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A brand new 18 hole adventure golf course installed with artificial grass greens has recently opened at Highfields Park in Nottingham, where each hole reflects a local theme.
LazyLawn supplied over 1200 square metres of Grass Park, Nylon Pro and Wonder Yarn 26, which won the Which? Best Buy Award in 2016, at Highfields Park Adventure Golf.
Over 1000 people visited the golf course at the launch during the May Bank Holiday weekend.
The golf course has been installed as part of a multi-million pound project to restore Highfields Park. The project will also include a new boating house by Highfields Lake and new croquet lawns and bowling greens at the park.
The golf course has been designed with local Nottinghamshire themes in mind, including Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest, the City of Caves, Beeston Lake and the football and cricket sport teams.
Jordan Foster, Site Manager at Highfields Park Adventure Golf said: “Our first weekend was very successful, with people commenting on the local design of the golf course. Visitors also mentioned how good the quality of the LazyLawn surface is. The golf course will be popular with families for some summer fun.”
Josh Bartlett, Project Manager for Highfields Park, said: “I have worked on many golf courses with my team. This one in particular was fun to work on because of the local themes design. The location is also fantastic and the project to revamp Highfields Park will help to attract more people to the area.
“LazyLawn is ideal for golf courses because it is resilient and durable under all weather conditions. LazyLawn doesn’t become muddy or damaged in bad weather like natural grass does.”
LazyLawn has also been installed in other local areas in Nottinghamshire including Center Parcs at Sherwood Forest where it has a new putting green area and Segway track!
This weekend you can take a few practice swings then set your shoulders and eye the next pin at Nottingham’s biggest 18-hole opportunity outside the Wollaton Park and Bulwell golf clubs.
But you can leave your woods and irons at home. A supplied putter is all you will need at Highfields Park Adventure Golf, the newly-landscaped pitch-and-putt challenge whose opening this weekend marks the latest stage of the upgrade of the popular park.
Situated in Highfields Park off University Boulevard, alongside Highfields lake and Lakeside Arts complex, and overlooked by the imposing buildings of the University of Nottingham, the attraction is expected to pull in 1,500 players on busy summer weekends.
A crack at all 18 holes will cost £7 but if you can’t spare the hour or so needed to complete the course, £4.50 buys you nine holes. There are concessions for children and seniors. “It’s a competitive market but we’ve got a bit of experience,” says developer Dave Lowe of artificial grass specialists Showcase Greens. “We have set up courses in London and Warrington and their success has helped pay for this.”
The operators have the 2,500 square metre site on a ten-year lease from Nottingham City Council and a £250,000 investment has seen the creation of a covered reception pavilion, serving drinks and snacks, the 18 holes – mainly par two and par three tests – and landscaping which reflects local themes. You will see a timber sculpture of a Wollaton Park stag, the cricket stumps and large football representing the Trent Bridge sporting neighbourhood and even a reference to the pool that was once a feature of Highfields. And, as a nod to the neighbours, sculptures of textbooks and mortar-board academic caps. There has been interest from the neighbouring university campus, and talk of a student pitch and putt league.
Dave and business partner Josh Bartlett bring to the party not only a lot of know-how with artificial grass, but also a love of the sport. Josh was a member of the Seacroft club at Skegness and Dave has rubbed shoulders with the greats of the game. He has crafted artificial greens for Darren Clarke and Nottinghamshire’s Lee Westwood, and for passionate amateur golfers like former England footballer Michael Owen and former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan.
Dave will be kept in day-to-day touch with the project by site manager Jordan Foster, who happens to be his stepson. Jordan’s girlfriend Laura Walton-Taylor is also part of the team and another recruit was due to join the staff this weekend.
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European Golf in Cottingham is creating the country’s first full-sized golf course covered entirely with artificial grass.
Using specialist synthetic ‘grass’ handpicked and imported from Arizona, the nine-hole course is being painstakingly laid to ensure it offers the same consistent ball speed and ‘true roll’ expected of ‘real’ grass, as well as being able to withstand any conditions the British weather can throw at it.
Company founder David Lowe said though the deal was unique, he believed it could open the door for similar contracts at sites across the UK.
