Club back in the swing
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