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Dundee scores a hole in one with UK's first ever wiffle golf course

Dundee scores a hole in one with UK's first ever wiffle golf course

Once again, Dundee has proved itself to be well above par with the launch of the UK's first wiffle golf course.

The men behind the idea, Ryan McLeod and Mike Findlater, were inspired to build the nine-hole course after discovering the sport while visiting Canada.

The enterprising duo finished working on their course, believed to be unique across the UK, this week, and officially opened it on Tuesday.

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Using palettes of wood, unwanted driving range mats and old paint cans, Ryan and Mike worked with volunteers from Dighty Connect to turn a previously unused woodland space beyond the banks of the Dighty River in to the UK's first wiffle golf course.

"The nine holes are now in place. There are still a few little things we’d still like to do but now we’re just trying to tell people about it," Ryan, 28, told STV.

"It’s completely open to be used 24/7 - well, maybe not at night. But it’s an informal thing that’s there to be used by anyone, anytime throughout the year.

"Our goal is to encourage people to get out and play, to explore an area that they didn't know existed before."

Ryan says there is an informal element to the sport and, with this in mind, the course is unmanned and free, meaning players can go for a round whenever they want.

  (Dighty Connect)
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Ryan tries out the course with one of the Dighty Connect volunteers

What is wiffle golf?

The sport gets its name from the fact that players use practice balls, often called wiffle balls, rather than the heavier kind used by Rory McIlroy and company.

Like normal golf, wiffle golfers take turns trying to hit a ball into a hole or as near as possible.

Courses are often found in forests and holes are generally much larger than their real golf counterparts - and are sometimes made out of paint cans (like at Dundee's new course).

Ryan said: "Wiffle golf takes chipping and puts it into the forest, combining it with a sense of exploration and adventure.

"You might get dirty and you may have to clamber about the forest. As much as it’s about chipping, it’s about exploring and finding that little bit of magic that’s hidden away too."

The seventh hole, seen above, is said to be the course's trickiest

Ryan continued: "It's a really social activity and that's part of the beauty of it. You can go out with friends in groups of three or four, it doesn't really matter.

"You only need one club between you because it’s one shot and one hole at a time. Everybody needs a wiffle ball but they're really cheap so it's a very accessible game."

Trying out the first hole with a real manly scream from Mike #wifflegolf #dundee #getinthehole #girlyscream

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The video above shows Ryan taking on the first hole

Little is known about the origins of wiffle golf. While the sport is relatively unknown in the UK, it has a following in America and proved a hit in Canada, where Ryan first heard of it.

He visited the country in 2013 and, while doing his best to avoid the usual tourists spots, got chatting to some locals who were into wiffle golf.

They told him about a wiffle course nearby and, excited by the prospect, he set off in pursuit. After a lengthy search, he found it.

"It had this air of magic and mystery about it from the start, which was great," he said.

"I’d never seen it anywhere else or even heard of it anywhere else and looking online I couldn't see anywhere else in the world doing it.

"I just thought why do we not have that sort of stuff in Scotland?"

Google map

Dundee's course is just off Pitkerro Road

Taking a full swing at it, Ryan and Mike have pulled out all the stops and even have a website and numerous social media accounts for the new course.

But with the rush to open on Tuesday, the pair admitted that neither of them have completed an official first round yet. Nobody's got a hole in one yet either.

Rules and scoring, directions to the course and even an extended look at the story behind the UK's first wiffle golf course can all be found on the website.

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