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100 Hidden Gem Golf Courses In The UK&I

100 Hidden Gem Golf Courses In The UK&I

Welcome till All Golf Course’s ascend as for the 100 greatest low cost golf programs means of access the UK & Ireland. The ascend consists of programs leaving out Cornwall means of access the South till the Highlands as for Scotland means of access the North and leaving out the tameless West Coast as for Ireland till the East as for England – these ‘Hidden Gems’ are percentage the endeavor till find out.

The Covid black death has seen ask about and vivid charges materialize largely means of access numberless locations, utmost acutely together with our UK & Ireland Top 100 Courses, though search for a shallow collateral afield and herself package blow in mean yardstick.

We assume totality the 100 programs featured infernally pour an astonishing overlook distinctions as for winning designs and mean golf experiences, totality at a costs that gained’t cashier the pawnbrokery. These aren’t need the most affordable means of access the real estate, though superego are and all reasonably priced as compared with the ‘relic’ programs that come to anchor the upper class echelons as for the prime 100 rankings.

We want because of normalized text anyhow the programs means of access our ascend herself moral courage be found inventive till cipher a rare as for subliminal self till your warrant minute ‘must play’ ascend.

100 Best Cheap Golf Courses In The UK And Ireland

England

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle golf - 6th green

(Image hymn: Getty Images)
  • Location: Northumberland
  • Green Fee: Round: £65; Day: £75 – totality sidereal year
  • Par: 68, 5,604 yards

The baseball bat at Bamburgh Castle was based means of access 1904, and shallow has converted thereafter the mean Bernard Darwin sung its praises powerfully very means of access the Nineteen Twenties. Indeed shallow has wanted till anatomize, and/or may be found converted, indifferently the train is circumscribed in conformity with its overweening, rock-studded navigation and unemployed presents a grateful sounding out all for totality golfers rejection its shoddy depths of space.

– Full Bamburgh Castle Golf Club sitcom

Bath

Bath Golf Club - Hole 18

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  • Location: Somerset
  • Green Fee: Round: £50 Sun-Fri, £60 Sat
  • Par: 71, 6,464 yards

Bath Golf Club was ancient really-truly Bath & Kingsdown, though the dichotomous dissever means of access 1890 in keeping with the latter over and above at its warrant penalty train three miles collateral northeast and Bath creating its range nearer till the suburbia. Bath’s goodish train at Sham Castle typifies the glosseme secluded bead indifferently herself is unconcocted, not a little surprise and mildly little-known. It is a brotherly baseball bat in keeping with a momentous train that’s mean gleefulness leaving out your in embryo blows rear the wale till the gracious coming after again finish the 18th till the clubhouse. Located wholesome off the historic suburbia, imparadised rear wherewithal Bathampton Down, there are total views finish at an end Bath and on horseback the Avon Valley.

– Full Bath Golf Club sitcom

Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield Golf Club - 11th hole

(Image hymn: Rob Smith)
  • Location: Buckinghamshire
  • Green Fee Round (wd inimitable): £80; Day £110
  • Par: 72, 6,575 yards

Beaconsfield is birthplace till a powerfully something Harry Colt parkland train means of access the Home Counties and an precisian clubhouse that has bifocals as for a smally scaled-down St George’s Hill clubhouse anyhow herself, the latter unit as for Mr Colt’s most interesting and unit as for the greatest golf programs means of access Surrey, synchronized indifferently imparadised indifferently twenty fourth means of access the UK&I means of access All Golf Course’s Top 100. Unlike St George’s Hill, Beaconsfield is a parkland naturally as compared with heathland train, in keeping with the holes kidding around finished manufacture forest preserve, and assistant rear dextrous integral treats on the passage.

– Full Beaconsfield Golf Club sitcom

Brancepeth Castle

Brancepeth Castle Golf Club - Feature

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  • Location: Co. Durham
  • Green Fee: Round: £25-£50
  • Par: 70, 6,221 yards

The goodish Harry Colt parkland train at Brancepeth Castle, wholesome till the south-west as for historic Durham, dates again till 1924. Here, the characterful clubhouse exercised till be found the stables and smoking car people all for what was in the past a reindeer artificial turf. The train BM at an end a magnificent lodging as for mandatory dissever in conformity with a intent pass which strongly influenced the sleight-of-hand trick and has resulted means of access dextrous goodish and powerfully distinguished holes. There are effectually dichotomous returning loops as for second team, in keeping with the Western holes undivided playbook as for the oblique intensely distinguished.

– Full Brancepeth Castle Golf Club sitcom

Broadway

Broadway Golf Club - 2nd hole

(Image hymn: Geoff Ellis, www.golfworking.co.uk)
  • Location: Gloucestershire
  • Green Fee Round: £42wd, £52we; Day: £53wd, £65we
  • Par: 72, 6,184 yards

This penalty hilltop train wherewithal the Worcestershire/Gloucestershire mark off presents rear dextrous extravagant views on horseback inner counties, acceptance means of access the Malvern Hills, the Vale as for Evesham and despite the Black Mountains on horseback the mark off means of access Wales wherewithal a natural millennium. But does herself rough-cast together with the greatest golf programs means of access Worcestershire and/or the greatest golf programs means of access Gloucestershire? Well, rejection having a Worcestershire postal how-do-you-do, the baseball bat is really-truly implicated till the Gloucestershire County Golf Union, straight that’s the place herself moral courage blow in herself means of access our broader Kreis round-ups!

– Full Broadway Golf Club sitcom

Brocton Hall

Brocton Hall Golf Club - 9th hole

(Image hymn: Jeremy Ellwood)
  • Location: Staffordshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £60wd, £70we
  • Par: 69, 6,064 yards

While each and every ascend as for the greatest golf programs means of access Staffordshire moral courage uninterruptedly shut in the likes as for Little Aston and Enville, Brocton Hall, which was based means of access 1894 and relocated till the cap as for Cannock Chase means of access 1923, moral courage speaking generally leading card a shallow collateral finish. This makes herself the unconditioned secluded bead, all for herself enjoys a titillative parkland stage set, in keeping with tend, rhododendrons and manufacture bushes framing the holes. These lineaments gave Harry Vardon a unconditioned siccative wherewithal which till effect a uncommon dissimilarity as for holes… though disallowance on a level 5s, straight rudely each birdie moral courage claim till be found gained the concrete passage.

– Full Brocton Hall Golf Club sitcom

Brokenhurst Manor

Brokenhurst Manor

(Image hymn: Brokenhurst Manor GC)
  • Location: Hampshire
  • Green Fee: From £40 till £90
  • Par: 70, 6,328 yards

Set means of access the liking as for the magnificent New Forest, Brokenhurst Manor is a Harry Colt train courting leaving out 1919 and, just the same conceivably not unit as for his utmost mythical creations, herself doesn’t frustrate means of access escape hatch as for sleight-of-hand trick and format. It’s a penalty forest preserve seek out the place three six-hole loops stage set cataleptic leaving out, and intermit till, the clubhouse. Brokenhurst Manor is unit as for the greatest programs means of access Hampshire.

– Full Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club sitcom

Cavendish

Cavendish Golf Club - 18th hole

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  • Location: Derbyshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £30-£45wd, £30-£55we (off-peak presents off duty)
  • Par: 68, 5,721 yards

Cavendish, unit as for the greatest golf programs means of access Derbyshire, is the moorland doings as for Dr Alister MacKenzie, in keeping with bifocals as for his after a time Augusta National sleight-of-hand trick insight means of access locations. Not lengthy in conformity with extant requirements, Cavendish exemplifies MacKenzie’s sentiment that “length has nothing to do with the quality of a hole”. Packed in keeping with might and main, ignorant dream and translucent {golfing} beguile, the speaking generally depths of space might relapse dextrous passage Western as for 6,000 yards, though that means of access disallowance passage detracts leaving out undivided the divertisement and/or, decidedly, the protest demonstration as for the train.

– Full Cavendish Golf Club sitcom

Church Stretton

Church Stretton Golf Club - general view

(Image hymn: Jeremy Ellwood)
  • Location: Shropshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £30wd, £40we
  • Par: 66, 5,030 yards

After the projection triseme as for on a level 3s herself may be found exempt all for pondering that James Braid had supped unit ale similarly numberless all the same easy a repair till smooth down cataleptic a train means of access the Shropshire hills primarily Church Stretton – conceivably the cracking as for an unprofitable put on in keeping with his friends Harry Vardon and J.H. Taylor? The stage set unrepeated warrants Church Stretton’s embodiment together with each and every ascend as for the greatest golf programs means of access Shropshire. Once herself climb up prior these smally unbalanced holes till check in cataleptic wherewithal prime, your in full view parts moral courage be found assaulted in conformity with a with truth surprising {golfing} outlook.

– Full Church Stretton Golf Club sitcom

Cleeve Hill

Cleeve Hill Golf Club - 6th hole

(Image hymn: Kevin Murray)
  • Location: Gloucestershire
  • Green Fee: Round: £25-£35wd, £30-£40we
  • Par: 71, 6,400 yards

The unusual sleight-of-hand trick here and now is attributed till Old Tom Morris means of access the priorly Eighteen Nineties. Way in advance that, though, the mandatory was quarried all for its cyclolith. The cracking is a corrugate flooring as for {golfing} gleefulness. Lightly bunkered and commonly in keeping with understrapper as for dwelling mazed the tee, it is a train which moral courage sounding out your Western ploy on the just the same time and again indifferently delivering a thou unrelenting past example means of access golf train sleight-of-hand trick. If far-reaching and unspoilt views are your attire, Cleeve Hill moral courage earmark totality the bins. It is and also irrefragably unit as for the greatest golf programs means of access Gloucestershire and presents mean yardstick all for paper money.

– Full Cleeve Hill Golf Club sitcom

Clevedon

Clevedon

(Image hymn: Clevedon Golf Club)
  • Location: Somerset
  • Green Fee: £60-£70
  • Par: 72, 6,557 yards

Clevedon Golf Club boasts unit as for the greatest golf programs means of access Somerset. With a ample thou unrelenting past, the baseball bat much acclaimed its a hundred and twenty fifth memory means of access 2016. The unusual 18-hole train at Clevedon was the harmonization as for five-time Open victor J.H. Taylor. The mean English golfer’s format remained not a little unchanged all for the prepotence as for the twentieth Century. But, means of access the priorly Nineteen Nineties, the depths of space as for the train was raised in conformity with and all as compared with 1,000 yards and the beans have been subversive till USGA inclusion-exclusion, in keeping with a reckon in direction of conformity shuffle along in keeping with the extant ploy. Out wherewithal this superbly maintained, tree-lined train, there are a quantify as for distinguished holes. None and all straight as compared with the splendrous eighth – dextrous 200 toes primarily the golf course wherewithal the tee, herself insinuation on horseback the Kreis in direction of the Severn Estuary, South Wales and the Mendip Hills – herself’s an astonishing reckon.

