We love meeting brides and helping them select unique wedding entertainment. One of our favourite annual fixtures is our stand at the Newmarket Wedding Show. It’s always fun to meet brides and their families, wedding planners and other wedding suppliers. We always come away bristling with business cards and new customers. This post gives details about the 2018 Newmarket Wedding Show as well as two other wedding shows we are exhibiting at in the coming weeks.
Look for the Fun4Guests stand. Our sister company Fun4Guests provide fun packages including Putterfingers minigolf, and Putterfingers staff will be there, so our stand covers both brands. We have 10 years of experience in hiring our event equipment under our portable crazy golf banner of Putterfingers, but as Fun4Guests we have brought wedding crazy golf and other games together at the request of bridal parties.
Newmarket Wedding Show
The show takes place on Sunday 21st of January at the Millennium Grandstand, Rowley Mile Racecourse from 11am to 4pm. Come along and meet us on stand G20 to talk about wedding entertainment including crazy golf, giant wooden garden games, kissing booths, photo walls and much more.
Hockwold Hall Wedding Fayre
Hockwold Hall is a beautiful wedding and events venue on the borders of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. We have exhibited at the Wedding Fayre there for several years and we never miss the opportunity to meet people there and show them our wedding hire packages. If you go to the show, come and say hello to us in the marquee.
EDP Bride: The Wedding Show
This great wedding show takes place at the Norfolk Showground on the 17th and 18th of February. It’s a regular fixture in our calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!
OK, so here we are in 2018, and so far outdoor conditions have been less than ideal for a round of minigolf at your favourite course. Is you putting arm twitching with desire to get out there? Well, maybe you can redirect that twitchy feeling into your finger and have a go at one of the many golf (and minigolf) games available for mobile devices.
Some of you might have got a shiny new ‘fondle slab’ for Christmas – a smartphone or a tablet. What better use for it than to get in a bit of finger-powered putting action?
We blogged about mobile minigolf games a while back. Since then some new games have hit the Apple and Google Play stores, offering everything from no-frills physics simulation to wild, improbable golfing fantasy lands. This time we’ve broadened it to ‘big golf’ games, because it isn’t real, so what does it matter whether it’s minigolf or golf? It’s just a bit of fun for rainy days.
Here’s a selection of the top 5 mobile games from thegolfnewsnet.com. We’ve played Golf Star and Flick Golf and they are both fantastic in very different ways. Golf Star is as realistic as a mobile golf game can get, with all the factors you would encounter in the real world coming into play except hunger and tired legs. Flick Golf is cartoonish and actually defies physics (you can add spin to the ball while it’s in the air!) but it is fun to play, highly addictive and satisfying if you buy into its game logic.
Hopefully we’ll all be out putting again soon, but in the meantime the less (fool)hardy of you who don’t like force ten gales and hail when putting might like to try out one of these mobile games for a bit of fireside fun.
We are now officially living in The Future. With self-driving cars, pizzas delivered by robots and TVs thinner than a polar bear, it’s probably about time to update the sport of minigolf as well as everything else. Puttshack, a new venture to hit London’s White City is March 2018, is doing just that.
Westfield London‘s 20,000 square foot high-tech crazy golf centre is the result of a collaboration between ping pong venue Bounce and global computerised golf phenomenon Topgolf. Topgolf already use in-ball computer technology at their golf driving ranges where players hit their ball at a dartboard-style target. Your microchipped ball sends data back to a digital scoreboard and points are scored for distance and proximity to the centre. Along with food, drinks and other games at Topgolf’s venues, it has proven popular – a new bowling alley for our times.
This leisure concept is being ported over to minigolf for the new venue in West London. Players will see video replays of their shots and will be able to participate in interactive quiz holes and pinball-style challenges. Suitably swish cocktails will be served to ride the wave of the current gin craze, and their executive chef has created a scrummy-looking menu.
We look forward to the high-tech venue opening in March 2018, and time will tell if ‘the most incredible minigolf concept in the world’ is a hit with Londoners.
Meanwhile, if all this technology is all too much for you, we still supply traditional minigolf courses to hire for events, parties, weddings and corporate events! We don’t think the desire for good old minigolf will go away any time soon!
We all know that minigolf is fun, but is it actually good for you? The answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’ Read this brief summary of the benefits of playing minigolf to find out just how good minigolf is for you, your kids and your family.
1. Playing minigolf can burn off 300 calories an hour
That is comparable to an hour’s brisk walk. An adult will burn around 300 calories an hour and it’s good for your kids too, giving them a good cardiovascular workout.
2. Social skills
Kids will learn sportsmanship and fair play on the minigolf course, coupled with following rules and being respectful to others. It is also a good lesson in self-control and perseverance to get a result. Healthy competitiveness is the order of the day out on the minigolf course.
