Discovering the UK: One Hole at a Time

Discovering the UK: One Hole at a Time

When it comes to exploring the UK, there are lots of ways you can structure your trip and the route you take. You could plan your holiday by touring the country’s stately homes and gardens, making your way across Britain exploring one grand drawing room after another.

Or even better; why not combine your favourite sport with your tour of the country and discover the best of what British golf has to offer, by touring some of the country’s best golf courses.

Picking your way around the UK’s championship courses could be the perfect opportunity for you to incorporate a spot of exercise on your next holiday, while you discover some of the most beautiful and picturesque areas of the country.


Looking for some inspiration as to where to head first? Check out this list of the top 100 golf courses in England created by Today’s Golfer for some great ideas. With 100 to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice, although we heartily recommend a visit to number 16, St Ednodoc in Cornwall, for a location that combines outstanding golf, breathtaking coastal views and the best of British culture.


England is the just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fantastic British golf. No golfing tour of the UK would be complete without sampling the championship courses of Scotland, which attract golfers from all over the world.

Again, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to golfing destinations, although readers should definitely take a look at Carnoustie Golf Hotel (pictured).  In addition to a championship course, this award-winning hotel boasts its own extensive spa facilities, perfect for relaxing after a long day on the course. After all, every holiday should incorporate a little bit of indulgence!


With its dramatic mountain scenery and glorious coastline, Wales has always been a popular choice with golfers in search of a tranquil and peaceful game. However, since the nation was the host for the 38th Ryder Cup in 2010, Wales has been on the map as a top golfing destination and attracts sports fans from around the country and the globe.

Why not visit the Twenty Ten course, which is the only course in the world to have been specifically constructed to host the famous Ryder Cup? This is the perfect choice for golfers who enjoy a varied and stimulating course.

Northern Ireland

Fancying a quick hop across the Irish Sea? The journey is more than worth it if you consider the top golfing opportunities on offer in Northern Ireland.

If you’re flying into Belfast, there are some championship courses just a stone’s throw away. Belvoir Park in County Antrim is set in gorgeously matured park land and has been a top golf location for over 100 years.

A golfing tour of the UK doesn’t have to be solely dedicated to sport. If you plan on touring the country’s golf courses, there’ll be plenty along the way to keep your fellow travellers entertained. The National Trust allow you to search their locations by region, so it’s easy to find interesting things to see and do in the local area for anyone who’s not that much of a golf fan.

So the next time you’re planning a summer getaway, consider discovering the best of what Britain has to offer as a fantastic golfing destination by taking a tour of some of the best courses around and decide for yourself which should occupy the number one position!