Clubs at the ready for horse-themed mini golf

  • Plans have been submitted for the world’s first horse-themed mini-golf course at Sandown Park.

    The Sandown Park Golf Centre has applied to Elmbridge Borough Council for a 12-hole mini golf course based on a day at the races.

    “All the holes will have a racing theme,” said Nick Jones, director of Sandown Park Golf Centre, which is located in the centre of the racecourse.

    Jockey on horse

    Some of the holes will have mounds of astro turf with horseshoe shaped tunnels; others will be themed around a parade-ring, winner’s enclosure, starting gates and other racing fixtures.

    The course is being designed by City Golf Europe, which has built pirate and safari-themed adventure golf courses – but never a horse-related course.


    “There are many courses in the UK looking at putting in an adventure golf course. We’re embedded in racing so thought we might as well go down this route,” said Jones.

    “If we get planning permission we hope to open at the end of June,” he added.

    Parade Ring

    The new course is hoped to encourage families with young children and teenagers to pick up a golf club.

    “We are looking at putting up fibreglass horses for the children to sit on and having mock stables with horse’s heads looking out. It’s just a bit of fun,” said Jones.

    If permissions is granted the plans need to have the final approval from the Centre’s landlord, The Jockey Club.


    The Sandown Park Golf Centre already has three nine-hole courses in the middle of the racecourse in Esher, Surrey, plus a 33-bay driving range, soft play centre and café and bar area.

    Golfers are not allowed on the courses on racedays.

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