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Minigolf Business

Industry Overview

Miniature golf is becoming more and more popular as a fun and affordable recreational activity for the whole family. Most contemporary courses charge approximately $5.50 per person and over a basic season, this business can easily expect to take in between $118,000 and $356,000 a year! Since miniature golf is a leisure time activity, you can expect most of the play to occur in evening and weekend hours. With a typical capacity of 100 players per hour, and a charge of $5.50 per hour, that translates to an income of $550.00 per hour at peak times.

The length of playing season will vary depending on the geographical area and the range of time you can expect comfortable temperatures. But even with a season of only 4 months, the profits will generally be well worth the investment, with many owners earning back their investment in just one year.

In our complete guide of setting and running a miniature golf business you get:

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………………………..  3
Industry Overview………………………………………………………………………………………. 3
Developing New Accounts and Customers……………………………………………………….. 3

SECTION ONE………………………………………………………………………………………. 5
Getting Your Miniature Golf Course Started…………………………………………………….. 5
Financing Your Miniature Golf Course…………………………………………………………… 6
Choosing a Name for Your Miniature Golf Course
………………………………………….. 8
Choosing Your Miniature Golf Course Location
………………………………………………. 9
Miniature Golf Course Layout and Design……………………………………………………… 15
Guidelines to Establishing Product and Service Pricing
…………………………………… 19
Licenses, Permits and Regulations……………………………………………………………. 22

SECTION TWO……………………………………………………………………………………. 24
Managing Your Miniature Golf Course Operation……………………………………………… 24
Signs and Your Business…………………………………………………………………………….. 25
Planning Your Advertising Budget
……………………………………………………………….. 30
Miniature Golf Course Market Analysis…………………………………………………………. 36
Your Miniature Golf Course Marketing Plan
…………………………………………………… 46

SECTION THREE………………………………………………………………………………….. 52
Accounting/Bookkeeping…………………………………………………………………………….. 52
Furnishings and Equipment…………………………………………………………………………. 53
Cost Control
……………………………………………………………………………………………. 54
Projecting Your Sales Potential
……………………………………………………………………. 54
Cash Control Systems
………………………………………………………………………………. 55
Employee Theft………………………………………………………………………………………. 57
Bad Checks and Credit Card Fraud…………………………………………………………… 62

SECTION FOUR………………………………………………………………………………………. 63
Miniature Golf Course Designers and Associations
……………………………………. 63

SECTION FIVE………………………………………………………………………………………… 65
Information Pertaining to Employees……………………………………………………………….. 79
How to Keep Your Employees………………………………………………………………….. 68
Application for Employment………………………………………………………………………….. 69

Employee Training Record