Golf legend comes to the rescue of threatened Wirral golf course

Operators of a company backed by golfing legend Ian Woosnam have said they want to operate the Brackenwood golf course under threat from Wirral.

RM Estates Ltd, which is the parent company of Ian Woosnam Golf Academy and Golf Courses, has already taken over other council-owned courses in the North West and has confirmed it will help maintain Brackenwood at from this month with a view to operating the facility as a “non-profit organization”.

A post on the club’s Facebook page said: “Brackenwood Golf Club is pleased to announce that working alongside one of the operators who have submitted an expression of interest to run the course (RM Estates—Woosnam Group), maintenance should take over the care of the land as of Monday, May 16.

“This is fantastic news, not only for the future of the course, but also for the local community who use the pitch for daily exercise. We will update you as soon as we receive more information.

“This is a big step in the right direction for the reopening of Brackenwood for the local community with the potential for exciting projects for the future.”

RM Estates Ltd currently manages Malkins Bank Golf Course in Sandbach, Queens Park in Crewe and Ellesmere Port.

The decision to close Brackenwood, along with Hoylake Municipal, was approved earlier this year, with council predicting it will save £328,000 of the £20million the authority needs to save to close a major loophole in its budget.

It was one of several cuts passed at a meeting of all Wirral councilors on February 28, with the authority also withdrawing funding from the Woodchurch Leisure Center and nine public libraries.

Ian Woosnam

Former professional golfer Tony Minshall, who runs RM Estates with backers such as Woosnam, said: “We look forward to maintaining Brackenwood Golf Club and we’ve been around the course and it’s a great golf course. golf that is about to die.

“We have signed a maintenance contract until June 30, which we pay for ourselves and use the machines we have at our other three golf courses.

“I played at Brackenwood over 30 years ago in their annual Pro Am which was part of the Cheshire PGA Tour Pro Am – it was good then and worth saving now.”

“Keith Marsh, the secretary of Brackenwood Golf Club, was instrumental in getting a deal done, but I have to stress that we are just keeping the course going at this stage.

“We have put in our bid for Brackenwood which is with the members of the club – it will be a non-profit organization which is why the members have always been on my mind and needed to be part of it.

“If we were lucky enough to win the auction, it will involve free golf for under 18s, a value-for-money subscription and pay-as-you-play.

“It would be nice to have a community asset where everyone is welcome and where the club is the center of the community.

“The members have a nice clubhouse and totally believe in the golf course, Ian himself is looking to find another world number one and we also have Gareth Woosnam, Ian’s younger brother, who is one of the best green keepers whom I have ever worked with and manage the maintenance of all the courses.

“We are proud of what we have achieved with Cheshire East and West Councils, where we have a great relationship with council officers.

“Wirral’s advice has been very helpful to us and we hope that local people will participate in the course in the future.”

At a meeting of Wirral Council’s Policy and Resources Committee on March 16, Conservative Councilor Helen Cameron was asked what the council would do to protect assets such as Brackenwood before any community transfers are complete, a member of the public asking council to provide resources. to protect the greens and to accept that the community plays a leading role in the maintenance of the course.

Cllr Cameron said there was no money allocated for this and if it was to be undertaken the funding would have to come from another department. On the question regarding the greens, she said that while the board would consider what could be done in the meantime, there would be a cost for which there was no budget.

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