Golfers can take pot shots at Cameron, Miliband, Clegg and Farage

TARGET PRACTICE: Mercure George Washington Hotel's general manager Martin Hall with the cut outs of the main party leaders which are being placed on its golf course's new driving range on election day.
TARGET PRACTICE: Mercure George Washington Hotel's general manager Martin Hall with the cut outs of the main party leaders which are being placed on its golf course's new driving range on election day.
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FED up of listening to waffle from politicians in the run-up to Thursday’s General Election?

Sick and tired of hot air from those hoping to secure your vote and get into power?

We’ve been moving heaven and earth to get it open for this week, but now it’s done, it looks really good. The feedback we’ve had has been great, with a couple of guests saying how impressed they are by it.

Martin Hall, general manager, Mercure Newcastle George Washington Hotel

If so, a Wearside hotel could be the ideal place for you to take your frustration out.

The George Washington Hotel’s new driving range has the added attraction of allowing golfers to aim at their least favourite political leaders.

Martin Hall, general manager of the Mercure-owned Washington hotel, in High Usworth, explained: “When we were preparing to open the driving range, we realised that the first official day it would be open is May 7, election day.

“We thought we’d try and tie both of them together because it’s going to be something topical.

“Last year, we had a Hollywood theme for the course and despite ordering a cut-out of the actor John Travolta, we got sent a Boris Johnson one instead by mistake.”

It was then that Martin and other management members at the Stone Cellar Road hotel decided to go all the way and allow guests fancying a spot of golf to take pot-shots at Conservative leader David Cameron, Labour chief Ed Miliband, Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg or the UK Independence Party’s Nigel Farage.

Thursday’s election is expected to be one of the closest run in living memory, with polls predicting that no party will record a majority.

The new driving range boasts six power tee bays and 16 heated bays.

Martin also hopes that the politicians’ cut-outs will prove to be an extra selling point.

“It’s one of the things we thought would have a bit of mileage in it,” he said. “We’ve been moving heaven and earth to get it open for this week, but now it’s done, it looks really good.

“The feedback we’ve had has been great, with a couple of guests saying how impressed they are by it.

“You don’t have to be a member of course to come and use the driving range, so anyone who wants to can have a go.

“It’s state of the art, and we are hoping it will prove popular.”