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Sefton cabinet member drops in as new Bootle golf course driving range enters final weeks of construction

Green Sefton Service Manager Green Sefton Service Manager Mark Shaw showing Cllr Ian Moncur around the driving range construction site.With work on the new driving range at Bootle Golf Course entering its final weeks Cllr. Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Health and Wellbeing, went along to see how the work is progressing.

Construction of the 10-bay shed is just about complete, the fencing is in place and the outfield has been seeded and tended by Green Sefton’s team and is benefiting from the recent mix of sunshine and rain.

With the main building sealed, work to fit it out and add the facilities is getting underway. Final fitting will include equipment such as the ball dispensers. The range will also have a dedicated coaching bay.

Chance to practice

After being shown around the site by Green Sefton Service Manager Mark Shaw, Cllr Moncur said: “It’s good to see the new driving range taking shape and I look forward to us being open, hopefully in the coming weeks.

“By investing in this new £240,000 floodlit driving range, Sefton Council is giving existing players a chance to practice more perfect their game, including during the winter months when it can often be too dark to play.

“And we are giving people who live and work locally the chance to try out the game, with coaching should they want it.”

Bootle Golf Course driving range building under constructionContractors Davies Building & Maintenance used 8.2 tonnes of steel plus one tonne of press steel purlins – the equivalent of 200,000 golf balls to erect the frame for the main building. Before that, they laid over 90 cubic metres approaching 4½ million golf balls – of concrete for the foundations.

Future champion

Cllr Moncur added:  “When we consulted local people and course users, they told us they wanted more practice facilities, which is just what we are providing here.

“The opportunity to give golf a go at Bootle Driving Range may be just the opportunity a future champion needs to get started on their career.”

Construction of the new driving range is not preventing play at Bootle Golf Course where adult prices start at just £13 per round.

People can find out more about Sefton Council’s Bootle and Southport Links courses and look out for updates about the opening of the new driving range at www.sefton.gov.uk/golf.