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German golf course introduces travelator to help players get up hill

Golfers keen to don their golf shoes and take in the world's most famous holes and courses may have another venue to add to their list.

The Schloss Auel course near Cologne, Germany has added a travelator to take players from the first green to the second tee.

Spanning 30 vertical metres, the contraption cost £175,000 to install and begins moving as soon as a player steps onto it, removing what many players have described as a "daunting walk" up a steep incline.

According to the club's manager Werner Witte, the 1,200 members at the club are delighted.

He added: "We have all sorts of members but of course the elderly especially appreciate it. You always had to catch your breath when you got up there to the second tee."

Mr Witte explained that the idea was inspired by similar gadgets that help skiers reach the top of the slopes.

Golfers can also use the walkway when they are forced to don the golf waterproofs as it is waterproof and weather resistant.

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