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Stonham Barns opens pirate-themed adventure footgolf course

A leisure and retail destination has unveiled a new adventure footgolf course, which has been two years in development.

Stonham Barns Golf Park, Stonham Aspa, has been offering footgolf – a hybrid of football and golf – since 2014.

It opened its new nine-hole Smugglers Pass Adventure Footgolf course today.

Hugo and Paul Dobson at the new course. Picture: Stonham Barns Golf Park
Hugo and Paul Dobson at the new course. Picture: Stonham Barns Golf Park

The new 632-yard course, which is suitable for all levels, has taken two years to develop and has seen more than 700 native trees planted.

Pro-golfer Hugo Dobson said: “Our aim is to provide a fun way of getting outdoors and staying active for the whole family.

“This is all about fun and developing skills. We have been offering footgolf now for some time and can confirm footgolf is now an established sport in the UK.

“We wanted to launch this newly designed footgolf course to attract even more families to the game.

“We had a blank canvas to start the process, so have built a course – on our former practice area – that will be suitable for beginners but also caters to those who are looking to perfect their footgolf skills.

“We want to make Stonham Barns Golf Park into the best golf activity centre in the East of England.”

The course features more than 50 pirate-themed obstacles, including barrels, netting, shipwrecks and masts, and is being pitched at families and friends, as well as workplace team building days.

The construction of the site included a mycorrhizal fungi root-grow product added to the trees at the time of planting to escalate the absorption of carbon to help limit climate change.

The golf park at Stonham Barns Park is a family business owned by Tony and Helen Dobson, and has been operating since 1996.

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