A minigolf course. What do you think of? Windmills, dolphins, loops – the usual obstacles? Well here’s something different. Doug Fishbone is an American artist living and working in London. He has exhibited his work at Tate Britain and created such politically-charged installations as 30,000 Bananas In Trafalgar Square (the bananas were given away to passersby when the exhibition had finished). His minigolf installation, titled Leisure Land Golf, invites nine guest artists – one making each hole – to respond to ‘The Leisure Principle’, where consumer satisfaction is prioritised at all costs. The familiar, cosy world of minigolf is juxtaposed with some hard-hitting political art. The artists include Turner Prize nominee, Yinka Shonibare MBE, John Akomfrah OBE, Hetain Patel, Yara El-Sherbini, Ellie Harrison, Candice Jacobs, Lindsay Seers, Eyal Weizman, Reactor and Doug Fishbone himself.
The artist-designed minigolf course was first shown at the Venice Bienale 2015, and will be available to play on in from April 2016 in the Main Gallery of the New Art Exchange, Nottingham.
The exhibition will transform the Gallery into a playful environment that takes visitors on an amusing and thought-provoking journey. The work invites them to ponder some of the pressing issues of our times while honing their putting skills. There’s very little not to like there from a minigolf perspective.
From the team at Putterfingers, here’s a recap on the best bits of 2015.
Strating off with January, we saw a return to Hallam Union for their annual January ‘Health and Wellness’ activity with the students. A great way to network and settle into University!
February was our first time exhibiting at the INPAS trade show in Wood Green, where we met many great contacts in the leisure and events industry. Many thanks to Peter Grand and his team for making us feel so welcome!
March saw Hever Castle hire a one hole Challenge Putt for a Putting Contest as part of a business festival. The local festival aimed to attract new visitors and members to the Hever Castle Golf Club.
In April we worked with Jackson’s Square to support the Guide Dogs charity and local sports providers in the shopping centre in Bishops Stortford. Luckily the dog hairs are easily removed from our portable course as young Elsa enjoyed the astro grass as a spot to rest!
May saw a return to the offices of Next15 Communications in Hammersmith. The quirky additions to the golf course by the client, always make the photographs sent a pleasure to view!
In June, Zurich contacted us for a bespoke branded golf course for their Zurich internal Golf Open and we supplied a Bitesize Course with branded tiles and obstacles to match their colour theme.
In July the team at Decathlon Bolton utilised our equipment for their annual event to try out new sports. They always say how both the staff and customers enjoy putting a round of 9 holes while in store!
August saw our portable golf equipment travel to Edinburgh for the Signature Pubs group. Here the Huxley Pub ran their very Pub Open. A perfect display of sinking (beers) and putting (golf)!
September was the start of our wedding fair exhibits, beginning in our hometown of Bury St Edmunds at the Take My Hand Wedding Fair. Always a great place to meet new brides to be to discuss the benefits of how crazy golf can be a fun addition to their celebrations.
October saw the students at the University of Hertfordshire enjoying a few rounds of crazy golf as part of their Fresher activities.
In November we revisited another returning client for Putterfingers at the offices of GAM, based in St James’, London for their annual mini golf tournament. Here’s their feedback:
The delivery and collection went smoothly and the packing and instructions were straightforward. Thank you for all your help, a lot of people have remarked on how great the course was. It really looked the business! I’ll be sure to contact you if we decide to do this event again next year.
In December, we were invited to set up our portable crazy golf course at Body and Soul for an event for the whole team to enjoy ahead of the festive break. This was a room full to the brim of portable crazy golf equipment!
It has been a fun an varied year for us here at Putterfingers.
There are always ways to add our portable mini golf course to your event.
We know that Office Mini Golf is a great idea and we’ve seen that is in the offices of LinkedIn, the rooftop of Google and some of our own clients, past and present who have enjoyed a game of golf in a corporate setting.
One of our recent crazy golf hires was with Next15, a communications group based in Hammersmith who have used our crazy golf course in the past, and this year was for their Staff Appreciation Day.
One of the team from Next15 kindly had a few words to say about our portable mini golf offer:
Putterfingers have been a great company to do business with, everything was very quick and simple all the communication was very clear and if I had any questions I knew I would get a quick response back.
This is the 2nd time we have used Putterfingers and it won’t be the last. The mini golf idea is fantastic and it really creates a wonderful atmosphere around the office. It is so easy to set up and very easy to pack away and the delivery and collection was at the time Putterfingers had specified.