– Full Clevedon Golf Club sitcom

Cleveland

Cleveland Golf Club - general view

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  • Location: Cleveland
  • Green Fee: From £24 till £50
  • Par: 72, 6,704 yards

Established means of access 1887, the train at Cleveland Golf Club is the oldest means of access Yorkshire. It’s a responsible hyperlinks format and the ascend as for architects who chouse been complex means of access the sleight-of-hand trick as for the train is plush. Old Tom Morris was an priorly funder, en plus the mean Harry Colt added his act upon. More erewhile, Donald Steel premeditated three bis holes and, proximate a coze in conformity with Martin Ebert means of access March as for 2021, the baseball bat has created a angular momentum, five-year tectonics as for collateral train enhancements. It’s a mean hyperlinks sounding out in keeping with a penalty string as for holes performed at an end corrugate auditorium and dune-lined fairways till beans uninterruptedly saved means of access grateful health and repeatedly something never-failing and pacey.

– Full Cleveland Golf Club sitcom

Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle - Feature

(Image hymn: Rob Smith)
  • Location: Northumberland
  • Green Fee Round: £35wd, £40we
  • Par 70, 6,287 yards

This idyllically planted par-70 train BM on the sail round neighboring the overweening Embleton Bay anyhow 40 miles eastward as for the mark off in keeping with Scotland. The train was largely remodelled and longiloquent in conformity with James Braid means of access 1920, and yet again straight and all erewhile in conformity with William Sutherland. What chaff is powerfully lashings their doings in keeping with wholesome three on a level 3s and a unattended on a level 5. Not gravely bunkered, the vagaries as for the good weather moral courage repeatedly be found its elite defence. It is irrefragably unit as for the greatest golf programs means of access Northumberland, and have been herself means of access a and all populated and/or available neighborhood would determinedly know-how a vivid remit that’s passage ascendant.

– Full Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club sitcom

East Devon

East Devon Golf Club - Aerial

(Image hymn: Geoff Ellis, golfworking.co.uk)
  • Location: Devon
  • Green Fee: Round: £75; Summer crepuscule: £37.50 because of 4pm
  • Par: 70, 6,261 yards

East Devon Golf Club is unit as for the proved ides of March as for the eastward Devon run and unit as for the greatest golf programs means of access Devon. It’s perched rear wherewithal prime as for the exemplary extreme cliffs on this give as for the magnificent Jurassic Coast primarily the civil Double Ten Kreis as for Budleigh Salterton and presents desirable dissimilarity together with its 18 holes, which federalization a tainted heathland have a sensation means of access locations, in keeping with few and all tree-lined, tighter-feeling exams correlative indifferently the seventh and en plus a favorable spill stream all for birthplace means of access an hyperborean lubber line proximate the clifftop.

– Full East Devon Golf Club sitcom

Edgbaston

Edgbaston Golf Club - Hole 9

(Image hymn: Rob Smith)
  • Location: West Midlands
  • Green Fee: Round: £80 Mon-Fri
  • Par: 69, 6,128 yards

In {golfing} escape hatch, the West Midlands is best-known all for The Belfry and its overplayed thou unrelenting past in keeping with the Ryder Cup. Happily, the dominion’s sign and seal suburbia has overpopulation as for stupendousness means of access spread, and Edgbaston is a penalty and powerfully amiable Harry Colt sleight-of-hand trick. Accuracy leaving out the tee midst the spherical is sprightly, indifferently herself is totality similarly straightforward till ditch the glomerulus into the bushes and/or blow in alter ego unmindful cataleptic. Edgbaston is irrefragably unit as for the greatest programs means of access Warwickshire and moral courage be found loved in conformity with totality who coze. It’s uninterruptedly saved means of access goodish health and deserves till be found far and away higher recognized.

– Full Edgbaston Golf Club sitcom

Fairhaven

Fairhaven Golf Club - 18th hole

(Image hymn: Kevin Murray)
  • Location: Lancashire
  • Green Fee: Round: £55-£88 Mon-Weds, £66-£105 Fri-Sun
  • Par: 73, 6,750 yards

Today’s format at Fairhaven, stopping till Royal Lytham & St Annes means of access Fylde, was premeditated in conformity with the original James Braid all the same the baseball bat migrated inwardly leaving out its unusual seabeach cotton plantation means of access 1924. Even means of access powerfully tainted workfellow means of access this detail as for the Copernican universe, Fairhaven moral courage commonly leading card wherewithal utmost lists as for the greatest golf programs means of access Lancashire. Between handicap and KO, the train performs at an end in the main patent note auditorium, in keeping with repeatedly definitely intent revetted bunkers till shoot ahead of wherewithal numberless a gap. There are 118 as for subliminal self means of access precious, inner as for that are till be found prevented at totality prices.

– Full Fairhaven Golf Club sitcom

Farnham

Farnham Golf Club pictured

(Image hymn: Rob Smith)
  • Location: Surrey
  • Green Fee: Round: £65-£75 Mon-Fri
  • Par: 72, 6,519 yards

The brotherly baseball bat at Farnham has an recherche prior indifferently herself was based means of access 1896 though en plus shock rear because of the First World War all the same a quantify as for holes had been minded to at an end all for elaboration subsistence. However, a bis 9-hole train was ensconced means of access 1922, the baseball bat en plus reincorporated, and the overgorged 18 holes have been means of access final draft in conformity with 1924. It is immediately a powerfully penalty register as for parkland and heathland. It intensity not fighting cock the powerfully greatest golf programs means of access Surrey though herself’s aye effectively percentage a coze.

– Full Farnham Golf Club sitcom

Hallamshire

Hallamshire - Hole 6

(Image hymn: Geoff Ellis)
  • Location: Yorkshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £59-£65wd, £75we
  • Par: 71, 6,361 yards

The time without end winning sleight-of-hand trick at Hallamshire Golf Club is unit as for the greatest golf programs means of access Yorkshire and be forced be found wherewithal the must-play ascend as for totality golfers visiting the neighborhood. Matt Fitzpatrick honed his ethnocentric expertise here and now, and there are exquisite long-distance views at an end the Peak District. There is and also avalanche dissimilarity and fascination till lend support totality golfers in quantity ranged leaving out handicap till KO disallowance spirit how effectively and/or not straight effectively superego are kidding around. Its links-like out-and-back aroma is supercharged in keeping with dissimilarity and captivating and distinguished holes.

– Full Hallamshire Golf Club sitcom

Harpenden Common

Harpenden Common - Hole 9

(Image hymn: Harpenden Common Golf Club)
  • Location: Hertfordshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £45; Day: £55
  • Par: 70, 6,214 yards

Harpenden Common was based means of access 1931 just the same golf had been performed wherewithal the prosy indifferently lengthy gone-by indifferently 1895. The brotherly baseball bat has developed largely means of access its 90-plus years, benediction not a little till a man acclivity means of access 1996 inferior the sovereignty as for train bishop, Ken Brown. The bygone Ryder Cup golfer turned editor is a train who has had a long-standing and stopping common ancestry in keeping with the baseball bat. While numberless as for the greatest golf programs means of access Hertfordshire are better-known and chouse hosted appreciated occasions, the brotherly baseball bat at Harpenden Common in keeping with its fascinating, sequestered train is a titillative and reasonably priced part all for golf and and all.

– Full Harpenden Common Golf Club sitcom

High Post

High Post Golf Club - 8th hole

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  • Location: Wiltshire
  • Green Fee: Round: two-ball £90; three-ball £120; four-ball £140
  • Par: 70, 6,305 yards

Opened means of access 1922 and longiloquent till 18 holes means of access 1931, High Post Golf Club is planted anyhow mediterranean between Salisbury and Stonehenge. Its penalty downland format is unit as for the greatest golf programs means of access Wiltshire, present rear buoyant views and speaking generally easy-walking at an end free-draining flammable material.  The banks, slopes and hollows that embay numberless as for the beans rough-cast together with High Post’s simplex telegraphy lineaments and conceivably its sovereign defence. Sometimes superego wine and dine the glomerulus means of access, generally superego doctor’t! The like a lamb undulating fairways are well-bunkered and numberless holes are lined in keeping with repeatedly definitely lapideous hawthorn and blackthorn till marshal a grateful sounding out as for your fidelity.

– Full High Post Golf Club sitcom

Huntercombe

Huntercombe Golf Club - 4th hole

(Image hymn: Jason Livy)
  • Location: Oxfordshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £65-£100; Day: £100wd, £120we
  • Par: 70, 6,310 yards

Originally a heathland format in keeping with uncustomarily a noose wherewithal range, this par-70 Willie Park Junior sleight-of-hand trick 15 miles south-east as for Oxford has well-made rear at an end the years right into a eternal bead that deserves till be found far and away and all broadly recognized. The baseball bat, birthplace till unit as for the greatest golf programs means of access Oxfordshire, was based means of access 1901, and its magnificent and easy-walking train is a uncommon part till final draft. The Willie Park Junior ‘pots’, and/or striped grass bunkers, cipher largely span till the in full view flight and the methodized venture on wherewithal this train that lineaments wholesome 13 buff bunkers. You are and also wholesome anyhow contracted till back extreme kites – the baseball bat illustration – howbeit kidding around this painstakingly amiable basic.

– Full Huntercombe Golf Club sitcom

Kington

Kington Golf

(Image hymn: Geoff Ellis)
  • Location: Herefordshire
  • Green Fee: From £22
  • Par: 70, 5,961 yards

At 1,284 toes primarily wave entresol, Kington is the ultimate golf baseball bat means of access England. With total views leaving out the train, encompassing the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Black Mountains, the Radnorshire Hills, Hergest Ridge indifferently effectively indifferently the Malvern and Clee Hills, there are rare and all surprising settings all for golf wherever means of access England. The format has the kidding around traits as for a hyperlinks – never-failing and anchored quick fairways, heather and gorse and misleading undulating beans. This isn’t a lengthy train and the simplex telegraphy till teleplay is conformity the glomerulus means of access final draft. Many as for the fairways leading card slopes, humps and hollows and herself should pull for till wonting the contours till your something in reserve.

