Top Links of England

Top Links Golf in England

In the excellent book, True Links by esteemed authors George Peper and Malcolm Campbell, the writers claim that of the 30,000+ golf courses in the world there are only 246 true links.

Golf Empire founder, Ed Battye, has played all of the these links courses in England and below he lists them in order of his personal preference. Many of the courses also have a golf course review.

You can see the equivalent for Scotland and Wales plus now you can see our Top 100 Links Golf Courses of Great Britain.

Royal St. George's

Royal St. George's Golf Club

"In my mind Royal St. George’s at Sandwich is a championship links golf course with few, if any, superiors. A recent trip to compete (I use that term very loosely) in the South-East of England Links Championship presented an opportunity for me to complete the playing of every Open Championship course in England."

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Silloth on Solway

Silloth on Solway Golf Club

"In my eyes Silloth is a golf course that has the ability to transcend your typical ‘championship links’. It has charm, character, intrigue and an identity all of its own but at the same time presents the truest, and quite often, stiffest of challenges to the golfer. It's an inspirational golf course with an endless collection of brilliant golf holes."

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Burnham & Berrow (Championship)

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

"The links at Burnham & Berrow begins at a pulsating pace and rarely lets up until the moment you reach the comfort of the historic 100-year-old clubhouse where you are able to relax and reflect. This is true championship golf of the highest order with the opening three holes epitomising everything that is great and superior about links golf."

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Royal Lytham & St Annes

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

"A recent visit to Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club completed the trio of Open Championship courses on England's West Coast for me. As you would expect from a club that has seen the Claret Jug contested over its links on no less than eleven occasions it didn't disappoint."

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Saunton (East)

Saunton Golf Club

"If anyone dare claim there is a better 36 holes of links golf at one golf club in England than at Saunton I'm pretty sure I could make an unquestionable case for this wonderful piece of linksland. One of the things that confirms this for me is, not only the quality of every single hole, but the subtle yet significant differences between the two courses."

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Royal Cinque Ports

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

"I always enjoy my visits to play Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club at Deal, the Kentish town that the course is often referred to by name. It’s an excellent links golf course that requires imagination and skill as well as distance and sound hitting. However, cunning is certainly the order of the day for the most part here."

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Hunstanton

Hunstanton Golf Club

"Hunstanton is a fine championship links situated on the edge of The Wash in North-West Norfolk. It boasts a series of extremely high quality golf holes and whilst it may not quite have the charm and quirk that I often look for (and prefer) in seaside golf there’s no denying this is a true test of your golfing skills on a very good course."

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Royal Birkdale

Royal Birkdale Golf Club

"No review"

Southport & Ainsdale

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club

"Southport & Ainsdale offers everything that the other famous links courses on this fabled stretch of Lancashire coastline can… and the golfing connoisseur would perhaps argue it delivers even more than this. S&A (as it is widely known) mixes charm, challenge and cunning into a perfect blend of championship links golf."

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Formby

Formby Golf Club

"Playing at Formby was one of my earliest links golfing experiences and I will therefore always have fond memories of what is undoubtedly a hugely memorable and top quality golf course. It’s also a club steeped in history and tradition with a strong connection to the amateur game."

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Royal West Norfolk (Brancaster)

Royal West Norfolk Golf Club

"Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, often referred to as Brancaster, is a course that time has forgotten about. And it’s much the better for that. It’s an atmospheric old fashioned links, laid out on a thin parcel of land, close to the North Sea where the 18 holes are wedged between the sandy beach on one side and acres of marshland on the other."

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Royal North Devon (Westward Ho!)

Royal North Devon Golf Club

"Royal North Devon, or Westward Ho! as it is often fondly referred to, is a very special place. That much is obvious from the moment you drive into the car park and are informed, by an unmissable sign on the side of the historic clubhouse, that you have just arrived at England's oldest course."

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Royal Liverpool

Royal Liverpool Golf Club

"It could be argued that no golf club has had a greater influence on the amateur game of golf than Royal Liverpool, the second oldest links in England behind only Royal North Devon. Open Champions and prolific amateur golfers, Harold Hilton and John Ball, learnt their trade on this important links."

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Rye (Old)

Rye Golf Club

"It’s safe to say there’s a lot more to Rye Golf Club than the actual golf course. It’s an idiosyncratic club with a rich history and fully deserves its place as a special component in the rich tapestry of English golf."

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Wallasey

Wallasey Golf Club

"They say you only get one chance to make a first impression and I was well and truly mesmerised when I first set sights on Wallasey. I can still vividly remember several years ago walking from the car park round to the back of the clubhouse and casting my eye over the 18th green and the narrow, turbulent fairway leading towards it."

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West Lancashire

West Lancashire Golf Club

"The West Lancashire Golf Club was founded in 1873 and is among the ten oldest golf clubs in England. It boasts one of the most natural and testing links in the British Isles, of which Donald Steel wrote "Only in Britain can one savour the true flavour of seaside golf, of which West Lancashire is a perfect example."

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St. Enodoc

Saunton (West)

Hillside

Littlestone

Berwick upon Tweed (Goswick)

Perranporth

Hayling

Seaton Carew

Prince's

Seacroft

St. Annes Old Links

Sheringham

Trevose

Bude & North Cornwall

Seascale

Cleveland

Hesketh

Great Yarmouth & Caister

Newquay

West Cornwall

Rye (Jubilee)

Newbiggi

Fleetwood

Burnham & Berrow (Channel)

Hartlepool

Felixstowe Ferry

Minehead & West Somerset

Littlehampton

Weston super Mare

Seahouses

Leasowe

Sandilands

Southport Links

 

The below courses are not listed in the above book as 'True Links', however, they do have strong links characteristics.

Dunstanburgh Castle

Fairhaven

Warkworth


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