Benefits of mini golf on mental health

Mental Health has been at the forefront of social media and the press this week. #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek has focussed our attention on supporting young people to manage their mental health, and #TimeToTalkDay has helped encourage people to talk about mental health and reduce stigma.

At Putterfingers, we are big advocates of the role mini golf can play in improving the mental health of players. We have blogged previously about how crazy golf can reduce stress levels, an issue closely linked to mental health. But there are ways that mini golf can be beneficial on mental health as a whole.

The New Economics Foundation developed ‘The Five Ways to Wellbeing’, a set of mental health messages, which when practised, improves the mental health and wellbeing of the whole population. Mental health charity, Mind, have clearly outlined ‘The Five Ways to Wellbeing’ concept and here is how we strongly believe that mini golf can fit into this framework.

5 Ways to Wellbeing

Connect

Social relationships are important for maintaining a healthy mind. Mini golf can offer a social activity that brings people together in a relaxed and informal environment. As a sport that is played as an individual rather than in a team, participants can be social as much or as little as they wish, whilst still connecting with others.
The beauty of mini golf is that it is a challenge for everyone – there is no right or wrong way to do it. Overcoming obstacles, quite literally (!), brings people together, which is why it is so often used for team building activities.

Mini golf for socialising

Be active

“Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.” (Mind.org)

You don’t need to hit the gym or break a sweat to enjoy a bit of physical activity. Mini golf is a slower-paced activity that is suitable for anyone, regardless of age or physical fitness. Walking has a huge benefit to mental and physical health, walking around a miniature golf course gives a purpose and more enjoyment to that walk.

Putting, whether in ‘Big’ golf, pitch and putt, adventure golf or crazy golf, certainly uses the muscles on our arms. But engaging with your core muscles will help you to control the club according to Tom Watson’s article “Putt With Your Gut”.

University of Hertfordshire Welcome Fest © Pete Stevens
University of Hertfordshire Welcome Fest © Pete Stevens
Take Notice

Living in the moment, or being aware of the present, is the third concept of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. Taking a moment to enjoy the environment around you is something that all of us leading busy lives can benefit from remembering.

Crazy golf has traditionally been a seaside pastime and you will often still find a course at coastal resorts. If you do take the time to visit one of these courses by the sea, take the time to notice your surroundings, the sea breeze, the seagulls, perhaps if the sound of the waves if you are lucky.

Many parks are also home to a miniature golf course or pitch and putt. So, a great opportunity to get back to nature and take some time for yourself.

Holbeck Putting Green in Scarborough © Emily Gottfried
Holbeck Putting Green in Scarborough © Emily Gottfried
Learn

According to Mind, learning a new skill can enhance with self-esteem. It also encourages more social interaction, which as humans is one our basic needs. Improved self-worth is an important factor for maintaining good mental health.
Mini golf could be that new skill you are looking for. It is such an accessible activity that literally anyone can get involved. It is fun to try and overcome the obstacles of the course, there are a few individuals who have mastered the tricks (Richard & Emily Gottfried, Marc Chapman!), but for the majority of us success is based on problem-solving and a little bit of luck. Who knows, you could be the next Minigolf Champion!

Red Interactive Mini Golf Winners!

Give

People who engage in activities to help others are “more likely to rate themselves as happy” (Mind.org).

Getting involved with a cause or community group and help your feeling of belonging and to support other elements of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing such as connecting with others.

As mini golf is an activity for all, yet still competitive, it is a great contender for fundraising activities. It’s been a staple of fundraising in the USA for a long time and is beginning to get some traction over here. It’s a fun, social activity that offers ample opportunity for charity branding to promote the cause and raise awareness and money.
Read some of our blogs on Mini Golf for Fundraising and see how charities such as Global Media & Entertainment’s ‘Make Some Noise’ charity has used Putterfingers mini golf for their charity day.

Mini golf for fundraising_Make Some Noise_Kate Garraway
Kate Garraway at Global’s Make Some Noise Charity Day

Don’t just take our word for it, The British Medical Journal blogged back in 2018, how shorter play versions of ‘big’ golf, such as pitch and putt, adventure golf, crazy golf or miniature golf, is an appealing introduction to the wider benefits of golf on mental, and physical health.

