Work­ing on the short game

All About Golf opens 18-hole mini putt, five-hole putting green on lower level of Con­fed­er­a­tion Court Mall

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WEEKEND BUSINESS - BY DOUG GALLANT

If you want to im­prove your golf game, your short game at least, Con­fed­er­a­tion Court Mall in Char­lot­te­town has a new in­door fa­cil­ity that can help you do that.

All About Golf has trans­formed a large sec­tion of the mall’s lower level into a cham­pi­onship putting and chip­ping at­trac­tion.

Golfers can rent a put­ter and spend the next hour or so putting their way around the 18 holes laid out for them or stick to a five-hole putting green.

Owner Stephen Dowl­ing said the idea for the fa­cil­ity has been in the back of his mind for about a year or so.

The con­cept fit neatly into mall owner Richard Hom­burg’s vi­sion for the mall.

Dowl­ing said Hom­burg wanted to put some­thing new into the mall and he likes the idea of host­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

“This is a great ac­tiv­ity, it’s a great ad­di­tion to the mall and we ex­pect it will at­tract a lot of peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly in the win­ter months,” Dowl­ing said.

The fa­cil­ity fea­tures a five­hole putting green which he be­lieves golfers will re­ally like.

“We have up­hill, down­hill, right to left breaks and left to right breaks so they can work on ev­ery as­pect of their putting. And these greens act just like a real bent grass green.”

Dowl­ing noted that Jack Nick­laus had de­signed a fa­cil­ity like this one for a mall in Ohio about five years ago.

The peo­ple who de­signed the fa­cil­ity in Char­lot­te­town looked at the Ohio de­sign and made what they be­lieve are some im­prove­ments to that de­sign. Dowl­ing said the Char­lot­te­town course will chal­lenge golfers.

“It’s not an easy course to come putt here so peo­ple will keep com­ing back to try and bet­ter their score...This course will make you a bet­ter put­ter.”

The fa­cil­ity is es­sen­tially open for use now.

The cost ranges from $17.50 per hour for adults to $8.75 per hour for youth, with spe­cial rates for ju­niors and se­niors.

BRIAN MCINNIS/THE GUARDIAN

Bob Dowl­ing checks the green be­fore he putts while Pat Ros­siter waits his turn re­cently when the two golfers triedt he 18-hole putting course at All About Golf in Char­lot­te­town. The golf course is lo­cated in the base­ment of the Con­fed­er­a­tion Court Mall andf the main store is above.

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