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Visit Basingstoke minigolf course!

Fri, 30 Mar 2012  |  Jon Angel, UrbanCrazy

UrbanCrazy is happy to announce that the brand-new minigolf course at Basingstoke Golf Centre, is now … open!

In 2011 Basingstoke & Deane Community Leisure Trust commissioned UrbanCrazy to design and build a 9-hole course with a miniature golf putting green. The challenge was to create a facility that would entertain visitors of all ages and complement the other activities at the golf centre, which comprises a pitch and putt course, a floodlit driving range and a golf shop.

Detailed plans and layouts were produced and sent to the local Planning Department and last October, once all the proposals had been approved, work got underway. UrbanCrazy and their crew worked hard through the cold months to ensure the course would be open for the Easter holiday and it was a proud moment indeed when they were able to hand it over early! On 14 March, the course was officially launched to Council and Golf Centre staff by Councillor Clive Sanders and Golf Centre Manager, Bill Dempsey.

Throughout the build process, close attention was paid by UrbanCrazy’s team to important factors, such as installing a reliable drainage system and ensuring all materials and components used were exterior-grade and robust. This included their exclusive, purpose-made kerbing blocks which are of the firmest and smoothest on the market, and their “Smooth Putt” felt range, a non-directional needlepunch surface which plays fast and true.

Interesting profiling was designed in – hillocks, depressions, doglegs and ramps are all strategically-placed for the ultimate outdoor experience. The layout of the course encourages players to return and try to better their score on every visit, with each hole offering at least two routes to the pin, some routes less obvious than others! Varied rocks and plants were also added for that extra touch of beauty.

On Sunday 25 March, the course was unveiled to the public, with the centre laying on events including an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids, a “nearest the pin competition” for the adults and of course the minigolf, which was free for the whole day. Local radio station Heart FM accepted an invitation to attend at the event, as did members of the British Minigolf Team – Richard and Emily Gottfried and Chris Harding – who enjoyed demonstrating a different side to minigolf to the public.

The highlight of the event was a challenge match between the British Team players and Basingstoke PGA golf professional Tony Cook. It was Richard Gottfried who emerged victorious with a 2-under-par 16. Tony, despite a respectable 22, finished last amongst the quadrumvirate.

To open up a gallery of images of our work please click on the photo (top right). And for an even closer look at the course, why not go along and visit for yourself?!

For more details and directions, please visit this site.

A captivating video of the Open Day’s action can be found here.

The final word should be left to Councillor Sanders, who commented after his visit “It is good to have a facility like this to get families in and playing the game. Beginners can learn the fundamentals before moving on to the driving range and then the golf course. Hopefully, people who may not have played the game before will come down and go away thinking that they like golf. Once you are hooked, you stay hooked”. Never a truer word spoken!

 

Credits: Photos by www.helipix.org, www.urbancrazy.com, Steve Gorton and Cheryl Joseph

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