Club back in the swing

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - PAUL BRIT­TON

HEATON Park golf course is re­open­ing un­der new op­er­a­tors af­ter the pre­vi­ous man­age­ment com­pany ceased trad­ing.

The award-win­ning 18-hole mu­nic­i­pal golf course, the par three pitch-and-putt course and the club­house were all closed with im­me­di­ate ef­fect in Oc­to­ber.

Manch­ester coun­cil bosses have now re­vealed green­keep­ers have been on site car­ry­ing out es­sen­tial main­te­nance work to al­low the cour­ses to re­open.

The coun­cil has ap­pointed Green Cir­cle Es­tates to run the golf course on an in­terim ba­sis un­til the end of Oc­to­ber 2019. The firm cur­rently runs three other lo­cal au­thor­ity-owned cour­ses – Aller­ton Manor in Liver­pool, Kirkby Val­ley in Knowsley and Sherd­ley Park in St He­lens. Green Cir­cle will man­age the park’s golf course and pitch-and-putt course, and main­tain its bowls fa­cil­i­ties, on be­half of the coun­cil.

Coun Luth­fur Rah­man, ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for schools, cul­ture and leisure, said: “We’re de­lighted to wel­come Green Cir­cle to Heaton Park and to wel­come golfers back to the ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties on of­fer.

“We re­main com­mit­ted to se­cur­ing a longterm ar­range­ment for golf and bowls to con­tinue at Heaton Park for the ben­e­fit of lo­cal res­i­dents, with per­ma­nent ar­range­ments to be con­firmed next year.”

The 5,755 yard-long course was de­signed by ex-Bri­tish Open cham­pion J.H. Tay­lor and is well known in golf­ing cir­cles for its dif­fi­culty and un­du­lat­ing lay­out.

Over the years it has hosted a num­ber of pres­ti­gious tour­na­ments, both pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur, as well as ju­nior events backed by Sir Nick Faldo.

The agree­ment – put in place fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment that pre­vi­ous op­er­a­tor Mack Golf had ceased trad­ing – means that all cur­rent sea­son tick­ets which run un­til De­cem­ber 31 can be hon­oured and that golfers will be able to pur­chase new sea­son tick­ets from the start of Jan­uary.

A con­tract for the longterm op­er­a­tion of the course is to go out to ten­der, with a new per­ma­nent op­er­a­tor sched­uled to be in place from Novem­ber, 2019.

Heaton Park Golf Club

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