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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

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

North Berwick Golf Club

New Club House, Beach Road, North Berwick

North Berwick Golf Club, New Club House, North Berwick, East Lothian

North Berwick dominates the town, stretching above the beach on the Firth of Forth offering exquisite sea views across to Craigleith Island and Bass Rock. The 13th oldest golf club and the second oldest course in the world still playing over its... 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

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

Seaton Carew Golf Club

Tees Road, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool

Seaton Carew Golf Club, Tees Road, Hartlepool, Durham

There are 22 holes at Seaton Carew, a lovely course in the Teesside region with a number of playing options. The Old course, an out and back layout, is the original design by Dr Alister MacKenzie. The Brabazon course incorporates 14 of the original... 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

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

St Andrews Links (Castle)

Pilmour House, St Andrews

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

The Castle Course is the seventh course to join St Andrews portfolio. Open to the public and ready for play in 2008. The course was designed by David McLay Kidd on a site closely connected with St Andrews for many hundreds of years. St Andrews town... more

Littlestone Golf Club

St. Andrews Road, Littlestone, New Romney

Littlestone Golf Club, St. Andrews Road, New Romney, Kent

Make your score going out as the opening nine are played with the prevailing South West wind at your back. Concludes with three tough holes. The 470-yard 16th is followed by one of the best par threes in the country played from an elevated tee to a... more

Machrihanish Golf Club, Campbeltown, Argyll & Bute

Machrihanish has a renowned 18 hole links and a nine hole course. It also has one of the best opening holes in golf according to many who know and when you face the drive across the bay, you'll know. The course is 6,235 yards in total and features... 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

Southerness Golf Club

Southerness, Dumfries

Southerness Golf Club, Southerness, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

Southerness is set on the remote Solway Firth with panoramic views of Criffel Peak and across to the Lake District of Cumbria. Philip Mackenzie Ross laid out the course and it is considered to be his best creation. A little over 6,500 yards with a... 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

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Golf Road, Dornoch

Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Golf Road, Dornoch, Highland

Records show that the natural landscape that defines golf in Dornoch has hosted golfers since 1616 and the club, which was formed in 1877, has has now been a Royal club for over 100 years! Tom Watson, 5 times Open Champion, an honorary member said... more

Brora Golf Club

Golf Road, Brora

Brora Golf Club, Golf Road, Brora, Highland

James Braid had the vision to create something of great beauty at Brora says Ronan Rafferty. Little has changed since his visit in 1923 and the course can take your breath away. Brora has all the attributes of the Scottish seaside links - an easy... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moray Golf Club

Stotfield Road, Lossiemouth

Moray Golf Club, Stotfield Road, Lossiemouth, Moray

Moray is considered to be one of the finest links courses in Scotland. The Old course designed by Old Tom Morris, it has deep revetted bunkers, gorse lined fairways and fast greens with seven par fours over 400 yards contributing to its 6,991 yard... 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 (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

Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club

29 Hillhouse Road, Barassie, Troon

Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club, 29 Hillhouse Road, Troon, Ayrshire

Kilmarnock (Barassie) founded in 1887, has been extended to 27 holes, the new nine known as the Hillhouse blend in perfectly. A par 72 Open qualifying course of 6,817 yards from the back is now a stringent test requiring a full range of shots. An... 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

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

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

Links Gate, St Annes-on-Sea

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, Links Gate, St Annes-on-Sea, Lancashire

Avoiding the 200 bunkers is the essential requirement to play well at Royal Lytham and St Annes, created by the club’s first professional George Lowe in 1886 and modified by Harry Colt. Surrounded by housing and flanked by a railway line, it is not... 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

The Machrie Golf Links

Port Ellen, Isle of Islay

The Machrie Golf Links, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Argyll & Bute

Not to be confused with the nine-hole Machrie Bay on the Isle of Arran, Machrie was laid out in 1891 by Willie Campbell and modified by Donald Steel in the late 1970s, but he has not tampered too much with the original links course retaining numerous... 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

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 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

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, Golf Road, Deal, Kent

One of the classic links, once on the Open rota, the wind plays its role and, on a fierce day, the tough back nine into the elements make it a frightening experience. The opening holes provide the best scoring chances but avoid the massive bunkers... 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

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

Formby Golf Club

Golf Road, Formby

Formby Golf Club, Golf Road, Formby, Merseyside

Formby has developed over the years in to a truly great links. The original 18 hole course was redesigned by Willie Park and James Braid also had a hand in more changes in the 1920s while minor changes were introduced by Hawtree and Taylor in 1933,... 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

Heacham Manor Golf Course

Heacham Manor Hotel, Hunstanton Road, Heacham, King's Lynn

Heacham Manor Golf Course, Heacham Manor Hotel, King's Lynn, North Norfolk

Heacham Manor Hotel is the first golf hotel in the West Norfolk area, and the Championship length 18-hole golf course is a challenging course with some of the best greens in the area. The Course is designed in a links style and will challenge all... more

Gullane Golf Club (No 2)

West Links Road, Gullane

Gullane Golf Club (No 2), West Links Road, Gullane, East Lothian

Gullane Hill is home to three outstanding courses built in 1898 and constructed on and around the mini-mountain. Gullane No 2 runs alongside No 1 - the acknowledged championship and Open qualifying course - for the first seven holes and also borders... more

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