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Excellent facilities are par for the course at Humberstone Heights

Published on Thursday, May 10, 2018

The city council’s £350,000 scheme has funded a number of improvements at the popular golf course, including a brand new drainage system and a fully automatic irrigation system. 

Improved drainage now prevents the course from flooding in wet weather, while new water sprinklers will help keep the course in good shape during the summer. 

Footpaths throughout the course have been repaired and improved, better signage has been installed, and new mats have been provided in the teeing areas. 

The existing nine-hole pitch and putt course has been improved and made into an academy course aimed at encouraging families and children to play – and there’s been new investment in coaching, with sessions now available every day of the week. Tailored programmes for women and juniors have also been developed. 

An ‘inspired facilities’ award of £70,000 from Sport England has allowed the golf course’s clubhouse to be refurbished too. 

The ground floor of the building has been fully revamped, with new changing rooms and shower facilities, while a fresh coat of paint has brightened up the upstairs bar and café area. 

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “When the decision was taken to close the council’s golf course at Western Park in 2015, I pledged that we would invest in Humberstone Heights to ensure that Leicester had a high quality public golf course that everyone could enjoy. 

“I am therefore very pleased that these works are now complete. 

“The drainage measures we’ve introduced have made a dramatic difference to the playing surface, while the new signage and footpaths have improved the appearance of the whole site. 

“I hope that the improvements we have made to the course and its facilities will encourage serious golfers – and anyone looking for a family day out – to pop in and see the changes for themselves.” 

To mark the completion of the works, there will be an afternoon of family fun and free activities at Humberstone Heights this weekend. 

From 12 noon on Saturday (12 May), there will be plenty of opportunities for golfers and non-golfers to enjoy the facilities free of charge. 

There will be free coaching on the driving range, a chance to sharpen your short game skills on the pitch and putt course, and an opportunity to have a go at the game that the whole family can play together – footgolf.

Combining the fun of football with the precision of golf, footgolf was introduced at Humberstone Heights two years ago – and now around 6,000 players a year enjoy the challenge of kicking a football into a 21-inch hole. 

Refreshments – including drinks, snacks and hot and cold food – will be available from the café in the refurbished clubhouse. 

There will also be a special offer for anyone signing up for a direct debit membership on the day. 

On 12 May only, new members joining the direct debit scheme will pay just £1 for membership for the rest of the month. The normal seven-day monthly charge in the summer is £59.50. 

Leicester City Council’s head of sports Andrew Beddow said: “This open day is a great opportunity for people to pop in to see what Humberstone Heights has to offer. 

“If you’ve never been to Humberstone Heights before, or it’s been a while since your last visit, pop in on Saturday 12 May and enjoy some great activities in the great outdoors – free of charge.” 

The Humberstone Heights open day runs from 12 noon until 5pm on Saturday 12 May. 

For more information, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/activeleicester.