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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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Carnoustie Country - Golf and So Much More

Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently experienced Carnoustie Country, home to 34 golf courses and many other attractions. Discover his journey to the region, and see why it's a must visit destination for all golfers.

Woburn Duke's Course Feature Review

Woburn is among the finest golf destinations in the country - boasting three championship courses - and Golfshake Ambassador Rob Treanor recently had the chance to play the Duke's Course. Here is his Feature Review.

The Players Club Feature Review

The Players Club is located near to Chipping Sodbury and a short drive from Bristol.  Find out what Golfshake ambassador Mel Davies thought of this highly recommended venue on

Dye Valley Course Feature Review

As part of a trip to TPC Sawgrass Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken took the opportunity to play and review the Dye Valley course.

Praia d'el Rey Feature Review

Portugal has long been a favourite destination for UK golfers owing to the excellent weather, the abundance of fantastic quality golf courses and short travel time. Golfers visiting the area are likely to play a few of the courses, find out how Golfshake ambassador for on playing Praia d'el Rey.

10 of the Best Family Golf Resorts in the UK

Golf breaks with the family are becoming increasingly popular, and we have taken a look at ten of the best resorts across the UK that are ideal for those looking for a venue that is suited to children and have excellent on courses on-site or nearby.

10 UK Resorts That Deliver Golf and More

Golf resorts have become more rounded, delivering a more extensive experience for guests, with a wide variety of activities and entertainment being offered. Here look at ten resorts in the UK that golf and much more.

10 Great UK Golf Resorts You May Not Know

When you are looking to book a golf break, whether it be for a small party or a large group, one of the most difficult things is finding a venue that is a little bit different. Here are ten of the best venues in the UK that you may not have heard of.

Do's and Dont's on a Golf Break

There are some simple rules to follow to ensure that everybody on a golf break leaves the resort happy, looking forward to more. Here, we offer you a few handy do’s and don’ts. They may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised how many people don’t follow them.

Southport and Ainsdale Review

Southport and Ainsdale, or S&A as it is known locally, is a wonderful test.  Whilst other courses in the area may grab the limelight, if you are playing golf in this area then you really should make a point of playing here.  Find out what Golfshake thought.

Toot Hill Golf Club Feature Review

Toot Hill has become regarded as being one of the finest and most popular golf courses in Essex. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently discovered for himself and wrote this glowing review of the experience.

Romford Golf Club Feature Review

Romford Golf Club has a rich history within Essex - having been originally designed by the legendary James Braid. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently played the course and put together this Feature Review.

Best 19th Holes in Scotland

Scotland is renowned for its golf courses, but also for the famous 19th Holes that complete the experience. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out some his favourites across the country, including some iconic pubs and clubhouses.

Most Famous Golf Hole Names

Masters Champion, Sergio Garcia and his wife Angela recently welcomed their daugher Azalea into the world, named after the 13th at Augusta National. We have looked for some of the most famous hole names in golf, each with their own story.

Moor Allerton Feature Review

Golfshake Ambassador Kevin Paver recently experienced the beautiful 27-holes at Moor Allerton. Here, Kevin recaps his day and provides a detailed review of the holes and facilities on offer at this gem of Yorkshire.

Getting Into Golf: Secret Harbour Golf Links Review

Kim Dowsing has been sharing her journey of taking up golf on Golfshake, and her adventure recently took her to Australia, to play Secret Harbour Golf Links, which holds a special and emotional place in her heart. 

The Grove Review

The Grove has hosted a World Golf Championship and the British Masters, and Golfshake Ambassador Rob Treanor experienced this prestigious venue for himself, playing and reviewing this stunning property.

The 18 Hardest Greens in the UK

There is no exact science to determine what makes for a difficult green, but we have delved into the Golfshake Score Tracker and taken data from 125,000 rounds of golf to pick out some recurring greens that consistently drive alarming putting stats from regular golfers across a spectrum of abilities.

Review Alwoodley Golf Club

To the north of Leeds, literally 15 minutes from the city centre is Alwoodley Golf Club. Alwoodley has always been a highly regarded track… and for good reason.  A traditional heathland course, it was designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie in 1907, and was the first course he designed.  Find out how Golfshake ambassador Kevin Paver got on playing in Dec 2017.

Most Difficult 1st and 18th Holes in the UK

How difficult are the first and last holes at your golf course? We have delved into the Golfshake Score Tracker, seeking the most challenging opening and closing holes in the UK.

