Green Circle Leisure wants to remodel the par-72 championship course and create a new clubhouse, adventure golf attraction and more.
Landscape architect International Design Group, which specialise in creating golf destinations worldwide, designed the masterplan for the project. It includes crafting a nine-hole par-three academy course and teaching hub as well as a two-tier 40-bay driving grange.
Seeking to bring in all ages, the plans also feature an 18-hole adventure golf attraction. Green Circle also wants to build a new RGP Architects-designed, 21,827 sq ft clubhouse with a golf shop, restaurant and function space.
The redevelopment masterplan has been submitted to Knowsley Council for approval. If planning permission is granted, Green Circle said that work on the site could begin in summer 2022 and be completed in time for the golf course’s 100th anniversary in 2027.
“Ever since we took over the operation of Kirkby Valley from Liverpool City Council, we have been determined to realise the outstanding potential of the course and its location,” said Green Circle managing director Craig Coley.
“Because the course was owned by Liverpool City Council, but located in Knowsley, we have had to work with both Councils to craft a masterplan vision that is right for the area and delivers the best possible golf and wider family leisure facility for local people,” Coley continued.
To that end, the project is not solely golf-focused. The masterplan includes six five-a-side football pitches, five all-weather tennis courts and a bowling green.
IDG’s Andrew Craven said that his team had designed the masterplan to help guarantee the golf course’s green status in the future.
“We have a landscape and ecology plan that will improve overall biodiversity and have been careful that any new building and lighting will preserve the site’s openness and visual character,” Craven said.
Richard Gee from Bury-based Roman Summer Associates is the planning consultant on the scheme. The development team includes Tree Solutions, Prime Transport Planning, Graeme Ives Heritage and Ecology Services.
Walker Sime is the QS cost consultant on the project. Ian Farmer Associates is the ground consultant and Betts Hydro is in charge of flood risk assessment and drainage.
Parker Wilson is the consultant for M&E, lighting, energy and sustainability. DPP is the health impact consultant while Grasscroft is the viability consultant.