WORK is progressing at a mutli-million golf course in South Derbyshire ahead of a predicted spring opening date.
Mild winter weather has meant construction at the site off William Nadin Way, in Swadlincote, is on schedule – and its driving range is on course for a planned opening within a few months.
It is also now believed that the site, which will be known as Swadlincote Family Golf Centre, could see work on the actual golf course element at the site completed before the end of the year.
Colin Jenkins, the PGA qualified professional responsible for designing the course, said: “This will bring golf to the doorstep of so many people and make it so easy to take part.”
The first phase of the course to be completed will be the sprawling driving range.
This will be followed by a spacious putting green and eventually an 18-hole course.
Mr Jenkins added: “The site is now coming on really well.
“The environment itself is a great one and will provide an excellent place to play sport.
Mr Jenkins, the chairman of the Organisation of Golf and Range Operators (OGRO), has extensive experience of sculpting and shaping courses to increase the enjoyment of players.
He revealed that no pricing structure had yet been set for the course facilities, and the initial set-up will require only a few specialist members of staff, with more expected to be added in the future.
He said: “It will be pay-as-you-go golf. All people will have to do is turn up and play.
“But there will also be an option for people to buy season tickets if they want to play more regularly.
“We understand that this is a big deal for the area and we are determined to get things right and spot-on.”
Once up and running it is hoped the site could also become the home for a hotel, with several chains having already shown an interest.