Park golf club closed

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - PAUL BRIT­TON

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

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