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Mack Golf adds two more to portfolio

MANCHESTER-based Mack Golf has added another two North West courses to its portfolio after taking over the day-to-day running of Ellesmere Port and Knights Grange golf centres.

The Cheshire courses join a list that already included Heaton Park in Manchester, Stanley Park near Blackpool and Liverpool’s Bowring Park.

The takeover took place in April and already golfers at the two new recruits are seeing course improvements beginning to take shape.

“Both Ellesmere Port and Knights Grange were already really great layouts,” explained Mack Golf’s Northern manager Rhys Jones. “The last three holes at Ellesmere Port are superb – the 18th is one of the best closing holes anywhere.

“They are both very player-friendly courses, which is why they are so popular with the veterans.

“But we felt there was a need to improve the condition of them both. “The biggest changes we’ve introduced straight away are to the agronomy programme. Our team is working hard on the aeration and diamond cutting to get rid of lateral growth.

“There is no reason why the courses should not be of the same standard as a good private members’ club, but with public course prices. “The great thing is that the golfers can see the improvements already. The greens are more consistent due to the aeration.”

Jones, a former assistant professional at Vicars Cross Golf Club, in Chester, has been recruited to look at how the businesses are performing at present and where improvements can be made. “We will continue to have on-site managers at each course to look after daily operations,” explained the 31-year-old who lives in Padeswood, in Flintshire.

Like everywhere, Mack Golf, who operate the courses on behalf of the local councils, are looking for more visitors and societies to come and play their courses. “We believe that when golfers see how good they are we’ll be able to convert some of them to members,” added Jones who will regain his amateur status later this year.

“Golfers that join one of the Mack centres can play unlimited golf at all five courses,” he added. “They have to join the club nearest to their postcode but they can play the other four as much as they wish. The great thing is that all five courses are within an hour or so of each other.”

As well as a bar and restaurant, the Ellesmere Port facility even includes a gym and squash courts!

“The potential is massive and we are all really excited about the new challenge,” concluded Jones.