Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Hasten Ye to Hastings (Adventure Miniature Golf)!

Crazy/mini golfers, important golfy news to mark in your calendars: The World Event of the Year: The 2019 World Crazy Golf Championships are here! Hastings Adventure Miniature Golf will once again be hosting this excitingly exhilarating event the weekend of June 7th to June 9th, 2019.

For many of us avid mini golf fans, this yearly championship is now a given. I mean, if it was cancelled, it would be like cancelling Christmas. And for those of us who are just discovering the delights of mini golf, allow me to enlighten you….

History

The first competition of World Crazy Golf Championships (WCGC) was held in 2003, at Hastings Adventure Mini Golf, in (you guessed correctly) Hastings, East Sussex. Ah, I remember the days of yore of 2003: Google was around five years old, Wikipedia had turned two, and apparently the Nokia 3200 was the trendy mobile phone to have. In the 16 years that have passed, many changes have taken place (though of course, nothing compares to the drama of the world changing from black and white to colour in the 20th century).

Hastings Adventure Golf
Hastings Adventure Golf

However, what has remained a constant is that hitherto – in the 16 years this tournament has been played – the trophy has been passed back and forth between five people, with a sixth (Marc Chapman) thrown into the mix last year. Now, among the esteemed gentlemen crazy golf champions (namely: Tim Davies, Chris Harding, Keith Kellard, Michael Smith, and Marc Chapman), another name also stands out: Olivia Prokopová. Thus far, Miss Prokopová has been the only female champion, winning the WCGC twice. The first time she won in 2013 she was only 18 years old! For such a dinky country, the Czech Republic churns out an impressive array of athletes playing all types of sports.

How to enter

We must turn back to the topic at hand, as I have (as usual) digressed. I sincerely hope my above-quoted stats have not deterred any of you non-professional/novice mini golf players from entering. First, you could be the underdog undergolfer, and snag that coveted championship! Second, there is PRIZE MONEY to be won! And third, the kind people at Hastings Adventure Mini Golf have ensured that those of us (who despite our best efforts) are not too adept at handling a mini golf putter and tiny ball still have a chance at winning something. There will be “various prizes” for ‘best dressed’, ‘personality of the weekend’ and ‘most improved player’. Hastings has indicated more details will be released a month before the event, so do check their website again.

New! Junior Category

And in case you are still dithering about whether or not to enter, there will be two NEW events at the 17th WCGC. The Junior Event will be a shortened round open to youngsters eight to 14 –a great opportunity for some younger players to start honing that competitive streak. And there is also the three-person Team Event, which we at Putterfingers think is a splendid new addition to the tournament because this is the cleanest fun you can have with a threesome!

For all the deets, check out:
https://www.hastingsadventuregolf.com/worldcrazygolf.asp

I’ve given you history, trivia, news, and a web link to loads of information, all in the hopes of encouraging you mini golfers “get the putters polished and start practising” (to quote Mr. Simon Tomkins of Hastings Adventure Golf).

In the meantime, for all your portable mini golf needs contact us at Putterfingers!

PS. All who enter the tournament have a 50% price discount to practice at Hastings Adventure Miniature Golf.

Mini Blog about Mini Golf with Mini Benefits

As I was perusing my daily golf and mini golf news, I stumbled upon what I think is a fantastic website for parents called Day Out with the Kids. https://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/

From suggesting outings in popular counties and towns, to recommending activities for the month or for a bank holiday, to the first annual Family Favourite Awards (for 2018), this website is packed with some marvellous ideas to inspire you for a family day out.

