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Ellesmere Port course to re-open

A CHESHIRE golf course which was forced to close when its operating company folded is to be revived.
Hooton Golf Club – based on the course at Ellesmere Port – will re-open next month.
Cheshire West and Chester Council has secured a new operator for the 18-hole parkland course. The club was forced to close when Mack Trading Ltd ceased trading in October last year. The council has continued to maintain the course while it looked for a new operator, working on the fairways, tees and greens.
Cllr  Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, said: “We have been working to find a solution in order to have the golf club reopened in time for the spring and summer.
“We have assessed the available options and are pleased to say that a preferred operator has been found.

“We are now putting arrangements in place with the operator and will be able to announce more details as we get nearer to our anticipated late March opening.

We appreciate the patience of the community who have been without a golf course during the time it has taken to find a solution.

The council says it will be contacting former customers of the club to give them more details.
Mack Trading cited “financial difficulties” as the reason behind their collapse. They ran a total of eight courses around the country, including Bowring Park at Huyton. This re-opened within a week after Knowsley Council temporarily took on responsibility for running it, with the jobs of all five staff saved.