A GOLF club has been sold just weeks after Manchester United were linked with a takeover.

High Legh Park Golf Club near Knutsford has new owners.

But it is not the Red Devils of Old Trafford who now hold the keys but leading country club provider, The Club Company.

CEO Richard Calvert said: “I’m delighted to add The Club at High Legh Park to our market leading portfolio of 15 country clubs.

“With its picturesque 27 holes, extensive driving range and friendly clubhouse, we look forward to providing The Club Company experience to the members of High Legh Park."

Northwich Guardian: Manchester United were recently linked with a takeoverManchester United were recently linked with a takeover (Image: Supplied)

In mid-January, the Daily Mail reported that Manchester United had held talks with then-owners American Golf about buying High Legh.

It was said that the 12-time FA Cup winners were looking to purchase a golf club in Cheshire for the site of their new state-of-the-art practice facility.

However, a spokesperson for American Golf told the Guardian that 'no conversations' were currently taking place with the football team.

Now, less than a month later, operational ownership of the golf club has been acquired by The Club Company.

High Legh joins the company’s collection of 15 UK country clubs, reflecting a continued growth in popularity in golf, which has seen the number of players in the country rise from 3.6 to 5.7 million since 2016.

Northwich Guardian: The Club Company has ambitious plans for High LeghThe Club Company has ambitious plans for High Legh (Image: Supplied)

The club opened in 1998 and is home to an 18-hole championship course, a nine-hole short course, a 24-bay floodlit driving range, two practices areas, a putting green and a modern clubhouse.

The Club Company has 'ambitious' plans to invest in High Legh’s existing facilities and membership.

Nigel Oddy, CEO of American Golf’s parent company International Leisure Group, said: “In the capable hands of The Club Company, we are certain that High Legh Park will go from strength to strength.

“The Club Company has a wealth of experience in country club management, and we are confident that the sale of High Legh Park will provide future opportunities for both members and the wider team at the club.

“We are also pleased to continue trading our American Golf store at High Legh Park, providing members with a fantastic variety of products, brands and services.”