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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10 reasons to play golf at The Belfry

It is a long time since a top professional event was last held at the headquarters of the PGA, but tens of thousands of golfers still flock to the course. So what are the top 10 reasons for making the journey?


Atlantic Links Golf Trip

The Atlantic Links along the South West coast of  the United Kingdom should be on every golfer's wish list of places to visit. We recently sent Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken to stay and play in the area.


Burnham and Berrow Feature Review

This is a serious links and a true test. Steep sand dunes, great contouring, punishing bunkers and fast, undulating greens create a challenge in all conditions, and if the wind blows you had better bring your best game. Find out what Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken thought of Burnham and Berrow.


Saunton Golf Club Feature Review

Continuing his golfing odyssey in North Devon Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken visited Saunton Golf Club playing both the East and West courses. Find out what he thought.


Royal North Devon Feature Review

Royal North Devon, otherwise known as Westward Ho, is the oldest golf course in England. It was designed by old Tom Morris in 1864 and is regarded as the St Andrews of the south. Golfshake ambassador played in July 2017 find out how he got on.


Mallorca Golf Trip - Club De Golf Alcanada

Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently took a trip to the fantastic Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Find out how he got on staying and playing at Club De Golf Alcanada.


Son Gual Golf Feature Review

Son Gual Golf Course is located close to Palma airport, making it an ideal venue to be played on arrival or on the final day of a trip to the island. Find out how Golfshake ambassador Andew Picken got on.


Coventry Golf Club Feature Review

Coventry Golf Club is a venue with significant history and an excellent course, which Melvyn Davies recently took the opportunity to experience for himself. Take a look at his detailed review of a great spot in Warwickshire.


The Best New Course in Europe?

It is not often we title up a video or article as 'The Best New Course', but on a recent visit to Lisbon, Portugal I played what many will consider to be the best new course on continental Europe, if not Europe as a whole - West Cliffs.


Course Review: Son Vida Course at Arabella Golf

Golfshake Ambassador Kevin Paver recently played the Son Vida Course at Arabella Golf. Take a look at his review of the course.


West Sussex Golf Course Feature Review

Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook had the opportunity to play the highly ranked West Sussex Golf Club, which is one of the finest heathland courses the UK has to offer.  Find out how he got on.


Course Review - The Northumberland Golf Club

Golf writer Josh Carr recently played The Northumberland Golf Club in the North East of England. Take a look at his review. 


Son Muntaner Feature Review

Golfshake ambassador recently visited Mallorca and took the opportunity to play and review Son Muntaner which is part of the 63 hole Arabella Golf Resort, just five minutes from the Centre of Palma de Mallorca.  Found out how he got on.


Leicestershire Golf Club Feature Review

Feature review from Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken who attended and played the Leicestershire Golf Club in May 2017.  Found out how he got on and what he thought of this beautiful city based parkland golf course.


Dunston Hall Feature Review

Dunston Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan style country home that offers excellent accomodation and spa facilities, in addition to an excellent 18-hole golf course. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picknan went to experience it for himself.


Trip Report - Meliã Hacienda del Conde, Tenerife

Golfshake's Owen Davies recently headed to Tenerife to stay at the 5* Meliã Hacienda del Conde resort and play their Buena Vista Golf Course. Find out how he got on. 


Saffron Walden Golf Club Review

We sent Golfshake ambassador and regular golf course reviewer Matt Holbrook to Saffron Walden Golf Club in March 2017 to check out this East Anglia located golf course.


Course Review - The Arden Course

Golf writer Josh Carr recently took on the Arden Course at Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club. Take a look at what he thought of the course. 


Kidderminster Golf Club Feature Review

Golfshake Ambassador Melvyn Davies played Kidderminster Golf Club in March 2017. Take a look at what he thought of this West Midlands situated course.


Q Hotels Oulton Hall - Feature Review

Golf Writer Josh Carr recently visited Q Hotels offering of Oulton Hall. If you're thinking about playing golf in Leeds, take a look at his report from the trip.


South Moor Feature & Review by Alister MacKenzie Expert

Designer of Augusta National and Cypress Point, Yorkshire's Dr. Alister MacKenzie was one of the great golf course architects. South Moor in County Durham is among his creations. Expert Andrew Mair provides further context and reviews the layout.


Links vs Resort: Which Come Out on Top in the UK?

Links golf or resort golf? Golf writer Josh Carr has picked out three of the best areas for links golf and compared them to his three favourite golf resorts in the UK.


Loch Lomond Review

Golf blogger Martin Tighe recently got the opportunity to play Loch Lomond which is on many a golfers bucket list.  Find out what he thought and what you can expect if you ever get the opportunity to play.


How to use GOLFNOW to make the most of your USA Golf Holiday

Planning your USA golf holiday can be a daunting task especially if you decide to book it your slef or if you want to add in extra rounds to your break while you are there, but what is the solution. Owen Davies thinks he may have found it at GolfNow. 


Cleobury Mortimer Golfshake Visit

Golfshake member Mel Davies visited Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club in Jan 2017 to check out the course, facilties and coaching options.


A guide to golf in Thailand

Not many golfers would choose Thailand as a golfing holiday, but that is all about to change. Golf writer Josh Carr has offered you this handy guide to golf in Thailand. 


North Wales Golf Club Feature Review

A golf break in North Wales should feature high up on any golfer’s to-do list with a plethora of stunning links courses littered across the coastline. Royal St David’s, Nefyn, Conwy and Aberdovey are all highly acclaimed, and rightly so, but a course that perhaps flies under the radar is North Wales Golf Club in Llandudno.


Troia Golf Feature Review

Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picknan recently visited the Algarve and experienced the stunning and challenging Troia Golf Championship Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior. Take a look at his review and thoughts.


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.



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