Juliette Nutland of Basset Down Golf Course with Simon and Will Baker of InstagolfA local golf club is offering youngsters a ‘hole’ lot of fun this summer – in the shape of two new sporting innovations.
Basset Down Golf Course will be the first club in the world to offer the Treasure Island nine-hole Instagolf course.
Designed by fast-growing Swindon start-up Instagolf, players are invited to navigate their way around a nine-hole course festooned with obstacles, characters, and pirate sounds.
“Instagolf is a new innovation in adventure golf – the whole course fits into a 40ft shipping container, and can be transported from location to location,” said golf club director Juliette Nutland.
“We’re excited to be the test bed for this new way of enjoying golf.”
The second innovation is a six-hole Football Golf course, which combines the skills of football with the rules of golf. Using a standard football, players have to sink their balls into enlarged holes, using just their feet, taking the fewest possible shots.
Playing Football Golf Will and Alex Baker and Milo Davison with Juliette Nutland of Basset Down Golf Course“Football Golf is the fastest-growing sport in the UK,” said Juliette, “and we’re proud to be the first club in Swindon, and one of the only clubs in Wiltshire, to offer it. We know it will be popular - everyone can kick a football!”
Both Football Golf and Treasure Island Adventure Golf courses will be open to the public this Half Term – from Saturday, May 23 – and will run until at least the end of September, and perhaps into October.
A 45-minute round of Football Golf or Treasure Island Adventure Golf, which lasts around 30 minutes, costs £3.75 per adult and £3 per child, with football hire priced at £1 per person.
The club is also offering a combined price discount, providing entertainment for £7 per adults and £5,50 per child, or £24 for a family of four. Special rates for children’s parties are also available.
Basset Down Golf Course was established by fourth generation dairy farmer Will Nutland and his wife Juliette in 2005. The nine-hole, 170-yard course is played over 100 acres of mature parkland, and a major project to extend the course to 18 holes is well underway.
More information about Basset Down Golf Club – for those who are serious about their golf – can be found at www.bassetdowngolfcourse.com
Details about the range of family activities can be found at www.swindonfamilygolf.com
Marlborough's winning team: (l to r) Graham Daws, Gordon Buckett, Grant Talman, John Thomas, John Parsons (capt), David Ferris, John Sprules, Sean Swords.Marlborough Golf Club Seniors have won the final play-off match in the Wilts/Berks Winter Golf League and secured the Graham Jefferies trophy for the second time.
The final was contested on a home and away basis. Played in a four ball, better ball format the first match at Donnington earlier in March was a two-all draw. The return match at Marlborough, played in very windy conditions, proved to be a tense affair.
However Marlborough’s last pairing of Graham Daws and John Sprules were up to the task, securing the vital half point to decide the match.
The team's captain, John Parsons, commented: "It was a great day. Donnington were very magnanimous in defeat. I would like to thank all the Seniors who contributed to the success of the team. Let’s hope we can win it again next year."
The Winter League was first played in 2011-2012. The following year Graham Jefferies, who is a member of Marlborough Seniors, donated the trophy that now bears his name.
The Winter League is played against other local clubs and is for players who have a handicap of 18 or lower.