Adventure golf replaces traditional putting green

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 August 2012




A SEAFRONT attraction which has been part of Weston for almost three decades will be overhauled after North Somerset Council secured American-style adventure golf for the site.

The Weston Miniature Railway and putting green, which has been on the Beach Lawns under its current operator Bob Bullock since 1984, is set to be handed over to a new contractor in November when Mr Bullock retires and the contract is taken on by another operator.

It is a move which Mr Bullock, says is unpopular with some residents.

He said: “There were a lot of people interested in taking it on as a railway and putting green but then the council said it wanted adventure golf.

“It would be a shame to lose the putting green, it’s the only one in the area.

“I think some of the locals are upset. There are places for these sort of things but they feel this isn’t the right place.

“It has always been quite quiet down this end, it is a nice green area.”

Golfantasia Ltd will replace the putting green with an 18-hole adventure golf course and miniature railway for the next 25 years after North Somerset Council approved the application for the tender earlier this year, with work set to be completed by April 2013.

The authority says it was the only application it received for the tender.

But Mr Bullock said there had initially been several applicants, but all but one dropped out when they found out the authority was insisting on adventure golf instead of a traditional putting green.

Mr Bullock added that the council specified it only wanted the miniature rail line to run around the golf area, not further up Beach Lawns.

Golfantasia will pay the council £7,000 for the first year, £20,000 for the second and £30,000 from year three onwards, subject to inflation.

A report presented to the authority’s executive members stated: “The offer presented provides a tremendous opportunity for the council to see a major further investment into the Weston seafront area to provide a new and popular attraction for both visitors and residents.

“The rental offer is a considerable improvement on the current rent received from the site of around £7,000 per year.”

Adam Devine from Golfantasia added: “We are very pleased to have been awarded this concession.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for us to provide something a bit different for residents and visitors. We want to complete work on site by April next year, in time for the busy tourism season.”

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