Golfshake Course Features & Reviews

Read our features, guides and reviews of courses in the UK and around the world.  The in-depth features and reviews are carried out by the Golfshake team and Golfshake ambassadors.



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Close House Offers Special Green Fee Rate for Winter

Close House, venue of the 2017 British Masters, which is located just 10 minutes from Newcastle City Centre, is offering visiting golfers a special, limited group green fee rate throughout this winter.


Quinta da Marinha Feature Review

Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picknan recently experienced the stunning Quinta da Marinha resort in Portugal. Take a look at his review of the course and beautiful hotel and spa facilities on offer.


Onyria Palmares Beach and Golf Resort Feature Review

Onyria Palmares Beach and Golf Resort is a stunning 27-hole complex in the Algarve. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picknan recently visited the resort and experienced all it has to offer. Here is his detailed Feature Review.


10 Destinations for Golf & Winter Sun

Do you not enjoy golf during the winter months in the UK? Golf journalist Josh Carr has picked out ten destinations you should check out if you are in need of a winter golfing getaway. 


Macdonald Spey Valley Aviemore Feature Review

Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook took time out to head up to the Scottish Highlands to stay and play at Macdonald Spey Valley.  Find out how he got on playing this fantastic championship course in Aviemore.


Macdonald Cardrona Feature Review

Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook took time out to head up to the Scotland early in October 2016 to stay and play at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel Golf & Spar resort in the heart of the Scottish Borders.


Golf in Tenerife: Meliã Hacienda del Conde

Fancy somewhere different for a golfing holiday? Golfshake writer Josh Carr explores what Meliã Hacienda del Conde has to offer. 


Stanton-on-the-Wolds Feature Review

Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken visited Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club near Nottingham in April 2016. Find out how he got on.


Golf in Lisbon - Everything you need to know

We recently sent Golfshake ambassaor Andrew Picken to Lisbon on a golf trip to stay and play at 3 courses including Ribagolf, Aroeira 1 and Quinta de Peru Golf & Country Club.  Find out how he got on and insights for planning your golf trip to Lisbon.


Ribagolfe 1 Feature Review

Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently headed to Portugal for a golf trip to Lisbon and played the Ribagolfe.  Find out how he got on and what he thought.


Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club Feature Review

Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently headed to Portugal for a golf trip to Lisbon and played Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club.  Find out how he got on and what he thought.


Herdade da Aroeira - Aroeira 1 Review

Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently headed to Portugal for a golf trip to Lisbon and played the Frank Pennink designed Aroeira 1.  Find out how he got on and what he thought.


Aberdovey Golf Club Feature Review

Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Pickenan recently visited the spectacular Aberdovey Golf Club, one of oldest golf clubs in Wales.


VLOG - Woodhall Spa Hotchkin Course Feature Review

Golfshake's Owen Davies and James Reeson recently headed over to the highly regarded Woodhall Spa Golf Club to play the Hotchkin Course. Check out their VLOG of the day. 


Courses That Should Host a Major, but Never Will!

With the growth of the game globally it seems slightly absurd that we will never have a major on mainland Europe or Asia or South America. So, what if  the majors did not necessarily have to take place in their traditional locations? Which courses would make the grade? 


Feature Review Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

Golfshake ambassador Kevin Paver recently visited Monte Rei Golf & Country Club in Portugal which is rated the number 1 golf course in Portugal, and a top ten in Europe.  Find out how he got on and what he thought.


A guide to golf in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is quickly becoming one of the top golfing travel destinations in the world and it is no wonder why. There are Golf in Charlestonmany top courses in the area including Ryder Cup and USPGA venue Kiawah Island and one thing is for sure, you won’t be disappointed with any of the courses you play.


A Guide to Gleneagles

Gleneagles is one of the world's leading resorts, and it is situated in the heart of Scotland. Josh Carr takes a closer look at what this stunning estate can offers visitors, from three brilliant golf courses to luxury spa facilities.


18 Hardest Holes in the World

Golf journalist Josh Carr has put together what he believes are the 18 hardest holes on the major golf tours. Would you dare take them on?


