As the British Masters is taking place at Ian Poulter’s spectacular Woburn Golf Club, the United Kingdom and Ireland is home to a range of top quality golf courses. Away from the household names such as the Belfry and Royal Birkdale, dig a little deeper and there are lesser well known clubs who pride themselves on the unrivalled quality of their courses.

There are two positives to finding a ‘hidden gem’. One is that they are likely to cost less due to the fact they are not as renowned and they will tend to be less busy. So for your next golf trip, get off the beaten track and adventure out to one of these unknown discoveries.

England

Bamburgh Castle – Perched on a beautiful section of Northumberland’s coastline, Bamburgh Castle Golf Club is a true hidden gem. The course is only 5,600 yards but when the wind picks up, it can certainly play much longer. With the castle standing tall at the top of the hill and amazing views across the Northumberland coastline, it is undoubtedly one of the most scenic courses in the north.

Away from the golf there is plenty to do including visiting the traditional fishing town of Seahouses and in the summer months it is home the largest number of puffins in the UK.

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Crane Valley – Opened in 1992, Crane Valley is one of the best new courses in the region. Situated in Verwood, Dorset, it has a stunning 27-hole layout devised by Donald Steel. It is set in the beautiful Dorset countryside with a range of unique and challenging holes.

The Valley Course has 18 immaculate holes with the pick of the bunch coming at the sixth which is one of the most picturesque holes you will see. Neatly placed bunkers and water hazards make the course demanding but not too challenging for the average golfer. A number of holes will also test the bravery of some golfers as they decide whether to take the risk and cut corners or play safe.

The 9-hole Woodland course has six par 4’s and the rest par 3’s and is ideal for beginners or people who find 18 too demanding.

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Felixstowe – Over the the east side of England in Suffolk lies 135-year-old Felixstowe Golf Club. With magnificent views of the Suffolk coastline, the 27-hole complex is one that must be visited if you’re an avid golfer. With two courses, The Martello is the main attraction.

A 6,285 yard championship links, the course traverses the gentle undulations and is completely exposed to the elements making it a testing but enjoyable round. The weather can really change at any point which is evident when you approach the 17th. On the Saturday you could play a short iron into the green but on the Sunday it could easily be a wood.

If you are a fan of seaside golf, then this one is for you.

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Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester is an experienced sports writer, having worked at SportsVibe and written for numerous sporting titles including Golfing World, Birmingham Mail and Stoke City's website.

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