Like so many businesses in 2020, Putterfingers have been forced to sit down and think about how we can continue to serve our customers in a COVID-safe way. So here are our thoughts (and actions) on the matter.
Firstly, we’re happy to report that mini golf has some built-in social distancing features that tend to keep players 2 or more metres apart.
It’s a one-player-at-a-time sport. Each player takes their place in turn at the tee-off mat and plays their ball for what they fondly hope will be a hole in one. They then move forward to either pick up their ball out of the cup or play another shot. Meanwhile, other players should be standing well off the putting green and well distanced from the active player so as not to distract their opponent from their shot(s). This worked well before COVID, and it continues to work well with COVID about.
Our courses are modular, and holes can be set up as far apart as the organisers wish. So hole 1 can be many metres away from hole 2 and so on, space permitting. This means the course layout can be done in ways that minimise any risk of accidental cross-contamination from players straying too close to one another.
Players can go around the course either alone or in their social bubble group, and enjoy the same participation, enjoyment, competitiveness and scoring that they would in pre-COVID times.
Players usually only handle their own ball, even in normal times, and tend to keep hold of the same putter. So the risk of cross-infection from balls and putters is low. We can provide extra putters and balls for your event if required.
If players can agree to stick more firmly to these rules during these difficult times, then the risk is reduced further. Children should be encouraged to follow these rules where that is practical.
Nevertheless, COVID is always a worry. So we are providing paper towels and sanitiser to customers who request them, to allow balls, putters, obstacles and cups to be sanitised during each round. Also available as part of the hire, are freestanding hand sanitiser stations. The hand sanitiser stations can be branded with your own logo or personalised with your own messaging.
As for the equipment coming from our warehouse, it’s worth noting that all our hire equipment remains boxed for at least 24 hours prior to delivery, and often longer. 24 hours is approximately how long coronavirus can survive on cardboard. Before we box the equipment, we sanitise balls, putters, obstacles and putting cups with alcohol-based sanitiser and thoroughly clean the astro grass tiles that form the playing surface.
We are applying the same anti-COVID measures to all our hire equipment. A footpool table hire from us, for example, will come with pre-sanitised futsal balls and a thoroughly cleaned playing surface.
So, we’re doing everything we can to make our hire equipment COVID-safe. We want you to enjoy yourselves and have good clean fun!
Minigolf is a great way to relax and forget about the state of the world at the moment.
Mini-golf hire for your event
If you would like to hire our portable, modular mini-golf courses for your event then please get in touch with the team:
Tel: 01284 848330