"Hallamshire Golf Club lies on a narrow strip of land at the edge of the city of Sheffield, overlooking the Derbyshire Peak District National Park and Pennines."
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"Some golf clubs hit you with a 'wow' factor the moment you drive through their gates. Woodsome Hall is certainly one of those."
"Scarborough South Cliff is one of several clifftop courses along the East Coast of Yorkshire. Sadly, I have not seen any of the other courses at Filey, Bridlington (two), Whitby, Flamborough Head and another towards the North end of Scarborough. I’m therefore not in a position to compare and contrast but “South Cliff” must surely hold its own amongst its neighbours."
"You don’t need to think strategically to play Castle Stuart but to play Castle Stuart you need to think strategically. The above summarises this modern links perfectly and in my opinion is a sign of greatness. Castle Stuart is great. It’s a thinking man’s course for sure but the more naive golfer will still get maximum enjoyment from this wholly manufactured course."
"Walking off the 1st tee at Golspie towards a featureless, flat fairway it might not be immediately apparent about all the golfing goodness that lies in store and just how terrific it is…. but by the time you have reached the turn you are acutely aware of the spectacular nature of this fascinating and varied links."
"If you’ve not played the Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle since around 2008 you’ve not really played “Skibo”. The current version of the layout was designed by Tom Mackenzie under the watchful eye and guidance of PGA Professional and Director of Golf at Skibo, David Thomson, around a decade ago."
"Founded in 1870 Wick Golf Club is fast approaching its 150th birthday and is embracing its golden years by bringing new energy to the links. Upon arrival at the coastal course Club Captain, Catherine McLeod, energetically tells us all about a plethora of planned changes to the course in what promises to be exciting times ahead."
"A minibus of American golfers is not the first thing I expected to see on arrival at Reay Golf Club; the most northerly 18 hole links on mainland Scotland! To our surprise there were around a dozen Yanks milling around the clubhouse, some on the putting green, others just paying their green-fee."
"They say that life’s all about the journey and not the destination but playing golf at Durness is without doubt both a journey and a destination. From whichever angle you approach this incomparable links in the remote North-West corner of Scotland, near Cape Wrath, your eyes will feast upon some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer."
"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."
"I returned to the King’s course at Gleneagles in April 2018 just a little over a decade after I first fell in love with it. The reason for this more recent visit was to play in their popular Spring Open. A card and pencil competition off the white tees in the early season was deemed a good idea… at least during the winter planning months!"
"It was an impulsive, crazy… and some would say utterly ridiculous… decision that took me to The Machrie in the Spring of 2018. Having entered an open competition at Gleneagles, near Perth, on Saturday 13th April a friend and I had debated at great length about where to stop off ‘on route’ from West Yorkshire for a game of golf on the Friday. "
"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."
"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."
"Those familiar with other Gloucestershire oddities; Cleeve Cloud and Painswick, will have a sense of familiarity when they arrive at the charming and bunkerless Minchinhampton Old golf course. Located at more than 500-feet above sea level, close to Stroud, golfers are greeted with that same motley common-land turf, iron-age fortifications, a big sense of spaciousness and lots of interesting ground undulations in proximity to the greens."
"I've been raving about the golf course at Hollinwell to anybody who would listen for the last 20 years since I first played it. Back then Notts appeared little known outside the Midlands save for those who were in the know. That day I played for the first time I knew I had stumbled upon something extra special."
"Oh my word! The Balgownie Links at Royal Aberdeen is something else. It’s different gravy - an unbelievably good golf course. Not only is it the best in Aberdeenshire it’s one of the best you will play. Period. It is the epitome of an authentic, genuine and pure links golf experience."
"The first thing to state is that Trump International Golf Links is undoubtedly an exceptionally good golf course. The second thing to say from the off is that it’s categorically not the “World's Greatest Golf Course” as the owner makes out and their website brashly proclaims."
"Piltdown, founded in 1904, is a quaint heathland golf course tucked away in a sleepy corner of leafy Sussex. There’s a lovely feeling and atmosphere around the clubhouse and cozy proshop which are situated on the other side of a country round to the actual golf course."
"Chart Hills is a flamboyant Sir Nick Faldo designed layout located in tranquil Kent countryside that contains some excellent holes amongst its bold and lavish bunkering. Opened in 1993 the course has a maturity that belies its relatively young age."
"I recently played at Harrogate Golf Club in the 36-hole Vardon Grip 36 hole open competition on an early September day with a tiny hint of autumn in the air. Located just a couple of miles away from the town centre, on the road to Knaresborough, the course is a mature parkland layout in a lovely woodland setting."
"I recently took the opportunity to play Royal Wimbledon Golf Club in their 36-hole scratch open competition, The Royal Wimbledon Trophy. It’s a golf course that has long been on my radar to play but the consequence of having to drive deep into London coupled with a hefty visitor green-fee of £155 had delayed the process."
"The London Golf Club can boast two courses that have both hosted European Tour events. The members-only Heritage layout staged the European Open in 2008 and 2009 whilst the 2014 Volvo World Matchplay Championship was contested on the International course."
"Moor Park in Rickmansworth has two golf courses attached to its classy country club style estate. Both courses – the West and the High – were designed by Harry Colt in 1923 and on my most recent visit to Hertfordshire I sampled the “High”."
"Brancepeth Castle is an exhilarating parkland course played across good turf on the outskirts of Durham. The 6,400 yard course was designed by Harry Colt in 1924 and is laid out on what was then Brancepeth Castle Deer Park. It plays to a par of 70 but rightfully has a SSS of 71 from the blue tees."
"Royal Birkdale is a golf course which is incredibly hard not to like but at the same time it’s not an easy one to truly love. If it were a football team it would probably be the Arsenal side that won multiple trophies under George Graham in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the phrase, “One-nil to the Arsenal” was coined."
"No other county in England can boast such an impressive portfolio of high quality parkland golf courses than Hertfordshire. Routed over gently rolling terrain – once a deer park and part of the Ancient Manor of Enfield - a round at Hadley Wood serves up a delicious treat of golf that fits well in this company."
"Essex is a county with many golf courses but it is not really renowned for having any venues near the top of the pyramid when it comes to discussing the best of golf in Great Britain. I’m ashamed to say this was my first ever round of golf in Essex but it would appear that Thorndon Park, designed by Harry Colt in 1920, is the needle in the haystack."
"I’m easily pleased. All I ask for is good turf, natural movement in the land and engaging greens. Simply give me all of those on a golf course and I’m a happy bunny. Sadly most courses don’t offer any of the above. A relatively small number have one of the trio whilst the saying ‘two out of three ain’t bad’ can be applied to even fewer venues. However, at Appleby it’s a case of tick, tick, tick."
"I’m not quite sure where to start when writing a review for Cullen. It’s probably the craziest course I’ve ever played. In truth I’m still a bit bamboozled by it all. The location is nothing short of sensational; nestled in Cullen Bay on the Moray Firth Coast there is a sandy beach for company and spectacular sea views a constant companion."
"I’m going to buy Spey Bay a drum. They obviously haven’t got one... because nobody is banging it for them. And they should be! I stumbled across this natural and highly captivating links course on a family holiday to the Scottish Highlands. All I can say is; what a discovery!"
"I suspect many fools dash past Spey Valley, located at the foot of Cairngorm Mountains near Aviemore, as they bomb up the A9 towards Inverness and beyond. ‘Tis true, they may be heading for better and brighter things on the coast at Nairn, Castle Stuart, Skibo or Dornoch but neglecting this championship venue, owned by Macdonald Hotels, should not be done lightly."
