National Miniature Golf Day 2021

National Miniature golf day UK 2021

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.

Mini golf course
That looks tricky

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.

Also see out list of upcoming crazy golf tournaments in the UK in 2021. At the top level it’s a thrilling spectator sport. See how the pros do it and improve your own game by watching their tactics!

For all your mini golf needs, visit Putterfingers.com

The UK’s minigolf trade supplier

Not only do we hire out and sell the full range of minigolf equipment, but we also provide the minigolf gear for permanent minigolf courses around the UK. We’ve helped countless new courses get kitted up with the best putters, golf balls, holes, obstacles, flags, cones and scorecards to keep their business buzzing.

Course owners and other people in the minigolf trade can sign up for a trade account on our website. This gets you discounts and VAT-free pricing for bulk purchases. Sole traders and limited companies can use us as their trade supplier and get the best rates in the business, all delivered with our legendary customer service!

So, are your putters getting a bit dog-eared, or have you had a few get lost or damaged? Refresh your stock with one of our great value putter bundles. Getting low on balls? Grab one of our minigolf ball bundles and it’ll keep you going for ages. We’ll also make custom scorecards specially for your minigolf business.

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Covid safety measures

With a sport as social as minigolf, here at Putterfingers Towers we have extra work on at the moment to disinfect all crazy golf equipment before we send it out. Each putter, ball, and obstacle is wiped down with alcohol-based disinfectant. At mini golf, crazy golf and adventure golf centres, staff will also be working hard to maintain the safety and hygiene of players on their courses, whether indoors or out. At Putterfingers we now offer branded hand sanitiser stations to kit out your venue for the foreseeable future. Our hand sanitiser stations can include your logo and branding, and are available in a range of sizes. 

A quick tip for safety: players should only handle their own ball and their own putter.

We recommend staying at least two putter lengths apart at all times. This inevitably leads to people sparring with putters while shouting things like ‘en garde!’ and ‘Avast, ye blaggard!’. It’s an added benefit that helps people to practice social distancing while pretending to be pirates. Minigolf is even more fun now!

Putterfingers Crazy Golf Equipment brochure

If you are looking to restock your course, why not take a look at our 2021 Brochure of Crazy Golf Equipment?

Putterfingers Crazy Golf Equipment Brochure
Putterfingers 2021 Crazy Golf Equipment Brochure

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Golf training aids to improve your game

If you have been away from golf for a while and want to get your A-game back, there are plenty of training aids to help re-commit the feel of a good swing to muscle memory. Many are tested and approved by leading golf coaches and PGA players. And because even seasoned golfers need to keep practicing the basics, many golf training aids are suitable for all levels. Golfers at or near the beginning of their learning curves can use them to drum the right feel, weight, club angle and body posture into their shots through repetition and feedback.

From warm-up tools to putting alignment trainers, there’s a training tool to help hone every type of shot to near-perfection. Our product line-up now includes a much bigger variety of such devices for serious golfers. They can help to improve your mini golf putting, too. So read on if there is any aspect of your game you’d like to improve through regular practice! (They also make excellent gifts for any golf addicts you know).

All these products can be found at https://www.putterfingers.com/collections/training-aids. The below is just a small selection.

Swing Trainers

Swing Perfect Trainer

Helps consistent shoulder alignment by giving 5-point feedback. If things are out of whack, you’ll feel it! Keeps you honest about shoulder alignment throughout the swing. Regular practice with the Swing Perfect Trainer commits the ideal swing to muscle memory.

Swing perfect golf training aid

Smash Bag

Pro coaches love this one. It helps to prevent the mistake of ‘flipping’ the wrists after ball impact. Place it after the impact point, take a slow swing, stop when the club head hits the smash bag, and check your hand alignment. Helps to achieve correct form and follow through.

