Planning a BIG minigolf break

Guest Blog post by Richard Gottfried of The Ham and Egger Files.

You may be looking ahead to getting out and about a bit more and if you want to make up for lost time on the minigolf course. Here are our top tips for finding courses near you and making the most of a crazy golfing road-trip. These come courtesy of minigolf supremo and tireless crazy golf course finder Richard Gottfried. See the link at the bottom of this post to visit his amazing minigolf blog chronicling nearly a THOUSAND crazy golf course visits!

Start at home

Before your trip it’s a wise manoeuvre to map out all of the courses at your final destination. There are a number of ways to find out the best places to play.

Google is your friend

Get online and search your target location for courses to play. Remember though that not all courses will have a website or online presence so we will often search on Google Maps and Street View to find hidden places to play.

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Richard Gottfried playing Pirates Landing indoor Adventure Crazy Golf at the Fairworld Amusement Arcade in Cleethorpes 18-05-18 by Emily Gottfried

Are you keen to play all flavours of miniature golf, are you only looking to play newer adventure golf layouts, or do you prefer traditional seaside crazy golf? You’ll want to input the right keywords to get the best results. Sometimes ‘minigolf’ is used to mean Pitch & Putt courses or Putting Greens. If they’re not your cup of tea then you’ll need to be more specific if you’re looking for pirates, dinosaurs or jungle-themes.

You can also check out our blog and social media to keep up-to-date with new course openings and tips on where to play.

A classic way to plan

As mentioned, not all courses have an online presence, or if they do, it might not always appear high-up in the pages of online search results so don’t forget a classic way to plan your UK getaway is to request a brochure from a resort or town’s local tourist information centre. A lot of the courses we’ve found are those listed on maps of seasides.

The journey

Getting there is half the fun right?

Your end point may be one of those minigolfing hot-spots such as Skegness, Hastings, Great Yarmouth, Cleethorpes, Scarborough or Blackpool but there is a very good chance that you’ll be passing by any number of the new breed of inland courses en route. Why not plan a couple of stops on the way…?

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Richard Gottfried playing Crazy Golf in Prestatyn September 2018 by Emily Gottfried

Staying the course

Some hotels are home to crazy golf and putting courses and if you’re keen to maximise your playing time then this might be an option for you.

Most holiday camps and caravan parks – and some camp sites – are also home to a minigolf course. These are sometimes only open to people staying at the site, but we have found some excellent courses that are open to day guests and the public.

Pay-to-enter

You may also find that there are minigolf courses in pay-to-enter attractions in the area you are staying on holiday. Farm parks, model villages, zoos, maize mazes and other places can often be the location of a course.

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Emily Gottfried at the Pirate Island Adventure Golf at Lyons Robin Hood Holiday Camp in Rhyl 230917 by Richard Gottfried

Late night games

The days of courses closing when the sun goes down are gone and a number of courses now have floodlights installed to allow play to go on long into the night.

There are also a lot more indoor options now compared to when our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour began in 2006. Back then there were just two indoor courses in the whole of the UK. There are now more than 100 indoor venues to play. A real bonus if the British summer weather doesn’t quite deliver.

If you play any fun or quirky courses be sure to let us know about them!

National Miniature Golf Day 2021

National Miniature golf day UK 2021

One of the pleasures of being British is doing things a bit differently from the rest of the world. Miniature Golf Day is celebrated in the USA and everywhere else on the 21st of September. But National Miniature Golf Day happens on the second Saturday in May and is celebrated by minigolf geeks around the British Isles. This year it falls on the 8th of May. To thicken the plot, the second Saturday in May is also celebrated in the USA – but some sources call it National Miniature Golf Day and others call it Miniature Golf Day. Which is great, really. Because there are two opportunities a year to celebrate our fantastic sport!

The 8th of May this year is the day to head down to your nearest mini golf course, grab a putter and take on the challenge of negotiating your ball into the hole via various obstacles in the lowest number of shots you can. To find a course near you, Google ‘adventure golf’, ‘crazy golf’ or ‘mini golf’ in your area. There are all kinds of courses ranging from big, lush theme park-style adventure golf courses featuring pirates, dinosaurs and lost civilisations to smaller, more basic courses both at the seaside and inland.

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That looks tricky

But googling might not show you all the courses near you. The most complete list of mini-golf courses in the British Isles is without a doubt Richard Gottfried’s blog. He and his wife Emily have been playing every course they can find for years, on what they call the Crazy World Of Minigolf Tour. At the time of writing this, they have played a staggering 958 mini-golf courses, some of which are abroad but 919 of which have been in the British Isles. The blog chronicles their adventure by recording each visit. It stretches back years, so not all the courses they have played are still there, but many will be. Best to check it’s still there before heading off to a course you see on their blog! Check out their crazy adventure here.

May is also National Golf Month – meaning ‘big golf’, i.e. golf played over acres of land with a variety of clubs and questionable fashion sense. Putterfingers have just expanded their range of golf training aids for these hardy folk. For gifts for avid golfers or to improve your own game, check them out here.

Also see out list of upcoming crazy golf tournaments in the UK in 2021. At the top level it’s a thrilling spectator sport. See how the pros do it and improve your own game by watching their tactics!

For all your mini golf needs, visit Putterfingers.com

Welcoming back the crazy-golfers

This week we have seen the re-opening of ‘big’ golf courses across the UK following lockdown. Mini golf courses have yet to open their doors. Latest Government advice this week has suggested that leisure facilities, such as our mini-golf courses, may begin to re-open from 4th July. Depending on the all-important R-number at this time.

What preparations can crazy golf courses be making?

Social distancing

Social distancing is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Whilst this may be easier for ‘big’ golf courses to adhere to, mini-golf courses, are just that – mini.

Mini golf courses will need to follow the same example of retail and limit the number of players entering the facilities. The players will need to keep to the 2m rule and possibly only play with members of the same household initially.

Ticketing will offer the best solution for this. Whether than be through a website function or a socially distanced queue on the seafront.

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“Wash your hands”…. This has been the Government’s mantra since earlier this year. Maintaining good levels of hygiene is one of the key ways we can all contribute to stopping the spread of the Coronavirus. Crazy golf courses, like all leisure facilities, will be required to provide handwashing facilities for visitors on their premises. For some, venues this may be easier than done.

Hand washing is deemed preferable, however, the practicalities of offering soap and fresh water at the entrance may make this tricky. The next best alternative will be to provide hand sanitising facilities and to make it clear to customers that this is a requirement on entering the venue.

Cleaning of equipment between players will also be a necessity. Staff will need to be able to make time for wiping Bundle_junior_puttersdown the putters and balls between groups and ensuring that equipment remains within the same group during play.

At the moment it’s a case of watch and wait to see how the next phases of lockdown pan out. It is clear however that leisure will look very different from what we have been used to.

Britain is renowned for its stoic public, we have managed so far and we will continue to!

At Putterfingers we are taking every precaution we can. Our deliveries will continue to adhere to social distancing and we will continue to thoroughly sanitise our equipment after every hire.

Hand Sanitiser Stations

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Our sister brand, Photo Cutouts, have been busy working on a new product – freestanding, portable hand sanitising stations. They are fully customisable with your own branding and available in different sizes for hire and to purchase. A hand sanitising station could offer mini-golf venues with the ideal solution for maintaining customer hygiene on re-opening and beyond.

Get in touch:

Get in touch with the Putterfingers team to talk about customised hand sanitiser stations and stock of all your mini-golf course supplies.

Tel no: 01284 848330

email: office@connectedshopping.com