A new international golf destination

Wirral Council is working to establish Hoylake as the capital of England’s Golf Coast.

In July 2015 the Jack Nicklaus Group was chosen as the preferred development partner for a new world class golf resort, following an international procurement exercise.

       View a video clip which contains a special message from Jack Nicklaus

Project partners have now provided more details of their proposals, which would deliver:

  • 175 new jobs on site
  • around £120 million of new investment
  • a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course
  • a new municipal golf course
  • a golf links academy
  • a Marriott Resort Hotel and Spa
  • extensive opportunities for habitat creation
  • extra visitor spend supporting a vibrant tourism economy
  • a new link road to serve the Golf Resort and Hoylake
  • quality housing

Plans for the Hoylake Golf Resort

Public comments on the golf resort proposals

The public were recently invited to give feedback on the proposals and you can view the comments we received by downloading the document below.

Although this was not part of the formal planning consultation process, which is planned to take place in around a year, they provided an opportunity to tell us what you think and to feed your comments and suggestions into the project design team.

This web page will be updated with further information as the project moves forward.

Common questions about the Hoylake Golf Resort

1. Who is behind the golf resort proposal?

Wirral Council introduced the concept and the (Jack) Nicklaus Group won the opportunity to take forward the project and build and run the golf resort.

2. What does the proposal consist of?

Primarily a new 18 hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, a new 18 hole municipal course, a links golf academy, a quality hotel and club house, a new link road and quality housing.

3. What stage is the proposal at?

The project is at an early stage, although significant progress has been made in securing the Nicklaus Group to deliver the project. The Council wishes to consult people on the golf resort concept before more detailed design work starts.

4. I don’t play golf so what benefits will there be for local people like me?

A wide range of benefits are expected, including 175 new jobs. The project would also boost the tourist economy and inject much needed investment into Hoylake and beyond. It will also provide a new link between Hoylake and Saughall Massie Road, which would benefit the existing highway network by offering an alternative route into and from Hoylake.

5. Is there a chance that the proposal won’t happen or is there a firm commitment or legal agreement in place?

There is much work to do but the Council is committed to making it happen. A draft legal agreement is being discussed with the Nicklaus Group with a view to having it signed by all parties in the next few months. This will allow the detailed design work to commence and pave the way for a planning application to be submitted.

6. How long will the surveys and design work take?

It is estimated that this could take up to 12 months to prepare the proposal to a sufficient level to allow a planning application to be submitted.

7. Will people have an opportunity to comment further?

Yes. The Nicklaus Group will undertake pre-planning application consultations and once the planning application is submitted there will be an additional formal period of public consultation as part of the planning process. These will give everyone opportunities to make their views known.

8. I understand that the area earmarked for the golf resort is green belt land. How then could the golf resort plan get planning permission?

The area is green belt land. In their application to the Council for planning permission, the Nicklaus Group will have to argue and prove ‘very special circumstances’ for the development and show that it outweighs any harm to the green belt.

9. As the proposed site is prone to flooding, how will you ensure the golf resort does not flood?

This detailed technical issue is one that the Nicklaus Group has experience in dealing with. They will deploy well tested measures within the design of the resort to retain and manage the flow of water across the site. All technical solutions will be studied carefully and reviewed by the Environment Agency.