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Wirral golf resort project seeks international investors

8.11am 19th March 2008 - Course Development

The Liverpool Daily Post reports that ambitious plans to build a multi-million pound golf resort in West Wirral have met with “significant interest” from international investors at a major conference for property developers.

Wirral Council has launched a bid to entice investors to build a massive golf resort in Hoylake, aiming to capitalise on the success of the 2006 Open, won by Tiger Woods.

Jim Wilkie, deputy chief executive of Wirral Council, presented the scheme to international delegates at MIPIM (Marchà© International des Professionnels d‘Immobilier) in Cannes last week.

Wirral Council’s plans for the resort were given a boost by the success of the 2006 Open Championship which attracted more spectators than any other in English history and was described by Tiger Woods as “one of the greatest ever staged”.

Mr Wilkie said, “We knew that Wirral’s unique sporting history and the worldwide attention that the Open brought would make the golf resort opportunity one that would be of interest to international investors.

“There has already been significant interest both from North America and Europe and we are now confident we will be able to secure the right investor to take the golf resort forward.”

The planned golf resort is close to the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council began the search for investors and developers following a favourable technical assessment of the proposed 333-acre site.

The development would include a signature golf course, featuring a private clubhouse and five star hotel, with restaurant, health and leisure facilities, conference facilities and de luxe spa.

Jim Wilkie concluded, “The council is seeking a developer who is committed to delivering a high quality, world class facility with an international reputation.”

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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