Archive for Mini-Golf and Go-Karts

Change that Works: Making Big Food Profits from Small Spaces

June 1, 2011 No Comments

At Zuma Fun Center in Pineville, N.C., the challenge of a modest kitchen space has been addressed with equipment that turns out food quickly and is a perfect fit with its small footprint. “We recently added a large Quik N’ Crispy greaseless fryer,” said Rick Klinghagen, the facility’s general manager. Part of a chain of […]

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Adding the Extras for a Winning Formula

Adding the Extras for a Winning Formula

June 1, 2011 No Comments

No one wants to mess up a winning formula, but implementing the right change can be good.   It’s something powerhouse consumer products companies have known for years.  They have even distilled it down into three magic words that they use over and over in their advertising.  That is, “new and improved.” Although your offering is […]

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Food for Thought: Listening to the Fun Food Experts

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Increasing food sales at miniature golf and go-kart parks requires taking inventory of more than just the food items on hand.  It starts with evaluating your food service operation and the type of attraction it complements to balance the menu with the venue.  Customers want quality, taste, price and interesting items.  From getting the most […]

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Off-Season Maintenance – Tips to Make the Most of Winter

February 2, 2011 No Comments

When golf balls quit rolling on the mini course and go karts slow to an idle and stop in the pond after Labor Day, activities in the park don’t wind to a halt just because the patrons are gone. It just changes and shifts from recreation to renovation, presenting challenges to overcome and maintenance steps […]

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From Date Night to Family Time: <br />Top Tips for Expanding the Customer Base

From Date Night to Family Time:
Top Tips for Expanding the Customer Base

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Beverly Hendricks has witnessed the romantic magic of miniature golf. Recently, Hendricks and her colleagues at Embassy Miniature golf in San Antonio, Texas, had the chance to host the ultimate “date night”: a proposal on the 18th hole of the course. “He sent us an e-mail, explaining that he was about to pop the question,” […]

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Tips to Earning More with Batting Cages

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Have batting cages in a visible location. If cages are visible, they get more use. Provide a variety of cages (softball, baseball) and a mix of pitch speeds. Place a token or change machine at the cage area, making it easy for customers to spend and play more. Develop relationships with coaches and managers of […]

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Batter Up: Mini-Golf and Go-Kart <br/>Facilities Score with Batting Cages

Batter Up: Mini-Golf and Go-Kart
Facilities Score with Batting Cages

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Mini-golf and go-kart facilities often feature batting cages to add an extra layer of fun for their guests, as well as a way to bring in more money to the facility.  Don Coleman, owner of Ride-A-Kart Family Amusement Park in Estes Park, Colo., said that the presence of batting cages at his center adds an […]

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Keeping the Fun Accident Free

Keeping the Fun Accident Free

September 15, 2010 No Comments

Usually, the two most popular activities at a family fun center are miniature golf and go-karts.  And, amazingly enough, most insurance claims stem from these two activities.  So, how can you work to keep your facility safe while keeping the experience for your guests enjoyable? Having owned a family fun center with both of these […]

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How Miniature Golf and Go-Kart Centers Keep the Profit Machine Oiled

August 1, 2010 No Comments

A Spotlight on Safety and Maintenance Keeping staff and patrons safe takes priority when operating activity parks where people are playing miniature golf courses with water hazards, driving go karts or trying out a zip cord. Maintenance is key to ensuring everyone has a good time without incident, even if they’re only playing a video […]

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Gas versus Electric Go-Karts: Pros and Cons

Gas versus Electric Go-Karts: Pros and Cons

June 1, 2010 No Comments

The phrase “go green” is quite popular in many family entertainment circles and the go-kart circuit is no exception. Add to that the words “go cost-effectively” and “go fast” and you’re describing the options up for consideration when deciding whether to run gas- or electric-powered go-karts. Blog postings on entertainment industry topics reveal mixed reviews […]

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Castle Golf, Inc.

Planning, design and construction of miniature golf courses and family fun parks.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Extreme Engineering

Industry leader in zip lines, climbing walls, jumper systems and adventure products.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Jane Farrell Turf and Carpets, Inc.

Commercial carpet, printed and decorative patterns, loop and cut-pile construction. Wall coverings in fluorescents, Class A fire rated. Colored turf, both traditional and neon colors.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Art Attack

Theming, miniature golf, parade floats, 3D props, air-brushed murals, signage and art panels.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

Planning consultants for wet/dry attractions, mini-golf, go-kart tracks and laser arenas.

Enchanted Castle Studios

Fiberglass statuary and figures for restaurants, mini-golf, theme parks and other attractions.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Spectrum Sports

Climbing walls, ropes courses, go-karts and more.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Bulbtronics

A premier source for lamps, LEDs, batteries and lighting-related and electrical products.

Formula K Raceways

Go-karts, kiddie cars and bumper boats, go-kart parts and tires.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Cost of Wisconson

Creators of simulated environments, duplicate structures, sculpted figures, exhibits, water features, mini-golf and more.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

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