Many thanks to the team at Putterfingers 🙂
The team added their own spin of creativity to the course, using elements ofrom their office – books, plant pots and cans!
Why not reward your team with some mini golf in the office? We have written before about how employers need to help to banish the office boredom and office mini golf is an inclusive activity no matter how good you are at golf!
A fun filled day was had at Jackson Square shopping centre in Bishops Stortford for the Community Sports Sign Up Day. Our Crazy Golf course was a popular attraction in Jackson Square over the weekend, with some 150 players taking to the nine-hole course.
A combination of cyclists, anglers, hockey, badminton and bowls players were on hand to promote their local clubs and membership deals to the public in an event twinned with crazy golf.
The shopping centre’s charity of the year Guide Dogs included an appearance from Elsa, a Guide Dog puppy in training who was petted throughout the morning. Here’s Elsa lapping up the attention!
Those who took to the crazy golf course raised just over £324 for Jackson Square’s charity of the year, the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. A special mention to the local volunteers on the day – Jane, Peter and Tony for their support to such a worthy charity.
This isn’t the first time Putterfingers have had the pleasure of working with the Guide Dogs as our equipment was used in 2013 at the Political Party Conferences to communicate their Streets Ahead campaign. This campaign was further documented to reduce Street Clutter for blind or partially sighted pedestrians.
Grace Bagster, centre manager at Jackson Square, said:
“The centre was a hive of activity on Saturday with some great stalls from the local sports clubs.
The golf course proved popular throughout the shopping centre, with families and children coming through throughout the day.”
The support from the shoppers and centre management from Jackson Square made us feel very welcome and we were pleased that our portable crazy golf course was considered as a tool to promote local sports in the area.
If we can support any of your future shopping centre activities, do get in touch as we can offer a range of course sizes and options.
We do like to keep our customers happy so we were delighted when Sheffield Hallam University wanted to use our portable crazy golf course for their Get Active activities again this January. Below are some students enjoying a round before lunch!
This time the weather was a bit different and Sheffield was under a drift of snow, so the course was utilised in the atrium area rather than outdoor mini golf within the university gounds. Here’s what Sarah Clayton, Student Activities Administrator at Sheffield Hallam, had to say about our portable crazy golf courses:
This is the second year we have hired mini golf equipment from Putter Fingers. Again, we received a high quality service from initial enquiry, booking to the arrival of the equipment. The process is very simple and it couldn’t be easier to set up the course. The equipment is always delivered on time and in excellent condition. They think of everything we need, from the mini clipboards and score cards to the tape to seal the boxes back up after use.
The course itself is very simple to put together (provided with instructions as well, if we needed to use them). It’s fantastic that the tile format allows us to create unique courses to fit any space and the colour scheme looks smart. Once set up the course definitely has a ‘wow’ factor, with lots of our students coming over to see what was going on and getting involved. Everyone who participated enjoyed playing, especially the obstacles – some are particularly challenging! Thanks for being so marvellous throughout!
These free activities were run in conjunction with Get Active Week which started on Monday 26th January. Hallam Active had a range of fun, free activities provided each day across both campuses including netball, salsa dancing, cheerleading, dodgeball and lots more!
Who said student’s aren’t active? We look forward to working with you all again another time!
If we can bring crazy golf to improve the fitness and well being of your students, colleagues, team mates and co-workers, please get in touch!
Having a husband that has played off a handicap in the late teens in his youth, he was keen to give this new pursuit a go. FootGolf is proving a great way to maximise revenues for golf courses across the country. Offering both FootGolf and normal golf, clubs are re-inventing themselves as FootGolf Courses too. You can even play tournaments at this course.
I do think the Size 5 regulation football is a big ask for kids under 12. At a professional level, boys of 10 would use a Size 4 which is smaller and weighs slightly less and is more age appropriate (according to my son!). If this was a putter you would use the length best suited to your height / frame – just saying!!
However, the competition was great as expected and my 10 year old son managed to score under par on hole 8 much to his Dad’s annoyance, but he soon got one back on the 11th! A good round by both I think!
For some pointers on how best to play, FootGolf Romford have some useful tips on their Facebook page. We like this tip best:
Toe-Poking: the trusty toe-poke allows players to control the speed of the football better but accuracy often suffers. The best way to toe poke is to stand directly over the ball, read the putt and adjust your direction before pulling your foot back and kicking the football with the big toe part of the boot. A cm off to the left or right of the centre of the football and you’re likely to end up a good bit off target.
