Crazy golf could be coming to Rushden this summer if plans get the go-ahead

How the proposed crazy golf facility for Rushden Golf Range could look

How the proposed crazy golf facility for Rushden Golf Range could look

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Fans of crazy golf could soon be testing out their putting skills in Rushden.

Rushden Golf Range in Bedford Road has submitted plans to build a crazy golf facility, cafe extension and associated toilet facilities for a temporary period of two years at its site in Rushden.

The plans state: “The proposed crazy golf area will provide a more attractive and enhanced golfing related facility for all ages, that aims to increase the use of this under-used area of the driving range.”

If given the go-ahead, the crazy golf course would have a pirate theme and could look similar to the picture above.

Philip Read from the driving range said they have had a good response after asking people about the idea, which was first suggested about a year ago.

And while crazy golf is often associated with seaside resorts like Blackpool and Skegness, he said their research has shown it has also proved popular after being introduced at two or three leading leisure sites around the UK.

Mr Read described the plans for Rushden as ‘exciting’ and added: “It would get people into golf, but it’s a lot more than that, it brings families together for some entertainment and in particular it brings families together to have a go at an activity that doesn’t demand a great level of fitness.

“The other wonderful thing about it is it’s accessible to all people.”

If approved, it is hoped the crazy golf facility will be ready for the start of the school holidays.

The equipment required should take about three days to install.

Mr Read believes crazy golf would be a great addition to Rushden and the surrounding area and he is hoping that members of East Northants Council’s planning management committee will agree with him when they consider the plans in the near future.

It is hoped the proposed crazy golf facility will not only provide a good introduction to the sport, especially for youngsters, but also encourage people to progress to more advanced golfing activities.

For more information about the range, which currently operates as a golf driving range with an on-site cafe and is open seven days a week, go to www.rushdengolfrange.co.uk.