England is blessed with a superb collection of links courses. Venues such as Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham and the parkland style Belfry, which have played host to numerous British Open Championships, Ryder Cup Matches and other major tournaments, are a must for the golfer with a keen sense of history. London is not only one of the world's great capitals, but also home to such well known golf venues as Wentworth and Sunningdale.
Below we have selected a few of the leading
golf courses in England. Although these are some of the most famous and popular
golf destinations in England, there are plenty others to choose from. For more information on how you can customize your
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SAMPLE OF LEADING ENGLAND GOLF COURSES :
The Belfry – Brabazon Course
Site of the 1985, 1989, 1993 and 2002 Ryder Cups, this parkland style course is considered to be one of the finest in the UK. With only a two hour drive from both London and Southport, take the opportunity to play the course where so much Ryder Cup history has taken place.
A course that provides a formidable test of links golf and fully deserves its recognition as a true venue for the Open Championship. Each hole runs in valleys between towering sand hills. The problems are clearly stated, if you stray from the fairway the buckthorn and scrub can be demanding.
Royal Liverpool - Hoylake
Despite its somewhat flat and benign appearance, Royal Liverpool is among the toughest and most demanding of the great seaside championship links of Britain. Hoylake, as it is more commonly known, lies at the very heart of the history and development of golf in Britain.
Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s
Arguably the toughest of England's championship links courses. Unlike many of the other links courses, it does not sit beside the sea. Its main defense is the vast numbers of deep pot bunkers guarding both the fairways as well as the greens. This was the site for David Duval’s British Open triumph in 2001.
Sunningdale – Old Course
Perhaps the most prestigious club in England, Sunningdale features 103 bunkers, with pine, birch and oak trees lining the heather culminating with the famous 18th hole and the final green below the ''Sunningdale Oak Tree.”
Formally used for target practice during WWII, Prince’s has been redesigned and is considered to be an upgraded layout to the one which Gene Sarazen triumphed over in winning his Open title here. The greens run fast and true while the fairways retain springiness year round.
This exciting new parkland course follows tradition, but is accommodating to the strategy and demands of the modern game. The Grove follows the slopes, ridges and mounds of the local landscape. The course is set up for hard and fast greens and is mature beyond its tender age.
Royal St. George’s
The first course outside Scotland to stage The Open Championship, Royal St George’s is set in a vast area of natural linksland on the Kent coast closer to the ancient town of Sandwich. This course features awkward twists and turns each designed to derail an overconfident approach.
Built on sandy soil which allows for year round play, the Hotchkin Course is set amongst banks of gorse and broom, backed up with layered canopies of oak, fir and towering silver birch and encapsulated all upon a glorious carpet of heather.