Golf may be replaced by glamping at Waterhall or Hollingbury following a proposed review of how the council uses the land.
A report publishes this week says since 2010 season ticket holder numbers have halved at both golf courses, which have been leased since 2010 on a ten-year contract by social enterprise Mytime Active.
The report going before next week’s meeting of the city council’s Tourism, Development and Culture committee asks councillors to consider future long-term leases for either golf or “other leisure use”.
It said: “The future of the courses needs serious consideration due to the challenging financial position experienced by the operator during the current contract, which commenced on the 1st April 2010.
“Before the current management arrangements were in place the courses were operated ‘in house’ by Brighton and Hove City Council.
“When the courses were operated by the council a subsidy was required. By transferring the two courses to an external operator the subsidy was converted to an income stream for the council.”
The first and preferred option going before the committee is to market both sites offering 25 year leases.
One or both would kept as a golf course with the potential for other uses such as outdoor activity and education centres, camping, glamping, a country visitors centre, or an events venue.
A second option is for a ten-year management contract as currently operated.
The third option is to operate both courses in-house.
Finally a fourth option would be to market both courses on a long-term lease for golf only.
Both sites have financial challenges and the Sport and Leisure Consultancy which was commissioned to report on the issues in 2018, found Hollingbury Park is better placed to continue as a golf course.
The report describes golf as in decline due to an oversupply of courses, it is an expensive game to play and takes four hours for an 18 hole round.
There are another four club courses in Brighton and Hove, as well as many within a 15 mile radius.
In the last few years Hassocks course has closed to make way for a housing development and Haywards Heath, says the report, is due to do the same.
In the report Hollingbury Park is described as a better course for beginners with “more forgiving” landscape.
It also has better transport links as it is just off Ditchling Road on one of the main routes into central Brighton.
Steep hills at Waterhall make it unsuitable for electric golf buggies.
During the recent city council elections the Liberal Democrats had a policy of building 1,500 houses on the Hollingbury Park as part of its manifesto.
The Tourism, Development and Culture Committee discusses the proposals when it meets at Hove Town Hall in public from 4pm on Thursday 20 June.