Putterfingers have supplied a Challenge Putt hole to the celebrity-strewn ICAP Charity Day in the City of London. For a whole day, ICAP, a City broker, donates 100% of its revenue and brokers’ commissions to charity.
Brokers on the trading floor dressed up in silly outfits including dinosaurs, hippies and a school choir. Celebrities dropped in throughout the day to make trades on the phone and bank the commission for charity.
We supplied a minigolf hole for Make Some Noise, whom we also helped out in October at their own fundraising day. As the celebs poured in, they had a go on our Challenge Putt hole. Here are a few snaps from the #makesomenoise hole on a memorable day!
And here’s the Duchess of Cornwall pulling off what was reportedly a £200 million trade to raise £2750, which would have been the broker’s commission on any ordinary day.
Here’s Love Island winner Dani Dyer getting on the dog and bone to help out:
So we’re all celebbed out, and it was wonderful to see our equipment helping to raise funds for good causes!
The stars seem to have aligned this week for a combination of two of our favourite things: minigolf and Lego. Three unrelated events involving minigolf and Lego have made us wonder why the world has waited so long to realise that it’s a perfect combination!
1. We posted a photo of a minigolf hole we’ve made out of Megabricks. These are not Lego but fit together in a similar way to build structures. Megabricks are giant plastic blocks – like breeze blocks – that are colourful, fun, strong and can build almost anything. Because we’re Putterfingers, we naturally built a few minigolf holes. Here’s one of them.
Looks great, doesn’t it? When we posted it online, the reaction was ‘Wow, that’s new!’ We haven’t put Megabricks minigolf on our site yet, but get in touch with us if you are interested in hiring or buying a blocky and colourful minigolf set that’s really different!
2. On Channel 4’s Lego Masters last night, one of the challenges was to build a crazy golf course out of Lego. With our Megabricks it doesn’t take long because each brick is big. But with little Lego bricks it must have taken them ages. They had to make moving obstacles with motorised parts, and the hole had to be playable. Quite a challenge.
If you don’t know what Lego Masters is, it’s a show with a similar format to MasteChef and others where contestants compete to produce the best creation for a panel of judges in a limited time. The fact that they chose minigolf as a challenge for the builders goes to show how popular minigolf is at the moment!
3. LegoLand Florida are building a minigolf course! The blocky U.S. attraction has filed plans for a 10,000 square foot minigolf area as part of its expansion to include areas dedicated to the Lego Movie franchise.
It seems the world has gone Lego minigolf mad, just after Putterfingers had the idea of tinkering with plastic bricks to make minigolf holes and published photos on social media. Maybe – just maybe – somebody at C4 and LegoLand Florida was watching!
‘Big Top Ted’ McIver shows his passion for minigolf on BBC2
Some excellent minigolf footage has appeared on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip on BBC2! In Episode 1 of Season 8, Denise Van Outen and Tim Medhurst find themselves hunting for antiques in Margate, then they swing by Strokes Adventure Golf. There they meet none other than 3-time British Open champ John ‘Big Top Ted’ McIver! It’s great to see him chatting away genially with the celebs. McIver is a bit of a celeb himself in the minigolf world, and a very nice bloke to boot.
Van Outen and Medhurst trundle up in their convertible Morris Minor and hit the course to find Ted, whom they quiz about the history of minigolf. He is more than happy to oblige and launches into a potted history of the sport – a putted history really – that touches on several of the landmark eras and places in the development of our beloved game.
Big Top Ted mentions the Himalayas course at St Andrews, site of the Ladies’ Putting Club, which was a precursor to minigolf. The narrator then describes Golfstacle, the first mini golf set you could buy, before going across the pond to address the minigolf explosion over there. Ted then talks about some of the crazier things to be found on mini golf courses during its early heyday, including trained bears and monkeys.
This is high quality footage of minigolf on the Beeb, and we’re delighted to see it. Big Top Ted’s enthusiasm is obvious and he comes across really well. Here’s the clip.
It’s a bit of a shame we didn’t get to see three-time British champion McIver demonstrate his putting technique, but it was probably hard to concentrate with TV cameras there and celebs yacking in his face. Still, it’s another great bit of minigolf footage that we just had to share with our blog readers!
Chancellor’s Budget: outdoor weddings to be allowed!
We’ve all seen al fresco wedding ceremonies in the movies. Typically the vows are exchanged, or prevented from being exchanged depending on the film, on a beach, with nothing more than an arch of flowers and a celebrant forming the ‘venue’. Until now this has not been possible in England, forcing those whose hearts are set on an outdoor wedding to go to Hawaii or Florida or somewhere even more exotic. But that’s about to change.
