If you are buying or already own a minigolf course, then you’ve got the ideal game for Christmas parties and events. Bring it out every festive season if it’s a Putterfingers.com portable set or spruce up a permanent mini golf course with some tinsel for some sociable yuletide fun. But did you know that for a little more you can have a set of specially designed Christmas-themed mini golf obstacles that make the course extra special?
We have created 3 special sets of obstacles for the most requested types of minigolf hire event: Weddings, Christmas and London. These obstacle sets are unique to Putterfingers.com and have been created to provide a beautiful backdrop to events as well as provide a themed putting challenge. They offer a more focused alternative to our standard mini golf obstacles and help to carry off a successful event with a bit more panache.
The Christmas Obstacles range is unique to Putterfingers.com. Sure, our standard My Minigolf obstacles are fun and challenging all year round. But for Christmas it’s all about the festive feel, so we created this memorable (and re-usable) Christmas set to buy and keep. Check out the collection here.
You can buy the whole set, one obstacle only, or two, three or four – whatever suits your course size, layout and budget. Let’s meet the Christmas range and see which ones you want!
Snow Globes Christmas Obstacles
Skating Snowman and Nutcracker are the themes for this pack of two gorgeous snow globe obstacles. What a lovely traditional Christmas feel!
Tree & Presents Christmas Obstacle
You can’t get much more festive than this colourful Christmas Tree & Presents obstacle with a Bridge obstacle underneath it. It will light up any Christmas mini golf game.
Snowboarding Snowman Christmas Obstacle
This cheeky chappie is catching serious airtime on his board. This gnarly obstacle comes with a Maze obstacle underneath to make the shot as tricky as snowboarding.
Skiing Snowman Christmas Obstacle
This snowy fella is adopting a more traditional way to get down a mountain. No extra obstacle here, just a mousehole to putt through – not as easy as it looks.
Skating Snowman Christmas Obstacle
This chilly fellow is carving out some major fun on skates, and comes with two holes to putt through, so take your pick.
The Whole Bundle
All the above in a complete set. Make your mini golf course super festive!
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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
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/
You may be looking ahead to getting out and about a bit more and if you want to make up for lost time on the minigolf course. Here are our top tips for finding courses near you and making the most of a crazy golfing road-trip. These come courtesy of minigolf supremo and tireless crazy golf course finder Richard Gottfried. See the link at the bottom of this post to visit his amazing minigolf blog chronicling nearly a THOUSAND crazy golf course visits!
Start at home
Before your trip it’s a wise manoeuvre to map out all of the courses at your final destination. There are a number of ways to find out the best places to play.
Google is your friend
Get online and search your target location for courses to play. Remember though that not all courses will have a website or online presence so we will often search on Google Maps and Street View to find hidden places to play.
Are you keen to play all flavours of miniature golf, are you only looking to play newer adventure golf layouts, or do you prefer traditional seaside crazy golf? You’ll want to input the right keywords to get the best results. Sometimes ‘minigolf’ is used to mean Pitch & Putt courses or Putting Greens. If they’re not your cup of tea then you’ll need to be more specific if you’re looking for pirates, dinosaurs or jungle-themes.
You can also check out our blog and social media to keep up-to-date with new course openings and tips on where to play.
A classic way to plan
As mentioned, not all courses have an online presence, or if they do, it might not always appear high-up in the pages of online search results so don’t forget a classic way to plan your UK getaway is to request a brochure from a resort or town’s local tourist information centre. A lot of the courses we’ve found are those listed on maps of seasides.
Getting there is half the fun right?
Your end point may be one of those minigolfing hot-spots such as Skegness, Hastings, Great Yarmouth, Cleethorpes, Scarborough or Blackpool but there is a very good chance that you’ll be passing by any number of the new breed of inland courses en route. Why not plan a couple of stops on the way…?
Staying the course
Some hotels are home to crazy golf and putting courses and if you’re keen to maximise your playing time then this might be an option for you.