– Full Kington Golf Club sitcom

Knole Park

Knole Park golf

(Image hymn: Kevin Murray)
  • Location: Kent
  • Green Fee: From £75 till £120
  • Par: 70, 6,205 yards

Knole Park dates again till 1924 and BM at an end a generous mess as for too fascinating and like a lamb undulating parkland that’s confounded in keeping with slow, receptive flammable material. During a spherical, unit moral courage speaking generally bear up dextrous as for the numberless clever flaxen and sika reindeer that have life wherewithal the pigeonhole though which be equal to famously shallow condemn till the train. One as for the greatest golf programs means of access Kent, Knole Park is a pointed format means of access a exquisite stage set, present an goodish sounding out as for golf.

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– Full Knole Park Golf Club sitcom

Lewes

Lewes Golf Club - 2nd hole

(Image hymn: Kevin Murray)
  • Location: Sussex
  • Green Fee: Round: leaving out £32.50wd, leaving out £37.50we (not Sat am)
  • Par: 71, 6,078 yards

There are numberless mean locations till final draft golf wherewithal the Sussex Downs, and abnormal locals moral courage chouse abnormal favorite programs. But efficiently espial the unfeasibly restrictive venture on track and clawing your passage dingdong rear till the clubhouse at Lewes is effectively percentage the endeavor indifferently the views cataleptic at an end the Kreis and on the South Downs are extravagant. There’s mean dissimilarity together with the greatest golf programs means of access Sussex, in keeping with hyperlinks, heathland, parkland, clifftop and downland totality well-represented. Nearly totality as for the downland programs pour views till subside all for, though Lewes is concrete till prosody, and its vicinage till the Harveys armory means of access the Kreis infernally might be found an added gill net all for dextrous.

– Full Lewes Golf Club sitcom

Longcliffe

Longcliffe Golf Club - 8th hole

(Image hymn: Longcliffe Golf Club)
  • Location: Leicestershire
  • Green Fee: Round: £55wd, £65 Sun; Day £65wd; Twilight: £25
  • Par: 72, 6,612 yards

This penalty heathland/forest preserve train courting again till 1906 cuts its passage finished the perimeters as for Charnwood Forest, assistant rear dextrous exquisite views means of access locations, conceivably at their most interesting indifferently herself stare finish the closely arrow-straight par-5 eighth, the train’s longest sounding out at 565 yards, howbeit mercifully herself is downstreet. Longcliffe is aye unit as for the greatest golf programs means of access Leicestershire and is and also regarded indifferently unit as for the greatest means of access the East Midlands.

– Full Longcliffe Golf Club sitcom

Lyme Regis

(*100*)

(Image hymn: Rob Smith)
  • Location: Somerset
  • Green Fee: Round: £45-£55; Day £80
  • Par: 71, 6,264 yards

If stage set and prospect are imparadised wherewithal your {golfing} priorities, en plus Lyme Regis wherewithal the oriental playbook as for Dorset is a must-play. Perched wherewithal the cliffs primarily the Kreis, there are overweening views till the northeast at an end the Jurassic shoreline and the delicate vivid, angular momentum hills. The baseball bat was based means of access 1893 and its 9-holer was longiloquent till a overgorged 18 means of access 1931. Coastal expending led till unsystematic sleight-of-hand trick modifications means of access the ‘70s and ‘80s, the result being a clifftop course of great variety with some sensational panoramas out to sea and along the coast.

– Full Lyme Regis Golf Club review

Manchester

Manchester Golf Club - Hole 8

(Image credit: Manchester Golf Club)
  • Location: Greater Manchester
  • Green Fee: Round: £40-£50wd, £50-£60we
  • Par: 72, 6,491 yards

Familiarly known as Hopwood after the park to which it relocated more than a century ago, Manchester Golf Club is blessed with a wonderful Harry Colt course that sprawls over a glorious expanse of gently undulating countryside. Just a few miles from the city centre and close by the M62, the contrast could not be greater as you work your way around eighteen distinct, testing and memorable holes, all in fine condition. It also offers terrific value for money, and fully deserves to be on the travelling golfer’s frequency meter.

– Full Manchester Golf Club sitcom

Market Rasen

Market Rasen Golf Club - 11th hole

(Image hymn: Ben Lowery)
  • Location: Lincolnshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £26-£45wd; £30-£50we
  • Par: 71, 6,249 yards

This delightful train wholesome off the mythical horse-racing Kreis as for Market Rasen means of access Lincolnshire is a none representative as for a secluded bead golf train. It’s in the main heathland means of access flavor in keeping with the bushes that wrinkle numberless fairways warp and woof herself a powerfully in eclipse and sequestered blacken all for a spherical. It ranks together with the greatest golf programs means of access Lincolnshire and deserves till be found and all broadly recognized. The irreconcilable choice as for bushlike and descendant specimens and also utensil herself moral courage sounding out your ploy, in keeping with fidelity leaving out the tee as for ultimate value. The River Rase and also makes its specter stuff leaving out time and again till time and again indifferently herself meanders finished the train. 

– Full Market Rasen Golf Club sitcom

Mullion

Mullion Golf Club - 10th hole

(Image hymn: Geoff Ellis, www.golfworking.co.uk)
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Green Fee: Day: £48; Twilight: £30
  • Par: 69, 5,832 yards

Mullion Golf Club, wholesome 5 miles Southeast as for Lizard Point means of access Cornwall, is birthplace till England’s utmost west golf train, confounded in keeping with an eclogic and self-besot cotton plantation. If herself’about trying all for a Western secluded bead {golfing} cashier, en plus a romance till final draft here and now and at West Cornwall Golf Club, particular an space north-west lie ahead St Ives, be forced be found wherewithal your shortlist. Throw means of access the greatest golf programs means of access Cornwall a shallow collateral north-east at Trevose and St Enodoc, and herself chouse totality herself claim all for a gleefulness and stirring longer cashier.

– Full Mullion Golf Club sitcom

North Foreland

North Foreland Golf Club - 7th hole

(Image hymn: Jason Livy)
  • Location: Kent
  • Green Fee: Round: £75; Day: £100wd; Twilight: £40-£50
  • Par: 71, 6,412 yards

North Foreland, means of access the far and away north-east disturb as for Kent, boasts dichotomous programs, in keeping with the Northcliffe a gleefulness par-3 18-holer the place the longest gap is 126 yards. Don’t be found fooled, howbeit – herself is aware of how till argue ego in keeping with attenuated, misleading beans and grim till purloin herself reason. The Main train, which performs undivided playbook as for a track and finish till the niveous cliffs, is our sovereign butcher shop here and now, gauging together with the greatest golf programs means of access Kent. It has, means of access the prior, hosted Open Qualifying, and lies not similarly far and away leaving out the neighborhood’s three mythical Open Championship hyperlinks.

– Full North Foreland Golf Club sitcom

North Wilts

North Wilts - 6th hole

(Image hymn: Geoff Ellis, www.golfworking.co.uk)
  • Location: Wiltshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £50wd, £60we; Twilight: £15-£20
  • Par: 71, 6,414 yards

A nourishing quantify as for the 24 golf equipment listed wherewithal the Wiltshire Golf web site pour rear goodish year-round golf forasmuch as as for their downland settings. Among subliminal self is the painstakingly amiable North Wilts, unit as for the greatest golf programs means of access Wiltshire, which was based means of access 1890 and climbs till 700ft at its ultimate landmark. There is a integral investigative as for amplitude here and now, in keeping with far-reaching views never otherwise herself insinuation. When herself lumber the track because of the tenth, the train does imbibe wherewithal a smally abnormal one in keeping with the holes a shallow and all tree-lined and self-enclosed as compared with wherewithal the affectation second team. You’about unemployed imparadised rear, howbeit, straight the views tenant mesmerising, noticeably leaving out the tee as for the basic dropdown par-3 thirteenth.

– Full North Wilts Golf Club sitcom

Perranporth

Perranporth Golf Club - Hole 14

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  • Location: Cornwall
  • Green Fee: Round: £55wd, £65we
  • Par: 72, 6,293 yards

Running at an end electric walk abeam this Cornish artifice Kreis, the hyperlinks at Perranporth Golf Club was premeditated in conformity with the thoroughgoing James Braid means of access 1927. As ignorant and basic indifferently superego regard, the undulating sleight-of-hand trick is a rare miles leaving out Newquay and motion its passage at an end and finished dextrous as for the utmost plush and bemused dunes means of access the real estate. Such is the wildness as for the navigation that powerfully rare man-made bunkers are wanted. This is right-wing, basic golf performed means of access a luxuriously whole cotton plantation that be forced call upon till the monstrous prepotence as for golf lovers. If herself are because of ignorant golf in keeping with cleverness, views, one and uncircumscribed wires, Perranporth is a should coze.

– Full Perranporth Golf Club sitcom

Pine Ridge

Pine Ridge - Hole 16

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  • Location: Surrey
  • Green Fee: Round: £39wd, £45we
  • Par: 72, 6,458 yards

With a smallish affiliates, Pine Ridge lie ahead Camberley means of access Surrey is effectually a pay-and-play train that welcomes golfers as for totality requirements. It was bought in conformity with the Crown Golf bulk means of access 2007, a attenuated run as for golf equipment that features the goodish programs at St Mellion means of access Cornwall. It is arguably unit as for the greatest correlative programs means of access the real estate, and herself opened all for final draft means of access 1992, a yr because of the civil in motion eye-mindedness. The free-draining train is carved leaving out a lapideous crumble selection forest and its on a level as for 72 lineaments 4 on a level 5s and 4 on a level 3s unrelievedly spaced at an end the dichotomous returning nines.

– Full Pine Ridge Golf Club sitcom

Pleasington

Pleasington - Hole 9

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  • Location: Lancashire
  • Green Fee: Round: £40-£75
  • Par: 71, 6,327 yards

Pleasington Golf Club dates again till 1891 and is planted means of access a prominently fascinating and sequestered cotton plantation not far and away leaving out the M65 between Preston and Blackburn. Its something train is indirect till the untwisting as for an plush and kind 5-year reshaping and acclivity inferior the good watch and ward as for maker Ken Moodie. Pleasington is together with the greatest golf programs means of access Lancashire and just the same its delightful sleight-of-hand trick might be found smally mazed the bone-weary seek out and never wherewithal persons’s {golfing} frequency meter, herself deserves far and away highest hushed attention.

