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Pirate theme for new golfing attraction

Trent Lock Golf Centre proprietor Edward McCausland at the Pirates Landing Adventure Golf CourseAN adventure putting course that entertains people of all ages has opened as the latest attraction at Trent Lock Golf Centre, Sawley.

The 12-hole course, called Pirates Landing, cost more than £250,000 and took almost seven weeks to construct. Work at the centre, on the borders of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, began as soon as planning consent was given by Erewash Borough Council.

Built by Swedish firm City Golf, the leading constructor of adventure golf projects in Europe, it is a state-of the-art version of traditional crazy golf.

Players go round a course festooned with water features, rafts, pirate figures waving swords and muskets, cannons, barrels, treasure chests, skull and crossbones flags and even a shipwreck.

It is designed so that players of all ages and abilities can have fun while practising their putting skills.

It comes complete with a 'pirates den', a 20-seat log cabin idea for private parties.

There are plans to convert unused space to create a pirate-themed room for larger parties. There is also an extra putting area where children can practise before going on the adventure course.

Open all year round, the floodlit course can be played any time day or evening. Open to the general public as well as members, it is accessible by people with disabilities.

Edward McCausland, managing director and co-owner of the complex since it was set up in 1991, is delighted with the new venture that enhances what the centre offers.

“This concept is the first to open in the East Midlands and introduces golf to those who may never have considered the sport while encouraging family and friends to have fun, regardless of age or ability,” he said.

The investment in the project has created five jobs – three in the restaurant, bar and banqueting suite, one on reception, and one greenkeeper.