Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has reaffirmed the city council’s commitment to pay and play golf at Allerton Golf Course and rejected suggestions it could be taken over by Woolton Golf Club.
It follows media reports that the members of Woolton Golf Club have agreed to an option to sell their existing site with a view to moving to Allerton Golf Course, which the city council leased to Allerton Golf Club Trading Ltd on a 25 year deal back in 2014.
Mayor Anderson said: “I simply would not allow Woolton Golf Club to take over Allerton Golf Course and turn it into a private members club. We have always been absolutely clear that the course will continue to offer affordable pay and play golf under the new management arrangements.
“The leaseholders are doing an excellent job with usage up around 20 percent since they took it over, and as part of their commitment to invest they have submitted proposals to vastly improve the facilities and attract more new golfers.
“Woolton Golf Club members would be welcome to come and play at Allerton, but there is absolutely no question of us allowing it to become their own private members club.”
Allerton Golf Trading Ltd have drawn up proposals for improvement of the course, including a complete refurbishment of the Grade 2 listed clubhouse building to create a new golf shop, a striking glazed cafe/bistro in the courtyard, new and refurbished bar and restaurant and a raised timber terrace overlooking the 18th green. The plans will also provide improved parking provision for golfers and visitors.
Jonathan Large, Director of Golf at Allerton Golf Course – also known as Allerton Manor Golf Club – commented: “We are the only municipal pay and play golf course within the City of Liverpool, and we hope to welcome approximately 50,000 local golfers to the course this year.
“The suggestion that Allerton Manor will be taken over by members of Woolton Golf Club is nonsense and in the coming weeks we will commence with the much needed refurbishment works to the clubhouse to create a first class leisure facility for our golfers and other visitors.
“We are working with IDG golf architects based in Bristol and we are proposing a whole series of improvements to the golf course and will be improving the drainage, tees and greens and bunkers over the coming months and years. We also hope to increase the yardage by approximately 500 yards to create an improved challenge of golf and a par 70 course with two new par five holes.
“We are excited by the opportunity at Allerton and welcome all new golfers of any age and standard who wants to enjoy a round of golf from as little as £13 a round on a pay and play basis.”