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Adventure golf given thumbs up to tee off

Players will be able to take a swing back in time at a brand new Iron Age-themed adventure golf course, after Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) recently granted planning permission for the facility at Charlton Lakeside.

The old course was well-used but long past its best. Thanks to Places Leisure, which runs the site, it will be totally transformed into an 18-hole ‘destination’ facility, filled with fantastic new features and obstacles ready to transport users to 800 BC.

Danny Churcher, Contract Manager for Places for Leisure said, “We are pleased this project is going ahead, as we believe it will really enhance the area.  Adventure golf is a popular activity, primarily because it appeals to people of all ages and abilities and is something the whole family can do together, from toddlers to grandparents.  It’s another active place that brings people together in an outdoor setting. We are also including an educational element to the facility based on the Iron Age theme, which we hope both children and adults will enjoy.”

Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, councillor Phil North, said: “This is really great news and I would like to thank Places Leisure for making it happen. The existing course is in a pretty sorry state, so I’m really pleased that we’ve got a fantastic new facility to look forward to. And particularly one that pays tribute to the area’s history.

“It’s in an excellent location with a range of pedestrian and cycle routes nearby and we hope that providing a vastly enhanced course will prove popular with both local communities and customers from further afield.

“Adventure golf is a brilliant way for the entire family to have fun and enjoy some fresh air and I hope it will prove to be a well-loved attraction. It’ll be great to try it out once complete!”

Work is expected to begin on site later this summer and it is hoped that the new course will be ready for the public to tee off in autumn 2020.