THREE MK Dons teammates have taken a break from pre-season training to put the new FootGolf layout at Abbey Hill Golf Centre through its paces.
Striker, Dean Bowditch and goalkeeper, Ian McLoughlin, were joined by former Don, Stephen Gleeson, at the public pay-and-play centre to tackle its newest attraction, where players negotiate the Short Course, featuring holes from 92 to 145 yards long, in as few kicks of a size-five football as possible.
With the new FootGolf layout launched in June 2014, Abbey Hill, which is part of BGL Golf, the UK’s leading course owner and operator, has welcomed guests from across Milton Keynes, including the professional footballers, to participate in the exciting new format.
Andrew Scholey, Abbey Hill Golf Centre General Manager, said: “Footballers often make excellent golfers, but FootGolf is the ideal cross-breed of both sports.
“They all thought the layout was great and we look forward to welcoming each of them, and the rest of their teammates back soon.”
Gareth May, Head of UK development for the sport’s National Governing Body, the UK FootGolf Association, said: “Abbey Hill Golf Centre has shown impressive dedication to the sport and is the first to have FootGolf holes on the actual greens of its course. The eighth hole there could be the hardest in UK FootGolf history.”
Andrew added: “Thanks to the excellent support from our greenkeeping staff, we are able to include both golf and FootGolf holes on the Short Course’s greens, so there is no disruption to customers who already enjoy the layout in a more traditional way.”
Abbey Hill Golf Centre also boasts an 18-hole pirate-themed Adventure Golf course, plus a 21-bay driving range and the 18-hole Main Course, which loops through the Buckinghamshire countryside.
For further information visit www.abbeyhillgc.co.uk or call: 01908 562566.