Golf Breaks in the United Kingdom: Top Holiday Lettings
The UK's Best Golf Holidays on a Budget
Golf doesn't deserve its reputation as a pricey sport. It is possible to avoid the hefty green fees by doing a little bit of planning ahead and heading to hidden gems of courses which are just as challenging and fun as the household names.
1. St Andrews
All golfers want to play a round at St Andrews but consider playing on the New or Jubilee Course rather than the famous Old Course. Green fees are half the price of the Old Course, yet you still have the authentic St Andrews experience.
The most famous golf course in Northern Ireland is probably Portstewart but its next door neighbour Castlerock is also worth a visit. Rates are reasonable, coastal views are spectacular and booking UK golf breaks here also offers the opportunity to explore the Giant's Causeway or Bushmills distillery.
3. West Derby
Some of the UK's best value golf is on the outskirts of Liverpool, at West Derby. The 6,275 yard par 72 course is set in mature parkland, providing a challenge for even the most experienced golfer. Tee times can be booked online or by calling the course ahead of your visit.
Best Places to Stay for Golf Breaks in the United Kingdom
The UK's Most Beautiful Golf Courses
One of the best reasons to choose a UK golf break is the variety of landscapes in a relatively small country. Should you choose to do so you could play a parkland course in the morning and be close enough for another 18 holes on a links course in the afternoon.
1. Nefyn and District Gold Course
The unique feature of this Welsh course is the Point, a narrow promontory of land jutting out into the sea. Nefyn has 27 holes and panoramic views across the sea from every tee. Combine the three loops of 9 holes each in whichever way you wish to make your 18.
2. Slaley Hall
Northumberland's Slaley Hall course is regularly compared to Augusta, as it has the same feel with lakes, tall trees and expanses of rhododendron bushes. This is a tricky course, known to catch out even the most experienced golfers.
3. Braid Hills
The Braid Hills course is on the edges of Edinburgh in the Pentland Hills and, as the name suggests, offers rapid changes in height across the holes. The views from the course take in both the Edinburgh skyline and the Firth of Forth.