"I was very interested to see Alnmouth Village following a reader’s recommendation after the publication of our article about the best nine-hole golf courses in Great Britain. Established in 1869 the ‘oldest nine hole links golf club in England’ is certainly worthy of inclusion in this list and now rightly features."
"The Kingdom of Fife has long been associated with world-class links golf. The region is the spiritual home of the game and Kingsbarns fits seamlessly into the modern day environment. Located just seven miles down the coast from St. Andrews it is in a prime location and the layered landscape that the holes are played over simply add to the visual feast on offer at this sensational layout."
"If you’re in Fife and looking for a game away from the links then Ladybank would be as good a choice as anywhere. In fact few courses away from the coast in Scotland can better what is on offer at this mature and well-conditioned private-members venue. The course is a very consistent heathland layout that requires accuracy."
"There’s very little that hasn’t been written about the golfing mecca that is St. Andrews. Golfers (and indeed non-golfers) flock to this corner of Fife from all over the World to savour the delights of the ‘Grey Auld Toun’ and for most it is mainly to play, or at least see and walk, The Old Course; the spiritual home of golf and where it all began for our beloved game."
"Woburn can boast no less than three golf courses that all regularly feature in the various top 100 rankings. That in itself is just about unique but what impresses me the most whenever Woburn is debated is that if you ask three different people which course they prefer you are likely to receive three different responses."
"Pleasington, a former Regional Open Qualifying venue, boasts a fine inland golf course - irrefutably one of the best tracks in the county away from the sea. It is set in almost 150 acres of rolling East Lancashire countryside with easy access from all points of the compass."
"I’ve played at Bingley St. Ives several times over the past couple of decades but it had been a few years since my last visit. Little has changed in the intervening time, however, I must admit I’d forgotten just how good a golf course this is."
"The Manchester Golf Club is routed over almost 300 acres of mostly moorland but with touches of heathland and a sprinkle of park thrown in. Surrounded by scenic and far-reaching rural views it is a real delight to golf on the springy fairways of ‘Hopwood’ where shades of green meet hues of brown in an altogether attractive landscape."
"Leven Links, home to the Leven Golfing Society and Leven Thistle Golf Club, is just about as genuine a Scottish links as you can get. This old fashioned layout goes somewhat under the radar in Fife but it is a course you should seek out if heading to the Home of Golf."
"Not all golf courses are created equal and that can certainly be said about Trump Turnberry. For here you will find the most spectacular stretch of coastline on any golfing land that I have ever seen. The natural setting and scenic beauty of the iconic Ailsa course, an Open Championship venue four times over, is simply sublime."
"The demanding yet delightful Edinburgh golf course is a John Jacobs design with input from Gary Player and Bernard Gallacher. The idea of a third course at Wentworth, to complement the two created by Harry Colt in the 1920’s, was conceived in the late 1970’s but it didn’t actually open its doors for play until 1990."
"Oakdale is an established parkland golf course close to the City Centre of Harrogate. It was designed by the famous architect Dr Alister MacKenzie in 1914 and, despite its proximity to the hustle and bustle of city life, is set in well over 100 acres of peaceful North Yorkshire countryside."
"The biggest compliment I can give to Parkstone is that I cannot think of many inland golf courses in the British Isles that are superior. By my personal reckoning there are less than a dozen and if you factor in that there are around 3,000 in total across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland this is high praise indeed."
"Designed by an experienced Harry Colt the Old Course at Leckford opened for play in 1929 and the layout has largely been preserved since then. This is a good thing, for the nine-holes at this under-the-radar venue deliver a beguiling round of golf."
"Firstly, I need to state I personally don’t think that tight, tree-lined courses generally produce the best of golf. Strategy is diminished, playing surfaces can be affected and repeatedly asking a golfer to simply keep his ball on the straight and narrow, and punishing them if they don’t, doesn’t really do it for me."
"The Wisley is a very exclusive private member golf club located in Surrey and is played solely by the 700 shareholders (and their invited guests) who have bought a stake in The Club which opened for play in the early 1990’s."
"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."
"I probably lack the savoir faire that The Renaissance Club expects from a golfer but regardless of this I recently seized an opportunity to peg it up behind the closed gates and allowed myself to be indulged for a day. Renaissance is geared towards a niche clientele, one that moves in entirely different circles to me."
"Oxford Golf Club, formerly called Southfield and designed by Harry Colt in 1922, is an interesting parkland course situated close to the historic City Centre."
"I wasn’t supposed to like The Oxfordshire. But I did. The traditionalist in me shouldn’t really warm to this big and modern, Rees Jones designed tournament-style course that is essentially a manufactured Americanised layout."
"The JH Taylor golf course at Royal Mid Surrey makes the best use of its pancake flat property and with 18 new USGA specification green complexes now in play there is plenty of interest at this thriving venue located just 20 minutes from Central London."
"Coombe Hill is a thrilling JF Abercromby design that compares well with many, if not most, of the famed nearby Surrey and Berkshire courses that occupy the various top 100 golf course lists. In fact to the untrained eye you would be forgiven for thinking you are playing one of the great heathlands at this flamboyant woodland venue."
"In my mind Royal St. George’s at Sandwich is a championship links golf course with few, if any, superiors. Back in 2014 a 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."
"I love pretty much everything about the intriguing and challenging links at Littlestone. There is a rustic charm to this most appealing of layouts where you enjoy all the best traits of seaside golf. The 18 holes traverse flattish, but naturally undulating linksland, and provide a fair test of golf with a few surprises thrown in along the way."
"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."
"Stumbling across Knole Park on a balmy May afternoon was like finding a little golfing treasure trove. There’s lots of golfing goodness to be found at this most English of golf courses."
"Ferndown is one of those golf courses that simply looks the business, the bees knees, the mutts nuts… I could go on. It must be a photographer’s dream. Standing on the first tee you look down the hole and your eyes take in a beautifully defined fairway, a mass of heather-topped frilly bunkers, with flashes of white sand, and glorious pine trees framing the hole. This is just about repeated another 17 times throughout the round."
"The Isle of Purbeck is often noted for its glorious 360 degree panoramic vista over the nature reserve that its engaging holes have been thoughtfully etched through. The views are indeed superb yet the course is every bit their match. The course is unquestionably of its own character, it cannot easily be stereotyped into “links”, “heathland”, “parkland” etc… as we often like to do. This is its ace card."
"Stoneham’s biggest asset is undoubtedly its superb routing over adventurous terrain which ultimately lends itself to some unique and brilliant golf holes. And with well over 3,000 trees recently cleared the beauty of the property can now be showcased properly which also goes hand-in-hand with greatly improved playability and better ground conditions."
"Coxmoor Golf Club is currently three years into a 10-15 year project to restore their course back to its true heathland characteristic. Almost 2,000 trees have already been axed, playing corridors are being widened and heather regeneration is in full force."
"Luffness New serves up an uncomplicated yet delicious feast of pure and traditional links golf laid out naturally across unbelievably firm and fast turf, some of the best I’ve golfed on. Thanks to the gentle, but not insignificant undulations, I could play here for eternity."
"It’s easy to understand why so many people love to visit and play at the semi-exclusive Archerfield Links when the opportunity arises. The very fact it is set in the heart of established real estate for golf, on Scotland’s Golf Coast in East Lothian, and has proven to be so popular, since it was created in its modern day form just after the turn of the millennium, is testament to the quality of the venue."
"Caldy is situated at the end of the Wirral Peninsula, alongside the river Dee, and enjoys some wonderful views whilst playing the series of cliff top holes on the front nine. Looking across the estuary towards Hilbre Islands and the coast of Wales one can really appreciate the fabulous setting."
"With more than 200 golf courses across Yorkshire Lindrink sits very close to the tip of the iceberg when it comes to discussing the best of golf in the White Rose County. It’s one of several fine courses that support the undisputed top trio of Alwoodley, Ganton and Moortown."
