England’s first resort-based FootGolf course has opened at Oxfordshire golf destination Heythrop Park Resort, on the edge of the Cotswolds.
Heythrop Park’s custom-built nine-hole FootGolf course is adjacent to the championship Bainbridge Course, and winds through a heavily-wooded area.
The resort’s new FootGolf course is open seven days a week, and is playable during daylight hours from just £7.50 for nine holes (£4 for under-16s). As it has been purpose-built for FootGolf in an area not previously used for golf, Heythrop Park does not suffer the problems faced at many facilities which have to combine their FootGolf offering with normal traffic on an existing golf course.
“We’re proud to be the first golf resort to offer FootGolf in the UK” said Tim Good, who is Golf, Leisure and Spa Director at Heythrop Park Resort. “With the Manor House and the Bainbridge Course close by, plus stunning views all around, I think we are certainly one of the grandest settings for FootGolf.
“We have over 300 hotel rooms on site, and we anticipate that many of our residential guests, many of whom will be there on business, will enjoy FootGolf as a relaxing and fun additional attraction to their stay, along with our golf, spa and leisure facilities.
“But the majority of FootGolf will be played by people from surrounding towns such as Banbury, Chipping Norton, Bicester and Oxford, who are keen to play this new sport, which is sweeping the nation”.
The FootGolf course at Heythrop Park was co-designed by UK FootGolf’s Head of Development, Gareth May, and the sport’s 2014 Order of Merit Champion, Ben Clarke.
“Heythrop Park has enabled us to pass another landmark,” said Gareth May. “It is a spectacular place, and as well as its current status as the UK’s only golf resort offering FootGolf, it is also only the second golf club in Oxfordshire to offer our sport. We are sure that it will be very popular here.
“The FootGolf course here was purpose-built through a wooded area at Heythrop Park, and it is a technical course which requires a degree of FootGolf skill – although it will be great fun for all standards of player. There are some interesting dog-leg holes, and it requires more precision than power!”
Heythrop Park Resort www.heythroppark.co.uk