for £200,000 seafront golf course unveiled in Burnham-On-Sea
Ambitious plans to transform part of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront
into a £200,000 mini golf course were unveiled at a town
council meeting on Monday evening (February 15th).
Birmingham entrepreneur Paul Chatwin wants to turn a grassy area
of The Esplanade into a large, purpose-built golf park to act
as a tourist attraction.
plans for the area south of the Coastguard station were given
a warm welcome by councillors at a council meeting on Monday night.
to planning permission, it's my intention to construct a high
quality golf course on the seafront that will attract repeat visitors
and portray Burnham as a traditional, yet lively, resort,"
Mr Chatwin told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
would be built of stone and brick with colours in keeping with
the general surroundings. We would landscape the around it, putting
in new bushes, shrubs and plants.
added that the course would have several raised areas, but remain
below the height of the wall separating the promenade and the
said: "The course would be of a very high standard and not
made of plastic materials similar to previous temporary courses
added: "It is my intention to heavily market the attraction
to schools, sports clubs, the tourism industry and businesses.
This means it would attract visitors to the town during the quieter
added: "My plan would be to bring financial investment into
the town, creating jobs. The attraction would enhance the leisure
options within Burnham-On-Sea and bring more visitors to the town."
would even like the course to be capable of hosting competitions
organised by the British Mini Golf Association, which could attract
councillors gave a warm welcome to the proposals, with Cllr Dennis
Davey calling it "a fantastic idea that would be wonderful
did question, however, whether the park could be financially viable
in the long-run, to which Mr Chatwin responded: "I wouldn't
be going into this if I didn't think it can succeed. My research
shows that to be viable we need just 14 days a year at 50 per
cent capacity and 10% for the rest of the summer."
Ken Smout added: "In principal, we are all for it."
plans are due to be considered by Sedgemoor District Council over
the coming months. If successfully passed by the council, Mr Chatwin
added that he would like the course to open this summer.