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By Colin Smeeton
The recent spell of summer sunshine has allowed the works on the new Brodick mini golf course to continue apace and is expected to be completed in the next week or two.
With the labour intensive and time consuming drainage and earthworks already completed, a large group of workmen have moved on to the light landscaping and preparing the surfaces for their final covering of artificial grass.
Working from the right of the site to the left – which has allowed various trades to all be on site at once and to make quicker progress – has also allowed the contractors to have certain holes nearly playable and complete with turf covering, obstacles and boundaries. The centrepiece, a relief outline of Arran, is nearing completion at the front and centre of the new course.
Originally built in 1960 and becoming synonymous with Brodick over the year, the previous mini golf course was tired looking and suffered from drainage and age related problems despite being incredibly popular with visitors and locals alike.
Requiring modernisation and weather proofing, owner Alastair Bilsland having taken inspiration from similar attractions in New Zealand, decided to breath new life into the attraction and to deal with the drainage while also giving it an updated look.
While completely modernising the course and adding Arran themed touches and improvements, one iconic item has been retained, the well loved Fourth Rail Bridge which was built by Kiscadale Engineering around 15 years ago.
The main contractor for the project is Armitage Groundworks with design contributions from Allan Macleod and Dave Campbell. County Carpets are also helping to deliver the project.
Workmen continue making good progress on the site with a few holes already nearing completion. 01_B26putt01
The last of the heavy machinery completes the remainder of the groundwork on the last holes. 01_B26putt02
Workman Greg McCrae puts the finishing touches to the sculptured relief of the Arran shaped centrepiece. 01_B26putt03