Minigolf meets art in Nottingham

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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.

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Fishbone says, ‘The Costa Concordia embodies the contradictions of capitalism – class divisions and reckless leadership, indifference to its workers, disregard of the environment, the hidden price tag for a few days of fun in the sun.’

 

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Three of the holes at the Venice exhibition. Great Britain is entitled ‘Life Raft’, offering safe haven to immigrant golf balls, and a mushroom cloud of footballs by Yinka Shonibare highlights how soccer and economics can collide.

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.

Guardian article on the exhibition

Exhibition link at the New Art Exchange

Putterfingers Crazy Golf Highlights for 2015

Putterfingers Crazy Golf Highlights of 2015

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!

Putterfingers Crazy Golf at Sheffield Hallam University
Indoor Mini Golf for Sheffield Hallam University students this January.

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!

Putterfingers Stand at the INPAS exhibition at Wood Green
Putterfingers Crazy Golf at the INPAS Exhibition at Wood Green, Cambridgeshire.

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.

Challenge Putt Mini Golf as a way to interact with your target audience.
Exhibition Golf – One hole putting challenge for 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!

Guide Dogs fundraiser at Jackson Square
Elsa the Guide Dog enjoying crazy golf at Jacksons Square, Bishops Stortford.

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!

Corporate Crazy Golf in an office!
Corporate Mini Golf Hire in the offices of Next15, London.

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.

Branded Dog Leg Hole
Zurich Branded Putting Green used for their internal Company Golf Open.

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!

Decathlon Bolton's Family Fun Day with some guests trying out mini golf July 2014
Customers enjoying hole 9 in store at Decathlon Bolton

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)!

Crazy Golf Pub Open
Portable Crazy Golf Pub Open at the Huxley Pub in Edinburgh.

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.

Wedding Crazy Golf at the Take My Hand Wedding Fair
Take My Hand Wedding Fair, at the Apex, Bury St Edmunds.

October saw the students at the University of Hertfordshire enjoying a few rounds of crazy golf as part of their Fresher activities.

University Crazy Golf Hire
Students at the Uni of Hertfordshire enjoying Crazy Golf. Credit: Pete Stevens.

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!

Indoor Mini Golf
Indoor mini golf set up of our Supersize Course at London event.

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.

Here’s to a successful 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zurich Offices get golfing for the Open

Zurich have sponsored the Open for over 10 years now and we were delighted to be asked to produce some bespoke mini golf putting greens for their offices across the country.

The aim of this was to get all involved in golf to join in with their internal Mini Golf Open.

Branded Putting Green
Zurich Branded Putting Green

Zurich Mini Golf Open

With the brand colour schemes of deep blues, we offered blue and white low bounce balls to the putting greens and customised our obstacle pieces to match their brand colours.

The branding of the tile incorporates the company logo using a unique water jet cutting method, inlaying the brand’s logo and colours into the astro grass.

The portable nature of the putting green gives the team the opportunity to continue using the course in this format at future internal events, exhibition and marketing events.

Each putting green is 3m in length, and will fit comfortably into the back of most domestic vehicles making it very transportable and very flexible in its usage.

With exhibition season closely upon us – how about adding a portable putting green to your stand?

For more details email us on office@connectedshopping.com

Want to play Mini Golf in your office?

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 🙂

Office Mini Golf
Next15 Corporate Office Golf

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!

Sheffield Hallam still crazy for Portable Crazy Golf

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!

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Mini Golf at Sheffield Hallam Get Active Week

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!

Aerial view of Portable Crazy Golf at Sheffield Hallam | Putterfingers.co.uk
An aerial view of 9 hole portable crazy golf course at Sheffield Hallam

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!

Introduction to FootGolf

The two football mad males in my household visited Stonham Barns Golf Centre a few weeks back to try out FootGolf.

Stonham Barns FootGolf Course
FootGolf at Stonham Barns

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!

FootGolf results from Stonham Barns
Scorecard from our introduction to FootGolf
FootGolf at Stonham Barns
The journey to the hole at at FootGolf
At the FootGolf Hole
The holes are a good size for putting into at FootGolf

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!

9 hole Mini Golf Course
Mini Golf Course at Stonham Barns, Suffolk

The benefits of playing Crazy Golf

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:

Crazy Golf Fun for school children at Family Week activity
Primary school crazy golf fun
Crazy Golf for school children
Children enjoying crazy golf at school activity

If you are planning some school activities where you would like to hire crazy golf, do get in touch!

Putt and Scan mini golf hole in one

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.

2D scannable Putting
Ziath’s Putt and Scan – the scannable mini golf putting hole

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!

Water jet cutting method for astro grass
Ziath logo inlaid in astro grass

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!

Branded Mini Golf with a twist
Putt and Scan into a QR Code

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.

You can follow the fun on the Ziath Twitter  account next week.

Putting the Fun into Corporate Fun Days

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.

Sealey Tools Corporate Fun Day

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 🙂

Corporate Crazy Golf

Crazy Golf set up in warehouse

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:

Castle Capers Rodeo Bull Fun

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!

Sealey Tools Bury St Edmunds

And last but not least here is ‘our Graham’ clowning around in the skinny lifeguard photo board!

Seaside face in the hole boards for hire

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.