefs.com/recipes/banana-parfait-recipe

Bread and PUTTER Pudding

Par-tee food bread and butter pudding

The ultimate energy-giver, this classic uses up stale white bread and gives it a custardy, raisiny, nutmeggy, sugary, creamy, cinnamonny coating that raises it to a hole new level. https://www.thespruceeats.com/bread-and-butter-pudding-recipe-435728

Surf ‘n’ Astroturf

par-tee food surf n turf minigolf food

Simply cook this, put it into tortilla shells and cover it in chopped rocket or parsley for that Astro turf look. Big golfers can also enjoy it because it contains LOBster. https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/surf-and-turf-recipe/

The Bogie Hoagie

par-tee food minigolf bogie hoagie

After holing out in one over par, sink your gnashers into one of these to console yourself. This one would be ideal at Sandwich Mini Golf course. https://cookienameddesire.com/how-to-build-the-perfect-hoagie/

Club Sandwich

par-tee food club sandwich mini golf

Instead of a cocktail stick or little wooden skewer to hold together this tower of punning deliciousness, use a golf tee. https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a32714107/club-sandwich-recipe/

Toad in the Hole

par-tee food toad in the hole mini golf

Most people know how to make this classic dish or knows someone who does, so no need for a recipe LINK here. Just make sure to BATTER your opponents into submission.

Tweed Jacket Potato

Par-tee food tweed jacket potato

The traditional prize for the British Adventure Golf Masters is a tweed jacket from a charity shop. Mirroring the even more famous Green Jacket from the ‘big golf’ Masters, it is the most coveted prize in mini golf. Why not have your own prize for the winner: a jacket potato cooked with the skin scored in a criss-cross pattern to make it come out looking like a tweed jacket?

Golf Ball Salad

par-tee food golf ball salad mozzarella

This one looks the part. Mini mozzarella balls drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar with garlic, basil and cherry tomatoes. That will fill a hole. https://thriftyjinxy.com/mozz/

G and Tee

par-tee food g and tee mini golf

Here are ten different ways to make this classic cooling drink to calm your nerves out on the mini golf course. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-gin-and-tonics-twist

Got any more suggestions for par-tee food, snacks and drinks? Send them to office@eventstuff.ltd and we’ll share them on social media!

Marketing for minigolf: Richard Gottfried

Marketing for minigolf

Putterfingers’ long-time friend and mini golf supremo Richard Gottfried has been busy. This is nothing new. He is, after all, half of the couple who regularly hit the news with their project to play every single crazy golf course in the country. With wife Emily he has played hundreds of minigolf courses and tirelessly blogged about them ever since 2006. As new courses pop up the Gottfrieds feel compelled to visit and play them, so their task is never done. The current tally is hovering around the 1,000 mark. Read about the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour here!

Marketing and minigolf Richard Gottfried
Image courtesy of Richard Gottfried

Richard is a marketing expert whose publications include The Minigolfer’s Guide to Marketing, a unique book that blends marketing and minigolf. It applies marketing techniques to minigolf and vice versa and is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the two subjects. He operates as a consultant in minigolf marketing by applying his deep knowledge of aspects of minigolf including course operators, pop-ups, competitions, equipment, national associations, international federations, clubs, suppliers, designers, builders and technology providers.

Marketing for minigolf
Image courtesy of Richard Gottfried

Among Richard’s latest efforts to promote mini golf is an article in the Interfun Expo Guide for UK Operators (page 13) which provides tips on how best to treat and communicate with customers in the light of COVID-19. With people emerging from government restrictions, he predicts a big uptick in demand for leisure activities like mini golf, even going so far as to say that demand will outstrip supply for a while. He encourages operators to go the extra mile to make customers feel welcome and secure upon their return to the mini golf course and to add as much warmth, goodwill and credibility as possible.

One example of how to achieve this is Cornwall Football Golf – admittedly not a crazy golf venue but operating along very similar lines. They have chosen Putterfingers to supply some additional signage to communicate with customers and make them feel welcome and cared for. Here are the boards they chose – call Putterfingers if you would like to discuss something similar to brighten up your mini golf course.

Marketing for mini golf
golf course branding banners marketing minigolf

In the meantime, we wish Richard and Emily Gottfried all the best in their quest for minigolf completeness and we are cheering them on all the way!

Care home stages mini golf tournament

Care home games mini golf hire

Here is a recent example of a Putterfingers mini golf course in use at a residential care home. On this occasion the staff at The Beeches Care Home in East Harling, Norfolk decided to put on a mini golf tournament for residents and staff. They rented a 9-hole course and laid it out in the garden on a warm Spring day. Had it rained, the course could have been laid out indoors instead and adapted to suit the floor plan. But luckily the weather was fine and the residents and staff had a very enjoyable day with a bit of mild competition and exercise.

