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Charnwood Miniature Golf


The mission

Already home to a 22 bay floodlit driving range, golf shop and all-weather artificial sports pitch, the brief was for us to create a 9-hole miniature golf facility that would help boost visitor numbers to the complex, especially amongst families and juniors. We were delighted to have won this exciting contract.

The pre-existing facilitiesDerelict site, Jan 2014


We had the novel idea of representing the 9 letters of “C-H-A-R-N-W-O-O-D” in the layout and features of the course. At the same time, it was important to remain faithful to our policy that all holes should offer the optimal game play experience. A weaving layout was designed to make maximum use of the space.

Unique 9-hole designThe initial doodlesArtistic impressions, montageA montage of the plans

Our work

Not even the wettest January on record could dampen our crew’s enthusiasm! It meant we had to install a more advanced soakaway system than planned, but everything progressed well from the initial excavations to the installation of our unique kerbing and forming of the site contours. Finally, we prettied the site with rocks, plants and a couple of specially-commissioned plaques.

Initial groundworks, week 1An early and frosty start!EdgingsThe midway point of the buildPeering through the fenceConcrete is curing nicelyCarpeting the first hole

The results

The grand opening in April 2014 saw a fantastic turn out from members of the public. They were joined by the Great Britain Minigolf Team and Charnwood’s Deputy Mayor Cllr Paul Day, Oak FM’s Twiggy & Mark and Radio Leicester’s Julie Mayer, all of whom were very complimentary about our work and the wider complex. It was nice to see Julie getting a hole in one on the very first hole!

Accurate designThe opening ceremonyIt’s hole 7Nice to see the course busyHanding out minigolf clubs and ballsHole 2 aka “H”!In glorious technicolorTony Kelly of Team GB, coachingIt spells out Charnwood!Aerial shots by helipix.orgThe plaque by hole 6Hole 5 in the foreground

And finally...

Check out the corresponding gallery for a series of photographs taken from the exact same spot at various intervals during the process. Do head over to the Charnwood Golf Complex when you get a chance, a link to their website can be found in the right-hand column. Happy putting!

12 weeks in 6 seconds!
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