MORE than 70 golfers and local residents met at the weekend to fight for the future of Allerton golf course.
Members fear the municipal course, along with one in Kirkby, could be axed in Liverpool council’s next round of cuts.
A crisis meeting was held at Allerton on Saturday after details were leaked suggesting the closures, which would save £300,000, were among the options being considered by the council.
The packed room was told the threat was serious but that a campaign would be waged to prevent the closure.
Three clubs – Allerton, Dudley and Allerton Ladies – are based at the course while members of the public can use both Allerton and Kirkby on a pay-as-you-play basis.
David Howard, president of the Dudley club, said the meeting was well attended.
He said: “There was a great deal of enthusiasm and some very positive suggestions put forward, both at the meeting and afterwards from other sources.”
Liberal Democrat councillor Richard Kemp also spoke at the meeting.
Labour deputy mayor Cllr Paul Brant said last week he was “disgusted” the budget option had been leaked. But Mr Howard said he believed it was a positive move for local democracy.
He added: “I suspect that without this information being leaked this might just have been passed by the council and then it would have been too late.
“Now we have the opportunity to fight this and we are going to do all we can to show the value of the golf course, not just to golfers, but to the community as a whole.”
Lydia Brennan, of Allerton Ladies, said the course’s links to the city’s cultural heritage would form part of the campaign.
Research by music historians has shown the cover of early Beatles single Twist and Shout, previously thought to have been photographed in Sefton Park, was actually shot at the course.
She said: “It has a lot of nostalgia attached to it.
“Many celebrities learned the game there. And of course there are the links with the Beatles.
“At the meeting it was pleasing to see local residents – including one who lives on the golf course itself and who had not heard about any of this before the information was leaked.
“Cllr Kemp spoke at the meeting and told us he would help in any way he could.
“We are going to fight this all the way.”
A meeting over the proposals will be held at Kirkby Golf Club at 7pm on Wednesday.