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Aberdovey Golf Club

Station Road, Aberdovey

Aberdovey Golf Club, Station Road, Aberdovey, Gwynedd

Aberdovey is a traditional nine-out, nine-in links course. The real defence of the 6,710 yard course that wends through sand dunes is the wind which is often a gentle zephyr but can also be ferocious. Many national championships are regularly held... more

Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club

Waun-y-Mer, Kenfig, Bridgend

Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club, Waun-y-Mer, Bridgend

Pyle and Kenfig, 6,728 yards, par 71 off the back tees, is a course of two distinct halves with the back nine set amongst towering dunes with stunning views of Welsh mountains, the bay and the Bristol Channel. Mackenzie Ross used traditional... more

Ganton Golf Club

Ganton Golf Club Ltd, Station Road, Ganton, Scarborough

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Golf was first played at Ganton, in the Vale of Pickering between York and Scarborough, in 1891 on a former inlet from the North Sea and the natural sandy subsoil was an ideal place to develop a course. Ganton has hosted a succession of major amateur... more

Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Meols Drive, Hoylake, Wirral

Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Meols Drive, Wirral, Merseyside

Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake has staged major tournaments throughout its long history including eleven Open Championships and many amateur events. The Club is proud that The Open Championship made a successful return to Hoylake in 2006 when... more

Nairn Golf Club

Seabank Road, Nairn

Nairn Golf Club, Seabank Road, Nairn, Highland

Nairn is one of the most spectacular seaside courses in Scotland. The sea is in play on six of the first seven holes and the fifth is one of the best - a terrific 390-yard par four which requires a straight drive - anything right is on the beach - to... more

The Royal St George's Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent

Royal St George's is one of the historic venues, an Open course, amid a stretch of rich Kent coastal golfing land, full of atmosphere and tradition without being stuffy. Sandhills, pot bunkers, lightning, invariably true and large greens and the wind... more

Powfoot Golf Club

Cummertrees, Annan

Powfoot Golf Club, Cummertrees, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

At the end of the Solway Firth is Powfoot, one of the area's best but least well-known courses. Laid out by James Braid in 1903, it weaves its way along the Firth on undulating links before the last four holes which are almost parkland in feel.... more

Crail Golfing Society

Balcomie Clubhouse, Crail

Crail Golfing Society, Balcomie Clubhouse, Crail, Fife

Crail's Balcomie Links is set along the Fife coastline and several holes run alongside the sea and and rocky outcrops of the Firth foreshore which come into play at the second, fourth and fifth - ominously called Hell's Hole - where you must make up... more

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club

Bradshaws Lane, Ainsdale, Southport

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club, Bradshaws Lane, Southport, Merseyside

Southport and Ainsdale, tucked among the dunes on the North West Lancashire coast, hosted the Ryder Cup in 1933 and 1937. Designed by James Braid and opened in 1906, the traditional feel of a championship links has been retained over the 6,687 yards.... more

Saunton Golf Club (West), Braunton, Devon

Place Saunton’s West course anywhere else than adjacent to the breathtaking East and it would earn a reputation all its own. Originally laid out in the mid-1930s, it was restored by Frank Pennink in 1975. Shorter than the West at 6,403 yards par 71,... more

Fairmont St Andrews

St Andrews

Fairmont St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife

The 520-acre five star Fairmont St Andrews resort with its lavish and stunning surroundings, peaceful setting with spectacular cliff top views of St Andrews and the North Sea boasts two championship 18 hole golf courses ‘The Torrance’ and ‘The... more

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

St Christopher’s Way, Burnham-on-Sea

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club, St Christopher’s Way, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

Burnham and Berrow, a great links on the Somerset coast created by Alister Mackenzie and Harry Colt, has hosted almost every major amateur championship. In 2011, Burnham has the unique distinction of hosting the Brobazon and the R&A British Boys in... more

Western Gailes Golf Club

Gailes, Irvine

Western Gailes Golf Club, Gailes, Irvine, Ayrshire

Western Gailes is unusual layout in that the clubhouse is centrally located. The first four holes head north, the next nine holes head straight back along the coastline passing the clubhouse and the closing five holes head north again along the... more