"Stood on the fourth tee at Bovey Castle I’m already three golf balls down, having not found any of my tee-shots, and am hobbling like an old man thanks to a pain in my foot. I should be ready for quitting this godforsaken game and heading to the luxuries on offer at the accompanying 5-star country house hotel… yet I’m fascinated by these opening holes and am keen to see the rest."
"East Devon, at Budleigh Salterton, is a golf course that had eluded me for far too long. However, I set that matter straight with a visit in the early Spring of 2017 and came away very impressed with how the course played, especially for the time of year. It’s a venue which is quite difficult to build into a high quality multi-course trip."
"They say that nice things come in small packages and that is exactly what Reigate Heath is and does. It’s a dramatically stunning nine-hole golf course located just outside the M25 on excellent golfing terrain which I can only describe as a heathery heaven."
"London Scottish Golf Club plays over the fast-running, gravel-based course on the busy Wimbledon Common where a blend of heath and woodland converge to provide a delightful and natural golfing experience. The Club was founded in 1865 by members of the London Scottish Volunteer Rifles (now the London Scottish regiment) who were stationed on the common."
"The humps, bumps, swales and hollows of Berkhamsted add a real charm and help create an atmosphere for enjoyable golf on fast-running, heathy-style terrain. Couple this with the lovely contouring of the putting surfaces and it elevates this course to one that is well above the norm."
"Seacroft is a golf course for those who like their links golf pure and undiluted. It's a classic out-and-back course with just the right mix of rugged duneland and quirky, humpty-dumpty terrain. It creates a blend of unique links golf that is both testing and immensely enjoyable."
"It’s difficult to say how many holes are parkland and how many are linksy because several times the same hole has a bit of both! The 17th for example starts as a tree-lined dog-legging par four very much of the former variety before you play to a brilliantly undulating green on the top of an exposed dune ridge."
"If you succumb to the notion of par then Aldeburgh is as tough as old boots. Its par of 68 versus a SSS of 73 is testament to that. Playing over 6,600 yards from the back markers there are a dozen par fours that exceed the 400 yard mark (seven greater than 425) and you won’t find a par five in sight."
"The modest 6,000-yard, par 69 course at Bungay & Waveney Valley Golf Club, established in 1889, is yet another Suffolk treat in a county that continually delivers fine inland golf."
"Except for the undeniable beauty of the 12th hole there’s nothing truly outstanding at Southerness. Please note that this isn’t meant with negative connotations though because everything about this true links course is of a consistently high standard and is undoubtedly one of Scotland’s sleeping gems."
"Edgbaston is a highly impressive private members golf club laid out on a rolling, albeit compact, parcel of parkland just one mile from the centre of Birmingham."
"Right on the edge of the City of Aberdeen lays the charming Kings Links golf course which is owned by Aberdeen City Council and also the playing arena for three golf clubs; The Northern, Caledonian and Bon Accord."
"Balnagask is very much a case of what could be… and at one time probably was! The property has so much potential but I fear this is no longer being realised."
"There’s a deceptive quality to the humble yet alluring links course at Arbroath which would not only make an excellent companion when playing at Carnoustie, or en route to Aberdeen from the South, but is well worthy of a play in its own right."
"Saint Annes Old Links sits amongst distinguished guests along England's North West coast. It holds its own. However, this is a different type of course compared to some of the big names in this part of the country. It is flatter and more expansive than its neighbours but is still a true test of your game and must be respected."
"Enville is an extremely intriguing 36 hole golf complex located in deepest Staffordshire countryside that is slowly but surely building a reputation as one of the country’s most respected venues. This fascinating private members club was founded in 1935."
"With over 100 years of history Childwall Golf Club, formed in 1912, is a traditional, tree-lined parkland course that serves up a consistent test of golf over almost dead flat terrain."
"Rotherham is a really enjoyable parkland golf course located in the heart of South Yorkshire. The layout of the holes is very interesting and the changes in elevation, on this established tree-lined property, are negotiated nicely."
"The 2016 Yorkshire Amateur County Championship brought me back to Moortown, a course I’ve played numerous times over the past couple of decades but not for at least half a dozen years. With a bunker renovation and extensive tree removal programme completed in the intervening time I was hugely impressed with how the course, which has a nice moorland feel to it, now played following the recent changes."
"Playing Royal Troon less than a fortnight after Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson had produced what is arguably the greatest golfing duel in history, and certainly the best final day of an Open Championship, was a special occasion. With the spectator grandstands still in place I really got a feel for the course that I’d witnessed on television just days previously."
"Prestwick has been on my hit list of golf courses to play for quite some time and I’m ashamed to say it has taken me far too long to visit this iconic links. From everything I’d read and heard I was expecting it to be ‘my type’ of golf. After several visits to Ayrshire without visiting this much-lauded venue I finally made it to the birthplace of The Open Championship."
"In an area steeped in history and tradition Dundonald Links has, in the space of just over ten years, commanded the respect of golfers who flock to this part of Scotland to tackle Open Championship venues and other prestigious links courses."
"The Gailes Links at Irvine belongs to Glasgow Golf Club, a club steeped in history and the 9th oldest in the world. Golf has been played over this fine links since 1892 and until 2016 it is the only Scottish final qualifying course for The Open."
"Western Gailes is a thing of true beauty. Something extra special. Near perfection at times. It’s a classy links course that only a fusion of nature and time is able to create and where man merely offers a guiding hand. This is close to being as good as it gets at times."
"On a recent visit the golf course at The Centurion Club was every inch playable, and indeed highly enjoyable, although there is still very much a work in progress feel to the entire experience."
"Wilmslow is one of the many fine wooded parkland courses to be found in the tranquil Cheshire countryside. It’s also one of the oldest, the club having been founded in 1889 and relocating to its present site in 1903."
"The design of the Lee Westwood “Colt” course, located on the Close House Estate near Heddon-on-the-Wall in Northumberland, apparently tips its hat to the great golf course architect Harry Colt and whilst The Club note that nothing is copied directly they claim that the “rectangular tees” (eh?), the bunker forms, and the variety in par threes are all features conceived from the brilliant architect."
"South Moor is a very thought-provoking golf course in County Durham with a handful of excellent holes that has ties to the famous Dr. Alister MacKenzie who had a hand in designing the course."
"Before I even begin to tell you how good this golf course is I want to let you know just how perfect the entire set-up at West Sussex is. The golf course is almost perfect. West Sussex, on the edge of the South Downs, is quite simply a wonderful place and a magnificent location to golf."
"Goodwood is a spectacular Estate in the heart of West Sussex and is home to the world famous Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival and the annual ‘Glorious Goodwood’ horseracing meeting."
"Hallamshire Golf Club lies on a narrow strip of land at the edge of the city of Sheffield, overlooking the Derbyshire Peak District National Park and Pennines."
"Writing a golf course review for Dewsbury District Golf Club should be a piece of cake for me. It is the course where I learnt to play the game as a junior and I was a member here for a number of years."
"The opening of Machynys Peninsula to a blaze of publicity in 2005 hasn’t quite changed the golfing landscape in South Wales but it has certainly provided something different to the Establishment."
"Cardigan is not a golf course that is easy to build into a golfing itinerary of Wales. It is a bit of an outlier in terms of location tucked away in the south-west corner of the Principality."
"Royal St. David’s is regarded as one of the best links courses in Wales and has a reputation for being a fearsome test of golf. The numbers certainly back that claim up. The par of 69 from the championship blue markers has an SSS of 73 and the maximum yardage of 6,629 includes a number of brutish par fours; seven of them over the 430 yard mark!"
