All-weather minigolf that drains when it rains!

Here’s a little video of what happens at a typical minigolf course after it rains. Small children might love it, taking after infant role model Peppa Pig and splashing in puddles for fun. But grown-ups who have paid for a minigolf experience might feel that they could have found a puddle elsewhere for the little ones to splash around in free of charge.

So how about a putting surface that drains when it rains? Water doesn’t lay on top of the rolling surface of Putterfingers astrograss tiles, which means they can be played on in any weather, barring heavy snow. No more putting in puddles. Your ball rolls evenly over the surface unimpeded by water, even after a heavy shower. So even if players get a bit soggy, the minigolf course won’t be.

The tiles are also UV-treated so that the lovely green colour won’t fade even when left out in the sun for extended periods.

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Rain, rain, go away …

 

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Side view of our tiles

When the tiles interlock together with their dovetail joins, it creates a smooth putting surface and the ball does not bobble when it rolls over a join. The surface is like a flat, well-trimmed lawn.

We hope it doesn’t rain at your event. But if it does, the minigolf won’t have to stop with a Putterfingers minigolf course.

To hire a minigolf course whatever the weather, drop us a line at office@connectedshopping.com or call Shelley on 08450 570 321. Check out all our courses and options at www.putterfingers.co.uk.

 

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

Why have a Lucky Last Hole in Crazy Golf?

For those of you that haven’t played the 19th hole on a mini golf, crazy golf or adventure golf course, these are often known as the Lucky Last hole.

The last hole on a crazy golf or adventure golf course, sometimes the 10th, 19th or even 13th (maybe unlucky) at one our local courses, is usually there to test your skills for a free round of the course.

During my attempt at the Lucky Last hole at Felixstowe Golf FX course last year, both my daughter and I failed miserably!  So we hung up our clubs and went for ice cream instead!

All 3 courses in Hastings have an electronic, interactive ‘Lucky Last Hole’ where every player has a chance to win a Free Game Ticket. I have been told that you need to be prepared to be insulted if you miss though!  Here is Woody – the lucky last hole:

Lucky Last Hole at Hastings Crazy Golf

Have you ever won on the Lucky Last Hole at a crazy golf course?

Useful links:

Hastings Adventure Golf

Pirate Adventure Golf

Golf FX, Felixstowe

 

Plan the perfect wedding with Crazy Golf

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Why not include crazy golf to your wedding planning?

So were you lucky enough to get proposed to over the festive season?  Many congratulations if you did!     

So now the celebrations are over, it is time to think about the wedding planning…..

It may not sound it in the first instance, but weddings and mini golf are a perfect match, trust us we have been to many weddings!!  Over the years we have had many brides have a crazy golf course in the grounds of their wedding venue and it has been a fantastic addition to what has been a great day full of laughter and fond memories.

Crazy Golf at weddings isn’t a new thing for the team at Putterfingers. We have entertained several bridal parties at weddings in recent years.  We get lots of enquiries at this time of the year with excited brides, planning their budget and making their day stand out in the crowd looking for a fully inclusive, family activity – great fun for the big kids too!

Our wedding packages are simple, either hire on a self assembly basis or we can deliver and set up for you on the day.

We can also liaise directly with the venue or your wedding co-ordinator to arrange the delivery and collection, taking the pressure away from you to concentrate on more important wedding preparations.

Most venues are happy to have us too – our courses have a soft rubber base, meaning they won’t damage the grass or mark or scratch indoor surfaces. In addition, we only use low bounce balls so there is no fear of broken windows, as these balls don’t have the flight of a traditional golf ball. We can also provide practice foam balls if essential.  Here is a throwback of a couple of brides playing our crazy golf course.

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Wedding Mini Golf is great fun for all the family

We will exhibiting at the Newmarket Wedding Show on Sunday 25th January 2015 so if you are in the area and are planning your wedding, you will be spoilt for choice.  The Newmarket Wedding Show is set in the prestigious Millennium Grandstand building at Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket. This wedding show brings together 145 suppliers from around local area.  There will be a fantastic choice for planning a wedding, including florists and wedding cakemakers to wedding dresses and chocolate fountains.

See Putterfingers Crazy Golf on stand G20 at the Newmarket Wedding Show
Come and see us and play mini golf on Stand G20 at the Newmarket Wedding Show

Alongside the traditional wedding items on offer you will see of course our unique portable crazy golf course and novel wedding themed face in the hole boards.

Thinking about crazy golf as entertainment now?  Drop by at the wedding show and have a chat with Shelley, our crazy golf expert!

Eaton Park in Norwich to have crazy golf course by Spring

In less than six months’ time Eaton Park should be the site of a new crazy golf course in Norwich.

Work has now started on the course and the man behind it, Rob Trown, has pledged that it will be up and running by Easter.

His plans for the course include a seating area in the middle with the hedging around the course made up of hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, hornbeam and maple trees, which should be good news for the neighbourhood birds.

At the moment any budding crazy golfers have to travel to places such as Great Yarmouth or Wroxham Barns for a round of golf.  We were fortunate to meet Rob last month and hear all about his exciting plans for the park.

Rob is from Caston near Watton, and hopes that demand will make the project a success. He has spent most of his career in IT, but has recently renovated a house and now plans to be the hands-on figure behind the new crazy golf course.

Crazy Golf Course in 2014 for Eaton Park, Norwich

He said: “This is a well-used park and there is no crazy golf in central Norwich so it should be popular.

“This should be something new for the people of Norwich and for visitors to the city. I’m very enthusiastic about my DIY skills and will be on site most of the time. And then when we open I will be on site running it for most of the time.”

The course will be open in daylight hours on about 180 days of the year, and Mr Trown also plans to create a nine-hole putting green on a third unused bowling green in the park.

Aerial pic of the park taken from a hot air balloon over Blue Bell Road, C 2004. © Copyright Kevin Thomas and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

The new course has been welcomed by the Friends of Eaton Park whose chairman Helen Mitchell said:

“We are really pleased that it is happening. It will be done with great care by someone who is really enthusiastic about the park.

“We are hoping it will be successful and many members of the Friends are looking forward to playing on it.”

It will be great news to get another permanent crazy golf course in East Anglia.

Don’t forget if you are looking for portable crazy golf course hire for a forthcoming event, we would be happy to help!

Image: © Copyright Kevin Thomas and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence