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Ian Woosnam Golf Academy set to open in Ellesmere Port


Hooton Golf Club in Ellesmere Port is set to re-open on Monday 1st April with a new operator: The Ian Woosnam Golf Academy.

Ian himself will be in Ellesmere Port this Saturday (23rd March) for an open day at the club from 11am until 4pm.

Ian’s team will also be on hand to talk to customers and answer any questions they might have, with membership forms available for those wishing to sign up on the day.

As an additional benefit, members from Ellesmere Port will now enjoy free membership at Queens Park in Crewe and are entitled to five free rounds of golf at Malkins Bank in Sandbach.



Tony Minshall, managing director of parent company RM Estates Ltd and a former European Tour player, said: “Our company policy is to make each of our courses a course for all.

“Ian actively wants young people to take up the game and try to emulate what he has achieved.

“He would like to develop another champion golfer from the North West.”

The company has invested in a new fleet of mowers and other machines for use at Hooton, to improve the quality of the grass. The firm also intends to drain and put new sand into the bunkers.

“Members are paramount to our business,” added Tony.

“We manage our courses well, and value for money is our motto. We like people to be able to enjoy their golf, so the price has to be and will be right.”

The course is a public facility, owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council.



Ian Woosnam has won over 50 tournaments worldwide including the US Masters in 1991.

He was a Ryder Cup player on nine occasions, and was captain in 2006 when Europe defeated America by one of the largest Ryder Cup winning margins.

The Ian Woosnam Golf Course and Academy brand was established at Malkins Bank Golf Club, Sandbach and Queens Park Golf Course, Crewe.

Andrew Griffiths and Graeme Bagnall will be looking after operations in Ellesmere Port.

Andrew is a PGA professional of over 46 years, and a former Welsh professional champion. He will be available to help golfers fully enjoy their experience at the Ellesmere Port golf club.

Graeme started with Tony Minshall at Hill Valley Golf Club in Whitchurch, Shropshire as a 16 year-old, and went on to become golf director there before joining Tony at Malkins Bank.

The club in Ellesmere Port has been closed since October last year after its former operator Mack Trading Ltd ceased trading.