"I recently took advantage of the 3-round ticket that the Carnoustie Golf Links offers. For the sum of £200 this entitled me to one round on each of the three courses. The focal point of the trip was of course the main championship course, a notoriously testing links that has hosted The Open Championship on seven occasions."
"Panmure is a classy and historic golf club with a wonderful natural links course located near Carnoustie, Angus, in the East of Scotland. It is the sixteenth oldest golf club in the world dating back to 1845 and is one of the 26 clubs that originally helped purchase the Amateur Championship trophy first played for in 1885."
"Hopeman is an enthralling clifftop links that just gets better and better as the round progresses, both in terms of the golf and the location. The 18 holes move gradually closer and closer to the sea and as the terrain improves so does the quality of the holes."
"Tucked away on the Moray Firth between Lossiemouth and Hopeman the nine-hole layout at Covesea Golf Links remains a true hidden gem. Nestled in a cove between spectacular rock formations there is a natural stretch of traditional Scottish linksland where the golf course is situated."
"The members of Moray Golf Club, founded in 1889, must rightly be very proud of their two fine links courses laid out on some fabulous tight and sandy golfing terrain to the south of the Moray Firth. The Old is an unheralded classic links designed by Old Tom Morris with deep revetted bunkers, undulating gorse lined fairways and some excellent green complexes."
"Expectations were high as we arrived on the first tee at The Nairn Golf Club, a stalwart of golf in the Highlands and a darling of all the Top 100 Great Britain & Ireland course rankings. The love for Nairn, a traditional championship links founded in 1887, quickly becomes apparent as the opening seven holes flow gracefully along the southern edge of the Moray Firth."
"In a County that is noted for its many fine parkland golf courses Old Fold Manor is certainly up there as one of the best and undoubtedly one of the most interesting."
"In an area drenched with a bountiful number of the country’s elite courses West Hill stands proud as one of Surrey's oldest and most respected. The alluring venue is consistently cited as a firm favourite for many a travelling golfer and there’s an undeniable charm to whacking your ball around this fabulous and tranquil parcel of heath."
"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. It’s also a club steeped in history and tradition with a strong connection to the amateur game."
"Drayton Park is a narrow, tree-lined, mature, parkland course that rewards the golfer who can keep their ball on the fairway."
"The more I play in Suffolk the more impressed I become by the quality of courses available in this often underrated county. Woodbridge is yet another nail in the coffin confirming just how good this area is when it comes to superb inland golf. Like many of its neighbours Woodbridge has firm and fast ground conditions that promote the running game and where a wealth of gorse and heather thrive."
"In my experience the vast majority of coastal golf courses that are situated close to the sea, but are not on linksland, usually fail to deliver and I ultimately come away disappoint. Thorpeness, however, is a clear exception to the rule."
"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."
"Hessle is one of the better parkland golf courses in Yorkshire."
"Sheringham is a spectacular clifftop links golf course with a number of memorable holes. The setting is one of the most dramatic, animated and pretty that I have ever played. Don't be fooled by the picturesque landscape though because this course does have teeth and will bite if you don't show it respect."
"Royal Cromer, founded in 1888, was originally designed by Old Tom Morris and has recently been recognised as one of the top 100 golf courses in England."
"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."
"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."
"The guy behind the bar who I handed my £12 twilight green-fee to simply laughed after he asked if I had played the course before and I replied, “No”. I tend to get that quite often due to the nature of courses I visit and I therefore immediately knew I was going to have a fun round."
"There’s something quite remarkable about Kington. It has what I call the “Double Q” factor; Quirk and Quality. It has a similar eccentric personality to many other hilltop layouts as well as good turf, natural contours, kooky features and plenty of undulation."
"Church Stretton Golf Club sits atop the stunning Shropshire Hills above the historic market town of the same name. Please believe me when I say the panoramic views from the summit of the course are as good as you’ll find anywhere in England."
"Trevose Golf & Country Club is a real darling of the South-West golfing tapestry. Its three courses, on-site accommodation and reputation for excellent catering make it a highly popular and desirable venue for golfers and their families flocking to this part of the country."
"Cleeve Hill in Gloucestershire was selected as a stop-off course to break up the five hour journey down from West Yorkshire to Devon."
"Located high up on the moors, just outside the City of Bradford, Baildon is a stunning 18 hole moorland course with views over Ilkley Moor, the Yorkshire Dales and beyond."
"HIDDEN GEM ALERT!! Oh my word, what a discovery Anglesey Golf Club was on a recent trip to North Wales."
"Bull Bay is not only the best golf course on the Isle of Anglesey but it can rightly claim to be one of Wales’ finest."
"Holyhead is a cracking little golf course located close to Trearddur Bay on Holy Island, Anglesey. Enjoying fantastic views towards the mountains of Snowdonia and situated only a mile from the port of Holyhead, gateway to Ireland, the course is a challenging heathland cum moorland hybrid."
"Truth be told, waterfalls and fountains don’t do a lot for me on a golf course. And there’s a lot of other things at The Belfry that aren't to my personal taste, but considering the 18 holes on the Brabazon objectively, individually and collectively there’s no disputing this is a good golf course."
"The nine-hole golf course as Anstruther has one moment of absolute brilliance, a quirky stretch of three short holes and six others that I could personally take or leave."
"No less than three courses, ranked by number reflecting their age, constitute Gullane Golf Club. It is here you will find an expansive oasis of links golf located in the small East Lothian town that the club is named after. The town itself is a perfect base for golfing in East Lothian with over 20 quality golf courses within easy reach."
"The Glen Golf Club, often referred to as North Berwick East Links, is one of the most popular and the best value of all East Lothian golf courses."
"The Leicestershire Golf Club was founded in 1890 and is an established parkland course that maximises the use of the land it is played over particular well for a course of this style."
"Located on sandy ground, just to the west of Northampton, Brampton Heath is a semi-heathland course that belies its age of less than two decades."
"Located in the heart of the Midlands amongst rural Warwickshire countryside the Forest of Arden, owned and managed by Marriott Hotels, is a popular golf destination in the UK."
"There are few better places to enjoy a full day of golfing than at Woodhall Spa. Home to the National Golf Centre and England Golf, the governing body for the amateur game in this country, Woodhall Spa has the luxury of two courses. It is the famed Hotchkin that grabs most of the headlines, and rightly so."
"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 distinguished history and fully deserves its place as a special component in the rich tapestry of English golf. Here is a place where you will find that the respect for the traditional aspects of the game are very much still at the forefront."
"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."
"The Duke’s course, owned and managed by the iconic Old Course Hotel, sits high in the countryside above the famous golfing town of St. Andrews and enjoys spectacular views across Fife’s beautiful coastline. You may wonder how and why the Duke’s course came into existence. Let’s face it there’s been plenty of good golf to be had in and around St. Andrews for centuries."
"Pannal is undoubtedly one of Yorkshire's finest. It offers a beautiful tranquil mix of woodland, moorland and heathland on the edge of Harrogate in North Yorkshire. Always presented in excellent condition it's a golf course that I always look forward to testing my golfing skills over."
"Huddersfield Golf Club is probably not given the sufficient coverage it deserves on a national scale. It's a very, very fine golf course. As a regular host to the Yorkshire County Championship, former venue of a European Seniors Tour event and lauded by locals it is well respected within the White Rose County of Yorkshire."
"Located between Leeds and Harrogate in the charming village of Shadwell, Leeds Golf Centre is undoubtedly one of premier golf complexes in the North of England."
"Just off the A75 in Dumfries & Galloway you will find one of the most genuine and authentic links courses in Scotland; Wigtownshire County."
"The Barrasie Links at Kilmarnock Golf Club is an extremely fine and well-presented golf course. It’s also a superb test of every part of your game and has a real consistent feel of quality to it."
