Uk’s Top Golf Courses

Uk’s Top Golf Courses

Royal St George’s

Royal St GeorgeRoyal St George’s Golf Club has a distinguished golfing history and is proud to have hosted amateur and professional tournaments since the 1880’s. It is one of England’s premier venues and has played host to The Open Championship fourteen times.

The courses have been markedly changed in order to continue to host golf’s most important event, Royal St. George‘s makes for a fascinating study in the development of golf course architecture for over a century. Understanding when, what and who drove certain changes to this historic links traces the evolution of the game. For instance the shift from gutta-percha to the rubber core Haskell brought alterations to the course prior to hosting the 1911 Open. As golf course architecture became more defined during its Golden Age, the desire to balance the length of the two nines drove further changes. After World War II, blind shots became out of vogue and thus the course fell from favor until modifications were made in the mid-1970s. [More information on Royal St George’s]

Royal Porthcawl

Porthcawl

Royal Porthcawl was founded in 1891.The course has a magnificent setting sloping down to the seashore. The absence of sand hills usually found on links courses enables the golfer to see the sea from every hole and to enjoy memorable views south to Somerset and Exmoor also northwest across Swansea Bay to the Gower Peninsula. With holes facing into every point of the compass, the player is always tested by the wind and will probably need every club in the bag. [More information on Royal Porthcawl]

Royal St David’s

Royal St David’s is one of Wales’ premier golf courses established in 1894. Royal St David’s Golf Club is the home of one of the finest traditional links courses in the world. The undulating fairways and fast true greens are all to be expected of a championship links course. The Par 69 course has been increased to a challenging 6,629 yards from the Championship Tees following the extension of the practice ground and the reconfiguration of the 17th hole in 2008. It is noted for a succession of long testing par 4 holes and 5 short holes which vary in length and direction. A feature is the large size of the greens. [More information on Royal St David’s]

Aberdovey

Aberdovey is without doubt a living testament to the unique characteristics of links golf. Playing golf here is much more than just a social and sporting activity. It can be considered a journey where you can lose yourself in the beauty of the game nurtured within the beauty of the landscape. Even if you are playing poorly – you will still be uplifted and energised by the golf experience. Three of the legendary architects of the early 20th century; Colt, Braid & Fowler have all had a hand in shaping Aberdovey as it stands today. However, it is the untamed elements of the natural rolling links that has had the greatest role in creating the course. [More information on Aberdovey]

Pennard

Pennard was founded 1896 and was originally laid out by James Braid. The course is a clifftop links on the Gower Peninsula overlooking the stunning Oxwich, Pobbles and Three Cliff Bays. The holes are routed over classically undulating and tumbling links land  full of hummocks, hillocks and hollows with dunes large and small, exactly what we might hope to find beside the shore. There is not a weak or simple hole on this heather framed 6,267 yard, par 71 course.  Awkward lies and stances are a matter of course and the rugged terrain becomes even more dramatic on the back nine. [More information on Pennard]

Muirfield

MuirfieldGolf was first played at Muirfield in 1891 on 18 holes laid out by Old Tom Morris. Restricted by stone walls that completely surrounded the course the original layout occupied 117 acres. The turf was good in places but there were areas of sandy wasteland and some of the lower points were waterlogged. Over a period of thirty years the land was drained and the sandy areas were seeded and cultivated. Muirfield hosted the first Open Championship to be played over 72 holes in 1892 and then again in 1896. After each event, the course received some criticism and improvements were made.  It was evident that the surrounding walls had limited the design and the first significant alteration was made with the purchase in 1907 of an additional 13 acres. [More information on  Muirfield]

Carnoustie 

Carnoustie consist of three courses, all of which are rated in the top 50 Links courses in the UK and Ireland. The Championship Course has recently (2012) been ranked number one on the Rolex Top 1000 courses of the world. The Championship Course has hosted 7 Open Championships, one Ladies Open and one Seniors Open making it one of the few to have done so in the UK. It is one of the 3 courses used for the  Dunhill Links, the others being Kingsbarns and the Old Course at St Andrews. Generally regarded as the toughest of the Open venues, and for those who understand the game a little more it is probably the fairest too. Without doubt the Carnoustie Championship Course does have the toughest closing stretch of holes anywhere and those finishing the final four holes with no more than a bogey should be suitably content with their play.  [More information on Carnoustie Golf Course]

Royal Birkdale

Royal BirkdaleRoyal Birkdale sits on a stretch of beautiful links land which runs almost uninterrupted for 20 miles north of Liverpool. The course was first established in 1889 but was extensively redesigned in 1922 by Fred Hawtree and J. H. Taylor to create the current layout. It winds its way through the sand dunes towering over each of the fairways. The Open was originally due to visit Royal Birkdale in 1940 but the advent of war delayed this until 1954; since then however, the course has been with Royal Lytham the most regular venue for the Championship other than St Andrews. a The 2008 Open marked the ninth visit of the event to the Merseyside links. [More information on Royal Birkdale]

St Andrews 

St Andrews Links is the most renowned golfing landscape in the world. It is the Home of Golf, the place where the game began and has been developed and nurtured over six centuries. At the heart of the Links, is the Old Course but it has five 18 hole courses and a nine hole course besides. These are all public courses and with the seventh course The Castle Course to the south east of St Andrews, comprise the largest public golf complex in Europe. The Old Course is unrivalled for its history and prestige, the New and Jubilee offer true links challenges as does the Eden with a slightly lower yardage. [More information on St Andrews Golf Course]

Royal Lytham & St Annes

Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf ClubThe course at Royal Lytham & St Annes was built in 1897, 11 years after the club was founded. It quickly gained a reputation as one of the finest, and most exacting links golf courses in Britain. The design remains faithful to the layout created by George Lowe, the club’s first professional, but it was only after renowned golf course architect Harry Colt made improvements between 1919 and 1922 that the course was chosen to host The Open. It is not a conventionally beautiful golf course, surrounded as it is by suburban housing and flanked by a railway line, but it has a charm all of its own. [More information on Royal Lytham & St Annes]

Royal Dornoch

Royal DornochRoyal Dornoch Golf Club founded in 1877 is one of Scotland’s most historic and beloved links. This small beach side town in the Scottish Highlands has become a coveted destination for golfers all over the world. It’s also home to one of the most famous club competitions the Carnegie Shield which has led to a thriving international membership.  The Dornoch championship course was originally designed by Tom Morris a man responsible for more fine Scottish courses than perhaps any other single individual. Donald Ross certainly one of the greatest golf course designers of all time and himself a native of Dornoch served his apprenticeship under Tom Morris.  [More information on Royal Dornoch]

Celtic Manor

Celtic ManorThis is the first golf course in history to be designed specifically for The Ryder Cup, golf’s most prestigious team tournament. Also the stage for the annual Celtic Manor Wales Open this course opened in 2007 and has since made its mark as a must-play venue for any golfer. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the beautiful Usk Valley the spectacular 7,493-yard par-71 course includes many  memorable risk and reward challenges, designed to provide a supreme test to the world’s best golfers in both match play and stroke play conditions. No fewer than six holes on the back nine feature water hazards, the 14th with its twin lakes, the driveable par-four 15th and the reachable par-five 18th stand out in an epic closing stretch. [More information on Celtic Manor]