Putterfingers rock Facebook HQ!

We were pretty excited when we got the call from Facebook. What would their offices be like? Would we meet Mark Zuckerberg? We didn’t, but we just missed Bill Gates – honestly! The Microsoft legend and philanthropist had dropped in just before we got there. Cue starstruck squeals from us.

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James and Richard from Putterfingers at Facebook London HQ

Facebook asked for a 9-hole course to grace an internal event. We dispatched James and Richard to central London to set it up. The first obstacle (pun intended) they encountered was the tight security, as you would imagine at the world’s biggest social media firm. (We can’t disclose the details, because then we’d have to kill you). Moving on, one floor of Facebook’s London offices became The Crazy Golf Clubhouse for the day, complete with signage and Facebook-branded scorecards.

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Get your putters here, and remember to Like and Share them.
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Balls and scorecards. Pencils! How quaint.
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Setting up the course. Nice view outside. We added helter skelter and merry-go-round boards for a fairground feel.

Facebook went for our Fun Size Course. It was perfect for a room of this size. This is our standard 9 hole portable golf course (as the name suggests)!

The package consists of:

  • 27 x 1msq astro grass tiles
  • Foam edge bumpers
  • Assorted obstacle pieces
  • 9 rubber headed putters
  • 9 low bounce balls
  • Scorecards, clipboards and pencils
  • Number cones 1-9

The courses can be hired as they are, or branded with company logos and other insignia by prior arrangement with us. All courses are also available for purchase, either to create a more permanent fixture or to store and use when the occasion demands – the equipment is fully portable and easy to set up. Our Supersize course is also a 9-holer but with more tiles to create an expanded putting surface. We also supply all the equipment you need: putters, balls, obstacles, flags – you name it! Browse our store to see what else we offer.

New mini golf course in Manchester!

It’s going to be a Summer of Sport in Spinningfields, Manchester, and mini golf is set to be a big feature of it! Brand new sports bar The Club House has opened a 9-hole mini golf course set to last through the Summer (it will close in May or August, depending on whom you ask. Just get down there and play while you can!), with each hole sponsored by one of Spinningfields’ businesses. If it’s true, we can’t wait to see the hole sponsored by Greggs where ‘players will aim to guide their Scotch Egg around an assemblage of lava-hot sausage rolls, burnt pizza and icky sticky yumyums’ (manchesterconfidential.co.uk).

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Each hole is themed to a sponsor at Spinningfields. This one is sponsored by Tattu
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Grab your putter, balls and scorecards from The Club House sports bar

The course, called Tee Party, is spread out across the estate, allowing players to explore numerous shopping opportunities as they proceed from one hole to the next. The course fee is £3 with a £5 deposit. You give them a fiver and they give you two pounds back when you hand in your ball and putter. Balls, putters and score cards are distributed at The Club House sports bar.

Here’s an article from Manchester Evening News on the 17th of April.

Not planning on being in Manchester this Summer? Here’s a good place to find a mini golf course near you. It’s probably the most comprehensive list of mini golf courses in the UK. We’re not quite sure when it was last updated, but you can always find out more when you spot a course on the list that’s near you and would like to play it. Who knows – if you really get into playing different mini golf courses around the UK you might even get close to Richard Gottfried’s total of 672 and counting! (That’s why he’s known affectionately as ‘The Putter Nutter’).

Here’s the UK mini golf course list: http://www.miniaturegolfer.com/eng_courses.html

A look back at our Crazy Golf year 2013

January – We were given the opportunity to support a marketing agency with a branded activity for their client Cravendale.  Using a water jet cutting process we were able to get the logo of the client cut into the astro grass matting to add brand value to their marketing activities at their conference.

Branded Mini Golf Challenge

February – An enquiry from a VW garage in Jersey to tie the launch of the new Golf with a crazy golf course, led to the sale of one of our 9 hole courses for use in community events and promotional activities at the car showroom.  Our low bounce balls made sure that the vehicles were kept safe and the windows damage free!

Crazy Golf to launch VW Golf

March – We sold a Pro Course and a set of fun farm obstacles to Wennington Hall School for use in their Schools programme.  The Pro Course is perfect for adding fun golf to your curriculum and can be used to complement school fundraising activities.

Introduce golf to young budding golfers!

April – We were contacted by Middlesbrough Council to provide a portable crazy golf option for use in their many community spaces. Both Stewart Park and Newham Grange Farm now use our portable equipment at community activities in the season and to help their local residents and families get active.