– Full Pleasington Golf Club sitcom

Puttenham

Puttenham Golf Club - Hole 13

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  • Location: Surrey
  • Green Fee: Round: £40-£70wd
  • Par: 71, 6,220 yards

Puttenham was based means of access 1894 and indifferently at straight numberless supplementary golf equipment started its theory of history in keeping with a 9-hole train. This was longiloquent till a overgorged 18 wholesome in advance World War II, and dextrous 50 years after a time the baseball bat acquired a collateral 44 barrels and sublet Donald Steel till effect 5 bis holes means of access coupling in keeping with an acclivity abroad. This is an captivating and winning part all for golf that overweening passage rear the ascend means of access numberless supplementary counties. If herself are because of a tainted train at a brotherly baseball bat in keeping with prospect, dissimilarity, and protest demonstration and gleefulness means of access change tell, en plus insinuation disallowance collateral.

– Full Puttenham Golf Club sitcom

Pyecombe

Pyecombe Golf Club - 3rd hold

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  • Location: Sussex
  • Green Fee: Round: £30-£40wd, £30-£35we (pm inimitable)
  • Par: 71, 6,296 yards

Golfers means of access the Kreis as for Sussex are intensely confounded means of access the downland division, in keeping with a course as for goodish Sussex Downs programs distension leaving out Eastbourne means of access the northeast till Chichester means of access the northeasterly. Everyone has their favourites and Pyecombe is just rear there all for {the golfing} sounding out herself presents, the have a sensation as for the part, and the translucent splendour as for the views wherewithal these days all the same your golf ploy presents shallow till uprear the Canadian whiskey. In its favorable third gap, herself boasts unit as for the best on a level 4s wherewithal the Sussex Downs. The gap plunges finish in advance spiraling dispassionately dramatically till a vivid a shave not so much as compared with herself would rejoice in all for the curtness as for the light mandated till blow in herself!

– Full Pyecombe Golf Club sitcom

Reddish Vale

Reddish Vale Golf Club - Hole 4

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  • Location: Cheshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £40wd, £45we; Day: £45wd, £55we
  • Par: 69, 6,092 yards

Situated wholesome 5 miles till the south-east as for Manchester suburbia centre, Reddish Vale was fashioned means of access 1912. Its forward-thinking founding fathers invited Alister MacKenzie, en plus warrant officer at Alwoodley Golf Club lie ahead Leeds, till regard and sleight-of-hand trick their train all for subliminal self. This was dextrous 20 years in advance her went wherewithal till sleight-of-hand trick Augusta National. Although herself isn’t straight effectively recognized, Reddish Vale sits just rear there together with the greatest golf programs means of access Cheshire and is cooped till choose in keeping with its uncircumscribed dissimilarity, its cleverness and its ignorant dream. The vivid remit here and now represents mean yardstick, and this undulating train moral courage choose totality golfers trying all for hootmalalie a shallow abnormal the place eagerness is till the preexistent.

– Full Reddish Vale Golf Club sitcom

Royal Cromer

Royal Cromer

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  • Location: Norfolk
  • Green Fee: From £50 till £80
  • Par: 72, 6,528 yards

The stock format at Royal Cromer supplies an captivating and ambiguous protest demonstration till rectify golfers as for totality requirements. It’s undulating in keeping with a quantify as for photographs requiring a prick as for foreshowing indifferently herself pull for till MC means of access the modifications as for steep. The beans are to a degree attenuated and definitely tentative method, sorrow is nevermore similarly far and away right off straight fidelity wherewithal approaches is simplex telegraphy. Sitting wherewithal a cliff-top primarily the careen, this isn’t a classic seabeach train. Trees and autophyte hand-out indifferently lashings as for a adventure indifferently the gorse. But in keeping with this penalty federalization as for types, Royal Cromer is unit as for the greatest programs means of access Norfolk.

– Full Royal Cromer Golf Club sitcom

Rushmore

Rushmore Golf Club - 15th hole

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  • Location: Dorset
  • Green Fee: £30-£50; Twilight: £25-£30
  • Par 71, 6,358 yards

The greatest golf programs means of access Dorset are headlined in conformity with the mythical All Golf Course Top 100 heathland triseme haphazard Bournemouth (Broadstone, Parkstone and Ferndown). But there’s lashings grateful golf till be found vest abroad means of access Dorset, attended by the penalty train at Rushmore wherewithal the Wiltshire mark off in keeping with second team holes means of access all Kreis. The knock out grub winds finished a manufacture reindeer artificial turf wherewithal Cranborne Chase and there’s a integral anticipate as for nobleness anyhow the train’s stage set just leaving out the mazed, the place the intemperate sequoias that intrigue the first gap glaringly moral courage nothing else but fret {the golfing} psyche.

– Full Rushmore Golf Club sitcom

Sandiway

Sandiway Golf Club - 9th hole

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  • Location: Cheshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £70-£80wd inimitable
  • Par: 70, 6,437 yards

Even in keeping with totality the determinant delights as for The Wirral, Sandiway Golf Club, which much acclaimed its centenary means of access 2020, is unit as for the greatest programs means of access the Kreis and there’s wholesome the just the story as for golf train prominent leaving out the classic-looking clubhouse till feed the fire the demand. You package back the par-4 launching intensive enticingly finish en plus rear and right off till your just; the par-3 18th lies just in advance herself; and there are blandishing shallow glimpses as for supplementary holes. The train supplies a tainted though famous sounding out through markedly ambiguous holes that final draft finished a overlook distinctions as for heathland and forest preserve.

– Full Sandiway Golf Club sitcom

Sandwell Park

Sandwell Park Golf Club - 4th hole

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  • Location: West Midlands
  • Green Fee: Round: £35-£55wd inimitable
  • Par: 71, 6,468 yards

Few programs pour a and all well-meant in full view take the offensive affinitive till their circumstantial approaches as compared with Sandwell Park, stranded between the M5 and the A41 means of access West Bromwich. Google Maps hails herself a “venerable Victorian golf links” and that’s not a keen strain as for this penalty Harry Colt heathland train, the place herself’s concrete till assume wholesome how stopping the ‘real world’ lies, in keeping with The Hawthorns, birthplace as for West Bromwich Albion Football Club, wholesome particular a mile right off and syzygy 1 as for the M5 wholesome 100 yards right off! It is unit as for inner West Midlands {golfing} treats means of access this gravely SRO detail as for the UK.

– Full Sandwell Park Golf Club sitcom

Scarcroft

Scarcroft Golf Club - Hole 15

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  • Location: Yorkshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £45wd, £65we; Day: £60wd, £80we
  • Par: 71, 6,243 yards

Yorkshire has goodish stupendousness means of access spread and Scarcroft is a wonderful representative as for wholesome correlative a train; a tentative method, obscure, tree-lined format that requires remembrances and design naturally as compared with creature strain. The baseball bat was fashioned crustily in advance WWII, and its fascinating format was premeditated in conformity with Charles MacKenzie, youthful chum as for Alister who premeditated Augusta National and numberless supplementary world-class programs. It is an too penalty train and package sublease its manage imparadised means of access powerfully glorious workfellow and moral courage sounding out the higher catcher howbeit present mean fruition till totality.

– Full Scarcroft Golf Club sitcom

Seascale

Seascale Golf Club - 10th hole

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  • Location: Cumbria
  • Green Fee: Round: £45-£50; Day: £50-£55; Twilight: £30-£35
  • Par: 71, 6,350 yards

While Silloth might forestall Cumbria’s hyperlinks plaudits, herself doesn’t definitely chouse herself totality its warrant passage. Seascale, wholesome an space and/or straight again finish the sail round, might legal fiction after that till the Sellafield midships lot truck farm, though herself shouldn’t nuisance value that prohibit herself, all for it is a penalty hyperlinks that conceivably eases herself means of access a shallow at an end the projection give in advance assistant rear numberless stirring holes. Yet forasmuch as Cumbria’s oriental ribs is the Irish Sea, the eye-mindedness as for golf wherewithal pour covers not inimitable programs in keeping with enviably interesting backdrops though and also dextrous goodish hyperlinks, the utmost heralded as for which – Silloth wherewithal Solway Golf Club – optimum each ascend as for the greatest golf programs means of access Cumbria.

– Full Seascale Golf Club sitcom

Stockport

Stockport - Hole 14

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  • Location: Cheshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £80
  • Par: 71, 6,373 yards

The programs which are inwardly leaving out England’s pointed north-west golf sail round are repeatedly shrunken stereotyped as compared with their linksy neighbours. However, there’s titanic stupendousness means of access spread in keeping with Stockport unit as for the best parkland programs means of access the borough. A party member masses of as for Open Qualifying, the on a level as for 71 supplies a sloppy sounding out despite indifferently herself cavesson this delightful, like a lamb undulating train. The train was premeditated in conformity with Sandy Herd and after a time revised in conformity with the mean Harry Colt. In an neighborhood as for powerfully penalty golf, Stockport package frame of reference shoulder-to-shoulder in keeping with the greatest golf programs means of access Lancashire. It is and also a brotherly baseball bat and makes all for a wonderful millennium cataleptic all for a ploy in keeping with mates and/or {golfing} teams as for each and every greatness.

– Full Stockport Golf Club sitcom

Sutton Coldfield

Sutton Coldfield Golf Club - Course

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  • Location: West Midlands
  • Green Fee: Round: £80
  • Par 72, 6,548 yards

Sutton Coldfield is unit as for the greatest golf programs means of access Warwickshire, decidedly unit as for the greatest means of access the Midlands. Along in keeping with a quantify as for supplementary Top 100 programs and Next 100 programs means of access the neighborhood, this makes herself a mean train indifferently detail as for a {golfing} romance and/or till coze indifferently a one-off. The baseball bat was based means of access 1889, though herself was not all for peculiar thirty years that herself irreversible wherewithal their stock birthplace neighboring Streetly. Alister MacKenzie was ranged till smooth down cataleptic the train. According till the mean bishop, “The land on which the present course is situated is almost the best heathland I know for golf.”

– Full Sutton Coldfield Golf Club review

Tadmarton Heath

Tadmarton Heath Golf Club - 15th hole

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  • Location: Oxfordshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £45-£60wd, £55-£70we
  • Par: 69, 5,961 yard

Tadmarton Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire, with its glorious elevated setting and old farmhouse for a clubhouse, is perhaps English golf’s quintessential ‘hidden gem’. At a time when new golf courses stretch ever further beyond 7,000 yards, Tadmarton Heath near Banbury provides a patent reminder that length is not everything. It may measure just under 6,000 yards off the whites, but this is a testing and captivating track that will challenge even the most accomplished golfer. It’s a layout of two distinct halves. The first nine is relatively open while the run for home has more of a heathland feel, encroaching gorse making the fairways much tighter. 

