A potential host for the 2031 Ryder Cup is likely more “dead in the water” than Rory McIlroy believes the Super Golf League is after a local council planning committee voted 15-1 against the proposals.
The yet-to-be-built championship venue in Bolton called Hulton Park was planned to develop 1000 homes, a hotel and school, as well as a championship golf course that was reportedly half of a shortlist of venues earmarked for presentation to the DP World Tour, the owner of Ryder Cup Europe.
- Venues for the 2023 (Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Rome, Italy), 2025 (Bethpage Black Course, Farmingdale, NY), 2027 (The Golf Course at Adare Manor County, Limerick, Ireland), 2029 (Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, MN) and 2033 (The Olympic Golf Club’s Lake Course, San Francisco, CA) Ryder Cups have been selected.
- Despite council officers recommending approval, “very localized opposition,” including wildlife and residents’ groups, came out in opposition of the development in the days and weeks leading to the vote.
A missed opportunity for Bolton and a gift for Kent
As one of the two potential host sites, the rejection of the Bolton-based development seemingly hands the bid to the London Club.
The bid to bring the Ryder Cup to Bolton appears to be over for now.
Councillors refused planning permission for the proposed 2031 venue at Hulton Park.
— bunkered (@BunkeredOnline) February 25, 2022
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is expected to select the preferred English venue in April with a host decision from the nominations across Europe expected from the DP World Tour due in July.