Celtic Manor could be in line to manage the proposed £190 million Hoylake golf resort as Wirral Council looks to press ahead with the development.
A report to be discussed by cabinet members next week has revealed the firm is in “detailed discussions” with the local authority’s preferred development partner, Jack Nicklaus Joint Venture Group, to run the hotel and conference suite at the site.
Celtic Manor has experience in prominent golfing facilities and large scale events as it’s behind the South Wales resort which hosted the 2010 Ryder Cup and 2014 NATO summit.
Councillor Phil Davies, leader of Wirral Council, says: “Hoylake Golf Resort will be an iconic international project bringing new jobs, prosperity and tourists to Wirral, boosting our economy and visitor numbers. It reflects the bold ambitions we have for Wirral and to have industry-leading organisations like Celtic Manor exploring the possibilities is encouraging.
“Tourism is an important part of our growth plan, and supports our pledges around a vibrant economy and job creation. We already know the power of golf to attract investment and international visitors to Wirral from our experiences hosting what are widely considered to have been two of the most successful British Opens in recent years.”
The Jack Nicklaus Joint Venture Group, which was appointed as the resort’s preferred developer in July 2015, will now be asked to enter into a Framework Development Agreement enabling it to begin drawing up a comprehensive funding strategy. The strategy will then be presented to the council at a later date.
Cllr Davies adds: “The next stage is to consult on a range of commercial, technical and legal issues to help us draw up a blueprint for moving forward.
“We will continue to consult and engage with local residents and other interested parties as we look to move forward in delivering these exciting plans.”
A Links Academy and two new championship golf courses also feature alongside the luxury hotel and conference centre in the plans for the resort.