A Lancashire leisure complex (Burnley’s Prairie Sports Village) is the latest proud owner of European Golf’s premier artificial surfaces.
Prairie Sports Village in Burnley has had its bespoke golfing requirements met by the company’s dedicated team of professional installers.
The complex, which is owned by registered charity Burnley Leisure, placed an order which put them at the forefront of artificial golf turf provision in the East Lancashire area.
Following the completion of the works, they are now able to offer the following practice aids to the region’s golfers:
• A nine-hole mini-golf course which replicates nine famous holes from courses around the world
• A 100 m2 short game practice green, which can be used for either chip or bunker shots
• A 220m2 putting green
Each area of premium synthetic turf will offer golfers a near-realistic performance as it replicates the speed of the ball on natural grass – but without the costly and time-consuming maintenance.
Preparation for the golfing area firstly involved creating correct levels for the site, following on from its previous use as a tipping site for soil from a previous project.
After spending two weeks removing more than 600 tonnes of earth, the levelling was achieved and the building process could begin.
The short game practice green was the first facility to be built. Measuring seven metres wide by 12 metres long, the green has four different pin positions all with different contours.
It also features a deep face bunker, a pop bunker and a flat plateau which is used for the chipping area. This section of the green makes use of our Tee Line product which replicates a tight fairway lie.
The rest of the short game practice green was made using our Tour Pro Infill surface. A special form of silica sand used in the preparation of the green makes sure that balls react on it just as they would on natural turf.
Next to be manufactured was Prairie Sports Village’s order of a putting green, which consists of seven different pin positions. This section of the complex’s golf offering also features large contours but, because of its size, can also offer long and flat areas for precise putting.
The putting green uses European Golf’s Tour Putt Ultimate artificial surface, which stimps at a consistent 9.2.
Both the putting green and the short game practice green are surrounded by our Tour Pro Fringe product, which gives them a pleasing aesthetic and makes the whole area look as one.
However, the centrepiece of Prairie Sports Village’s new golf offering is undoubtedly the nine-hole mini-golf course.
Based around nine holes from famous golf clubs around the world, the course was designed to replicate the fun of playing some of the most recognisable challenges that the sport has to offer.
Each hole has realistic features consistent with their real-life inspiration. Bunkers, water hazards and boulders all feature – as does the famous bridge from the 18th hole at St Andrews.
European Golf has also included the same undulations and contours from the famous courses to give Lancashire’s golfers as realistic an experience as possible.
Different products have been used for each of the three separate areas, to represent the different usage for each facility.
Josh Bartlett, managing director of European Golf, said: “We’re thrilled with the finished product at Burnley’s Prairie Sports Village.
“The order has enabled us to highlight our versatility in offering solutions for any scenario.
“We have extensive knowledge in base construction, groundwork’s and laying key surfaces in the right areas. As well as this, our creativity in designing and delivering the project shows how European Golf is the premier choice for your synthetic turf needs,” he added.
A Lancashire leisure complex is to be the latest proud owner of European Golf’s premier artificial surfaces.
Prairie Sports Village in Burnley is currently having its bespoke golfing requirements met by the company’s dedicated team of professional installers.
The complex, which is owned by registered charity Burnley Leisure, has placed an order which will put them at the forefront of artificial golf turf provision in the East Lancashire area.
Once the works are completed, they will be able to offer the following to the region’s golfers:
Each area will offer golfers a near-realistic performance as European Golf’s artificial turf replicates the speed of the ball on natural grass – but without the costly and time-consuming maintenance.
Preparation for the golfing area has involved completely levelling the existing surface. The proposed bunkers have also been excavated.
A geo-tex membrane was then laid across the entire area and any props and features, such as bridges on the holes, were been installed.
The contours of the greens have been formed using stone sized between 20mm-40mm, to an average depth of eight inches.
Dust material will also be added. This will help compact the base and give a smooth surface that is tamped by hand to finish.
Any low spots have been identified using laser levels before being treated.
The holes will then be located and cut into the base before European Golf’s premier turf is laid and cut into shape.
Seams will then be glued as the synthetic grass is fitted and fixed into place and silica spread is distributed evenly across the green.
