Community spirit on Orkney shines as GB's most northerly crazy golf course opens

2016 04 Crazy Golf1
• Community hailed for helping to fund crazy golf course
• Burray's Orkney-themed course is most northerly in Britain
• Every local pupil has received a putter and golf ball

ORKNEY ISLANDS | GOLF

The spirit of an Orkney community has been hailed after they helped to raise £8,500 towards the building of a park, which will contain Britain’s most northerly crazy golf course.


The people on the isle of Burray, which has approximately 400 inhabitants, rallied together to raise the total in less than a year after a questionnaire was handed out among residents to decide what they wanted built there.

They decided on a crazy golf course, but not your traditional ‘Blackpool-style’ one with windmills and all. An Orkney theme was chosen and local schoolchildren were invited to send in their designs for each of the 12 holes, which incorporates landmarks from the Islands including Old Man of Hoy, Skara Brae and Scapa Flow.

CONTINUES BELOW...

CrazyGolf2

What’s more, every child at the local school has been presented with a putter and ball ahead of the park’s grand opening this weekend, and secretary of Burray Community Association Pam Woodcock hopes this will encourage children and families to stay active and use the facility regularly.

“This couldn’t have happened without a good, cohesive community,” she said. “I think because everybody had the opportunity to input into what went into the park, the feeling of ownership was very strong from the beginning.

“It needed to be aesthetically nice and pleasing, there needed to be something for everybody to do, it needed to be robust because of the natural weather conditions and we wanted it to be suitable from ‘pushchair to pensioner’ and we think with the park, and the golf course, we’ve done that.

CONTINUES BELOW...

CrazyGolf3

“Above all, we wanted to the park to be a free point of access so we took the decision to present all the local schoolchildren with the equipment they need, so hopefully they will use the facility regularly and encourage them to play golf and, more importantly, stay active.”

In order to make the golf course as much like the Orkney landmarks as possible and to protect it from the adverse weather the Islands frequently face, the course has been made from stone by local architect Paul Green, while the surface has meant that low-impact balls must be used as well.

CrazyGolf4

The view from bunkered.co.uk


“I’m delighted to hear about this new development in Orkney – not least because it’s where I grew up. I spent the vast majority of every summer holiday between 1990 and 1996 at the public putting green at Brandyquoy Park, just off Palace Road in Kirkwall. That was my introduction to golf.

Regrettably, I believe it was transformed into a bowling green some years ago – despite a bowling green already being, quite literally, the other side of the wall – so it is great to hear the Burray community taking the lead with a new crazy golf course. I hope it’s more than a ‘peedie’ bit successful!” Michael McEwan • Assistant Editor, bunkered


Orkney Crazy Golf Course :: Your thoughts


What do you make of the Crazy Golf Course development on the Orkney Islands? Leave your thoughts in the 'Comments' section below.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
Get a better hip turn, play better golf | IMG Academy
lessons
play button
How to hit the golf ball straighter in just 2 MINUTES!
lessons
play button
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SCOTTY CAMERON PUTTERS (2020)
Scotty Cameron
play button
OLD DRIVER VS NEW DRIVER - TaylorMade SIM vs TaylorMade Original One
TaylorMade
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

6 things we learned from Tiger Woods’ Memorial press conference
A brief history of Opens at St Andrews
Study finds BAME groups interested in golf but don't feel welcome
Second UK golf club closes its doors following lockdown
PGA Tour provides update on fans at tournaments

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
How the Dufner waggle can help your game
Watch
play button
Tighten your dispersion
Watch
play button
Strike down on the ball for more consistency
Watch
play button
A good grip will give you more consistency
Watch
See all videos right arrow