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Teesside graduate on course for success

27 April 2022


A Teesside University graduate who set up his successful escape room business through Launchpad has branched out into the world of mini golf.

Nick Rodgers
Nick Rodgers

Nick Rodgers owns and runs Project Escape, alongside Co-Director and friend Graham Huntley, a business which began following the support of Teesside University’s Launchpad and DigitalCity programmes.

The pair have now launched Putter Chaos in Middlesbrough, an 18-hole adventure golf course which opened in April.

Teesside Launchpad, based at Teesside University, is a business start-up community on campus which provides affordable accommodation and professional advice and support for students, staff, and graduates.

Project Escape, above Middlesbrough’s Dundas Shopping Centre, has gone from strength to strength since it opened in 2017. It sees participants discover clues and solve puzzles in order to escape from a variety of themed rooms.

Due to the ongoing success of Project Escape, Nick and Graham have now expanded their business and opened Putter Chaos.

It is Middlesbrough’s first boutique adventure golf course with 18 holes designed with family fun in mind.

Nick graduated from Teesside University after studying BA (Hons) Sports Management and works as a Higher Degree Apprenticeship Information and Finance Officer at Teesside University.

Teesside University has been incredibly supportive and the help and guidance we received from Launchpad when starting out was invaluable.

Nick Rodgers

He said: “Our business is always evolving, and it is important to come up with new ideas to help us expand and give the local people something different”

“Teesside University has been incredibly supportive and the help and guidance we received from Launchpad when starting out was invaluable.”

“Project Escape has been a great success and we hope to be able to replicate that with Putter Chaos and provide an experience that friends, and families can enjoy together.”

Putter Chaos has its golf course split into zones including Boutique Beach, Iconic Industrial, Clubbing Chaos, Arcade Adventure, Rainforest Ruins and Our Town.

Putter Chaos is located on Wilson Street above the Dundas Shopping Centre, the former site of the old B&M.

You can book slots or find out more on their website or by following them on Facebook.

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