Smash bag golf training

Grip Trainers

Grip It Rite Training Grip

Gives the feel of ideal hand position and the grip indicator shows grip strength. Clips onto any club handle and perfects how you hold the club. Get a grip with this tried and tested training tool!

Grip it rite golf training aid

Grip and Swing Trainer

Use this weighted grip and swing trainer anywhere, even indoors (but maybe stay away from crockery!). Train your swing away from the golf course or use it to warm up before a round to prevent injury. The handle is moulded to give a consistent grip and the head weight is adjustable.

Grip and swing golf trainer

Putting Trainers

Pro Laser Guide

Think your putt swing is straight? This laser alignment tool shows you the uncomfortable truth and allows you to correct any alignment errors. Get instant feedback on your putting line and knock your form into shape.

Pro laser guide golf training aid

Tour Putting Mirror

See yourself as you putt and check shoulder alignment and putter face angle. Try different lengths of backswing. Hone every aspect of your putting form with this fantastic training tool.

Tour putting mirror golf training aid

That’s just a few of the golf training aids we have recently added to our site and have in stock. See them all at https://www.putterfingers.com/collections/training-aids and find the ideal training tool for your own golf game or the perfect gift for the golf fanatic in your life!

Questions? email us or call 01842 337 100

How councils can use minigolf for activities & revenue

Local councils run a range of sports and leisure facilities and their calendars are packed with events and school outreach programmes. Engaging people of all ages and abilities with a single, inclusive sporting activity, is hard to do, but mini golf has proven to be a perfect way of achieving that. What could be more flexible than a portable mini golf course? It is compact and easy to store when not in use, fits into a standard car and takes just half an hour to set up and take down. It provides a sport that is accessible to all and can even be used as a paid activity that generates revenue. Let’s look at some ways local councils can benefit from providing this activity.

Council leisure centres

Mini golf is an incredibly inclusive activity, and provides children and adults of all abilities with the opportunity to play, enjoy, compete and excel at a sport, often for the first time in their lives.  Almost anybody can play it, including wheelchair users, young children and those with physical or mental disabilities. With minigolf, nobody is left out. That makes it ideal for events like open days, holiday clubs, parties and sporting events. It’s also a great activity in crèches and soft play areas.

Mini golf for leisure centres and schools

School outreach programmes

The game can be part of school sports outreach programmes. We regularly hire and sell our equipment directly to schools, but there is also the opportunity for leisure centres run by councils to use it if they run sports activity sessions to keep pupils active. All ages can play mini golf. It is both social and competitive, so all ages from primary to late teens can enjoy finding their own level of competitiveness and honing their hand-eye coordination by shooting for a hole-in-one.

School sports outreach council leisure centre

Holiday camps

Minigolf is an activity that does not need modifying for different age groups. It can stay where it is as those aged 5-6, 7-8 , 9-12 and upwards use it. The only thing that might change is the length of the putters (we can provide a mixture of putter lengths on request). It is also playable by pupils of any level of skill and ‘sportiness’. It does not require any special training or preparation but it does immediately engage all players as they discover that it isn’t quite as easy as it looks! It is a great addition to the range of sporting activities at Summer fêtes and holiday camps.

Holiday camp mini golf

As a revenue generator

Minigolf’s inclusivity makes it a good choice as a game that people pay a fee to play. Some games and sports might only appeal to one gender or age range or ability group, but minigolf appeals to everyone, because the objective is simple (but achieving it isn’t always so simple!) That means that as a paid activity it stands a good chance of taking healthy levels of entry fees. It can be pay-to-play as well as used in a more organised context, for example hosting a sponsored crazy golf marathon to raise cash. Local celebrities and business people are often happy to participate, which helps to swell the numbers.

Minigolf to raise funds for councils

Putterfingers minigolf courses work indoors or outdoors, so spaces like sports halls are catered for as well as playing fields and running tracks. We can also add a council’s branding to a course. This is usually on the tee-off mats, scorecards and foam edge bumpers.

