Short and sweet! Families get their own course at Regent Park

ANOTHER milestone was reached during the on-going developments at Regent Park Golf Course in Bolton today where a nine-hole lay-out specifically for families was officially opened.

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GRAND OPENING: Bolton Mayor Councillor Linda Byre cut the tape to the family short course watched by her husband John, who is also a councillor, and Robin Day

Robin Day, who has a long-term lease on the land owned by Bolton Council, has ploughed a substantial sum of money into the impressive complex.

“It’s all about making the game accessible to everyone and the more they get into it the more they will enjoy it,” he said. “The short course is a low cost venture which will appeal to all members of the family, especially children who might get off their I-pads and into golf.”

Regent Park has linked up with the Lancashire County Golf Partnership which is part of England Golf’s drive to encourage more people to play.

And the initiative has already attracted a healthy number of newcomers to the pay-and-play venue which has recently embraced some dramatic improvements.

The course is almost unrecognisable from the original one laid down in 1932 with five new holes mixed and matched with the old ones presenting a formidable but fair challenge.

The redevelopment was the work of Dave Thomas Course Designer, the company set up by the late legendary Ryder Cup player whose son Paul oversaw the changes.

There’s also an impressive driving range and shop run by PGA professional Neil Brazell and his five-strong coaching staff.  And a new clubhouse is will soon be erected.

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“The teaching venue will grow and grow,” predicted Day, who founded his company Open Golf 27 years ago in Harwood where he still owns a nine-hole course.

He estimates the total cost of the whole Regent Park project will be around a cool £2m.

“We’ve put our money where our mouth is and, fingers crossed, it will work. It’s all about passion for the game. We are confident more and more people, particularly families, will come down and enjoy the facilities,” he added.

 

      

 

 

 

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