Team Putterfingers.com compete at Sussex Wasps Open!

Mini golf tournament
Striding in purposefully … only to stride out again 5 hours later a little older and wiser

Last week we blogged about having formed a pro team and entering tournaments on the mini golf calendar. True to our word, our six team members herded into a minibus last Sunday and descended on Peterborough for the Putterfingers.com Sussex Wasps Open 2021. We were honoured to be attending an event that bore our name and were made to feel most welcome by event organiser Steve Lovell and all the other players.

It was a warmish if overcast day at Dobbies Garden Centre, the course was interesting and varied, the company was good, and all was well with the world. The Putterfingers.com team found the other more experienced players very helpful – not only because they went first to show us the best line to take on each hole, but also thanks to their kindness in explaining one or two obscure rules and giving us tips on stance and shot technique. We felt welcomed by our fellow mini golfers and enjoyed the camaraderie of four rounds with other like-minded people on a Sunday in Cambridgeshire.

See the official results on the BMGA website. As expected our scores were poor because we were novices and this was our first ever competitive mini golf event. We were a million miles or more accurately, ten or twelve shots per round away from your Popes, Lovells and Kukielkas at the top of the scoreboard. As those top players slugged it out for a place in the top three, we slogged it out at the bottom to avoid coming last (That honour went to Sam. It’s all right. He only cried a little bit).

Mini golf BMGA tournament Peterborough
Tension mounts at the play-off for fourth place

The scores really didn’t matter, though. The main takeaway from this, our first mini golf tournament, was a feeling of gratitude to Steve Lovell and Sussex Wasps for organising the event and being so nice about it. It was also great to meet so many avid mini golfers and watch and listen as we learned the ropes. Our toes are now firmly dipped into the world of competitive mini golf and we are hungry for more!

The prize for winning at the Lucky Last Hole (a £50 Putterfingers.com voucher) went to Rhiannon Davison from the Welsh Minigolf Club and she got a giant presentation cheque for her win!

Prize cheque for mini golf tournament winner

Special thanks go to mini golf supremos Richard and Emily Gottfried for treating us to a pre-tournament Zoom call filled with tips and tricks, an introduction to mini golf lore and customs, some sound advice for the mini golf course and much goodwill and encouragement. Thank you Richard and Emily!

Mini golf balls
Richard Gottfried explaining different types of mini golf ball to the Putterfingers team. The halo of mini golf wisdom is clearly visible above his head.

Next weekend Team Putterfingers.com face the World Crazies at Hastings! What could possibly go wrong?

Meanwhile, for all your mini golf equipment, gifts and fun, visit Putterfingers.com!

Team Putterfingers, appearing at a mini golf tournament near you

After a decade and a half of purveying reasonably-priced mini golf equipment to the nation, putterfingers.com are now launching an audacious plan to actually PLAY mini golf, and maybe even get any good at it.

We are excited to announce a bold new era for putterfingers.com – one in which we wield putters in anger as a competitive team!

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The team outside Putterfingers.com HQ in leafy Norfolk

Earlier this week this press release announced our intention to field a pro mini golf team on the tournament circuit. The main suspects are putterfingers.com staff Alf, John, Stuart, Richard, Sam and David. In this image, Laura is standing in for Richard who couldn’t make it in time to get the photo taken.

We are already booked into the Sussex Wasps Open in August and having team practice sessions. The aim is not to win but to get better at playing mini golf, have a good time and meet other mini golf addicts. Despite all our experience with selling mini golf equipment, we are not used to playing competitive tournaments. So to be honest our goal is not to come last. If we do, we will have had fun along the way and will only cry a little bit.

We are also sponsoring a prize in this tournament, which has led to the organisers kindly calling the event ‘The Putterfingers.com Sussex Wasps Open V’. We are offering a prize for the Lucky Last hole, with the winner receiving a voucher code to redeem a discount on Putterfingers.com.

Two weeks after the Sussex Wasps Open, we will be facing the best of the best at the World Crazies. Putterfingers.com will field a team of 3 players in the team event on Friday the 10th of September, and a handful of us will carry on as individuals on the Saturday in the Novice Event. This is the World Crazy Golf Championships at Hastings seafront, an event seen as the flagship tournament in the mini golf calendar. and we have never played in a competitive tournament.

NO PRESSURE THEN.

Follow our team’s exploits on this blog as the tournament season progresses. Ideally we will be gallant losers that everyone loves, like Eddie the Eagle.

Wish us luck!

Forest mini golf thrills guests at company party

Forest mini golf party

Putterfingers provided the mini golf fun last weekend for a company lunch party at High Lodge, a country park in Thetford Forest, Suffolk. Space was limited by the venue, with a maximum of 100 square metres allowed to be occupied by any one group of people. So we provided a compact course of four holes which easily fit into that space along with a drinks tent and mingling space.

This is a good example of how flexible Putterfingers mini golf courses can be. They can be any size and fit into virtually any space, and fit around other structures if necessary. That is because the courses are modular: they consist of interlocking Astro grass tiles that can be fitted together into a wide variety of shapes: long, short, wide, narrow or a mixture of all of these.

Forest mini golf party Suffolk

We thought the yellow foam edge bumpers looked good out in the forest. Green ones might have got lost against the green grass and trees, blue would have clashed, and red wouldn’t have suited. Putterfingers customers can choose between those four edge bumper colours to help the mini golf course fit in with the surroundings or décor of the venue.

No electricity is required for a Putterfingers mini golf course. The only exception is the White Wedding course where optional LED lighting can be installed in the centrepiece Chapel obstacle to illuminate the windows. Even those are battery powered, though, so there is nowhere a Putterfringers mini golf course can’t go (except perhaps underwater).

We also provided the add-on attraction of three of our face-in-hole boards, which you can see in the photos. We have a variety of these available and we can make bespoke ones to order as well. But on this occasion a set of our standard beach-themed face-in-hole boards were used, depicting traditional seaside themes.

Face in hole boards

The obstacles on the mini golf course were also seaside-themed and we thought the overall effect was nice and cheerful with the Beach Hut, Lighthouse, Tropical Beach and Sandcastle obstacles.

Forest mini golf beach theme

To complete the fun we added some outdoor games so that people could try their hand at a variety of different things. This time the games were a personalised ping pong table and a giant Jenga set. This mix looked good in the forest and made sure that people of all ages could enjoy the day.

Forest party ping pong

Planning an office party (indoors or outdoors)? Get in touch with Putterfingers today!

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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 sidelines. 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!

Putterfingers in the Press

The Beeches Care Home mini-golf tournament was covered in the Eastern Daily Press. After a long period of lockdown for the residents, the chance to get outside and enjoy some leisure time was most welcome. Read the full article here.

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

10 Reasons Why Putterfingers Mini Golf is a Fantastic Addition For Care Homes

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.

Read all about the benefits of mini-golf for care homes here.

Seaside memories

Seaside photo cutouts link to seaside memories

Residents often enjoy a game of mini golf because it reminds them of the seaside. In fact, as an optional extra we can provide seaside-themed course obstacles and 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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