If you are planning a wellbeing event for your company, school, university or local community, then why not book mini golf as part of the event activities. We offer a variety of size courses which are available to hire or buy. There are options to brand the courses and obstacles with your logo and hashtags.

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Great feedback from Global’s charity event

Charity Day Kirstie Alsopp
Kirstie Allsop from Location, Location Location
In last week’s post we reported on the celebrity-studded ICAP Charity Day and how we helped to make it happen with our minigolf equipment. Stars had a go on our Global-branded challenge putt hole to raise funds. Well now we’ve had some feedback from Megan Hornsby at Global:
Hi Shelley,
I just wanted to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all here at Global’s Make Some Noise! We are so pleased to announce that from ICAP Charity Day on Wednesday 5th December we were granted an amazing £120,000! Thanks to your help, the money raised will go on to help fund and support small children’s and young people’s projects across the UK.
Thank you and I look forward  to building our relationship with PutterFingers. Good luck with your new job!
Best Wishes,
Megan

And it’s goodbye to Shelley!

Eagle-eyed readers might have noticed the last sentence there in the feedback from Global. Yes, it’s true: after 9 years at the helm of Putterfingers and having built it into the leader in minigolf hire it is today, Putterfingers manager Shelley is moving on to pastures new. In typical Shelley style she is diligently making sure everything is in order before she hands the reins over to the very capable team of Jim, Richard, John and Alfie.
We are all sad to see her go – and a bit worried as well to be honest because her head contains pretty much everything there is to know about Putterfingers. But she’s doing a great job of making sure we’re not all left in the lurch after this Friday. We are referring to her departure as ‘Shexit’ because to us it’s as important an event as Brexit. (We did ask for a second referendum!) So thanks for everything Shelley, and the whole team wishes you the very best for the future!
Christmas golf sweater
Good luck Shelley and thanks for all the putting!

Celebs putt Putterfingers at ICAP Charity Day!

Putterfingers have supplied a Challenge Putt hole to the celebrity-strewn ICAP Charity Day in the City of London. For a whole day, ICAP, a City broker, donates 100% of its revenue and brokers’ commissions to charity.

Brokers on the trading floor dressed up in silly outfits including dinosaurs, hippies and a school choir. Celebrities dropped in throughout the day to make trades on the phone and bank the commission for charity.

We supplied a minigolf hole for Make Some Noise, whom we also helped out in October at their own fundraising day. As the celebs poured in, they had a go on our Challenge Putt hole. Here are a few snaps from the #makesomenoise hole on a memorable day!

Charity Day Dave Myers
Hairy Biker Dave Myers!
Deborah Meaden
Deborah Meaden!
Dani Dyer Love Island
Yes, it’s Dani Dyer, winner of Love Island!
ICAP Charity Day Camila Thurlow Love Island
Another Love Islander – Camila Thurlow!
ICAP Charity Day Will Manning
Squee! It’s Capital Radio presenter Will Manning!
Roman Kemp ICAP Charity Day
Yup, it’s Roman Kemp!
Charity Day Kirstie Alsopp
It’s Kirstie Allsop from Location, Location Location!
Kate Garraway charity day
It’s only Kate Garraway!
ICAP Charity Day Josh Patterson
It’s Made in Chelsea star Josh Patterson!
ICAP Charity Day Alastair Stewart
Veteran newsreader Alastair Stewart!

And here’s the Duchess of Cornwall pulling off what was reportedly a £200 million trade to raise £2750, which would have been the broker’s commission on any ordinary day.

ICAP Charity Day Duchess of Cornwall

Here’s Love Island winner Dani Dyer getting on the dog and bone to help out:

ICAP Charity Day Dani Dyer

Global Make Some Noise
Global’s Make Some Noise team still rocking after a long day raising funds.

So we’re all celebbed out, and it was wonderful to see our equipment helping to raise funds for good causes!

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