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
Cheshire 88 9.1
Surrey 115 9.1
Lancashire 103 9.0
Merseyside 46 9.0
West Yorkshire 86 8.9
Berkshire 46 8.9
North Yorkshire 57 8.9
Cornwall 40 8.9
Lincolnshire 56 8.9
Hertfordshire 84 8.9
Cumbria 36 8.8
Northumberland 45 8.8
Nottinghamshire 47 8.8
Greater Manchester 62 8.8
South Yorkshire 51 8.8
Devon 54 8.8
Kent 100 8.7
Humberside 41 8.7
Hampshire 71 8.7
Buckinghamshire 63 8.7
West Midlands 73 8.7
Worcestershire 42 8.7
Leicestershire 35 8.6
Wiltshire 30 8.6
Norfolk 38 8.6
Essex 96 8.6
Warwickshire 52 8.6
Shropshire 31 8.5
Staffordshire 54 8.5
Derbyshire 34 8.5
East Sussex 44 8.5
West Sussex 52 8.5
Herefordshire 9 8.4
Somerset 26 8.4
Bristol 31 8.4
Dorset 40 8.4
Bedfordshire 40 8.3
County Durham 22 8.3
Northamptonshire 32 8.3
Middlesex 44 8.3
Cambridgeshire 38 8.3
Suffolk 39 8.2
Isle of Wight 8 8.2
Cleveland 16 8.1
Oxfordshire 38 8.1
Gloucestershire 27 8.1
London 33 8.0
Isle of Man 8 7.4
Channel Islands 12 7.3
Isles of Scilly 1 N/R
  • Olton Golf Club
    great surprise
    This is a hidden gem of a course in Solihull. Its a mature parkland course with a challenging but very fair set up. Greens are the best I have played on maybe with the exception of Kiawah Island. The new bunker structure is very good and visible. will definitely be back soon good value for money, nice clubhouse and friendly people
    Olton Golf Club
    9.5 / 10 stars
    this review is the subjective opinion of a GOLFBOO user and not of GOLFBOO S.L
  • Churston Golf Club
    Amazing Course
    A beautifully crafted course with stunning seaside views. The greens are always in excellent condition and each hole provides a unique challenge. Lovely clubhouse with friendly and welcoming members and staff. The top course in South Devon for sure if not Devon.
    Churston Golf Club
    9.0 / 10 stars
    this review is the subjective opinion of a GOLFBOO user and not of GOLFBOO S.L
  • Churston Golf Club
    Churston GC
    Churston Golf Club is one of the best courses I've ever been lucky enough to play. It has the mixture of parkland and links golf, which you do not find often. The greens are superb, and views even better.
    Churston Golf Club
    9.3 / 10 stars
    this review is the subjective opinion of a GOLFBOO user and not of GOLFBOO S.L