Bermuda Fun Golf partner claims putting course is one of world’s finest
Bermuda Fun Golf in Dockyard has one of the finest putting courses in the world, claims Swede Hakan Lindgren, a partner in the new Island attraction along with Bermudians John Burcher and Jill Kowalchuk. Neither mini-golf nor real golf, Mr Lindgren has developed several similar courses in Europe, including an indoor one at a shopping centre in Copenhagen, Denmark, and also one in Halmstad, Sweden’s so-called golf capital. The course in Halmsted is 12 holes laid out around the restaurant Punch. “This one is the best I have built so far,” Mr Lindgren declared. “It will be one of the finest and best putting courses in the world.” He continued: “We wanted to make something special for tourists and locals to enjoy.” The partners invited
The Royal Gazette to come and take a first look at the course yesterday. Mr Burcher said they first came up with the idea to build a putting course in Dockyard six years ago, and it has taken the last two years to develop and build, including six months just to clear their site on reclaimed land at the former Sallyport dump. It overlooks the ocean and Snorkel Park beach. They said the cost of the privately funded project was $1 million-plus. Mr Burcher said he was “sold” on the idea after visiting one of Mr Lindgren’s putting courses in Sweden, and playing night golf on it. “I knew then that we needed to build one in Bermuda.” He and Mr Burcher pointed out the course is in between mini-golf and a golf course, allowing players to get par 3s, 4s and 5s, and they said it is possible to get a hole-in-one. “This is a really great introduction to real golf,” Mr Lindgren said. “And those who play golf will recognise the holes.” The holes are a miniature tribute to those on some of the best golf courses in Bermuda, the US and Scotland, including #16 Port Royal, #12 Augusta National, and #17 Old Course St Andrews. High-quality, durable synthetic turf with a 20-year guarantee has been used with varying lengths of ‘grass’ around the holes and course. Bermuda Fun Golf, which will include the Caddyshack concession, is expected to open in March with hours from 10am to 10pm. The cost is expected to be $15 for adults and $12 for children and they plan to also host children’s and corporate events. Sitting adjacent to the Snorkel Park, it is accessed via the same tunnel. .