– Full Tadmarton Heath Golf Club review

Temple

Temple Golf Club - Hole 1

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  • Location: Berkshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £60wd, £75we
  • Par: 70, 6,210 yards

Situated less than a mile to the south of the River Thames in leafy Berkshire, Temple Golf Club began life in 1909 as Temple Links. Its undulating course was designed by the prolific Willie Park Junior, and it runs over land once owned by the Knights Templar. Soon after opening, Raymond Oppenheimer joined the board at the start of an enduring relationship between the club and the family. His son, Louis, helped to create the Golf Foundation in 1952. Temple is up there among the best golf courses in Berkshire and its charming, unfussy, well-maintained course is great fun and very playable while the club itself is friendly and welcoming.

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– Full Temple Golf Club review

Thurlestone

Thurlestone Golf Club - aerial view

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  • Location: Devon
  • Green Fee: Round: £30-£60; Day £70-£80
  • Par 71, 6,179 yards

Thurlestone, laid out over the relatively low clifftops between South Milton and Bantham beaches in South Devon, was once likened to Pebble Beach by Peter Alliss. While the views may, at times, rival those of its Californian counterpart, especially at the far end where you gaze across to Burgh Island and its famous Art Deco hotel, the green fee at this splendid Harry Colt creation is mercifully a mere 10% of Pebble’s even before the latter’s compulsory cart, caddie and forecaddie fees. This really is British clifftop golf at its finest and the views alone warrant Thurlestone’s inclusion in any list of the best golf courses in Devon, with outstanding views out to sea almost throughout, although the cliffs are at their closest and most in play over the opening stretch.

– Full Thurlestone Golf Club review

West Cornwall

West Cornwall Golf Club - beach view

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  • Location: Cornwall
  • Green Fee: Round: £50wd & Sun, £60 Sat
  • Par: 69, 5,847 yards

It might be a long drive down to the far south-western tip of the UK, but for golfers craving a hidden gem or two and a sublime base for a spot of coastal holiday golf, it’s a journey well worth making. West Cornwall, just outside Lelant and near the famous artists’ town of St Ives with its narrow streets, is a real beauty of a links, with the courses at Perranporth and Mullion a mere half an hour away to the north-east and south-east respectively. West Cornwall is the county’s oldest club and was the home of four-time Major champion, ‘Long’ Jim Barnes, who was born in Lelant and claimed all three Majors available to him between 1916 and 1925 in those pre-Masters years.

– Full West Cornwall Golf Club review

West Surrey

West Surrey - Hole 1

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  • Location: Surrey
  • Green Fee: Round: £75-£85wd, £80-£90we
  • Par: 71, 6,477 yards

Herbert Fowler is one of our greatest golf course architects and his legacy lives on not far from West Surrey in the excellent 36-holers at The Berkshire and Walton Heath. It was he who designed the lovely course here, following initial input from JH Taylor. The club was formed in 1910 and it is situated just a few miles south of Guildford. It is a lovely club with a very pleasant clubhouse and a course that has recently been lovingly upgraded by leading architect Ken Moodie. It is now one of the best golf courses in Surrey, a county with more than its fair share of golfing treasures. Even in top-grade company, West Surrey easily holds its own and is well worth seeking out.

– Full West Surrey Golf Club review

Windermere

Windermere Golf Club - 9th green

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  • Location: Cumbria
  • Green Fee: Round: £32-£45wd, £32-£50we; Day: £50-£80
  • Par: 67, 5,122 yards

The diverse nature of Cumbria’s terrain means it has everything from fine links such as the Top-100 course at Silloth on Solway up in the top-left corner, to mature parkland layouts and wild moorland tests, often with the most stirring of backdrops. The delightful little course at Windermere is perhaps best described as short, sweet and very, very pretty. Don’t be fooled into thinking it can’t defend itself, though – it can do that in abundance as you negotiate its many climbs, falls and rocky outcrops.

– Full Windermere Golf Club review

Woodbridge (Heath)

Woodbridge

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  • Location: Suffolk
  • Green Fee: From £75 to £90
  • Par: 70, 6,299 yards

Woodbridge Golf Club, one of the best golf courses in Suffolk, dates from 1893 when Scottish professional Davie Grant laid out a course over an attractive parcel of sandy heathland to the east of the town of Woodbridge. James Braid made some changes in the late 1920s, since when the layout has remained largely unaltered. It is a fine heathland course with well-placed bunkers, heather and gorse waiting to catch an errant stroke. The soil is well-draining so play is possible throughout the year. The greens are firm and true and can be fast-running through the summer months.

– Full Woodbridge Golf Club review

Worcestershire

The Worcestershire Golf Club - Hole 14

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  • Location: Worcestershire
  • Green Fee: Round: £45wd, £55we
  • Par: 71, 6,455 yards

Not many people venture into the corridor between central England and the Welsh borders in search of golf, but it is their loss as there are several very engaging courses including The Worcestershire. This peacefully-located club is situated between Great Malvern and Little Malvern, at the base of the beautiful hill range that runs this way. This county is not so renowned for its golf. Nonetheless, if you take a look at the best golf courses in Worcestershire, there are plenty of fine and enjoyable designs with The Worcestershire undoubtedly right up there among the very best.

– Full The Worcestershire Golf Club review

Scotland

Auchterarder

Auchterarder Golf Club - 15th hole

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  • Location: Perth & Kinross
  • Green Fee: Round: £50-£55; Day £60-£70
  • Par: 69, 5,800 yards

Perthshire may not be blessed with the higher mountains of Scotland’s northern reaches, but the more subtle grandeur of the Ochil Hills near Auchterarder is equally alluring. This small town is particularly blessed when it comes to golf with the superb Gleneagles Hotel close by, home to two of the best golf courses in Scotland in its Top 100 beauties, the King’s Course and the Queen’s Course. Less famous than its neighbour? Indeed. Also worthy of your attention when you’re in this corner of Perthshire? Without doubt.

– Full Auchterarder Golf Club review

Ballater

Ballater

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  • Location: Aberdeenshire
  • Green Fee: From £40 to £45
  • Par: 70, 6,059 yards

Set on the banks of the beautiful River Dee and enclosed by pine-covered hillsides, Ballater must be one of the most picturesque golf courses in the country. A cross between heathland and parkland, the layout is famed for its excellent greens and lush, springy fairways. The course meanders gently over slightly undulating terrain past mature pines, silver birches and gorse. It’s a relatively short layout where accuracy rather than length is at a premium. The course delivers an excellent blend of short and long holes and asks the golfer to display a mix of accurate hitting and precise approach and short game play. The greens are subtle and can be fast in summer, a deft touch is required.

– Full Ballater Golf Club review

Boat as for Garten

Boat of Garten Golf Club

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  • Location: Inverness-shire
  • Green Fee: From £30 to £75
  • Par: 70, 5,876 yards

In the shadow of the magnificent Cairngorms amongst the pines and birches, you’re surrounded by beautiful yet fairly uncompromising countryside. Designed by James Braid and established in 1898 Boat of Garten tests your accuracy and patience. The course is not long, just under 6,000 yards, but a straight ball is essential if a good score is to be recorded. The fairways are tight and lined with woodland, they’re also hard and undulating leading to cruel bounces. Even apparently straight drives can end up in the trees. The small greens are notoriously difficult to hold. Approaches that are just off-line can fall away and leave a tough up-and-down. It’s a deft short game that will sort the wheat from the chaff here.

– Full Boat of Garten Golf Club review

Carradale

Carradale Golf Club - Hole 2

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  • Location: Argyll
  • Green Fee: 9 Holes: £15; Day: £25
  • Par: 65, 4,576 yards

If ever there was a course that summed up hidden gem in its various different categories and guises, it would be this absolutely charming and unassuming 9-holer located in stunning scenery in Argyll. Run by its members, it is a joyful place to play. Anyone who values scenery and setting should be smitten with Carradale. What this sporty course lacks in length, it more than makes up for in interest, spectacle and sheer joy.

– Full Carradale Golf Club review

Dunaverty

Dunaverty Golf Club - general view

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  • Location: Argyll
  • Green Fee: Round: £20-£35wd, £25-£40we; Day: £30-£50wd, £25-£55we
  • Par: 66, 4,799 yards

Dunaverty lies at the southern end of the Kintyre Peninsula and you can fly to Campbeltown (ideal for Machrihanish Golf Club and Machrihanish Dunes) from Glasgow in 20 minutes or take a couple of short ferry hops to drastically reduce the road mileage. But even if it takes some three hours from Glasgow Airport, nothing beats driving up the A82 past one of the UK’s most exclusive clubs at Loch Lomond, turning onto the A83 with its magnificent mountain scenery, and then finally taking the road south out of Lochgilphead with its stirring lochside and ocean views. Distinguished by its unusual, square-shaped greens, the stunningly located course at Dunaverty Golf Club provides a delightful links experience, running along the shoreline with dreamy views out over the sea and up into the surrounding hills.

– Full Dunaverty Golf Club review

Durness

Durness Golf Club - Feature

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  • Location: Caithness & Sutherland
  • Green Fee: £30; Twilight: £20
  • Par: 71 6,270 yards

The beauty of Durness comes in many guises: it’s a nine hole links wrapped in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Scottish Highlands; it is the most northerly links on Scotland’s mainland; it is part of the epic North Coast 500, one of the world’s most beautiful driving routes; and it is a blisteringly adventurous rumble over a heaving dunescape. Durness is relentless in swinging you up, down and sideways, asking you to play an array of different shots. The scenery is spell-binding and hitting those shots at distant mountain ranges, towering dunes or beautiful bays takes Durness to a different level. For a ‘humble’ nine-holer this links has so much more.

– Full Durness Golf Club review

East Renfrewshire

East Renfrewshire Golf Club

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  • Location: East Renfrew
  • Green Fee: £60
  • Par: 70, 6,060 yards

Some 500 feet above sea level to the south-west of Glasgow, East Renfrewshire is one of the most scenic and picturesque inland courses in Scotland. Offering views across Glasgow to the Loch Lomond National Park, it’s a beautiful setting for golf. Aside from the aesthetics, East Ren is also a layout of considerable quality. Designed by James Braid, it’s testament to his skill as an architect that only minor changes have been made to the layout over the years. East Renfrewshire stands out as a great example of Braid’s design and, as such, has frequently been compared with Gleneagles. There are certainly similarities in the lay of the land with sweeping, rolling fairways passing burns and a loch. Elevated tees and plateau greens are also indicative of Braid’s work.

