The Eiffel Tower has a minigolf course for a week!

Gallic landmark hosts sky-high putting action

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It’s fairly common to see an Eiffel Tower obstacle out on a minigolf course – after all, its inviting arch makes a natural target to putt through. La Tour Eiffel pops up most often on ’round the world’ – type courses featuring famous landmarks. Made out of metal, wood or whatever came to hand, the giraffe-like structure is a pleasing addition to any minigolf course.

So what if we told you that now you can play minigolf ON the Eiffel Tower rather than through a miniature version of it? That’s right, there is now a minigolf course on the viewing platform of the actual Eiffel Tower! In Paris!

It’s all part of the build-up to the 28th of September 2018, the day the next Ryder Cup starts. The big ‘big golf’ event will be held at Le Golf National near Paris, and the organisers have only gone and bagged the city’s most famous landmark for some promotional stunts, including the two team captains hitting golf balls off the tower down the Champ de Mars (what people picnicking down there thought of this has not been reported).

And as part of these events, for the first time ever a minigolf course has been installed on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. It’s a themed 6-hole ‘tour of Paris’ with players putting past the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and – guess what – an itty-bitty Eiffel Tower, on their way to the Ryder Cup itself. With the thousands of visitors to the tower each day, it’s bound to generate extra ticket sales for the Ryder Cup.

It’s only there for a week, but we think it’s a great piece of marketing from the Ryder Cup folks. If you’re in Paris this week and are OK with heights, go and have a play!

Here’s a report on this amazing attraction (with photos) from

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The minigolf course is up there on the first floor.

Portable Putting Pleasure: The 3 P’s of Putterfingers

Portable Putting Pleasure: The 3 P’s of Putterfingers
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Set up a Putterfingers course anywhere you like!

What you see in the back of this typical family car is a complete minigolf course: interlocking astro grass tiles, obstacles, putters, balls, putting cups, hole markers, scorepads and pencils. So the lucky owners of this course can take it anywhere they like and set it up in half an hour for a minigolf party, anywhere!

They have bought the course because they want to use it all year round. It goes without saying that if you hire a course, we deliver it to your venue and take it away again afterwards (though you won’t want us to!).

The photo shows the large course. Our medium and small (Funsize and Bitesize) courses are even more compact for easy transportation.

When we came up with the Putterfingers concept, we wanted to create the ultimate portable minigolf system that can be set up anywhere and used in wet or dry, with challenging obstacles and a modular format that can be arranged to fit any space, indoors or outdoors. We also designed it to fit into a standard lift shaft, so that events on the upper floors of buildings can be catered for too. Happily the British public took to it and it has become a popular hire for parties, weddings and fundraising events around the UK. Its portable and modular nature mean it is easy to set up and take down, which makes it ideal to hire for one or two-day events.

Buying a course is an option when it is needed over longer periods or used in multiple locations. For example, we have sold courses to pubs who put them out in their gardens in the Summer and pack them away in the Winter. But a Putterfingers course keeps on giving. Because it is modular, part of it can be set up indoors to keep the putting action going through the Winter. Just one or two holes at strategic locations keeps the putting punters satisfied. So pubs get 5 P’s: Portable Putting Pleasure for Putting Punters … or something.

Whether it’s for a wedding, party, corporate event, party, or just for the pleasure of owning a portable minigolf course, Putterfingers are the minigolf hire masters.

See the Putterfingers range of portable minigolf courses

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Minigolf is the star in this classic Simpsons episode

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Bart feels the pressure of competitive minigolf in this classic episode

This might be ancient news to some, but we’ve only just stumbled across this episode of The Simpsons from 1990 which revolves around minigolf. So we’re excited about it and flapping our arms around like chickens. If you’ve seen it before, you can re-live the yellow putting fun with the two clips we’ve posted below. If you haven’t seen it, you’re in for a treat.

Simpsons writer Jeff Martin was an experienced miniature golfer and based much of the golf-related scenes in the script on his own experiences. This episode (Season 2 episode 6) is titled Dead Putting Society and tells the story of Homer’s plan to humiliate Ned Flanders by setting their two sons against each other in a minigolf competition. The loser’s father has to mow his front lawn dressed in his wife’s Sunday dress. But Bart and Todd turn out to be equally matched, with unexpected results for the two feuding dads.

Lisa helps to train Bart for the showdown with some mystical advice that seems to work, and Bart becomes a putting prodigy. Homer tries to help too, telling Bart that the club is to the golfer what the violin is to the ‘violin guy’.

For this episode, the animators went on a field trip to a local miniature golf course to study the mechanics of a golf club swing. Moore commented that the reason for this was that much of the humour in the series comes from making the scenery look lifelike; “The realism of the background serves as the straight man for the absurd situations.”

