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New TriGolf course opens in Birmingham
August 6, 2010

The Lickey Hills is now home to England's first pay and play TriGolf course. A par 24, 220 metre 6-hole course with tees, bunkers, scrubs and trees, the course has been set-up to provide access for children and families looking to play golf away from the larger and more difficult 18-hole courses.

The TriGolf course was built following a Sport England Award for All grant to Rose Hill Golf Club. The course is next to Lickey Hills golf course, one of Birmingham's oldest public courses, and compliments tennis, bowls, kite flying, lake and nature walks already taking place within the country park.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture, said:

"When I took up this post I was determined to make our golf provision even more accessible to young people and families and I am delighted that we in Birmingham have been able to create the first course of its kind in England. This is a real opportunity to get children and families more physically active whilst enjoying the benefits of this game and it's a great way of getting outside in the fresh air and appreciating what is a great sport to play both recreationally and professionally."

It is hoped it will encourage children to take up the sport and follow in the footsteps of 95-year-old Bernard Preston, former golf professional and oldest PGA member in the country, who has endorsed the scheme.

Bernard Preston, said: "TriGolf is just what we need to encourage more children to take up the game that hopefully for some, will last a lifetime. As Club President I'm proud of Rose Hill being the first golf club in England to build a course specifically for children to play and the Council's green keepers deserve much praise on designing and building such a beautiful quality course."

The course will also be used by local schools and community groups as part of Golf Roots, a junior golf activity programme sponsored by The Golf Foundation, a charity championing junior golf throughout the country. The demand for golf by schools has never been higher as the game has been used to teach children many 'skills-for-life' such as honesty, integrity, teamwork and discipline.

Lickey Hills TriGolf course is now open throughout the year, seven days a week and costs £1.20 for children and £1.80 for adults. Plastic golf clubs, foam balls and scorecard are included and available at the golf shop. Beginners lessons can also be arranged through the Golf Pro by telephoning 0121 453 3159.

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