Allerton Manor Golf Club
opens new facilities and looks to attain PGA Championship
IN 2014, Liverpool City Council was
subsidising every game of golf played at Allerton Manor Golf Club by a Fiver
(£5) a round. Since then it has established a partnership with specialist
golf course operator GreenCircle Estates Ltd and now, after a programme of
improvements, the popular municipal South Liverpool course is making money for
the local authority. "When Mayor Anderson invited us to work with him and
the City Council to improve the golf and leisure options at Allerton Manor we
knew the course had massive potential. The setting with mature trees lining the
fairways only 5 miles from the City Centre provided a great opportunity.
Allerton Manor is the only municipal course in the City, so our objective was to
create a public access golf club with private club standards, both on and off
the course. We want to make Allerton Manor attractive to beginners and
recreational golfers but also sufficiently challenging for competitions and golf
society events. We have invested in the course, improving the tees, fairways and
greens through better course maintenance; and we now host about 50,000 rounds of
golf here each year.” said GreenCircle director Mike Hanlon.
And in addition to the on course improvements, a new clubhouse, bar and
restaurant will open this weekend, extending a warm welcome to the public,
whether they are golfers or not. The refurbishment of the Old Stables has now
created a 68 cover restaurant, a casual bar and terrace, new golf shop and first
class changing facilities and locker room. The refurbishment was completed by
local building firm Camel Property Services and supported 40 construction jobs
including 3 apprenticeships.
"Contrary to stereotypes, golf is a democratic game on
Merseyside, increasingly popular with male and female players of all ages from
all communities across the City. When we created this partnership at Allerton
Manor Golf Club, it was to protect and enhance a green asset in South Liverpool,
provide an improved facility for local golfers and return the course to a
sustainable and profitable operation contributing to, rather than drawing on,
the City's budget. The management team have had tremendous success so far, and
have ambitious plans to further improve the offer; such as lengthening the
course to a par 72 so it qualifies for PGA competition status. I was delighted
to open the new clubhouse facilities which rival many of the more established
private golf clubs in the region.” said Mayor of Liverpool, Joe
“We are grateful for the Mayor's ongoing support and are confident our
partnership with the City Council will deliver significant improvements to the
city's only public access golf course and continue to generate jobs and
apprenticeships for local people.” said Mike Hanlon.
Open Golf Tickets for 2017
on sale now!
Photographs by Patrick Trollope.
TICKETS have now gone on sale for the
146th Open, which is returning again to Royal
Birkdale. Nestling amid spectacular sand
dunes, this world famous links course is regarded as 1 of the finest in the UK
and is now World famous. For golf fans, this is 1 of the most prized courses to
have played on.
If you don't already know, the origin of the name 'Links Golf,' it
comes from a Anglo-Saxon word 'hlinc', of about 931 AD, meaning a
ridge, then over time the word became 'Links' referring to any
rough grassy area between the land and the sea. In golf the word is used to
refer to the type of soil and terrain on which the gold courses it is built on.
Interestingly, Royal Birkdale Golf Club was
founded in 1889, but it wasn't until 1935 that they build the Clubhouse on
Waterloo Rd. Birkdale, just outside Southport. It held it's 1st major event,
the Curtis Cup, on the new sand dune course, in 1948. But it was not until
1951 that it was known as Royal Birkdale, up to then it was just Birkdale Golf
Club. Shortly after
The 1st Open Championship was held at the club was in 1954, with
6 others then after,
2008 being the last. That included the 100th
Open Championship, in 1971! That event was run over 7 July to 10 July 1971,
leading to Lee Trevino winning the 1st of his 2 consecutive Open Championships.
He was just 1 stroke ahead of Lu Liang-Huan! The course has also hosted the
Women's British Golf Championship, with the last being the Ricoh Women's British
Other major events include the 2 PGA Championships and the Ryder Cup.
To get a place to watch this spectacular event, that is 1 of 8
Open Championships in 2017, you must obtain your tickets from the Open Golf
website or from the ticket Booking Office
number:- 01334460010. That is the only way you can obtain a legitimate ticket
and they have just gone on sale now. Also on offer are priority access to
tickets and official Hospitality packages for 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.
Please let our news room know if your planning to rent your house
If you spot any other websites or
places offering tickets, please let us know via emailing us to:-
News24@SouthportReporter.Com and also inform the event organisers,
Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A)
via calling:- 01334 460000.
We have more about the club's history and other fantastic facts
on our Historical Listings Section on Mersey Reporter, that can be accessed via
clicking on this