Organisers of Inglewood’s six-years-in-the-making, $400,000 mini putt attraction say they feel relieved the public will finally be able to tee-off this weekend.
The 18-hole course, which features local landmarks including the railway station, Taranaki Maunga, the town hall, and Cue Theatre, suffered multiple setbacks due to Covid-19.
“We’re just glad to get there finally,” Kevin Rowan, secretary treasurer of Inglewood Community Mini-Putt Charitable Trust, said.
“A month ago we were three days from opening and then lockdown hit.”
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They also had delays due to the availability of contractors, who were catching up on a backlog of work due to Covid.
While plans for the course were announced in 2017, Rowan said it had been in the pipeline for about six years.
The course will be open during school holidays, and then Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays from 10am to 5pm.
Thanks to the facility being completely covered, it will be open rain, hail, or shine.
To have a putt will cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids aged 12 and under. Drinks and snacks will also be available to buy.
A number of local contractors were involved with the construction as well as volunteers donating their time, Rowan said.
The majority of the funding came from the Taranaki Electrical Trust (TET) and the rest was made up from Lions fundraising and other sponsors.
Kerry Austin, TET trustee, said the course was a huge asset for Inglewood.
“Having a facility like this has got to be good for our community, it’s fantastic.”
The project started as a Lions’ initiative and then a trust was formed to bring it to life.
Mini putts have been popping up in Taranaki in recent years, including the Hillsborough Bathurst-inspired course, and the country’s most remote course in Whangamomona.
The original idea came so there was “something to do in Inglewood” and to honour the town through the landmarks.
“It’s an Inglewood thing, and it gets people involved,” Graham Robinson, the chairman of the Inglewood Community Mini Golf Charitable Trust, said.