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Heythrop Park Is First UK FootGolf Resort

ENSTONE, OXFORDSHIRE, UK – The country’s first resort-based FootGolf course has opened at Oxfordshire golf destination Heythrop Park Resort, on the edge of the Cotswolds.

Heythrop Park’s custom-built nine-hole FootGolf course is adjacent to the championship Bainbridge Course, and winds through a heavily-wooded area.

The resort's new FootGolf course is open seven days a week, and is playable during daylight hours from just £7.50 for nine holes (£4 for under-16s). As it has been purpose-built for FootGolf in an area not previously used for golf, Heythrop Park does not suffer the problems faced at many facilities which have to combine their FootGolf offering with normal traffic on an existing golf course.

“We’re proud to be the first golf resort to offer FootGolf in the UK” said Tim Good, who is Golf, Leisure and Spa Director at Heythrop Park Resort. “With the Manor House and the Bainbridge Course close by, plus stunning views all around, I think we are certainly one of the grandest settings for FootGolf.

“We have over 300 hotel rooms on site, and we anticipate that many of our residential guests, many of whom will be there on business, will enjoy FootGolf as a relaxing and fun additional attraction to their stay, along with our golf, spa and leisure facilities.

“But the majority of FootGolf will be played by people from surrounding towns such as Banbury, Chipping Norton, Bicester and Oxford, who are keen to play this new sport, which is sweeping the nation”.

The FootGolf course at Heythrop Park was co-designed by UK FootGolf’s Head of Development, Gareth May, and the sport’s 2014 Order Of Merit Champion, Ben Clarke.

“Heythrop Park has enabled us to pass another landmark” said Gareth May. “It is a spectacular place, and as well as its current status as the UK’s only golf resort offering FootGolf, it is also only the second golf club in Oxfordshire to offer our sport. We are sure that it will be very popular here.

“The FootGolf course here was purpose-built through a wooded area at Heythrop Park, and it is a technical course which requires a degree of FootGolf skill – although it will be great fun for all standards of player. There are some interesting dog-leg holes, and it requires more precision than power!”

Call Golf Reception at Heythrop Park on 01608 673488 or email theclub@heythroppark.co.uk to book your FootGolf game at the Resort.


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CONTACT HEYTHROP PARK: Tim Good, 01608 673333 | tgood@heythroppark.co.uk  
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PHOTO CAPTION: Jamie Cook, assistant professional at Heythrop Park Resort on the new FootGolf course



The Bainbridge Course at Heythrop Park was designed in 2009 by world-renowned golf course architect Tom Mackenzie. The 7,088 yard Par 72 course weaves throughout the picturesque 440-acre Heythrop estate and provides an exciting challenge for all golfers. The 18-hole course meanders over ridges and through valleys which are studded with ancient woodland, lakes and streams. The course is quintessentially English and has several signature holes, notably the 6th hole where the green nestles besides a fishing lake, the spectacular short 13th, and the closing hole, a 600-yard Par Five with the impressive Mansion House as its backdrop. Located just 12 miles from Oxford, Heythrop Park Resort is a unique, secluded venue set in stunning private countryside parkland. Dating back to 1710 this quintessential English country estate seamlessly combines elegance with style and boasts over 280 rooms at two individual hotels: the elegant Heythrop Park Hotel and the stylish Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Resort also offers a luxurious health club & spa, together with a range of state-of-the-art conference facilities with capacity for up to 400 delegates in a purpose-built conference theatre, and 25 separate meeting rooms of various sizes. All rooms, residential or business, offer free complimentary wi-fi. In summer 2015 the Resort also opened a custom-built 9-hole FootGolf course, open for play during daylight hours seven days a week. Whether you need a venue for a golf day, a conference, a special occasion, a group tour, a weekend getaway or a fairy-tale wedding, Heythrop Park Resort has something for everyone. Just 90 minutes from the heart of London, and easily accessible from Bristol, Birmingham and the Midlands, we are located on the edge of the Cotswolds with Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and the M40 on our doorstep. Heythrop Park Resort is also the perfect base to explore England’s countryside, or to visit attractions such as Blenheim Palace, Cotswold Wildlife Park and the charming Cotswold villages of Burford & Chipping Norton.