Browse our product catalogue and hire options to see the courses we offer, and give us a call on 01842 337 100 for availability.

 

Home mini golf sets & crazy golf kits

Bringing it all back home

We’re best known for our crazy golf hire service which provides entertainment at all kinds of events and is the perfect socially distanced game (see our post about socially distanced mini golf here). But what some don’t know is that you can also BUY minigolf sets from us to own for ever. Today we’ll look at some of the smaller and more economical options for owning a set of Putterfingers equipment and using it at home.

We already offered one or two small sets for indoors and for children, but thought we’d expand our range of home sets to serve the rise in demand we’ve seen in 2020. These are all products for purchase from our website – delivery included for orders over £100. A chance to own a bit of mini golf magic at home that you can bring out again and again! So here are our Home Minigolf Sets. One of these could be winging its way to you today!

Top 5 mini golf sets for home

My Minigolf Set – Standard

Home mini golf set obstacles

If you like tricky obstacles then this set is great value. It contains a whopping 13 My Minigolf obstacles: Four Warm Up putting cups, two Daytona curves and one of each of the other My Minigolf obstacles (Acapulco, Maze, Volcano, Bridge, Tower, Wave, and Loop the Loop 360). The putting options are endless with this set. Try the Bridge just after the Loop the Loop. Can you hit the ball just right to get it through both obstacles and into the cup? That’s a tricky one. In fact, they are all tricky. That’s the idea! So putt your heart out with this full obstacle set. It comes with putter, balls, scorecards and nylon carry bag to pack it all away in.

My Minigolf Set – Large

Home mini golf obstacles

This family set has everything for two adults and two juniors to enjoy minigolf at home. It comes in a nylon carry bag for easy storage. You get 13 My Minigolf obstacles, a putting cup, 6 low bounce balls, 2 adult putters, 2 junior putters and a pack of scorecards. This set can be laid out on almost any reasonably smooth surface: carpet, wooden or laminated floors, grass or tarmac. Portable minigolf to own for ever, and great bang for your buck!

Mega Home Minigolf Set

Mini golf family home set

Our biggest home set to buy, this is a full size boredom-buster for all the family. This set includes 6 sq m of our astro grass putting surface and side bumpers that can be assembled in a variety of ways to fit your room or garden. Flexibility is the name of the game here. With 3-hole, 2-hole and 1 (big) hole configurations and 5 different obstacles each presenting a unique challenge, there’s enough here to keep up the variety and manage difficulty levels to suit putters both big and small.

My Minigolf Set – Small

Basic mini golf set for home use

Our starter kit for home minigolf, this contains enough to set up a challenging single-hole course indoors or outdoors. 3 obstacles including the Loop the Loop 360 that you have to hit with just the right amount of power to get a hole in one! Explore physics with your kids or hone your own putting skills. Works on any flat surface inside the home or out in the garden.

Mini Starter Kits

Mini golf home starter kits

Perhaps all you need is a single hole to practice golf putting, or a basic setup for the kids. Try one of our Home Starter Kits for as little as £29.99. It’s enough to get you putting, and if you feel the need for a little more challenge after a while, it’s simple to add obstacles and other accessories. Just browse our site to find what you need and create a pick & mix mini golf set for your home!

 

Christmas crazy golf hire

Hire a bit of magic this Christmas

Christmas crazy golf hire

There’s something festive about our green putting surface that makes Putterfingers minigolf the perfect winter holiday game. Maybe it’s because it’s the same colour as holly. It looks fantastic in a room or garden decorated for the Christmas season.

Minigolf a no-contact activity that is really ideal for these socially distanced times. As long as players hang on to their own putter and ball rather than passing them around, it’s about as COVID-safe as a game can be. We also sterilise the equipment before we send it out to you. The obstacles are made of PVC and can be wiped with alcohol pads before and after putting them in place. We blogged about COVID safety recently.

