New Brighton’s miniature marvel

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Owner Nick Ashfield at the site in New Brighton ©GarethJones

Owner Nick Ashfield at the site in New Brighton © Gareth Jones

The first of two new lighthouses have emerged on New Brighton’s waterfront as part of a new tourist attraction.

The beacons are a feature of a new championship miniature golf course – due to see its first players teeing off on Good Friday with an official grand opening planned for early May.

The 18-hole miniature course is based on famous holes from some of the world’s top golfing venues and appeals to serious golfers as well as families and children. It is sited on former council tennis courts on King’s Parade.

Owner Nick Ashfield, from Moreton, said: “Our lighthouses are replicas of two of the most iconic images in the world of golf, one at Turnberry, Scotland, host to many open championships and the other is Harbour Town Lighthouse on Hilton Head Island, Carolina. They will light up at night and be an important added attraction for New Brighton.”

Ashfield has invested £250,000 to relocate the project from its original site in Manchester. He sees New Brighton to have far more potential to bring in tourists and hopes for this to become the company’s flagship site with a much-improved design.

He added: “We have reinvented the once proven and popular pastime of mini golf so people of all ages and abilities can play and enjoy miniature versions of the world’s most famous and challenging holes in less than an hour.”

The miniature golf course has adopted the Wirral Autistic Society as its charity and will hold events to raise money all year round.

The course also intends to hold competitions and major tournaments; the first event is planned for April to coincide with the Masters.

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