One of the unexpected announcements in this week’s budget was a change to the laws that dictate the type of wedding venues we can get married in. It paves the way for outdoor weddings, pub weddings, restaurant weddings, even weddings at home, and it is designed to reduce the cost burden of getting hitched, a significant part of which is venue hire. Previously (since the 1830s), we have only been allowed to marry in a structure with a solid roof (not a marquee), and food and drink may not be served there. That’s why the norm is usually a service or registry office wedding followed by everybody decamping to a reception venue for speeches, food, drink and dancing. Currently, civil ceremonies must take place in register offices or approved premises that have been licensed for the purpose by local authorities.
The new law aims to make it cheaper and simpler to get married. Full disclosure: at Putterfingers we’re happy about this, because we hire out minigolf for wedding parties and if this means more people can afford to get married, then it means more business for us! Readers of this blog will know that our minigolf courses work just as well outdoors as indoors and don’t require a power supply, which makes them ideal for outdoor weddings. The courses are modular and weatherproof, easy to set up and can be shaped to fit the space available.
We’re delighted that wedding couples and their guests are going to be able to enjoy Putterfingers minigolf at a wider variety of venues!
Never one to miss an invitation to London, the Putterfingers team headed to London in preparation of 5th October to bring golf to a corporate client and twinned this with the opportunity to supply a couple of golf holes for the infamous MakeSomeNoise Charity Day, held at Global Media & Entertainment Group’s HQ in Leicester Square. Global’s media brands include Heart FM, Capital FM, Smooth Radio, LBC, RadioX, CapitalXTRA and My Gold Music, and all these stations put the fundraising campaign front and centre of their scheduling for the day, with their listeners making it happen by donating.
Organiser Wendy Nicol said, “The golf holes were a real hit with not only the staff but the canine companion we had in for the day as you can see! We will be sure to spread the word about using Putterfingers for future events.”
This year’s @MakeNoise campaign raised a whopping £4,198,678 to help disadvantaged children, young people and their families across the UK! We’re proud that our minigolf was a part of this successful fundraising drive. Here are some photos from the big day.
We’re please the fundraising event went so well and Global say they will be back for more!
The University of Salford wanted to add fun and inclusive activities to its 2018 Welcome Week, so naturally enough the called Putterfingers for a minigolf hire. What better game for students to socialise over and what better game to project the image of the University as a fun place to be? They tweeted out to invite everyone down to the sports hall and play on the Funsize course:
Putt your skills to the test and check out our 9-hole crazy golf course all day tomorrow from 10am in the Student's Union!
Set the best from the rest as you'll compete to see who's the next Tiger Woods! Please bring a spare pair of trousers, you might get a hole in one! ?? pic.twitter.com/6kuhf97gxS
We hire out minigolf courses to universities regularly for open days, fresher’s weeks, graduation days, parties, fundraising events, Students’ Union activities and sports days. All ages and abilities can play and the courses are wheelchair friendly too. Their modular design means they can be laid out to fit almost any indoor or outdoor space and can even be laid around or through other things that are going on. The putting surface consists of square astro grass tiles that dovetail together to build a wide variety of shapes, which makes it highly adaptable to any venue. Here’s a bit more info on hiring minigolf on our Schools and Colleges page.
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.
Challenge Putt: a simple way to break the ice at trade shows
Do you exhibit at trade shows? Want to attract more people to your stand and get them talking to you? A good way to hook them is with a Challenge Putt – a small mini golf hole designed to fit into a typical exhibition booth space. It offers a have-a-go putting exercise to get attendees thinking about what you do and how it relates to them. We’ll design the end board to include your logo and a brand message. When people focus on trying to get a putt through the hole, they are focusing on your brand – and they are far more likely to remember it! Meanwhile, you have a good chance of striking up a conversation with them and telling them more about what you do. It’s a simple and effective way to get more footfall through your trade show stand and interact with more people.
You can add incentives like a cash prize or something people would normally have to pay for, like a consultation, a free service or some of your product. The challenge can be to get the ball through one of the holes in the board or into the putting cup. We can suggest ideas that have worked well in the past if you’re not quite sure what to do with your Challenge Putt hole.
Our minigolf putting surface is modular, so it’s possible to make any size of Challenge Putt. For those with enough space, we can make a Challenge Putt that’s 7 or 8 metres long! Add an obstacle or two and make it a par 2 for a trickier challenge.
