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Reporter gets in the swing of it at Upminster Mini Golf

PUBLISHED: 13:30 27 June 2015

Cllr Clarence Barrett and Harriet Orrell at Hall Lane Golf course in Upminster

Cllr Clarence Barrett and Harriet Orrell at Hall Lane Golf course in Upminster

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Clarence Barrett arrived with his own clubs and ball - clearly he was taking my golfing challenge seriously and it wouldn't be a walk in the park, so to speak.

Harriet Orrell at Hall Lane Golf course in UpminsterHarriet Orrell at Hall Lane Golf course in Upminster

One swing of his club on the first tee and there was hope, as his ball was lost in the rough.

I was joining Mr Barrett for a quick round on the holes of the Upminster Mini Golf course, in Hall Lane, at the weekend to see how much fun it can be.

As the name suggests, the 18-hole course doesn’t require the same stamina as a full-sized Gleneagles-style venue.

Following the early minor mishap it transpired that the Upminster Residents’ Association Cllr is actually quite good at golf – though it could have been the quality of his opponents reflecting him in a better light.

Harriet Orrell at Hall Lane Golf course in UpminsterHarriet Orrell at Hall Lane Golf course in Upminster

I feel I put in a surprisingly good performance despite my lack of experience as I hit the ball furthest on the first go (because that’s the aim of the game, isn’t it?) and I wasn’t the worst which is a victory in itself.

We played our way through a couple of holes with balls flying in all directions, including one which narrowly missed our photographer, Ellie Hoskins.

In the spirit of good fun we didn’t count the score and as the clouds drew in we called it a day, leaving the 18 yellow flags dotted amongst trees on the course behind.

Mr Barrett created the Friends of Upminster Mini Golf to bring together local residents who share the common aim of improving the fairways and “protecting the valuable green and open space from future development”.

Wayne Davies at Hall Lane Golf course in UpminsterWayne Davies at Hall Lane Golf course in Upminster

“We want to raise awareness of the facility and get it used much more than it is at the moment,” he explained.

The mini golf is open after school and on weekends from March to October but isn’t quite pulling in the volume of crowds which the group would desire.

“People don’t know it’s here,” added Mr Barrett.

“We want local residents to pop over for a quick game and bring their children for a fun morning.”

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