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8 Courses in the UK for your next Golf Escape

This week’s blog is a guide to eight of the best courses in for the UK for your next golf escape. For an unruly challenge, beautiful landscapes and a varied layout, any one of these golf courses will provide players with an unforgettable round of golf. Whether you are looking to enjoy a leisurely round of golf, or show off some of your best talents, then any one of these golf courses would be an unbeatable option for your next golf escape. For all those that do not want to deal with all of the costs and stresses associated with flying but still want to experience some of Europe’s best golf, then all eight of these golf courses would make a superb choice.

First up is the Castle Stuart Golf Links located in the heart of the stunning Scottish countryside. On this golf course, golfers could not be in a better position to enjoy some of the breath-taking views that the Scottish landscape is known so well for. Despite the golf course only being created in 2009, it has already established itself as one of the best golf courses in Scotland and it has helped set the standards for the creation of future golf courses in the area, making it an unbeatable choice for your next golf escape. If our recommendation is not enough to encourage you to book in a round of golf at the Castle Stuart Golf Links, an impressive four Scottish Opens have been hosted at the golf course, one of which was hosted in its first year of opening, so it is clear that the Castle Stuart Golf Links has not failed to make an incredible first impression for all those who attempt its unruly fairways. Throughout the golf course, players will struggle to not be distracted by the beautiful views spanning across the neighbouring Kessock Bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse, some of the Scottish Highland’s most eye-catching sights. Despite the immaculate conditions of the Castle Stuart Golf Links’ fairways and greens, the golf course has been incredibly adapted from the area’s natural landscape to create the spectacular golf course that stands today.

The Belfry is widely considered to be the UK’s centrepiece for golf, and with a round of golf on the Belfry Brabazon golf course, it is not difficult to see why. If the very fact that this golf course has hosted the Ryder Cup more than any other golf course does not persuade you to come and play it, then its unruly challenge will. Despite the golf course’s lengthy history and impressive golfing legacy, with recent renovations, the golf course plays to the same standard it did when it was originally created. With a unique layout, some tricky shots and plenty of challenges, golfers are encouraged to bring plenty of balls with them on their round. The Belfry Brabazon Course is undeniably one of the most challenging golf courses in the UK, meaning it is a great opportunity to show off some great talent should you succeed, or alternatively, golfers will have to face some slight embarrassment should they fail to manoeuvre around one of the many water hazards across the golf course. Golfers must anticipate a truly challenging round of golf here, as the bunkers are strategically placed in the best position to hinder a steady scorecard, and even the greens are unforgivingly fast, so there really is nowhere for golfers to try to redeem themselves should they slip up. To follow in the footsteps of some of the golfing world’s biggest names including Sam Torrance and Paul McGinley, then the Belfry Brabazon golf course is an unbeatable choice.


Located in the heart of the surrounding Portstewart Strand countryside next to the coast lies the Strand Course located at the Portstewart Golf Club. Since its opening in 1992, the golf course has steadily improved its reputation to now be recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s best golf courses, making it a superb option for your next golf escape in the UK. Golfers never fail to return to the Strand Course year after year to challenge its perfectly manicured greens and open fairways to enjoy an invigorating round of golf. Measuring to an impressive 7,000 yards, the Strand Course mostly welcomes the more experienced golfer to challenge its fairways. The Strand Course is the perfect choice for all golfers who are looking to test their skills while enjoying a fantastic round of golf. The layout is varied in its design, but the beautiful coastal views are consistent across the golf course. The front nine and back nine vary in their views; the front nine are positioned weaving in and out of huge dunes dominating the landscape, whereas the back nine are equally as challenging and offer even more dramatic views. No hole at the Strand Course are remotely similar in their features or layout, so golfers should expect to be kept on their toes consistently throughout their round. With some tight doglegs, the potential for a prevailing coastal wind and a varied layout, it comes as no surprise that the Strand Course at the Portstewart Golf Course is on the bucket list of so many golfers in the UK.

Yet another great golf course for your next golf break in Ireland is the Cork Golf Club, widely considered to be among one of the most breath-taking golf courses in Ireland. For an unruly test of golf where you are sure to find every aspect of your game challenged, then the Cork Golf Club is the perfect golf course for you. This championship golf course has accommodated for both major professional championships since its creation, as well as amateur competitions, meaning golfers of all skill sets and abilities will be accommodated for. The golf course is truly unique in its landscape and design as it has hints of a links golf course for all those players who favour an American-style golf course. Furthermore, holes six to ten are positioned in a historic limestone quarry, so it is imperative that players make good use of studying the course map prior to their round. With a new challenge around every corner, golfers are set to have one of their best rounds of golf to date. The Cork Golf Club is a consistent favourite among golfers in the UK, and it is hardly difficult to see why; the golf course offers all who attempt it an invigorating round of golf, and combined with a beautiful layout in one of the most dramatic landscapes in the Cork region, golfers can easily see what all the fuss is about.