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 snowboarding snowman, skiing snowman and baubly Christmas tree are perfect for a spot of festive putting, and a great photo opportunity too.

Christmas minigolf hire UKChristmas minigolf hire customers include shopping centres, corporate Christmas parties, marketing events and families holding Christmas parties at home. 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’s ready to play. This makes it easy to hold pop-up mini golf events at all kinds of venue.

Our flexible putting system lets you lay out the course to fit the venue. You can build a lot of smaller holes dotted around or a lesser number of larger holes. A large number of variations are possible.

Christmas crazy golf: the perfect festive game

Christmas crazy golf hire

Last year we visited the amazing year-round winter-themed crazy golf attraction at Disneyworld. It’s brilliant fun and very impressive. But it is a permanent attraction built to last years. Since we started hiring out crazy golf, our goal has been to bring a bit of this kind of minigolf magic to any kind of venue at a reasonable price and with fast delivery and return. Check out the list of household-name companies who agree with our idea and have hired out our equipment for their corporate events! Putterfingers Client Portfolio

Miniature golf champion and blogger Richard Gottfried posted last year about some of the Christmas-themed crazy golf courses he had seen. Maybe you could use some of the ideas there to jazz up your crazy golf hire. And if you send him a photo of your event, he’ll probably blog about it! Check out his post here.

Get in touch via this page to find out more about hiring crazy golf for your Christmas event: https://www.putterfingers.com/pages/christmas-crazy-golf

In the spotlight: Putterfingers catch-up with Puttstars

This National Miniature Golf Day we have had the pleasure of catching up with Puttstars, Golf Operations Manager, Andy Johnson.

Puttstars-mini golf
Copyright: Puttstars

Andy and the Puttstars team at Hollywood Bowl Group, have had the challenge of not only navigating their business around the Covid-19 safety measures, but also the opening of 2 new Puttstars venues, in the midst a Pandemic. No mean feat!

Andy shares the experience at Puttstars and their plans for the future.

You have successfully managed to launch new Puttstars venues during the Pandemic, how has this gone?

“It was a challenge, given that we usually ensure all our team are given some time training with an experienced team member, obviously this was very limited due to the restrictions we faced, however, I have been pleased with the teams and how they have handled the opening weeks. On top of this, the teams have had to operate in an environment where hand sanitising, and face masks are the norm, meaning that extra operational pressures have been put onto the teams.”

What piece of technology could you have not lived without at Puttstars?

“CRM, it’s really important to use to get to know and understand our customers, not only can we then offer them products that are desirable for them, it helps us to communicate with our customer base when required, and to push offers when trading conditions are tough.”

Has Covid-19 brought any positive changes to the business?

“NO!”

Where do you see the role of mini-golf in the competitive socialising market moving forward?

“I believe that as people move towards more experience-based leisure time, mini-golf is well placed to offer this to a range of different customers groups, whether they are families or students. For us offering the playing experience on the courses alongside a fully licensed bar, with diner and amusements makes us a great place for people to socialise and spend time with their friends and family.”

As a customer, what you can expect from a visit to Puttstars at present?

Puttstars_mini golf
Copyright: Puttstars

“A memorable experience for the right reasons hopefully, we set out trying to design holes which offer intrigue and interest and are fun for everyone to play, we have tried to create an environment where everyone is welcome and can enjoy the space, we also believe that our offering is incredibly good value for money.”

What is your best score playing Puttstars Mini Golf?

“7800, which I scored on only my 3rd round, I have been unable to better this since, much to my annoyance, and despite lots of attempts.”

What is your favourite mini golf hole at the venues?

“I don’t have one favourite, we have 27 holes within each centre that are bespoke to us and can’t be found anywhere else in the world, we spent a lot of time working with our course designers to make the playing experience a unique one.”

What do Christmas parties at Puttstars look like this year?

