Lakes golfing inspiration

Published on: 14 Jul 2015

Forget Rory Mcllroy and Tiger Woods, this golf course is based on the Lake District and not the game’s legends.

Schools across Cumbria were called to come up with a blueprint for a nine-hole mini attraction at Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre on the shores of Windermere.

Brockhole mini golf launch

With over 50 entries by rookie creators, ideas from seven primaries have been incorporated into a new build, formally opened today (14 July) by overall winners, Crosby Ravensworth Primary School.

Brockhole’s learning co-ordinator, Ruth Suddaby, explained when it was decided to replace the centre’s popular golf course it presented the perfect opportunity for pupils to pull ideas together in a county-wide competition.

She explained: “We wanted designs to incorporate the national park’s stunning landscape, its special traditions and culture, even featuring our wildlife and famous writers.

“These children are the Lake District’s future guardians and we want to encourage their interest. We got some fantastic designs including lakes, sheep, stepping stones, dry stone walls and even Ambleside’s iconic 17th century Bridge House.

“They gave us exactly what we were looking for and hopefully the children will enjoy playing mini golf and spotting some of their original themes in the new course. It was hard finding an overall winner, as all the entries had great potential.

“Fortunately, we have been able to include elements from different entries, but are delighted to see the Bridge House standing proud among the nine holes.”

Brockhole attracts over 234,000 visitors a year and has had a recent Visit England endorsement.

Ruth said the aim was to make learning fun and hoped a round of mini golf would get young visitors thinking. Find out more about Brockhole's new mini golf course.

Crosby Ravensworth Primary School - overall winners of Brockhole's mini golf design competition

Brockhole's mini golf course was designed by Cumbrian school children

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