University of Salford hire minigolf for Freshers’ Week

Salford University minigolf hire freshers week
The Students’ Union made sure everybody knew about the minigolf via their social media channels. This was part of their Instagram story during Welcome Week.

The University of Salford wanted to add fun and inclusive activities to its 2018 Welcome Week, so naturally enough the called Putterfingers for a minigolf hire. What better game for students to socialise over and what better game to project the image of the University as a fun place to be? They tweeted out to invite everyone down to the sports hall and play on the Funsize course:

We hire out minigolf courses to universities regularly for open days, fresher’s weeks, graduation days, parties, fundraising events, Students’ Union activities and sports days. All ages and abilities can play and the courses are wheelchair friendly too. Their modular design means they can be laid out to fit almost any indoor or outdoor space and can even be laid around or through other things that are going on. The putting surface consists of square astro grass tiles that dovetail together to build a wide variety of shapes, which makes it highly adaptable to any venue. Here’s a bit more info on hiring minigolf on our Schools and Colleges page.

Universities and colleges pull out all the stops in September/October to make Freshers’ Week as fun as possible for their new intake of students. Societies scramble to recruit members, industrial amounts of beer are drunk and everybody gets to know their classmates for the coming year. A big part of the ‘ents’ budget goes on concerts and shows, but the students’ union needs to be a fun place in between these events as well.

We have found over the years that minigolf fits the bill nicely as an icebreaker during Freshers’ Week. It’s fun, colourful and as competitive as you want to make it. Students love to mingle over a round of minigolf, and it can even raise funds for charity at the same time if the students’ union organises a sponsored putt or mini-golfathon.

For University and college minigolf event hire, call Putterfingers on 08450 570321, email us or visit www.putterfingers.co.uk

 

 

 

Some thoughts on disabled minigolf

Word of the week: Shlubs

On The 18th and 19th of May the US Prominigolf Association’s U.S. Open Championship was held in Hendersonville, North Carolina. One professional player stood out in particular, a man by the name of Niko Manou. What is different about him is that he does not use a putter. Niko has a debilitating condition that causes his wrists to dislocate very easily and without warning, which is painful and makes using a putter almost impossible. Refusing to be ‘disabled’, he has overcome this by designing special attachments to his shoes that present a putter-like face to the ball – and he putts with his feet.

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Shlubs

He calls them shlubs, a portmanteau of shoes and clubs. And they are not just for himself – he makes them for other minigolfers and sells them. Here’s the shlubs Facebook page. Niko also plays big golf with shlubs and can drive a ball quite a way. He calls this sport shloffing.

Other pro players accept Niko and respect him for his resilience and creativity, and for the simple fact that he is a nice guy. Here’s a video of Niko talking about shlubs, shloffing and what makes him happy.

The sporting world is full of examples of people who play despite apparently overwhelming odds. Though his case is completely different, Niko reminds us of another disabled American by the name of Matt Stutzman, who has risen to the top of the sport of archery despite one tiny problem – he was born without arms. Want to see how he overcomes that one? Here’s a video about Matt, the amazing Armless Archer, who shoots as well as his able-bodied peers.

While we’re on the subject, it might be worth mentioning that Putterfingers minigolf courses are wheelchair-friendly. Because the putting surface is so low, wheelchair access is easy, and people using wheelchairs can enjoy a game if they are otherwise able-bodied. The only obstacles on Putterfingers courses are the ones they have to get the ball over!

Disabled minigolf wheelchair access
Wheelchair users can just roll up to the tee, and onto the course as well

There are special putters out there for wheelchair minigolfers. The shaft hinges just before the head to enable a good putting angle from a seated position. Unfortunately we are unable to source them at the moment, but we’re trying to get a supply line to help make our courses even more inclusive.

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Summer event minigolf hire – guaranTEED fun!

Another Summer is nearly here (don’t laugh, it is on its way despite widespread belief to the contrary). For that quintessentially British Summer guest entertainment event, the garden party, what can a host add to the Pimm’s and cucumber sandwiches to make it a memorable day? Some kind of lawn game is a good idea – they are sociable, fun, and just competitive enough to reveal a bit about your guests’ characters, or reinforce what you already knew about them, which is all good for a bit of sun-drenched gossip around the barbecue.

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But you don’t want your guests to work up too much of a sweat, otherwise they’ll get through all the Pimm’s in no time and someone will have to be dispatched to the shops for more. So what’s the perfect genteel game that guests of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy playing without too much physical effort?

