Liverpool in Ryder Cup host bid2nd October, 2012 by Alistair Dunsmuir
A Liverpool council is exploring how the area could host the Ryder Cup for the first time in at least 50 years.
The director of regeneration for Wirral Council, which owns a large site of land in Hoylake, has said his vision is to convert the area into a golf resort that could host the world famous golf tournament.
Kevin Adderley said: “We want developers to share our vision for a world-class facility to rival those at the K-Club and Celtic Manor [the last two European venues to host the Ryder Cup].”
He said the council is looking for a commercial partner to develop land behind Hoylake Municipal Golf Course, which the council owns.
Hoylake Municipal is separated from Royal Liverpool Golf Club, host of last month’s Ricoh Women’s British Open and the 2006 and 2014 Open Championships, only by a train line and road.
Golf clubs in Liverpool have hosted the Ryder Cup four times before – Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club in 1933 and 1937, and Royal Birkdale in 1965 and 1969.
An economic study of the 2010 tournament at Celtic Manor found it boosted the Welsh economy by more than £82 million. That figure could rise following the increased interest in the event, which was evident following Europe’s spectacular win this week.