US holiday fun sparks idea for new crazy golf course near Norwich

David Moore, left, who is planning to build the Congo Rapids Adventure Golf course at the Family Gol

David Moore, left, who is planning to build the Congo Rapids Adventure Golf course at the Family Golf Centre at Easton, working with managing director Robert Barnard. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant 2013

Crazy golf could be coming to the Norwich area after a planning application was made for a jungle-themed adventure golf course near to the Norfolk Showground.

David Moore, from Taverham, has applied to South Norfolk Council to build Congo Rapids Adventure Golf alongside the Norwich Family Golf Centre, near the showground entrance at Easton.

The 18-hole course would be similar in style to courses in the USA and feature a range of large water features, including rafts to travel across water between holes.

Mr Moore said: 'There's not many things to do in and around Norwich if you want a couple of hours of entertainment at a reasonable price.

'Our children have always enjoyed adventure golf, but you don't always want to drive to the coast.

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'We were so impressed with the quality of the courses while on a family holiday to Orlando (Florida) that we thought we'd design a course of the same quality back home.

'I've been working with a Swedish company responsible for the construction of over 200 adventure golf courses throughout Europe in order to get the design just right.'

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Mr Moore would sub-let the land for the course from Norwich Family Golf Centre owner Robert Barnard, who hopes his sports bar and café facilities would combine well with the new course.

Mr Barnard said: 'We're really pleased that David is locating his course alongside our facilities. It's a great way of introducing children to golf.

'If the planning process goes smoothly the course should be open in the coming winter.'

Meanwhile, permission for an 18-hole crazy golf course in central Norwich, at Eaton Park, has been granted and Rob Trown, from Attleborough, says he intends for that course to open next Easter.

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