Park golf club closed
HEATON Park’s award- winning 18-hole golf course, the par three pitch-and-putt course and the clubhouse have all been closed.
Manchester council said operators Mack Trading had ‘ceased trading at all of its UK businesses’.
A number of other golf courses across the region and country run by the company have also closed.
The 18-hole public course at Heaton Park, voted the best municipal course in Great Britain in 2005, was designed by a former Open champion and opened in 1912.
Mack Trading man- aged and operated both courses under a license agreement with Manchester council.
Heaton Park Golf Club has 90 members, although the club itself isn’t affected. All have lost use of the course.
Coun Luthfur Rahman, the council’s executive member for schools, culture and leisure, said: “We were informed that Mack Trading, which operated the Heaton Park golf course and several other courses nationwide, had ceased trading at all of its UK businesses with immediate effect.
“This is clearly extremely disappointing for the many people who enjoy playing golf at Heaton Park.
“However, we remain fully committed to ensuring that affordable, high-quality golf facilities are available at the park and will identify a new long-term operator, while also examining all possible options to keep the course open to golfers in the short-term.”
David Garrett, secretary of Heaton Park Golf Club, said: “There was absolutely no inclination this was going to happen, but we are positive for the future.” Mack Trading were contacted for comment.
Notices pinned to entrances at the course, however, said Mack Trading (Heaton Park) Ltd and Mack Trading Amenity Management Group Ltd (trading as Mack Golf ) were ‘regrettably closing for business due to unavoidable financial difficulties’.
‘There was absolutely no inclination this was going to happen’
Heaton Park golf course has been closed