Stanley Park: Rare MacKenzie Public Course Under Threat Of Redevelopment

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Sad news just up from this week’s Walker Cup after plans were unveiled to redevelop one of the few Alister MacKenzie-designed public courses in the world. Worse, it’s a green space in Blackpool and will leave just nine holes in a world with so few MacKenzie’s available to the public.

Thanks to reader Rob for this BBC story on the plans for Stanley Park.

Plans to build 250 holiday lodges and an adventure zone on a municipal golf course have been unveiled. 

However, the £45m investment would cut Blackpool's Golf Club course, in Stanley Park, to nine holes. 

Holmes Investment Properties (HIP) has been revealed as the preferred developer to build the UK's first Adrenalin World attraction on the site. 

Initial plans have been submitted to Blackpool Council but they have angered the club's members and residents. 

Good! Give ‘em hell. Though sadly, the opposition does not seem aware of the course’s historical significance. He designed the course in 1924 and it opened in 1925, arguably near the height of his career.