Tenby Golf Club

The Burrows, Tenby

Tenby Golf Club, The Burrows, Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Originally nine holes in 1888, extended to 18 in 1907,Tenby is classic, rugged links on the Pembrokeshire coast with superb views over the Irish Sea to Caldey Island. There are few more natural course than Tenby that runs out and back. Tenby Golf... more

Hayling Golf Club

Links Lane, Hayling Island

Hayling Golf Club, Links Lane, Hayling Island, Hampshire

A spectacular links considered the best on the south coast although it opens with a 170-yard par three and an ordinary par five before the more memorable holes soon come into play. The sixth, a 434-yard par four bisected by a water hazard that runs... more

Saunton Golf Club (East), Braunton, Devon

Saunton, located on the beautiful unspoilt North Devon coast on the edge of Bideford Bay, boasts two classic links courses. The East, laid out in 1897, is the original course and stages major British and English amateur championships. It funnels... more

Thurlestone Golf Club

Thurlestone, Kingsbridge

Thurlestone Golf Club, Thurlestone, Kingsbridge, Devon

Perched on top of a cliff overlooking the sea on a coastal strip of downland turf, Thurlestone has been compared to Pebble Beach in California. Designed by Harry S Colt in 1897, the holes stretch across the hill-top although, bizarrely, the first is... more

Muirfield - The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Duncur Road, Gullane, East Lothian

Muirfield, home to The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, on the East Lothian coast is a regular Open venue and one of the toughest links in Britain. Old Tom Morris, Harry Colt and Tom Simpson all had an input into the lay-out of the world’s... more

Luffness New Golf Club, Aberlady, East Lothian

Luffness New is located on the A198 just past Aberlady heading east. The course, originally designed by Old Tom Morris, dates from 1894 despite the 'new' in the title. Luffness is a challenging traditional links course measuring 6,502 yds with a par... more

Rye Golf Club (Old)

New Lydd Road, Camber, Rye

Rye Golf Club (Old), New Lydd Road, Rye, East Sussex

Harry Colt’s first design in 1894, later modified by Tom Simpson and Sir Guy Campbell, Rye is a fiendishly difficult course. The unpredictable and fierce winds and a fascinating variety of stances necessary for shot-making create difficulty, despite... more

Seacroft Golf Club

Drummond Road, Skegness

Seacroft Golf Club, Drummond Road, Skegness, Lincolnshire

Seacroft is a superb Links course with a traditional out and back layout with tight rolling fairways, pot bunkers and several blind shots. Those pot bunkers number 75 which helps protect the 6,492 yard lay-out it is a narrow site which means straight... more

Pennard Golf Club

2 Southgate Road, Southgate

Pennard Golf Club, 2 Southgate Road, Southgate, Swansea

Pennard’s cliff-top links, founded in 1908 on the dramatic landscape of the Gower Peninsula, boasts arresting views across to the beautiful sandy beaches. Parts of the course are well above sea level but it is a James Braid-designed links of quality,... more

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Rest Bay, Porthcawl

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Rest Bay, Porthcawl, Bridgend

Royal Porthcawl, founded in 1891, ranks firmly among the world's top golf courses, a reputation sustained by the many prestigious professional and amateur events held there. The first four holes and the last six are true links, but the holes in the... more

Royal Jersey Golf Club

Le Chemin au Greve, Grouville, Jersey

Royal Jersey Golf Club, Le Chemin au Greve, Jersey

Only a few of Royal Jersey's par four are over 400 yards and the course is just over 6,120 yards but it is a challenging test of links golf. There are two par fives in the first three holes including the first which is only 476 yards but the third is... more

Trump International Golf Links

Menie Park Lodge, Menie Estate, Balmedie, Aberdeen

Trump International Golf Links, Menie Park Lodge, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

A masterpiece new links created by Martin Hawtree over three miles of Aberdeenshire coastline follows a classic pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes through the dunes. No expense was spared by Donald Trump to create a future... more

St Andrews Links (Old)

