It was father and son duo, Steve and Alfie Poulter, rather than professional golfer and namesake Ian, who rocked the boat at Abbey Hill Golf Centre recently setting two new records on the Pirate Island Adventure Golf Course.
Old sea dogs and young buccaneers were among the 77 visitors welcomed to the public pay-and-play facility, invited to set course records in five categories over the 18-hole pirate themed layout, swathed in obstacles from an enormous shipwreck to cannons and treasure chests.
Pirate Island’s resident reptile, Chris the Croc, was on hand to guide those lost-at-sea around the fun course at Abbey Hill – part of BGL Golf, the UK’s leading golf course owner and operator – as young gun, Alfie Poulter set the pace in the Under-12s category plotting and putting his way around the course in 47 shots.
Alfie’s father, Steve, was top scorer on the day and the Men’s record setter with just 41 strokes of the blade – a putter, not a cutlass.
Also becoming course record holders were: Hollie Sherriff, scoring 58 in the Women’s category, Daniella Roberts in the Under-16s with 57 and Kyle Madgwick in the Under-9s with 54.
Gordon Forster, Abbey Hill Golf Centre General Manager, said: “Congratulations to all five new record holders. Their record scores are up on display at Abbey Hill giving all our visitors impressive targets to aim for.
“The bar has been set, but just as we are seeing at the Olympics, records are made to be broken. I welcome all groups of friends and families willing to take on the challenge at Pirate Island and become record holders for themselves.”
As well as the fun and family friendly Pirate Island Adventure Golf Course Abbey Hill’s extensive facilities include the 6,203-yards long Main Course and the superb Par-3 Short Course where those new to golf can learn the basics of the sport and more experienced golfers can sharpen their short game skills.