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There’s an undoubted feel-good factor in British golf at the moment following Lee Westwood’s rise to become world number one and the Ryder Cup being regained at Celtic Manor in Wales back in October. With the sport experiencing a boom in popularity, we check out five of the best courses for anyone who may fancy a UK golf break.
Royal Birkdale, England
Situated in Southport on the Lancashire coast, Royal Birkdale is rich in history and its location by the Irish Sea offers testing weather conditions. It can be a blustery course, which has twice played host to the Ryder Cup, so be prepared for everything the elements can throw at you. Surrounded by huge dunes, it’s a spectacular setting for a round of golf, although it could set you back as much as £205 for 18 holes depending on when you visit.
Royal St Davids, Wales
If you’re on a budget, check out what the Royal St Davids has to offer. Play the par-69 links course for as little as £32 during the summer months, which is an absolute bargain. The quality of greens and a challenging last nine holes make this is a real golfing gem when it comes to offering value for money. Harlech Castle provides a backdrop to rival any course in Britain.
St Andrews, Scotland
The largest public golf complex in Europe can be found at St Andrews. How apt, then, that it’s widely regarded as the ‘home’ of golf and there are no fewer than seven courses to go at. Tiger Woods once dubbed the Old Course here as “my favourite course in the world” and who are we to argue with one of the greatest sportsmen of all time? Golf hotels also don’t come much more iconic than the ones that overlook St Andrews.
One of the most scenic golf resorts in Britain, with outstanding views of the Firth of Clyde, the Mull of Kintyre and the nearby lighthouse. There are three courses as well as a five-star hotel and the Colin Montgomerie academy, which offers the chance to work on an aspect of your game that is causing you problems. Like Royal Birkdale, Turnberry can be an unforgiving place if the wind gets up.
Wentworth is as pleasing on the eye as it is rewarding to play. It’s certainly an experience you’re unlikely to forget in a hurry, but that may partly be down to the price you’ll pay to follow in the footsteps of some of the game’s greats down the famous West Course. Nevertheless, the atmosphere is something to be savoured and if money is no option then head to Surrey to indulge your passion for golf.
This was a guest post written for The Blighty Traveller