Pilmour House, St Andrews

St Andrews Links (Old), Pilmour House, St Andrews, Fife

The Old course is the oldest and most famous stretch of golfing links in the world, running from the main street of old grey town, 6,721 yards, par 72. Some narrow fairways, clusters of gorse bushes, many in the firing line, 112 bunkers, all named... more

Berwick-upon-Tweed Golf Club (Goswick), Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Berwick-upon-Tweed Golf Club, known as Goswick, designed by James Braid in 1890 and later modified by Frank Pennick, is the most northerly course in England. It is a classic links stretching to 6800 yards and is relatively flat with areas of dunes... more

Trevose Golf & Country Club

Constantine Bay, Padstow

Trevose Golf & Country Club, Constantine Bay, Padstow, Cornwall

Trevose overlooking Constantine Bay in North Cornwall is a majestic links overlooking the North Cornwall coast. Owned by the Gammon family and designed by architect Harry S. Colt in 1925, the championship course holds major Cornwall county and... more

Hunstanton Golf Club

Golf Course Road, Old Hunstanton

Hunstanton Golf Club, Golf Course Road, Old Hunstanton, Norfolk

Founded in 1891 with the original lay out revised and extended to 18 holes by James Braid, the River Hun and the Wash frame a narrow strip of links land of the out and back course situated on either side of a dune ridge. Measuring 6,760 yards from... more

Royal North Devon Golf Club

Golf Links Road, Westward Ho!, Bideford

Royal North Devon Golf Club, Golf Links Road, Bideford, Devon

The oldest links course in Britain, designed by Tom Morris and the former home of J H Taylor, Royal North Devon at Westward Ho! is an antiquity, a unique, charming links with undulating fairways and a variety of interesting holes over the par 72... more

Dunbar Golf Club

East Links, Dunbar

Dunbar Golf Club, East Links, Dunbar, East Lothian

Dunbar East Links is situated on the estuary of the Firth of Forthc – a mixture inland turf and links on a slither of land along the coast. The Old Deer Park wall spans the course, the ninth features the Barns Ness lighthouse and a ruined building... more

North Foreland Golf Club

The Clubhouse, Convent Road, Broadstairs

North Foreland Golf Club, The Clubhouse, Broadstairs, Kent

North Foreland has views of the sea from every tee and every green. A free running chalk-based course, it's playable all year round course and at 6,436 yards there is mix of short and tough par 4 holes. On the front nine, holes three and four are... more

Southerndown Golf Club

Ogmore by Sea, Bridgend

Southerndown Golf Club, Ogmore by Sea, Bridgend

Southerndown, a combination of links, downland and heathland perched high overlooking Porthcawl, the Bristol Channel and a beautiful Welsh landscape, is invariably open to winds of varying strengths. Rolling tree-less slopes, yielding soft... more

Sheringham Golf Club

Sweet Briar Lane, Sheringham

Sheringham Golf Club, Sweet Briar Lane, Sheringham, Norfolk

One of Norfolk’s finest cliff-top courses, a gorse-clad challenge between the historic North Norfolk Railway running alongside the 16th and 17th holes and the North Sea. Outstanding views, notably on the third, fifth and seventh that stretch along... more

Trump Turnberry (The Kintyre), a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland, Maidens Road, Turnberry, Ayrshire

Turnberry's second course Kintyre is Donald Steel's re-vamp of the old Arran course and opened for play in 2001. With some new land available, the result is a links course which measures 6,921 yards as it moves superbly along the coastline. The view... more

Hesketh Golf Club

Cockle Dick's Lane, Southport

Hesketh Golf Club, Cockle Dick's Lane, Southport, Lancashire

Hesketh, created in 1885, is the oldest club in the prolific Southport area, on a nature reserve that attracts seabirds and other wildlife to the half-links, half-parkland track set amid Victorian villas. Holes run through high sand dunes and then... more

Kingsbarns Golf Links

Kingsbarns, St Andrews

Kingsbarns Golf Links, Kingsbarns, St Andrews, Fife

Located just seven miles south-east of St Andrews Kingsbarns is a must-play seaside links course which regularly features in top 100 golf courses rankings in the world. Designed by Kyle Phillips, the golf course opened in 2000 and is set in an... more

