A NEW £500,000 adventure golf facility will open on the Wirral later this month.
The 18-hole Viking Adventure Golf Course at Moreton Hills Golf Centre will open its doors to the public at the end of April following the completion of a four-month project.
The centre is owned by John Andrew, a PGA Fellow Professional, who came up with the Viking theme himself after reading about the Wirral’s rich Viking history. “It’s estimated that 75% of Wirral people have Viking blood and the Viking’s even had their own Parliament nearby at Thingwall so it was the obvious choice,” explained John.
The centre’s managing director Simon Corp said: “It’s a big investment by John and no expense has been spared. We’ve really gone to town to make sure it has all been done right.
“John and I have been going to the PGA Show in Orlando, Florida for more than 20 years and in the last three years we have taken influence from their Pirate’s Cove adventure golf facility.
“As you would imagine there are lots Viking artifacts that the players will have to negotiate on their way round.
“They will set sail past the serpent on their voyage, play under an abandoned catapult and try and lift the mighty hammer of Thor! There are even two rafts that players have to use to get from a couple of the greens to the next tees.
“It’s looking great and we can’t wait to open the doors and let people have a go. “It’s a lesuire facility for everyone, it is wheelchair and pram friendly. Everyone can have a go at Adventure Golf.
“We plan to invite a number of local schools and hope that the staff can use the facility as a fun way to teach their pupils about the Vikings.”
The adventure golf is just part of the on-going improvements that have taken place at the popular centre since June, 2016.
“In total John’s invested more than £750,000 in the centre, most of it during the last year,” added West Yorkshire-based Simon. “For anyone that hasn’t been for the last 12 months it’s now virtually unrecognisable.
“The car park has been extended and the driving range has been transformed and now includes indoor and outdoor bays, a teaching area, fitting area and grass tees. The floors have all been artificially turfed and new LED lights added. The state-of-the-art TopTracer simulator technology is now available in 10 of the bays and this has proved particularly popular as its allows golfers to play the likes of Pebble Beach as they practice. “There is longest drive and nearest-the-pin option available too,” said Simon. “There’s a leaderboard so you can compete with other people at the range and you can even compete against other internationally!
“TopTracer also allows us to offer gapping sessions to our customers, which is a great feature.
“We’ve added tables and stools alongside the bays and now have a licence to serve alcohol so that hitting balls at our range is much more like a Tenpin bowling/entertainment centre experience.
More improvements are planned. The new café, powered by The Green Hut, is also close to completion and will open this month and the plan is to re-instate a six-hole course after purchasing additional land from the council. An artificial putting green will be built and an improved short game practice area will open this summer.
“We have six PGA pros here in total and we all feel that we have a responsibility to help grow the game again,” said Simon. “Hopefully people will come and see what we’re trying to do here and will keep coming back.”