Putterfingers wedding crazy golf is a hit for SOS Entertainment

SOS Entertainment, an event hire company, recently purchased a Putterfingers wedding crazy golf course and it’s going down a storm. The wedding crazy golf course is the latest addition to the SOS Entertainment collection of party hire equipment.

SOS Entertainment has gradually expanded their entertainment services portfolio to provide a one-stop-shop for bespoke party and wedding entertainment. Covering Kent and the South East, SOS Entertainment is offering wedding crazy golf as part of their wedding packages.

The wedding crazy golf has already been out and in action at a recent SOS Entertainment hire. The course was a bit hit on the day and the entertainment company is looking forward to a busy 2022 of further wedding hires.

Event hire company purchase Putterfingers crazy golf for weddings

Thanks Putterfingers, we’re so excited too! This was a fantastic wedding and everyone absolutely loved the crazy golf! We’re so happy to have found Putterfingers so we can now offer crazy golf as an extra entertainment option alongside the SOS Entertainment wedding packages!
Looking forward to more weddings with this set, and to taking delivery of our multi-coloured party crazy golf course soon!

Sean O’Sullivan, Managing Director, SOS Entertainment

SOS Entertainment offers the wedding crazy golf course to hire in a range of sizes along with personalised obstacles for an added touch. Head over to their website to find out more.

Portable crazy golf for event hire companies

The Putterfingers wedding crazy golf courses is ideal for mobile entertainment providers and event hire companies. The course is completely portable, it is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre. The course consists of modular Astro tiles, foam bumpers, and flat-packed obstacles. Read all about our portable wedding crazy golf on our website.

Putterfingers portable wedding crazy golf
9 hole wedding crazy golf

When assembled, the course creates an eye-catching centrepiece. The white bumpers and large white obstacles create a striking contrast against the deep green tiles. You can even add lights to the Church obstacles to create a glow as the evening reception starts.

Crazy golf is popular at wedding receptions

Wedding couples love crazy golf. A popular pastime at our seaside resorts, the game is part of our British heritage. It’s loved by guests of all ages and availabilities and ideal for filling any gaps in the wedding day, where guests may be waiting around.

Get in touch

To chat to Putterfingers about portable crazy golf courses or mini golf equipment then get in touch:

office@eventstuff.ltd

01842 337100

Putterfingers at Chelmsford City Racecourse Wedding Show

This weekend Putterfingers have been meeting wedding couples from across Essex and the East of England at the Chelmsford City Racecourse Wedding Show.

The show was the first we have attended since Covid and it was great to see so many wedding couples over the 2-day event.

We were demonstrating our new White Wedding-themed crazy golf course, which launched earlier this year. We were able to set up the course at the entrance to the show, as well as on our stand, so guests were able to get a good feel for how the course could look at their wedding.

Putterfingers at Chelmsford City Wedding Show
Chelmsford City Racecourse Wedding Show

The course makes an eye-catching centrepiece at weddings and provides guests with an activity to fill the gap between ceremony and wedding breakfast. We have received great feedback from both the wedding couples and the venues that have hired our course this year.

We are getting booked up for 2022 dates and even the year beyond, so weddings are well and truly back on the calendar!

Visit our website for more information and to contact our team for a quote.

“The best wedding activity!! Guests absolutely loved playing the course during the reception and Putterfingers even offered a personalisation for the final hole to make the course even more special on our day.”

Heather & Will

Win a free mini golf course hire

At the Show we offered guests the chance to win a free hire of our crazy golf for their wedding. We can’t wait to draw the prize this Friday and let the lucky winner know!

During 2022 we will be attending more wedding shows across East Anglia. Watch this space for announcements on where you can come and view our course in action and enter to win a free hire for your big day.

Win a free mini golf hire at wedding show

Wedding Crazy Golf Hire

If you are looking for guest entertainment for your big, then why not book our new wedding themed crazy golf?

We have over 10 years of experience supplying crazy golf courses and equipment to the events industry. We are based in East Anglia and hire courses all over the UK.

Our white wedding crazy golf courses are:

  • an eye-catching centrepiece – the white bumpers and obstacles offer a striking contrast
  • available in a range of sizes 
  • approved by the majority of venues – the flexible astro tiles will not damage floors
  • come with personalised obstacles
  • light-up Church obstacle looks great as the evening draws in
Wedding crazy golf hire
Set up at All Saints Hotel, Fornham All Saints, Bury St Edmunds

If you would like to hire our wedding themed cray golf for your big day, then we have 3 course sizes to offer:

Supersize – a large 9 hole course

Funsize – our standard 9 hole course

Partysize – a more compact 6 hole course

All course sizes are offered in 2 different styles: Colourful or White. And we include free personalisation of certain obstacles.

