PART of a £20 million golf course in South Derbyshire could be open by ‘late spring, according to a council boss.
Frank McArdle, chief executive of South Derbyshire District Council, revealed that the driving range at the 160-acre course, off William Nadin Way, Swadlincote, was set to open sooner than expected and it would form an ‘integral’ part of the site.
He told the Mail: “The course is making good progress and it is hoped in late spring that the driving range will open and will be an integral part of the course.
“We are soon hoping to host a press open day that will allow for the full scale and size of the project, and how far it has come, to be shown.”
The driving range will stand alone until the complex opens fully.
Work on the course started in 2009 and it will include a golf academy, driving range and lake.
The course will be a pay-as-you-play venue for all levels of ability, but is being aimed primarily at young people, with schools and colleges being encouraged to use it.
Alan Hanna, managing director for Tetron Point LP, which is responsible for the construction of the site, said it was more good news for Swadlincote following the development of The Pipeworks retail park.
He said: “This is a fabulous amenity for the area. Part of what South Derbyshire is trying to achieve is to have facilities that will bring people into Swadlincote.”
The venue will be the only pay-as-you play course in the area, as opposed to other courses which require memberships.
Mr McArdle added: “The course will be open to all standards, from professionals to children.