10 of the Best Par-3s in the World

Several of the most famous and greatest holes in the world are par-3s, but what are the 10 best to be found across the globe? Golf journalist Josh Carr offers his most memorable ten.


Top 10 UK Courses to Play by Train

Sometimes it can be a struggle to decide who will be the designated driver on a golf trip, so why not settle for an away day by the railways? Golfshake writer Josh Carr has picked out his top 10 courses to play by train.


Best Courses to Never Host a Major Championship

With Championship standard golf courses in abundance around the world, is it time that the men's majors headed to some different destinations? Golfshake writer Josh Carr explored some courses that should be given the chance to host a major.


10 Strangest Golf Courses in the World

Golf journalist Josh Carr has picked out ten of the strangest golf courses in the world, which offer everything from sub-zero temperatures to playing alongside a minefield.


Darlington Golf Club Review

Golfshake writer Josh Carr recently played Darlington Golf Club in the North East of England. Take a look at what he thought of it.


The 10 most scenic golf courses in the world

What makes a golf course memorable?  Some would say great greens and lush fairways, but most would reply with outstanding scenic views that live long in your memory.  Check out these 10 worth adding to any bucket list.


10 London Golf Courses Near Tube and Train Stations

Golfers often find it difficult to play if they live in London and don't have a car, so Golf Journalist Josh Carr has suggested ten courses you can access via the tube or train networks.


Trip Report - 48 Hours Golfing in Dublin

Golfshake's Owen Davies heads to Dublin for a whirlwind visit. Check out what he got up to over just 48 hours and learn what Dublin has to offer Golfers looking for short trip abroad. 


Feature Moor Park

Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently visited Moor Park in Hertfordshire with boasts two stunning golf courses designed by the legendary Harry Colt in 1923 which have matured to become two of the best in the county – and among the best in England.


Feature Review - The Mere Resort

Golfshake's Owen Davies heads to one of the North West's most famous golf venues - The Mere resort to play their 18 hole Championship Course


Preston Golf Club Review

Golfshake's Josh Carr recently visited Preston Golf Club, an exclusive members club set in 120 acres of stunning, tranquil parkland. Featuring a beautiful mix of holes that boast superb USGA constructed greens that offer a challenge to all golfers.


Heythrop Park Stay & Play in Oxfordshire

Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, Heythrop Park is a unique and luxury venue set in 400 acres of beautiful Oxfordshire Countryside. Whether you’re looking for an exceptional golfing break or a venue for a fairytale wedding, then this 18th century English county estate should be at the top of your list.


Trip Report - Q Hotels Slaley Hall

Golfshake's Josh Carr recently stayed and played at Q Hotels Slaley Hall. Check out his trip report of one of the UK's leading golf resorts. 


Feature Review - Hunting Course, Slaley Hall

Golfshake's Josh Carr heads to one of the North East's finest venues - Slaley Hall to stay and play at the famous venue. Check out his review of the Hunting Course. 


Golf in Mauritius and The Seychelles

Looking for a golf break with great golf courses, stunning views, world class hotels, white sandy beaches and the perfect climate? Look no further that Mauritius and The Seychelles


A Guide to Golf in Ireland

What region in Ireland should you be visiting for you next Golf Break? We take a closer look at what this stunning country has to offer golfers. 


The Shire London Rated Highly by Golfshake Users

The Shire London is proudly celebrating its status as the #1-ranked golf club in the capital, as voted for by users of Golfshake.com, with 169 independent reviewers giving the club an overall rating of 4.86 out of 5.


The 10 Longest Golf Courses in the World

What is the longest golf course in the world? We scoured the golfshake course section to dig out the Top 10 Longest Golf Courses in the World. 


Top 10 Courses in Cornwall

Following our recent 'best of' series which included '10 of the best in Cornwall' the guys over at Golf South West put together their thoughts on the top 10 courses in Cornwell. Golf South West are a specialist golf tour operator providing custom tours and packages in and around the South West so who better to provide the definitive must play in Cornwall.


