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Bamburgh Castle Golf Club

Bamburgh Castle Golf Club, The Wynding, Bamburgh

Bamburgh Castle Golf Club, Bamburgh Castle Golf Club, Bamburgh, Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle is one of Northumberland’s finest golf courses in the village of Bamburgh overlooking the ancient fortress from which it takes its name. It is a regular venue for county and regional events. Just 5,600 yards off the back markers, with... 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

Isle of Purbeck Golf Club

6 Studland, Swanage

Isle of Purbeck Golf Club, 6 Studland, Swanage, Dorset

One of the most scenic courses in the South West, set in the Purbeck Hills high above Poole Harbour, Old Harry Rock and Sandbanks, the views over the water are stunning and distracting. The panorama from the downhill par four fifth green is the... 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

Royal Troon Golf Club

Craigend Road, Troon

Royal Troon Golf Club, Craigend Road, Troon, Ayrshire

Think of Royal Troon, 7,079 yards with par of 71, stretching along the Firth of Clyde with spectacular views of the Ailsa Craig and hills on Isle of Arran, and the short Postage Stamp hole comes to mind. It is one of the most famous in the world on... more

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

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

Hillside Golf Club

The Clubhouse, Hastings Road, Hillside, Southport

Hillside Golf Club, The Clubhouse, Southport, Merseyside

There are many similarities between Hillside, covering 6,800 yards, and the adjoining Royal Birkdale on the sandhills of Southport. Exposed to the wind from the Irish Sea, it is a qualifying venue when the Open is staged next door. The opening nine... more

Carnoustie Golf Links

CGLMC Ltd, 20 Links Parade, Carnoustie

Carnoustie Golf Links, CGLMC Ltd, Carnoustie, Angus

Arguably the toughest links course in Britain. The Open Championship has been held here on 7 occasions, most recently in 2007. The present golf course was fashioned in 1850 by Alan Robertson of St Andrews. Gorse, broom, open ditches, pot bunkers on... 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

Fraserburgh Golf Club

Philorth Links, Fraserburgh

Fraserburgh Golf Club, Philorth Links, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire

Fraserburgh Golf Club is one of Scotland’s oldest clubs and was founded in 1777 although records show a form of golf was played there as early as 1613. The present par 70, 6,308-yard Corbie Hill course was shaped by James Braid in 1922, 31 years... more

Tain Golf Club

Chapel Road, Tain

Tain Golf Club, Chapel Road, Tain, Highland

With views across the Dornoch Firth, Tain's setting is dramatic with the estuary on one side and the mountains of Easter Ross on the other. John Sutherland revised the layout, but there are still 11 of Old Tom Morris's greens in use on the 6,404 yard... more

Ashburnham Golf Club

Cliffe Terrace, Burry Port

Ashburnham Golf Club, Cliffe Terrace, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire

Ashburnham’s lay-out is virtually the same today as it was when the reknown J H Taylor’s designing skills were employed in 1910 to alter a course that was created 14 years earlier. It has always been one of the toughest links courses in Wales,... 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

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

Borth & Ynyslas Golf Club, Borth, Ceredigion

Rugged Borth & Ynyslas, a founder member of the Welsh Golfing Union, is a traditional links championship course on Cardigan Bay dating from 1885. There are some frightening holes, narrow fairways between the beach and the coast road on a typical out... 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

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

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

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

The Shire London

St Albans Road, Barnet

The Shire London, St Albans Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire

Seve Ballesteros has left a lasting golf design legacy in constructing The Masters at The Shire, his only course in Britain. He even put a signature 'S' depicting his name in the form of a lake snaking around the 18th hole. The course features six... 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

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

Turnberry's Ailsa course is one of golf's most recognisable icons. Featuring superb views across to the Isle of Arran and to the Ailsa Craig, Turnberry, with its distinctive and imposing hotel and lighthouse, is a delight. Unusually for a links... 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

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

Ganton Golf Club

Ganton Golf Club Ltd, Station Road, Ganton, Scarborough

Ganton Golf Club, Ganton Golf Club Ltd, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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

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

Castletown Golf Links

Fort Island Road, Derbyhaven

Castletown Golf Links, Fort Island Road, Derbyhaven, Isle of Man

Bounded by the sea on three sides with spectacular views from every tee, Castletown Links in the Isle of Man is a golfer's paradise. Highlights include the 432-yard 17th with the tee on the cliff edge and a gully running across the fairway - it was... more