We were stumped for a while by this question, then after a long and arduous brainstorming session it finally hit us. How about some smaller version of golf? It could be played in any size of garden, with a series of challenging holes that could be laid out in a variety of patterns. Guests could compete round the course, which could be 3, 9 or 18 holes, whilst never straying far from the drinks table. Brilliant! We had nailed it. The perfect formula for Summer garden party entertainment.

We’re Putterfingers, we’ve been doing this for ten years, and we’ve helped turn lots of garden parties into super fun events with our minigolf hire service. We’ll deliver and collect, and even set it up for you if you aren’t too far away from our base in Norfolk. The astro grass putting surface has lots of little holes in it under the grassy surface, so it drains when it rains. Summer showers are not a show-stopper and play can resume immediately after a soaking. No putting in puddles!

We provide everything needed for a game of minigolf: Astro grass tiles that dovetail together to form the putting surface, foam bumpers that go round the edges to keep the ball in play, putters (duh!), balls, obstacles, putting cups, hole markers, scorecards and pencils.

Planning a Summer event? Get in touch NOW for availability and hire details!

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Is the minigolf pub crawl the next big thing in leisure?

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Minigolf boosts business in pubs, bars & hotels

A recent article from the Daily Mail Group was titled ‘How Crazy golf has ousted fashion at shopping centres: Leisure replaces retail in the fight back against online shopping‘. If you want to read it, we’ll wait. But basically it goes on about how leisure brands ‘like’ minigolf (there’s nothing else like minigolf!) are the new in thing in retail. As regular readers of this blog will know, crazy golf emporia are springing up in city centres at an impressive rate and raking in money as the nation goes minigolf loopy.

This supports what we already know: minigolf is a proven formula for making money. The public loves it and it ties in well with food and drink. For years we’ve been hiring our minigolf courses to pubs and hotels to help them pull in custom and sell more of their stock-in-trade. If you run a pub or hotel and would like to give your customers some extra fun, here’s how to hire or buy a minigolf course from us. But we’ve just stumbled across an idea from the USA we think is even more brilliant, that could work well over here. Here it is … drum roll … the minigolf pub crawl!

Over there they call them ‘Barstool Opens’. Here’s an example from an excited local paper that gives playing tips for each of the 17 bars and restaurants hosting a hole. Why there weren’t 18 we don’t know; maybe one of them pulled out at the last minute. Or maybe the town only has 17 bars and restaurants. But if you had a beer at the first 17 minigolf joints, you’d be past caring anyway.

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One hole per watering hole

We reckon it’s a great idea. The pubs and bars in a town or neighbourhood can agree to host one hole each – one hole per watering hole, so to speak. With enough publicity, they will all get more business. The cost of hiring or buying a minigolf course can be split between the establishments, making the cost to each venue very low. If single pubs, bars and hotels can afford to hire or buy (and they do, often hiring for short one-off events and buying for the longer term or for regular events), then it is more than affordable to a group of them who are pooling their resources. Putterfingers provide everything needed for a minigolf pub crawl: 18 holes with obstacles, putters, balls, scorecards and pencils.

 crazy golf pub crawl

If a minigolf pub crawl sounds like something you’d like to be involved inn (pun intended), give us a call on 08450 570321 and we’ll give you the lowdown on how to light up the pub trade in your area. Buy your customers a round – of minigolf!

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Halloween minigolf action around the UK

Putting Pumpkins, it’s Halloween!


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Here’s a rundown of ghoulish Halloween minigolf action going on around the UK. It’s half term, so it’s a great time to take the kids out for some scary-ish putting action. A number of adventure golf courses and themed attractions are putting on spooky putting events, so read this and see if there’s one behind you … I mean near you.

October already! But that means half-term and Halloween at the end of the month – and we've got lots of spooky fun…

Posted by Four Ashes Golf Centre on Sunday, October 1, 2017

Four Ashes Golf Centre in Solihull have Spooky Adventure Golf during the half term week, with a free trick or treat tub for each kid and free hot chocolate before 12 pm.

Globalls in Brighton have glow-in-the-dark creepies on their Jurassic course for an extra-spooky UV experience.

Lost World Adventure Golf, Hemsby have made their course super-scary for some petrifying putting.

Halloween minigolf

Tee Rex Golf in Cardiff has been infested by spiders, ghouls and ghosts waiting in the shadows to jump out at you.

Chichester Golf Club have creepy things going on at their adventure golf course, with a halloween fun and pumpkin lighting event from 2 to 6 pm on Friday the 27th.

Codonas Amusement and Theme Park’s in Aberdeen is ghosting … I mean hosting its CarnEvil Haunted Walkthrough on Friday from 6-11pm (This one is for 15 + only).

