Golf set to return as appointed operator for Approach site in Bath

The 18-hole pitch and putt at Approach Golf Course in Bath is set to reopen early next year, following news that a new operator has been appointed for the site.

Approach Golf Course at the High Common in Bath

Bath & North East Somerset Council has awarded Swansea-based Future Golf Ventures a four-year contract, which will also include the introduction of footgolf and a new cafe.

The 18-hole pitch and putt course will reopen after its closure in 2020, with the addition of a nine-hole footgolf course, offering affordable golf that will be available on low-maintenance greens throughout the season. ‘year.

Footgolf is a combination of soccer and golf, where a soccer ball is thrown into cups driven into the ground.

The local authority says the community will continue to be able to enjoy the site as a free green public space, welcoming walkers and dog walkers.

The biodiversity on the site will be increased by additional plantations, part of the space being left in grassland to attract more species of insects.

The proposals submitted involve a reconfiguration of the 18-hole course to provide additional community areas to accommodate public feedback received from residents.

Future Golf Ventures was appointed by the board following an open procurement exercise carried out in May this year. The company currently manages Swansea Footgolf.

The new golf facilities and cafe are expected to open in spring 2023.

Councilor Mark Roper, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Regeneration and Growth, said: ‘We are committed to bringing golf back to the High Common and the appointment of a new operator will make that a reality in the spring. next.

“However, making the most of the space is not just about golf, as it is a beloved ‘green lung’ in the city that we want to attract more people to.

“Walking and being active in nature is free and has many health benefits.

“The introduction of footgolf will also provide a new, affordable leisure activity that could appeal to people who would not otherwise have come for traditional golf.

“I am happy that the regeneration of this important green site has taken a big step forward.

“I would like to thank everyone for their time and input in helping us get to this point and appreciate that in doing so, we have achieved a solution that confidently brings sustainability and certainty to the site.”

Rhydian Thomas and Roger Maliphant, directors of Future Golf Ventures and Swansea Footgolf, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the preferred bidder to manage The Approach’s leisure offering and bring pitch and putt golf back into the mainstream. High Common.

“We have already engaged extensively with the community, prior to the success of our tender, and will continue to do so regularly, while we are stewards of the site.

“We are also looking forward to introducing a small, challenging Footgolf course, as a new activity, whilst being mindful of the local heritage, environment and biodiversity of the land.”

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