Outdoor minigolf centre Hastings Adventure Golf have released plans for a new indoor crazy golf course at their complex on Hastings seafront. The idea is to cover the current Pirate Golf course with a brand-new building and leave the Adventure Golf and Crazy Golf courses external. Hastings Adventure Golf say this will offer year-round minigolf family fun, day and night, in all weathers. Hastings Adventure Golf are inviting comments from the public on this project, and initial feedback on social media is mostly positive. The build is entirely funded by Hastings Adventure Golf.
Architect’s illustrations of the new building show an aquarium-like structure covering the Pirate Golf course, joined to a two-storey building housing a café and observation platform / leisure space. The observation platform appears to jut out over the existing Hastings Adventure Golf fish and chip shop. The building covers approximately the area occupied by the current Pirate Course. The architectural style is Modernist, from an era (the 1930s) when designers wanted everything to look like an ocean liner. We think it sits well on Hastings beach because its natural curves are unobtrusive and it echoes other buildings in this style along the south coast, such as Marine Court just along the beach in St Leonards, the Ocean Hotel in Saltdean and the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. We reckon this architect has done his or her homework to make this new proposed structure fit in.
“I’d be lying if I said it won’t boost our business,” said Manager Simon Tompkins when we called him about the refurb. “But we’re throwing it out to the community for their comments to see if they agree with our view that it will reduce the seasonality of the mini golf facilities at Hastings, allow the elderly to play all year round, and provide additional catering and viewing opportunities on the seafront.”
Simon also revealed that they have come to know the building design as ‘The Cloud’ or ‘The Wave’, and that the Pirate Golf course will remain largely unchanged inside it, except for a few slight amendments to holes which might be necessary.
In an interview with the Hastings Observer, Simon said: “As a business that is owned by locals, run by locals and employs locally, we have always been incredibly aware of ensuring that anything we do has a maximum positive impact on Hastings first and foremost. This project is a large investment as part of a recovery process that the whole town is working toward and we’re very hopeful that local residents and businesses will support us in this plan to bring an economic boost to the town as well as extra jobs.”
The Putterfingers.com mini golf team played at Hastings Adventure Golf recently in the World Crazies. Read our post about that here.
If you live locally and want to give your opinion about this proposed development, use the comments form on Hastings Adventure Golf’s website.