We will definitely be back again and this time I am playing around on the Mini Golf Course. I have heard there are some shops too!
Crazy Golf is an old sport. The first miniature golf course was in 1912 it has come a long way since then.
Crazy Golf needn’t just be for families or couples looking for a challenge. Playing crazy golf is a useful way to teach children better hand and eye co-ordination. Some 68% of children apparently learn 84% better when they are learning through an activity they like.
And who doesn’t like crazy golf I ask?
The benefits of Crazy Golf for children
An economic way for children to learn to challenge themselves and have fun at the same time
Helps younger children develop their fine motor skills
Improves hand eye co-ordination which can help with other activities for the future
Helps with reaction times in ball sports
Encourages light activity for those that don’t enjoy team sports
Gets children off their seats and away from electronic devices and TV!
We have been at a number of local Primary schools recently to encourage the children to participate in different sport and leisure activities. Here are some photos of some children enjoying some crazy golf in the outdoors yesterday:
If you are planning some school activities where you would like to hire crazy golf, do get in touch!
We do get some unusual requests and our most recent customisation took mini golf into a scannable world!
When marketing yourself on an a exhibition stand, you are in competition with so many other booths with show pieces, funky gadgets and wacky gizmos to try and attract the attention of the visitors.
Our latest mini golf creation, is not only branded with the company logo for Ziath Ltd but has dual function and is a scannable mini golf hole. Just the one hole, but enough to go on the exhibition roadshow the team have planned.
The main objective was for a lightweight and easily transportable mini golf hole that can be used in a roadshow style activity. The team are in the world of biobanking visiting many European countries. For the less scientific amongst us, a biobank is a large collection of biological or medical data and tissue samples used for research purposes.
The team at Ziath produce scannable sample tubes and datamatrix 2D readers to help decode sample tubes in a library. So the marrying of scanning and mini golf was born form there. Our putt and scan mini golf hole, enables the visitors to indulge in a fun hole in one with some sweet surprises as a reward for their success.
Their first stop is ESSB in Leipzig, Germany at a conference for the Biopreservation and Biobanking industry. The team at Ziath wanted an interactive game to engage with the visitors, because let’s be honest some exhibitors can be invisible and it is important to get something that stands out in the crowd!
The branding uses a water jet cutting method, which cuts into the astro grass tile and the branding inlays into the mini golf course matting – much like the work we did with the Guide Dogs last year.
Here is shot of one of our team enjoying a putt off in our break out area – nice shoes Martin!
Do you have an exhibition that needs a portable and lightweight solution? At only 5kgs and perfect to fit into a domestic vehicle (or in this case as oversized luggage on a plane!), our portable mini golf courses are perfect for the occasion.
Back in September we were invited to a Corporate Fun Day for Sealey Tools business in Bury St Edmunds to celebrate the opening of their new £10 million Service Centre. Sealeys is an established business in our local town and is one of the largest suppliers of garage and workshop equipment in the UK.
Their Family Day offered a range of activities from a casino, rodeo bull, bouncy castles, face painting and lots of activities for the strong 360 strong employee base and their families. The idea of the Family Day was to celebrate the new service centre and for the employees and their families to check out Mum and Dad’s place of work.
Positioned in the warehouse area, we set our 9 holes and brought along a couple of our PicturePutt to get everybody in the party mood. Along with the entertainment, free food and drinks was provided for all employees. I enjoyed a mean gourmet hot dog and a few non alcoholic beverages….there would definitely have been a few sore heads on the Sunday morning 🙂
We had a number of players of all ages who played the course several times over with lots of positive feedback.
Along with the team at Castle Capers, whose offices are based over the road from our base, meant we had the entertainment for the families covered!
Here is Mike and his team overseeing the Rodeo Bull:
Our youngest participant was just 2 and she had a great time trying her luck at a hole in one!
And apart from a few stray balls amongst the machinery in the warehouse, we had a great time too and was glad to read that the families all had a fun time!
And last but not least here is ‘our Graham’ clowning around in the skinny lifeguard photo board!
If you have a corporate fun day or event and would like something to keep your employees entertained over the festive season, do drop us a line or get in touch via @putterfingers or through our Facebook page Crazy Golf
You can hire anything from 1 to 9 holes and we can offer our face in the hole boards into your package.