Seaton's Jurassic-themed mini golf course opens

PUBLISHED: 14:50 10 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:59 13 April 2017

Paul Diviani and Marcus Hartnell at the opening of the Jurassic mini golf in Seaton. Ref mha 14 17TI 0510. Picture: Terry Ife

Paul Diviani and Marcus Hartnell at the opening of the Jurassic mini golf in Seaton. Ref mha 14 17TI 0510. Picture: Terry Ife

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Paul Diviani cuts the ribbon at the opening of the Jurassic mini golf in Seaton. Ref mha 14 17TI 0515. Picture: Terry IfePaul Diviani cuts the ribbon at the opening of the Jurassic mini golf in Seaton. Ref mha 14 17TI 0515. Picture: Terry Ife

Seaton’s new £71,500 Jurassic-themed adventure golf course at Seafield Gardens has officially swung into action.

It was formally opened by EDDC Leader Paul Diviani on Friday. The course’s eye-catching design features plenty of fun Jurassic themed course decorations and timber or stone obstacles, in the shape of stone fossils, dinosaur bones, dinosaur eggs, rocks/boulders and fossil style edging of the golfing areas.

The artificial nine-hole mini golf course has been funded with Section 106 money - collected by the district council from developers for new homes they have created in Seaton. The total cost of the scheme’s hard construction was £71,500.

The idea for the mini golf course came from Seaton Town Council, who along with the town’s residents, community groups and sports organisations were asked by East Devon District what sporting facilities they would like to see in the town. The adventure golf course was the most popular choice among a range of suggestions put forward and voted on by the local community.

The mini golf’s Jurassic theme highlights Seaton’s link to the Jurassic Coast and LED Leisure, who will run the facility, have worked with East Devon and Seaton Town Council on the course’s design.

Seaton’s new adventure golf will be open during the Easter Holidays every day and again on the May 1 Bank Holiday, plus every weekend until September 24.

Over the summer, the course will be open every day from May 29 until September 8.

Entry is free of charge for LED Unlimited members and £3 for adults and £2 for children.

Councillor Paul Diviani said: “I am delighted to be opening this superb new leisure facility, which we hope both local residents and visitors to the area will enjoy using. The course is in an excellent position within the town, which should help encourage people to try it, plus it is also on a safer site as it is not near busy roads. It’s also in keeping with other leisure activities, such as the adjacent tennis courts and outdoor gym.

“The adventure golf course’s Jurassic theme dovetails perfectly with our other enormously popular attraction – Seaton Jurassic – which has already proved a great success, winning the runner-up award for Best UK Day Out for Families at the annual Family Traveller Awards.”

Seaton mayor Marcus Hartnell said: “Local people have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the adventure golf course and I am certain it will be a big hit with children and adults alike. It is a fantastic facility for Seaton, which will encourage visitors to fully explore this part of the town.”

Steve Davies from LED’s marketing team said: “The Jurassic themed adventure mini golf recognises the unique heritage of the East Devon Jurassic Coast. It’s a fun family attraction, perfect for the school holidays!”

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