Whilst we have a number of courses available, dates are filling up quickly. Be sure to get in touch if you would like further information on your quote or to make a booking.

Get a quote

For a quote to hire wedding themed crazy golf for your big day, get in touch with our friendly team!

01842 330100

office@eventstuff.ltd

We will work with you to create the ideal package to suit your wedding reception.

Margate: Putterfingers.com team gain experience at British Open

British Open minigolf 2021 Margate

The 2021 British Championships at Strokes Adventure Golf in Margate saw a Putterfingers.com team outclassed by the very best players in the game. This is nothing to be ashamed of considering that this was only the team’s third tournament, but the desire to do better is now firmly lodged in the players’ minds.

After showing promise at the World Crazies and the Putterfingers.com Sussex Wasps Open, Jon Clarke found himself at the bottom of the Seniors table at close of play. In fairness, Jon was up against top players like Martin Greenhead and Derek Bentall, and had not previously encountered the type of holes they have at Strokes Adventure Golf. This course had multiple uphill shots where shot weight has to be carefully judged, and this was perhaps Jon’s downfall, having previously only played relatively level shots at the Hastings and Peterborough courses that required good angle judgement somewhat more than perfect ball speed. However this experience will stand him in good stead for next year.

Margate mini golf tournament British Open 2021
A very tricky hole, and a popular type of shot at the Margate course.

Alf Standen and Sam Webster fared no better in the Men’s category, with over-par scores that would have looked good on a cricket scoreboard. The hole called Heartbreak Ridge was particularly aptly named for the team, with all Putterfingers.com players notching up a 7 at least once.

At the top of the leader board, multiple champion Michael Smith kept a tight rein on his scores throughout the weekend and took advantage of a couple of 37s from champion Marc Chapman to stay ahead and come home 21 under par for the win.

Minigolf putter shot
How hard can it be? Answer: very

Competitively, then, Margate was one to forget for the Putterfingers.com team. But the experience of playing alongside the world’s best minigolfers on a challenging course will have been invaluable. It shows how tough it is in top level competitive minigolf and is a reminder of the amount of dedication and perseverance needed to become a par player, let alone a tournament winner.

None of the Putterfingers.com players were available for comment after the tournament – which reflects their disappointment, staggering naivety and determination to do better.

The frankly embarrassing results are here: https://bmga.online/results/2021/2021BC/result.htm

Maybe our team would benefit from actually using some of the many training aids available through the Putterfingers.com website. Check them out here.

Hastings Adventure Golf announce £2.4M Pirate Golf Development

Pirate Golf development plan at Hastings Adventure Golf

Outdoor minigolf centre Hastings Adventure Golf have released plans for a new indoor crazy golf course at their complex on Hastings seafront. The idea is to cover the current Pirate Golf course with a brand-new building and leave the Adventure Golf and Crazy Golf courses external. Hastings Adventure Golf say this will offer year-round minigolf family fun, day and night, in all weathers. Hastings Adventure Golf are inviting comments from the public on this project, and initial feedback on social media is mostly positive. The build is entirely funded by Hastings Adventure Golf.

Architect’s illustrations of the new building show an aquarium-like structure covering the Pirate Golf course, joined to a two-storey building housing a café and observation platform / leisure space. The observation platform appears to jut out over the existing Hastings Adventure Golf fish and chip shop. The building covers approximately the area occupied by the current Pirate Course. The architectural style is Modernist, from an era (the 1930s) when designers wanted everything to look like an ocean liner. We think it sits well on Hastings beach because its natural curves are unobtrusive and it echoes other buildings in this style along the south coast, such as Marine Court just along the beach in St Leonards, the Ocean Hotel in Saltdean and the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. We reckon this architect has done his or her homework to make this new proposed structure fit in.

Pirate Golf Hastings new building plan

“I’d be lying if I said it won’t boost our business,” said Manager Simon Tompkins when we called him about the refurb. “But we’re throwing it out to the community for their comments to see if they agree with our view that it will reduce the seasonality of the mini golf facilities at Hastings, allow the elderly to play all year round, and provide additional catering and viewing opportunities on the seafront.”

Simon also revealed that they have come to know the building design as ‘The Cloud’ or ‘The Wave’, and that the Pirate Golf course will remain largely unchanged inside it, except for a few slight amendments to holes which might be necessary.

