Golf course set for 2016 opening after revamp

PUBLISHED: 15:02 17 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:18 17 February 2015

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GOLF fans of all abilities will be able to hone their skills on a newly-revamped course next year after proposals for Portishead’s hillside facility were given the go-ahead.

Planning permission has been granted for a raft of enhancements to be carried out at the nine-hole course off Nore Road.

This will include seven new greens, new tee areas and a new practice area as well as widespread landscaping to make it a year-round attraction.

The fairways, which are on a steep slope, will be contoured to a more suitable level and to do this, 16,000 cubic metres of clay, sand and gravels will be brought to the site.

The course is run by Portishead Golf for All, the firm which has signed a 25-year lease for the site which is owned by North Somerset Council.

Proposals for the course were discussed by the council’s planning and regulatory committee on February 11, when members agreed to approve them.

A number of objections had been raised by residents concerned about some of the tree species planned for the site, which they feared would block their views of the Bristol Channel in years to come. However, the applicant has agreed to change those proposals.

Adrian Stiff, the architect who designed the course revamp, said: “We have got a few conditions to sort out but they should not be a problem.

“Hopefully we will get the construction started late spring with a view to completing in autumn and being open in 2016.

“I’m glad we have got the permission and look forward to doing the construction and turning it into a really good golf course.

“We are going to plant a lot of lower growing species and remove from the plans all of the ones that were a concern.

“Most people supported the idea but objected to that one thing.”

Before Portishead Golf for All took on the lease for the course in 2013 it had remained closed for more than seven years.


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