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Saltburn Minigolf


The mission

After a couple of years of research and negotiations, enterprising brothers Andrew and Gavin Smith were able to acquire a prime site opposite Saltburn Pier for their new minigolf venture and turned to us at UrbanCrazy to design and build it. Our clients wanted to the course to be “premium” and “iconic” and to include fun seaside theming relevant to the surroundings.

First day on site, clients and contractors


We devised a course layout to make best use of the relatively small space, with a hole-to-hole difficulty level that would entertain all ages and ensure a steady flow of customers. For the theming it was important that we created one-off, exclusive features and not supply anything ‘off-the-shelf’. Our drawings were client-approved and Planning Consent was finally granted in November 2015.

The course layoutHoles 5 and 6

Our work

The site location and ground conditions presented more than a few challenges to our construction team and so greater consideration was paid to drainage provision and to the durability of construction materials. We installed our exclusive bona fide kerbing and felt and included undulations, ramps and so on to vary the game play. Shingle, hardy planting and rocks completed the landscaping.

The siteKerbing productionFramework for Hole 2Precision workThe beach hut is installed!Fitting the all-weather felt

The results

With course features that include a beach hut you must play through, a lighthouse dressed in a traditional golf jumper and “The Bridge Over The River Tees” we’d have to say this is one of the most unique courses in the country. Check out the photos in the gallery, right. It was a proud day when we handed the site back 3 weeks ahead of schedule.

Hole 4 and the novel lighthouseLooking west across the courseHoles 5 and 6The view of the Victorian pier and beachThe innocent-looking Hole 3

And finally…

Former England international footballer, Jonathan Woodgate, tried out the course on Monday 21 March. Ever the competitor, he went round in a record-equalling 21 shots. Can you match or beat that? When you get to play, do tell us about your experience and post your scores here. After your round we recommend the nearby Seaview Restaurant for some extraordinary fish and chips!

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