The Twenty Ten Course at the world-famous Celtic Manor Resort made its debut at the 2010 Ryder Cup, and since then, it has made a huge name of itself in the golfing world. The Twenty Ten Course should be a top golf course on any serious golfer’s list of must-play golf courses in the UK due to its outstanding reputation, beautiful landscapes and its unique challenge. The golf course itself was designed to host on the world’s most famous golf tournaments, meaning it should not fall short of any expectations for a superb round of golf. The Twenty Ten Course scales back an impressive 7,493 yards, therefore the sheer size of the golf course is a challenge in itself, regardless of the hazards in its design. The designers of the golf course were sure to incorporate plenty of water hazards as to trip up a steady scorecard wherever possible; water hazards are introduced on half of the holes here, so any amateurs must be sure to bring plenty of spare golf balls. While the Twenty Ten Course offers a stern test of golf it has many risk and reward elements to it, so if golfers can get their wits about them, then they are sure to prevail. However, even if golfers find themselves doing well, the final 18th hole can trip up even the most experienced golfer as shown in some of the most unforgettable Ryder Cup moments. While the challenge is consistent throughout the Twenty Ten Course, each of its 18 holes have a unique character, and many of them have a real links feel to them.

Another fantastic golf course in Wales to play on your next golf holiday in the UK is the Nefyn and District Golf Club, a beautiful coastal golf course lining the Porthdinllaen cliffs. The golf club comprises of 27 holes of superb golf set across its Old Course and the modern extension. Throughout their round of golf, players can take in breath-taking views across the sea and all along the dramatic coastline across the peninsular. On a clear summer’s day, golfers should be able to see the Wicklow Mountains from across the Irish Sea. However, the views at the Nefyn and District Golf Club is not its only dramatic aspect; the golf course is known to offer an unruly challenge that even experienced golfers find themselves tested and intimidated by. However, with a good range of tee-off options, even amateur golfers can enjoy a spectacular round of golf here. Despite its creation over one hundred years ago at the start of the 20th century, the greens and fairways at the Nefyn and District Golf Club are kept in immaculate condition in all seasons, meaning a great round of golf can be enjoyed here throughout the year. The Nefyn and District Golf Club comprises of three loops of nine which can be selected depending on the individual skill set and preferences of golfers; the Old Course combines the front and middle nine, and they are typically the favourite choice among golfers due to its fantastic views and holes played directly across the cliff edges.


Designed by the world-renowned Jack Nicklaus, on the Nicklaus Course at the St Mellion Golf Club, you are set to have an unforgettable round of golf. While the Nicklaus Course is Nicklaus’ first golf course design in Europe, he has not failed to leave his mark since its opening in 1988; Nicklaus has even commented that he managed to exceed his own expectations with the design of this golf course, meaning it is truly an unmissable golf course on your next UK golf break. The Nicklaus Course is the perfect golf course for players who are looking for the perfect mix of course with American roots, mixed with a contemporary European design. This golf course is not for the faint-hearted and it is sure to test each and every aspect of your game with several multi-tiered greens and some really tricky tee shots. With its fantastic range of hazards and its unforgiving greens, the Nicklaus Course is best suited for lower handicappers who are looking to push their golfing talents to the limits on one of the UK’s best golf courses, and one of Jack Nicklaus’ finest pieces of work.

Last but not least is the Hunting Course located at the Slaley Hall Golf Club. Commonly labelled as the “Augusta of the North”, players should anticipate a gruelling round of golf here, and it is certainly a must for your next golf break in the UK. This superb golf course was designed by the world-famous golf architect Dave Thomas; so golfers should expect nothing less than an unforgettable round of golf. While the Hunting Course poses as a challenge to even the most experienced of golfers, with a great range of tee off options, even the more amateur players can enjoy a round of golf here. Set in the heart of a pine forest, golfers can enjoy an idyllic and leisurely round while being kept on their toes throughout. Dave Thomas did not fail in his ambitions to create a superb golf course that blends in perfectly with its natural landscape to host its original features. While the dense pine forest areas are undoubtedly aesthetically pleasing, with many trees dotted around the edges of the narrow fairways, they are sure to capture any wayward shots to taint even a steady scorecard. Demanding the perfect balance of length and accuracy, amateurs should be sure to bring plenty of extra balls!

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on eight of the best golf courses in the UK to make your next local golf break your best one yet. If you are still finding yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777 to hear more about why it is best to stay local for your next golf escape.

About the Author

Natasha Ruben

I am a Politics student at Cardiff University, and I am just coming to the end of the second year of my degree. After I graduate, I am looking to become fluent in a European language so that I can make the most out of my golf holidays. My favourite golfing destination has to be the Costa del Sol as it offers the perfect combination of sun, sea, golf and nightlife.

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