Thorpeness Feature Review

Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook recently visited Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel in Suffolk. Find out how he got on and what he thought of this heathland course and stay and play venue.

Travel VLOG - Golf in Marbella

Golf in Marbella has long been on many peoples bucket list, but often it can be expensive with swanky hotels sometines the only option. Step-in Vacation Marbella, a self catering apartment rental company that offers a little luxury at affordable prices. 

Vacation Marbella - Luxury Apartment Rentals in the heart of Spain’s Golf Valley

Golf in Marbella has proven hugely popular obver the years, but it has been the mainstay of those able to splash out on swanky hotels, there is however another way. Vacation Marbella specialise in luxury self catering apartments and can not only supply great accommodation, but your golf as well! 

Great value rounds at highly rated Top 100 venues with

If you're looking for a great value round with but want to play a course in the Top 100 with great reviews? Look no further than these eight courses.

North East Italy Really is Golf and More

More than 50 million people visit Italy every year. It is a stunning country, known for its food and wine, fashion, history, sports cars, football, lakes, scenery and climate. However, it is also fast becoming known as a destination for visiting golfers

Feature Review Golf Club Castel d'Aviano

Find out how Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken got on playing Golf Club Castel d'Aviano during his visit to Northen Italy.

Feature Review Udine Golf Club

The course is located on a hillside, offering incredible views over the valley towards the Dolomite mountain range. It is breathtaking and is located a stone's throw from the Villaverde Resort featuring spa and wellness rooms in a superb hotel.

Feature Review Golf Senza Confini Tarvisio

Golf Senza Confini Tarvisio Is situated 800 metres above sea level, and offers a mountain trail of a golf course following vast natural fairways on the plateau.  Find out how Golfshake ambassador got on as part of his trip to Northern Italy.

Feature Review Trieste Golf Club

Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently headed to Northen Italy to sample Golf and More.  Found out how he got on playing Trieste Golf Club which was 1 of 4 he played during his trip.

Hot Deals at Top 100 Venues with

Josh Carr has picked out six of the best Hot Deals on, from golf courses that have featured in the Top 100 listings over the past 18 months.

Celtic Manor a Must Play Society Stay & Play Venue

Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently visited Celtic Manor as part of a society organisers trip.  Find out how he got on and why this is a must visit venue for golf societies.

Review Hellidon Lakes Golf Stay & Play

As part of our getting into golf series written by Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, Kim and Derek visit Hellidon Lakes in Northamptonshire.

The Alternative Top 100 Courses

Golfshake's 'Alternative' Top 100 rankings offer a list of the best golf courses that aren't in the 'Official' Top 100 rankings in the UK and have more than 50 reviews on These courses are based off the expectations of the everyday golfer.

Le Golf National Review

How is the the 2018 Ryder Cup course shaping up, how is it going to play and maybe most importantly will it help make the the 2018 Ryder Cup a great one? Owen Davies recently headed to Paris and Le Golf National to find out. 

Review Ile Aux Cerfs - Mauritius

Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook took time out during a family holiday to play and review golf in paradise at the fantastic Ile Aux Cerfs course in Mauritius.

Review Elea Golf Resort

Golf came to Cyprus relatively recently but those in the know have been enjoying some top quality golf on the island over the last ten years. The Nick Faldo design at Elea ranks very highly in the top courses and Golfshake ambassador Rob Treanor reviewed for us, find out how he got on.

Review: Laguna Golf Phuket

Laguna Golf Phuket is an 18-hole, par-71 golf course, set within Laguna Phuket Resort – Asia’s first fully integrated destination resort.  Golfshake ambassador Kevin Paver got the opportunitye to play in September 2017, find out how he got on and what he thought.

Travel VLOG - Golf in Northern Italy

Golfshake's Owen Davies and James Reeson recently headed over to Northern Italy to play and stay at the Palazzo Arzaga Golf Club. Check out how they got on and their thoughts on golf in Italy. 

Royal Mid Surrey Review

Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club is nestled in the leafy West-London suburbs and has been for over 125 years.Golfshake's Owen Davies recently played and reviewd the J.H.Taylor Course. Read his thoughts here. 

10 Reasons to Stay and Play at the Vale Resort

The Vale Resort is a 4-star resort located in South Wales.  The hotel facilities combine with this to provide a resort that is dedicated to the highest standards in fine dining and comfortable accommodation, along with an exciting and entertaining golfing experience.  Here are 10 reasons why you should stay and play at this fabulous resort.