Machrihanish Dunes

Machrihanish, Campbeltown

Machrihanish Dunes, Machrihanish, Campbeltown, Argyll & Bute

Machrihanish Dunes nestles alongside the original Machrihanish course completed by old Tom Morris in 1879, was designed by David McLay Kidd and opened in 2009. A classic links with spectacular views, it is kept in harmony with nature and provides the... 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

Royal Cromer Golf Club

145 Overstrand Road, Cromer

Royal Cromer Golf Club, 145 Overstrand Road, Cromer, Norfolk

Cliff-top course laid out by Tom Morris in 1888, with outstanding sea views. After starting over parkland Royal Cromer unfolds to become a memorable experience over the closing holes amid colourful gorse and bracken. The par three ninth green is... more

Mullion Golf Club

Cury, Helston

Mullion Golf Club, Cury, Helston, Cornwall

Mullion on the Lizard Peninsula is the most southerly course on mainland Britain where golf has been played since 1895. The cliff-top course with breathtaking views on Gwills Towans, a mile from the traditional small Cornish town with narrow, winding... 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

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

Newquay Golf Club

Tower Road, Newquay

Newquay Golf Club, Tower Road, Newquay, Cornwall

6,000-yard Harry Colt layout on top of the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic at Cornwall's most popular seaside resort, is a mecca for holidaymakers in the summer. Constructed in 1890, the clubhouse is a white castle-like listed building erected in... more

Dundonald Links

Ayr Road, Gailes

Dundonald Links, Ayr Road, Gailes, Ayrshire

Dundonald Links, situated only 40 minutes from Glasgow and 5 minutes from Prestwick Airport, on Scotland’s stunning Ayrshire coast, has quickly become recognised as one of Europe’s “must play” courses. Ranked one of Scotland’s best links, Dundonald... more

Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Waterloo Road, Birkdale, Southport

Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Waterloo Road, Southport, Merseyside

A permanent fixture on The Open rota and host to the Walker Cup, the Curtis Cup and the Ryder Cup, undoubtedly one of the finest links courses in England. Became Royal Birkdale in 1951. A plaque on the 16th hole commemorates Arnold Palmer's great... 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

East Devon Golf Club

Links Road, Budleigh Salterton

East Devon Golf Club, Links Road, Budleigh Salterton, Devon

East Devon provides superb coastal views as far as Portland Bill in Dorset on a fine day. A course both demanding and fair, the fairways are generous but a wayward drive will be punished. There are many public footpaths on and around the course so... 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

Wallasey Golf Club

Bayswater Road, Wallasey

Wallasey Golf Club, Bayswater Road, Wallasey, Merseyside

Wallasey, originally designed by Tom Morris Senior in 1891, is a traditional links of 6,607 yards situated in the Wirral peninsula overlooking Liverpool Bay and the Irish Sea with undulating fairways, sand dunes and almost inevitably a stiff... 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

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

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

West Cornwall Golf Club

Church Lane, Lelant, St Ives

West Cornwall Golf Club, Church Lane, St Ives, Cornwall

West Cornwall dates from 1889 as the oldest in Cornwall and started as a nine-hole course on natural land beside the sea at Lelant, overlooking the Atlantic and St Ives Bay. The present site was developed in 1921. A true seaside course with fine turf... more

Prestwick Golf Club

2 Links Road, Prestwick

Prestwick Golf Club, 2 Links Road, Prestwick, Ayrshire

A plaque revealing that Prestwick, founded in 1851 as a 12-hole course with Old Tom Morris as “Keeper of the Green”, hosted the first Open in 1860 where it stayed until it moved to St Andrews in 1873 greets visitors to a links steeped in history with... more

Perranporth Golf Club

The Clubhouse, Budnic Hill, Perranporth

Perranporth Golf Club, The Clubhouse, Perranporth, Cornwall

A rugged, classic James Braid design links that demands precise distance judgement and control with spectacular views over Perranporth beach. A profusion of blind shots can make life difficult for first-timers despite marker posts and boards perched... more

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

Links Road, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Links Road, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

Originally known as the Society of Golfers at Aberdeen, founded in 1780, the sixth oldest golf club in the world is a traditional out and back links running along the shore of the North Sea. The first hole heads straight for the sea from the... 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

La Moye Golf Club

St Brelade, Jersey

La Moye Golf Club, St Brelade, Jersey

Few courses have a better setting than La Moye's 6,664 yard lay-out which boasts sand hills, pot bunkers, gorse and punishing rough with stunning views of St Ouen's Bay and the sister Channel Islands of Guernsey, Sark, Herm and Jethou especially from... more

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