A MINIATURE adventure golf course opens in Henley on Friday.

Henley Borough Council invested £270,000 in the new equipment, which replaced the old green at Mill Meadows.

The 18-hole course features large scale models of local landmarks including the Town Hall, Kenton Theatre, St Mary’s Church, Chantry House, Henley Bridge, Temple Island and Marsh Lock, as well as a replica of the Thames.

There’s also a coxless sculling boat used by Olympic champions Matthew Pinsent and Steve Redgrave for training and a model of George Harrison’s Stratocaster.

On the panels near each hole are QR codes which, when scanned, reveal information about the respective landmark.

The course was built by construction group Greenspan Projects over a period of approximately five months. The models were created by sculptor Dawn Pretty.

The attraction is expected to generate a profit of around £60,000 a year with a payback period of four to five years.

Henley Council’s financial projections include a provision for maintenance and replanting.

City Clerk Sheridan Jacklin-Edward, who spearheaded the project, said: ‘We knew the course would be financially viable, inventive and fun, but it was also important that the project was executed well and in a way that complemented our city ​​and respond to comments. on planting and biodiversity.

“Bringing a new tourist attraction to Henley is quite a responsibility.

“I am delighted with the results. This project has been a true labor of love and I hope visitors and residents enjoy it.

Councilor Stefan Gawrysiak, Chair of the Green Working Group, said, “I am thrilled with our new adventure golf course. We have built something very special here.

“There is a reduced rate for local residents and plenty of interest in having visitors return to play for many years to come.

“We show off the best bits of our city, from our built heritage to our cultural and sporting history, in a lighthearted and engaging way.

“The course is Henley in miniature and the project is emblematic of our strengths as a council and a city.

“Local people know we will take their suggestions, listen to their feedback and deliver. Here we work at pace, with a sense of purpose and fun. The course demonstrates this in spades.

Mayor Sarah Miller said: ‘I think it looks fantastic. It’s really in the spirit of the neighborhood.

“Hopefully this will bring a lot of people to Henley, who will also have the chance to learn a bit more about the town. Not only will the children have a lot of fun, but they will also learn a little.

Prices are as follows: £9 adults, £7 junior/student (4-17 years old), £29 family (up to two adults and three children). Residents of Henley are entitled to discounted entry.

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