ST HELENS Council has been approached by a number of interested parties over buying Sherdley Park golf course, the Star understands.

Earlier this year, the Star reported when the future of the golf course and driving range at Sherdley Park was threatened after being admitted under review.

The potential axing of the borough's only municipal course caused dismay among golfers.

The 18-hole golf course is home to St Helens Golf Club and also a private club.

Campaigners turned out to a council Cabinet meeting in February which discussed the course's future.

In August, the Ian Woosnam Academy expressed an interest in the course and confirmed they have had discussions with the local authority.

The academy, set up by the former Masters champion and Ryder Cup captain, owns the Malkins Bank Golf Club in Sandbach, Cheshire and the Queens Park Golf Club in Crewe and has paid a visit to the St Helens course.

A spokesman for the Academy confirmed their interest and that it was awaiting tender documents from the council.

An Academy spokesman said to the Star “We are experienced operators and have been looking out for this type of location.

"Sherdley Park is in a decent area for population and has a decent club membership."

He added: "Sherdley would be a challenge but if the council worked with us I am sure everyone would benefit including the public."

American Golf and North West Golf have also been previously linked with the course.

It is understood that the local authority has interviewed around 10 interested parties in relation to the course.