3. Educational benefits
Hand-eye coordination is required for a good putt. Kids can develop it while having a fun time. They can learn the logic of good form and technique: a good stance and a good swing lead to better results.
4. It isn’t Xbox!
Fresh air and free movement in the real physical world takes them away from their mobiles, video games and computers. Minigolf isn’t virtual reality, it IS reality! And fun reality too!
5. Family bonding
Families often don’t get enough time together engaging in fun activities. A trip to the local crazy golf course (or a Putterfingers hire for the garden) as a family can strengthen bonds and allow family members to compete in a fun atmosphere during their leisure time. Funny how in family photos from the minigolf course, everybody is always grinning their heads off.
So there are the top 5 ways minigolf is good for you, your kids and your family. Hire a Putterfingers course for a weekend to find out how much fun it is!
Crazy Snooker was dreamed up by Betway, sponsors of the UK Snooker Championship, as a way of making snooker more appealing to those who find the regular game a bit boring to watch. Maybe the players needed a break from the monotony of potting and snookering for a living as well. Crazy Snooker is a blend of crazy golf and snooker, played on a standard 12-foot table covered in helter skelters, windmills, jumps, ramps, and other minigolf obstacles.
The 2016 Betway Crazy Snooker series of matches was played by snooker’s top stars, including Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Dennis Taylor and John Parrott. It is something of a leveller among the top players, even though plenty of skill is involved. As Betway say in one of their YouTube videos, ‘Mark Selby and Neil Robertson may have won all there is to win in the sport, but they’ve never faced a challenge like this.’ The 6-hole course is brutal, and can send even the most seasoned snooker player’s ball slithering back towards him off a ramp and failing to get anywhere near its target.
This blog has been a bit slow on the uptake with Crazy Snooker, since it has been around for quite a while now. Encyclopaedic minigolf enthusiast Richard Gottfried played an outdoor table-top version of crazy golf called Pit-Pat in Littlehampton back in 2012. Here’ s a video of him trying it out with his wife Emily.
So perhaps Betway didn’t actually invent the sport, but being entrepreneurial folks, decided to create their own version and popularise it. Anyway, its 2016 season was a success and now it’s back in 2017 for another bout of physics-based action from the greatest players in snooker. Here’s a video of them having an infuriating but good-natured match.
Could snooker go the same way as ‘pyjama cricket’, with variations on the original game gaining popularity due to the audience enjoying it more? Maybe. Look what happpened with golf and crazy golf!
Gogglebox stars Steph & Dom, the ‘posh ones’, are known for cracking up viewers with their hilarious banter. The B&B owners enjoy a tipple in front of the camera and have a knack for surreal and funny comments.
They found their way onto Gogglebox after appearing on Channel 4’s Four In A Bed in 2013, which they thought would help to promote their B&B The Salutation in Sandwich, Kent. They played up and enjoyed it so much that they were asked to be on Gogglebox, and the rest is comedy gold.
Post-Gogglebox they are now on a show called Steph & Dom’s One Star To Five Star, in which they visit hotels and B&Bs around the country and offer advice to the owners on how to sprinkle a little magic around the place. It isn’t always the best advice, but Steph & Dom’s offhandness about it all is quite funny in itself.
In Episode 30, aired this week, the funny posh duo had a go at minigolf and were charmingly bad at it, as you’d expect. The minigolf was part of their last day ‘helping’ at Beldon House not far from Scunthorpe. They appear to have visited Oddballs Crazy Golf at Cleethorpes, a course played and reviewed by the ubiquitous Richard Gottfried, who commented on its exceptionally large windmill. We just happened on the episode and managed to grab the minigolf bit on a smartphone camera.
So yeah, they are not exactly world championship material, but they don’t care, do they? And it’s a bit ironic that they are criticised for not providing ‘enough banter’. We think Steph should be called the Archbishop of Banterbury (Are women bishops allowed now?)
Films about minigolf are few and far between, if you discount the big hitters like Happy Gilmore. We blogged about minigolf films a while back – check out that post here. More recently, a crowdfunded feature film has emerged called Through The Windmillthat premiered at the Savannah Film Festival, but it has met with mixed reviews. However, we have stumbled across a tiny, two-minute animated short film that brilliantly conveys – and exaggerates – the frustration ordinary minigolfers go through on a daily basis. It was made by a Paris-based collective of film students called Megacomputeur who specialise in animated shorts. In terms of ‘plot’, Play Off somewhat resembles the Mr Bean episode in which Rowan Atkinson gets himself in a pickle at a municipal crazy golf course. The idea of a grown man competing with a child and desperately trying to win is present in both. But rather than ending up on a bus, the animated protagonist’s ball ends up defying the laws of physics as he munches a sandwich at the end, resigned to his fate of never holing out.