"The Lochgreen links is one of three courses emanating from the starters office at the Troon Municipal golf complex which is owned, managed and run by South Ayrshire Council."
"The Darley links is one of three courses emanating from the starters office at the Troon Municipal golf complex which is owned, managed and run by South Ayrshire Council."
"At just 5,700 yards Cavendish may be on the short side in terms of length but there is nothing lacking in the amount of fun that can be had at this Derbyshire delight. Here you will find some of wickedest and most interesting putting surfaces in the UK and a handful of wonderful green complexes."
"I have so much time for golf courses like Fortrose & Rosemarkie. A setting as unique and stunning as any I have come across along with some fantastic golf holes and one that is truly world-class. Often described as a short, tight and fun links this doesn’t quite do the course justice. It is certainly all of those but some big golf is also required and the quality of several holes is extremely high."
"It’s Christmas Eve. Well, not quite, but it certainly feels like it. It’s the evening before we are due to play Royal Dornoch for the first time. We are in an eatery in the historic town debating just how good tomorrow could be as we embark on playing unquestionably one of the World’s greatest golf courses."
"Tain Golf Club, founded in 1890 and originally laid out by Old Tom Morris, is a captivating moorland-links course that delivers a number of very fine holes and should be an essential play for any golfer travelling to The Highlands."
"Over breakfast at the guest house in Dornoch where we were staying conversation is struck up with a fellow guest; an American from Chicago and a member at Royal Dornoch. When informed that we were heading to Brora for the day he says, “It’s a very special place, the course simply builds and builds and the back nine is truly outstanding.”"
"Nairn Dunbar may live in the shadow of its Walker Cup hosting neighbour located on the west side of town but please don’t dismiss this enjoyable course from your Highlands golfing itinerary."
"With around 3,000 golf clubs in the UK it’s inevitable that courses will get bracketed by style and character. Whether it be parkland, heathland or links it’s usually quite easy to compare one similar type of course to another. Not at Boat of Garten! This is one of the most unique golf courses I have ever played. "
"The Halifax Golf Club, often better known as Ogden, is a course that divides opinion. Some people love this fascinating James Braid layout whilst others hate it... and a few even vow never to return! I'm most certainly in the former category and really enjoy golfing at this moorland gem of very high quality."
"Founded in 1894 North Wales Golf Club, on the West Shore at Llandudno, is a course that is admired by many and provides some good old fashioned authentic links golf."
"Conwy, the third oldest course in Wales, is a first rate championship links on the spectacular Caernarvonshire coastline wedged between sea and heather-clad mountains. It mixes challenge with charm to produce an exhilarating links golfing experience."
"Halifax Bradley Hall Golf Club is located in a meandering valley close to the edge of the Pennines."
"The true glory days of Fulford Golf Club may now be behind it but the course still remains a fine and fair test of golf and is undeniably one of Yorkshire’s best venues. Its days of staging 23 consecutive European Tour events in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s firmly put Fulford on the global golfing map before modern day professional golf ran riot with many of the country’s classic courses."
"Headingley is one of the many golf courses situated on excellent golfing land to the North of Leeds in West Yorkshire."
"Sand Moor Golf Club, located in the golfing-haven of North Leeds, was developed under the guidance of the famed Dr. Alister MacKenzie in the mid 1920s."
"Located in the quaint Yorkshire village of Linton, Wetherby Golf Club is a traditional, tree-lined parkland course that runs alongside the banks of the River Wharfe."
"The golf course at Reddish Vale is one I would advise anybody to play. Not only is it one of the best value venues in the North West it is also one of the most interesting and entertaining."
"Northamptonshire County Golf Club at Church Brampton is a big, bold and at times intimating heathland course that provides one of the sternest inland tests in the country. It’s a venue that seems to go somewhat under the radar, even within golfing circles around the Midlands, but can and does hold its own against most of its peers."
"New Zealand Golf Club is one of the least heralded golf courses on the Surrey sandbelt yet it is one of the most fascinating and maximises its relatively flat terrain to great effect. I suspect The Club are quite happy that their course often goes under the radar and certainly doesn’t seek the attention that others crave."
"Crowborough Beacon Golf Club was founded in 1895 and boasts far-reaching views which are just as mesmerising as the golf course itself."
"Denham is a traditional private members golf club tucked away in Buckinghamshire countryside where you will find a lovely parkland layout."
"At Stockport Golf Club you will find a moderately undulating mature parkland course that will ask tough questions of every part of your game."
"Prestwick St. Nicholas is one of those links courses that you just cannot fail to fall in love with. Even before you reach the car park you catch a glimpse of the course and its humpy-bumpy linksland. As it transpires these are the 17th and 18th holes so you must wait a little bit longer to enjoy these, but it is worth the wait and the journey to get there is just as enjoyable."
"The experience of visiting and playing at Loch Lomond, an exclusive club with an international clientele, is a difficult one to describe. You receive a level of service that way exceeds anything else I have previously enjoyed and the facilities, as you would expect, are second to none."
"The West Kilbride Golf Club at Seamill is located on a stunning piece of the Ayrshire coast, with spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde to the beautiful island of Arran."
"North-East England is not widely regarded as an area with an abundance of top quality golf courses. However, The Northumberland Golf Club stands proudly as a fine exception. Strategic bunkers, fast running fairways and immaculate greens make it stand out as a real Angel of the North when it comes to inland golf in this region."
"Remedy Oak is a prestigious, exclusive and unique golf course recently constructed in Dorset and was the brainchild of local businessman Bill Riddle. Since opening its doors in 2006 it has quickly established itself as one Southern England’s finest and arguably the best inland course in the country that doesn’t play over a heathland."
"I played Blackmoor on a beautiful summer evening, paid just £35 for a twilight green-fee and had virtually the entire property all to myself. I drove away in disbelief wondering why people weren’t queuing up to play this fabulous golf course situated just minutes off the A3 in Hampshire."
"There’s no denying that Liphook is a very fine golf course, 18 holes played over beautiful undulating heathland with fairways that wander through mature woodland"
"A quick stop-off at Lanark, to break up the journey on the way home from St. Andrews, proved to be a very enjoyable few hours out on one of Scotland’s premier inland courses."
I have wanted to play Lundin Golf Club for a number of years, ever since I glimpsed across from neighbouring Leven Links in the summer of 2001."
"There is something about Elie that puts you under a spell. It is a truly magical links that, after just one round, has won a place in my heart and mind forever. If ever the phrase ‘less is more’ applied to a course it would be here at The Golf House Club, Elie in Fife. The harmony between golf and nature is at its beautiful best here and a joy to experience."
"Wakefield Golf Club, founded in 1891, is an established, traditional parkland layout in West Yorkshire with an excellent set of short holes."
"Located close to Hartlepool in the North-East corner of England Seaton Carew, where golf dates back to 1874, has a reputation for being a bleak, chilly and grim links. I have played this austere course a number of times and can categorically confirm that on each and every visit… this has indeed been the case! Of course, I relate this to the weather and not the actually links itself which is superb."
"Founded in 1914 Wheatley Golf Club, on the outskirts of Doncaster, is one of Yorkshire’s better courses but often doesn’t get the recognition it deserves."
"Newburgh-on-Ythan is very much a tale of two halves, but each one is worth listening to."
"Cruden Bay is a golf course that dances to its own beat. It’s gripping, riveting, absorbing and most importantly its individuality shines through. Cruden Bay is one of very few courses that has a real personality. It’s laid out over a unique, special and infinitely fascinating piece of land."
"Firstly, a confession. We only added Inverallochy to our recent Scotland trip itinerary because of its close proximity to Fraserburgh, located just a few miles down the coast. However, we’re so glad that we did because it’s a lovely links golf course and one I will remember with much fondness."