Most holiday camps and caravan parks – and some camp sites – are also home to a minigolf course. These are sometimes only open to people staying at the site, but we have found some excellent courses that are open to day guests and the public.
You may also find that there are minigolf courses in pay-to-enter attractions in the area you are staying on holiday. Farm parks, model villages, zoos, maize mazes and other places can often be the location of a course.
Late night games
The days of courses closing when the sun goes down are gone and a number of courses now have floodlights installed to allow play to go on long into the night.
There are also a lot more indoor options now compared to when our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour began in 2006. Back then there were just two indoor courses in the whole of the UK. There are now more than 100 indoor venues to play. A real bonus if the British summer weather doesn’t quite deliver.
If you play any fun or quirky courses be sure to let us know about them!
One of the pleasures of being British is doing things a bit differently from the rest of the world. Miniature Golf Day is celebrated in the USA and everywhere else on the 21st of September. But National Miniature Golf Day happens on the second Saturday in May and is celebrated by minigolf geeks around the British Isles. This year it falls on the 8th of May. To thicken the plot, the second Saturday in May is also celebrated in the USA – but some sources call it National Miniature Golf Day and others call it Miniature Golf Day. Which is great, really. Because there are two opportunities a year to celebrate our fantastic sport!
The 8th of May this year is the day to head down to your nearest mini golf course, grab a putter and take on the challenge of negotiating your ball into the hole via various obstacles in the lowest number of shots you can. To find a course near you, Google ‘adventure golf’, ‘crazy golf’ or ‘mini golf’ in your area. There are all kinds of courses ranging from big, lush theme park-style adventure golf courses featuring pirates, dinosaurs and lost civilisations to smaller, more basic courses both at the seaside and inland.
But googling might not show you all the courses near you. The most complete list of mini-golf courses in the British Isles is without a doubt Richard Gottfried’s blog. He and his wife Emily have been playing every course they can find for years, on what they call the Crazy World Of Minigolf Tour. At the time of writing this, they have played a staggering 958 mini-golf courses, some of which are abroad but 919 of which have been in the British Isles. The blog chronicles their adventure by recording each visit. It stretches back years, so not all the courses they have played are still there, but many will be. Best to check it’s still there before heading off to a course you see on their blog! Check out their crazy adventure here.
May is also National Golf Month – meaning ‘big golf’, i.e. golf played over acres of land with a variety of clubs and questionable fashion sense. Putterfingers have just expanded their range of golf training aids for these hardy folk. For gifts for avid golfers or to improve your own game, check them out here.
As regular readers of this blog will know, our stock-in-trade is minigolf hire and sales for parties, corporate events, trade shows and weddings. We have also recently started to sell a lot of smaller minigolf kits for use at home.
There’s a new section on our website full of minigolf-at-home kits starting at just £21. Check it out here.
Garden home minigolf
Grab a few putters, balls and obstacles from our online catalogue, set them up in the back garden, pour your springtime beverage of choice and while away the lockdown hours honing your putting skills. Get the whole family involved if they are up for it. If you have a smooth lawn then you’ve already got the ideal putting surface. But if there’s no lawn or a bumpy one, we can supply a number of interlocking astro grass tiles to create a lovely smooth-rolling surface to play on. Paved areas like patios work well too – but you’ll need to be a bit gentler with your putts because concrete is a much faster surface.
Putting indoors is just as much fun – especially when you involve your own furniture! Almost anything can be pressed into service as a minigolf obstacle, and it’s possible to create some interesting and challenging layouts that use the room’s angles and features. The balls we supply are low bounce – designed to stay low and minimise the threat to windows and fragile objects. But you shouldn’t really be hitting the ball that hard anyway! For the ultimate safety, use our airflow balls which are as light as a feather.
We’re selling kits for one or two people, and larger ones for the whole family. Which one do you fancy? See the options here!
Prefer to talk to us so you’re sure you are buying the right kit? We’re happy to take your call on 01842 337 100 or your email enquiry.
