Work starts on Whitwood’s new footgolf course

Whitwood Golf Club's head greenkeeper Kevin Moore (right) with Darren Holmes, contracts manager for Groundwork Pride who are building the bases for the new footgolf course.
Whitwood Golf Club's head greenkeeper Kevin Moore (right) with Darren Holmes, contracts manager for Groundwork Pride who are building the bases for the new footgolf course.
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Work has started on building a new footgolf course at Whitwood Golf Club.

The nine-hole course is on the club’s practice ground and is due to open this spring.

It will have nine astro turf tee stations and nine astro greens with large holes.

The game is played the same way as golf except players use a football instead of a golf ball and the ball is kicked.

Whitwood’s course will be built by Atlantis Leisure Holdings who have an excellent reputation, having previously built courses in Leeds and Bradley Park, Huddersfield. Atlantis Leisure will put in the artificial turf and holes after Groundwork Pride have built the bases.

Kevin Moore, Whitwood’s head green keeper and interim golf club manager said: “We have started turf cutting the shapes for the greens.

“After they have dug to a depth of 150mm, they then back fill with stone up to 130mm before compacting down and topping up with sand just short of the top level.

“After this process, Atlantis Leisure will fit our state of art artificial turf. This is the first time it has been used in Europe. It is manufactured outside the UK to a template of 80 square metres so there are no joints needed, reducing any potential damage in the future.”

Mr Moore believes Wakefield district’s first footgolf course will prove poular.

“Most footballers play golf and vice versa so by changing the ball and relaxing the dress codes we hope to encourage families and kids to enjoy their leisure time as a family. We hope people can enjoy some quality family time doing exercise,” he said.

“Most families don’t have much spare time but it takes only one hour to do a round of footgolf which far less than it takes for a round of golf.”