Britain's best golf courses

Monday 19 September 2011
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Fancy a round? What better way to relax than with a game at one of Britain's great golf courses? Book ahead to play on some of the most famous, challenging and majestically set golf courses in the world. Here are 10 of the best. Old Course, St Andrews Where: St Andrews, Scotland The indisputable iconic home of golf, St Andrews Old Course, Scotland, is a place of pilgrimage for golfers from around the world. Join the hallowed ranks of pro golfers to play the golf course that Tiger Woods calls “the ultimate.” One of the world’s oldest golf courses is joined by five other courses at St Andrews links, all open to the public. Price per round: from £70-150 Web: St Andrews St Andrews (c) Tour Scotland Photographs on FlickrRoyal West Norfolk Where: Norfolk, England Set on the blustery Norfolk coast and sandwiched between the North Sea and saltmarsh, Royal West Norfolk is wonderfully atmospheric. You walk across the beach to get from the clubhouse to the golf course and at high tide you’ll be marooned on an island. Look out for high winds and rapidly changing conditions on this tough course. Price per round: from £50-85 Web: Royal West Norfolk
Royal County Down Where: Newcastle, Northern Ireland The Royal County Down is one of the oldest clubs in Northern Ireland and has two golf courses that cater to all standards. The Championship Links are testing with patches of gorse and heather-rimmed bunkers while the Annesley Links are considerably less intimidating. Both share the same spellbinding view of Dundrum Bay. Price per round: from £50-180 Web: Royal County Down
Royal County DownNefyn Golf Club Where: Gwynedd, Wales This gorgeous coastal club has sea views, the Snowdonia mountain range hulking on the horizon and a pub a minute’s walk from the 12th green. Prices are fair and the relaxed atmosphere lets you take your time. And you’ll want to, considering the fantastic setting. Price per round: from £25-41 Web: Nefyn Golf Club
Nefyn Golf Club © Crown copyright (2011) Visit WalesThe Belfry Where: West Midlands, England Carved out of lush North Warwickshire countryside, The Belfry’s three golf courses are rightfully considered as some of the best in the world. The PGA National is England’s only PGA course and Brabazon is revered as the spiritual home of the Ryder Cup. If these sound intimidating, there’s always the Derby, a great all-round golf course for every level of ability. Price per round: from £25-150 Web: The Belfry
Royal Liverpool Golf Club Where: Hoylake, England A classic links course with a strong record of holding pro tournaments. Deceptively bumpy, the course is very challenging. As with all links golf courses, the wind makes its presence known. The Royal Liverpool also has the largest collection of golf memorabilia outside St Andrews. Price per round: From £50-150 Web: Royal Liverpool Golf Club Royal Birkdale Where: Southport, England Known simply as Birkdale until 1951 when King George VI granted the Royal Charter to the club, this is certainly one of the top UK Golf courses. Surrounded by towering sand dunes it demands skilful reading of the greens which are watched over by the splendid art-deco clubhouse. The exhilarating seaside setting adds an extra edge when the wind freshens. Price per round: from £125-205 Web: Royal Birkdale
Royal Birkdale (c) SN#1Braid Hills Where: Edinburgh, Scotland Braid Hills is a municipal golf course so won’t be beaten on price. It’s also more relaxed than some of the others on our list. It’s one of the best public golf courses in Scotland, sitting loftily above Edinburgh with stirring views to the castle and beyond. It’s a tough, hilly course with gorse bushes to trap wandering putts. Price per round: from £15-24 Web: Braid Hills Turnberry Where: Ayrshire, Scotland The Ailsa course at Turnberry is a classic. Next to the Firth of Clyde, the golf course has views of the Mull of Kintyre and the Isle of Arran. The ninth hole is backed by the famous lighthouse and from here you can see Robert the Bruce’s ruined castle. Price per round: from £25-175 Web: Turnberry Resort
Woodhall Spa Where: Lincolnshire, England The Hotchkin golf course at Woodhall Spa is widely regarded as one of the top inland UK golf courses. Surrounded by pine and birch trees, the heathland course is a delight to play but tricky. Gorse, heather and deep sand traps make for a challenging round. Price per round: from £44-85 Web: Woodhall Spa and Golf Club For more great UK golf courses, check out Top 100 Golf Courses of the World Images: St Andrews © Tour Scotland Photographs, Royal Birkdale © SN#1

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