By Alex Briggs
Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, 2.5 acres and a 9 hole golf course complete one of the most unique houses that has recently gone up for sale in Thorner.
Marshall Capel, the owner of the property, has decided to advertise his luxurious country home as he turns to spend his winters in Florida.
Placed on the market by Beadnall Copley estate agents, the house set in the picturesque landscape of Thorner is a real draw
Having designed the course himself Mr Capel told LTJournalism: “The course is tricky for even the best of players. There’s plenty of obstacles to navigate round but its fun.”
The full interview can be listened to here.
‘Birkby Hill golf club’ as the course was known locally was opened by former Ryder cup captain Howard Clarke. The course used to host an annual tournament which would see family and friends gather at the house for a fun day of golf.
Not only is the house complete with the most creative of nine holes but also offers a its very own club house, ball washer and driving net for those looking to practice their swing.
The successful Yorkshire businessman who pioneered the idea of ‘Kwick golf’ changed the face of property management in 1998 when his partner suggested he had a golf course built on their land.
Mr Capel, a regular at Moor Allerton golf club said: “I’d spend the best part of eight thousand pounds a year keeping it as good as if not better than any other golf course.”
Kwick golf was an idea developed on what Mr Capel believes to be everything that golf isn’t. A quick paced version of a long old day, as kids are encouraged to shout, scream and run between the holes.
In a country where football, cricket and rugby dominate school curriculum sports the idea was to get kids involved with golf by encouraging a much more entertaining and energetic game at a young age.
Following the backing of Leeds mayor at the time, Tom Murray, the initiative was taken stateside as interest grew from abroad. Having gained support from McDonalds to sponsor events a world championships has been organised to further promote the game.
Games can be played across different continents as schools hook up via skype communication and upload their scores through an application on Apple devices.