Mini Golf Course now open at Brotton
The Mini Golf Course at Byron Court Playing Fields (locally known as Mushroom Park) is now complete and available to be used by all, completely free of charge.
To celebrate, Skelton and Brotton Parish Council organised an Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 23 September 2014. Richard Weeks, Director of Golf from Hunley Hotel and Golf Club performed the ribbon cutting ceremony in the presence of several Parish Councillors and local schoolchildren.
Throughout the day, an inter school mini golf tournament was held with children from Badger Hill Primary School, St Peters Church of England Primary School and KTS Academy - some of them were playing golf for the first time. We were delighted that Richard Weeks helped the children and brought putters, balls and score cards.
Richard said: "It's fantastic to see the opening of this mini golf course in Brotton & especially so near to Hunley Hotel & Golf Club. Hopefully this proves a fun & interesting way of introducing youngsters (and maybe their parents!) to the game of golf. Potential users of the course are welcome to hire clubs & balls from Hunley at any point in return for a small deposit. Let's hope this course proves a useful feature to the already excellent facilities in Mushroom Park."
Mr Unthank, Head Teacher of St Peters Church of England Primary School said: "Thank you to the Parish Council for the invitation. The mini golf course is a great addition to the facilities the children have on offer at Brotton.
"The children were clearly enthusiastic and enjoyed the visit. They have shared their experiences with the rest of their peers in school. They look forward to visiting the course with their families."
Headteacher of Badger Hill Primary School, Mrs Heather Rowe, said: "We all thoroughly enjoyed our golf," and Grace Stabler and Eve Hume (year 3 pupils) wrote a piece for their school newsletter which included: "It was great fun - we had a competition to see how many people potted the ball into the hole.
"There are nine holes you can try... They were very kind to us and gave us something to eat and drink... It was a fantastic day and we can’t wait to go again with our families. You should go and play too!"
Lauren Henderson, Teacher at KTS Academy said: "The students loved it and it gave them a chance to do something they wouldn't normally do at school, especially with someone there to show them what to do."
This course is quite unique, being the only one in the Cleveland area. It is open to use by all and is totally free of charge. Users only need bring putters and golf balls, and if they forget them, Hunley Hall Golf Club have offered to provide them for a small, returnable deposit.
The Parish Council received funding for the course from Impetus Environmental Trust, and a contribution from Skelton Charitable Settlement, funded by the Skelton Estate.
The Chair of Skelton and Brotton Parish Council, Angus McDonald said that the Parish Council were pleased to offer this free facility for the residents of the area and hoped that they would be well used and enjoyed by all.
Local firm Logic Street and Park Furniture designed and installed the course for the Parish Council.
Flags for the Opening Ceremony were on loan from Harrison External Display Systems