In an interview with the Hastings Observer, Simon said: “As a business that is owned by locals, run by locals and employs locally, we have always been incredibly aware of ensuring that anything we do has a maximum positive impact on Hastings first and foremost. This project is a large investment as part of a recovery process that the whole town is working toward and we’re very hopeful that local residents and businesses will support us in this plan to bring an economic boost to the town as well as extra jobs.” 

The Putterfingers.com mini golf team played at Hastings Adventure Golf recently in the World Crazies. Read our post about that here.

If you live locally and want to give your opinion about this proposed development, use the comments form on Hastings Adventure Golf’s website.

Tournament number 3 for Putterfingers.com team

The Putterfingers mini golf team are feeling inspired for our next tournament, the BMGA British Championship & Singles Matchplay 2021 at Strokes Adventure Golf in Margate. But why, you might ask, after our less-than-inspiring performance at the World Crazies in Hastings? The reason is our potential secret weapon: Jon Clarke. John’s mild-mannered exterior hides a sharp and deadly mini golf brain, and he is making progress with his putting that could pave the way for future success in the game.

Putterfingers.com's star tournament player
Jon Clarke competing at the World Crazies 2021

The mini golf world does not have talent scouts as they do in football. Rarely if ever do you see men in trench coats loitering by mini golf courses, observing players through binoculars and taking down notes. Or if you do there is always an explanation that has nothing to do with mini golf and should probably be reported to the local constabulary.

Mini golf talent scout

But if there were talent scouts in mini golf, they would all have had their optics firmly focused on a certain Jon Clarke as he made his way round the Arnold Palmer course at Hastings three weekends ago. Because here was a man who had never before wielded a putter in anger, yet was cheerfully knocking in threes, twos and ones as if he had always been doing it. The rest of the team were pootling round the tournament with 4s, 5s and 7s wearing embarrassed looks, as complete novices do. But not Jon. He had the knack.

By our calculations, if this rate of progress was to continue then Jon would reach World Champion standard by about lunchtime next Tuesday. So, with our hopes pinned on our one and only mini golf prodigy we will soon be packing our putters and boarding the Putterfingers.com van for a trip to Margate for our third tournament.

BMGA singles matchplay and British Championship tournament, Margate

BMGA British Championship & Singles Matchplay 2021 will be played at Strokes Adventure Golf. Established in 2005, Strokes is an outdoor mini golf course situated at the beautiful Westbrook Bay in Margate. With no team competition and all of us playing as individuals, we will thrust Jon into the limelight as our only real hope of a Putterfingers.com player getting past the halfway mark on the leader board.

In other news, team member David Hill is delighted to have bought a club-mounted ball picker upper. “After multiple 18-hole rounds, bending down to get your ball out of the hole plays merry hell with your back if you are of a portly disposition like myself”, said Hill. “If you are not very bendy in the middle or over 45 or just lazy, or all three of those things, then I do recommend getting one of these.” (Putterfingers stock the Golf Butler at £3.30 including VAT)

With excitement mounting over Team Putterfingers.com’s third foray into the world of major mini golf tournaments, it is gems of wisdom like Hill’s that the team need to gather as many of as they can in order to become better players.

Live results at the BMGA website

Special Christmas obstacles for Crazy golf hires!

Special Christmas Obstacles mini golf

Perhaps you think mini golf is more of a summer pastime, to be played at the seaside. In fact, with our hire equipment it can be played all year round because putterfingers.com crazy golf courses work indoors too. It breaks the ice and provides some warm and sociable fun on cold winter days. And wait till your hear about our special Christmas obstacles!

Our Christmas hires are so popular that we have also created a set of cheeky, fun Christmas-themed obstacles to lay out on the course. The multi-talented Snowman, gorgeous Snow Globes and baubly Christmas Trees are the perfect backdrop for a spot of festive putting, and they are a great photo opportunity too. The indoor courses come with low-bounce balls designed to stay on the course.

The Christmas Obstacle collection consists of 5 types:

  • Snowboarding Snowman
  • Skiing Snowman
  • Skating Snowman
  • Christmas Tree x2
  • Snow Globe x2

These unique obstacles are hand made by us and cannot be found anywhere else. You can hire them as add-ons to a mini golf course this Christmas, to give it an extra special festive feel.

Snow globe special christmas obstacles for crazy golf hire

You can hire the whole set or just two or three. It depends on the size of course you are hiring from us and how you want to lay it out.

