Zurich Offices get golfing for the Open

Zurich have sponsored the Open for over 10 years now and we were delighted to be asked to produce some bespoke mini golf putting greens for their offices across the country.

The aim of this was to get all involved in golf to join in with their internal Mini Golf Open.

Branded Putting Green
Zurich Branded Putting Green

Zurich Mini Golf Open

With the brand colour schemes of deep blues, we offered blue and white low bounce balls to the putting greens and customised our obstacle pieces to match their brand colours.

The branding of the tile incorporates the company logo using a unique water jet cutting method, inlaying the brand’s logo and colours into the astro grass.

The portable nature of the putting green gives the team the opportunity to continue using the course in this format at future internal events, exhibition and marketing events.

Each putting green is 3m in length, and will fit comfortably into the back of most domestic vehicles making it very transportable and very flexible in its usage.

With exhibition season closely upon us – how about adding a portable putting green to your stand?

For more details email us on office@connectedshopping.com

How easy is it get a hole-in-one in golf?

Some people seem to get a hole-in-one with little effort while others take hours of practise to perfect their chances of them hitting the ball from the teeing off area into the hole on the green.

On the other hand some golfers go their whole golfing careers without one, so just how hard is it to make a hole-in-one? The odds vary, it turns out, depending on who you ask, but we’re willing to bet that the odds aren’t as long as you might expect.

The Golf Digest study provided many great nuggets of information, even breaking the odds down by quality of play:

  • Tour player making an ace: 3,000 to 1
  • Low-handicapper making an ace: 5,000 to 1
  • Average player making an ace: 12,000 to 1

Our modular hole-in-one challenges can be a task for most ability of golfer.  Our largest was set out as a 6m Challenge Putt at office of a large insurance company, in Central London this Summer.  The 6m putting green is the equivalent to 20 ft in ‘old money’ and required several strokes in play to get to the hole.

Modular Challenge Putt - pefect foo office hole-in-one challenges
Modular Challenge Putt – perfect for office hole-in-one challenges

We set up and hosted a 3m hole-in-one putting activity on Friday evening as part of the Bounce Magazine 1st birthday party.  Bounce Magazine were raising money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and along with a raffle, auction and hole-in-one activity the team managed to raise an impressive £800 – well done to Rachel and Dan and the team at the Elveden Inn for a successful evening.

3m Hole-in-One Challenge
Hole-in-One challenge at Bounce Magazine birthday celebration evening

We had several successful aces throughout the evening and the mini golf was embraced by all 🙂

The staff members at the Elveden Inn also enjoyed enjoed getting a couple of hole-in-ones during the evening!

Elveden Inn staff enjoying a go on the hole-in-one
Elveden Inn staff enjoying a go on the hole-in-one

The Most Miniature Golf Holes-in-One in 24 hours record was set last year by Allan Cox in his campaign to raise funds for the Oncology Department at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, Australia. Over $9,000 dollars were raised.

Allan achieved 1,5,16 holes-in-one in 24 hours of mini golf – what a champion he is!

Hole-in-one record for Allan Cox with 1,516 in 24 hours
Hole-in-one record for Allan Cox with 1,516 in 24 hours

So maybe it was fairly easy for Allan Cox to score a hole-in-one in mini golf but what is your best hole-in-one record on a course?

Over 9 holes, mine is just the two so best I keep practising!


Big Putt Modular Putting Greens get Stimped!

Our new Big Putt Modular Putting Greens are launching soon!

Our friends at the local golf club, recently helped us measure our stimp meter reading and we are happy to  say that we have been stimped at a speed of 13.5.  How’s that for a realistic, true, clean putt?

Big Putt 6 metre Portable Putting Green
Big Putt 6 metre Portable Putting Green

So what exactly is a stimp meter reading?

The stimp meter was designed by golfer, Edward Stimpson in 1935 and redesigned in aluminium in 1976 by Frank Thomas.  The stimp meter is commonly used by greenkeepers and is a device used to measure the speed of a golf course putting green by applying a known force to a golf ball and measuring the distance traveled in feet.  The distance travelled by the ball in feet is the ‘speed’ of the putting green.  The stimp meter can also be called a green speed reader.

One of our local Pro Golfers Lawrence Dodd , kindly made a stimp meter for us and set about the challenge of finding out our stimp meter reading.

Modular Putting Green Stimp Meter Reading
Modular Putting Green Stimp Meter Reading

So at 13.5 how do we measure up?

On our 6m Big Putt green the ball reached 13.5ft using the stimp meter device.

An average putting green is around 10 on the stimp meter – so this is a fast green by comparison.  In fact we dug out this article on How to putt on super fast greens like the Pros

Why Big Putt?

Big Putt portable putting green is an affordable and attractive putting solution, suitable for all weather putting and indoor use. It is hardwearing and the simple assembly of interlocking high quality astro grass tiles provides a 6m putting green in less than 5 minutes!

Plus Big Putt means Big Potential – there is no other 6m portable putting green on the market!

The modular nature of Big Putt means the green can be set up as a 6m length or a 3mx2m rectangle play area to suit the size of the area that is available, making our green one of the most competitive on the market.

Big Putt Portable Putting Green
Big Putt Portable Putting Green

Big Putt is just right to fill in the corner of your garage, space on your courtyard or patio, the break out area of a conference facility or even in the staff room at the office!  It even comes with a putt returner, putting cup, putter and balls.

Watch this space – Big Putt coming soon!