Mini golf fan has plans down to a tee

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

It might take two years be­fore it even­tu­ates, but one keen Toko­roa res­i­dent is tak­ing a swing at es­tab­lish­ing a mini- golf busi­ness in town.

Ron­nie Ban­field has just been granted a land- use con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion by the South Waikato District Coun­cil.

The self- em­ployed fire­wood sales­man said he has been work­ing on the ven­ture for the past year and a half.

‘‘It’s a spare-time job for me so it’ll prob­a­bly take an­other cou­ple of years to do it.’’

He said the idea was to get it set up at min­i­mum cost, push­ing the time frame out even fur­ther.

Ban­field said he suc­cess­fully gained land use con­sent, which re­quired per­mis­sion from all three Lo­gan St neigh­bours.

And he is now in the process of gain­ing build­ing con­sent.

With a de­tailed 16-page­plan drawn up, Ban­field is start­ing to en­vis­age the 9-hole course.

He said it was orig­i­nally go­ing to be an 18- hole- course, but new leg­is­la­tion re­quired him to ac­com­mo­date for more park­ing spa­ces.

There are still a fair few hur­dles to jump through, but Ban­field seems con­fi­dent.

‘‘I’m quite de­ter­mined it will hap­pen.’’

It is a bit of a pas­sion project for the Toko­roa res­i­dent.

‘‘I’ve wanted to do it for five to 10 years.

‘‘ Over the years I’ve spo­ken to a lot of people who said ‘I was think­ing about do­ing that’ so I just de­cided to start.’’

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