Halloween minigolf

Forest of Dean Adventure Golf are holding a ‘Putt and Pose’ competition on Saturday 28th from 6-8 pm with a prize for the best Halloween costume (adult and child categories).

Haigh Woodland Park, Wigan have Pumpkin Carving; Flower Cauldron Making; Ice Scream Party; Pig Tail Trail (Sunday); Halloween at Crazy Golf (Sunday).

These are some of the spooky minigolf events that we are aware of here at Putterfingers Plaza. It’s pretty easy to find one near you – try googling ‘Halloween minigolf’, ‘Halloween crazy golf’ or ‘Halloween adventure golf’ along with your locality.

For more Halloween minigolf action in the UK and abroad, check out minigolf supremo Richard Gottfried’s blog posts about Halloween.

 

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.

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Minigolf breaks the ice during Freshers’ Week

Freshers' Week minigolf crazy golf
University of Hertfordshire Welcome Fest Sept 2015 photography by Pete Stevens

Universities and colleges pull out all the stops in September/October to make Freshers’ Week as fun as possible for their new intake of students. Societies scramble to recruit members, industrial amounts of beer are drunk and everybody gets to know their classmates for the coming year. A big part of the ‘ents’ budget goes on concerts and shows, but the students’ union needs to be a fun place in between these events as well.

We have found over the years that minigolf fits the bill nicely as an icebreaker during Freshers’ Week. It’s fun, colourful and as competitive as you want to make it. Students love to mingle over a round of minigolf, and it can even raise funds for charity at the same time if the students’ union organises a sponsored putt or mini-golfathon. Here are a few snaps from just two of the many Freshers’ Weeks Putterfingers have supplied.

freshers' week crazy golf hire
Photography by Pete Stevens

We can supply various sizes of course from 4 holes to 9 holes, and the putting surface will not damage floors thanks to its rubberised backing. It can be used outdoors too, anywhere with a reasonably flat surface such as a lawn, plaza or campus path. We supply everything needed: putting surface, side bumpers, putters, balls, score cards and pencils, putting cups, obstacles and hole cones. A complete portable minigolf course can fit into a standard lift shaft, so whichever floor of the students’ union it need to get to, that shouldn’t be a problem.

The putting surface tiles are square and made from astro grass on a rubberised backing. They interlock together to create a variety of different hole shapes, and this means a course can be built around existing objects and furniture – there’s no need to clear a large space to set it up.

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Sheffield Hallam University’s Freshers Week in the students’ union foyer

So with Fresher’s Week fast approaching, now’s a good time to order a Putterfingers minigolf course hire to start off the academic year with a bit of fun. We deliver to anywhere on the UK mainland.

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8 reasons to hire portable minigolf from Putterfingers

1. It’s portable

A complete Putterfingers crazy golf course fits into the back of an average family car, so you can drive it wherever you want to set up. No power supply is required, so in theory you could set it up on top of Ben Nevis, although obviously that would be mad. Still, it’s not called crazy golf for nothing.

Our courses are best suited to any reasonably level indoor or outdoor surface, anywhere you choose.

Portable crazy golf hire

2. Easy Assembly

No bulky wooden or metal frames to lay down. Our interlocking 1m x 1m astro grass tiles form the playing surface. Transform your garden, indoor room, office or event venue into a crazy golf course in 30 minutes!

portable crazy golf putting surface

3. Tricky Obstacles

Think our obstacles look innocent? Heh heh. It takes a steady hand to tackle the curves of the Volcano and just the right amount of speed on the ball to negotiate the twists of the Acapulco. They can challenge all ages and experience levels of minigolfer.

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4. Hire a Course by Post

You don’t have to be beside the seaside to enjoy our crazy golf!  Our portable crazy golf hire transports easily via courier to your chosen venue so that you can enjoy for as long as you like -a one day event, a weekend hire or long term if you require.

Portable minigolf delivery

5. Any Weather (even all round British weather!)

Not just for outside, the portable crazy golf course is rubber backed and won’t mark floors indoors.  Have you an unused space – unutilised sports court, school assembly hall, hotel atrium, roof top terrace, empty office? For outdoors, rain doesn’t stop play because the tiles drain through the holes in the bottom!

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7. Modular Flexibility

Play Tetris with minigolf tiles! The modular nature of our courses means you can build each hole the way you want, to suit the venue and floor space available. Whether it’s 4 holes or 9 holes, the flexibility means they can fit almost any space!

Portable crazy golf course

8. Nice people to deal with!!

We always have availability, the team at Putterfingers are friendly and efficient, we strongly believe in our concept – so why not let us help you with something different at your event this year?

View our customer testimonials and see for yourself!

