Whether your golf break takes you to 4-time Ryder Cup venue The Belfry or a golf tour to one of the 6 golf courses in England that have hosted The Open Championship, England is sure to provide you with a host of memorable destinations for your golf holiday.
Destinations for a short golf trip or golf weekend in England
England is also home to numerous Top 100 Golf Courses including Woodhall Spa, Royal St Georges, Sunningdale, Ganton and Walton Heath. The European Tour has also visited the likes of Hanbury Manor, The Oxfordshire and Forest of Arden, so wherever you are thinking of playing golf in England you'll never be far from a Championship golf course.
For those seeking city golf tours to the likes of Nottingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Liverpool or Newcastle will get to experience a host of hidden gems and links golf courses that are dotted along the coastline.
|North of England|
|Close House||Slaley Hall|
|Macdonald Hill Valley||Wychwood Park|
|The Belfry||Marriott Forest of Arden|
|Belton Woods||Whittlebury Hall|
|South of England|
|East Sussex National||St Mellion International Resort|
|Marriott Hanbury Manor||Old Thorns|
There are also countless fantastic resorts, including famous hotel chains with golf courses such as Marriott, Macdonald, QHotels and Hilton, which provide the all-round package, including outstanding accommodation and luxurious spa and leisure facilities, in addition to the great golf. This option is particularly attractive to both non-golfers and families, ensuring that there is something for everyone.
From sumptuous 5 star golf breaks and tailor-made custom packages, to exceptional value Sunday Driver specials, our extensive knowledge of English destinations will ensure that all those booking a golf break or golf tour will experience all they hoped for.
|Royal Birkdale||Royal St Georges|
|Royal Lytham & St Annes||Royal Liverpool|
|Sunningdale (Old course)||Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin course)|
|Ganton Golf Club||Walton Heath (Old course)|
|Formby Golf Club||Royal Cinque Ports|
- Home to more golf courses than Scotland, Wales and Ireland combined
- Average Monthly temperature ranges from 4°C (39°F) to 18°C (64°F)
- Four courses on the active Open Championship rota
- Home to the BMW PGA Championship (Wentworth)
Reasons to visit
- Huge variety of courses
- Experience famous Open and Ryder Cup venues
- Convenience, always a venue near you
- Outstanding value, save with our Sunday driver packages
- Dining and spa packages at top class resorts
When to go
Summer is the peak season for golf in England, when the warmer weather entices golfers of all degrees to hit the fairways. This demand results in higher green fees, so if you’re looking for value, the autumn and spring seasons may appeal. For a real bargain, we suggest taking advantage of our Sunday Specials with exceptional value to be had on overnight breaks.
There are currently nine courses in the Open Championship rota, with England home to four of them. Separated by only 60 miles of rugged Lancashire coastline, Royal Liverpool, Birkdale and Lytham & St Anne’s have hosted three of the past seven Opens. Royal St George’s (where our very own Darren Clarke secured his maiden major) is one of three venues on the Kent coast to have hosted the Claret Jug, along with former Open host courses Princes Golf Club and Royal Cinque Ports.
Wentworth, and in particular its famed West Course, has been flying the flag for English golf on the professional scene for years. It is the spiritual home of the World Matchplay Championship and the host of the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. Just north of London is the Kyle Phillips-designed course at The Grove, which hosted the American Express World Golf Championship in 2006, won by none other than Tiger Woods. Of course, no list of English championship venues would be complete without mentioning The Brabazon Course at the Belfry, which has hosted the Ryder Cup on an unprecedented four occasions.
Steeped in Ryder Cup history, The Belfry is a perfect resort to accommodate groups of golfers, particularly with the newly refurbished Sam’s Bar. If you’re heading to the south west, then the St Mellion International Resort is an absolute must. The Cornwall resort boasts two outstanding courses, a brilliant 19th hole and the Fairway Lodges, which are perfectly suited to large groups of golfers. Worsley Park (Manchester), East Sussex National and Hill Valley (Shropshire) are also worth consideration.
Many venues offer Golf & Spa packages, meaning there is something to keep both you and your partner entertained. From Luton Hoo, which has hosted the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on their honeymoon, to the exquisite Stapleford Park and Rockliffe Hall, which you may recognise from the Michael Caine hit movie Get Carter. Throw in great on-site restaurants, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a romantic weekend away.
There are countless cities and towns scattered throughout England where you’re guaranteed a memorable (albeit slightly hazy) night. Bournemouth is our No.1 golf tour destination in the UK, owing to its fine array of courses coupled with a buzzing evening atmosphere driven largely by the town’s student-heavy population. Bristol, Nottingham, Leeds and Blackpool also come highly recommended if your trip’s social curriculum is just as important as the golf itself.
There are no shortage of luxury hotels and resorts in England. Escape to the immaculate 400-acre estate of Bovey Castle in Devon, or see why The Grove near Hertfordshire is a popular haunt among some of the world’s biggest celebrities. For a lavish golf break in the north, try Rudding Park - voted No. 1 Best UK Hotel in the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards for three of the past four years.
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