When you hire a course from us, we ship the equipment on a pallet to the venue or to the address you give us, and it’s a breeze to set up. It typically takes about 30 minutes to lay out the course so that it is ready to play. This makes it easy to hold pop-up Christmas mini golf events.

Our flexible putting system lets you lay out the course to fit the venue. You can build multiple smaller holes dotted around, or a few larger holes. Many variations are possible.

Crazy golf hire christmas

Putterfingers Christmas mini golf courses come in a range of sizes to suit different venues. A course can be the main attraction at your Christmas event or a sideshow, it’s your call. And there’s sure to be a package that suits your entertainment budget as well.

Find out more about Christmas crazy golf hire or enquire about prices to add Christmas obstacles to your hire

Team Putterfingers.com play the World Crazies

World Crazies 2021 Putterfingers.com team
Our rookie team did not disgrace themselves

Last weekend the Putterfingers.com mini golf team took on a second competitive challenge following our maiden event (the Putterfingers.com Sussex Wasps Open, which you can read about here). Rather than building up to big tournaments gradually like sensible people, we just steamed straight in and had a crack at the World Crazies, the annual festival of putting held every year at Hastings Adventure Golf.

St Andrews mini golf

The experience we gained was invaluable and it was amazing to watch the game’s top players in action. It is also a testament to the inclusivity and non-elitist nature of the mini golf world that we were able to enter such a prestigious tournament without having to qualify. Mini golf is truly a sport for all.

Friday saw us in the Team event, and the kindest thing that can be said is that we did not come last. A lack of preparation on our part and having a team consisting entirely of novices was never likely to result in crazy golf glory, yet we felt the sting of defeat keenly and this spurred us on to do better in the Individual event on Saturday.

Mini golf hastings obstacle
Is this hole just pure luck? Funny how the more you practice the luckier you get though.

Saturday’s weather was much nicer after Friday evening’s chilling breeze off the sea. The rounds went more quickly because we were three to a hole rather than six for the Team event. The stewards introduced a 30 second per shot rule to keep players flowing round the course and we did more or less stick to that, though there was something of a slowdown among the top groups as they focused harder and harder on making the cut for Sunday.

Multiple champion Michael Smith in action at hole 17

Our best player was Jon Clarke, who despite minimal practice and being new to the game (as we all are when it comes to competitive play) scored 37, 41 and 43 to end up in 32nd place in the Novice category. With regular practice and more tournament experience Jon could be one to watch.

Crazy golf tournament
Jon Clarke in action at hole 15 of the World Crazies

By competing at this level, the team gained a newfound respect for the game and for those who play it well. We got hands-on experience of some of the game’s technical aspects, such as the fact that the World Crazies permit the use of only one type of ball. Each player receives an official competition ball at the beginning of the tournament and must play with that ball only. So there is none of the cleverness of using a variety of balls with different weight and bounce, as we had seen at the Sussex Wasps Open. This a great leveller that puts the focus on pure skill by eliminating tactical ball selection.

Official ball World Crazies
The official ball

We would like to give a particular thank you to Steve Lovell, who made the time to show the Putterfingers.com team round the Crazy Golf Course during practice time on Friday with some pro tips on how to play each hole.

We enjoyed the atmosphere of the World Crazies. It was fun to be watched by passersby over the hedge, to play alongside leading players and of course to enjoy the doughnuts and ice cream from the kiosk on the course. We just might be hooked.

Get Freshers Weeks swinging with mini golf

Freshers week mini golf
Freshers Week mini golf at Sheffield Hallam University

If you are involved in planning this year’s Fresher’s Week activities at your university or college, why not consider adding crazy golf to the mix?

Crazy golf is now hugely popular in the UK and competitive socialising is booming in the leisure industry. Many towns and cities popular with students, may even be home to one of the latest crazy golf venues that have been popping from the likes of Junkyard Golf, Plonk Golf, Ghetto GolfSwingers, Mr Mulligans, and a growing number of other chains.

We hire out minigolf courses to universities for open days, freshers 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.

UEA Freshers Week crazy golf
Freshers Week mini golf at UEA

Our equipment’s 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.

Mini golf is a great icebreaker at colleges and universities. It can be a fun addition to students’ unions, common rooms, outdoor events, open days, freshers weeks, graduation parties, fundraising events (sponsored mini-golfathons are great for that.). A round of crazy golf is an informal way for students to get to know each other and to add some casual, sociable competition to your institution.

