An application has been submitted to Bucks Council requesting permission to create a new outdoor adventure golf course near Aylesbury.
Organizers want to bring an outdoor adventure golf course to the Aylesbury area, noting the nearest facility is currently in Milton Keynes.
The owners of Aylesbury Golf Center in Bierton have submitted a planning proposal to Bucks Council asking to extend its site to include an adventure course.
Currently, golfers use the center for its driving range or visit the area for The Barn, which is also owned by the same group.
The Barn, is licensed to serve alcohol and can be booked by companies for corporate events and private functions.
It doubles as a wedding venue, as it is surrounded by countryside views in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
But with Aylesbury reopening as it hopes to move on from Covid, the owners want to offer a new family activity that could excite people of all ages.
Specifically, the request, which was officially filed last September, calls for the creation of additional parking and mini-golf.
The applicants want to create space for 48 additional vehicles and a 12-hole course.
Aylesbury Golf Center wants a farm theme for its course containing a classic windmill, as well as additional rural iconography.
The plans mention a model cottage, farm machinery and realistic animal obstacles.
A spokesperson for Aylesbury Golf Center told the Bucks Herald: “We are hoping for something a little more spectacular than your typical adventure course.
“If you could imagine these big adventure courses, where you have a pirate alley or dinosaurs. That kind of setup, even though it’s a countryside setting, it’s probably going to be more of a farm setting.
“It’s become a thriving business with the golf driving range, but you don’t really have family there, doing activities together.
“This adventure golf course is absolutely perfect for the whole family. You also have The Barn next to where it will be, offering drinks and snacks all day.
“It’s something we thought would suit the Aylesbury area. It’s a big and growing population, and the closest adventure golf course to us is Milton Keynes.”
It is hoped that if the mini-golf course is created, it will create two more full-time positions and two additional part-time positions within the company.
So far the Aylesbury Vale community appears to be on board with the plans, the bid has received the full backing of 12 people.
A high profile supporter is adviser Julie Ward who serves Aston Clinton and Bierton.
She said: “It’s a valuable local recreational asset, at a time when the two local pubs have closed.
“Any complimentary additions they create to the current offering that improves the sustainability of the business are therefore supported.
“The site is easily large enough to include it and is well accessible from a quiet road alongside a new main link road.
“It is the only business located on this road where there are few houses and where traffic is very calm.
“The site currently includes a driving range, bar and restaurant/reception area. It is already popular with families due to the ease of parking and child-friendly environment.
“Mini golf is becoming increasingly popular with a new facility offering this, [with another activity] having recently opened in Aylesbury town centre. For rural businesses to thrive, they must be able to adapt to the local climate.”
Other reviewers said the site would bring “great value” to Bierton, others said it would be “fantastic for families”.
The Adventure Golf spokesperson added: “No one who visits the range is against it, everyone is for it.
“For non-golfers, it’s a good introduction to golf. We have a lot of golfers there, who bring friends, who are just there for a drink, who don’t really hit golf balls on the ground.
“Talking to them, they would be a lot more up for mini-golf, just to put on, have fun with their friends.”