But as I was reading Lisa O’Keefe’s recent blog on our (=Putterfingers’) favourite topic of mini golf (https://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/blog/10-best-mini-golf-courses-in-the-uk), I began to think that whilst it is all fun and good to entertain the kids, us grown-ups need a bit of a reward for all this kid-focused attention! Ms. O’Keefe wrote a great and thorough blog, but I have decided to add my two cents, and sincerely hope she won’t be too offended with my bloggy appendix (and yes, I like to adjectify and verb words).

kids adventure golf

There some very exciting pieces of news coming from Dinofalls in Manchester. First, Dinofalls is looking to expand its mini golf course to 36 holes, and is currently awaiting planning approval. They have not yet divulged if the dinosaur theme will continue or if they have other exciting plans. Well, let them keep us in suspense, as I move to the second bit of news: on Mother’s Day, for mums coming to play mini golf with the children, the magic password to get a free glass of Prosecco is “mums are roarsome”. Enjoy it mums, you certainly deserve it!

Kids go free at Dino Falls, and free prosecco for mums!

And the third news titbit is that for the month of April ‘Kids Go Free’ at Dinofalls (which in no way implies that they are currently enslaved by us tyrannical parents). Do read the fine print though please: the offer is free entry for one child with one paying adult and is valid from only Monday to Friday and you have to arrive BEFORE 10:00 am. No problem! Simply take the kids out for some mini golf in the morning, and in the afternoon propose another fun activity: The Adventurously Great Sock Hunt. Tell your kids this activity is a cross between a mystery, a puzzle, and a treasure hunt, and get them to track down and match all the mismatched socks in your household; and as an FYI, this is an activity that even adults cannot finish or win.

Great sock hunt

(Though technically not in the UK) Jurassic Parrr in Limerick, Ireland, bills itself as “Ireland’s first and only UV Crazy Golf Course”. And my goodness there are some brains behind this operation! According to a Facebook post, they have recently come up with a brilliant option for children’s parties: partnering with Jump Lanes they offer 45 minutes of mini golf, 45 minutes of trampoline jumping, and 30 minutes in a party room. Some geniuses have certainly thought up this promotion! Your kids love the activities that will most certainly exhaust them, leaving you to bring them home, put them to bed, and then you get to put your feet up. And if you have taken someone else’s kids out, then make sure you are suitably rewarded.

Ireland mini golf Limerick

However, if none of the mini and crazy golf places mentioned in Lisa O’Keefe’s blog or my blog are an option for you, then it may be time to contact your favourite portable mini / crazy golf company Putterfingers!

https://putterfingers.co.uk/putterfingers-minigolf-contact.php

Email: office@connectedshopping.com

Tel: 08450 570 321

Until next time my readers. And to you parents: you’re welcome!

4 Reasons Why Owning A Mini-Golf Will Make You & Your Family Happier

Jordan Fuller golf blogger
Jordan Fuller
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

mini-golf and 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

Mini-golf brings 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

Mini-golf can bring families closer together

 

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.

 

As you can see, by creating a healthy environment where the child feels responsibility without feeling smothered, you will add tremendous amounts of enjoyment to your collective lives.

 

Lessons Learned By Your Children

Mini-golf and family children

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.

 

Conclusion

 

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.

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A tale of two Februarys (Februaries?)

A (Brief) Tale of Two Februarys

As February has wound down and spring approaches, some (or most) of us slowly come out of a winter hibernation and begin to think of the longer, (sun) light filled days ahead. Though, to be fair, it seems like February became confused and thought it was an early summer month!  In fact, some new temperature records were set, and we have heard that ice cream sales in February were up as well.

Warmest February on record
Image by pixel2013 on Pixabay

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/feb/26/uk-hottest-winter-day-ever

We recently made contact with a Canadian who lives in the city of Calgary, province of Alberta. Whilst some us were sitting on the grass in parks, enjoying our ice-cream, and pondering a themed mini golf party, our Canadian correspondent was bemoaning how cold and snowy it was in her “neck of the woods”.  She told us that when it warmed up in Calgary to around -3°C or -4°C for a few days this February, people were outside without coats and some even wore shorts!  I suppose that it might indeed feel warm – especially when it was fairly consistently in the high minus twenties with wind chill factors causing it to feel like -30°C or more.  Yuck. One definitely must extend some sympathy for the weather plight that many Canucks seem to face.

February in Canada
Well, it is Canada.

So what do those rugged Canadians do in winter when it really seems too cold to go outside? And is it ever warm in Canada to actually play golf or mini golf OUTSIDE?

