Thank you for your interest in becoming a Putt-Putt franchisee! As you probably know, kids and adults have been playing Putt-Putt miniature golf for over 60 years and the Putt-Putt brand has some of the highest name recognition of any family entertainment business in the world.

If you think you want to open a franchise, we strongly encourage you to read all of the information that we have provided to help you understand the commitment and requirements that are necessary to be successful. It’s a new day at Putt-Putt and we’ve had great success with our Putt-Putt Fun Center model in Fayetteville, North Carolina. We can’t wait for you to grow with us and become part of our team in the era of Putt-Putt Fun Centers. Once you have read the information provided in the following sections, click on the “Get Started” tab and follow the steps outlined.

Franchise Q&A

Where is Putt-Putt franchising at this time?

Putt-Putt, LLC is franchising locations throughout the United States and other countries. However due to the nature of our product, locations in warmer climates tend to be more successful.

What are the requirements for becoming a Putt-Putt Fun Center franchisee?

The following are guidelines for becoming a franchisee whether you are applying as an individual or investor group. You or your group should meet or exceed the following financial requirements in order to build and operate a successful Putt-Putt Fun Center. The financial requirements vary depending on what type of Putt-Putt Fun Center you plan to operate.

The following financial guidelines are for the three basic levels:

  • For a 36-hole golf only franchise

Net worth of at least $1,000,000 with $200,000 cash to invest in the business.

  • For a 36-hole golf and games franchise (Requires a building of at least 3,500 square feet)

Net worth of at least $2,000,000 with $300,000 cash to invest in the business.

  • For a multi-attraction family entertainment center with golf, games, party areas and at least one other attraction

Net worth of at least $3,000,000 with $500,000 cash to invest in the business.

What are the initial franchise fees and ongoing royalties for a franchisee?

The initial franchise fees are:

  • Putt-Putt Golf only franchise – $20,000
  • Putt-Putt Golf and Games franchise – $30,000
  • Putt-Putt Fun Center franchise – $50,000

The royalties are 5% on gross sales payable to Putt-Putt, LLC and 1% on gross sales payable to the Putt-Putt Marketing Fund. This fund is used for the development of marketing programs and support for franchisees and is managed by an Advisory Board of franchisees. A portion of the percentage paid to the Putt-Putt Marketing Fund will be credited to you as marketing credit for your facility.

What are the estimated costs from construction through opening for a Putt-Putt franchise location?

The following are estimated costs and do not constitute a contract. They should be viewed as general estimates to understand the investment required in constructing a new franchise location. Putt-Putt LLC will assist franchisees in obtaining actual costs and developing a more accurate budget based on their geographic location, construction costs, attractions, building size and other factors that are unique to each location. These costs do not include the purchase or lease cost for land.

Putt-Putt Golf (36 holes) only:
  • Franchise fee $20,000
  • Construction and other estimated costs through opening $550,000-$800,000
  • *Total estimated costs $570,000-$820,000
Putt-Putt Golf (36 holes) and Games (3,500 sq. ft. building):
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Construction and other estimated costs through opening $950,000-$1,400,000
  • *Total estimated costs $980,000-$1,430,000
Putt-Putt Fun Center (36 holes of golf, outdoor go-karts, bumper boats, and batting cages laser tag arena, bumper cars, arcade, snack bar and party rooms in a 10,000 sq. ft. building):
  • Franchise fee $50,000
  • Construction and other estimated costs through opening $2,100,000-$3,000,000
  • *Total estimated costs $2,150,000-$3,050,000

*The costs for purchasing or leasing real estate is not included in any of the estimated costs provided above.

What are the basic qualifications for a Putt-Putt franchisee?

Putt-Putt is looking for individuals and groups with the basic financial and management requirements, as well as a strong desire to build and sustain a business in the family entertainment industry. Potential franchisees must be interested in operating a hands-on business and cannot be concerned about rolling up their sleeves and working at the facility. If your only interest is in owning the franchise as an investment, Putt-Putt can manage your location for a fee. Your Putt-Putt Fun Center will become part of your community, and represents our brand in your community. How it is managed and cared for is critically important for your financial success and the growth of our brand.

Is it necessary for me to work at my park?

? Everyone wants a business where they invest a little money and don’t have to work very hard; a Putt-Putt franchise is not that. We know from experience that you must have a person at the park virtually every day watching every aspect of the business. It is not a difficult business to run, but it requires constant attention from someone who cares about the success of the business. We don’t require that you work at your Fun Center, but if you are not going to be the general manager, then we strongly suggest that you let us manage your franchise for you for some period of time to get off to as successful a start as possible.

