Fire Golf success

Watch VGE take part in FIRE GOLF


On Sunday 3rd April, Merthyr Fire Station hosted twenty VGE children and their families as the station underwent a transformation into a nine-hole urban golf course to challenge the young golfers, while also getting the chance to spend an hour understanding the role of a firefighter.

VGE children were shown the Service’s ‘Still Laughing’ short film to demonstrate and share the messages about the consequences of deliberate fire setting; what impact it can have on their community and the wildlife.

As part of the urban golf course set up on the station’s yard, the young golfers were captained by professional golfers – Mark Mouland, Rhys Davies and Paul Mayo – who were able to coach them while they tackled hitting balls through a ring of fire, over a 4×4 vehicles and into the tower windows. The ninth hole saw Bernie, the Service’s grass fire mascot, get lifted onto a aerial platform as the final players’ target.

Picture Credit / Phil InglisTim Davies, Station Commander for Merthyr and Treharris said, “It was a pleasure to welcome the Valleys Golf team and their players to the station for this event. There was a fantastic turn out and it was great to see how engaged the young people were with the course, but also our deliberate grass fire campaign message.

“The ‘Still Laughing’ film leaves a positive and lasting impression on its audience and as a Service, as well as a Station, we will continue to share this message with our communities.”

Picture Credit / Phil InglisJames Pontin, Director at Valleys Golf Enterprise continued, “The Fire Golf event was a fantastic event with all the VGE children thoroughly enjoying themselves. The day proved that it’s possible to marry the very important educational and safety messages with having fun and playing golf. “

“The firefighters were great with the  VGE children and the creative use of their equipment to set up the golf course was exceptional. Along with the Pros Challenge the day was inspirational for the VGE children and we can’t thank SWFRS enough. ”

Andy Stubbs, Managing Director of the European Senior Tour said, “We are delighted to have been involved in this important community initiative with South Wales Fire and Rescue in conjunction with Valleys Golf Enterprise in staging a unique Urban Fire Golf event at Merthyr Fire Station to help raise awareness of the very serious issue of grass fires in the South Wales valleys.”

The Course

Bernie the sheepHole A – There’s no smoke without fire
From the yard you will attempt to hit numbered targets on the red windows of the training building. Smoke will be coming out of the building.

Hole B – The Tower of Death
From the yard you will attempt to hit balls through the windows of the training building – water will be sprayed to put you off!

Hole C – Watch out below – Burnie has to go!
From the roof of the training block you will attempt to hit Burnie (the fire service mascot) who will be stood inside the cradle of the Hydraulic Platform.

Hole D – The Ring of Fire
From the yard you will attempt to chip balls through a ring of fire!

Hole FIRE-ENGINEE – Crash + Burn
From the yard you will chip as many balls as you can into a crashed and burnt car.

Hole F – Amphibious putting
Putt balls through tubes around the amphibious vehicle – that sounds easy but watch out for some spray!

Hole G – 4×4 Fanfare
From the yard you will attempt to chip balls over the 4×4 vehicle and into one of the large tyres – Fire fans will be used on this hole to blow you off course.

Hole H – The Water Curtain
From the yard each you will attempt to hit balls through the water curtain and land them as close as possible to two targets. 

Hole I – The Jaws of Life
Putt as many balls as you can into the Jaws of Life, but watch out as the the hydraulic cutting tools will be moving!