Gullane #2 Feature Review

Situated on the north of East Lothian, which is known as the Scottish Golf Coast, Gullane golf club boasts 3 fine golf courses offering a fantastic Scottish links experience.  Find out how we got on when we played Gullane #2.


Royal St David's Feature Review

Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Pickenan recently visited the stunning Royal St. David's in Wales. Here is his detailed review of one of the most natural links courses to be found in the UK.


Feature Review: Close House - Colt Course

Regular Golfshake writer Josh Carr recently played the Colt Course at the popular Close House Resort in the North East of England. Here is review of the beautiful but testing layout.


Feature Review: Quinta do Lago South Course

Kevin Paver heads to Quinta do Lago to play the South Course. Read his review here....


Feature Review: Quinta do Lago - North Course

Kevin Paver heads to Quinta do Lago to play the North Course. Read his review here...


Feature Review: Quinta do Lago - Laranjal

Kevin Paver heads to Portugal and Quinta do Lago to play and review the Laranjal Golf Course. 


Longhirst Hall - Dawson Course Review

Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently played the Dawson Course at Longhirst Hall in Northumberland, and he notes his full impression of the experience within this review.


Feature Review: Close House Filly Course

Golfshake's Josh Carr recently visited Close House just outside Newcastle upon Tyne, which boasts two excellent courses alongside luxury accommodation. Here he reviews the Filly Course on the resort.


Video Review - Bearwood Lakes Golf Club

Golfshake's Owen Davies visit Bearwood Lakes Golf Club, Berkshire to play and review. 


Feature Essendon Country Club

Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently played both courses at Essendon Country Club in Hertfordshire - the Old and New - with the club formerly known as The Hatfield London leaving a positive impression.


Penrith Golf Club Review

Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently experienced the picturesque Penrith Golf Club, situated between the Eden Valley and the Lake District. It certainly left an impression.


Ipswich Golf Club Feature Review

Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently played the glorious heathland layout of Ipswich Golf Club, commonly known as Purdis Heath. Find out what he thought of such a highly regarded course.


Oceanico Pinhal Course Review

The Oceanico Pinhal course is typified by rolling parkland and winds through tall pines, which offer the biggest challenge for most golfers.


Oceanico Laguna Course Review

The Oceanico Laguna Course is completely different to any of the other of the Oceanico courses in Vilamoura as it has very few trees and a links feel to it. As you can probably guess by the name, there’s a lot of water around the course and offers a stern test when the wind blows.  Find out how Josh Carr got on.


Oceanico Millennium Course Review

The Millennium course is a must play if you’re looking to play one of the Oceanico courses in Vilamoura. It is a course suitable for all standards of golfer.  Find out how Josh Carr got on during his visit to the Algarve.


Resort Review - The Mere

We take a closer look at one of The Mere Resort in Cheshire. A recently refurbished hotel and a James Braid designied course promised a stunning stay and play venue. Check out how we got on. 


Take a closer look at Tiger's new course

Tiger Woods has always done things his own way - and it seems that applies to his course design too. We take a closer look at his first US design project - Bluejack \  


Celtic Manor - The Twenty Ten Experience

Golfshake contributor Matt Holbrook recently headed to Celtic Manor to play the 2010 course. Read about his experinces at the Ryder Cup venue.


Mannings Heath Waterfall Course Review

Feature review by Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken who visited Mannings Heath at the beginning of October 2015 to experience the venue, hotel and both golf courses.


Mannings Heath Kingfisher Course Review

Golfshake ambassador visited Mannings Heath in September 2015 to stay and play reviewing both the Waterfall and Kingfisher courses.


Feature Review - Walton Heath

We recently Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken along to Walton Heath to play both the Old and New courses.  This is the feature review and Old course review following the visit in September 2015 read the New course review here.


Walton Heath New Course Feature Review

Feature review of Walton Heath New Course by Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken who played both the Old and New courses in September 2015.


Feature Review: Sand Valley Golf Club

Sand Valley is one of the more remarkable creations you will find… anywhere.  With greens of bewitching shapes and ponds scattered about to add a splash of colour.


