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Barnard Castle Minigolf


The mission

To design and build a 9-hole course to replace its 30 year old predecessor. The theming would reflect the heritage of the market town and become a focal point for the local community. Our client also required the course to be challenging and of BMGA standard for official competition play.

The old course. Time for a change


We spent some time in and around in Barnard Castle learning about the places of interest to be represented on the course then drew up sketches to showcase our ideas. Following unanimous approval we presented the final site plans and, after a period of due process, signatures were exchanged ahead of breaking ground.

The site layoutHole 8 planThe vision

Our work

Materials used in the build include Dunhouse Quarry stone, Yorkstone setts for the pathways (sourced locally) and our specialist bathstone-colour kerbing. We used timber to form the play features, our green felt for the play surfaces and turf to cover the rest of the site. The final task was to install Phil Townsend’s majestic stone monoliths on special “islands” that we had created.

Supported by The National LotteryDay 1. Levelling the siteDay 2. Site is levelled!Cutting the kerbsHole 9 taking shapePathway setts going inTurfing and carpeting

The results

Given the creative input required we thoroughly enjoyed producing this “one of a kind” course. The blend of materials, colour scheme and design layout all marry together nicely, whilst keeping players of all ages entertained and stimulated. Michael King, Town Clerk for Barnard Castle Town Council offered these kind words.

Barnard Castle MinigolfHole 6Playing hole 3Twice World Crazy Golf Champion, Chris HardingHole 8View from the south sideGo and have a game!Friendly service

And finally...

On the launch day local mayors and dignitaries came along to test the course out. Here they are pictured with members of the Great Britain Minigolf Team.

Mayors, consorts and minigolfers!
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