As Augusta, Georgia fills up with golf Masters Tournament fans from April 6th, Britain’s minigolfers will be drawing equally large crowds at Splash Point Mini Golf in Denton Gardens on the seafront at Worthing, just up from the chippy. In a stunning timetable clash with golf’s Masters Tournament, the BMGA British Masters is taking place on the very same weekend. Augusta National Golf Club were unable to give a reason for the calendar bungle when Putterfingers called them for an explanation.
This mistake was easily avoidable. Surely the U.S. Masters could have been moved to another weekend? The pro golfers would have understood. However what’s done is done, and it means that fans of both sports will have to check live results as they watch the other tournament. It will be a weekend of twin battles: one for the coveted green jacket of the Masters and the other for the just-as-coveted and only slightly ketchup-stained tweed jacket of the BMGA British Open.
Splash Point is a challenging course run by BMGA rivals Anthony Pope and Peter Emmerson. Richard Gottfried’s definitive blog post about the course gives it a whopping nine out of ten for all three criteria: difficulty, creativity and atmosphere. It will sort the men from the boys at the Open with its tricky holes. However players will already have a good feel for the course, because, like its ‘big golf’ equivalent Augusta National Golf Club, Splash Point has hosted the British Open for the last six years.
In what could be shock news, Minigolf superchamp Michael Smith has not yet registered for the tournament, according to the BMGA website at the time of writing. The list of registered players can be seen here. Smith has been dominant in recent years, and his absence, if confirmed, would lay the field open for a mighty struggle for the tweed jacket between the likes of Steve Lovell, Tiger Pragnell and Adam Kelly. However it’s possible he is playing cat-and-mouse with his opponents and will sign up at the last minute. Make them sweat, Michael.
For those unable to secure tickets for the event, score updates will be available via the BMGA’s website.
For all your minigolf needs, including sports bar minigolf hire during both tournaments, call Putterfingers on 08450 570 321.
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?