"Fraserburgh Golf Club, the seventh oldest in the World, delivers no frills, classic links golf on a very impressive scale. Those planning a trip to North-East Scotland may rightly include Trump International, Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay and Murcar Links on their itinerary. However, without a visit to Fraserburgh their repertoire of quality links golf will not be complete."
"The Craigewan Links at Peterhead is set mostly amongst splendid duneland and fully encapsulates what golfing by the sea in Scotland is all about."
"Murcar is a championships links in the very finest Scottish tradition. It was originally established in 1909 by neighbouring Royal Aberdeen professional, Archie Simpson, and later refined by James Braid some twenty years later with only minor alterations since."
"Sunningdale is a great golf club with two fantastic heathland golf courses. I was expecting something special on my first ever trip to Sunningdale and it didn't let me down. In fact it delivered in spades. I have returned since and it continues to mesmerize."
"Walton Heath, a club with a rich history and distinguished membership, is an oasis of pure heathland golf situated a mere 20 miles outside the city of London. All but one of the 36 holes that comprise both the Old and New courses are laid out on a wonderful piece of golfing terrain that is hauntingly barren yet stunningly beautiful."
"North Hants, home of the elite amateur Hampshire Hog golf tournament, is one of the several ‘second tier’ courses situated on the notorious sandbelt to the South-West of London."
"Situated a short drive from the town of Banbury this delightful fast running course was a joy to play in mid-May when the plentiful gorse was in full canary-yellow bloom. The Club itself is delectable with the olde-worlde buildings comprising of a pro-shop, changing rooms, clubhouse and offices."
"The Purdis Heath layout at Ipswich Golf Club is an intimate heathland course played over rolling terrain and through beautiful, tranquil woodland in the heart of Suffolk. It’s very easy on the eye and recent bunker renovations have elevated this course to one that is now knocking on the door of the country’s elite inland venues."
"The Martello course at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club is the only links course in Suffolk and one of only a handful in East Anglia."
"Great Yarmouth & Caister was founded in 1882 making it the oldest golf club in Norfolk. It’s also one of the best."
"Golf courses such as Tenby are very few and far between. For me they capture the absolute essence of links golf. They provide not only a true test of the game but give you much more than that; they provide a memorable and scintillating golfing experience."
"The links at Ashburnham contains some wonderful golf holes on a sandy tract of land that has played host to many notable championships. As recently as 2014 it was chosen as a qualifying venue for The Seniors Open and I can imagine that when the wind howls across this narrow stretch of linksland it will provide a test to the very best."
"On a recent drive from West Yorkshire to South Wales we decided to jump off the M5 and play a quick round at the highly unusual Painswick Golf Club. It proved to be one of the best decisions we’ve made."
"Alwoodley Golf Club is undoubtedly one of Great Britain & Ireland’s leading lights when it comes to inland golf. Very few courses can surpass the debut work of Dr. Alister MacKenzie as a golf course architect in terms of quality, playability, strategy and ultimately as a true test of golf."
"There is uniqueness about Bude & North Cornwall that lovers of true and natural links golf will find not only alluring but extremely exciting. The movement in the land throughout the property and the contouring of the greens is amazing and makes playing here a truly fabulous golfing experience."
"Minehead and West Somerset is a true links golf course set against the rugged backdrop of the Brendon Hills with captivating sea views all the way along the impressive back-nine."
"Looking out from the clubhouse at Berwick upon Tweed Golf Club you would be forgiven for thinking that the course wasn’t really up to a great deal. You would be wrong. Very wrong. For it is not until you venture a little further out onto the bumpy linksland at Goswick that the golf course really starts to come alive and show its full character."
"Sandy Lodge is a course with tight, firm fairways and lots of interest throughout its 18 holes."
"At the time of writing The Grove is one of the best modern inland golf courses I have had the pleasure to play. That doesn’t necessarily make it one of my personal favourites – give me a quirky links or a firm and fast heathland any day – but there is a lot to admire about this Kyle Philips designed layout which opened for play in 2003."
"A round at Sandiway, on a glorious spring afternoon, completed my playing of all the recognised top inland golf courses in Cheshire. And this one pushes my personal favourite, Delamere Forest, very close to topping the list. There are so many good things to say about Sandiway but I’ll start by saying why it didn’t quite displace its near neighbour as my number one choice in its county."
"Finding good quality heathland golf north of the Surrey sand-belt is no easy task."
"A quick afternoon dash around Dunham Forest in mid-March, following a meeting in Manchester earlier in the day, provided a very enjoyable couple of hours."
"Royal Worlington & Newmarket at Mildenhall is a golf course that I have wanted to visit for a long time. Much has been written about this charismatic club over the years since it’s foundation in 1893. It has received high acclaim from many respected sources but likewise has had its detractors too."
"I’ve never known an inland golf course play as firm and fast in March as Thetford did on my first ever visit to this lovely Norfolk venue."
"I’ve played all 27 holes at Forest Pines on a number of occasions."
"Charnwood Forest is one the most interesting, natural and best nine-holers I have played."
"I arrived at Luffenham Heath Golf Club on a beautifully bright and mild March morning after a pleasant and stress-free two hour drive. The car park was empty, the course was clear and I was an hour ahead of my allotted tee-time; every lone golfers perfect scenario. And then disaster struck!"
"Warkworth is a delightful Old Tom Morris nine-holer with a lovely ‘linksy’ feel to it."
"Bamburgh Castle most definitely falls into the ‘odd sock drawer’ of golf courses… and that’s a good thing! Sporty in nature this entertaining course was in fantastic condition towards the end of February 2015. Sporty in nature this entertaining course was in fantastic condition towards the end of February 2015."
"It may have only been February when I played Dunstanburgh Castle but I strongly suspect this will be the biggest surprise of 2015. What a gem of a links course. I will be honest and admit that Dunstanburgh wasn’t really on my radar of courses to play."
"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."
"I was really impressed following a recent visit to Southerndown Golf Club. It’s unlike many courses I have played before and really has its own identity. Set slightly inland from the sea on very high ‘downland’ ground the course has all the playing characteristics of a true links with some superb and spectacular looking holes traversing wonderful sandy ground where sheep roam freely."
"There’s so much good stuff to talk about at Pyle & Kenfig it’s not hard to see why it’s regarded as one of the best courses in Wales and a personal favourite of many. Due to its proximity ‘P&K’ is often compared to Porthcawl and whilst there are many similarities, particularly the green complexes, it doesn’t quite match its Royal neighbour."
"If you’ve ever wondered what that lovely piece of linksland is just off junction 42 of the M4 motorway in South Wales I can let you know that it’s the delightful Swansea Bay Golf Club."
"The Celtic Manor Resort has no less than three golf courses. It is famed for its Twenty Ten course which recently staged the Ryder Cup, however, there are two other courses at this 5-star resort in South Wales. Having seen the course, which opened in 2007, on television a number of times it pretty much delivered exactly what I was expecting. "
"Rhyl is a cracking little nine-hole links course on the North Wales coast. It’s not going to win any awards for being one of the best in the country but I really enjoyed my outing here in October 2014."
"Prestatyn is a fine championship links course on the North Wales coast and is easy to see why it’s regularly selected for the country’s top events."
"Delamere Forest must go down as the biggest surprise of the year for me, and a very pleasant one at that. Living less than an hour and half away from this Cheshire course I had heard it was impressive but it wasn’t until October this year that I got to experience just how good it actually is."
"Ganton, located in the Vale of Pickering between York and Scarborough, is rightly regarded as one of the UK’s very best inland golf courses with an extremely rich history and a strong sense of tradition. Along with Royal Birkdale and Muirfield these are the only clubs to have staged the Ryder Cup, Walker Cup and Curtis Cup."
