WORK on a new golf-based tourist attraction in Merseyside could start early in the new year according to those behind the scheme.
Based on council-owned tennis courts and bowling greens in New Brighton, Wirral company Championship Miniature Golf hopes to attract more visitors to the booming seaside resort.
The site is located near the recently completed Marine Point scheme developed by Neptune and a full planning application has been submitted to the council which earlier had agreed to allow the company to lease the land.
Nick Ashfield, director of the company seeking to build the attraction, said he hoped to create an 18-hole miniature golf course based on famous holes from top golf courses.
Each hole would range from 12 to 20 metres long and the entire course would use up around five of the existing tennis courts and – if approved – could be built within around 10 weeks.
Mr Ashfield said if planning permission was forthcoming he hoped work would start by the end of January to allow for an Easter opening, although some hidden obstacles could delay this slightly.
He said: "I think everyone is keen to see it there and once the council made the decision to move forward with the land hopefully everything is going to come right."
Mr Ashfield added: "Championship Mini Golf is great fun for all the family but offers a serious challenge to the competitive minded.
"It's a totally unique attraction and will become our flagship site."
He also promised public tournaments throughout the year and Championship Mini Golf leagues for all ages as well as plans to work with the local primary schools to provide an introduction into the real game of golf "and all the positive life skills that golf teaches".
Local councillor and cabinet member for regeneration, Cllr Pat Hackett, said: “This is fantastic news for the continuing renaissance of New Brighton as a seaside resort and will add so much colour with this additional family attraction.
"It will also bring the visitors flocking in alongside the Bubbles World of Play opposite which is also due to open around the same time.
"It will not only be a great attraction for visitors but also locals who will also benefit with the creation of more jobs bringing the total to nearly 1,000 so far.”