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Is Underground Golf the Future of the Game?

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An outdoor activity company, Zip World, is about to launch a new activity at its Llechwedd site in North Wales. The adventure company behind the world’s fastest zipline has developed the world’s first cavern-style underground adventure golf course. So is underground golf the future of the game?

Launching on Friday, July 29th, Underground Golf is said to represent ‘the evolution of North Wales’s new tourism offering’, and will create 10 jobs in the facility.

Underground Golf is set 500ft below the ground in a disused mining cavern, and only accessible by Europe’s steepest cable railway.

Going Underground

Bright neon lights will guide players through the cave across the 18-hole course, with each hole offering a new challenge and showcasing a distinctive theme of slate mining.

The attraction welcomes adults and children aged three and older, and operates on a variable pricing ticketing system, ensuring people can enjoy something they’ve never experienced before.

Other activities on offer at Zip World’s Llechwedd slate caverns site include an exhilarating four-person zip line, an enormous underground bouncy net playground, a daring high ropes obstacle course and a deep mine tour. But is underground golf the future of the game?

Sean Taylor, founder of Zip World, said: “It’s always a great feeling being able to announce a brand-new attraction and the launch of Underground Golf is no exception.

“We were keen to introduce an activity that was inclusive to families and groups of people of all ages without taking away the thrill and excitement factor. The setting is what makes Underground Golf so unique and it’s unlike any other adventure golf course.

“It’s a superstructure built to impress, and we weren’t afraid to push boundaries or incorporate a number of quirky ideas throughout, such as ending the course via a slide.”

Adventure Golf

Andrew Hudson, commercial director at Zip World, added: “We’re always consciously trying to make use of the space we have, and we wanted to draw even more attention to this vast underground area and showcase the uniqueness of this historic local location.

“The adventure golf market has been evolving for a while now and thanks to the introduction of new technology and innovative adventure course designs it’s come a long way from windmills and tacky-themed experiences!

“We wanted to create something that allowed our consumers to have fun and interact with each other all whilst in a breath-taking subterranean setting.”

In addition to its Llechwedd site in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Zip World has adventure sites in Rhyl, Bethesda and Betws-y-Coed.

Zip World’s “Skyflyer” is also set to launch in Rhyl next week, providing visitors with panoramic views of the North Wales coastline and beyond from 400ft up in the air.

Ticket prices for Underground Golf start at £7 and discounted family rates are available. Buy tickets www.zipworld.co.uk/vouchers/buy.

So is underground golf the future of the game?

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