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Peterborough Minigolf


The mission

Our clients had the dream of turning a disused patch of land behind Dobbies Garden Centre into a vibrant minigolf course and invited us to create it. We were given more than fair amount of artistic license, but there were firm requirements for bespoke design with an integrated water feature and a final hole that would present the opportunity for players to win a free game. We put our thinking caps on!

A first look at the site


Assisted by our new magnetic kerbing models we designed sinuous hole shapes and a weaving course layout. It was important for the course to dovetail with the garden centre which is how the flower-shaped Hole 3 came about. We included two-speed greens for the first time to punish stray shots. But the biggest thrill was in conceiving the novelty “Lucky Hole 13”.

Using scale kerbing models for the first timeTechnical drawingsThe designs start to blossomHole 12 and water featureProposed site layout

Our work

We took a meticulous approach to each stage of the build: initial groundworks and levelling; drainage installation; creating site elevation; setting in border kerbstones; concreting fairways; laying down interconnecting pathways; constructing the water feature; and dressing the site with planting from Dobbies and Dunhouse stone. Last but not least, it was the careful process of installing Hole 13 and its electronics.

Scoping the siteTrenching the drainageOn the levelTimbers at the readyCementing the futureConcrete is set. Pathways are laidDressing the siteLaying the feltAnd… relax

The results

We are extremely proud of this work, not least because of the unique and novel elements we created. It all came together perfectly and we were fortunate enough to be able to hand the site over to our clients, Roger, Simon and Lizzie, ahead of schedule. They were very complimentary about our work, read what they had to say here.

From the skyThe signature Hole 3Water featureFun for the whole familySo close!Unconventional hole shapesAlongside Dobbies Garden CentreThe suspense of Lucky Hole 13Close up viewThe bridge on Hole 11Hole 1Fishing the ball out

And finally…

The Grand Opening was attended by several hundred visitors who got to meet – and play alongside – the Great Britain Minigolf Team and junior golf prodigy Jayden Phipps. If you haven’t visited yet what are you waiting for! For opening times and prices, click here.

Welcome to Peterborough MinigolfA crowd gathers for the opening speechAnd we are now… open!Lovely treats for the Grand OpeningThe Great Britain Minigolf Team…… getting to grips with the courseYoung golfing superstar, Jayden PhippsFull to capacityWinner of a free game!Flying the flag for Peterborough
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