It was a case of love at first swing for South Yorkshire couple Laura Connor and John Hall.
After being set up, the pair decided to spend their first date at Paradise Island Adventure Golf in Sheffield, where things quickly teed off between them.
And two years later when John decided he wanted to pop the question- he knew there was only one place to do it.
The romantic Doncaster man organised a visit to the indoor miniature golf course at Centertainment with the couple’s family and friends, arranging with staff for Laura to find a ring box in golf hole number three.
When a gobsmacked Laura turned around, John was knelt down on one knee.
“I had no idea it was coming at all,” said 32-year-old Laura, of Rotherham.
“It was such an emotional moment and I started tearing up. John is always so thoughful and it’s exactly the kind of thing I thought he would do, but I was still blown away by his planning.
“My family are usually rubbish at keeping secrets, so I’m impressed they all managed to keep it quiet!”
Laura says she knew John was ‘the one’ from that very first date.
“We played two rounds of golf and had exactly the same score by the end of it,” she laughed.
“It was the perfect place to get to know one another as we could have fun and not take ourselves too seriously.”
John relied on the precise timing of Paradise Island general manager Kelly L’Anson to make his plan work, giving her the responsibility of slipping the diamond ring into the golf hole at exactly the right moment.
Kelly said: “John called me a week before to ask if we could help set up the proposal and he was very specific that it had to be hole number three, as it’s Laura’s lucky number.
“When they were on the second hole, I pretended to be cleaning and managed to discreetly place the ring box in hole number three, then I had to make sure that no one else tried to play the hole! It was brilliant - Laura was so surprised and everyone was clapping.
“We’d like to congratulate Laura and John and we’re thrilled we could be a part of such a special moment.”
Laura and John, aged 39, have already started looking for a venue for their dream wedding - a country getaway in the Peak District is at the top of their wish-list.
They’ve also picked a wedding date of August 19 2017, also Laura’s parents’ wedding anniversary.
“We’re really excited about the wedding and are having great fun planning,” said Laura.
Paradise Island Adventure Golf has teamed up with The Star to offer one reader the chance to win a date for two to remember at the miniature golf leisure destination and a meal worth up to £50 at Prezzo restaurant in Sheffield’s Valley Centertainment.
One winner will win two rounds of 18 holes of adventure golf and a meal for two at Prezzo restaurant and two runners up will win two rounds of 18 holes of adventure golf.
The Shell Bay voyage is full of twists and turns, designed to send the ball and player on a rollercoaster ride, while the Cinnamon Cove expedition offers more adventurous mini-golfers the chance to test their skills through a maze of obstacles and uneven terrain.
Explorers travel from the boat at the Caribbean Quay, through mysterious sea caves before being marooned on a desert island full of exotic palm trees and mystical jungle ruins.
Magnificent carvings and statues line the route as players navigate through the cannibal camp and along the bamboo path to the forbidden jade palace.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, telephone number and the answer to the following question: At which hole did John place the engagement ring?
Entries must be in by Wednesday, February 17. Prizes must be redeemed by April 30 and booked in advance.
For further information about Paradise Island Adventure Golf, visit www.paradiseislandgolf.com or call 0114 256 0950.
Terms and conditions
1 x winner of 2 rounds of 18 holes of adventure golf for two people at Paradise Island Adventure Golf + a meal for two at Prezzo in Valley Centertainment up to the value of £50.
2 x runners up will win 2 rounds of 18 holes of adventure golf for two people at Paradise Island Adventure Golf in Valley Centertainment
Prizes must be redeemed by 30th April 2016
Prizes must be booked in advance and are subject to opening hours and availability
Prizes are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash
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