Putterfingers putting cups are a bit more forgiving than the ones in Play Off. One of our most popular ones has hinged side plates that let the ball roll in, but don’t let it roll back out. The protagonist of Play Off would have appreciated these, but he would still have missed somehow because the minigolf gods were just not with him him that day.
Our astro grass putting surface gives a smooth roll and small items like the little stone that frustrates our animated friend will sit beneath the astro grass surface and not impede the ball.
So here’s the short film. How unlucky is this bloke?
Sky Sports airs gripping adventure golf champs played at the Belfry
Our regular readers might recognise the face in the photo above. Yes, it’s our friend Richard Gottfried, putting supremo and the man behind the long-lived crazy golf blog The Ham and Egger Files. He has putted his way round over 700 minigolf courses in the British Isles and documented every one in his Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. He is no stranger to the media, but what is unusual in image above is that it is minigolf on the TELLY! Sky Sports, to be exact. Our favourite sports has hit prime time subscription TV!
Golf equipment supplier American Golf sponsors a series of golf tournaments in the UK which have grown in popularity. This year they have managed to secure slots on prime time Sky Sports TV for their competitions. Alongside the ‘big’ golf’ events like the Junior Championship and the 9 Hole Pairs, this year saw the inaugural Adventure Golf Pairs Championship aired on Sky Sports. Richard Gottfried, pictured above and below, chose Peter Jones as his teammate for this event. The grand final of the tournament was held on the Ryder Legends Mini Golf Course at The Belfry – not to shabby a venue! Each hole represents a famous hole from big golf, and includes some very long holes with a high difficulty level.
We are thrilled that our favourite sport has had this airing on a leading sports channel, alongside big golf and on an equal footing with it. We’ve always known that minigolf is just as challenging and exciting as big golf, but now the sports-viewing public has had a front row view of top minigolf players in action, and seen how seriously they take it.
So big respect to American Golf for adding minigolf to their tournament series!
Simon Lee, who won the adventure golf final with partner Steve Gerrish, said, “It’s a great way to get people who don’t play golf into the sport. They can come along and have a bit of fun. It was brilliant to see everyone come out today. If there was more stuff like this around I think you’d have more young kids getting into golf.”
Of course minigolf is more than a gateway into big golf – it’s a mature and highly competitive sport in itself. But if it helps send more nippers on their way to giving Rory McIlroy a run for his money, we’re happy about that too!
It’s fairly common to see an Eiffel Tower obstacle out on a minigolf course – after all, its inviting arch makes a natural target to putt through. La Tour Eiffel pops up most often on ’round the world’ – type courses featuring famous landmarks. Made out of metal, wood or whatever came to hand, the giraffe-like structure is a pleasing addition to any minigolf course.
So what if we told you that now you can play minigolf ON the Eiffel Tower rather than through a miniature version of it? That’s right, there is now a minigolf course on the viewing platform of the actual Eiffel Tower! In Paris!
It’s all part of the build-up to the 28th of September 2018, the day the next Ryder Cup starts. The big ‘big golf’ event will be held at Le Golf National near Paris, and the organisers have only gone and bagged the city’s most famous landmark for some promotional stunts, including the two team captains hitting golf balls off the tower down the Champ de Mars (what people picnicking down there thought of this has not been reported).
And as part of these events, for the first time ever a minigolf course has been installed on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. It’s a themed 6-hole ‘tour of Paris’ with players putting past the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and – guess what – an itty-bitty Eiffel Tower, on their way to the Ryder Cup itself. With the thousands of visitors to the tower each day, it’s bound to generate extra ticket sales for the Ryder Cup.
It’s only there for a week, but we think it’s a great piece of marketing from the Ryder Cup folks. If you’re in Paris this week and are OK with heights, go and have a play!
Here’s a rundown of ghoulish Halloween minigolf action going on around the UK. It’s half term, so it’s a great time to take the kids out for some scary-ish putting action. A number of adventure golf courses and themed attractions are putting on spooky putting events, so read this and see if there’s one behind you … I mean near you.
October already! But that means half-term and Halloween at the end of the month – and we've got lots of spooky fun…
These are some of the spooky minigolf events that we are aware of here at Putterfingers Plaza. It’s pretty easy to find one near you – try googling ‘Halloween minigolf’, ‘Halloween crazy golf’ or ‘Halloween adventure golf’ along with your locality.
For more Halloween minigolf action in the UK and abroad, check out minigolf supremo Richard Gottfried’s blog posts about Halloween.