Golf facility at Birmingham beauty spot doubles up to become more accessible

The return of two popular leisure activities at a Birmingham beauty spot has been confirmed with one doubling its offer making it more accessible. Building work has started on the seasonal mini-golf course at Sutton Coldfield’s Sutton Park. But this year it won’t be so mini.

After a successful trial in previous years, the testing Town Gate putting Strip will be expanding from 18 holes to 36. It will have an all-new accessible 18 holes, as well as another 18 for budding Scottie Schefflers and Rory McIlroys to try their hand at.

The 36-hole facility is being constructed and will be two storesys high, and as well as accessible golf will also offer Autism-friendly hours this year. It will be over a slightly larger footprint on the Meadow Platt field than in previous years, and will remain on site throughout the warmer months through September when it will be removed.

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As well as golf, ‘leisure Boats’ or pedaloes will also return to operation at Blackroot Pool near Hartopp Gate. Those who fancy taking to the water have been hampered from doing so due to the avian flu outbreak in the city.

But they will return this weekend. While plans for the land train, which ran in 2019 and 2020, are still to be decided.

A Spokesman for Birmingham City Council said: “The licensed operator for mini-golf at Town Gate, Sutton Park is in the process of upgrading the 18-hole mini-golf course that has been in place at Meadow Platt, Town Gate since 2019 The 18-hole course was used as a trial to assess suitability and feasibility.

“The new temporary 36-hole structure will be slightly larger than the footprint of the 18-hole structure used for the trial. The course will provide suitable signage to and around the 18 accessible holes.

The mini-golf facility is returning to Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield for the summer and this year it should have something for everyone with a new 18-hole accessible course

He continued: “It will also provide Autism-friendly hours among other accessibility offers within the new 36-hole design. The new course will be a temporary structure, to be in place at Town Gate during the summer months only.

“It will be removed every September, after the summer season, to avoid unnecessary damage to the land. The operating hours for the mini-golf course will be in line with the park opening hours and the pricing structure will be in line with the operator’s other popular mini-golf offering at Cannon Hill Park. “

The leisure Boats at Blackroot Pool in Sutton Park will be back in action this weekend (April 30) after being halted due to an avian flu outbreak
The leisure Boats at Blackroot Pool in Sutton Park will be back in action this weekend (April 30) after being halted due to an avian flu outbreak

The Spokesman added: “It is hoped the new course will improve the visitor experience to the park and as mentioned, improve the accessibility offering for Sutton Park. In addition to the leisure Boats at Blackroot Pool will begin operating again this weekend (April 30).

“The Boats have been suspended until this point following the recent avian flu outbreak. While following the Trials in 2019 and 2020, discussions are ongoing regarding the land train at Sutton Park.”

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