Crazy! Golf garden is Derek's latest idea

November 01 2016

Keith Walker, the man with the most well known garden in Bishopston, is back with another offbeat charity challenge. He’s shared the joy of Dale the Dalek with us, the all year beach, and the impromptu garden stage at Window Wanderland. This year his plans are literally crazy - he’s turned his front garden into a souped up, mechanical, crazy golf course!

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Keith Walker, the man with the most well known garden in Bishopston, is back with another offbeat charity challenge. He’s shared the joy of Dale the Dalek with us, the all year beach, and the impromptu garden stage at Window Wanderland. This year his plans are literally crazy - he’s turned his front garden into a souped up, mechanical, crazy golf course!

Keith said: “My brother had seen a crazy golf course made out of scrap metal in New Zealand and that set the cogs whirring. I thought about metal, but didn’t want people to get injured on sharp bits, so then thought of bicycles! My brother managed to get me a few and Rollquick the cycle shop on the Gloucester Road said come and help yourself to what you need so I stocked up on handlebars, wheels and screws.” 

Although there is still a bit of fine tuning to do, the 6 hole course is ready to play. Players need to knock on Keith’s door or ring him in advance and he’ll be there to switch it on and hand out the score sheets. All players get to go round twice (12 holes) and the best 10 will be invited back for a play off.

One final touch is needed to mechanise the holes. A UWE robotics professor, Dr Alex Lenz, is going to help with the electrical switching on one of the bigger holes to add a very quirky dimension and hopefully, some lights too. 

Keith collects each year for the Children’s Hospice South West who helped to care for his nephew for many years while he was ill with Muscular Dystrophy.

To contact Keith to play a round, call 0117 907 8448 or call in at 48 Thornleigh Road in Bishopston.