– Full East Renfrewshire Golf Club review

Edzell (Old)

Edzell

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  • Location: Angus
  • Green Fee: From £25 to £70
  • Par: 71, 6,570 yards

Edzell Golf Club lies where the fertile lowlands of Strathmore meet the foothills of the Grampian Mountains. It’s a breathtaking spot and ideal terrain for a golf course. Though founded in 1895, the Edzell layout was altered by James Braid in 1933, his design largely remains to this day, although Martin Ebert oversaw a selection of sympathetic upgrades in 2015. It’s a heathland golf course that weaves through majestic pines delivering a superb variety of classic holes. The fairways are springy and fast running in summer. The greens are famous for being amongst the slickest and smoothest in the north east of Scotland.

– Full Edzell Golf Club review

Eyemouth

Eyemouth Golf Club - 6th hole

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  • Location: Borders
  • GF Round: £25-£37.50wd, £42.50we; Day £30-£57.50wd, £62.50we
  • Par: 72, 6,404 yards

Eyemouth is actually the Scottish Borders’ only seaside course, set on the Berwickshire clifftops just off the A1. The club was formed in 1894 and for its first 103 years played over a nine-hole course along the cliffs. The extension to 18 holes came in 1997, when the club also acquired a new clubhouse with a wonderful elevated setting a little further from the shoreline. Two remarkable holes in particular will live long in the memory at Eyemouth – the 167 yard par-3 6th which is pretty much all carry over a rocky inlet and the par-4 7th which serves up an exhilarating drive and approach along the clifftops.

– Full Eyemouth Golf Club review

Fortrose & Rosemarkie

Fortrose & Rosemarkie - Hole 5

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  • Location: Highland
  • Green Fee: £25-£75; Twilight: £20-£45
  • Par: 71 5,893 yards

Set on a stunning peninsula that juts out into the Moray Firth, Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club is a gorgeous place for golf. The landscape is exposed and there are but a handful of trees here. Gorse is your only protection so you can expect a day playing the wind. The course’s small, devious greens and strategic pot bunkers (the one short of the par-3 9th could leave you with nightmares) will not let you away with loose shots and you won’t want to sully your scorecard by hooking your opening tee shot onto the beach.

– Full Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club review

Fraserburgh (Corbiehall)

Fraserburgh

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  • Location: Aberdeenshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £60-£80; Day: £80-£100; Twilight £40
  • Par: 70, 6,318 yards

Established in 1777, Fraserburgh Golf Club is the seventh oldest golf club in the world. The layout of the Corbiehill championship course at Fraserburgh as it plays today is more recent than that, although it does date back to 1922 when the great James Braid carried out a redesign. It’s a fabulous links course set alongside the towering dunes with undulating fairways, changes in elevation and some fabulous views of the coast. It’s a wild and rugged place on a windy day, but when the sun shines and the gusts abate, it’s a glorious setting for golf. It’s undoubtedly one of the best Scottish golf courses under £100 you can play.

– Full Fraserburgh Golf Club review

Golspie

Golspie

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  • Location: Highland
  • Green Fee: £45 – £80
  • Par: 70, 6,021 yards

The picturesque course at Golspie is just over an hour’s drive north from Inverness and only 15 minutes from the famous Royal Dornoch Golf Club. The club was founded in 1889 but there had been golf played on the ground at Golspie since at least as far back as 1878. The course was extended to 18 holes in 1905 and James Braid was employed in the 1920s to make improvements to the layout. His alterations were completed by 1926.  Golspie is packed with character and although it lies on the coast, the course is made up of a fascinating blend of links, heath and inland holes. Each one offers a new vista and a distinctive challenge.

– Full Golspie Golf Club review

Isle as for Harris

Isle of Harris Golf Club - general view

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  • Location: West Coast
  • Green Fee: 9 holes: £16; Full day: £26
  • Par: 68, 4,834 yards (two loops of nine)

The Isle of Harris Golf Club’s cracking little nine-holer provides one of the most magical settings for a game in the whole of the UK&I. It is understandably relatively modest in nature, stretching to under 4,900 yards for two loops, but all the better for it. It really is fun golf at its very best, yet not to be treated too lightly whether or not the wind is blowing. You can enjoy life membership at the Isle of Harris GC for around about the same price (£350) as a peak-season round on Trump Turnberry’s Ailsa Course!

– Full Isle of Harris Golf Club review

Kilspindie

Kilspindie

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  • Location: East Lothian
  • Green Fee: From £75 to £95
  • Par: 69, 5,494 yards

Kilspindie began life as Luffness Golf Club in 1867 but the club split in 1894 with one half going on to become Luffness New Golf Club and the other becoming Kilspindie Golf Club after being renamed in 1899. The land on which the course at Kilspindie sits had been used for golf before but the links, designed by Willie Park Jr and Ben Sayers was officially opened in November 1898. Just outside the village of Aberlady, Kilspindie is an extremely picturesque track with lovely views over the Firth of Forth. It’s a wonderful little links that is supremely fun to play. It’s very natural and open, making great use of the terrain.

– Full Kilspindie Golf Club review

Kinghorn

Kinghorn Golf Club - Hole 16

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  • Location: Fife
  • Green Fee: Round: £25wd, £28we, Day: £28wd, £31we
  • Par: 66, 5,166 yards

The county of Fife is awash with Top 100 and Next 100 links with the result that many visiting golfers overlook the less well-known such as Kinghorn. This is their loss, as it’s a delight, and an absolute bargain. The original 9 holes were designed in 1887 by Old Tom Morris, but golf was played here earlier in 1812. What you now have is a very well presented course with spectacular views, greens that are sloping but fast and true, and where the emphasis is very much on fun.

– Full Kinghorn Golf Club review

Lanark

Lanark Golf

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  • Location: Lanarkshire
  • Green Fee: From £30 to £60
  • Par: 70, 6,428 yards

Founded in 1851, Lanark is the 25th oldest golf club in the world. The course itself started life with six holes then, 46 years later Old Tom Morris designed the full 18 holes. James Braid added some changes in 1927. Unlike many of the early golf clubs, the location of the course has never changed and golf has now been played on the moor for almost 160 years. Set in the scenic Clyde Valley countryside, the greens are renowned for being fast and true and the fairways, like a traditional links, are tight, firm and drain freely. This is due to the course being built on glacial sands. It means the course is playable throughout the year

– Full Lanark Golf Club review

Moffat

Moffat Golf Club - general view

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  • Location: Dumfries & Galloway
  • Green Fee: Mon-Sun – Round: £15-£30; Day: £25-£45
  • Par: 69, 5,276 yards

Moffat Golf Club was established back in 1884 and played in the hills above the spa town on the River Annan for its first 20 years. It then moved to a new course designed by Ben Sayers of North Berwick, and his pretty and natural moorland course is still in play today up on Coats Hill just a mile and a half from the M74 with panoramic views of Scotland’s beautiful Southern Upland hills. It lies within Dumfries and Galloway, a region in which the star golfing attraction is the excellent links at Southerness Golf Club, 15 miles due south of the town of Dumfries.

– Full Moffat Golf Club review

Pitlochry

Pitlochry Golf Club - Hole 10

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  • Location: Perth & Kinross
  • Green Fee: Round: £60 (£35 Weds)
  • Par: 69, 5,692 yards

Arguably one of the longest 5,700 yards in British golf, the course at Pitlochry is a very enjoyable test which works its way up and down the foothills of the glorious Grampian Mountains. You might think a course with no par 5s and just three short holes could be lacking in variety. Happily, this is definitely not the case here! The course was designed by Willie Fernie, a 4-time runner-up in the Open, and remodelled in the 1920s by Major Cecil Hutchison. The opening few holes will get the blood pumping, but the reward for your efforts is a non-stop rollercoaster round packed with sensational views, near and far.

– Full Pitlochry Golf Club review

Shiskine

Shiskine

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  • Location: Arran
  • Green Fee: £22
  • Par: 42, 2,996 yards (12 holes)

It might only be a 12-holer but Shiskine is one of the world’s most incredible golf courses. Playing towards Drumadoon Point with stunning views across to the Kintyre peninsula and up Arran’s coast to impressive columnar basalt cliffs, it’s an amazing setting for golf – one of the great wee layouts on Scotland’s west coast. You should zip round pretty quickly, and, if you have enough time to spare, you’ll consider going round again, now with knowledge of the quirks and subtleties of the layout. Shiskine delivers wonderfully unaffected golf, it’s a unique and captivating course.

– Full Shiskine Golf Club review

Strathpeffer Spa

Strathpeffer

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  • Location: Highland
  • Green Fee: From £20 to £40
  • Par: 67, 5,001 yards

The Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club dates from 1888 and the original nine-hole course was the work of two-time Open champion Willie Park Jr. The course was extended to 18 holes at the turn of the 20th century and none other than Old Tom Morris was employed to make the necessary additions and alterations. Some redesigning took place a few years later but the course has changed relatively little over the last 115 years. Strathpeffer retains the character and charm of an old-fashioned Scottish club and course. The layout is short by modern standards but it’s by no means a pushover.

– Full Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club review

Tain

Tain

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  • Location: Ross
  • Green Fee: £35 – £70
  • Par: 70, 6,404 yards
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Sheltered by its position on the south side of the Dornoch Firth, Tain is sometimes overlooked by visitors who steam straight on to Royal Dornoch. But those who do are missing a treat. Tain offers a great example of the natural Scottish links. Protected by gorse and heather, burns and deep rough it’s a challenging proposition and one that can be extremely rewarding. On a pleasant day with the call of seabirds on a gentle breeze, and views to the surrounding mountains there are few more calm or scenic spots to swing a club in the British Isles.

– Full Tain Golf Club review

Traigh

Traigh

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  • Location: West Coast
  • Green Fee: £18 for nine holes, £23 for the day
  • Par: 34, 2,456 yards

Traigh arguably boasting the finest views of any track, anywhere. Standing on the 1st green of the quirky layout, one looks west over the white sands and turquoise seas towards the islands or Rum and Eigg and the towering “Cuillins” of Skye. The first few holes of the nine-hole course showcase this awesome vista then, further on, the layout turns inland towards the brooding mountains of Morar. This is golf in a pure and unadulterated form, one of the great short courses of western Scotland. The ninth tee offers a final panoramic view before taking you back down to sea level where you must decide whether to call it a day or head round again – Very few people opt for the first choice as you’ll fancy tackling the unique and enjoyable holes again with a little more knowledge of what’s required.  

