Harry brings back crazy golf to ‘keep some continuity on Exmouth seafront’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 April 2018

Crazy golf is back in Exmouth at the Exmouth Leisure Amusements. Ref exe 15 18TI 1211. Picture: Terry Ife

Crazy golf is back in Exmouth at the Exmouth Leisure Amusements. Ref exe 15 18TI 1211. Picture: Terry Ife

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Crazy golf has returned to Exmouth seafront.

Crazy golf is back in Exmouth at the Exmouth Leisure Amusements. Ref exe 15 18TI 1202. Picture: Terry IfeCrazy golf is back in Exmouth at the Exmouth Leisure Amusements. Ref exe 15 18TI 1202. Picture: Terry Ife

It was thought the Arnold Palmer golf course which formed part of Exmouth Fun Park, in Queen’s Drive, had been lost forever when East Devon District Council evicted the attraction last summer.

The site forms part of ‘phase three’ of the authority’s Exmouth Seafront Regeneration Scheme.

When the Wright family, which ran the fun park, were evicted, Harry Parkin, owner of Exmouth Leisure Amusements next door, bought up the golf course.

Now the crazy golf attraction has opened outside the Queen’s Drive arcade.

Crazy golf is back in Exmouth at the Exmouth Leisure Amusements. Ref exe 15 18TI 1202. Picture: Terry IfeCrazy golf is back in Exmouth at the Exmouth Leisure Amusements. Ref exe 15 18TI 1202. Picture: Terry Ife

Harry told the Journal the attraction was a ‘work in progress’ and still needed tidying up. He added: “I hope to tidy up the general appearance of the whole area over the coming weeks.

“If we can allow people to have something to do on the seafront prior to any redevelopment it would have been worthwhile.”

Work is currently taking place on temporary attractions on the site of the former fun park next door and, once built, they will be in place for a year.

The Journal reported last week that work was well under way on the site and that the boating lake has been filled in to make way for a food and drink zone.

The area that used to be home to a miniature railway will become a £150,000 children’s play park and a piece of land to the rear of the site will be an entertainments zone, possibly with big screen for live sporting and music events.

East Devon District Council is hopeful that the first attractions can be open in time for the bank holiday at the end of May.

Harry said: “We just wanted to keep some continuity on the seafront because there’s very little else for anyone to do here. It will hopefully brighten it up a little down this end of the beach.”

Harry thanked the Wright family, who will be helping with the installation and setup of the golf course.

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