Businesses who want to make minigolf a regular fixture at their corporate events or have it as a breakout room perk can buy a fully branded course. From three to nine holes can be branded with your company logo, strapline, or other insignia to enhance the corporate image and brand.
To hire or buy a Challenge Putt hole for trade shows and events or to talk about a branded minigolf course, call Putterfingers on 08450 570321, email us or visit our site.
A little while back, we blogged about how pub minigolf could be the next big thing in leisure. Somebody must have heard us, because not long after that we had a call from The Hangout in Llandeilo asking to hire crazy golf for a crazy golf pub crawl. The Hangout is a vibrant venue that serves delicious healthy food and puts on a lot of events throughout the year for its regulars and their friends. The 9 hole mini golf tour started at The Hangout but nobody remembers where it finished, probably because there were drinks at each hole. We have no photographic evidence of the scene at the 9th hole, but we suspect that any reports of putting accuracy there are greatly exaggerated.
The Hangout’s patrons and their friends took the compulsory fancy dress rule and ran with it, most of them going for the PGA golfer from the 1980s look. With a drink served at every hole, it looks as if this photo was taken well into the round or after it. Or it could just be the euphoric effects of playing mini golf, which are well documented. Probably a mixture of the two. They also have Nerf gun wars and an Oktoberfest at the Hangout, which are two other reasons, if such were needed, to like this fun-loving town very much indeed.
We were more than happy to provide the mini golf equipment for their Pub Golf Day. It seems that the pub minigolf format works well for a bunch of fun-oriented folks like the residents of Llandeilo.
The Pub Golf Day was part of the Llandeilo Festival of the Senses | G?yl y Synhwyrau, a three-day binge of music, food, comedy and sport throughout the town.
Most towns have at least one festival of food, music, arts or other things. A mini golf pub crawl can add extra fun to town festivals everywhere. For hire details, call Shelley on 08450 570321, visit our pubs & hotels page or drop us an email.
Putterfingers visited Disneyland Florida earlier this month, all in the name of product research of course. Being of a putterish persuasion, a spot of minigolf at the Magic Kingdom was just the ticket for a fun-filled day.
In sweltering heat we headed straight for the Winter Summerland crazy golf course, having heard so much about it and hoping that the Winter course might offer some kind of relief from the blazing sun and 34-degree temperature.
We loved the Christmas music played throughout the really neat winter course. The winter course is full of fun surprises, so we were careful to read the signs on each course for hints. The snowman squirted water out of his nose when you got the ball in and at various points cool water jets helped us stay just the right side of boiling. We got to know some of the local wildlife, too, which isn’t officially sanctioned by Disney but tends to come along and explore the courses along with humans. In particular we made the acquaintance of quite a few lizards (real ones) which were actually pretty cute.
The mix of difficulty on the holes was reasonable, but overall the course was on the easy side, which is probably right considering that most visitors are children. We didn’t witness any putter tantrums, so the kids weren’t finding the course too frustrating.
After 10 holes on the Summer course, we were told to abandon play because of the threat of lightning! It seems that even Disneyland’s imagineers haven’t yet worked out how to control the weather. Here are a few more snaps of our Disneyland minigolf experience!
Putterfingers are thrilled to be involved in a major fundraising event in Norwich. A Funsize course graced the courtyard of the Intu Chapelfield shopping centre for a weekend as part of GoGoHares 2018 – a fundraiser to mark the 50th anniversary of local charity Break.
Break has been providing homes for vulnerable children and young people across East Anglia since 1968. GoGoHares is a sculpture trail around Norwich featuring 50 large hare sculptures and 164 leverets (smaller hares) all decorated by local artists for people to find and mark on their maps. At the end of the event, which started in June and ends in October, the sculptures will be auctioned off to raise funds for Break.
GoGoHares is the latest in a series of sculpture trails organised by Break with the help of public art events specialists Wild in Art, who organise major art trails like this all over the world and raise millions for charity. GoGoGorillas in 2013 and GoGoDragons in 2015 were similar events and highly successful in raising funds. This year there have been numerous side-attractions and things to do, including a Guinness World Record attempt at the most people dressed as a hare in one place, which must have been pawsome. Our minigolf course was one such ‘sideshow’ to the main event.
The Putterfingers course was branded ‘GoGoGolf’ and we’ve got some pictures of the course with some of the hares dotted around it. There were plenty of jokes about putting a ball down the rabbit hole, doe-nating a few bucks or going as crazy golf as the Mad March Hare.
Putterfingers were super-pleased to help out at GoGoHares 2018 and we hope that when the hares are auctioned off it will raise masses of doe for Break!