New adventure golf course with wider holes for children could be coming to Nottingham

Nottingham's Highfields ParkA new adventure golf course designed with wider holes to encourage children to take up the sport could be coming to Nottingham.

Bosses at Highfields Park Adventure Golf, which opened last year featuring an 18-hole course, want to develop an extra nine holes around it.

Co-owner David Lowe said he wanted the new course to feature half-a-metre wide holes for children to learn and enjoy the sport, and nurture the next Tiger Woods, in a climate where the number of youngsters playing is in “decline”.

As part of the plans, he said the new course would also be used to allow customers to play footgolf – a modern sport fusing together elements of golf and football where customers kick balls into the holes.

But rather than being like existing footgolf facilities around the county, where players tee-off with normal footballs, this course would feature size one, feathered futsal balls.

Futsal is variant of football played indoors with a smaller-sized ball with reduced bounce.

Mr Lowe told the Post: “We are going to make the holes slightly bigger than normal – half-metre holes. We’re going to have plastic golf clubs and slightly bigger holes that will promote golf.

“The idea is to bring the fun back into the game. These clubs make it easier for kids to play.

“We are going to promote junior golf for the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. This is going to let juniors learn it.Junior Golf

“It’s to allow juniors to come on the course and to feel they are having a round of golf and not just a putting experience, and to teach them how to play the game.

“It’s great to give something back to the area. I have been in golf most of my working life. Hopefully it will help a young, budding Tiger Woods come through the ranks.”

He added: “The balls will be about the size of tennis balls for the kids to use. But we will also be using size one footsal footballs for the mini-footsal footgolf.

“If people want to come down and have a knock, students can use it as well as others. The idea is to bring golf to the masses.”

He said the course would cost £80,000 to build and the “funding is in place”.


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