0 Soft golf centre hopes to get off the tee with plans for course near Carlisle

A plan for a new golf course, specifically tailored to beginners, has been submitted the council.

Plans: A unique golf centre could be set to arrive near Carilsle

The vision for a soft golf centre at Orton Grange Farm was revealed to Carlisle City Council and, if plans were to gain approval would be able to commence within the next three years.

The project itself forms part of the continued agricultural diversification of Orton Grange Farm.

In the planning documents, the applicant Richard Martin states that there is a lack of facilities for novice golfers in the region, an imbalance he feels the development could solve: "Following the closure of the council 'Swifts' 9-hole golf course in Carlisle there is now a distinct lack of facilities for beginners and improvers to learn how to play the game.

"There are driving ranges at Eden Golf Club and California Road, Kingstown, which are great practice options for juniors and beginners but to progress, people need a course to play on to learn the game and improve.

"There are various golf clubs in the area such as Eden, Stoneyholme and Carlisle etc but these are all much longer than juniors or beginners are ready for.

"They are also cost prohibitive to young people and beginners. Sadly, with the closure of The Swifts course, there is nothing in between acting as a stepping stone to these larger clubs.

"It is generally accepted as being demoralising for beginners and juniors to attempt to play on larger courses so there is a need for a shorter, more child / beginner friendly option in the local area."

The concept of foam golf is something that will be a unique addition to North Cumbria's sport and leisure offering, the applicant explains, and will be the first of its kind in the region itself.

"Foam golf is a new concept and is great for juniors, beginners and improvers keen to work on their technique in a smaller area than is usually required.

"The foam ball travels a much shorter distance than a traditional golf ball, which will enable us to create a 7 to 9 hole course in the area highlighted in the application."

You can view the application in further detail at carlisle.gov.uk

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