One thing our years of experience in the business has shown is that the modern course must include water, elevation changes, an element of skill and an element of fun. By combining skill and fun with the Championship Systems courses, our expertly designed miniature golf courses not only draw your customers in once, but keep them coming back.
New and exciting designs are always a part of each new course. Nearly every hole has multiple elevations that give the players a variety of ways to play every hole.
But as we have made the holes more challenging, we have come up with a way to make the course playable for beginner putters and young children. There is nothing more frustrating to a child or a mom than constantly not being able to putt out the ball before hitting the course stroke limit per hole (usually 6).
To avoid this, we’ve developed the Championship Style Miniature Golf Course. It uses three cups instead of just the standard 4″ white cup. While each hole has a white cup, around half of the holes have a 5″ red Penalty Cup on the harder holes. These cups are strategically placed where the young and beginner putters will end up next to them. As printed on the score cards and at the start of the course, the cup is a one stroke penalty for everyone over 12 years old but not for children. This allows beginner putters to make the ball in an easier cup rather than always picking up the ball in frustration.
Before we turn the first shovelful of dirt, the course has been designed to the point that we know the par for each hole and the course. Using a topographical 1’ elevation drawing, we design the course to use the land’s best attributes to save you money and make the course more exciting. Making the course fit the land, proper placement of the water features, and making sure the difficulty of the holes will allow for a proper flow of customers all go into the design before we start construction. One thing our experience has taught us is that the miniature golf business thrives or dies based on repeat business. If it is fun to play, the course will grow over the years.
It is through this experience that we have learned to include some items that many of our competitors do not. Score card stands are to miniature golf courses as china is to a fine dining restaurant. They provide a service for the ease of your customer’s use of the course, but they also speak volumes on both your course’s quality and your dedication to them having a good time. Our vandal resistant, color coordinated score card stands include the hole number, hole par, and course name, all engraved in the surface. They will look great not only today but for years to come.
Next, 75% to 80% of all miniature golf business is at night. Why build a course without lights? Our crews always do this so that it is done at the completion of the course. If not done during construction, the lights can be a difficult and expensive addition to your course. We realized over 30 years ago that we are in the entertainment business and we are attempting to give the customers a great experience.
Lastly, fitting the course to your budget and to your market is the key to a successful miniature golf course. We have built courses in city populations under 5,000 people and in cities greater than 200,000. In the smaller demographic populations, a quality inexpensive course is a must. In the bigger cities, a deluxe course will set you apart from the competition to make your course “THE” place to play miniature golf. For this, theming and interaction using digital audio, simple reaction based animatronics, and deluxe water features can all be done for under $400,000 per 18 holes. In some cases, indoor glow golf can be done for as little as $85,000 with some of the qualities of the highest end courses.
What this means is, we can make a course to fit your budget. We can show you how to do water features that look great for under $10,000 depending on what your market can support. With our 45+ years of operating experience all over the U.S., we can build you an exceptional course at a price to fit your budget and your market!