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Firm foundations for new Bootle driving range

MORE than 90 cubic metres of concrete has been used to create the foundations of the new driving range at Sefton Council’s Bootle Golf Course.

Weighing 200 tons – the equivalent of up to 100 African elephants or approaching 4½ million golf balls – the concrete platform will provide the base for the new driving range’s 10-bay shed.

Work on the £240,000 development by contractors Davies Building & Maintenance started in March. New fencing has been erected and preparatory groundwork has been carried out.

The new driving range will include practice facilities and a dedicated coaching bay and will enhance Sefton Council’s popular Bootle Golf Course. Golfers will be able to get more practise using the fully-floodlit facility during the evenings and winter months when it’s not possible to play on the course.

Future phases of the site’s development will include seeding the outfield and construction of the main shed.

Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Ian Moncur, said: “I’m pleased to see work progressing and this solid base being laid for our new driving range, which when completed will provide Sefton’s golfers with a firm foundation for their game.

“Practise facilities were one of the things local people told us they wanted to see when we consulted them, and the new driving range will help attract new players and make golf more accessible to all.”

Peter Davies, MD of Davies Building & Maintenance, added: “Having worked for Sefton over the last 20 years, we are looking forward to completing another exciting project for the local community.”