"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."
Top 10 Nine Hole Golf Courses of Great Britain & Ireland
Here we take a brief look at some of the best nine-hole golf courses in the United Kingdom.
Golf Empire founder, Ed Battye, has played extensively throughout Great Britain & Ireland and below he gives his personal top 10 nine-hole golf courses. However, we would love to hear your own recommendations so that we can expand the list.
Two courses that we would dearly love to include but obviously, and numerically, can't are the 12-hole layouts at Shiskine and Rye (Jubilee). The 10-hole links at Dunnerholme is another that agonisingly missed out. It was also debated long and hard if the nine-hole relief courses at Castlerock, Cruden Bay and Burnham & Berrow should be included since they play second fiddle to the main championship courses but in the end we gave them the benefit of the doubt. However, the 3rd loops at Prince's and Carne were not included as were other 27-hole venues.
What is for sure is that the below list would be more extensive and even higher quality if a number of previous nine-hole venues hadn't added another, usually mediocre at best, nine holes to their existing layouts.
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 10 Nine Hole Golf Courses of the United Kingdom
"2,463 yards of pure delight! This is a smaller scale course that boasts a set of par threes, four of them all told, that most courses would be envious of. The seventh and ninth are simply outstanding, as is the par-four sixth which plays over a saddle in a dune before it turns sharply left to a green situated on a long shelf atop a large sandhill."
"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."
"Don’t mistake this for anything less than serious golf; there are several top drawer holes. There are only nine of them in total and the par-34 layout measures a princely 2,446-yards but it packs a big punch."
5. Cruit Island
"If there are golf courses in heaven I suspect they will be very much in the spirit of Cruit Island. Reaching this remote course, set above the wild and rugged Atlantic ocean on the very edge of Ireland, is almost as dramatic as the course itself. A single-lane track, with minimal passing points, is used for the last several miles of your journey to reach this unbelievably beautiful and unspoilt part of the country. "
"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."
"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."
"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."
"This is virtually the same as the main course but in miniature. The first five holes are played on flatter land close to marshland which separates the course from the sea before the final four make their way back through the dunes."
"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."
Crow Nest Park
Willow Valley (Fountain Ridge)
Bagden Hall (Now Closed)
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