Well, apparently, Canadians are habitually glued to their television screens when the weather report comes on, in (the oftentimes vain) hope the temperature will not be so bloody cold.  As golf courses are covered in snow and ice, some Canadians turn to sports such as curling and hockey.  Both sports can be played indoors, and yet there is the cold and frosty atmosphere to mimic winter outside.  I have curled (well, been forced to curl as part of some ghastly physical education activity), and I have to admit that using a broom to sweep ice seemed more like a pointless chore than a fun activity (and I’m now wondering why we did not do something fun like mini golf in PE?!).  Nevertheless, I do not wish to insult our Scottish and Canadian friends – so if you love curling then good for you for staying active.

As for hockey – well, that appears to be a Canadian obsession, with children starting off fairly early on the ice.  And it was whilst watching the news and waiting for the weather report that our Canadian correspondent saw and then sent us this video of a four year-old who was “mic’d up” for his hockey practice.  (Disclaimer: Putting a microphone on a child is not part of mandatory hockey equipment, but perhaps it should be!)

https://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2019/2/25/18239948/dad-micd-up-hockey-game-video

Hockey is obviously not a super popular sport here in the UK, but, parents, just think what hilarity might ensue if you attached a microphone to your child during a children’s party and a fun game of mini golf!  If you do this, then please, please, please send us the video/audio (though be aware that we might take some creative license with it).

So, my many devoted mini golf blog post readers, whether you are hosting a children’s party,  an office party, or just a party-to end-all-parties party, contact us to get the party started:

https://putterfingers.co.uk/putterfingers-minigolf-contact.php

Email: office@connectedshopping.com

Tel: 08450 570 321

And feel free to check out some ideas for a themed event for your game of mini golf in our Photo Cutouts blog Delights of March Part 1 AND Part 2!

As to whether it is ever warm in Canada to actually play golf or mini golf outside, we shall have to check back with our Canadian correspondent again.  Stay tuned …

 

 

Hello Minigolf World!

An Introduction: Short and Sweet

New minigolf blogger
Not an actual photo of me, but you get the idea.

Gentle readers,

A bit of a change is taking place: our illustrious blogger, who has been at the helm for many years, is slowly passing the computer and keyboard to me.  Fear not though!  We are not losing him, he is only moving on to bigger, better, brighter enterprises – ones where he can pass on his wisdom and creativity.

But my gentle readers, I do fear that you fear this change might be frightful.  After all, what do I know about golf? or mini golf?  Well, I must confess, not that much.  And yes, I can hear the collective gasp and see the eye rolling!  However, I do know a thing or two about fashion, cooking, cocktails, perfumes, gardening, how to look one’s best, how to host a party…yes, the list goes on and on.  Now of course you might be puzzled as to how any of this relates to mini golf.  Well, I am not going to divulge that secret yet (perhaps next time do not gasp and eye roll so much my gentle readers).  I will tell you though, keep on reading our delightful blog and you yourselves might be delighted with some of the weirdly wonderful bloggy entries (and with new words I like to create).

Now, I will say that I do welcome suggestions so do send us a post on FB (and I also welcome bribes to go with those suggestions).

Well, gentle readers, I hope my introduction to you has been INSERT YOUR OWN POSITIVE ADJECTIVE HERE!!!  I myself am thrilled to meet this wonderful, wacky world of mini golf.

And, should you be looking for a party theme to go with your golfing green, check out our other blog at http://photocutouts.co.uk/blog/

As always, we would be thrilled if you sent us photos and/or videos of your fun times with Putterfingers.

#keeponpromoting

 

Minigolf: a Putted History Part 2

The second bit of history about the most fun you can have with a ball and a stick

As promised, here is part two of a Putted History of Minigolf.