Relatives were invited to attend and encourage their elderly family members from the side lines. Even residents who had never held a golf club before soon got into the game. It is a good example of how easily players can make putts from wheelchairs or with otherwise limited mobility. One resident even scored a hole in one!

Care home games for residents
Putterfingers courses are accessible and wheelchair-friendly

Mini golf is an ideal activity for care homes because it provides a level of mild challenge and some gentle exercise. Putterfingers are easily accessible and wheelchair-friendly. Mini golf offers residents an opportunity to socialise and communicate. Courses can be set up indoors or outdoors according to almost any floor plan. The layout can be modified to fit the surroundings. The difficulty level is adjustable by moving obstacles. Residents often enjoy it because it reminds them of the seaside.

Care home photo board hire

In fact, as an optional extra we can provide seaside-themed face-in-hole boards like the traditional ones often seen at beach resorts around the UK. They provide a great photo opportunity and add visual appeal to the event with their bright colours and funny characters. Many residents will remember these!

A variety of course sizes is available, from three holes to a full 18-hole course. There is a size to suit most venues and budgets.

Interested in hiring a mini golf course for a care home event? Call our friendly team on 01842 337 100 or use our contact form.

Read an article in the East Anglian Daily Times about the event

Volkswagen UK hire branded course for employees

Employees enjoy mini golf at corporate event

Volkswagen Group UK recently hired a branded Putterfingers mini golf course for a ‘Refresher’ event at their head office in Milton Keynes. The event was organised to get employees reacquainted with the office environment after months of working remotely. What better than a mini golf course to help staff get to know each other again and do a bit of team building?

It is a nice example of the Putterfingers Branded Course Hire. Included in the package are:

  • Branded tee-off mats
  • Branded obstacles (we created one with a VW Camper, one of the firm’s most iconic products)
  • Branded putting cups
  • Branded scorecards
  • Giant Lego obstacles – we have a stock of these blocks to make obstacles with
  • My Minigolf obstacles – the standard set
  • 9 holes’ worth of interlocking astro grass tiles for the putting surface
  • Foam edge bumpers – VW chose Blue but we also have them in Red, Yellow and White
  • Putters for everybody
  • Lots of low bounce balls
  • Hole number cones.
Branded mini golf corporate hire for employees

Employees used the course during the day to mingle, compete a little, and get to know each other again. What a nice way to welcome them back! With course branding, VW Group UK let their staff know they cared, whilst also reminding them who they work for in case they had forgotten during lockdown.

Here’s a quick video run through of the course, showing the obstacles and layout.

We delivered and set up the course early in the morning and got these photos before the employees arrived and started putting. The following day we returned and took it all down. It didn’t take us long – even at distant hires where we can’t deliver it ourselves, it takes an average of 45 minutes for a couple of people to lay out a 9-hole course, and even less to dismantle it. The modular equipment is designed for quick and easy set up and teardown. It all fits neatly back on the pallet for collection by our courier.

So it’s another successful corporate branded mini golf course hire from Putterfingers – if you are planning a corporate event and need some entertainment that’s good for team building and employee engagement, call us for a quote today!

Call 01842 337 100 or use our contact form

Golf event branding by Putterfingers Print

Putterfingers are now offering a range of large format print products to enhance golf courses. We have the technology and design expertise to print branded photo boards, leader boards, banners and other display media. We’re on a mission to make golf and mini golf venues look more attractive and professional!

golf course branding banners

Face in hole boards

The face in hole boards are colourful, fun, free-standing images featuring characters with the faces cut out and holes for people to put their own face in. They are similar to traditional seaside face in hole boards but brought up to date with modern designs and materials for today’s marketing and branding needs. A branded, golf-themed face in hole board is a photo opportunity for customers to snap and share, with the venue’s brand front and centre. It is good for boosting brand awareness and adding extra fun for customers.

Leader boards

We will soon be offering branded leader boards and winner photo opportunity boards. These ideas will be on our website soon, so keep checking back or give us a call if you like the idea of these engagement-boosting visual features. They are great for your marketing and provide extra fun for your customers.

Golf print media example

One of the first customers we provided branded photo boards to was Cornwall Football Golf. The boards work in exactly the same way for golf, minigolf and adventure golf courses and for Putterfingers minigolf course hires and purchases. So why not order one to create extra visual impact and photo opportunities at your minigolf course?

