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.

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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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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.

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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

Beat the Rule Of Six and spread the party out!

Last week we blogged about the measures we are taking for our customers’ COVID-19 safety. This week we hear from a customer who used one of our crazy golf courses to plan a series of socially distanced garden games events for their daughter’s birthday party that followed the rule of no more than six people, and kept them apart while they had fun.

Socially distanced birthday fun

Rather than hosting one big party on the same day, Lynn Williams from Northants came up with the idea of spreading it over several days, with just a few friends invited each day. That way her daughter had not just one birthday party but several, giving the family the maximum value from their crazy golf hire.

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The layout for the multi-day birthday party

Great for all ages

“The parents and family that came had just as much fun as the kids,” said Lynn. “In fact they were probably more competitive!”

“Having it for a week in the current situation allowed family and friends to come and have fun whilst keeping to the rules of social distancing. Our daughter loved having a week long birthday.”

As we said last week, by its very nature minigolf has social distancing built in. The fun lies in watching the success or failure of the one person who is putting and either supporting their efforts or just taking the mickey. This can be safely done from the sidelines. There’s no need to get near other players.

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Waiting for the guests to arrive …

People have used our crazy golf courses in so many creative ways over the years. We’ve had rooftop crazy golf, wedding marquee crazy golf, office crazy golf, even crazy golf in a field full of cows. Nobody has tried underwater crazy golf yet, but it’s probably just a matter of time. This birthday party is another example of somebody using our equipment to fit in with their plans in a totally personalised way.

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Social distancing is built into minigolf

“It was great for our daughter as she got to invite her friends, albeit separately, over many days. We also had just as much fun in the rain as we did the sun,” says Lynn (the equipment is all waterproof and the putting surface has drainage holes to enable play to resume quickly after a shower – or carry on through one).

“Communication was great and everyone I dealt with was very professional and friendly,” she adds. Well, we do our best (blush).

So, crazy golf might just be the ideal activity for parties and events in these strange times. Get in touch for a hire quote and your loved ones could soon be putting away the 2020 blues while still obeying the ever-changing rules.

Putterfingers goes Global with #MakeSomeNoise Charity Day

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.

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Got to dress the part when mini golfing for charity!

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This is what’s great about Putterfingers crazy golf holes. They can be built to fit into any space! You don’t have to move things out of the way to install them. You just build them around other objects or to fit in between. This hole is straight but they can be L-shaped, U-shaped or anything you like.

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There appears to be an extra obstacle on this hole! The office dog was keen to participate and only occasionally ran off with the ball. Yes, that’s a shark on his back. Please DON’T sing the Baby Shark song – it gets stuck in our heads all day!

This is a challenge putt. We make a branded obstacle target and tee-off mat to a medium-length hole so that people can putt towards the brand logo, which helps them to engage with the brand and remember it.

We’re please the fundraising event went so well and Global say they will be back for more!

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University of Salford hire minigolf for Freshers’ Week

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The Students’ Union made sure everybody knew about the minigolf via their social media channels. This was part of their Instagram story during Welcome Week.

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:

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.

For University and college minigolf event hire, call Putterfingers on 08450 570321, email us or visit www.putterfingers.co.uk

 

 

 

Mini golf pub crawl at Llandeilo festival

Locals rub clubs at pub grub hub
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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.

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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.

Pub crazy golf

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.

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Hare-raising charity event raises lots of doe

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We were there very early in the morning to set up the course at Intu Chapelfield.

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.

Players were hoppy to doe-nate to Break charity
People were hoppy to doe-nate to Break Charity

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.

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A mini-hare for mini-golf. We called him Kenny Leveret.

 

 

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The 50 main hare sculptures are ear-normous.

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!

 

Some thoughts on disabled minigolf

Word of the week: Shlubs

On The 18th and 19th of May the US Prominigolf Association’s U.S. Open Championship was held in Hendersonville, North Carolina. One professional player stood out in particular, a man by the name of Niko Manou. What is different about him is that he does not use a putter. Niko has a debilitating condition that causes his wrists to dislocate very easily and without warning, which is painful and makes using a putter almost impossible. Refusing to be ‘disabled’, he has overcome this by designing special attachments to his shoes that present a putter-like face to the ball – and he putts with his feet.

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Shlubs

He calls them shlubs, a portmanteau of shoes and clubs. And they are not just for himself – he makes them for other minigolfers and sells them. Here’s the shlubs Facebook page. Niko also plays big golf with shlubs and can drive a ball quite a way. He calls this sport shloffing.

Other pro players accept Niko and respect him for his resilience and creativity, and for the simple fact that he is a nice guy. Here’s a video of Niko talking about shlubs, shloffing and what makes him happy.

The sporting world is full of examples of people who play despite apparently overwhelming odds. Though his case is completely different, Niko reminds us of another disabled American by the name of Matt Stutzman, who has risen to the top of the sport of archery despite one tiny problem – he was born without arms. Want to see how he overcomes that one? Here’s a video about Matt, the amazing Armless Archer, who shoots as well as his able-bodied peers.

