New Hoylake Golf Resort Moves Closer

Hoylake could be getting a new golf resort designed by Jack Nicklaus

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The new proposed resort opposite Royal Liverpool Golf Club has been met with criticism from local residents

New Hoylake Golf Resort Moves Closer

Plans for a new golf resort in Hoylake have moved closer after councillors agreed to allow plans and site investigations to begin.

The proposed new golf resort will be built upon Hoylake's Municipal Golf Course and is part of the "Golf Coast" project created by Jack Nicklaus' Joint Venture Group.

The resort will feature two courses inlcuding an 18-hole championship course designed by 18-time major winner Jack Nicklaus, as well as a luxury five-star hotel, health club and spa.

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There are also plans for a luxury housing estate and new link road.

A full planning application for the development will be submitted next year.

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The site will be literally opposite Royal Liverpool Golf Club, host of the Open Championship on 12 occasions.

Rory McIlroy last won at Royal Liverpool in 2014, with Tiger Woods winning in 2006 when he famously only used his driver just once during the week.

The new Hoylake Golf Resort has received a host of criticism, including a website and petition opposing it.

However, head of the local council Councillor Davies described the golf resort as "a flagship development which will create hundreds of jobs for local people and support businesses across the borough."

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The new resort would neighbour 12-time Open venue Royal Liverpool

Councillor Davies also said, "As a globally-significant tourism and leisure attraction, it will support growth in our vibrant tourism economy and attract thousands of additional visitors to Wirral every year.

"Hoylake Golf Resort will be a key leisure destination with a high-end hotel, restaurants, spa and conference facilities.

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"It will prove to be an attractive offer for international conferences and similar events."

The Stop Hoylake Golf Resort Action Group say:

"We are against development on Green Belt Land, which is totally against current planning policy.

"Building on a flood plain will increase Flood Risk in the Birket Valley.

"We are also concerned about the environmental Damage to biodiverse farmland which is home to a wide variety of species, many of them nationally and internationally protected."

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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x