With neighboring Scotland is birthplace to the game of golf, it comes as no surprise that England also has its fair share of golf courses, and by fair share we mean an impressive 1,900 of them. While a trip to England must not miss out on some fish and chips, the golfing should not be missed either. For diverse courses, without a language barrier for those traveling from the States, Great Britain is golfing destination that sets itself apart from many others. The country is known for its royalty, and this is reflected in many of its top courses. While the weather doesn’t always cooperate, when it does the temperate climate makes for an excellent round or two of golf.
While it is hard to determine which of the 1,900 to visit, it can be easier to decide which region to visit and then determine the golf course or courses to visit. Here are five courses from the north, west, east, southwest, and southeast (London) regions of the country, complete with whimsical names provided by that bit of British charm:
North: Visiting the northernmost area of the country provides plenty of scenic views, and a smaller concentration of courses. Those traveling to the Newcastle, Carlisle or Sunderland regions will find enough courses to keep busy, while remaining in a close proximity of Scotland for those who want to also visit golf’s birthplace.
- Close House Filly or Colt
West: A visit to Liverpool, Manchester or Blackpool puts a traveler in close proximity to several notable golf courses, many in close proximity to one another. For those who want to be in the city, or those who prefer a little distance and nature at the Lake District National Park and anyone in between will have no trouble finding a golf course that suits their desires plus much more.
- Reddish Vale
East: The eastern portion of the country houses several courses, including coastline clubs and inland ones on the outskirts of major cities. It is vast amount of space, with golf clubs that can cater towards just about any skill level.
- Royal Norwich
- Great Yarmouth & Caister
Southwest: Home to many historical locations, castles and national parks, the Southwest peninsula of England is a traveler’s delight, with plenty of beautiful scenery and golf courses that have players coming back for more time and time again.
- Bovey Castle
- Staddon Heights
Southeast: London, one of the the most well known portions of the country is located in the southeastern sector of the country, and is home to many golf courses along with the surrounding area. There are several right near the heart of the city, and many in the country lands surrounding it. Those who are visiting london will not be disappointed by the selection of courses available.
- Royal Wimbledon
- The Royal St. George’s
- North Foreland
- Stoke by Nayland
- Old Thorns
Anyone considering traveling to Europe for golf should be sure to carve out some time to visit the UK. Even as a starting point, many other countries on the continent are easily accessible from the island, and for those who don’t want to leave England will have no shortage of excellent courses to visit, for all skill levels and varying terrains and course types. Those interested in visiting will not be disappointed.