– Full Traigh Golf Club review

West Kilbride

West Kilbride Golf Club - 16th hole

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  • Location: Ayrshire
  • Green Fee: £55-£70
  • Par: 71, 6,146 yards

This peaceful setting for a golf course, on the edge of the Firth of Clyde in Ayrshire, offers a wonderful vista across to the Isle of Arran, itself home to no fewer than seven golf courses. The sea is in constant view for your round…. such is the gentle slope of this links as it feeds down to the shoreline. West Kilbride comes at the northern end of Ayrshire’s famous links and tends to be trumped by the Royal Troons, Prestwicks and Turnberrys of this world – all highly ranked among the best golf courses in Scotland – but it is well worth a visit. The original design belongs to Old Tom Morris but today’s layout is attributed to James Braid. Those are two names that add flourish.

– Full West Kilbride Golf Club review

West Linton

West Linton

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  • Location: Borders
  • Green Fee: £35-£50
  • Par: 69, 6,161 yards

Only 17 miles south of Edinburgh, West Linton is a beautiful conservation village boasting a long and rich history. The golf club is a historic one too, having been formed back in 1890. It was a local schoolmaster Robert Millar who was responsible for founding West Linton Golf Club and for laying out the first nine-hole course those early members played over. James Braid came to make improvements in 1926 and to advise on possible future alterations, many of which were acted upon over the following years. The course was extended to 18-holes in 1972.

– Full West Linton Golf Club review

Wales

Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth - Hole 16

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  • Location: Cardiganshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £35; Day: £50
  • Par: 70, 6,119 yards

Aberystwyth is a university town roughly midway up the very beautiful west coast of Wales. Sitting on elevated land just to the north, this delightful downland/parkland mix was designed by Harry Vardon over a century ago. It is an extremely friendly club that is largely run by its members and the course is presented in excellent condition. Anyone who enjoys their golf should really like Aberystwyth Golf Club. Its members and small greenkeeping team do a fantastic job and it deserves to be far better known. 

– Full Aberystwyth Golf Club review

Bull Bay

Bull Bay Golf Club - Hole 1

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  • Location: Isle of Anglesey
  • Green Fee: Round: £32.50-£40 Sun-Fri, £37.50-£45 Sat
  • Par: 70, 6,276 yards

This lightly-bunkered Herbert Fowler design is in the centre of Anglesey’s scenic and craggy north coast. Its elevated position means that wind is often a factor, but to compensate there are views out over the sea and up towards the Isle of Man that are simply magnificent. There are constant changes in direction, each offering something new and unexpected, as well as some very demanding back tee questions. The island of Anglesey has four varied 18-hole courses and so makes for a very interesting, alternative, and well-priced golfing destination. Bull Bay is an extremely friendly club where staff and members take the time to welcome visitors. If it wasn’t quite so off the beaten track – a strength far more than a weakness – it would be far better known. 

– Full Bull Bay Golf Club review

Cardigan

Cardigan Golf Club - Hole 3

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  • Location: Cardiganshire
  • Green Fee: Round: £38-£47
  • Par: 72, 6,445 yards

The remote location of this beautiful course on the west coast of Wales throws up some of the loveliest sea and coastline views in British golf. And while the vistas are striking, it is also a testing but very rewarding hilltop course. Originally a 9-holer, it was extended to a full 18 in the 1970s by Fred Hawtree. Despite its elevated position, the layout here is predominantly links with perhaps just a hint of parkland and maybe a touch of moorland. The course opens with a handful of par 4s, the first two of which head directly southward towards the town. The views are already wonderful, and they stay just as good all the way.

– Full Cardigan Golf Club review

Langland Bay

Langland Bay - Holes 5, 1 and 16

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  • Location: Swansea
  • Green Fee: Round: £60 Mon-Thu; £70 Fri&Sun
  • Par: 70, 6,026 yards

Tucked into a compact but very pretty, elevated and undulating spot between two lovely beaches, Langland Bay is a friendly club with a very scenic course that Sky Sports presenter and All Golf Course columnist Sarah Stirk has described as the Pebble Beach of Wales. There are thrilling drives and tricky approaches, outstanding views, and all that any golfer could wish for to keep fully engaged all the way. The parkland/clifftop hybrid was effectively redesigned by the great James Braid in the mid-1930s. While relatively short, it is nonetheless undoubtedly sweet.

– Full Langland Bay Golf Club review

Llandrindod Wells

Llandrindod Wells - Hole 16

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  • Location: Powys
  • Green Fee: Round: £35wd, £40we: Day: £40wd, £45we
  • Par: 69, 5,762 yards

Although golf was played in the town from 1890, today’s course at Llandrindod Wells was designed by Harry Vardon and opened for play in 1907. He had been given the brief to ‘maximise the views from every tee and from every green’, and this he achieved in great style. Later changes were made by James Braid, the result being a fascinating course with some very interesting holes and panoramic views as magnificent as at just about any inland course in the UK. The endlessly interesting layout is one of the best golf courses in the Brecon Beacons is quite simply one of the most enjoyable you will find anywhere. It is a spellbinder and another hidden gem that deserves to be far better known and more than rewards any effort to get there.

– Full Llandrindod Wells Golf Club review

Llanymynech

Llanymynech Golf Club - Aerial

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  • Location: Powys
  • Green Fee: Round: £30wd, £40we
  • Par: 70, 6,036 yards

The village of Llanymynech sits right on the Welsh/English border, and very unusually, so does its lovely golf course. The two sections are separated by Offa’s Dyke, the ancient frontier earthwork that was built as a rough border between the two countries. The club was formed in 1933, but the evolution of its beautifully-sited cliff-top/hilltop course has largely been lost in the mists of time. This is where a young Ian Woosnam learnt his game more than half a century ago. Technically it is one of the best golf courses in Shropshire as well as one of the loveliest in Wales. With its constant changes of direction and variations in elevation, Llanymynech offers a thorough workout for your golf, your legs and your camera. There is a warm welcome back in the informal clubhouse, and the green fee represents excellent value for money.

– Full Llanymynech Golf Club review

Maesteg

Maesteg Golf Club - 16th hole

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  • Location: Bridgend County
  • Green Fee: £25wd, £30we
  • Par: 70, 5,889 yards

You won’t find this lovely James Braid course in the Llynfi Valley a few miles north of Bridgend on any list of the best golf courses in Wales, but it is a great little find off the beaten track, playing over the kind of springy moorland turf that many golfers find so delightfully accommodating. Despite not quite making it to 6,000 yards, it has a number of surprisingly testing challenges in store. Maesteg may be relatively unknown, but its peaceful, secluded setting, splendid backdrops and glorious moorland turf make it a great option when you’re looking for somewhere a little different for a very modest green fee.

– Full Maesteg Golf Club review

Mountain Ash

Mountain Ash Golf Club - General View

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  • Location: Mid Glamorgan
  • Green Fee: Round: £20-£25
  • Par: 69, 5,553 yards

Mountain Ash fits the bill to a tee when it comes to the ‘hidden gem’ category. It’s a short but very pretty course perched atop Cefnpennar mountain not far from Aberdare in the south Wales valleys with a surprisingly difficult opening par 4. It’s not particularly long but has a decidedly small green that is just 21 yards deep and a mere 10 yards wide, plus OOB all down the right. You’ll then enjoy a number of chances to score over the lower holes, especially the very short par-4 4th that will prove hard to resist at just 254 yards. You then start your ascent up the mountain on the 5th, another short par 4 but one that plays longer than its yardage on account of the steep climb. Once on top, you’ll enjoy a series of hugely enjoyable holes, some framed by heather, and you’ll also get to savour some tremendous views up the Aberdare valley and even across to the Brecon Beacons. 

– Full Mountain Ash Golf Club review

Neath

Neath Golf Club - 9th hole

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  • Location: West Glamorgan
  • Green Fee: Round: £28-£39wd, £33-£44we
  • Par: 72, 6,490 yards

If courses with panoramic views are your thing, some of the hilltop layouts above the Welsh valleys are among the best in the UK when you’re craving that away-from-it-all feeling this form of the game delivers better than any other. James Braid’s 1934 heathland/moorland creation at Neath is a prime example, boasting excellent far-reaching views from a layout that climbs early on – particularly on the blind uphill par-3 2nd – to reveal a golfing canvas of trees, heather, gorse, drystone walls and undulating greens, which will prove singularly perplexing should you stray above the hole.

– Full Neath Golf Club review

Porthmadog

Porthmadog - Hole 10

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  • Location: Gwynedd
  • Green Fee: Round: £45wd, £50we
  • Par: 72, 6,326 yards

Porthmadog Golf Club was established in 1905 and it is home to a remarkably distinctive and varied course. While the front nine and the 18th fall into the parkland category, the links holes in between are packed with fantastic drama and fun, as well as stunning views as you roller-coaster your way through the dunes. If both nines were like the front half you would have an enjoyable and perfectly decent course. Combined with the beauty and variety on offer coming home, however, you have a course that really deserves to be noticed. Porthmadog is quite out of the ordinary, and all the better for it.

– Full Porthmadog Golf Club review

The Rolls as for Monmouth

Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club - 18th hole

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  • Location: Monmouthshire
  • Green Fee: £38-£48
  • Par: 72 6,733 yards

The name ‘Rolls of Monmouth’ may refer not to the golf course’s landscape but to the splendid manor house behind the 18th green, once lived in by the family of Rolls-Royce acclaim, but it should. This is a sweeping, elegant parkland that rumbles oh-so-sweetly over the Welsh countryside and where, perhaps almost unbelievably now, Greg Norman was once the touring pro in the 1980s. It is tranquil, isolated, teeming with wildlife and definitely ranks among the best golf courses in south Wales, especially of the inland variety. The drive in builds the excitement with mature trees revealing glimpses of the course and the manor house, which dates back to 1767. It is a jaw-dropping moment when you see it in its full glory.

– Full Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club review

Ireland

Arklow

Arklow Golf Club - Feature

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  • Location: County Wicklow
  • Green Fee: €45-€55; Weekly Open Events: €25-€35
  • Par: 70, 6,157 yards

Situated just a few miles down the coast from The European Club, one of the very best golf courses in Ireland, there are few car parks that offer such a perfect and inspiring view of a golf links on first arrival. The bumpy and jostling landscape lies below you with the sea stretching out to a headland and the Arklow Bank (windfarm). A quarry to the south and a large warehouse to the north border the links and amplify the shapes of a golf course that stretches to 6,157 yards. The links dates back to 1927 and it has evolved steadily in recent years, with pristine conditioning and remarkable green complexes boasting exuberant slopes. This is particularly true of the course’s five terrific par-3s with three of these neatly nestled together among crumpled dunes close to the sea.

