Venues that have hosted golf tournaments like the Ryder Cup, the European Tour, and The Open Championship. Professional standard golf courses. A country steeped in history and culture. Golf holidays in the UK will give you stories to tell for generations to come.
The UK has such a mind-boggling concentration of golf courses that no matter which county you visit, you will find a championship course to greet you.
Or you can opt for the less popular destinations like Nottingham, Bristol, Bournemouth, and Liverpool to find beautiful links courses. These are relatively tourist-free and ideal for a peaceful round of golf.
Best Golf courses in the UK
England has some of the most famous golf courses in the world, even those that rank among the Top 100. Check out our list of the top Golf courses in the United Kingdom.
1. Hotchkin Golf Course
Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire is one of the most highly rated Golfing destinations in the UK. A part of the English Golf Union, Woodhall Spa has two championship-level golf courses, making it a top choice for golf breaks in the UK.
The Hotchkin Golf Course is considered one of the best inland golf courses in not only England but the world. The heathland turf of this course is shaded by tall trees, almost as old as the golf course itself. Bunkers add to the challenge.
Beside the Hotchkin Course lies the very different Bracken Course. Here the golfing greens and water hazards create the feel of American golf. There is also a practice area, a clubhouse, and other golfing facilities.
2. Royal St George’s Golf Club’s course
If you are on the south-east coast of England, make the Royal St George’s Golf Club Course a must-experience destination for your golf breaks. Situated in Sandwich, Kent, this golf course has roots that go as far back as 1887. Beautifully manicured freeways open up to breathtaking views of the English Channel. Should you look up from putting, you will be mesmerized by the surroundings. This course with its bunkers and trees is a firm favorite among professional golfers.
3. Sunningdale Golf Club’s Old Golf Course
The Sunningdale Golf Club in Surrey, like most golf clubs in England, is also more than a hundred years old. It has two courses, simply named Sunningdale’s Old Golf Course and the New Course. The Old Course is built on a parkland layout amidst wooded isolation. Bobby Jones, Sir Nick Faldo, Tom Watson and many other golf legends have left their mark on this course and will add weight to your golf vacation in the UK. The New Course replaces the smooth femininity of the Old Course with rugged masculinity but does not compromise on the quality of golf.
4. Ganton Golf Club’s course
The Ganton Golf Club course in North Yorkshire is a place of utmost beauty. It combines a clinks course feel with heathland golf, and the result is a grueling golf course designed to challenge you to the extreme. No wonder then that it has hosted many renowned golfing events and continues to enjoy a position of privilege and popularity.
This is however far from an exhaustive list of golf courses in the UK. There are numerous other Golf courses like Walton Heath, Hanbury Manor, The Oxfordshire and the Forest of Arden.
Best Golf resorts in the UK
All inclusive Golf packages for the UK are provided by some of the best hotel chains in the world. This list includes well-known names like the Marriott, MacDonald, Q Hotels and the Hilton. These international hotel chains ensure unparalleled luxury that comes hand in hand with their championship level golf courses.
England can be roughly divided into three parts—North, Midlands, and South. No matter which part of the country you visit, there are numerous golf resorts to choose from.
In the Northern UK, Close House Hotel and Golf Resort is a top pick. The golf hero Lee Westwood is officially a part of this golf resort, making it an irresistible destination for golf tourists. The resort’s course is named after Lee and is called The Lee Westwood Filly Course. The resort runs many golf packages, where you can get one night’s stay, breakfast and one round of golf, all within 100 pounds per person.
If you visit the Midlands, one can’t miss the celebrated golfing venue ‘The Belfry’. This renovated mansion with its sprawling grounds has hosted the Ryder Cup as many as four times and is a must-see destination during your golf break.
In addition to the world-famous Brabazon, The Belfry has another 36 holes, a top-rated golf academy and some of the best-golfing luxury imaginable. One can’t imagine Golf in England without ‘The Belfry.’
Best time for Golf Holiday in the UK
It is commonly known that the best time to go on a golf vacation in the UK is between the warmer months of April and October. Some of the venues have golf tournaments this time of the year, adding to the overall experience of your golf holiday.
However, England has much to offer to the brave golfer who battles rain and snow in his passion for a great game of golf. There are special winter golf breaks arranged by many golf clubs and golf resorts for such travelers.
In short, you can enjoy golf vacations in the UK any time of the year!
Green fees in UK Golf courses
For playing in the golf courses near London, the green fees vary between 10 pounds and 20 pounds. There are websites with details of these golf courses, along with green fees and tee times. It is advisable to book your game in advance to avoid disappointment.
The more exclusive golf clubs and resorts have higher green fees. Most of these golf resorts have all-inclusive golf packages that cover the green fees. For around 100 pounds, you can get one night’s stay and a round of golf. With a little planning, you can have a great golf vacation in the UK.