Golf in England

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Golf in England has never been more popular. There are more than 750,000 registered golfers in a country where there are almost 2000 golf courses – three times as many as Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales combined! England is often overlooked as a golfing destination with tourists preferring to head to other parts of the British Isles however with the quality and quantity on offer this has to change!

There were four Englishmen in the top 10 of the golf world rankings at the end of 2010. With Justin Rose breaking the English 17 year major drought in 2013 and plenty of exciting youngsters coming through and winning on the European Tour – golf in England is in great shape.

It is said that golf first came to England in 1603, after the death of Queen Elizabeth I. James VI of Scotland became King of England and the staff that he brought with him had played a lot of golf north of the border. They searched for the perfect place to play golf in the country and started to play in Blackheath – which is now home still the home of Royal Blackheath Golf Club, the oldest golf club in the world!

One of the best things about golf in England is the diversity of the golf courses. The differing landscapes are perfect for golf and there are numerous quality links, parkland and heathland courses all over the country. From Cornwall  to Northumberland  and everywhere in between there is a great golf course to be played. In the northwest of the country lies Royal Birkdale Golf Club  which is renowned all over the world as one of the best in the country. 

Opened in 1889 as a nine hole course, the clubs execs decided to uproot after a few years and move to nearby Birkdale Hills where an 18-hole course was built and opened for play just before the turn of the century. The club has been seen as one of the premier clubs in the whole of the UK ever since shown by the fact that it has hosted nine Open Championships – the latest being in 2008.

Only five other golf clubs in England have had the privilege of hosting the event, and the host of the last stage of qualifying for the tournament for the past nine years has been Sunningdale Golf Club. Located in the county of Berkshire, the home of Windsor Castle, the golf course opened in 1900 having been designed by world renowned golf architect, Harry Colt. It is undeniably one of the best heathland courses in the world and has been recognised by many major golf magazines, websites etc. as being the best in England.

If you do take a golf holiday in England, make sure you save enough time for sightseeing as the country has so much to offer! The destination for most tourists is London, offering a myriad of museums and sights to see. From Buckingham Palace to The London Eye, St Pauls Cathedral to The Shard – it’s impossible to see everything that you’ll want. Make sure you save a few days!

However, to really understand what England has to offer, you must get out of the capital and head to the countryside. Beautiful national parks, charming little towns and villages and gorgeous stretches of coast mean that it’s easy to find a peaceful and relaxing time!

It’s so easy to get to England; by plane, car, train, boat…you can even swim (although this might be hard with a golf bag)! London itself has five international airports and there are a number of flights every day from all over the world to all of them and the 20 other international airports based all over the country. If you decide to use London as a base then both the train and bus service is second to none and London connects the north and south of the country.

England is often overshadowed by the lure of Scotland, Ireland and Wales but in our view, this is a mistake! With numerous quality golf courses, to suit all abilities and tastes, and so much to see it really is the perfect golf holiday destination

Take a look at the golf holiday packages available on our website and find out for yourself!

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Destinations in England

destination courses rating
Surrey 115 8.7
Cheshire 88 8.6
Merseyside 46 8.5
West Yorkshire 86 8.5
Northumberland 45 8.5
Lancashire 103 8.4
Nottinghamshire 47 8.4
Hertfordshire 84 8.4
Berkshire 46 8.4
Greater Manchester 62 8.4
Lincolnshire 56 8.4
North Yorkshire 57 8.4
Kent 100 8.4
South Yorkshire 51 8.4
Cumbria 36 8.4
Buckinghamshire 63 8.3
Devon 54 8.3
West Midlands 73 8.3
Wiltshire 30 8.3
Cornwall 40 8.3
Hampshire 71 8.3
Humberside 41 8.3
Worcestershire 42 8.2
Essex 96 8.2
Norfolk 38 8.2
West Sussex 52 8.2
Shropshire 31 8.1
Warwickshire 52 8.1
East Sussex 44 8.1
Leicestershire 35 8.1
Derbyshire 34 8.1
Staffordshire 54 8.0
Bedfordshire 40 8.0
Dorset 40 8.0
Bristol 31 7.9
Somerset 26 7.9
Oxfordshire 38 7.8
Cambridgeshire 38 7.8
Middlesex 44 7.8
Suffolk 39 7.8
Northamptonshire 32 7.8
Herefordshire 9 7.8
County Durham 22 7.8
Isle of Wight 8 7.7
Cleveland 16 7.6
Gloucestershire 27 7.6
London 33 7.5
Isle of Man 8 7.3
Channel Islands 12 6.7
Isles of Scilly 1 N/R
  • Cobtree Manor Golf Club
    Please read carefully, winter mats in play, poor condition
    Points I would like to raise as problems with our round (we were a 3 ball and paid about £90 approx.) Tee off time was 7:38am Etiquette of the course, i. Players must play without delay, only 5 minutes must be allowed to find a lost ball and a match losing one clear hole must allow the following match to play through. ii. Divots must be replaced, pitch marks repaired on greens and bunkers must be raked. i response:- 1. We were approached on the 10th tee by an older gentlemen with grey hair and high visibility jacket (yellow) on, he made an unnecessary passing comment about slow play. 2. The 4 ball in front of us being 300 yards in front, I highlighted it was not a safe distance with our driving capabilities and the 3 ball behind us were still on the previous green. ii response:- 1. The condition of the course was the worst I have seen it for the given time of year. 2. There were patches of mud and divots all over the greens on multiple holes (please see evidence attached) 3. The winter mats were the biggest problem with very seldom places to actually put your tee in the provided area (please see evidence attached) 4. The winter mats were covered in stones, a brush could have been a solution, instead spent a long while not trying to damage our drivers any further than had already happened (please see evidence attached) Additional Points 1. Now I appreciate there are winter mats in play but there were no yardage signs to indicate how far this had adjusted the distance of the hole by. 2. Your yardage signs are actually wrong at present, they are stating there are only white and red tees, yet there are yellow and blue tee indicators in the ground? (please see attached evidence- you even have 2 white tees indicated on your new signs, see secondary e-mail evidence) 3. Other players were complaining and cursing at the condition of the course and when I went into obtain details and raise the issue was told people had been commenting on how good the course was for this time of year, really (please see evidence of condition of course) 4. Our drivers are now damaged due to the level of stones on the winter mats and the stones wedged in the broken tee holes, some stones are very fine and coarse making it hard to detect Our experience of Cobtree has been good before, hence why we booked to play here, but we all feel angry and let down.
    Cobtree Manor Golf Club
    2.0 / 10 stars
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  • Letchworth Golf Club
    Great Course
    This course is the finest around with real parkland features . The greens are true/pure and fast constantly .The attention to detail is so impressive the courses are well maintained and have many picturebook holes .The driving range is state of the art with many features with bunkers, greens and a diamond cut fairway so it sets up like a Golf hole.The Academy course is newly built and a great test of golf this Is also maintained like the main course to high standard
    Letchworth Golf Club
    9.8 / 10 stars
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  • Walton Heath Golf Club - The New Course
    Tough but noisy
    When the wind blows at Walton both the old and the new courses can be very tough. A fairly easy start at the New but after the first couple every hole has bite. A premium on accuracy tee to green as both the bunkers and heather are very penal. A lovely clubhouse with a very warm welcome, and an excellent bar and food service. You know you have been in a real test after a round here. The only drawback in winter is the noise from the motorway which spoils an otherwise serene golfing experience.
    Walton Heath Golf Club - The New Course
    8.4 / 10 stars
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