UK’s biggest adventure golf course bringing “footgolf” to Chadwell Heath
PUBLISHED: 16:56 15 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:56 15 May 2015
The UK’s biggest adventure golf course is about to get even larger, a year after opening in Chadwell Heath.
The £600,000 Moby Dick course at Golf Kingdom, in Whalebone Lane North, opened on Saturday, May 24, 2014 and will soon boast the country’s only purpose-built “footgolf” course.
A precision sport combining both soccer and golf, players kick a football into a cup in as few shots as possible.
Normally played on standard golf courses, the nine holes in Chadwell Heath will be the first bespoke course in the UK specifically build for the hybrid game, with fairways ranging between 50 and 100 yards.
Director Scott Cranfield, 48, hopes the next 12 months will be as successful as the last.
“It’s been a great first year,” he told the Post.
“Whenever it’s sunny we’re always busy – it’s really exceeded expectations.
“It was a massive investment and we weren’t too sure if it would pay off, but it really has worked.
“We’ve definitely had more people trying the proper sport out on the golf range, as a result of the Moby course.”
Located opposite the Moby Dick pub in Whalebone Lane North, players putt through a variety of obstacles, including a sailing boat in a purpose-built lake – with a new Captain Ahab soon to be added.
The course links in to the local legend of a washed-up whale being discovered in Dagenham in 1790 and the public display of whale bones in Victorian times - now homed at Valence House.
Adult prices for the new footgolf course will start at £7.00 for nine holes or £10 for 18.
Under-12s cost £5 or £7.
For more information visit golfkingdom.net/foot-golf.
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