• Short Summary

    A huge inflated balloon is the latest answer to London's overcrowded golf courses.

    Engineer Mike Thompson?

  • Description

    A huge inflated balloon is the latest answer to London's overcrowded golf courses.

    Engineer Mike Thompson had the idea when he saw dome tents being used for indoor tennis. He thinks outdoor driving ranges have not succeeded in Britain because of the weather.

    Mr. Thompson's tent is 85 yards (77 metres) long. According to the experts, a bad shot can be spotted over this distance. There are two levels, and 30 players can use the tent.

    Mr. Thompson erected the tent near London's White City on a piece of land smaller than the average soccer pitch. It cost $50,000 to build. Under top professional Humphrey Arber, players are paying a total of GBP 700 ($1500 U.S.) a week to use it.

    This film includes a statement by Mr. Humphrey Arber. A transcription appears below.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8I48T2DDXW88MWF9CE54V7SUM
    Media URN:
    VLVA8I48T2DDXW88MWF9CE54V7SUM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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