University of Hertfordshire crazy golf freshers week
Freshers Week mini golf at the University of Hertfordshire

We can supply various sizes of course from 4 holes to 9 holes, and the putting surface will not damage floors thanks to its rubberised backing. It can be used outdoors too, anywhere with a reasonably flat surface such as a lawn, plaza or campus path. We supply everything needed: putting surface, side bumpers, putters, balls, score cards and pencils, putting cups, obstacles and hole cones. A complete portable minigolf course can fit into a standard lift shaft, so whichever floor of the students’ union it needs to get to, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Interested in hiring mini golf for a university or college event? Find out more on our Schools and Colleges page.

Par-tee food: our top ten mini golf recipes

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.

Low Bounce Jelly

Par-tee food low bounce jelly

We sell low bounce jelly practice balls and they are great, but due to consumer protection laws and the Food Standards Agency we wouldn’t recommend eating them. So here is an alternative recipe from BBC Good Food: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/summer-berry-lime-jellies

Banana PARfait

Par-tee food banana parfait

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

Bread and PUTTER Pudding

Par-tee food bread and butter pudding

The ultimate energy-giver, this classic uses up stale white bread and gives it a custardy, raisiny, nutmeggy, sugary, creamy, cinnamonny coating that raises it to a hole new level. https://www.thespruceeats.com/bread-and-butter-pudding-recipe-435728

Surf ‘n’ Astroturf

par-tee food surf n turf minigolf food

Simply cook this, put it into tortilla shells and cover it in chopped rocket or parsley for that Astro turf look. Big golfers can also enjoy it because it contains LOBster. https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/surf-and-turf-recipe/

The Bogie Hoagie

par-tee food minigolf bogie hoagie

After holing out in one over par, sink your gnashers into one of these to console yourself. This one would be ideal at Sandwich Mini Golf course. https://cookienameddesire.com/how-to-build-the-perfect-hoagie/

Club Sandwich

par-tee food club sandwich mini golf

Instead of a cocktail stick or little wooden skewer to hold together this tower of punning deliciousness, use a golf tee. https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a32714107/club-sandwich-recipe/

Toad in the Hole

par-tee food toad in the hole mini golf

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

Par-tee food 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

par-tee food golf ball salad mozzarella

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/

G and Tee

par-tee food g and tee mini golf

Here are ten different ways to make this classic cooling drink to calm your nerves out on the mini golf course. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-gin-and-tonics-twist

Got any more suggestions for par-tee food, snacks and drinks? Send them to office@eventstuff.ltd and we’ll share them on social media!

Marketing for minigolf: Richard Gottfried

Marketing for minigolf

Putterfingers’ long-time friend and mini golf supremo Richard Gottfried has been busy. This is nothing new. He is, after all, half of the couple who regularly hit the news with their project to play every single crazy golf course in the country. With wife Emily he has played hundreds of minigolf courses and tirelessly blogged about them ever since 2006. As new courses pop up the Gottfrieds feel compelled to visit and play them, so their task is never done. The current tally is hovering around the 1,000 mark. Read about the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour here!

Marketing and minigolf Richard Gottfried
Image courtesy of Richard Gottfried

Richard is a marketing expert whose publications include The Minigolfer’s Guide to Marketing, a unique book that blends marketing and minigolf. It applies marketing techniques to minigolf and vice versa and is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the two subjects. He operates as a consultant in minigolf marketing by applying his deep knowledge of aspects of minigolf including course operators, pop-ups, competitions, equipment, national associations, international federations, clubs, suppliers, designers, builders and technology providers.

Marketing for minigolf
Image courtesy of Richard Gottfried

Among Richard’s latest efforts to promote mini golf is an article in the Interfun Expo Guide for UK Operators (page 13) which provides tips on how best to treat and communicate with customers in the light of COVID-19. With people emerging from government restrictions, he predicts a big uptick in demand for leisure activities like mini golf, even going so far as to say that demand will outstrip supply for a while. He encourages operators to go the extra mile to make customers feel welcome and secure upon their return to the mini golf course and to add as much warmth, goodwill and credibility as possible.

One example of how to achieve this is Cornwall Football Golf – admittedly not a crazy golf venue but operating along very similar lines. They have chosen Putterfingers to supply some additional signage to communicate with customers and make them feel welcome and cared for. Here are the boards they chose – call Putterfingers if you would like to discuss something similar to brighten up your mini golf course.

Marketing for mini golf
golf course branding banners marketing minigolf

In the meantime, we wish Richard and Emily Gottfried all the best in their quest for minigolf completeness and we are cheering them on all the way!