Exmouth golf attraction to tee off on new course

PUBLISHED: 12:59 13 October 2016

Mike Wright,Sarah Woodward,Roger Holman,Chris Wright and Dave Bargent at the new crazy golf site in Exmouth. Ref exe 41-16TI 9881. Picture: Terry Ife

Mike Wright,Sarah Woodward,Roger Holman,Chris Wright and Dave Bargent at the new crazy golf site in Exmouth. Ref exe 41-16TI 9881. Picture: Terry Ife

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Crazy golf will return to Exmouth seafront this weekend, as a family-run attraction reopens in a new location.

A 10-hole course has been installed at Exmouth Fun Park, replacing the course which previously stood at the neighbouring Jungle Fun and Arnold Palmer Putting Course site, before East Devon District Council reclaimed possession due to its seafront redevelopment plans.

That attraction was run by Maureen Wright, mother of fun park owner Chris Wright, and he says the whole family has rallied round to get her back in business on the new course.

He said: “My mother has built up lots of friendships with customers over her time on the seafront, so that’s what it’s all about really.

“My eldest brother Gary and his son Stuart designed and built large sections of the golf course, and my brother Mike has been working on it.

“My brother, David, from Australia came to work on it, and my brother from the USA, Tim.

“My children have worked on it, Mike’s children, our nieces and nephews.

“It’s a real family affair to get my mother’s business back in operation.”

Chris says community support has also been a big factor.

“We have had so many positive comments as we have been working. Everyone wants to talk to us about the course and when it’s opening.

“Lots of people have helped us effectively turn this round in such a short space of time.

“They have supported us because they want to see it here.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming all our customers back onto our new course.”

Along with challenging new holes, the new course preserves some popular elements from the old one, including a waterwheel, windmill and the ‘ring the bell for a free game’ challenge.

It will open this Saturday at 2pm, and will be open this weekend, for the whole of half-term week, and possibly other days, depending on the weather, particularly weekends.

Chris said: “The thing about crazy golf is you can play in the middle of winter on a sunny day, so we would like to be open on pleasant weekends throughout the winter.”

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