Miniature Golf Construction
What can be said in a few short words to describe what Amusement Construction has done for over 50 years in the miniature golf business: Innovation and Success.
While one of our first courses has continued to make money for over 50 years (Sir Goony Golf in Chattanooga, TN founded in 1960), it is what we did then not what we do now. However, it does illustrate how our core goals for our miniature golf course designs continue to be successful even today. Those goals are:
FUN + ATMOSPHERE + PLAYABILITY=LONG TERM SUCCESS
One of our best skills is fitting those goals into a budget that matches the demographic that you have. We can advise you of what your course will need to be competitive at the location you have chosen. We pride ourselves in designing the course to fit the goals and fit the budget to be successful at your location. While overspending can be disasterous, underspending can be equally as debilitating.
We had a customer in 1989 that we built a new course for using our concepts to replace one he had built in 1960. The 1960 course had never grossed more than $25,000 and he had a low expectation of what to expect from the new course. He hoped the new course would gross $100,000. The new course did over $250,000 the first year! This illustrates how miniature golf at the same location can do dramtically different gross revenues based on its design and construction. This is what Amusement Construction can help you avoid- unreached potential from an under performing attraction.
While we do this for all the attractions we build, this is especially true of our Championship Miniature Golf Designs. We chose the name CHAMPIONSHIP MINIATURE GOLF because it shows our focus on the quality of the game. While pretty decorations and landscaping can get a customer to stop and play, the way the course plays will bring them back again and again!
For our designs, FUN is the starting place. Whether it is the first time putter or an avid golfer, each has their own needs for making their game fun. Our experience and the use of the Championship Miniature Golf design helps us meet their very different needs. First, every hole is unique. We work hard to make sure that there are no booring holes on a course. Whether you use only 18 holes or five courses at one location, your customers will not see the same hole twice.
More importantly, our experience allows us to know where the different types of players are more likely to end up and design ways to make each hole interesting for them. First, we use a special "PENALTY CUP" on nearly half of the holes on a course to help beginner golfers have an enjoyable experience. Whether they are 5 or 50, no player constantly wants to put the maximum (6 strokes a hole) and not be able to get the ball in the cup. These strategically placed cups are larger than normal (5") and give the less skillful players another (and closer) option to putt out rather than trying to get to the standard cup. This innovation lets the good putters show their putting skills while the beginner golfers have an enjoyable game and stay competitive. These unique cups become a simple and intuitive way for everyone to enjoy the challenging Championship Courses! It also allows the whole family to compete while learning the game so they will come back again and again.
The next item we focus on is ATMOSPHERE. While great hole designs will keep them coming back, your course needs to be interesting enough to bring them in the first time. We really excell at this. We start in most cases with water throughout the course. Waterfalls and fountains create noise that helps mask the sounds of the city. Instead of the simi going by, your players are listening to the sounds of the water splashing over a waterfall and down a stream. Immediately you have a more pleasant atmosphere to play in. To make a better use of the water, we next design one or two holes to interact with the water itself. In these "water holes", the ball can fall into the water and disappear only to be placed on a lower and less advantageous area of the hole automatically. Young children often putt directly into the water just for the fun of watching it be pushed down the stream. This interaction between the water theme and the play of the hole is just one example of how we like to intertwine the game with the expensive features you purchase for your course. It not only gives them more value, it also pulls the customer into your courses unique enviroment making the game more enjoyable.
For those who are in very competitive or large markets,we can go beyond this basic course and add an even more amazing atmosphere. Using themes, digital audio, and even simple animation, we can help you create not just a game but a completely themed adventure! The fully themed courses not only help drive in more customers, it also allows you to charge more for the game!
Today, people want a better experience and demand more for their money. While movies are still movies, stadium seating has helped theaters change ticket prices from $5 -$6 to $10-$15 dollars. This increase is a huge increase in their profit margins. Our theming will do the same for your course. It changes your miniature golf course from being a course to "THE COURSE"! An example of our imagination and innovation can be seen in the Fire Fountain course we did on a farm themed miniature golf for Grand Country. A highly competive tourist market, the Fire Fountain is a show stopping addition that places this course ahead of their competition. Kids just have to play that course where the fountain catches rises and falls with the music! (see the Fire Fountain video in our video section of this website).
From 6,000 people markets to over 1,000,000 people markets, Amusement Construction Co. Inc. can create a course that will meet your budget and exceed your revenue expectations! Contact our experts to find out what we can do for you!
In Fact, we are the preferred miniature golf construction company for Putt Putt courses nationwide. We were involved with the new Putt Putt Golf design in Hope Mills, NC (the original home of Putt Putt). This new design was part of the rebirth of the Putt Putt brand and is the standard for all Putt Putt miniature golf courses nationwide. Franchises are now growing rapidly throughout the United States and abroad.