Feature Review: Sierra Golf Club

Sierra Golf Club lies 40 minutes north west of Gdansk. Flowing over mostly level terrain and surrounded by dense forest, this is a beautifully maintained and elegant course. There are extensive facilities and the British Pro adds a certainly ‘homely’ feel as you are well looked after before your round.


Stay and Play – Northumberland

Heading to the North East for you next Golf Trip away? Check out our guide to golf in Northumberland which boasts a huge variety of courses, from renown parklands to world class links. 


Feature Review: Mazury Golf Club

At some golf courses, the ‘experience’ starts long before you arrive. The Mazury Golf Club is one such course. It lies deep in the Masurian Lake District, where dense forest overshadows the roads and glimpses of water flash between the trees.


Feature Review: Gdansk Golf & Country Club

Gdansk Golf & Country Club is the closest golf club to Gdansk, and it is just 30 minutes south of the airport. Set in a rolling countryside of natural beech trees, the course was designed by the British architect, Jeremy Turner in 1992.


Top 10 Golfing Stag Do Destinations

Stag Do’s are a well instilled British tradition when it comes to getting married and nowadays a few rounds of golf, a big night out and a stop over are way up there on things to do on your stag do.


Feature Review: Ulverston Golf Club

If you’re planning on playing golf in the Lake District then Ulverston Golf Club should definitely be on your list. Designed by H.S.Colt, this beautiful parkland course situated on the outskirts of the Lake District is renowned as one of the best courses in Cumbria.


Feature Review: Morley Hayes Golf Complex

We recently, July 2015, popped along to Morley Hayes golf complex with 4 Golfshake members to play the course and find out more about this vibrant golf course in Derbyshire.


Feature Review - Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

Burnham and Berrow has long been recognised as fine links course, nestled on the North Somerset coast it's repuatation in recent years is growing, so we thought it was about time to visit and find out for ourselves what everyone is talking about. 


Enjoy World Class Golf a Great Stays with Najeti Hotels

FOR British golfers, northern France is becoming an ever-more popular destination. And it is hardly surprising when you weigh up the quality of both the accommodation and golf courses on offer.


Murcar Links Feature Review

Murcar is a links of simple ingenuity and raw beauty. This is the sort of place where running the ball into greens is a delight… and also a lottery.


Feature Review: Oceanico Faldo

We recently sent Golfshake ambassador & feature writer Matt Holbrook to play the Oceanico courses at the Amendoeira Golf Resort in Vilamoura.  This is the review for the Faldo course.


Feature Review: Oceanico Victoria

We recently sent Golfshake ambassador & feature writer Matt Holbrook to play the Oceanico courses at the Amendoeira Golf Resort in Vilamoura.  This is the review for the Victoria course.


Feature Review: Oceanico O'Connor

We recently sent Golfshake ambassador & feature writer Matt Holbrook to play the Oceanico courses at the Amendoeira Golf Resort in Vilamoura.  Read the review for the O'Connor course.


Feature Review: Oceanico Old Course

We recently sent Golfshake ambassador & feature writer Matt Holbrook to play the Oceanico courses at the Amendoeira Golf Resort in Vilamoura.  Read the review for the Oceanico Old course.


Celtic Manor - The Resort that has it all!

We take a look at one of Europe's leading golf resorts and hoe to the 2010 Ryder Cup - Celtic Manor. 


Celtic Manor - The 2010 Course

Celtic Manor is a brilliant golf resort, it has it all and the jewel in the crown is the 2010 course, host to Europe's famous Ryder Cup victory. 


Cruden Bay Feature Review

It is difficult, nigh on impossible, to talk about Cruden Bay without immediately mentioning the views as you step out of the car. It is the sort of dramatic introduction to a golf course that sets the tempo for the day, for the clubhouse sits high above the course with views stretching north and south.


PGA and European Tour – Best Composite 18

Nick Bonfield picks his fantasy 18 holes from the PGA and European Tour. Take a look and let us know if you agree or if you would have made some different choices. 


Tiger's first ever US course design to open October 2015

Tiger Woods maybe in the Autumn of his career on the course, but he is now forging himself a new and exciting career in Golf Course Design.