The image above is the design for a board featuring two football players flanking England’s number 11 player and raising a trophy, with the football golf course in the background. Notice the website address, social media handle and hashtag. These are there so that visitors to tag their photos, which gives Cornwall Football Golf some extra online exposure.

Accompanying that board is a photo stand-in – a branded frame with a large cutout for several people to get into. Again, the idea is to get visitors to share their photos online, which helps to spread the message about the attraction.

Marketing mini golf course print media

Print banners

We also provide large format printed materials such as banners for marketing messages and announcements. These can be fixed to walls or freestanding and moveable. For indoor communications, you could choose a branded and custom-designed roller banner.

Get an edge over competitors

Looking to attract more customers and get better reviews? Add visual appeal with Putterfingers print products, created by the Minigolf Masters!

Boost your visual presence by calling us on 01842 337 100 or using our contact form!

Staycation Summer? Transform the garden into a pitch and putt!

Mini golf staycation family home set

Jetting off to foreign lands is great if you can negotiate the current travel restrictions without losing a whole holiday’s worth of money if your flight gets cancelled. But for those of us who choose – or are forced – to have a staycation at home in the UK for the Summer holidays, there is plenty of fun to be had in our own back gardens.

Our Home Golf range has become especially popular over the last 18 months. With more time at home, many of our customers have taken to chipping and putting in their gardens with one of our home golf sets. This can be for family entertainment or to keep golf skills sharp for the next visit to the golf course.

We have expanded the range to serve the rise in home golf. Our revised catalogue includes top-quality kits from new suppliers. Check out what we have to offer: imaginative ways to enjoy golf at home and have hours of fun at very reasonable prices.

My Minigolf Sets

Staycation mini golf set for home use

My Minigolf is a set of mini golf obstacles for home use and is perfect for a staycation garden golf game. It comes with putters and balls, so it’s everything you need for a game of minigolf in the garden or even inside, family and pets permitting. There is a My Minigolf set to suit every budget. The Mega course comes with its own putting surface consisting of interlocking Astro grass tiles. The other sets can be used on lawns, floors or any reasonably flat and smooth surface.

Chipping Nets

Staycation home golf chipping net

5 different chipping nets, from a basic pop-up ball catcher to a deluxe practice net with precision targets to land your chips like Phil Mickelson. Prices range from the price of a couple of beers to a more committed investment for the serious golfer.

Putting Accessories

Putting accessories for home golf

Putting alignment tools, grip trainers, laser guides, putting force gauges, and a range of practice balls designed for home use. The neighbourhood-friendly low bounce, foam and airflow balls make sure you’re not clobbering shots into next door’s garden. The putt returner sends your ball straight back to you automatically. And the large variety of putting training aids help to perfect club alignment, putting line and shot strength.

Putting Sets

Staycation mini golf home starter kits

Cheap ways to get putting at home. The Make a Hoop set provides a target area to hone your chips and approach shots. Backyard Golf is a simple putting hole for sinking into a lawn and a flag: just enough to get started for a very minimal outlay. And you can even practice putting from the toilet seat with the Potty Putter Trainer, which comes with a ‘Do not disturb – golf game in progress’ sign to hang on the door! Browse the rest of out catalogue for more putting games and training aids.

Putting Mats

Putting mats for home golf

For indoor or outdoor use, putting mats provide a consistent surface and a variety of alignment aids to improve accuracy. Useful outdoors if your lawn is a bit uneven. Or unroll a mat anywhere inside the house that doesn’t cause too many issues for family members or pets. With various levels of challenge and length, there’s a putting mat for everyone – and they don’t break the bank.

Get set up for a home golfing staycation! Pick a set from the options above or browse our entire catalogue.

Got a question? Call us on 01842 337 100.

The new White Wedding Course in action!

We were proud to show off our new White Wedding Course at a reception this week in Fornham All Saints, Suffolk. You can view this magnificent wedding course on our website here.

The White Wedding Course is the ultimate wedding mini golf hire. It is personalised to the bride and groom with their names on the roof of the centrepiece church obstacle. Each hole is a celebration in itself. The holes feature white kissing doves, champagne flutes, a love heart obstacle, Mr & Mrs, and a beautiful internally-lit church obstacle. The whole course is scattered with hearts, doves, champagne bottles and rings. All obstacles are white and the course is bounded by white edge bumpers.

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The personalised centrepiece of the course, a white church obstacle with internal LED lights that glow at dusk.

We managed to snap quite a few photos of the white wedding course laid out at the reception venue. Because it was local to us, we set the course up for this wedding ourselves. For weddings further afield, we will deliver it ourselves if we can, or ship it to the venue on pallets with full instructions for setup, which takes about 45 minutes to get the course laid out plus maybe a little longer for final tweaks and getting everything perfect. The course is simple and modular and pretty easy to put together with no tools required.

