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Wellington Country Park


The mission

The management at Wellington Country Park required the original design and construction of a new course, aimed at its main visitor demographic, families with younger children. The facility would need to complement its natural surroundings and sit well alongside the other facilities in the park.

The initial site visit


To increase capacity 12-holes were agreed on, rather than 9. We then set about planning a course that would be attractive and hold people’s interest. Features such as chutes, banks, tunnels and bridges were included to liven up the design, whilst still maintaining a certain skill level.

Hole 2Hole 5 and 6, shared borderThe plan view

Our work

As is the norm across our build projects, we took care to weatherproof the course and use robust materials in the foundations and construction. We created a sinuous layout with most holes rising, falling, twisting or turning, all linked with block-paved pathways. To give the site a softer feel we covered the ground in bark shavings, rocks and planting.

Marking out the siteKerbing arrives. Prep well underwayBorders are set outDesigns are being followed. Good!Rocks and plants selectedConcreting. A fine artPathways: installed. Bark: spreadPrimed and ready for carpetingFitting on a scorching dayHole number plaques

The results

Thanks to the fine weather and our hard-working, expeditious crew, we completed the work ahead of schedule. We’re delighted with the end product as is the park’s General Manager, Nigel Burnett. See what he had to say here. In the gallery hit “enlarge” to view a selection of the best photos, shot by Helipix and Steve Gorton.

From the RC droneGreat fun for kidsTimber featuresThe layoutFamily enjoymentView from the site entranceA different perspectiveChoosing the right clubHole 7

And finally...

The 2013 Great Britain Minigolf Team came along to officially open the course, take on members of the public and train there ahead of their trip to the World Minigolf Championships. Check out the short video they made which includes trick shot demonstrations and “hole in ones” (above, right).

Great Britain Minigolf TeamKeith KellardJames RutherfordSean Homer and Michael SmithScott LancleyWill DonnellySigned shirt
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