Did you know that golf is hugely beneficial for not just physical health, but mental health too? If you’re a golfer living in England, or planning a golf trip to the United Kingdom, you might like to know where is best to play.
While Scotland is the home of golf, there are beautiful and popular courses south of the Scottish border.
If you want to know more about the best golf courses in England for amateur and professional golfers alike, you’re in the right place. Keep reading as we take a look at 5 of our favorites.
1. Royal St George’s Golf Club, Kent
While this list describes the best golf courses in England, the reality about Royal St George’s is that it’s one of the best golf courses in the world.
Located on the stunning Kent coast, it is surrounded by rolling dunes and is truly a beautiful place to play golf.
The club not only has the main course, but it also has fantastic training facilities, including a driving range, putting greens, and practice nets.
2. Royal Birkdale
Royal Birkdale has hosted The Open eight times and has been around for over 130 years.
There aren’t many golf courses in England given the title “royal.” To gain this illustrious title, the club must either invite a member of the Royal family to be an honorary member or apply for the title, which is then granted by the monarchy.
If you’re visiting Liverpool, Royal Birkdale is nearby—the club is on the North West coast in Southport. You can expect a real challenge, especially if the wind is up!
3. The Old Course, Walton Heath Golf Club
Links courses often have the best reputations because of the changeable winds make it a different experience every time you play.
But that’s not to say that parkland golf courses can’t be just as thrilling. In fact, the winds on the front 9 at The Old Course at Walton Health are comparable to the swirling coastal winds of a links course.
The course itself is only a few miles off the M25, but you won’t believe that once you’re there. It feels like a tranquil escape, and you’ll love the experience.
4. Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
Royal Lytham & St Annes is a stunning course that fully deserves its royal title.
If you want a picturesque golfing experience, this gem has Blackpool Tower on the backdrop and is next to an old railway line.
An interesting fact about this course is that it has the only par 3 opening hole on The Open rota.
5. Hotchkin Course, Woodhall Spa Golf Club
Inland golf courses have the benefit of feeling “tucked away” rather than exposed to the coast. This gives an aura of an exclusive, secluded experience, and Hotchkin Course is a fantastic example of just that.
The closing hole on this course is a par 5 hole and is a whopping 540 yards. So if you’ve had a great game up to that point, there’s no room to slack on the last hole!
Have You Played Any of These Golf Courses in England?
This list of the best golf courses in England is just scratching the surface of the fantastic array of courses available in the country.
Whether you’re new to the game, or a seasoned player, you’re set to enjoy some of not just England’s best courses but the world’s.
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