College golf crazy

Release Date: 28 September 2016

The Tay Bridge, the Royal Arch and the planned V&A Dundee structure are three features of a specially-designed crazy golf hole currently on show at D&A College Kingsway Campus.

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Pauline Anderson and Mitch Rennie creators of the crazy golf hole (courtesy of The Courier, Dundee, © D C Thomson & Col Ltd).

Complete with a dog-leg to the right, the two-and-a-bit yard, par-2, hole, is just one of nine, architecturally-inspired, holes which make up a course celebrating this year’s Festival of Architecture.

Under the auspices of the Dundee Institute of Architects (DIA) all nine holes are due to go on tour next month when it is planned that the public will have a chance to face the challenge.

With the majority of the holes designed by private architectural practices. D&A became involved with the project thanks to golf crazy Billy Grace, head of estates at the college.

“When I heard about the project I knew we had the expertise to not only design a decent hole but to construct it as well,” said Billy, who boasts that an experienced golfer can achieve a hole in one on the college creation.

“The college certainly has historic links with the Royal Arch, a remnant of which is situated at the Kingsway Campus, and we are developing a strong relationship with the V&A so were keen to have something from the past and something from the future included in our design.”

Mitch Rennie, of the college’s construction team, and Pauline Anderson, estates, crafted the college design.

D&A College Arbroath Campus is also one of the venues for the planned tour around Angus, Perthshire, Dundee and North-east Fife, when it is hoped that the crazy golf course will be available to the public to try.

“We were delighted with the D&A College design, it was the first to be completed and set the bar extremely high for those following,” said Christine Palmer, president of Dundee Institute of Architects.

“We look forward to offering the public the chance to play the full course as it visits various venues throughout October and details will be posted online and in the press.”