"When it comes to links golf Southport is arguably the United Kingdom’s number one location, almost unquestionably England’s and without doubt a real hot spot."
"If you like golf courses with great views then you will love Saddleworth Golf Club traversing the Lancashire-Yorkshire border."
"Swinley Forest is a delectably English golf club set in the heart of the Berkshire sand-belt on a secluded parcel of land boasting beautiful heather, gorse and pines. It’s not only one of the most charming courses, in an area blessed with a plethora of wonderful heathland venues, but also one of the best."
"A full day of golf (and lunch) at The Berkshire is one of life’s little luxuries and definitely worth saving up for. Here you will find 36 holes of excellent heathland golf that is played over some wonderful land with many memorable holes amongst a tranquil and secluded setting."
"Camberley Heath is a golf course that I think you will be hearing a lot more about over the coming years."
"Bearwood Lakes is an excellent parkland course that belies its age. Although it was only created in 1996 you would be forgiven for thinking that it had been here for over a century."
"There are over a dozen fine links golf courses on the Ayrshire Coast. The Irvine Golf Club stands proudly as one of the best but perhaps the most unheralded."
"Shiskine Golf (& Tennis) Club, set in a truly stunning location at Blackwaterfoot on the Isle of Arran, may only have 12 holes but there is nothing lacking in terms of the enjoyment or test of golf that is presented when playing this wonderfully captivating links."
"Located within touching distance of the Atlantic Ocean on the Kintyre Peninsula Machrihanish Dunes is the first true links course to open on Scotland’s west coast in over one hundred years. And if this is anything to go by let’s hope it isn’t another century before we get the next one."
"Playing at The Machrihanish Golf Club is perhaps not as romantic a prospect as it was several years ago. None-the-less it’s a fabulous golfing experience. Located close to the bottom tip of the Kintyre Peninsula near Campbeltown its remoteness, and therefore its magical appeal, is not as obvious as it perhaps was decades ago."
"A round of golf at Traigh is a unique Scottish golf experience. I’m not going to claim it is one of the best courses in the country but it’s certainly got an argument to say it has the most breathtaking setting and undoubtedly has one of the best holes I’ve ever played."
"The setting and location for the Isle of Skye Golf Club at Sconser could possibly be the best I have ever seen."
"The Isle of Harris Golf Club at Scarista is a cracking little nine-hole golf course that delivers a true links experience. Originating as far back as the 1920’s the Isle of Harris Golf Club closed in 1939 and didn’t re-open until 1985."
"We’d already driven for over six hours and covered more than 350 miles before boarding a ferry in Oban sailing to Lochboisdale. The Lord of the Isles took a further five and a half hours before it eventually docked a little after seven that evening. We were tired and hungry, in need of food and sleep."
"Glencruitten is a fascinating golf course I whole-heartedly recommend anyone should play. It’s certainly not a course for the faint-hearted, in more ways than one, but will give you the chance to manufacture an infinite amount of different shots unlike you will get to experience anywhere else, especially on your ‘run of the mill’ type course."
"Dalmally is a picturesque nine-hole course in a lovely setting just off the A85 Perth to Oban road."
"It’s not every day you get to play the oldest golf course in the world! But that’s what happened in August 2014 when I pegged it up inside the racecourse at Musselburgh Links and played the Old Course; host to the Open Championship on six occasions. It was an absolute blast."
"Muirfield is one of the most historically important golfing venues in the world. Not only has it staged The Open Championship on 15 occasions but it is also home to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. The HCEG is one of the oldest and most influential clubs in golf."
"The East Coast of England, with the exception of East Anglia, is a fairly barren place for links golf."
"Royal Ashdown Forest is home to two fine golf courses; the Old and the West. It’s a distinguished traditional members club in East Sussex that has been used by the R&A as an Open Championship Regional Qualifying venue as well as hosting several national amateur championships."
"Littlehampton has one of the best starts to any links course I have played. The opening two holes really are of the highest order."
"Hayling is an extremely fast running golf course played over pure linksland. It begins at a nice steady pace then gathers momentum towards and around the turn before it gradually but emphatically builds to a crescendo at the 12th; one of the finest holes you will ever play."
"Broadstone is a wonderful golf course on a truly amazing property in an area of the country that is quickly establishing itself as a region for top class golf. Traversing some superb golfing terrain it is an idyllic place to play golf with a spaciousness that few other courses can boast."
"Sherwood Forest is a superb heathland golf course that is played over an amazing isolated property which reveals its full beauty through holes seven to 14, both visually and playing wise. The other holes aren’t bad either though and many a first time visitor will be surprised at just how good the quality of golf on offer is at this Nottinghamshire great."
"Ashridge is a well-established golf course played through beautifully coloured woodland and rolling terrain."
"Little Aston is a traditional golf club that exudes excellence both on and off the course. It has a distinguished history and is widely regarded as the best in the West Midlands whilst also receiving recognition from much farther afield too. There’s no denying that playing here is a highly pleasurable experience and a lovely place to enjoy a round of golf."
"Beau Desert is like a good book, a real page turner. After finishing each hole you just can't wait to play the next. The course has 18 fantastic chapters. The first few set the scene, you are then taken on a wondrous journey, with a few twists along the way, before the closing stretch crescendos to a suspenseful finale and a very satisfying conclusion."
"Blackwell is a lovely mature parkland course with undulating terrain, tricky greens and some fine holes that require much thought and intelligence. The Club was founded in 1893 and is a very traditional English club with a timeless character. It is rightly regarded as one of the best in the West Midlands and is usually found in excellent condition due to a small playing membership, limited by constitution to 200."
"Worksop is a lovely fast running woodland course with sandy fairways and tricky greens."
"After playing 36 holes in an open competition at Frilford Heath I decided to quickly dash across the Oxfordshire countryside to Huntercombe for an evening round rather than sit in what mostly likely would have been rush hour traffic on the M40."
"A recent trip to compete in the annual Gold Medal, a 36 hole open competition, at Frilford Heath Golf Club consisted the playing of their Green and Red courses."
"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."
"Montrose, recognised as the fifth oldest course in the world, epitomises everything that is great and superior about links golf. It’s a golf course that has every ingredient required to create a classic true links experience."
"The Monifieth Golf Links Trust manage two wonderful golf courses that are the home to a trio of golf clubs. It’s easy to see why the more famous of the two courses on this cherished piece of golfing land, the Medal, was awarded Final Open Qualifying status in 2007 when The Open was staged at nearby Carnoustie."
"Borth & Ynyslas is a classic ‘out and back’ true links course. It may not be in the same class as its near neighbour, Aberdovey, located on just the other side of the Dovey Estuary but lovers of links golf will find enough here to warrant a visit."
"The drive into Porthmadog from the North, down the A487 from Caernarfon, is an amazing and beautiful journey."
"Cleveland is one of a small handful of true links golf courses on the North-East coast of England; the only one in Yorkshire and the oldest too."
"Selby, one of Yorkshire's most establish clubs, is set on high ground in North Yorkshire and is easily accessible from both the M1 and M62 motorway networks."
"Dating back to 1892 Weston-super-Mare is a historic club with a true links course considered by many as one of the best in the South West."
"On a visit to the South-West that entailed no less than seven links courses Newquay proved to be the surprise package of the lot."
"St. Enodoc Golf Club, sitting proudly above the affluent village of Rock on the North Cornish coast, is a much revered and cherished place to play golf. It is held in extremely high regard by a number of notable golfing personnel, institutions and publications."
