Top 50 Inland Golf Courses of Great Britain

Top Inland Golf in Great Britain

Golf was born by the sea but it has grown up inland and the number of non-links golf courses in Great Britain far outweigh the number played over true linksland.

Links golf is the purest and, in our opinion, the superior form of the game, however, there is an abundance of high quality golf to be played away from the links terrain.

Comparing golf courses generally is not an easy task but trying to judge differing styles of layouts together is even more difficult. In many ways it is not comparing apples with apples and since we already have our top 100 links golf courses of the United Kingdom we thought it only fair to put an inland list together.

Our definition of "inland" is actually more a case of "non-links" and as such you will see some coastal and seaside courses on the list.

Golf Empire founder, Ed Battye, has played several of the perceived best inland golf courses in Great Britain, from the heathland greats to the modern classics, and below he gives his Top 50 in order of personal preference.

Many of the venues also have an attached golf course review. If there is no review it means the course was played pre-2013.

Top 50 Inland Golf Courses of Great Britain

1. Sunningdale (New)

Sunningdale Golf Club

"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."

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2. Notts (Hollinwell)

Notts Golf Club

"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."

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3. Sunningdale (Old)

Sunningdale Golf Club

"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."

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4. Walton Heath (Old)

Walton Heath Golf Club

"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."

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5. Alwoodley

Alwoodley Golf Club

"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."

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6. St. George's Hill

St. George's Hill Golf Club

"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."

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7. West Sussex

West Sussex Golf Club

"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."

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8. Gleneagles (King's)

Gleneagles Golf Club

"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!"

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9. Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)

Woodhall Spa Golf Club

"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."

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10. Ganton

Ganton Golf Club

"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."

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11. Parkstone

12. Beau Desert

13. Swinley Forest

14. St. Andrews (Castle Course)

15. Loch Lomond

16. The Berkshire (Red)

17. Hankley Common (no review)

18. Delamere Forest

19. Moortown

20. Royal Wimbledon

21. Woking (no review)

22. Blackmoor

23. Sherwood Forest

24. New Zealand

25. Ipswich

26. Worplesdon (no review)

27. Wentworth (West)^ (no review)

28. West Hill

29. Royal Worlington & Newmarket

30. Aldeburgh

31. Stoneham

32. Gleneagles (Queen's)

33. Coombe Hill

34. Southerndown

35. Isle of Purbeck

36. Royal Ashdown Forest (Old)

37. Walton Heath (New)

38. Woburn (Marquess)

39. Woburn (Duke's)

40. The Berskhire (Blue)

41. Liphook

42. Boat of Garten

43. Spey Valley

44. Little Aston

45. The Addington

46. Sandiway

47. Camberley Heath

48. North Hants

49. Ashridge

50. Broadstone

The Contenders

The Duke's St. Andrews

Knole Park

Tandridge

Enville (Highgate)

Wentworth (Edinburgh)

London (Heritage)

The Wisley

The Grove

Woodbridge

Northamptonshire County

Prestbury

Hindhead (no review)

Stoke Park (no review)

Woburn (Duchess)

East Devon

Coxmoor

Ferndown

Remedy Oak

Blairgowrie (Rosemount)

Bearwood Lakes

Moor Park (High)

Chart Hills

Centurion

Kington

Luffenham Heath

Close House (Colt)

Northumberland

Enville (Lodge)

Wentworth (East) (no review)

Crowborough Beacon

Goodwood (Downs)

The Belfry (Brabazon)

Blackwell

Huddersfield

Halifax (Ogden)

Lindrick

Fulford

Archerfield (Fidra)

Machynys Peninsula

Golspie

Leckford (Old)

The Outsiders

King's Lynn

London (International)

The Oxfordshire

Cavendish

Appleby

Bovey Castle

Cleeve Cloud

Brancepeth Castle

Thorndon Park

Hadley Wood

Berkhamsted

Old Fold Manor

Thetford

Frilford Heath

Thorpeness

Reigate Heath

Edgbaston

Sutton Coldfield

Lanark

Pannal

Sand Moor

Archerfield (Direlton)

Bull Bay

Celtic Manor (TwentyTen)

Manchester

Blairgowrie (Lansdowne)

 

*NB: The below golf courses have not been played yet (a few probably never will!):

Queenwood

Beaverbrook

Wentworth West (^post changes)

St. Mellion


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