What if I already have a location?

If you already have a location that you own or want to lease, we will be glad to review the property and area. However, make sure you do not let the fact that you own a piece of land be the deciding factor on where you locate your Putt-Putt Fun Center. For example, if your property has no visibility or is located away from homes, schools and shopping, it may not be a good location.

Can I get rights to a territory or multiple sites?

We will discuss development agreements for territories if they are not already taken by existing franchisees. We will need to agree on a reasonable build-out schedule.

What support does Putt-Putt give me in the design and construction of my Putt-Putt Fun Center?

Basic design and architectural drawings:
Putt-Putt will provide basic plans for the level of park that you plan to build (golf only, golf and games or full fun center). We will review these plans with you during the franchising process. Access to basic drawings is covered by your franchise fee. We also have an arrangement with one of the top amusement park architects in the country and they will provide the detailed drawing and site plans for your specific site for a very reasonable fee. We will be glad to participate with you in discussing your needs with them and will assist you during this critical process at no cost.

Construction:
A consultant from Putt-Putt, LLC will assist you by suggesting possible contractors, reviewing bids, and providing general expertise and the benefit of our experience. Our consultant will also visit your site during construction to provide a hands-on review of the work. We do have a general contractor that works all over the United States building Putt-Putt Fun Centers and other family entertainment centers. Using these services will be both cost effective for you and ensure that you get the full benefit of his experience building our franchises.

What training support does Putt-Putt give me for my employees and myself?

Training before the doors open for business:
The owner-manager and key staff needs to spend at least two weeks working at an existing Putt-Putt location that has attractions similar to the ones you will have at your facility. During this time, your staff members will go through the employee training for all attractions and actually work shifts at the location. There is no substitute for this hands-on training. You will be responsible for your travel and personal expenses during this period and you will not be paid by the franchisee where you are training.

Grand opening assistance:
Your Putt-Putt consultant will be on-site for the first week that you are open to assist in the continued training of your staff. S/he will actually work at your site alongside your staff to make sure they are doing things correctly and that they understand the culture of Putt-Putt.

On-going training:
Putt-Putt will provide you with training materials and procedures for training new staff and retraining existing staff in new roles.

What marketing support does Putt-Putt provide?

Putt-Putt provides franchisees with a complete, online marketing manual that outlines what to do from January 1 to December 31. The manual has a detailed calendar for each month that not only explains when to run what promotions, but also provides advance notice on when to order materials, tips on how to use them, and other important information. Putt-Putt also has created every ad, poster, banner and other item you will need to implement the marketing program. All you have to do is follow the detailed instructions. You can also contact your Putt-Putt consultant at any time for help, guidance or answers to questions. You will be responsible for production costs, but the designs are already complete and the digital files you need for printing are ready for use.

Putt-Putt, LLC also looks for input from the franchisees on ideas and recommendations for the development of new promotions and the use of the Marketing Fund dollars. The franchisees elect the majority of the members of the Marketing Advisory Board that oversees the use of the Marketing Fund dollars. This board approves the budget, reviews the recommended creative and provides valuable input to the home office on what is needed by the franchisees.

What support is available during my initial opening?

Your consultant will help you plan an effective opening promotion for your location. Different locations and different types of facilities need different approaches, and we will help you plan the best possible opening. We want you to succeed, but we don’t want customers to get frustrated, because they have to wait too long or you are not ready for them. Therefore, we generally recommend a staggered opening, rather than a big event and then going quiet. The time of year is also a significant factor in the best type of opening. All of the elements you need are already designed and available on the franchisee website.

Our Brand

Since 1954, the Putt-Putt name has been synonymous with family fun and has some of the highest name recognition of any entertainment company in the country. As the leading franchisee of miniature golf courses in the world with over 40 locations, Putt-Putt is a great choice for someone wanting to get into the business.

Although Putt-Putt has continued to test and add new attractions at franchise locations over the years, the classic Putt-Putt miniature golf remains the heart of each location. Some locations are still focused solely on Putt-Putt Golf, while others have added go-karts, batting cages, arcades, bumper boats, bumper cars, laser tag, climbing walls, and more.

With strong brand recognition, a family-oriented reputation and attractive pricing for our guests, Putt-Putt offers franchisees a great business opportunity. Join us as a Putt-Putt Fun Center franchisee and see how the Putt-Putt name and reputation will bring families, groups and organizations to your Fun Center for an affordable good time.

