Plans to lease Birmingham’s seven municipal golf courses to a private operator have hit a snag over who owns the land.
Lawyers have discovered that two of the courses – Lickey Hills and Boldmere – are held in trust by the city council.
Permission to lease the two courses will have to be given by the city’s Trusts and Charities Committee and may need to be rubber-stamped by the Charities Commission, potentially delaying the sale of the seven loss-making courses.
Members of the council cabinet are expected to make a decision in principle in December about which of three short-listed operators is given a 50-year contract to run golf in Birmingham.
However, the Trusts and Charities Committee is making it clear that it will expect a financial contribution from the winning bidder towards the charitable trusts that own the land at Lickey Hills and Boldmere.
It is envisaged a private operator will improve the courses, which will remain accessible to the public.