White wedding course minigolf crazy golf love obstacle
The Love obstacle

Wedding mini golf hire white course
The church glowing at dusk

Wedding crazy golf hire
The Doves obstacle

Wedding reception minigolf hire
The Champagne Celebration obstacle

Wedding mini golf obstacles hire
The Mr & Mrs obstacle

Wedding crazy golf hire
The White Course laid out ready for the next day’s reception

Putterfingers wedding customers have a choice between the white course and the colourful course. The alternative colourful course features a set of unique wedding-themed obstacles that you can see here, and has a choice of blue, red, yellow or white edge bumpers. A typical layout of the colourful course would look something like the image below and can be indoors or outdoors, with the holes arranged to suit the venue.

Wedding minigolf hire colours
The Colourful Course

This white wedding course hire was greatly enjoyed by all those present at the wedding reception. Whichever course suits your tastes, we love to do wedding hires so get in touch for a quote today!

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Minigolf magic for corporate fun days

Minigolf for corporate fun days
A recent hire at the offices of Orms Designers & Architects. Being designers and architects, they created their own obstacles!

Experience has shown us that mini golf is always a hit at corporate fun days. It brings people together for networking and team building and can boost morale and productivity. Our mini golf hire courses are modular, which means they can be assembled to fit virtually any space, indoors or outdoors. The equipment is designed to fit into the footprint of a standard lift shaft, so that no matter which floor the event happens on in multi-storey buildings, getting the equipment up and down between floors is as simple as possible.

Crazy golf hire corporate fun days
A breakout area on the roof at WeWork, Momument, London

Minigolf hire is a sure fire success at team building events, annual parties, open days, staff fun days and even training days. It can also be used by management to observe employees in their natural habitat. A Morrisons manager told us:

“We used the mini golf setup with obstacles to set our managers the challenge of finding the shortest solution to get the ball in the hole, thus using the golf as an analogy to overcome obstacles in the workflow processes.”

It has also been shown to help interviewees relax on the recruitment treadmill and show who they really are. As one entrepreneur said:

““Within half an hour of entering the room, interviewees are more relaxed. What they don’t realise is that over a game of mini-golf, they’re giving off who they are as people – we get to know them better than if they were in a stale white room with a desk.” More on that here.

Minigolf can be seen as a microcosm of golf. ‘Big golf’ is famous for being a place where deals are struck and businesspeople have a chance to discover each other’s true characters. With a minigolf hire for a corporate event, you get a similar competitive environment distilled into a smaller area.

Corporate fun days mini golf hire
A few of the corporate customers we have supplied with mini golf hire.

Putterfingers mini golf courses can be fully branded for corporate fun days and other business events. Tee-off mats, edge bumpers and scorecards can all carry a firm’s logo and message. This can make employees feel good about their employer as a source of fun, impresses visitors and looks professional.

Some companies chose to hire a minigolf course for a week for their breakout area, just for staff to enjoy. It helps staff to relax and get to know each other better.

Minigolf breakout room

To hire a minigolf course for a company event like a fun day, even if it’s at (fairly!) short notice, call the Putterfingers team on 01842 337 100, fill in our contact form or send us an email.

Planning a BIG minigolf break

Guest Blog post by Richard Gottfried of The Ham and Egger Files.

You may be looking ahead to getting out and about a bit more and if you want to make up for lost time on the minigolf course. Here are our top tips for finding courses near you and making the most of a crazy golfing road-trip. These come courtesy of minigolf supremo and tireless crazy golf course finder Richard Gottfried. See the link at the bottom of this post to visit his amazing minigolf blog chronicling nearly a THOUSAND crazy golf course visits!

Start at home

Before your trip it’s a wise manoeuvre to map out all of the courses at your final destination. There are a number of ways to find out the best places to play.

Google is your friend

Get online and search your target location for courses to play. Remember though that not all courses will have a website or online presence so we will often search on Google Maps and Street View to find hidden places to play.

Crazy golf courses
Richard Gottfried playing Pirates Landing indoor Adventure Crazy Golf at the Fairworld Amusement Arcade in Cleethorpes 18-05-18 by Emily Gottfried

Are you keen to play all flavours of miniature golf, are you only looking to play newer adventure golf layouts, or do you prefer traditional seaside crazy golf? You’ll want to input the right keywords to get the best results. Sometimes ‘minigolf’ is used to mean Pitch & Putt courses or Putting Greens. If they’re not your cup of tea then you’ll need to be more specific if you’re looking for pirates, dinosaurs or jungle-themes.

