A WIRRAL beauty spot where the public are banned from playing golf could be used as a practice range for young sportsmen taking part in a major tournament in Merseyside this summer.
The Royal Liverpool Golf Club, in Hoylake, and Wallasey Golf Club will play host to the 87th Boys Amateur Championship in August.
The Dips, in New Brighton, are understood to be the preferred option for a practice range for young golfers preparing for the tournament, coordinated by the Royal & Ancient which also organises the Open.
The location was suggested by Wirral council after complaints about golfers practising at Harrison Park, in Wallasey, during previous tournaments.
But it is understood the authority is still in discussions with the R&A about a final decision.
Cllr Chris Meaden, Wirral council’s cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming the junior Open back to Wirral later in the year.
“We will be working with the organisers to ensure the event is as successful as it can be and we will also be looking to use the tournament as much as possible to help us promote the benefits of golf participation to young people from Wirral.”
The Royal Liverpool has hosted the Open 11 times and golf’s oldest major will return next year.
A council spokesman said: “The Dips, in New Brighton, is just one of a number of locations under consideration to host practice sessions for this year’s junior Open golf championship.
“We are in the very early stages of talking to a range of interested parties, including ward councillors – no decisions have been made at this stage.”