Fun at Wellington Country Park
The brand new 12-hole permanent miniature golf course at Wellington Country Park in Hampshire was officially launched by the Great Britain Minigolf Team last month. It really was a proud moment indeed to see team captain, James Rutherford, cut the ribbon and declare the course “open”!
We were commissioned by the park management to design and build a facility that would offer an interesting, enjoyable experience for visitors of all ages and to fit in with the family-orientated setting. The course was also required to complement its natural surroundings, which includes tranquil lakes, woodland and parkland. So to reflect this we created a softer, more flowing layout and landscape using rockery, plants, shrubs, timber sleepers and bark shavings. The hole designs are quite playful incorporating undulations, slopes, chutes, banks, bridges and tunnels. Click on the thumbnail, top right, to view the full set of photos.
The course is of a high enough skill rating to host official BMGA minigolf tournaments in the future, which brings me back to the Great Britain Minigolf Team. The players – Scott Lancley, Sean Homer, James Rutherford, Will Donnelly, Keith Kellard, Seth Thomas and Michael Smith – attended the launch to show their support for the new course, get some group training in ahead of their upcoming trip to the World Minigolf Championships in Germany and take on the public in challenge matches. They even got involved in making a video of trick shots and aces – check it out by clicking on the video link on the right!
On completion of the project Nigel Burnett, General Manager of the park, summed up the new facility by saying “UrbanCrazy have developed a modern, challenging miniature golf course for all ages, especially families with younger children. Each hole has been designed to complement the natural environment. The site is landscaped using natural elements of plants and rocks in such a way as to enhance the overall experience.”
Sean Homer, Great Britain Minigolf Team manager, added “All of the team thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the new course (another excellent job from UrbanCrazy). As well as getting some useful practise, the event provided us with a great way to get the team together prior to our forthcoming European adventures.”
We would like to say a big “thank you” to everyone that collaborated in the design, build and delivery of this project including: Kate, Chris and all our crew for ensuring the work was completed to a high standard, on time and on budget; Steve Gorton and Steve and Jeanette from Helipix for the wonderful clips and pics; and to Tamsin at Definitely Cake for the exquisite golf ball shaped cake pops she made especially for the event.
And a final thanks is reserved for the pro minigolfers for their support and input at the launch. They are heading off shortly for the World Minigolf Championships and we wish the team and coaches every success in the competition.
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