Finally, the site is cleaned before being considered complete – and what’s more, it will be in an instantly useable condition!
The overhaul of the entire golfing area at Prairie Sports Village will make use of an estimated 160 tonnes of Type 1 aggregate.
Granite stone and 4mm dust weighing in at 40 tonnes will also be used.
Combined, they’ll be covered with 476m2 of European Golf’s finest synthetic turf.
Edging the greens and holes will be stones, timber sleepers and 40 tonnes of bark and gravel.
Josh Bartlett, managing director of European Golf, said: “We’re thrilled to be given the opportunity to provide this facility.
“Burnley Leisure is a tremendous venture and we’re proud that its golfing area will be a European Golf project,” he added.
European Golf has been selected by club manufacturer Scottsdale Golf to provide a putting green. It will be used for prospective buyers to ‘try before they buy’.
The 6m x 6m synthetic green will be located in the heart of Canary Wharf in London.
A road has been closed off and will remain closed while the show site’s turf is in place, to ensure maximum realism for the practising putters.
The base for the square green will be made from timber pre-made before the installation begins on 11 July. The ultra-realistic contours and undulations – which allow club buyers to test their potential purchases in a realistic environment – have been created using rubber underlay.
The green will therefore benefit from a variation of putts, giving the best possible customer experience.
European Golf managing director Josh Bartlett said: “We’re using our premium synthetic turf, the Nylon Tour Putt Ultimate, on this green.
“It will be surrounded by a 50cm border fringe to give it a ‘first cut’ look that adds an extremely realistic effect to the green.
“We’re delighted to be working with Scottsdale to offer the perfect testing ground for their putters,” he added.
European Golf has joined forces with Sky Television to celebrate the broadcaster securing the rights to this year’s British Open.
The company’s artificial grass and hole design expertise have been put to good use in the creation of two bespoke putting greens at Sky’s headquarters in Isleworth, Middlesex.
The greens have been produced following a close collaboration between the two market leaders and built to a bespoke design on timber frames using European Golf’s revolutionary Nylon Tour Ultimate and fringe turfs.
They even include realistic-looking bunkers that use rubber crumb for the all-important texture.
Nylon Tour Ultimate is a revelation in synthetic golfing green technology, as the contours built into the artificial putting greens give exactly the same kinds of rolling speeds that would be found on a traditional golf course in the great outdoors.
Each green took just ten days to build and install at Sky’s nerve-centre.
“We were able to work with Sky on a very detailed brief about just what it was that they required,” said European Golf’s managing director David Lowe.
“There was a real understanding from both sides about how the greens could look which helped us complete the job so quickly.
“It’s been a real honour to work with Sky and help them celebrate their acquisition of the rights and the magnificent presentation that they will bring to the Open,” he added.
Scott Mac Callum catches-up with European Golf partner, David Lowe, to discuss the increased use of synthetic surfaces at home, on the course and in adventure golf.
There can be little doubt that our weather has become more extreme in recent years and golfers have had to become used to finding something else to do with their weekends, as their golf clubs have struggled to keep their courses playable in the face of record rainfall and unfeasible high water tables.
