Royal Liverpool could take over Hoylake Municipal course

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Job : Fri, June 10, 2022

The Royal Liverpool Golf Club wants to take over another course nearby to energize the site of the Open Championship.

Hoylake Open Championship Host Golf Club wants to take over Hoylake Municipal to help provide better facilities for golf’s most prestigious competition.

The Royal Liverpool Golf Club is seeking to acquire the public course, one of two which closed on April 1 after the Wirral Council withdrew its funding.

The golf club’s bid would see it run a short course of up to nine holes and a driving range that would be accessible to entry-level golfers and elite players alike.

Royal Liverpool would use the Hoylake Municipal clubhouse for a golf shop, which would sell food and drink, and wildlife habitats and nature trails accessible to the local community would also be created on the land currently occupied by the course audience.

Royal Liverpool said the Wirral Council Hoylake Municipal is a key part of The Open Championship infrastructure, providing among other things training facilities and the ‘tent village’, and that without this they cannot organize this global event in the city.

The tournament brings in around £100m to the economy of Wirral and the Liverpool region as a whole. But Royal Liverpool must get approval from the Wirral Council for their plans.

On June 16, the authority’s tourism and recreation committee will decide whether to approve the club’s plan and take it to the next stage. The Royal Liverpool plan is not the only one on the table.

Two bids to operate Hoylake Municipal as a non-profit 18-hole course and develop grassroots golf in the area have also been received.

Both deals seek to use the clubhouse to sell food and drink and host community events.

But Royal Liverpool’s offer is the highest based on the Wirral Council’s criteria and the committee is recommended to take their offer to the next stage.

George Morgan – Local Democracy Journalist

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