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Seven golf courses shut as Mack Trading collapses

12.43pm 12th October 2018 - Property

Seven municipal golf courses in England have reportedly closed after the company in charge of them collapsed, according to the BBC News website (on Wednesday 4th October), reporting that Mack Trading, which runs Mack Golf, announced it had gone into liquidation.

The firm was in charge of council-owned courses in Merseyside, Cheshire, Dorset, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Hampshire and Lancashire and all the local councils involved told BBC Merseyside News that they were looking at “options” regarding the future of the courses.

Rathbane Golf Course in Limerick, Ireland has also been closed.

The seven English courses affected are:

  • Bowring Park Golf Course, Huyton
  • Ellesmere Port Golf Course, Ellesmere Port
  • Heaton Park Golf Centre, Bury
  • Knights Grange Golf Course, Winsford
  • Moors Valley Golf Course, near Ringwood
  • Stony Holme Golf Course, Carlisle
  • Southwood Golf Course, Farnborough
  • Stanley Park Gold Course, Blackpool

Blackpool Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Christchurch and East Dorset Council and Knowsley Council said they were looking at “options” for continuing to provide golf facilities.

In a statement, Manchester City Council said: “We remain fully committed to ensuring that affordable, high-quality golf facilities are available 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.”

According to one report that we have seen, however, Bowling Park Golf Course has already re-opened after it was rescued by Knowsley Council. The five staff have been re-employed.

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