So, are you a father with a young son, feuding with an annoying religious neighbour who also has a young son? Then you’re reading the right blog post! Settle it once and for all with a minigolf showdown. And get your wife’s Sunday dress ready, because you’ll probably be needing it.

For all your minigolf-based neighbour feuds, hire the equipment from Putterfingers!

Watch a couple of clips from the Dead Putting Society episode below 🙂


The world’s most dangerous golf courses

We sometimes call our favourite sport ‘crazy golf’ because of the eccentric things often found in it: fantasy themes, wild angles, impossible obstacles. It also has its fair share of colourful characters wielding putters. But here are some golf courses that make minigolf and minigolfers look decidedly sane. These golf courses can kill you. Welcome to the most dangerous golf courses in the world.

  1. Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Golf in a safari park, anyone?

Yes, it’s a golf course in the middle of a national park full of terrifyingly dangerous wild animals. The big five are all there: lions, cape buffalo, leopards, hippos and rhinos. Warthogs and baboons might also invade the fairway. You’d be forgiven if your swing was a little nervous. It must be hard to keep your eye on the ball as you scan your surroundings for lethal predators. An indemnity form must be completed before playing. That way if you become a lion’s lunch, the park won’t be held responsible. And we worry about water hazards. That’s not a hazard, mate – THIS is a hazard!

Oh yes, there are crocodiles too. One golfer was eaten by a croc as he was diving for golf balls in a lake feature.

The park advise booking early to avoid disappointment. We advise never booking at all to avoid devourment.

2. Furnace Creek Golf Course, Death Valley

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Temperatures can reach 135 Fahrenheit (57 degrees Celsius).


Golf balls have been known to melt here. It’s just silly. The hottest place on Earth needs 24/7 irrigation, and the players need it too. Temperatures can reach 135 Fahrenheit/57 Celsius. Visitors and players are frequently rescued due to dehydration. They held a ‘Heatstroke Open’ in 2011. It’s not a golf course, it’s an oven. Don’t go there.

3. Camp Bonifas, Demilitarised Zone, Korean Peninsula

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The golf course lies between two nations that hate each other and is surrounded by minefields.

There might be only one hole, but the Camp Bonifas ‘course’ makes up for it with hazards. It is lined with live land mines, and at least once a golf shot has set one off. If your ball rolls out of bounds, you are NOT going to go and get it. Camp Bonifas was named after Captain Arthur G. Bonifas, a United Nations soldier who was murdered with an axe by North Korean soldiers in a dispute over pruning a poplar tree. The hole is played with North Korean soldiers watching through binoculars from only a few hundred yards away. Korean tigers also make the occasional appearance just to add some spice, as if any were needed.

4. Merapi Golf Course

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Fore! That’s how many minutes you get to run away if this goes off.

A live and frequently erupting volcano is a feature of this course in Java. It is the most active volcano in Indonesia. A 2010 eruption killed 353 people, pyroclastic flows wiped out villages and the golf course was covered in burning ash. Still, you can probably play at night by the glow of the bulging lava dome.

Sometimes golfers are more dangerous to themselves than their surroundings. In 1994, 16-year-old Jeremy Brenno was killed by his own golf club. While playing the sixth hole at Kingsboro Golf Club, Brenno, disgusted with a drive, threw his No.3 wood at a bench. It snapped and bounced back at him, and the jagged end of the shaft pierced his heart, killing him. So don’t throw clubs at hard, unyielding things if you have a tantrum.

Speed up Golf says Rory McIlroy

After his second place finish at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards on Sunday, Rory McIlroy is after speeding up the game of golf, to attract more youngsters into golf.

Living in a time pressed society, it is very true that people don’t have 5 or 6 hours to spend on the course each week.

In fact Sport England figures show that the number of 16-25-year-olds playing the game regularly almost halved between 2009-10 and 2012-13.

Here is an analysis from the BBC’s golf correspondent Iain Carter – we totally agree a shorter course or shorter rounds does reduce the time looking for lost balls and getting closer to the hole.

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How should golf change to appeal to young people?

McIlroy, who famously appeared on television to chip golf balls into a washing machine at the age of nine, wants young people to follow his example and take up the sport early in life.

Clubs should now be encouraging nine-hole courses in family friendly environments such as 9 hole pitch and putt or minigolf greens.  This is where the art of the sport is developed, particularly as putting is such an important part of most players game.

Let’s get Rory McIlroy playing crazy golf!  What do you think?

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Source: Speed up Golf to attract more youngsters by BBC News