This post is by guest blogger Jordan Fuller, a passionate golf enthusiast and coach from Omaha, Nebraska and owner of golfinfluence.com. Here, Jordan leaves no doubt as to why every family should own a minigolf course!
For a parent who is considering doing something significant to bring together their family, owning a mini-golf course offers a wide array of terrific and exciting benefits to every family member.
Being the owner of a mini-golf can create situations for parents to teach their children about work ethic while having fun. Children can also take advantage of the facility by using their creativity to put their own flair on the design of the layout.
With an assortment of positive reasons to choose from, I’ve decided to highlight four of our favorite ideas below as to why we think owning a mini-golf will make you and your entire family happier.
A Sport Built on Creativity
Whether you decide to build your own mini-golf or redesign an existing layout, making the place your own can give the entire family a tremendous sense of pride. Taking this step is vitally important for all involved, because without each member “buying-in” to the overall idea of the mini-golf, then you’ll never have full engagement.
So how do you get everyone there? By creating an environment where all ideas are welcome, and each member gets the opportunity to put their personality into the creation of the course. This opportunity begins with the look and feel of the mini-golf.
Not only can creating a new look (ie for example in a separate room) for the establishment bring a family together with one common goal in mind, but it can also be used to engage the imagination of each parent and child. From adding unique flourishes to allowing the children to create their own obstacles for a hole, allowing creativity to carry the construction of the mini-golf course is the only sure-fire way to receive total acceptance of the family.
And once everyone’s ideas are put in place, the look on each family member’s face when their vision comes to life is something that can’t be replicated any other way. Once you see your child’s excitement because they created something that the entire family will grow to enjoy, you’ll know all the struggles are worth it in the end.
Happiness to Others
The incredible attraction of mini-golf is that you don’t need to have years of golfing experience to enjoy the sport. At any time, golfers of any skill level (including women who may disregard regular golf) can make a hole-in-one or create a memory with friends and family that lasts throughout a lifetime. Perfect for dates or a birthday party, mini-golf allows players to enjoy their day in a relaxing and non-stressful environment.
A huge reason why owning a mini-golf center is excellent for a family is because of the lesson it teaches each member about the importance of giving to others. By providing a comfortable haven, a family can create a place for individuals seeking to forget their busy lives and just spend quality time with the people that are most important to them (ie. their loved ones).
By creating an establishment that captivates people of all ages through a fun and exciting activity, you are providing joy into countless lives. Imagine waking up in a house where people are always smiling, and happy will have a residual effect on the entire family. This creation of joy for others is a huge reason why owning a mini-golf can be so enriching to parents and their children alike.
Raising Your Family in a Safe Environment
Every parent wants their child to be safe throughout their school years. Having a mini-golf directly in the house will assure that they’ll have a secure after-school location to learn & work while having fun.
Mini-golf courses don’t need a considerable amount of maintenance. Sure, it is essential to keep it clean and make sure that everybody are having a great time, but the calm atmosphere allows parents to interact with their children while working full time jobs.
By owning a mini-golf, parents don’t have to send their children to after-school care or worry that they are causing mischief. Instead, they’ll have the peace of mind that their children are nearby.
Finally, it is easy to argue that children benefit the most from their parents buying them a mini-golf course. As they grow up under the umbrella of their family, there are a host of lessons that children can learn from.
Self-reliance is a terrific skill that parents can pass down to their children. Whether it be during a break from classes in the summer or after school, by creating a routine of chores for your children, you’ll discover them rising to the challenge if the tasks engage them creatively. Having them understand the value of money and the use of efficient resources will make a huge difference in their upbringing. By creating this work ethic standard for them, you’ll soon see that your children will adopt this lifestyle as the way they should hold themselves when playing the mini-golf.
Perhaps most important of all, by showing them the values mini-golf players care about, your children will pursue careers of their own that give back to society and create overwhelming joy. A childhood built around happiness allows children to blossom into an adult that spreads love to the world.
As your family matures and grows over the years, having the mini-golf will present each member with memories that will carry them throughout their lives. Whether it be working with you or discovering their own dreams for their future, finding a nurturing and fulfilling location for your children can build a foundation for the skills they’ll need to pursue their own careers.
When you dive into these four reasons, I am confident that you’ll discover even more advantages to owning a mini-golf that will benefit your family on a financial, personal, and developmental level.
Tantrums and putter threat on pro minigolf course!
This week’s post was to be part 2 of A Putted History of Minigolf – see part 1 here. But we have a story from New Zealand that we think trumps it and might generate some discussion, so we’ll push that post back to next week.
A recent series of events in New Zealand raises questions about minigolf as a professional sport and how seriously or otherwise it should be taken. A feud between two prominent Kiwi minigolfers escalated into one allegedly threatening the other with his putter, saying “I’ll wrap my putter round your head”. This was apparently the final straw for Minigolf Federation of New Zealand secretary Damo Kissick, who said it followed a string of incidents in which Bobby Hart lost his temper, threw putters, swore and generally spat out his dummy. In the light of this behaviour the player has been asked to leave the federation.
Star national and international player Bobby Hart is known for his no-joking approach to the game and for saying things like “I’m here to compete, not make friends”. Which is kind of fair enough – he takes the game seriously and after all it requires great skill and practice. Interviewed after the incident, he said, “I’m not there to have a joke and a laugh, I’m there to take things seriously and grow competitive putting as a sport here in New Zealand. It’s not a joking matter … I think there’s a future for competitive putting and actually doing it as a job.”
The alleged putter threat came following a long-running disagreement with another player, Murray Cramp, whom Hart accuses of not taking the game seriously enough. Cramp said “It’s essentially a sport for children and their parents to have fun that we’ve turned into something that is well beyond [that] … The last thing you want to do is create a level of intensity where it looks like you’re at the Olympics.”
And yet there have been efforts to get minigolf into the Olympics. We blogged about it back in 2014. The World Minigolf Sport Federation regularly lobbies for it to be included.
All this begs the question: how seriously (or otherwise) should we take minigolf? Is professional minigolf a threat to the fun of the game, or should we have more of it? Can you be professional and have fun at the same time?
If you have any comments on this, please post them to our Twitter page. But try to keep your toys in the pram.
‘Big Top Ted’ McIver shows his passion for minigolf on BBC2
Some excellent minigolf footage has appeared on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip on BBC2! In Episode 1 of Season 8, Denise Van Outen and Tim Medhurst find themselves hunting for antiques in Margate, then they swing by Strokes Adventure Golf. There they meet none other than 3-time British Open champ John ‘Big Top Ted’ McIver! It’s great to see him chatting away genially with the celebs. McIver is a bit of a celeb himself in the minigolf world, and a very nice bloke to boot.
Van Outen and Medhurst trundle up in their convertible Morris Minor and hit the course to find Ted, whom they quiz about the history of minigolf. He is more than happy to oblige and launches into a potted history of the sport – a putted history really – that touches on several of the landmark eras and places in the development of our beloved game.
Big Top Ted mentions the Himalayas course at St Andrews, site of the Ladies’ Putting Club, which was a precursor to minigolf. The narrator then describes Golfstacle, the first mini golf set you could buy, before going across the pond to address the minigolf explosion over there. Ted then talks about some of the crazier things to be found on mini golf courses during its early heyday, including trained bears and monkeys.
This is high quality footage of minigolf on the Beeb, and we’re delighted to see it. Big Top Ted’s enthusiasm is obvious and he comes across really well. Here’s the clip.
It’s a bit of a shame we didn’t get to see three-time British champion McIver demonstrate his putting technique, but it was probably hard to concentrate with TV cameras there and celebs yacking in his face. Still, it’s another great bit of minigolf footage that we just had to share with our blog readers!
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.
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.
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.