The American Boom

‘Lilliputian Links’

The builder of the first minigolf course in America was James Wells Barber, a shipping magnate from England who had settled in North Carolina. A keen golfer, he decided to build a miniature golf course at his Pinehurst residence for entertaining his numerous guests. Upon surveying the completed estate and 18-hole miniature golf course, he is said to have declared, “This’ll do.” His utterance was Scottishised either by himself or his entourage to ‘Thistle Dhu’, and it stuck. Thus Scotland, the home of golf, made its impression on the American minigolf industry right at its inception.

Map of the Thistle Dhu layout

An article in the Altoona Mirror from March 6, 1928 gives this description of Thistle Dhu:

“North Carolina boasts of the world’s craziest, most scientific and most aggravating golf course which occupies a space no larger than a farmer’s back yard.

“It measures only 100 yards and approximately the same coming in. You can shoot all of the eighteen holes with a putter and a niblick [A niblick was a lofted iron, similar to a 9-iron, for getting out of bunkers]. The longest hole is 71 feet and the shortest is 13. But par is a thoroughly exasperating 41 and if you break 60 for the 18 holes on your first round you have a right to preen yourself.

“The Lilliputian links, which rejoices in the euphonic name of Thistle Dhu, is a golfing nightmare of natural and artificial hazards, perfectly designed slopes and curves whose dangers are generally well masked until the unsuspecting player is afoul of them. If it isn’t a tree trunk that must be missed by a bare two inches for a perfect approach to the hole, then the hazard is likely to be a pair of cement mounds, crescent-shaped, between which the ball must cut with geometrical precision to drop into the hole.”

The Thistle Dhu course record was 28 set by the course’s designer, Mr E.H. Wiswell, who knew the angles like nobody else.

Thistle Dhu was never open to the public, but became celebrated in the press thanks to the buzz it created amongst North Carolina’s social set. Among many others he showed his course off to, Barber invited two Canadian prime ministers and celebrity golfer Glenna Collet-Vare to play, and word spread about the miniature putting marvel.

Minigolf history
One of the holes at Thistle Dhu

Thistle Dhu was much talked about, but remained a novelty until 1927, when John Garnet Carter patented a version of the game he called Tom Thumb Golf. A brilliant salesman and promoter, he built the first course on Lookout Mountain in Georgia at the Fairyland Inn, a hotel he had built that was a sort of proto-Disneyland. In the following few years Garnet’s patented Tom Thumb Golf courses spread like wildfire. By the early 1930s there were thousands of them around the United States. The minigolf boom had begun.

Both Thistle Dhu and Garnet Carter’s courses were laid out in natural lawn areas with concrete sections added. Whilst Garnet Carter was growing his minigolf empire, another entrepreneurial soul called Thomas McCulloch Fairbairn had introduced a new putting surface designed specially for minigolf – a mixture of cottonseed hulls, sand, oil and dye. It was very smooth when trodden down, good for putting and colourful, and had the advantage of being applicable just about anywhere.

Fairbairn’s invention led to the rooftop minigolf craze. By the late 1920s there were over 150 rooftop minigolf courses in New York City alone, and tens of thousands across the United States.

But it all came back down to Earth with the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression. By the end of the 1930s nearly all minigolf courses were history: closed and demolished or abandoned.

Most of the original courses from the American minigolf boom are gone now, and the few still in existence have a powerful spookiness about them. Urban explorers go out of their way for the creepy feel of an abandoned miniature golf course. Such places have entered folklore along with the wreck of the Titanic and abandoned amusement parks as ghostly elegies to unrevisitable times. With the superficial fun long gone and the paint on the clowns’ faces peeling away, something sinister lurks in these desolate places. The stuff of Stephen King novels. Brrrr.

In this video, an enthusiast explores a deserted minigolf park in Tennessee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkn9O0NQ7DE

An article in Popular Science Monthly from November 1930 gives a vivid a glimpse into the history of the minigolf boom, not long before it all came crashing down. Called ‘Why Midget Golf Swept the Country’, it details how ‘Showmanship and mechanical art will decide the fate of America’s newest big industry – miniature golf … All these people are wondering how long this newest fad will last’. At its peak – close to the time the Popular Science Monthly article was published, minigolf had a million players, 25,000 courses and had seen an investment of $75 million – a huge amount in old money.