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Putterfingers at Facebook’s London headquarters

Meet the Gottfrieds: the nation’s favourite putter nutters

Couple play on over 700 crazy golf courses

The couple who played on over 700 crazy golf courses ??“It's about 50/50 about who comes first”

Posted by BBC Radio 5 live on Monday, July 10, 2017

If you haven’t heard about Richard and Emily Gottfried, they are the charmingly eccentric (but otherwise normal) couple who have made it their life’s mission to play every single crazy golf course in the country. Their Crazy World of Minigolf tour started in 2006 and is showing no signs of slowing down. With new courses opening all the time and being reported on this blog and elsewhere, it’s clear that their task is never-ending. To date the Gottfrieds have played 740 crazy golf courses in the UK and quite a lot abroad too. Both are tournament winners with a swelling trophy cabinet – which includes a Putterfingers mug! Richard blogged about that in 2012.

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Minigolf makes them happy – or maybe they are happy anyway and that’s why they play minigolf. Either way they are winners.

 

The past week has been a media extravaganza for the putting-mad couple, with radio and TV interviews, newspaper articles and social media exposure. So we’re adding to the buzz by dedicating this week’s blog to Richard and Emily’s various media appearances in the last week or so. What a week it’s been!

BBC Radio 5 Live’s segment on Richard and Emily is at the top of this post. You can hear Richard tell the story of how the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour got started and ‘kind of steamrolled from there’. The Beeb have overlaid the sound onto various clips of Mr Gottfried holing out and fist-pumping with infectious enthusiasm.

Emily and Richard Gottfried
The Gottfrieds on international minigolf duty

Next thing we knew they were on the 6 O’clock news on Radio 4. The dulcet tones of Radio 4’s Danny Savage relate the tale of the Gottfrieds’ first game of minigolf at Southsea, and Richard tells the nation about the equipment used by top players, including the special set of minigolf balls. Here’s the programme, start listening at 27:10.

As if that wasn’t enough media exposure to warrant the Gottfrieds going around in dark glasses and wigs, The Times published an article about their putting exploits, in which Richard said, “It really has become an addiction. Mini golf is incredibly good fun and always such a challenge as the courses are different.

“Some require a lot of skill, and others are just down to luck. Visiting all of them has become a bit of an obsession, but it’s also been a great way to use our weekends and see other parts of the country we otherwise would never have been to.

“As much fun as I always have playing with Emily, we are also really competitive. We very often finish only a couple of shots apart, and sometimes if I lose I won’t speak to her in the car on the way home.”

The readers’ comments below the article are quite amusing too, reflecting both the general public’s bafflement at people getting obsessed with minigolf and the ‘dull’ image it is given by people who have never played it. The Gottfrieds revel in such prejudices – they are longstanding members of the Dull Men’s Club, an organisation that celebrates the ordinary.

We wish Richard and Emily all the best for their future putting endeavours. Their fun approach to life makes them wonderful ambassadors for the sport!

Sipsmith Distillery chooses crazy golf for team building day

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Sipsmith is the first copper-pot distillery to open within London’s city limits in nearly two centuries. Since opening in 2009 the firm has been awarded the Observer Food Monthly Award for Best Newcomer and established a strong presence as a craft distiller of note. For their recent team building event at their HQ in Chiswick, London, Sipsmith’s Minister of Fun Adam Ellesmere called us to hire our Supersize course. Here’s a short video of the course laid out inside the distillery!

Using bottles as obstacles was a great idea. A minigolf ball running along the sides of the bottles made a pleasing xylophone effect as their new recruits and student applicants putted round and got to know the team. One of the great things about hiring Putterfingers minigolf is that it can be laid out wherever it is needed and customised to give it the company’s identity. It’s portable, so you don’t go to it – it comes to you!

Sipsmith are brilliant at creating a fun atmosphere to work in. Just look at their ‘meet the team’ page, with job titles like ‘Prime Minister of Fun’, ‘Ginthusiast’ and ‘Empress of Events’. It’s clear that they take employee happiness seriously (because the founding team of Sam, Jared and Fairfax are huge fun-lovers themselves). Sipsmith are the latest brand to choose Putterfingers crazy golf as the entertainment centrepiece of their team building event. To see others, including Facebook and Tommy Hilfiger, just look back through this blog.

Courses can be used outdoors or indoors. Or even in a distillery, because why not? Even if an event is in a remote field for some reason, mminigolf works perfectly because it requires no power supply, is lightweight, portable and weatherproof. It is even gin-resistant for those tricky distillery events!

So if you’re ginterested, give your employees a tonic and hire a minigolf course for your next company event. It’s sure to lift their spirits!

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