MARKEATON PARK

NEW BUILD OF TWO 9-HOLE COURSES REPLACING EXISTING 18-HOLE COURSE IN A CENTRALLY LOCATED PARK

THE BRIEF

Derby County Council wanted to replace their popular but aged course with two new 9-hole courses. Creating two smaller courses gave them the opportunity for people to play 9-holes or 18-holes encouraging repeat custom and avoiding little ones getting bored and doubling their fun. A priority was to ensure that the course was DDA accessible.

Plans

The two courses were designed to run alongside each other. The red course was to be slightly easier and the blue course slightly more of a challenge. Being in a public park, the course was to be naturalistic and vandal resistant.

Our work

Building on a known high water table, with water levels rising from below, our crew had to position the holes carefully to ensure the course drained as quickly as possible. To help keep the course low-maintenance, we used our sturdy exclusive kerbing blocks and our durable, easy clean exclusive Smooth Putt carpet. To dress the site, we added planting and incorporated rocks from the local area.

The results

To help launch the new dual course site, some members of the BMGA (British MiniGolf Assosciation) and members of the British Minigolf Team came along to test the course out and mingle with some of the public enjoying both courses. The media also came along, as did members of local wheelchair user groups who were delighted to finally have a minigolf course that was fully accessible to them they to play.

And finally…

We were really pleased to hear from our client, the Derby County Council Parks Development Officer, that footfall for the course increased from 13,500 on the old course in 2018 to over 23,000 on the new courses in 2019 (excluding ducks)!

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