Allerton Golf Course is to remain as a council-run facility while the city looks for a new service provider.
The city council has been unable to reach agreement with Glendale Golf Limited on how it will run the facility and has today instead announced its intention to find another provider.
It follows a significant change that the company wanted to make during contractual discussions – which would have reduced the levels of service provided – to the proposal that was agreed earlier this year.
The council believes the alteration would have compromised its pledge that incoming commercial partners continue to provide affordable and accessible ‘pay and play’ golf for 364 days of the year.
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “Regrettably, we have not been able to reach agreement with Glendale Golf Limited over the transfer of Allerton Golf Course.
“We have always been clear that we would only transfer the courses if it is in the best interests of golfers and the council.
“Glendale Golf Limited asked to make a substantial alteration to the contract which we considered would not be in the best interests of the people who use the course. We would like to wish them well in their future ventures but both parties have agreed it would be wise to end contractual discussions at this stage.
“We will now be going back out to the market and are confident that we will find another operator willing to take over the course.
“In the meantime, the golfers using Allerton will see no change as the council will continue to run it until an alternative provider is found.”