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.
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.
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.
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.
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.