Glen Golf Club

East Links, Tantallon Terrace, North Berwick

Glen Golf Club, East Links, North Berwick, East Lothian

The sounds of the sea and birds follow you as the course snakes around a spectacular coastline overlooking the Firth of Forth and Bass Rock, one of the world's largest bird sanctuaries, on the Edinburgh Golf Coast, at North Berwick. The sea borders... more

Lundin Golf Club

Golf Road, Lundin Links, Leven

Lundin Golf Club, Golf Road, Leven, Fife

Lundin has everything you'd expect from a links course - blind shots, loads of bunkers, out-of-bounds, great greens -and wind. There are several memorable holes on the 6,371-yard par 71 layout, notably three in a row alongside the beach starting at... more

St Andrews Links (Jubilee)

Pilmour House, St Andrews

St Andrews Links (Jubilee), Pilmour House, St Andrews, Fife

The Jubilee opened in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, is set on a sliver of land between the New Course and the sea. Has all the exacting and dramatic characteristics of the other St Andrews links, going out alongside the Eden... more

St Enodoc Golf Club

Rock, Wadebridge

St Enodoc Golf Club, Rock, Wadebridge, Cornwall

Peter McEvoy was the last architect to make adjustments to the magnificent St Enodoc championship links overlooking the Camel Estuary on the North Cornwall coast that has hosted numerous British and English championships, following James Braid who... more

Leven Links Golf Course

The Promenade, Leven

Leven Links Golf Course, The Promenade, Leven, Fife

Leven has been used as a final qualifying venue for the Open Championship at St Andrews and is a true seaside course. The older part of the Links has been described as one of the best stands of Bent and Fescue in Scotland. Originally nine holes it... more

West Lancashire Golf Club

Hall Road West, Blundellsands, Liverpool

West Lancashire Golf Club, Hall Road West, Liverpool, Merseyside

West Lancashire is the oldest golf club in Lancashire, founded in 1873, a perfect example of seaside golf. This great links course measures 6,768 yards, and is set in natural seaside terrain with immaculate greens. Eleven of the holes measure over... more

Scotscraig Golf Club

Golf Road, Tayport

Scotscraig Golf Club, Golf Road, Tayport, Fife

Scotscraig is only 15 minutes from the Old Course at St Andrews and displays much the same characteristics. The most memorable hole is the par four fourth. While it is just 366 yards it is well protected by large revetted fairway bunkers and heather... more

St Andrews Links (New)

Pilmour House, St Andrews

St Andrews Links (New), Pilmour House, St Andrews, Fife

The New, the second St Andrews course opened in 1895 and designed by ‘Old’ Tom Morris and David Honeyman over 6,625 yards, par 71, is situated adjacent to the Old Course on the sea side. Built on the same type of sandy soil, there are many... more

Cruden Bay Golf Club

Aulton Road, Cruden Bay

Cruden Bay Golf Club, Aulton Road, Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire

Cruden Bay is a classic Scottish links in every way and at 6,287 yards, it is by no means long but don't be fooled into thinking it's a pushover. It's a question of plotting you way around and ninth and 13th are perfect examples of that. The 550 yard... more

Montrose Golf Links Ltd

Traill Drive, Montrose

Montrose Golf Links Ltd, Traill Drive, Montrose, Angus

Montrose Medal course is the fifth oldest course in the world and the course was unique in that it was played over 25 holes before Old Tom Morris made alterations in 1901 followed two years later by Willie Park Junior. The course is in an unusual... more

Shiskine Golf & Tennis Club

Blackwater, Isle of Arran

Shiskine Golf & Tennis Club, Blackwater, Isle of Arran, Ayrshire

Shiskine is a most unusual course. Originally nine holes designed by Willie Fernie it became 18 after Willie Park was commissioned to extend the course. Six of the new holes fell into neglect during the first World War leaving now a 12-hole links on... more

Royal St David's Golf Club, Harlech, Gwynedd

Formed in 1894, the Royal St. David's championship links, situated in the dunes between Harlech Castle and the sea, has become one of the great British challenges. The 6,629 yards from the championship tees feature a series of long demanding par four... more

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