Crazy golf history

Fast forward to the present day, and minigolf is very much still around – in fact it’s going through a second heyday.

Rather than build crazy golf courses, we bring them to you. We deliver porrtable crazy golf for events and weddings. Interested? Then get in touch:

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Minigolf: A Putted History Part 1

A bit of history about the most fun you can have with a ball and a stick

This is the first in a series of two or maybe three posts about how minigolf got started, why it got so crazily popular, and other historical bits and bobs and trivia about the game. If you’re curious about where minigolf/crazy golf/adventure golf/putt-putt/goofy golf came from and how it got started, read on!

Much as we’d love to say that minigolf started in England, the truth is that it’s a transatlantic affair. There were British precursors – more on them in a  minute – but the idea of a minigolf course as a theme park goes back to the American miniature golf boom of the 1920s. Surely no self-respecting Englishman would charge the public money to enter a kitsch landscape full of objects that made garden gnomes look like Michelangelos, and putt a ball around it in the name of enjoyment? But here’s the kicker: it was an Englishman who opened the first ever minigolf course in America! But first let everything go wavy for a moment as we take you back to the first inklings of minigolf.

Precursors

For all we know, prehistoric folks might have played miniature golf with jawbones and rat skulls. But for this article, we’ll have to leave the anthropology aside and stick to the recorded facts.

If we define a precursor of minigolf as ‘a smaller and more compact version of golf’, the Ladies’ Putting Club at St Andrews was the first prominent example of such a game. To give the golf widows something to do as their hubbies hiked around the links all day, a putting-only area called ‘The Himalayas’ was set up specially for ladies. At the time it was considered unseemly for a lady to swing a club above the shoulder, but a bit of demure putting was permissible as long as they were all ladylike about it and didn’t make to much noise besides a light tinkle of musical laughter. So the patronised females were given their own bit of St Andrews, and it proved popular. Other clubs around Britain copied the idea, but they were more pitch-and-putt courses than minigolf as we know it today.

One of the earliest attempts to package miniature golf and sell it as a product was Golfstacle, a game patented by a British Army Colonel in 1907 as ‘a golf game for putters’ or alternatively ‘golf-croquet’. In your wooden box you got some painted metal obstacles including croquet-style hoops, balls, putters and a peg taken straight from croquet, which was presumably what you had to try to hit with your ball. Putting cups were still a thing of the future, but the introduction of obstacles and the compact size of the course layout was a significant step towards minigolf as we know it today. The game is documented in the 8th June 1912 edition of the Illustrated London News:

Golfstacle minigolf crazy golf
An advertisement for Golfstacle in the Illustrated London News 1912
Minigolf crazy golf golfstacle
A piece of putting history!

NEXT WEEK: THE AMERICAN BOOM!

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C4’s Lego Masters build a minigolf course!

The stars seem to have aligned this week for a combination of two of our favourite things: minigolf and Lego. Three unrelated events involving minigolf and Lego have made us wonder why the world has waited so long to realise that it’s a perfect combination!

1. We posted a photo of a minigolf hole we’ve made out of Megabricks. These are not Lego but fit together in a similar way to build structures. Megabricks are giant plastic blocks – like breeze blocks – that are colourful, fun, strong and can build almost anything. Because we’re Putterfingers, we naturally built a few minigolf holes. Here’s one of them.

Megabricks lego crazy golf hole

Looks great, doesn’t it? When we posted it online, the reaction was ‘Wow, that’s new!’ We haven’t put Megabricks minigolf on our site yet, but get in touch with us if you are interested in hiring or buying a blocky and colourful minigolf set that’s really different!

2. On Channel 4’s Lego Masters last night, one of the challenges was to build a crazy golf course out of Lego. With our Megabricks it doesn’t take long because each brick is big. But with little Lego bricks it must have taken them ages. They had to make moving obstacles with motorised parts, and the hole had to be playable. Quite a challenge.