"Established in 1889 West Cornwall Golf Club at Lelant is the oldest in the peninsula county, it is also one of the finest. The course benefits from a splendid location close to the Hayle Estuary with superb views out to St. Ives Bay but also serves up an exciting and true test of golf."
"If you like your links golf a little bit on the extreme side (I do) then you will love Perranporth. It not only has a ‘wow’ factor, it has several of them! It’s crazy, it’s radical, it’s wild, it’s raw, it’s eccentric, it’s indulgent, it’s fun, it’s frenzied, it’s frantic, it’s quirky and it’s exhilarating. Above all else… it’s a truly amazing golfing experience."
"Royal Porthcawl has a long standing and extremely fine reputation. It’s one that continues to grow at an extremely fast pace and shows no signs of relenting. This historic golf club was established in 1891 and granted Royal patronage in 1909 some 14 years after moving to its present location. And what a location!"
"My round at Aberdovey was played in possibly the worst weather conditions that this golf course reviewer has ever experienced on a golf course. Persistent rain from daybreak and a forecast that showed it was set in for the day meant it certainly wasn’t a morning for playing golf."
"If Muirfield is regarded as the King of East Lothian then North Berwick is undoubtedly Queen. Sometimes words cannot accurately describe a course and do it total justice, you just have to go and experience it for yourself in order to get a proper flavour of the place. The West Links at North Berwick is one of those."
"Craigielaw is somewhat of the New Kid on the Block when it comes to easily accessible links golf courses in East Lothian. Established just before the turn of the millennium and opened in 2001 there is much to praise this course for. It is certainly a challenging links with deep bunkers and upturned greens the main obstacles to a good score."
"Due to the proximity of the coast Longniddry can certainly be classed as a seaside course although it is not deemed a true links."
"There are a handful of holes at Winterfield which make it worth a visit. Located close to Dunbar it’s an easy course to access from the A1 for those travelling from England to Scotland or vice-versa. "
"The 18 holes at Kilspindie are such an enjoyable place to play links golf. You won’t find championship standard golf here but that’s not to say the course doesn’t present plenty of challenges, it does, and you will have much fun rising and perhaps falling to them."
"Hartlepool is a slow burner of a golf course. It takes three or four holes to really warm up but once it does it produces some excellent true links golf."
"Leasowe is one of three true links golf courses located on the Wirral Peninsula. It is situated between the mighty Royal Liverpool and the brilliant Wallasey. And whilst it doesn't come close to matching either of these for quality it does offer excellent value for money and a few engaging holes."
"Formby Ladies is a uniquely special golf course where the 18 holes flow seamlessly over a varied landscape spawning an enjoyable and memorable experience. Although not a pure links course it has many playing characteristics of true linksland resulting in a wonderful array of shots required."
"Crosland Heath Golf Club sits high on the hills above Huddersfield. It has commanding views of the town and down through the Colne Valley and as its name suggests this is a pure heathland golf course."
"I like nice surprises. And that's exactly what I got when I played Fleetwood Golf Club for the first time in August 2013."
"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."
"It may be located in the far South-East corner of England but as I found out recently a trip to Prince's is well worth a visit. My first word of advice would be to take a few days to enjoy a place where tradition and history not only meets the demands of modern day golf head on but somehow merges them seamlessly to create a fabulous experience."
"The Addington is a golf course that divides opinion. Some say it is one of England's finest courses. Others regard it amongst the World's best!"
"The county of Lancashire is well-known for its coastal stretch of classic links golf courses. However, once you head inland it is very much more a case of quantity and not real quality."
"The most striking point from a golfing perspective at Temple is the number of holes that sit close to the edge of par."
"Pennard is one of those fantastic links golf courses that has a little bit of everything. Its remote and rugged location on the Gower Peninsula mixes strategy and quirkiness to good effect and boasts a handful of truly excellent holes. The high cliff-top setting also provides some of the best views you're likely to see from a golf course."
"Hawkstone Park Golf Club is a venue that benefits greatly from having two 18 hole parkland golf courses."
"I recently tagged Tandridge onto a visit of some of the very top heathland golf courses in Surrey. And whilst this course couldn't quite match them on a consistent basis throughout the entire 18 holes it was more than worth the trip to go and play. In fact there were a couple of holes that will linger long in the memory!"
"As long as golf is played the debate about which is the best Surrey heathland course will rage. It's a puzzle that will never be solved because it's such a subjective question. However, what is certain is that St. George's Hill will always be a contender. And a very strong one at that."
"Ripon City Golf Club is an amiable parkland course located close to the beautiful and ancient cathedral city it is named after."
"It always puzzles me why Prestbury doesn't feature, either higher or even at all, in the numerous 'top 100' golf course rankings. I've certainly played many courses that are regularly included in the lower third of the listings and I would place Prestbury above many of them."
"Golf doesn't get any closer to the North Sea than at Dunbar. In fact it's even possible to play from the rocky beach on at least one of the holes... as I found out! The suspenseful drive down the narrow lane to the clubhouse really whets your appetite for coastal golf."
"Seahouses is a golf course that will long live in my memory. It has two awe-inspiring holes that are more than worth the modest green-fee alone. It has two awe-inspiring holes that are more than worth the modest green-fee alone. They both come on the back-nine in the form of par 3's at the 10th and 15th. Both are played over water, the second over the North Sea!"
"It's a long time since I've walked off a golf course and been as impressed and surprised, compared to what I was expecting, than at Newbiggin."
"Northcliffe is a picturesque parkland course in the heart of West Yorkshire near Shipley."
"Leeds Golf Club sits proudly within the second tier of golf courses in and around the city it is named after."
"West End Golf Club in Halifax is a short course where straight hitting is the order of the day."
"Ashton & Lea is a pleasant parkland course near Preston with two very distinct loops of nine."
"Catterick is an undulating meadowland course in North Yorkshire near the famous Army garrison. There are several changes in elevation during the round with a few of the holes sitting nicely into the landscape."
"Grange Park is a fast running parkland course that is pleasing on the eye. It is set up for enjoyable golf with a variety of holes, hazards and green complexes that all combine together nicely to create a pleasing experience."
"Willow Valley is a real brute of a golf course. It can beat you up. A modern-style design with large greens, gigantic bunkers, water hazards in abundance, tree-lined fairways and thick rough make for a challenging golf course. It is also very long and despite having several tee boxes this is essentially a golf course for the competent player."
"Disley is an attractive golf course set in beautiful Cheshire countryside. It is not a long course at just a couple of paces over 6,000 yards but the par is 70 and the fairways are tight and tree-lined."
"Bradley Park is a popular golf course near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. It is a club open to the public on a pay and play basis as well as having a strong membership contingent."
"Normanton is a pleasant parkland course close to Wakefield in West Yorkshire. It is quickly maturing into a satisfactory venue and one which I expect will continue to improve over the coming years. There are a few really nice holes and the contouring on some of the greens is very good too."
"A round at Hesketh is very much a game of two halves. Well almost. Whilst there is no doubting this is a true links golf course seven of the holes are certainly more 'linksy' than the others."
"Hornsea Golf Club provides an enjoyable round of golf. Located just a mile from the sea on the East Coast of Yorkshire it's a fast running course, albeit a parkland layout, with a wide variety of holes. The greens are usually in exceptional condition and putt similar to a links course."
"When one thinks of golf in York it is Fulford that normally springs to mind. Most courses are overshadowed by this powerhouse but York Golf Club, known locally as Strensall, shouldn't be."
"The Bradford Golf Club, known locally as Hawksworth, is a fine example of a good Yorkshire golf course."
"Brocket Hall boasts two fine golf courses. It is usually the much acclaimed Palmerston course that receives most of the plaudits but as I found out on my recent visit to the Brocket Hall complex there isn't much between the two and I'd happily return to play either."