Hole lot of fun as Prairie Sports Village unveil mini golf launch

The new mini golf and short game area at Prairie Sports Village is already proving a “hole” lot of fun.

The £75,000 golfing adventure was opened by Mayor of Burnley Coun. Jeff Sumner at an official launch where pupils from Casterton and Holy Trinity primary schools got the chance to test out the greens.

The mini golf course.

The mini golf course.

Funded by Sport England, the beautifully landscaped course features a short game practice area, completed with bunkers, and a nine-hole mini golf course inspired by famous golf holes from around the world.

Paul Foster, Burnley Leisure’s head of development, said: “The mini golf and short game practice areas are a great addition to the existing facilities at the Prairie. As the East Lancashire hub for golf, we wanted to extend our golfing offer, but do so in a way that is enjoyable and inclusive for everyone.

“Whether you are a keen golfer, wanting to refine your game on and around the green or a beginner just looking for a bit of fun, the new golf area offers something for everyone.

“It provides another activity that we can now offer to families with young children, women and young people who want to have a go at playing the sport. We want to encourage as many people as possible to come along and play mini golf.”

The Mayor of Burnley Coun. Jeff Sumner with Justine Blomeley from Sport England and Paul Foster from Burnley Leisure together with children from Casterton Primary School. Photo: Andy Ford.

The Mayor of Burnley Coun. Jeff Sumner with Justine Blomeley from Sport England and Paul Foster from Burnley Leisure together with children from Casterton Primary School. Photo: Andy Ford.

The area is the latest development at the Prairie which also features 16-bay driving range, golf coaching academy, spacious bar and bistro, 3G floodlit football pitch and modern changing rooms.

Coun. Sumner said: “This is the final piece of the jigsaw and it looks fantastic. There’s a big difference from how it looked a few years ago and it is a privilege to have these facilities on our doorstep.”

Queensgate ward councillor Sue Graham added: “It’s brilliant. Could you imagine a better backdrop? There is something here now for everyone.”