In November 2010, Putt-Putt launched its new park prototype in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Later in July 2015, this prototype was further expanded to the existing model. This complete Putt-Putt Fun Center includes modernized attractions, an updated park layout, and other design-specific elements that facilitate a successful and attractive business.

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Our Culture

The key to the success of each Putt-Putt Fun Center is the consistent implementation of the Putt-Putt culture. This culture is reflected in our mission statement and core values.

To support our mission statement and core values, Putt-Putt has created the “Ten Commandments of Culture” that guide us in everything we do concerning our guests. We have approached these commandments in a fun, light hearted way, but they truly are the key to the success of your franchise. If you can get every employee to live by these commandments every day, you will have happy guests that want to come back. We have a simple, inexpensive program that franchisees can implement in their location to give employees constant reminders of these commandments.

Commandments of Culture

Benefits

When you purchase a Putt-Putt Fun Center franchise, you are becoming part of a tradition of family fun that is over 60 years old. The Putt-Putt brand is invaluable, sparking instant recognition among parents and kids throughout the nation. With the option to add other attractions, such as go-karts, arcades, laser tag, bumper boats and batting cages, you can create a mini-amusement park that is the place for family fun in your community. You will be the preferred location for birthday parties, fundraising events, youth group outings, scout outings, athletic team parties, and even company events when they want a family setting.

Putt-Putt will be your partner in this venture. Some of the benefits you will receive as a Putt-Putt Fun Center franchisee will include:

  • Use of the Putt-Putt name (a strong national brand synonymous with family fun), logo, collateral system,
    promotional materials, signage, etc.
  • Support and consultation from an experienced Putt-Putt representative every step of the way
  • Site selection consulting
  • Facility design assistance, including design assistance from your Putt-Putt representative and connection
    to a family fun center design specialist
  • Initial training for you and your key staff, as well as access to the ongoing training for all of your employees
  • Access to a complete step-by-step marketing program
  • Contacts and discounts from key vendors for everything from insurance and employee benefits to putters
    and redemption toys
  • On-site support during your grand opening
  • Ongoing support from the corporate office staff through site visits, a toll-free number and secure website once you are open for business
  • Group meetings with other franchisees to network for ideas and assistance
  • Research and development results on new attraction options and marketing programs
  • And much more!

We know that our success is dependent on your success. Your Putt-Putt consultant will continue to be there for you to answer questions, provide suggestions, and give you whatever support you need to be successful.

Requirements

The following information provides guidelines for potential franchisees, whether they are individuals, families, or investment groups. Meeting these requirements in no way guarantees approval for a franchise. However, we have found that meeting these requirements is important in your ability to run a successful family entertainment center.

Once you have reviewed all of the information on this website, follow the steps outlined on the “Get Started” tab if you are interested in becoming a Putt-Putt franchisee.

Owner/Operator Requirements

Putt-Putt does not require that owners manage their facility. However we do recommend that if the owner will not be the full-time general manager, that the owner/owners contract with Putt-Putt to manage the facility for the first few years of operation. This will ensure that you have experience on your staff and the full benefit of our expertise in all aspects of the business.

Financial Requirements for an Individual Franchisee or Franchise Group

    • For a 36-hole golf only franchise

Net worth of at least $1,000,000 with $200,000 cash to invest in the business.

    • For a 36-hole golf and games room franchise (Requires a building of at least 3,500 square feet)

Net worth of at least $2,000,000 with $300,000 cash to invest in the business.

    • For a multi-attraction family entertainment center with golf, games, party areas and at least one other attraction

Net worth of at least $3,000,000 with $500,000 cash to invest in the business.

Prospective Franchisee Process

This section contains the steps on becoming a Putt-Putt franchisee. The steps below do NOT pertain to employment opportunities at any Putt-Putt location. If you are interested in job opportunities at your local Putt-Putt, please click here.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Putt-Putt franchisee. If you have read all of the information we have provided on our franchising program and have a strong desire to become a franchisee, here is the process you need to follow:

Step 1

Complete the “Franchise Candidate Information Request Form” provided below and submit your information and any questions for our review.

Step 2
After reviewing your information we will contact you for a phone conference.

Step 3
After the phone conference, if you and Putt-Putt both feel that moving forward is appropriate, then you, and everyone in your investor group, will need to complete an Application for Exclusive License and we will provide you with our FDD document. You will need to send one $500 processing fee with your application or the applications for your investor group. This fee is to cover some of the expenses our team will incur in conducting background checks, credit checks, and reviewing your proposed market and location. If you are awarded a franchise, this $500 will be deducted from your franchise fee.