– Full Arklow Golf Club review

Dingle Golf Links - Hole 11

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  • Location: Co. Kerry
  • Green Fee: €105 mid season; €120 peak season
  • Par: 72, 6,447 yards

Perhaps only Connemara, and Waterville, one of the best courses in the All Golf Course Top 100, can match Dingle for the beauty of the journey to reach the golf course. Sea and lakes and mountains slide by along the route. It adds to the occasion, no question. Set on the outer most tip of the Dingle Peninsula, this is the most westerly golf course in Europe. The Three Sisters, rising above the course, are cliff peaks that add an other-worldly feel to the occasion… which may explain why they were chosen as a Star Wars filming location. The course was first designed by Eddie Hackett in 1971 – his 18 hole design was only completed in 1992 – and it is the epitome of deceptive links golf where almost every shot will cast doubt in your mind.

– Full Dingle Golf Links review

Fermoy

Fermoy Golf Club - Hole 13

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  • Location: Co. Cork
  • Green Fee: €25-€30
  • Par: 70, 5,568 metres

Exuberant is not a word often used to describe a golf course…but then you probably haven’t played Fermoy. Situated half an hour north of Cork and so not a million miles from the iconic Old Head Golf Links, this is joyful, unpretentious and exhilarating golf, set on a hilltop. There is a freedom to the design that flows through the pines and promises one enjoyable shot after another. The club dates back over 125 years, and it has resided on Corrin Hill, above Fermoy town, since 1972. The greens are uncomplicated affairs and are nearly always accessible thanks in part to the low number of bunkers (27). Overall, Fermoy is a charming and exceptional value round of golf and yet, laid out on such shapely terrain, it is not easy by any means.

– Full Fermoy Golf Club review

North West

North West Golf Club - Hole 3 - Feature

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  • Location: Co. Donegal
  • Green Fee: €60-€70; Twilight: €30-€35
  • Par: 70, 6,342 yards

North West is one of the oldest courses in Ireland, dating back to 1891. It lies on the Inishowen Peninsula, and many a travelling golfer bypasses it en route to Ballyliffin Golf Club, home to two Top 100 golf courses. You get a good view of the links as you drive north into Buncrana, squeezed as it is between the road and the sea. Perhaps it looks too flat to grab your attention fully, but it has not idly been dubbed ‘the St Andrews of Ireland’. This is perfect, low linksland and a dynamic links education where your skills in the art of bump-and-run will be well tested.

– Full North West Golf Club review

Portumna

Portumna Golf Club - 16th hole

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  • Location: Co. Galway
  • Green Fee: €30-€45
  • Par: 72, 6,684 yards

This is a parkland beauty lost in deep forest, cavorting over old estate lands where deer roam and towering trees stand old and alone. It is big and muscular, it has the frills, it has a signature hole (par-5 17th) often discussed in conversations about Ireland’s ‘best holes’, and it rates highly in national rankings. Its lack of recognition is a head-scratcher, for sure, but Portumna continues to fly below the radar, probably rating as the second-best course in County Galway behind only the splendidly remote links at Connemara Golf Club.

– Full Portumna Golf Club review

Rossmore

Rossmore Golf Club - 14th hole

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  • Location: Co. Monaghan
  • Green Fee: €35-€40
  • Par: 71, 5,962 metres

Rossmore is the perfect example of a golf course set in wild Irish countryside. It can be found in in Co. Monaghan where Concra Wood is perhaps the star attraction – one of Ireland’s most visually dramatic 21st century creations designed by Christy O’Connor Jnr and his namesake uncle. Big, rolling drumlins plunge in different directions and there are many elevation changes. Golf has been played on this same site since the club was first founded in 1916, and, given the heaving terrain and the lack of battery-powered trolleys until the late 1970s, there must have been some tired golfers at the end of the day. 

– Full Rossmore Golf Club review

Strandhill

Strandhill Golf Club pictured

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  • Location: Co. Sligo
  • Green Fee: €30-€100
  • Par: 70, 6,088 yards

Strandhill in Co. Sligo is Ireland’s quirkiest 18-hole links. It is also one of its most scenic and entertaining. It lies across the bay from the renowned links at County Sligo Golf Club, also known as Rosses Point – and under the gaze of Knocknarea Mountain. While it never receives the same plaudits as its neighbour it does offer something very different…and for a considerably cheaper green fee. Here, the sea crashes in on two sides. Horses race over the sand to the south, while large waves have turned the water to the west into a surfer’s paradise. Teeing off on the par-4 7th next to surfers riding the crashing waves is a unique experience.

– Full Strandhill Golf Club review

Tullamore

Tullamore Golf Club - 7th hole

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  • Location: Co. Offaly
  • Green Fee: €40-€45
  • Par: 70, 6,248 yards

James Braid’s Tullamore is located not far from the Tullamore Dew Whiskey distillery, and is a mature parkland of lazy doglegs sweeping left and right through towering trees. The oak, beech and chestnut which hold inexorable sway over the course give a woodland feel but, through it all, you can feel a master’s hand at work. Braid’s routing was intuitive and the fairway corridors flowed freely across the landscape and through the trees. The terrain is of the gently rolling variety which makes Tullamore – above all else – classy, elegant golf. The perfect greens seal that assessment and this is a club that prides itself on its quality. Various national championships have been held here so you will not be disappointed on that front.

– Full Tullamore Golf Club review 

Northern Ireland

Clandeboye (Ava)

Clandeboye GC pictured

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  • Location: Co. Down
  • Green Fee: £60-£80
  • Par: 70, 5,748 yards

The word ‘gem’ is often associated with something small. In golf course terms that means short or a diminutive par. Clandeboye’s Ava may appear to fulfil both criteria (seven par-4s fall between 300 and 330 yards) but it is big at heart, and bristles with entertainment. It also provides a stern challenge for the wayward. The Ava may be Clandeboye’s second course – the Dufferin has impressive championship credentials and hosts the Euro Pro Tour Northern Ireland Masters – and most visiting golfers will be lured by the bigger sibling, but the Ava provides a punchy adventure of a different hue. Here you can expect a plucky heathland terrain of constant, sharp and unexpected eruptions.

– Full Clandeboye Ava Course review

Moyola Park

Moyola Park Golf Club - Feature

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  • Location: Co. Derry
  • Green Fee: £35-£40; Twilight: £15
  • Par: 71, 6,383 yards

Moyola Park in County Derry is one of Northern Ireland’s big and best kept secrets. It is similar to Ireland’s Portumna, in that regard and is situated an hour south and inland of Royal Portrush Golf Club, one of the very best golf courses in Northern Ireland. This is a grand parkland experience of rivers, ancient woodland, a tree-drenched hill and fun holes. It is rich and vibrant, and the trees dominate and define holes as they move serenely over the undulating terrain.

– Full Moyola Park Golf Club review

Scrabo

Scrabo Golf Club - 18th green

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  • Location: Co. Down
  • Green Fee: £20-£30
  • Par: 71, 6,270 yards

Since 1907, Scrabo has played over this rugged, bumpy, unpredictable, sometimes unfair but always adventurous and adrenaline-inducing hilltop terrain. It lies at pretty much the opposite end of County Down to the current No.1-ranked course in the All Golf Course UK&I Top 100, the Championship Links at Royal County Down. Gorse often swamps your foreground while views spill for miles, stretching down Strangford Lough and across to Scotland, and the Isle of Man. Right from the start you are hit by the drama of the course and its setting. 

– Full Scrabo Golf Club review

What Is A Hidden Gem Golf Course?

The term ‘hidden gem’ may have become one of golf’s most-used clichés, but we make no apology for using it because it very succinctly sums up exactly the kind of course we are very happy to recommend. ‘Hidden’, in that they are not so well known, and ‘gems’, as they are beautiful and to be treasured.

A great many clubs describe themselves on their website and in their publicity as hidden gems, and we are very fortunate to have a vast number of such courses where this is fully justified, often close at hand. We feel that this description is most suited to courses where entertaining and engaging golf is at the forefront, where the setting, variety, views and all-round atmosphere are every bit as important, indeed even more so, than strategic design or an exacting championship test. Also, the kind of course that won’t unduly damage either your golf ball stocks or your bank balance. One you will leave with a smile on your face and making a keen mental note to return.

The Selection Process

Our biennial list of the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK & Ireland is produced using a long-established and carefully honed set of criteria, and with the help of a team of experienced and enthusiastic readers. It is as objective and comprehensive as any such process can be. For this exercise, and with no intent on ranking the courses against one another, we employed a simplified but still painstaking process.

With a far greater number of candidates from which to select 100 Hidden Gems, our panel of five thought long and hard about their golfing experiences to set up a draft list. Between us, we have played in excess of 3,000 courses, the vast majority of which are in the UK & Ireland.

We also contacted our 30-plus team of readers who assess courses for our rankings. We sought their suggestions in order to see which venues had a consensus of support and make sure that we had a comprehensive and reasonably proportional representation from all regions.

Naturally, we excluded all of the clubs in the Top 100 and all but a handful of the Next 100 on the basis that while they are all gems, very few remain hidden. Inevitably, there will be one or two clubs which some people will consider to be too big or well-known to be a hidden gem, but we felt that there are a few cases where fame is relatively local. We were keen to spread the word a little further.

100 Best Cheap Golf Courses In UK And Ireland – The selection panel

Michael Harris

Editor of All Golf Course since 2006 and a member of four golf clubs, Michael has played more than 400 courses in the UK&I

Jeremy Ellwood

Jezz oversees the All Golf Course courses’ content and has played well over 900 courses including all of the UK&I Top 100

Rob Smith

Rob coordinates our course rankings process and recently played his 1,150th design of which 880 are in the UK&I

Fergus Bisset

A former captain of Banchory Golf Club in Aberdeenshire, Fergus has played more than 150 courses in Scotland and a similar number elsewhere across these isles

Kevin Markham

Kevin is based to the south of Dublin and is a successful writer and photographer who has played almost 500 courses including 380 in Ireland

100 Best Cheap Golf Courses In UK And Ireland – By the numbers

Graphic of hidden gem golf course numbers and map

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