Answers to Your Most Common Questions
At Harris, we understand that your miniature golf course is much more than a construction project. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with the essential tools to both build and operate a miniature golf business.
We start by providing expert consultation during the pre-construction phase. Our highly experienced staff works with clients to develop a one-of-a-kind plan, individually created to maximize location and the natural beauty of the land. Full color renderings are provided to facilitate and positively influence meetings with local planning boards and financial institutions.
Once the design is complete and a commitment to move forward has been accomplished, Harris provides a Marketing & Promotions Manual and Operations & Maintenance Manual to assist in the successful day-to-day operation and maintenance of the facility. Both manuals are based upon 50 years of experience, contain a wealth of knowledge and will support a successful outcome for your business.
Each Harris construction team is lead by a foreman with more than 10 years’ experience in building miniature golf courses. The team leader is customer focused, keenly aware that it is in the best interest of owners to not only build a high quality miniature golf course, but also, to expeditiously complete the job enabling the business to begin operations. To this end, owner involvement is encouraged, and they should expect to be appraised of progress on a regular basis.
A typical project includes 18 or 36 playing holes with connecting concrete walkways, water systems, bridges, brick edging and carpeting. In addition, a full golf supply package containing the basic start-up necessities is provided for each project. The start-up package contains 100 putters, 15 dozen floating golf balls, 6 ball retrieval nets, 18 numbered flags and poles, blue lake water dye, 10 gross of pencils and a course rules sign.
Longtime Harris course owners who operate other attractions such as rock climbing, go-cart racing and paintball courses say nothing compares to miniature golf in terms of profit margin, return on investment and broad market appeal. More than 130 million people of all ages play miniature golf every year with industry revenues in excess of $1 billion annually.
- Fun family business to operate
- Attracts all age groups
- High profit margins
- Fast Payback
- High return on investment (ROI)
- Low overhead (staff of 1 or 2 people)
- Low equipment cost (balls and putters)
- Minimal liability exposure
In many ways, Harris thinks of its customers as members of our extended family. When questions arise or should assistance be required, Harris will always be available to lend a helping hand. The lines of communication are always open, and quite frequently, we speak with our clients on a regular basis, continually sharing ideas on ways to improve and grow the business of miniature golf.
A full-year, no-cost warranty on materials and workmanship is extended to each owner of a Harris-built miniature golf course. Rest assured, if a construction issue does arise and repairs are needed, the problem will be satisfactorily corrected. Remember, even after the first year, help is no more than a phone call away. Phone support is free, easily accessible and guaranteed for as long as you own the course.
The recommendation for an 18-hole miniature golf course is between 15,000 and 22,000 square feet for the playing surface. However, a site as small as 9,000 square feet can be accommodated. The clubhouse and parking areas are additional to the playing surface. Call 888-294-6530 and a Harris expert will be happy to discuss your land needs.
Many of our customers tell us that their investment is returned in one to two years. The amount of money that a particular business will generate is dependent upon varying factors.
Marketing and promotion is very important, and the Harris Marketing & Promotions Manual provides some great advice. Does the facility have a good visible location? How much is charged for a round of golf? Is there competition within a short traveling distance? How about the statistics of the local population or number of visitors per year? The list has endless possibilities. Try our online Revenue Calculator to get a quick estimate.
Compared with other family entertainment options, operating a miniature golf course is very economical. Annual operating expenses include one or two low-wage employees per shift, electric and water utilities, reasonable liability and workers compensation insurances, taxes and Internet service. Scorecards are the only daily consumable supply.
Typical course maintenance includes landscape maintenance and watering, draining and cleaning of ponds and streams, carpet vacuuming and winterization. However, part of the advantage of utilizing the services of Harris Miniature Golf is that an Operations & Maintenance Manual is provided to each course owner.
The manual covers most daily and weekly operational items and includes a detailed description on how to winterize a mini golf course at seasons end. Last but not least is the ongoing telephone support available through our Department of Construction Management.
The greatest percentage of our miniature golf courses are located in small towns throughout the United States either as standalone facilities or in conjunction with existing family-run businesses. As the worlds largest builder of miniature golf courses, Harris has thrived in the U.S. market. However, our company is actively expanding to overseas markets, having built courses on five of the seven continents worldwide.
The best way to see a Harris Miniature Golf Course is to visit our office in Wildwood, New Jersey. Wildwood is a resort on the beautiful Southern Jersey Coast and is home to many facilities that readily demonstrate variations in size, longevity, investment-level and construction methods. Walk the playing surface, putt a few holes and experience the newest and most interesting shots being incorporated into today’s designs. End the day with our design team and discuss the options available for your project
The right size clubhouse is unique to each owner’s vision. A small building of 80 to 120 square feet will satisfy the needs of a business that offers strictly mini golf. Businesses that offer food service, party rooms, arcades or other additional future attractions obviously require more space and should be sized accordingly.
Harris Miniature Golf principals are not only highly experienced in the design and construction of miniature golf courses, but they are also well-versed in the operations of personally owned facilities. Contact a Harris Miniature Golf expert at (888) 294-6530 if you have more questions.
Harris Miniature Golf construction crews are highly skilled. Our many years of expertise have enabled us to develop a process to complete construction within a four-week period. Knowledgeable in our craft, our foremen and staff have the ability to overcome all obstacles that might be encountered during construction. This is important because once the project has advanced to the construction phase, owners want to open their business as soon as possible.
Harris will dispatch a construction team to your location once the site has been prepared according to the design specifications noted on your plan. Work will begin immediately. The playing surface and water systems will be completed in three weeks, leaving the remaining week for turf installation by our carpet installers. Owners should arrange for landscaping after the construction phase and before carpet installation.