If you don’t know what Lego Masters is, it’s a show with a similar format to MasteChef and others where contestants compete to produce the best creation for a panel of judges in a limited time. The fact that they chose minigolf as a challenge for the builders goes to show how popular minigolf is at the moment!

The show will be on Channel 4 On Demand for 60 days after this post’s publication.

3. LegoLand Florida are building a minigolf course! The blocky U.S. attraction has filed plans for a 10,000 square foot minigolf area as part of its expansion to include areas dedicated to the Lego Movie franchise.

Lego Land Florida to build minigolf course

It seems the world has gone Lego minigolf mad, just after Putterfingers had the idea of tinkering with plastic bricks to make minigolf holes and published photos on social media. Maybe – just maybe – somebody at C4 and LegoLand Florida was watching!

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Celebrity Antiques Road Trip features minigolf!

‘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!

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What kind of events is minigolf best for?

Planning an event and looking for guest entertainment? Minigolf is the go-to choice of event planners around the UK in 2018. Minigolf covers all the bases because all ages can play it and it’s a simple game that takes seconds to grasp. But it has that ‘one more go’ factor that keeps guests entertained. Minigolf is great for all the following types of events.

Corporate events

events where minigolf is a good hire choice

Anniversary parties, awards ceremonies, fun days, team building days, breakout activities, recruitment … playing a round of minigolf breaks the ice, shows people’s competitive spirit, reveals a bit about character and just allows people to enjoy themselves. HR departments and corporate event planners around the UK have hired flexible Putterfingers minigolf packages to suit the space they have available and the type of event they are organising.

Marketing events

Minigolf corporate events
A little goes a long way for engaging people at trade shows

 

Product launches, promotions, trade shows, awareness campaigns … any business event where the aim is to engage people, we’ve got an option to suit. From single putting lanes at trade shows to fully-branded 9-hole courses at shopping centres, a branded minigolf course gets people into your product or service while they have fun putting. Google are currently touring the USA with a branded minigolf course to promote their product Google Home, so that tells you something about how top marketing minds see the value of minigolf in creating public engagement. It can work for your company, too.

Fundraising events

Events minigolf hire
A branded minigolf course for Guide Dogs in use at an expo

Charities and causes can use minigolf to raise awareness and funds. We have helped to organise numerous sponsored minigolf-a-thons, putting challenges and tournaments. We can brand a course to help project the right image and can help to organise the event if necessary. Recently we’ve done this for Guide Dogs, Age Concern and several other charities.

Weddings

Wedding minigolf

We do so many weddings we have lost count! Minigolf is perfect for wedding receptions because all ages can play it. We can work directly with the wedding venue to take pressure off the bride and groom and family. Delivery and collection is all done by us, and if the wedding is not too far away from us we’ll set up and pack away the course for you as well. The courses work indoors or outdoors. Talk to us for details!

School fun days

School fun days minigolf events

Minigolf is great for kids because it teaches hand-eye coordination and fair play. It’s a popular addition to school fun days and sports halls. A purchase option is available for schools who wish to use a minigolf course regularly. The modular tiles mean the whole course stores away in a small footprint for the next use.

Pubs & Hotels

Putterfingers 9 hole Crazy Golf set up

Particularly in the Summer months, a minigolf course can be a profitable addition to a pub or hotel because it helps to pull in the punters and give them something enjoyable to do while they quaff your ale. They might even work up more of a thirst as well! Hire a course for a weekend event or buy a course to use on a long term basis. Pub & hotel owners can lay out a course and charge to play or just have it there for customers to use. Minigolf tournaments and leagues are a good way to get the most out of your minigolf course because they appeal to people’s competitive instincts and keep them coming back.

Parties

crazy golf events

These folks really went for it and had a golf-themed party with the minigolf course as the centrepiece. Whatever party you are throwing – birthday, office, seasonal, housewarming or for no particular reason other than to have fun – minigolf helps to break the ice and get people laughing.

Hire or buy – it’s your choice. Here’s how to start the ball rolling!

Get in touch with Putterfingers

08450 570321

office@connectedshopping.com

Putterfingers.co.uk