Some people will argue that the UK has little going for it when it comes to holidaying, although any golfers out there will probably disagree. Whilst it may not boast the same weather as several popular European destinations, the UK does have a certain charm when it comes to golf and the fact that the ‘home of golf’, St Andrews, is based there speaks volumes.
Bearing this in mind, we’ve browsed through the UK regions and picked out our favourite ones if you are thinking about embarking on a golfing holiday.
Few would disagree that Scotland is the premier destination for golf in the UK. While it doesn’t exactly benefit from the greatest weather, its courses are second to none and as touched upon previously, the ‘home of golf’ in the form of St Andrews is based there. There are several other courses that are worthy of a mention as well though, with Turnberry regarded as one of the best while Braid Hills in Edinburgh is seen as one of the best municipal courses. Therefore, if you do wish to experience the best, a golfing tour around Scotland is probably the most advisable thing you could do.
In comparison to Scotland, Lincolnshire doesn’t have quite as many renowned courses although Woodhall Spa is still seen as one of the best in the UK. The fact it is the home of the English Golf Union speaks volumes, while there are two courses based there for those that like variation. While Woodhall Spa is undoubtedly the best in the region, there are countless others and if you take the trip to the coast, you can enjoy some classic links golf in areas such as Skegness.
With Suffolk boasting some of the nicest countryside in the nation, this county simply had to be mentioned through the course of this article. It doesn’t have some of the big names like the previous two regions do, but the likes of Bury St Edmunds, Ufford Park and Woodbridge are very challenging courses and provide some excellent options for the amateur golfer. Furthermore, the hotels Suffolk has are extremely competitively priced and you can put together some very good value golfing packages.
Just like the Scotland suggestion, there might be a few raised eyebrows with this one as the size of Wales means that it would have probably been more advisable to pick a smaller region in the country. However, such a task is difficult considering the enormous variety of courses that are on offer, with Celtic Manor in Newport being the pick of the bunch. This has had the prestige of hosting a Ryder Cup event, although there are many others in the country with Nefyn Golf Club in Gwynedd being just another example.
The reason for this inclusion again focusses on a Ryder Cup course, with the Belfry regarded as another top golfing venue. With three courses part of the setup, it would be fair to say that visitors have plenty of choice as well as a host of other activities on site. Of course, the size of Warwickshire means there are many other options with Sutton Coldfield, Forest of Arden and Copy Heath all being exceptional courses.