Frustration all round. Wouldn’t it be great if an opportunity to at least practice during the times when the course is out of action, or even better be able to hone short game skills at home, so you can hit the course running when the water logging finally subsides? Well, synthetic grass company, European Golf, has the answer and has been installing top quality synthetic short game facilities at golf clubs while also offering domestic users the chance to have European Tour quality putting surfaces in their own homes. “There has been a growing demand for people wanting to have their own personal indoor and outdoor golf greens. It really is an expanding business,” explained David Lowe, managing director of European Golf.Your content here…
“Some of the top professionals, including Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke, as well as England football star, Michael Owen, have already had greens installed in their gardens. “They are pretty much maintenance free and it gives them the opportunity to sharpen up their short games and practice their putting when they are not on Tour,” explained Lowe, who has just signed up European Tour pro, Chris Hanson, to promote European Golf. “Chris is our new blood European Pro. He was the final player to earn his card at the 2015 Tour School and has just recorded his first top 10 finish on the European Tour. We installed his European Golf green at his home last week,” revealed Lowe. A European Golf green requires no watering, feeding, mowing or weeding and the company’s portfolio includes golf greens, indoor golf, winter tees, short courses, training aids, lawns, golf teaching studios, walkways right through to full golf course design. They offer two options for the domestic customer. There is a putting green, a nylon surface which offers excellent
putting and chipping practice, and then there is the European Tour Infill which is designed to give the correct reaction to a ball hitting the surface from any distance – so a well struck shot will create backspin. But while European Golf is providing the golf professional and the amateur fanatic superb opportunities to practice, it is perhaps an initiative in which they are involved – together with Sport England – which may have the greatest impact on the game of golf as a whole. “It is has long been accepted that golf needs to find more ways of being accessible to the masses – to bring through the next generation of player and, hopefully, bring down the embarrassingly high average age of those people who play, and love the game,” said Lowe. “Everyone apparently knows what is needed and many have their own solutions, however, the answer, in my humble opinion, is fairly simple. Get golf clubs into the hands of children, make it fun, give them guidance and lessons, and make sure they have access to places to play. “Thanks to a funding initiative created by Sport England we may finally be moving in the right direction on the final one of those. “Sport England is offering golf clubs grants of up to £75,000 to install short game academies with the proviso that the club opens its doors to non-members
to come in and use them,” explained Lowe, who, through the scheme, has already built seven short game facilities, through which children and non-golfers alike are being introduced to the game. “Golf Pros are pushing for them as it means they have all-year round teaching facilities and, with the open door policy, it means that more golfers should be attracted to the game which can only be a good thing all round.”
The European Golf installation team – which is spearheaded by Lowe’s partner in the business, Josh Bartlett, a man with a wealth of experience in the business of installing golf greens – has already installed short game facilities at among others Silvermere, in Surrey; Hexham, in Northumberland, as well as Cottingham and One Stop Golf, in East Yorkshire. “We have five other clubs who are currently awaiting the go-ahead and we anticipate that number growing as more golf clubs begin to appreciate that the Sport England grant aid is available, and that the maximum sum, of £75,000, means that the club will have little or no financial outlay themselves,” continued Lowe. “All they need to do is provide a business plan and guarantee that the facility will be open to all.” Lowe has worked for European Golf since 2009, and in 2014 he and Bartlett purchased the company from the original owner, who decided to move abroad.[/one_third]
“We realised that it was a growing market, and when the opportunity to buy the company came along we grabbed it with both hands. “Josh and I can really concentrate on moving the business forward, with both the domestic greens market and the professional side – offering all year round facilities for golf professionals to carry out their teaching,” added Lowe. But there is one other initiative which sees European Golf promoting golf to youngsters, one which if it takes off, might just be the real key to getting them to develop a love of the game which will last them a lifetime. “We have just installed our own Captain’s Bay Adventure Golf Course, at Metro Golf in London,” said Lowe. “It’s a nine-hole mini course which is great fun for the entire family. It’s not like crazy golf. “We have installed top quality putting surfaces, so a golfer can practice his putting there and get the feel of real golf, while the whole family can get enjoyment out of it. “It is giving more people a taste of golf which can only be a good thing.” The popularity of synthetic grass within golf has grown markedly in recent years, and with the improvements in playability, it has become a genuine option for golf clubs and individuals looking to maximise playing or practice opportunities.
European Tour professional Chris Hanson will be preparing for his matches across the continent and further afield on European Golf artificial grass.
The back garden of his home in Huddersfield has been re-laid with European Golf’s nylon tour putt ultimate putting green turf to aid his practice when he’s not playing in tournaments around the world.
The turf is non-directional, which means that it stimps at 9.1 all-year round. So whatever the weather, the ball’s roll speed remains the same.
The Woodsome Hall golfer, who in June 2016 sat above Tiger Woods in the Official World Rankings, tweeted his gratitude with the message: ‘Huge thanks to @EuropeanGolf14 for installing my green and transforming the garden!! #gardengolf #trueroll’
Chris qualified for the 2016 European Tour season in the 2015 qualifying school.
He had previously qualified for the 2014 Open Championship