Golf in North East Italy - Royal Park Roveri

Golf in Italy is on the rise and one of the stand out courses in the country is open and looking forward to welcoming UK golfers. Royal Park Roveri near Turin has held the Italian Open on a number of occasions. Learn more about how you can stay and play at this stunning venue. 

Golfshake Users Select Bucket List Courses

Which three golf courses do you dream of playing the most? That’s a question we have been asking Golfshake users since August, who have taken the time to submit their ‘Top 3 Bucket List Courses’ resulting in a fascinating myriad of diverse choices.

Thetford Golf Club Review

Established in 1912, Thetford Golf club is located within two Sites of Special Scientific Interest and is a haven for wildlife. It is also one of the best golf courses in East Anglia, located just off the A11.  Find out how Derek Clements got on,

Golf ter Hille, Belgium's Latest and First Public Golf Club

Most Brits taking a journey through Eurotunnel turn right and make their way to Le Touquet or Hardelot to playgolf. However, if you turn left in less than an hour you will be in Koksijde (pronounced Coxcider) complete with 18 and nine-hole golf courses, stunning beaches, Belgium seafood, beer and chocolate.

Feature Review: Amendoeira Resort – O’Connor Jnr Course

Take a closer look at the O'Connor Jnr Course at the ever popular Amendoeira Resort. 

5 of the Best Golf Courses to Play In North Wales

In the rush to play the world-class links in Scotland and Ireland, golfers all too often by-pass the treasure trove of golfing goodies that Wales has to offer.  Nonetheless, anyone who ventures to this beautiful nation will be greeted by some of the finest links courses in the British Isles.  Here are five of the best courses to play on a golf trip to North Wales.

Handsworth Golf Club Feature Review

Golfshake ambassador Mel Davies recently visited Handsworth Golf Club in the West Midlands to review the course.  Find out how he got on - date played August 2017.

The Vale Resort Stay & Play

The Vale Resort is a luxurious 4-star golfing resort located in South Wales, between Swansea and Cardiff featuring 2 courses and excellent stay and play facilities.  Find out how Golfshake staff writer Alex Picken got on during his visit in August 2017.

10 UK Golf Holiday Destinations You Must Visit

Most of us like to feel the sun on our back abroad, but there are plenty of reasons to stay at home, especially if you happen to be a golfer. Here, we look at ten of the best UK destinations for golfers and their families.

10 of the Best Golf Resorts in Florida

Increasing numbers of Britons are now travelling to Florida for golf breaks, and there are plenty to choose from. The quality of golf courses and hotels is astonishing. It hasn't been an easy task, but here we look at what we consider to be 10 of the best, based on the quality of the courses and accommodation. All of them are perfect for families.

5 of the Best Golf Resorts in Spain

Spain is one of Europe's leading golf destinations and is always popular with visitors from the UK. If you're looking to experience the setting, we have put together a guide to five of the country's best resorts that are worth sampling.

Guide to Golf on Italy's Islands - Sicily and Sardinia

While golf tourism is just taking off, the Italian Islands have an established setup that sees them deliver world class golfing experiences. We take a closer look at what a golfing holiday to Sicily and Sardinia can offer. 

Guide to Golf in Southern and Central Italy

With Italy becoming a destination of choice for golfers the world over we decided to take a closer look at golf in Central and Southern Italy. 

Guide to Golf in Northern Italy

Golf in Italy is on the rise and UK golfers are flocking to the country to experience not only great golf, but stunning scenery and superb food and drink. We take a closer look at what golf in Italy has to offer. 

Golf in Italy Travel Guide

Golf holidays to Italy are significantly on the rise due to an increased awareness and popularity of the unique qualities that the country can offer. 

Ingestre Park Feature Review

Golfshake ambassador headed to Ingestre Park Golf Club in Staffordshire to check out this parkland golf course which was built on land which was one the home of the Earl of Shrewsbury.

Dunstanburgh Castle Feature Review

Dunstanburgh Castle is a traditional links that dates back to 1900 and winds south along the idyllic Embleton Bay on the Northumberland coast, up to the dramatic ruin of 14th-century Dunstanburgh Castle and back. Find out how Neil Farrington got on.

10 Reasons to Play Golf at Celtic Manor

Sir Terry Matthews had a dream. He wanted to create a stunning golf course in his native Wales. A self-made billionaire, he made his fortune abroad but his heart was always back home and he wanted to leave a legacy.  Here are 10 reasons why we think you should head to Wales and play this venue.

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. 

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