You can also check out our blog and social media to keep up-to-date with new course openings and tips on where to play.

A classic way to plan

As mentioned, not all courses have an online presence, or if they do, it might not always appear high-up in the pages of online search results so don’t forget a classic way to plan your UK getaway is to request a brochure from a resort or town’s local tourist information centre. A lot of the courses we’ve found are those listed on maps of seasides.

The journey

Getting there is half the fun right?

Your end point may be one of those minigolfing hot-spots such as Skegness, Hastings, Great Yarmouth, Cleethorpes, Scarborough or Blackpool but there is a very good chance that you’ll be passing by any number of the new breed of inland courses en route. Why not plan a couple of stops on the way…?

Crazy golf courses Prestatyn
Richard Gottfried playing Crazy Golf in Prestatyn September 2018 by Emily Gottfried

Staying the course

Some hotels are home to crazy golf and putting courses and if you’re keen to maximise your playing time then this might be an option for you.

Most holiday camps and caravan parks – and some camp sites – are also home to a minigolf course. These are sometimes only open to people staying at the site, but we have found some excellent courses that are open to day guests and the public.

Pay-to-enter

You may also find that there are minigolf courses in pay-to-enter attractions in the area you are staying on holiday. Farm parks, model villages, zoos, maize mazes and other places can often be the location of a course.

Crazy golf courses Rhyl
Emily Gottfried at the Pirate Island Adventure Golf at Lyons Robin Hood Holiday Camp in Rhyl 230917 by Richard Gottfried

Late night games

The days of courses closing when the sun goes down are gone and a number of courses now have floodlights installed to allow play to go on long into the night.

There are also a lot more indoor options now compared to when our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour began in 2006. Back then there were just two indoor courses in the whole of the UK. There are now more than 100 indoor venues to play. A real bonus if the British summer weather doesn’t quite deliver.

If you play any fun or quirky courses be sure to let us know about them!

Father’s Day Golf Gifts to Make Him Smile

Father's Day golf gifts

Does your father already have everything? Not if he is a golfer, he doesn’t. A golfer’s kit is never complete. There is always a useful piece of equipment to make his journey round the course that little bit more enjoyable and practical. These Father’s Day gifts are the things he never knew he needed in his golfing life.

Father’s Day is on the third Sunday in June. This year it falls on the 20th. We have hand picked the golf gifts most likely to be appreciated by golfing dads. They are also pretty useful things to have out on the golf course and when practicing at home, so if he golfs a lot he will think of you more often as he uses them!

Fathers Day golf gifts

Father’s Day Golf Gifts

For this Father’s Day we are stocking:

  • Training aids for improving swing, eyeline, driving distance and putting accuracy
  • Tools for the little tasks that non-golfers don’t know about, like replacing divots, cleaning club faces, counting strokes and picking up balls from the green, fairway or rough
  • Home golf sets and tools for back garden practice
  • Golf novelty items just for fun
  • Accessories like bags, towels
  • Practice balls
  • Desktop golf games for the office or home

Head over to https://www.putterfingers.com/collections/fathers-day-gifts to see the whole collection of brilliant golfing Father’s Day gifts! Here are our top five from the range.

  1. Putt and Hazard Putting Mat
Putting practice mat gift

The ideal home putting training tool for indoors and outdoors. Improves not only accuracy but putt weight as well with its slope just before the cup. The cup is a bit smaller than regulation to really hone accuracy, there are two hazards to avoid and the ball is automatically returned to the player when it goes in the hole. An all-in-one putting trainer for use in between visits to the golf club.

Golf smash bag gift Fathers Day

A swing trainer that helps to perfect wrist alignment at the moment the club face strikes the ball. The golfer stops when the club strikes the bag and checks hand alignment. Prevents a common problem called ‘flipping the wrists’ at the moment of impact.

Golf multi tool fathers day gift

A Swiss army knife for the golfer in your life. Includes a 35mm knife, divot repairer, club head brush, pitchfork/ball marker, mini pen and key ring.

Fathers day golf gifts chipping net

Practicing the feel of chipping is crucial to staying sharp on the golf course. This practice net pops up anywhere in seconds and has target pockets for honing accuracy. You might need to call him in for tea when he’s in the garden with this – he’ll be addicted!

Fathers day golf gifts laser guide

This popular device projects a laser line onto the putting surface that provides visual feedback to help keep the club head swinging straight. Allows the correction of multiple errors in putting form.

See the whole collection at https://www.putterfingers.com/collections/fathers-day-gifts

Fathers day golf gifts