Children enjoying portable mini golf at Stewart Park, Middlesbrough

May – This month we worked with Wigan and Lancashire Community Trust (WLCT) to supply our large 45 tile portable course. WLCT currently manage 10 Leisure Centres, three museums, one theatre, 19 parks, 15 Libraries as well as services such as Play, Sports Development, Active Living, Archives and Apprenticeships.

Their motto is to encourage everyone to be active, creative and healthy. The crazy golf course is for use in the community.

Portable Crazy Golf Set-up for schools

You can read more about the static Crazy Golf Course at Haigh Country Park here.

June – A beautiful local art gallery and bed and Breakfast used our course at their Summer Open Day. The Highwaymans in Risby, just outside Bury St Edmunds, held an Open Day that offered crazy golf, shooting and quad bikes.  It is definitely worth a visit!

Mini Golf at Highwaymans, Risby, Suffolk

Here’s what the owner, Juliet Fisher had to say about our services: “We used Putterfingers for two of our events over the summer months. They were fantastic – reliable, set up and clearer away hassle free. All ages enjoyed playing the mini golf – some spent hours and others just tried. Thank you hugely and we will use you again.”

July – We visited a number of schools with our course across July, mainly as reward Days for a treat for the children.   One of our stops was to Earith Primary School in Cambridgeshire.  We had a course both indoors and out and the children not only had an educational experience but also enjoyed the fun at the same time.

Earith Primary School Rewards Day

August – We were invited along to the Family Fun Day of Cambridge Consultants on Cambridge Science Park.  A fun filled day was had by employees and their families with bouncy castles, climbing walls, garden games and a whole host of fun activities and challenges which were run by the committee team.

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September – We were approached by the Guide Dogs in the Spring to assist with their concept of Street Clutter Crazy Golf as a message to be communicated at the Political Party Conferences 2013. The crazy golf idea was to recreate a pedestrianised street with the obstacles both blind and partially sighted individuals face on an average day.  This was a fun project to work on and the team successfully won awards for their innovative way of promoting a very important campaign.

Portable exhibition golf

October – We moved offices!  Having outgrown our old office space we moved to new premises just outside of Bury St Edmunds.  A bonus was the local pub is very inviting and many team briefings have taken place at the Cadogan Arms!

The Cadogan Arms, Ingham

November – As part of a Flexi-Day activity at Stowmarket High School we brought our crazy golf course to the school gymnasium.  With 20 pupils we had a fun day with a 9 hole challenge which ran into a competition and an obstacle making event – some very interesting obstacle designs were created as a result!

Portable Crazy Golf in School Hall

December – We also had the pleasure of visiting Suffolk New College in Ipswich at the Christmas Matrics RICS Networking event.  Again a fine display of golfing talent with the highest score of the evening at 21.  Lots of nibbles, chocolates, and drinks enjoyed and a good night of entertainment for everyone involved.

We have had a crazy year and look forward to 2014.  What was your highlight in 2013?

Guide Dogs presents Street Clutter Crazy Golf

The Streets Ahead Campaign by Guide Dogs aims to bring light to the hazards and obstacles faced by blind or partially sighted pedestrians on streets all over our country.

The Guide Dogs Campaigns team came to us with a fabulous idea of using Crazy Golf as a way to direct the message to MP’s and Councillors during the party Political Conferences this Autumn.

What better way to communicate the importance of street safety than with a cluttered hole of Crazy Golf!

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Guide Dogs Street Clutter Crazy Golf

Street Clutter Crazy Golf was derived to highlight how cluttered streets are a nightmare for any pedestrian and this campaign is to ask councils, motorists, householders and shop owners to help prevent clutter on pedestrianised streets.

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Guide Dogs Crazy Golf

So traffic cones, miniature cars, hanging branches, A-Frames and much more clutter is to fill the Street Clutter Crazy Golf course!

We have supplied a branded astro grass tile and branded foam edges to complement the crazy golf course on offer.

Branded Guide Dogs Astro Grass Tile
Guide Dogs Street Clutter Crazy Golf

Guide Dogs will be exhibiting at the Party Political Conferences across the country in coming weeks starting at the Liberal Democrats Conference in Glasgow from 14th – 18th September, then to the Labour Conference in Brighton from 22nd – 25th September, and finishing in Manchester from 29th September – 2nd October at the Conservative Party Conference.

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Which MP will be a star putter round street clutter?   You can invite your MP here.

More pictures and details to follow once the conferences are in full swing!