Trentham Park Golf Club Feature Review

Tucked away on the edge of the delightful Trentham Estate, Trentham Park Golf Club (TPGC) is a great parkland course with a difference that will test even the lower handicappers.  Went sent 8 handicapper Adam Smith to check it out.


Feature: The Belfry Resort

There can be no doubt The Belfry is one of the UK’s preeminent golf hotels.  Read Nick Bonfield's feature on the resort and recent trip where he took the opportunity to play both the Brabazon and PGA National.


Feature Review: Brabazon

The Brabazon at the Belfry is arguably the most iconic golf course in the United Kingdom, thanks to its status as the world’s only four-time Ryder Cup host. The Brabazon is a golf course that very much lives up to its high billing - is really well designed and conditioned and worth a visit.


Feature Review: PGA National

The PGA National is a course with some really entertaining, unique holes that can be played in a number of different ways.  It maybe meteres from the first tee of the more famous Brazabon but the PGA National is a very enjoyable test and a course with huge potential and well worth a visit.


Feature Review - Trevose G&CC

Golfshake's Owen Davies travels to England's West Country to stay and play at one of the six courses that make up the 'Atlantic Links' - Trevose G&CC


Feature Review Rockliffe Hall Golf and Hotel

Golfshake's Owen Davies stays and plays at one of the finest new Golf Course and Hotel complexes in the UK - Rockliffe Hall


Feature review - Kedleston Park Golf Club

Nestled in the rolling countryside on the edge of Derby is Kedleston Park Golf Club, noted as one of the finest in the Midlands for many years.


North Hants Golf Club Review

North Hants - home of Justin Rose - is a lovely heathland track viewed by many as one of England's top 100 courses.


Feature Review - The Shire

Golfshake's Owen Davies visits Seve Ballestors' only solo UK golf course design and reviews his creation in North London - The Shire.


The Warren Golf & Country Club Feature Review

We sent long time Golfshake member and 12 handicap golfer Russell Middleton along to review The Warren Golf & Country Club in August 2014. Found out how he got on.


Sandford Springs Feature Review

Sandford Springs is highly popular modern 'Golf Resort' that boasts 27 holes of golfing delight and we sent Golfshake member Matt Holbrook to check out this course playing all 3 loops of 9.


Feature Review - Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Golf Club

Dulwich and Sydnenham Golf Club is just a stones throw from Central London.


Review Colne Valley Golf Club

Set in the quaint village of Earls Colne, 10 miles West of Colchester, Colne Valley sits in the tranquil countryside of Essex offering a treat of parkland golf for players of all abilities since 1989.


Feature Lumine Mediterranea Beach and Golf Community

Recently senior staff writer Adam Smith took at trip to southern Spain to play and stay at Lumine Mediterranea Beach and Golf Community.


Destination Feature - Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head has long been a favoured stop on the PGA Tour, but in recent times more and more UK golfers are flocking to one of America's most impressive golfing destinations.


Lumine Mediterránea Beach and Golf Community - Hills course

Senior staff writer Adam Smith recently took at trip to Lumine Mediterranea Beach and Golf Resort. The Hills course is one of three on site and here his his review


Lumine Mediterránea Beach and Golf Community - Ruins course

Senior staff writer Adam Smith went over to southern Spain to tackle Lumine's three courses. This is the review for the Ruins course.


Lumine Mediterránea Beach and Golf Community - Lakes course

Senior staff writer Adam Smith recently took a trip to Lumine Mediterranea Beach and Golf Resort to play three courses on-site. Here's his review on the Lakes course.


Review Tandridge Golf Club

The south of England is littered with some wonderful Harry Colt-designed golf courses, and Tandridge Golf Club in Oxted certainly falls into that category.


Feature Review Fota Island Golf Club

Irish golf writer Kevin Markham took the opportunity to play Fota Island playing the Deerpark championship course which hosted the Irish Open in 2001, 2002 and again in 2014. It is rated highly among Irish parklands and is also part of the impressive 5 star Fota Island Resort.


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