Two new driving ranges costing £536,360 could be coming to Merseyside as a way of attracting a new generation of golfers when "membership is ageing."

Sefton Council is proposing the construction of the new driving ranges at Bootle Golf Course and Southport Golf Links.

Documents on the council's website said "membership is ageing" but the new facilities would encourage others to take part in the sport and improve wellbeing.

The report said: "The new facilities will enable much needed growth and improvement in the two municipal golf courses encouraging new people to play the sport and be active and have improved wellbeing."

The municipal courses are currently run by the council's 'Green Sefton' unit and it hopes the driving ranges will also bring in extra income.

The local authority said both sites have been "suffering" for years from little or no investment which has in turn means the number of people using them has slumped.

The report said: "Both sites are suffering from many years of little or no investment in course infrastructure and therefore there has been a drop in ultilisation.

"By investing in these two sites that are located within prime locations within Sefton, there is the opportunity to capitalise on the resource and generate additional income to the department that will help re-invest in the Green Sefton portfolio."

Sefton Council also said it carried out research and has seen a need for the golf facilities as there are no other practice ranges nearby.

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The document added: "Research has been undertaken to confirm that there is scope in both the North and South of the Borough for additional golf driving range facilities.

"There is no other facility within 15 minutes (7 miles) of our Southport Golf Links and only one competing for Bootle Golf Course in Aintree 10 minutes away (2.5 miles) in the South of the Borough which is low for such a high population."

If  the plans are to go ahead it is proposed the driving ranges will developed at the same time.

The development ideas will be taken to a cabinet meeting on Thursday, February 6 and to a full council on Thursday, February 27.