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).
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.
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’).
A minigolf course. What do you think of? Windmills, dolphins, loops – the usual obstacles? Well here’s something different. Doug Fishbone is an American artist living and working in London. He has exhibited his work at Tate Britain and created such politically-charged installations as 30,000 Bananas In Trafalgar Square (the bananas were given away to passersby when the exhibition had finished). His minigolf installation, titled Leisure Land Golf, invites nine guest artists – one making each hole – to respond to ‘The Leisure Principle’, where consumer satisfaction is prioritised at all costs. The familiar, cosy world of minigolf is juxtaposed with some hard-hitting political art. The artists include Turner Prize nominee, Yinka Shonibare MBE, John Akomfrah OBE, Hetain Patel, Yara El-Sherbini, Ellie Harrison, Candice Jacobs, Lindsay Seers, Eyal Weizman, Reactor and Doug Fishbone himself.
The artist-designed minigolf course was first shown at the Venice Bienale 2015, and will be available to play on in from April 2016 in the Main Gallery of the New Art Exchange, Nottingham.
The exhibition will transform the Gallery into a playful environment that takes visitors on an amusing and thought-provoking journey. The work invites them to ponder some of the pressing issues of our times while honing their putting skills. There’s very little not to like there from a minigolf perspective.
Having a husband that has played off a handicap in the late teens in his youth, he was keen to give this new pursuit a go. FootGolf is proving a great way to maximise revenues for golf courses across the country. Offering both FootGolf and normal golf, clubs are re-inventing themselves as FootGolf Courses too. You can even play tournaments at this course.
I do think the Size 5 regulation football is a big ask for kids under 12. At a professional level, boys of 10 would use a Size 4 which is smaller and weighs slightly less and is more age appropriate (according to my son!). If this was a putter you would use the length best suited to your height / frame – just saying!!
However, the competition was great as expected and my 10 year old son managed to score under par on hole 8 much to his Dad’s annoyance, but he soon got one back on the 11th! A good round by both I think!
For some pointers on how best to play, FootGolf Romford have some useful tips on their Facebook page. We like this tip best:
Toe-Poking: the trusty toe-poke allows players to control the speed of the football better but accuracy often suffers. The best way to toe poke is to stand directly over the ball, read the putt and adjust your direction before pulling your foot back and kicking the football with the big toe part of the boot. A cm off to the left or right of the centre of the football and you’re likely to end up a good bit off target.
We will definitely be back again and this time I am playing around on the Mini Golf Course. I have heard there are some shops too!
We often get requests for a more budget style portable mini golf course for local facilities, especially where younger audiences are looking to be introduced to golf as a game or whereby space and budget get in the way!
We can now offer Putting Edge Rope, a portable mini golf course option which offers a rope style border to keep the ball in play along with our popular My Mini Golf obstacle set. Combined with rubber headed putters, low bounce balls, scorecards, clipboards and pencils we can now offer a 9 hole mini golf course that fits neatly into the back of most domestic vehicles.
All you need is about 30-40sqms of floor space and a flat surface to lay the course on. There are a number of layouts that can be achieved and an easy way to keep those stray balls within the course boundary! The weight of the rope means it won’t move or slip and the 8m length allows for a number of hole combinations.
This is now available for hire and for purchase and be used inside and outdoors. The Putting Edge ropes can be wound into a number of different shapes to suit the floor layout and creativity level!
Our friends at Bramford Golf Club used the Putting Edge rope course along with our Soft Golf animal pieces for an event at the golf club in the late Summer – here are some shots of the children at their ‘Get into Golf’ Day:
What better what to brighten up your putting green at a Golf Course?
We already have some bookings for some innovative ideas at University events this Autumn using the Putting Edge rope and our PicturePutt face in the hole boards – more details to follow!
Members of a golf club in north Essex have built a mini golf course for people living at a nearby residential home.
People staying at Care UK’s Silversprings care home in Thorrington will now be able to improve their swing after enthusiasts from nearby Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club designed and laid out a six-hole putting green.
Care home manager, Sally Rushant, said:
“Many of our residents have been keen golfers for many years. When we looked at how we could develop our large grounds, they were very keen on the idea of a mini golf course.
“We were delighted when the team at Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club generously offered to design and build the mini golf course, as well as donating putters and balls.”
The mini golf course was officially opened by golf club captain Bill McGrath and head green keeper Alan Smith last Friday.
“Golf is a passion and we were delighted to be able to help some former golfers keep their hand in, as well as introducing some newcomers to the game,” added Mr McGrath.
Mini golf is a popular attractions for all ages – keen golfers and those setting out in golf. We hope the residents enjoy the putting challenge!
We have had a busy spell of school fetes and fayres and what fabulous weather we have been able to enjoy in the last few weeks – perfect weather for 9 holes of golf!
We used a classroom at a busy summer fete at a school in Cambridgeshire to build our 9 holes of golf and in 35 m2 space it was a transformation! The children of Year 5 couldn’t believe what we had achieved in a compact space, and crazy golf proved a popular event during the afternoon.
Here are the before and after shots of the classroom:
Here are a few kind words from Catherine Berry, FOES Fete Organiser:
“We hired 9 hole of golf for our school summer fete, which provided something very different for us and was something we had not done before and was suitable for all ages across the school (Ages 4-11).
A huge thank you to Shelley! With inclement weather prior to setting up, the mini golf course had to go into one of the classrooms instead of being out on the playground. Due to her “can do” attitude she made all 9 holes fit perfectly and the course was thoroughly enjoyed by the children.
It was so popular the Headteacher has already been in touch to book a mini golf course for the children’s special Golden Time Day at the end of the term.”
Here are a few shots of the gunking of the Headteacher at the end of the fete! Well done Mr Quigley for being such a good sport!
We look forward to helping Mr Quigley and the team in the last week of school.
If you have a charity event we can offer mini golf hire with – do let us know!