American Golf ‘The Squirrel’s Lair’ Adventure Golf Course


American Golf


Rossendale, Lancashire

Project Scope:

Woodland themed outdoor adventure golf course named ‘The Squirrel’s Lair’, with bespoke wooden carvings, water raft and immersive entertainment

About the Project

American Golf ‘The Squirrel’s Lair’ Adventure Golf Course

Greenspan were selected to design and build a bespoke woodland themed adventure golf course for American Golf in Rossendale, inspired by the beautiful surrounding rolling hills of the countryside.

The course has been fondly named ‘The Squirrel’s Lair’ and features an 18-hole journey through different sections with varying levels of difficulty, making for enhanced playability and fun for all the family. Visitors can enjoy the mystical woodland and immersive experiences across the course, including an interactive rope pull raft across the water. There are also woodland audio effects, life-like carved wooden animal statues and the course also features imaginative landscaping to amplify the mystical woodland experience, with lighting to ensure the fun can continue even when the sun goes down.

With a driving range and golfing academy already in place, American Golf in Rossendale were looking to enhance their visitor offering to appeal to families and young adults. Boosting their already existing popular attractions proved to be a productive endeavour with the amount of space that could be utilised – perfectly located overlooking miles of lush green Lancashire countryside.

Now available to the public seven days a week, the attraction was officially opened by Councillor Jackie Oakes, the Mayor of Rossendale. Jackie was joined by George Hughes, aged five, a rising star who has been playing golf since he was 18 months old and has raised thousands of pounds in memory of his late father by completing golfing challenges throughout the Northwest.

Also in attendance was Paralympic swimmer and Rossendale-born Thomas Hamer, 23, who achieved a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and won a gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Children from St Peter’s School, St Joseph’s School, St Veronica’s School and St James The Less School, also attended and were amongst the first to try out the new course and pick up some tips and tricks from George.

Since opening, the facility has attracted visitors from far and wide and has generated multiple five-star reviews on Google.

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Client Testimonials

“The adventure golf course, coupled with the driving range, means that we now have first class facilities that will benefit people across the region for many years.

“The opening also marks an important first step in our ongoing engagement with young people as we work closely with schools to showcase the role golf can play in physical and mental development, as well as the mental health benefits of being in open green spaces and being part of a vibrant social environment.”

– Gary Favell, chief executive of American Golf

“This is a truly spectacular addition to our Rossendale complex.

“Not only will visitors be wowed by the state-of-the-art adventure golf course, but the views also out across the hills of Lancashire are simply breathtaking. In fact, we believe that this course has the best views in the north.

“Golf is experiencing a huge surge in popularity and adventure golf is a fantastic way to encourage more people to consider the sport – at any age.

“It’s a fun, laid back environment to hone some basic skills and get a feel for the equipment.”

–  Martin Robinson, UK sales and operations manager

Specialist Features

  • Detailed and intricately carved wooden sculptures
  • Woodland theming throughout
  • Immersive rope-pull water raft
  • Water features
  • Audio effects
  • Play through props
  • Multiple challenges and obstacles
  • Excellent playability
  • Imaginative landscaping

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