Choosing The Perfect Golf Course – UK Edition

St Andrews old golf course with a hotel in the background

Choosing the Perfect Golf Course – UK Edition

Played since 1552, golf is an unbelievably popular sport across the whole world. It’s a sport that can be played at any skill level, any age, any time of year and at any level of fitness. To create an enjoyable golfing experience there are many factors to consider, it is vital to select the right golf course!

Known as ‘the home of golf’, St Andrews Links in Scotland is famous for being one of the earliest locations where golf was played as a sport. The first ever 18-hole course was constructed at St Andrews in 1764, and in 1834 King William IV titled it the ‘Royal and Ancient’ Golf Club of St Andrews’ – the world’s premier golf club. Today, St Andrews Links is a private members club and the most famous of their courses is the Old Course, which has hosted the Open Championship more than any other venue. It has the widest opening and closing fairway in golf, following the natural slopes of the Scottish countryside. The signature hole on the course is the 17th par-4 ‘Road Hole’, and the supreme closing hole finishes in front of the impressive Royal & Ancient clubhouse. Old Course also boasts the world famous Swilcan Bridge and the Hell bunker.

Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Described as a “remarkably majestic, challenging and varied course”, this beautiful coastal golf club was established in 1889. This golf club was granted the title of Royal by George VI of England in 1951, and is the No. 1-voted golf club in England. It has hosted the Open Championship 10 times, second only toSt Andrews Links. It boasts a championship-level course that offers one of the most complete golf experiences in the world, and is most suitable for avid golfers who enjoy a challenge. It was redesigned in 1922, and the current layout  winds its way through a perfect landscape of sand dunes by the Irish sea – a tricky course full of history. Hole 12 is the signature, an 183 yard par 3 located right next to the sea but hidden in the big sand dunes with a giant bunker short left just waiting to collect your golf ball!

Royal Portrush Golf Club

Located in an area of breathtaking natural beauty, the Royal Portrush Golf Club is a stunning seaside golf club founded in 1888 as The County Club. The Duke of York added ‘Royal’ to its name in 1982. With tall limestone cliffs to the east and giant rolling hills to the west, the Dunluce links are named for the ruins of Dunluce castle that overlook the course. It is a visually stunning but intimidating course, full of natural hazards and ever-present wind. After some careful consideration, two holes were added to the course so that it could accommodate a modern-day Open Championship, making it the only club outside of mainland Britain to host the Open Championship. The 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club in 2019 was a roaring success, and it will return in 2025 for the 153rd edition. It is suitable for both amateurs and professionals, especially those that enjoy fast, challenging play.

Celtic Manor

Offering three world-class championship golf courses, Celtic Manor is a golf, spa and luxury hotel in Wales. It offers a golfing experience like none other in the UK, with the Montgomerie golf course, Roman Road golf course and Twenty Ten golf course set in the beautiful Welsh countryside. During the Roman Empire, the Via Julia Augusta and a number of other Roman roads wound through this location to the local Roman towns. The manor house was built in 1860 by a coal baron named Thomas Powell. There is a huge variety of accommodation available here to suit everybody, but the 5-star Resort Hotel at the centre of the resort definitely steals the show. Whether you are planning on playing golf, partying or pampering, you’ll be able to find everything you need and more in this fantastic golfing destination. Home of the 2010 Ryder cup, the Wales Open & the 2020 Celtic Classic, the Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor is ranked as one of the best courses in Wales.


When selecting a golf course, you’ll want to consider the variety of holes, the routing between the holes, pricing and weather conditions. Just as you’d want to read reviews and gather information before picking a casino on, it’s equally important to check reviews and consider various factors when deciding on your perfect UK golf course. So, whether you’re an avid golfer or a newcomer to the sport, taking the time to make an informed choice will undoubtedly enhance your golfing adventures.

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