Here's a roundup of all the things happening in the crazy world of mini golf. Whether it is snippets of our portable mini golf course in action in the press or the highlights of the best things on the World Crazy Golf circuit - you heard it here first!
Wentworth Golf Club
"The service and professionalism from Putterfingers was fantastic. The communication from the start was very informative and they were very patient with me despite the short lead time. The equipment was brilliant, very eye catching and it was so simple to set up. Thank you for all your help."
Kat Bowhay, Events Executive, ACF Teambuilding
"Everything worked very well thanks. My colleagues found it very quick and easy to assemble, and the children were most definitely attracted to it. The children's entertainment had a 'Beach' theme, so we also dressed it up with a few extra obstacles (buckets and spades etc!). The delivery and collection was prompt, and I think the only 'problem' encountered was fitting it all neatly back into the box!!"
Jane McManus, Business Development Manager
"Putterfingers went out of their way to provide us with everything we needed for our indoor golf event. As we had a large office to fill Putterfingers were able to provide us with a bespoke golf set at a very reasonable price. The equipment was easy to set up and we were able to have a range of crazy golf holes. Everyone enjoyed the golf day and was a great way to meet colleagues round the office. Thanks to Putterfingers for helping make this event a great success."
Decathlon Discover Day - Bolton
"It was a great weekend and the golf course was a great addition and worked really well. We will definitely consider using Putterfingers again! Many thanks again for all your help."
Whitehouse Leisure Holiday Park, Colwyn Bay
"Thanks again for a fantastic service with your golf course and we WILL be using you again. I will also be passing the word around other holiday parks in the area too. Thanks!"
Chris Gentile -
"The service you provide is very unique, very professional and provided large amounts of entertainment for my work colleagues at our social event. Set up inside the office, the equipment was easy to put together, good condition and diverse; in that any type of course could be created depending on your imagination!"
Jake Harvey, Marketing Executive, Baxters Healthcare
Appleton Academy, Bradford
"Thank you for all your help and patience. Your service was excellent even though the weather wasn't! We put the course up very easily in our main hall and it was very popular with the students."
Julie Horrobin, Admin Manager, Appleton Academy
Highwaymans Art Gallery, Suffolk
"We used Putterfingers for two of our events over the summer months. They were fantastic - reliable, set up and cleared away hassle free. All ages enjoyed playing the mini golf - some spent hours and others just tried. Thank you hugely and we will use you again."
Juliet Fisher - Owner
JBL Leisure - branded course for use at Tommy Hilfiger Brompton Road store
"Thanks for a great service. Look forward to getting the putting course in store."
Online Accessory Purchase
"After spending several hours searching the web, I concluded that the clubs available from Putterfingers were not only the most suitable for our purpose but also the best value for money. I wanted to be sure they would arrive on time as I was shopping on a Tuesday afternoon for an event the following Saturday. I phoned the number on the web site and got straight through to a real person (Shelley), who assured me that there would be no problem getting my order by the end of the week and that she would personally ensure that it went out the next morning. As promised, my order was delivered on Thursday morning."
The top 50 crazy golf players in Europe had descended on Hastings to compete for a top prize of £500 and a claret jug — and they invited The Sun to take part.
Forget the Ryder Cup, the British Crazy Golf open is where the action's at...
The Nutters with Putters, as crazy golfers jokingly refer to themselves, want to be accepted into the Olympic Games. In fact, it is bidding to become a demonstration sport at the Olympics in Tokyo 2020.
It sounds crazy but it is not, especially when you look at some of the weird pastimes that have been trialled at previous Olympic Games — "sports" such as poodle clipping, shooting live pigeons, underwater swimming and van driving.
In Britain today, crazy golf is still a novelty sport played mainly by families at the seaside.
But around the world, it is now a big-money game and more than 200 professionals make their living playing crazy golf — or mini-golf as it is known in other countries.
And the World Minigolf Sport Federation is now lobbying the International Olympic Committee to introduce crazy golf to the Games in six years’ time.
More than a third of children in the UK have never built and sandcastle and a shocking 11% have never been to a beach. The Sun took their team to recreate a beach for children in Coton-on-the-Elms, the most landlocked village in the UK. The children got to experience the seaside traditions of building sandcastles, popping their heads through a peep board and of course enjoying ice cream.
Guide Dogs’ Campaigns Team works extremely hard alongside people who are blind and partially sighted and their efforts were recently recognised when they scooped two prestigious awards at the Public Affairs News Awards.
These were Best Party Conference Stand – their crazy golf course, highlighting the problem of street clutter, was judged to be exciting, innovative and good value for money; and In-House Team of the Year – recognising a team which has had an outstanding year in influencing public policy.
Players from the British Minigolf Association hold training & coaching sessions and tournaments at the Oslympics multi-sport event in Shropshire.
Minigolf was included as a sport in the ten-day Oswestry Games multi-sport event that took place from the 6th to the 15th July. The British Minigolf Association held a morning of Minigolf coaching and training on Saturday 14th July at the 18-hole Miniature Golf course in the town’s Cae Glas Park before organising a Pro-Am Team contest in the afternoon. On Sunday 15th July the BMGA teamed-up with Mini Golf course suppliers Putterfingers.co.uk to feature a 9-hole course layout for members of the public to play, as well as compete in an Open competition. The BMGA players also held an elite player BMGA Tour event on the course as part of the Oswestry Games Closing Day.
Creative Minds, a Strategy for the South West Yorkshire Trust funded the purchase of a portable golf course for use by the service users on the ward at the Dewsbury and District Hospital. The golf course gives the service users a chance to participate outdoors in a safe and enjoyable activity. The golf course was used at the Mini Olympics in 2012 as part of the Creative Minds strategy. The new equipment has been well received and is proving very popular with the service users.
It's not exactly what you would expect to find amongst the beautiful blooms and ancient ruins - but crazy golf has come to the Abbey Gardens.
The nine-hole course, normally the perserve of caravan parks and coastal resorts, has been installed on the top two lanes of the bowling green in the cherished park in Bury St Edmunds.
It is the latest attraction to pull in visitors to the historic gardens, which already boast tennis courts, a children's play area, a putting green and an aviary.
Despite being an unusual attraction amid the ruins of a medieval Benedictine abbey, preservation groups in the town have welcomed the introduction of crazy golf - as long as the course is only there for the summer holidays...