In April Putterfingers got a call from Donna Gooderham, a lady whose grandfather Lionel is in the process of working through his bucket list. Lionel has always been a fan of crazy golf, having played on many courses in various countries whilst on holiday. It seems that he’s well and truly bitten by the putting bug, because top of his bucket list was a family game of minigolf!
As a birthday treat Donna arranged to hire a 9-hole course from Putterfingers as a surprise for Lionel. So, on the hush, we arranged for Donna to pick up the course from our premises (our delivery van would have aroused curiosity.) True to the Putterfingers promise, the whole course fit into Donna’s Honda CRV and she headed to her Nanny and Grandads house early on the Saturday morning and with the help of other family members set up the course just before Lionel came downstairs for his morning coffee. Fair to say it was a great surprise and the whole family had a fab time playing all weekend, obviously Lionel with all his experience playing abroad being the overall winner!
We loved Donna’s idea and we are so happy that Lionel’s birthday weekend was a roaring success for the family. Donna has thanked us for the hire and is talking about hiring from us again – indeed, it might become a regular thing for Lionel and his family!
Our customer Zone Digital have just thrown a double Putterfingers minigolf party – two office parties at the same time, one in London and one in Bristol! Bristol hired a Supersize course and London hired Funsize. Here are some photos of the fun at both events and a bit of feedback from Zone Digital on how happy they were with their minigolf hires.
Being digital peeps, the folks at Zone couldn’t resist adding these cute AR characters to our minigolf course!
Zone Digital set up a live link between the two venues so that players in London and Bristol could all compete on the same live leaderboard. We love that idea. In theory, any number of venues could be linked like this, making distance no object. And the Zone Digital party worked so well, it could be scaled up. A whole company’s staff can all play at the same time and compete directly without having to travel to a distant venue. A company-wide putt-a-thon! How’s that as an idea for your next corporate bash? Give us a call and we’ll arrange it!
For this double hire, Putterfingers delivered the equipment to London and Bristol and set out the courses for the event.
Here’s what Ben Wallace from Zone Digital told us after the events:
“The event went really well, Can you thank the two guys that came to Bristol, they did a fantastic job. Will definitely recommend Putterfingers to others.
Thanks a lot for making it so easy.”
Thank you to everyone at Zone Digital!
Got a corporate event coming up at your company? Get in touch!
Films about minigolf are few and far between, if you discount the big hitters like Happy Gilmore. We blogged about minigolf films a while back – check out that post here. More recently, a crowdfunded feature film has emerged called Through The Windmillthat premiered at the Savannah Film Festival, but it has met with mixed reviews. However, we have stumbled across a tiny, two-minute animated short film that brilliantly conveys – and exaggerates – the frustration ordinary minigolfers go through on a daily basis. It was made by a Paris-based collective of film students called Megacomputeur who specialise in animated shorts. In terms of ‘plot’, Play Off somewhat resembles the Mr Bean episode in which Rowan Atkinson gets himself in a pickle at a municipal crazy golf course. The idea of a grown man competing with a child and desperately trying to win is present in both. But rather than ending up on a bus, the animated protagonist’s ball ends up defying the laws of physics as he munches a sandwich at the end, resigned to his fate of never holing out.
Putterfingers putting cups are a bit more forgiving than the ones in Play Off. One of our most popular ones has hinged side plates that let the ball roll in, but don’t let it roll back out. The protagonist of Play Off would have appreciated these, but he would still have missed somehow because the minigolf gods were just not with him him that day.
Our astro grass putting surface gives a smooth roll and small items like the little stone that frustrates our animated friend will sit beneath the astro grass surface and not impede the ball.
So here’s the short film. How unlucky is this bloke?
With the U.S. Masters kicking off in Augusta on the 6th of April, there’ll be an extra media buzz around golf in the coming weeks. Why not ride on the back of it by arranging a branded minigolf hire and staging a Mini Masters minigolf tournament, fully branded to your business? Putterfingers.co.uk are experienced in providing everything you need to stage this type of event – even down to branded Mini Masters score cards.
Here’s what the Happen Innovation Agency said about their branded minigolf hire:
‘Fantastic from start to finish. We all had a great time, Putterfingers set up on time and where they to take away the equipment on time. Would not hesitate to use again. Overall a very good experience.’
And here’s feedback from Morrisons:
‘Many thanks to Shelley and Putterfingers for supporting us in our corporate event, the service and support receive throughout the ordering and delivery process was first class, especially as we requested the mini golf at short notice. We used the mini golf setup with obstacles to set our managers the challenge of finding the shortest solution to get the ball in the hole, thus using the golf as an analogy to overcome obstacles in the workflow processes. The golf equipment was of good quality and easy to put together, and we as the management team where able to add some fun to a corporate learning event. We would definitely recommend Putterfingers to anyone looking add a something different to their event.’
Do you have a corporate event coming up this Spring or Summer? Would you like to make it a memorable one where everybody can participate in a fun competitive sport on courses that are fully branded with your company logos? Go the whole hog with a 9-hole course if you want to stage a minigolf Masters or keep minigolf as a sideshow with a single putting green. There is a range of options in between to suit any venue size and events budget.
Another great idea is to have a small minigolf putting green at your stand at the next industry conference you are exhibiting at. It creates a focus around your stand and gives attendees a reason to linger around it, increasing your chances of engaging with them. What’s not to like about that?