No, it’s not the destructive West Lancashire Borough Council. But it is municipal, just down the road in Bootle. Whereas WLBC developed golf landfill, Sefton develops municipal golf.
Work has begun on a quarter of a million pounds golf driving range at a municipal golf club, which should capitalise on the current demand to play the game. Sefton Council’s Bootle Golf Course has seen the work on a 10-bay driving range facility start after the council consulted with local residents and found there was a desire for it to invest in both golf practice facilities and upgrades to the course.
The council has also appointed contractors to support the installation of new fencing and outfield improvements to the site. The new driving range will include practice facilities and a dedicated coaching bay. Floodlighting will mean golfers can take advantage of evenings to practice their swing and technique during the winter months when it’s too dark to play on course.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said “As well as enhancing the already-popular Bootle Golf Course, this new driving range will help to make golf more accessible and attract new players, and enable existing golfers to improve their game.
“When we consulted them, local residents and golfers highlighted the importance of new practice facilities and investment in course infrastructure. No matter what the weather or time of year, these new facilities mean existing golfers can practice their game and people who have not played before can give the sport a try.”
Beacon Park Golf Course, below, landfilled by West Lancashire Borough Council planning consent!