The continued existence of one of the world's oldest golf courses has been thrown into jeopardy following the collapse of the sole rescue bid.
The sport has been played on the North Inch in Perth for almost 500 years, with King James IV said to have played on the parklands in the 1500s.
Perth and Kinross Council has been looking to offload responsibility for the 18-hole course for some years, with its deteriorating condition leading to fewer players and financial difficulties.
It hoped partner charity Live Active Leisure (LAL) would take it on but its directors have backed away following almost two years of negotiations.
The council has now said that it will be "reviewing its position" early next year and will "communicate its plans" to the user group, clubs and members.
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