While we’re on the subject, it might be worth mentioning that Putterfingers minigolf courses are wheelchair-friendly. Because the putting surface is so low, wheelchair access is easy, and people using wheelchairs can enjoy a game if they are otherwise able-bodied. The only obstacles on Putterfingers courses are the ones they have to get the ball over!

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Wheelchair users can just roll up to the tee, and onto the course as well

There are special putters out there for wheelchair minigolfers. The shaft hinges just before the head to enable a good putting angle from a seated position. Unfortunately we are unable to source them at the moment, but we’re trying to get a supply line to help make our courses even more inclusive.

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Minigolf tops granddad Lionel’s bucket list

A heartwarming minigolf tale

In April Putterfingers got a call from Donna Gooderham, a lady whose grandfather Lionel is in the process of working through his bucket list. Lionel has always been a fan of crazy golf, having played on many courses in various countries whilst on holiday. It seems that he’s well and truly bitten by the putting bug, because top of his bucket list was a family game of minigolf!

As a birthday treat Donna arranged to hire a 9-hole course from Putterfingers as a surprise for Lionel. So, on the hush, we arranged for Donna to pick up the course from our premises (our delivery van would have aroused curiosity.) True to the Putterfingers promise, the whole course fit into Donna’s Honda CRV and she headed to her Nanny and Grandads house early on the Saturday morning and with the help of other family members set up the course just before Lionel came downstairs for his morning coffee. Fair to say it was a great surprise and the whole family had a fab time playing all weekend, obviously Lionel with all his experience playing abroad being the overall winner!

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Lionel lines up a putt on his birthday surprise course with family members

 

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The whole family joined in!

We loved Donna’s idea and we are so happy that Lionel’s birthday weekend was a roaring success for the family. Donna has thanked us for the hire and is talking about hiring from us again – indeed, it might become a regular thing for Lionel and his family!

 

Minigolf brightens all kinds of events!

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What kind of events can include minigolf?

Minigolf is a great addition to any event. It gets people socialising (and competing!) and can be used simply for fun, to promote a brand or message, or to raise funds for charity.

So, what types of events are we talking about? Here’s a selection of happenings where minigolf can be a fantastic ingredient to spice things up and create a memorable day.

Corporate events

Awards ceremonies, product launches, marketing drives, annual dinners … any business bash can have a minigolf course laid out to entertain guests. It’s the ideal activity to do while having a drink and socialising. Everybody can join in and take on the hole-in-one challenge or see who can get round the course in the fewest strokes. One caveat though: things can get competitive! It’s fascinating to people-watch at corporate events with minigolf and see who is the most competitive, who comes out of their shell more than usual, who is a good team player. Management, take note!

For more on corporate event minigolf hire, see our page about it.

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Everyone can have a go – even the boss!

Schools and Colleges

Open days, fetes, fresher’s weeks, sports days, end-of-term reward days, proms … they can all be livened up with a minigolf course. We deliver the day before the event and take it away the day after. If the event is on a Saturday, you get the course free for an extra day! We’ll come and whisk it away on the Monday or next working day. We’re happy to work directly with the venue if you wish, so you don’t have to worry about the logistics.

See our page on minigolf for schools and colleges for more.

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A primary school fete

 

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A high school flexi day

 

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A university open day

Charity Fundraising

Minigolf is ideal for charity fundraising because of the wide range of people who can participate. Unlike a sponsored run, people don’t need to exert themselves too much, but just give up some of their time for a gentle putt around the course. All ages can participate. We supply a variety of putter lengths for all heights, and the courses are wheelchair-friendly, too. So really there’s no excuse for not joining in and putting for your charity!

You can organise a putt-a-thon (sponsored per hole). Get local businesses involved too – they can each sponsor a hole. We’re happy to help with branding each hole to its sponsor so they get some publicity too. For more on charity fundraising, see our page on it.

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A charity fundraising event for the Guide Dogs charity

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… even Nick Clegg turned up!

Weddings

Ah, the wedding party. How do you keep everyone entertained? Will it be a flop? Not with mini golf! It keeps the kids busy by giving them something to do, and can be laid out indoors or outdoors on any reasonably level surface. We can deal direct with the venue so the bride and groom and their families don’t need to worry about the logistics of delivering, setting up taking down and taking away the minigolf course.

For more on wedding minigolf hire, see our page on weddings.

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Her first putt as a married woman!

Pubs & Hotels

If you run a pub, hotel or catering establishment, what better way to get more punters in than to give them a fun game to play? You can hire a course for one-off or annual events and promotions, or buy one to use whenever you like. How about organising a minigolf league? It makes a change from darts, pool, skittles and quizzes, and your place could become the talk of your locality.

For more about minigolf for pubs & hotels, visit our page about it.

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Minigolf can be a hit in the hospitality industry!

For all your minigolf needs, visit www.putterfingers.co.uk, email office@connectedshopping.com or call 08450 570321.