“I think that’s partially a question for the government, depending on what the rules are on group gatherings, without COVID we would be offering a package that contained golf, food and drink with trophies for the winners among other things, however, I think that restrictions this year will limit us. That said we will still be offering great value deals whatever the restrictions, check out our website for the latest information.”

What does the future hold for Puttstars?

“Our early trading has been very positive even launching in these unusual times, so we are confident that we can continue on our proposed path to open future sites and keep expanding our brand. Keep an eye out near you for a new Puttstars opening soon.”

Thanks to Andy for taking the time to give us an update.

About Putterfingers

At Putterfingers, we supply a whole range of mini golf equipment both to trade and for home use. Check out our website for portable crazy golf courses to hire or buy, for putters, balls, obstacles and more.

 

Welcoming back the crazy-golfers

This week we have seen the re-opening of ‘big’ golf courses across the UK following lockdown. Mini golf courses have yet to open their doors. Latest Government advice this week has suggested that leisure facilities, such as our mini-golf courses, may begin to re-open from 4th July. Depending on the all-important R-number at this time.

What preparations can crazy golf courses be making?

Social distancing

Social distancing is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Whilst this may be easier for ‘big’ golf courses to adhere to, mini-golf courses, are just that – mini.

Mini golf courses will need to follow the same example of retail and limit the number of players entering the facilities. The players will need to keep to the 2m rule and possibly only play with members of the same household initially.

Ticketing will offer the best solution for this. Whether than be through a website function or a socially distanced queue on the seafront.

HygieneHygiene for customers_sanitiser stations

“Wash your hands”…. This has been the Government’s mantra since earlier this year. Maintaining good levels of hygiene is one of the key ways we can all contribute to stopping the spread of the Coronavirus. Crazy golf courses, like all leisure facilities, will be required to provide handwashing facilities for visitors on their premises. For some, venues this may be easier than done.

Hand washing is deemed preferable, however, the practicalities of offering soap and fresh water at the entrance may make this tricky. The next best alternative will be to provide hand sanitising facilities and to make it clear to customers that this is a requirement on entering the venue.

Cleaning of equipment between players will also be a necessity. Staff will need to be able to make time for wiping Bundle_junior_puttersdown the putters and balls between groups and ensuring that equipment remains within the same group during play.

At the moment it’s a case of watch and wait to see how the next phases of lockdown pan out. It is clear however that leisure will look very different from what we have been used to.

Britain is renowned for its stoic public, we have managed so far and we will continue to!

At Putterfingers we are taking every precaution we can. Our deliveries will continue to adhere to social distancing and we will continue to thoroughly sanitise our equipment after every hire.

Hand Sanitiser Stations

Hand Sanitiser Station_1 dispenser

Our sister brand, Photo Cutouts, have been busy working on a new product – freestanding, portable hand sanitising stations. They are fully customisable with your own branding and available in different sizes for hire and to purchase. A hand sanitising station could offer mini-golf venues with the ideal solution for maintaining customer hygiene on re-opening and beyond.

Get in touch:

Get in touch with the Putterfingers team to talk about customised hand sanitiser stations and stock of all your mini-golf course supplies.

Tel no: 01284 848330

email: office@connectedshopping.com

Home minigolf kits for indoors and outdoors

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.

Lockdown mini golf kits for putting at home in the garden or indoors

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.

Indoor minigolf

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.

Mega home mini golf set lockdown putting

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.

How to get your golf fix from home

Well, what a start to Spring. With the whole of the UK being told to stay home, it comes as little surprise today that golf courses across the country are announcing their temporary closure. The Prime Minister’s latest announcements are pushing towards tougher measures to crack down on the spread of Covid-19. Whilst leaving home once a day for exercise and essentials is still permitted, it is clear that the social distancing measures have so far not been tough enough. Sadly, things will have to change in the leisure industry for a short while and in the meantime, we have some suggestions on how you can continue playing golf from the safety of your own home.

Golfing from home - ideas for practising golf from home during self isolation

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