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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

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

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

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

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

Gullane Golf Club (No 3)

West Links Road, Gullane

Gullane Golf Club (No 3), West Links Road, Gullane, East Lothian

Gullane 3 is the shortest of the three courses – 5,252 yards, par 68, and the least expensive, two-thirds the price of Gullane 1. But it has all the characteristics of its big brother – and the No 2 course – although the rough is probably less... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prince's Golf Club

Sandwich Bay, Sandwich

Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich Bay, Sandwich, Kent

Gene Sarazen won the Open in 1932 at Princes offering spectacular links golf in the Kent links belt with panoramic views across the course and Pegwell Bay dating from 1906. Operated as three nines, linked by a clubhouse constructed in 1995. The... 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

Royal West Norfolk Golf Club

Brancaster, King's Lynn

Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, Brancaster, King's Lynn, Norfolk

Royal West Norfolk or Brancaster as it's also known is, like nearby Hunstanton, a genuine links course. Brancaster has amazing dark-faced sleeper bunkers and salt marshes and is often cut off by tidal flooding. The third, at 407 yards, is a classic... 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

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

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

St Andrews Links (Eden)

Pilmour House, St Andrews

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

The Eden, a par 70, 6,195-yard lay-out running along the Eden Estuary, was the fourth course constructed at St Andrews in 1914 by Harry Colt. Easier than the other three links courses that are closer to the sea over the same stretch of land, it... 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

Royal Jersey Golf Club

Le Chemin au Greve, Grouville, St Helier

Royal Jersey Golf Club, Le Chemin au Greve, St Helier, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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