The Best Golf Accommodation in the UK
We love to hear the views of regular golfers, which was the objective and motivation behind the 2019 Golfshake Course Survey, where we asked for your feedback on courses and venues that you have experienced to help us identify the best and most visitor friendly across the UK & Europe.
Part of that exercise was to discover the Best Golf Accommodation in the UK, with hundreds of golfers sharing their favourite venues. We have included the most common and popular selections below, focusing on the leading three, noting them across a map of the country. Responses were varied and provided a rich mix, from the famous Ryder Cup hosts of Celtic Manor, The Belfry and Gleneagles, to lesser recognised gems like Old Thorns and Hawkstone Park, hopefully creating a helpful guide to UK golf's finest stay and play options.
Naturally, this does not claim to be a definitive list, and it's likely that the names featured are often the most frequently visited, but what it should pick out are places that consistently deliver a comfortable and welcoming experience, something that our golfers would Highly Recommend to others who are planning to embark on a golf break across the UK.
Celtic Manor Resort
Known for hosting the Ryder Cup in 2010, the Celtic Manor is a hugely popular venue on Golfshake, and responses to the survey underlined that status. There are four superb accommodation options to choose from; the flagship 5* Resort Hotel and its 330 refurbished bedrooms, the 4* Manor House Hotel, the 4* Coldra Court Hotel and the Newbridge on Usk Restaurant.
In addition to the luxury rooms, the Newport resort - only a short drive from Cardiff - boasts spa and leisure facilities, and has access to the three on-site courses, notably The Twenty Ten, in addition to the Roman Road and Montgomerie. A decade may have passed since Europe triumphed over the United States there, but Celtic Manor remains an attractive option for many golfers and the comfortable accommodation is a significant part of the reason why.
The Belfry Hotel & Resort
Situated in the West Midlands, The Belfry holds iconic status after hosting the Ryder Cup four times between 1985 and 2002, and the resort continues to be a favourite of golfers across the country. The Brabazon, PGA National and Derby Courses provide an enjoyable test for visitors to experience, but the venue itself stands as being one of the UK's premier stages, set in 550 acres of beautiful countryside and providing a wide variety of excellent facilities.
The 4* hotel features 319 varied and elegant rooms, which were refurbished during an extensive renovation in 2014, ensuring that the accommodation here stands up to modern demands. It's a resort with prestige, but one that stands accessible due to being only a short drive from Birmingham, and it continues to be acclaimed by members on Golfshake.
Located in the heart of the breathtaking scenery of Perthshire in Scotland, Gleneagles is a legendary resort that has defined quality and luxury for a century. It has frequently been named the 'Best Golf Resort in the World' and is known for its three courses; the historic King's, the beautiful Queen's, and the 2014 Ryder Cup layout the PGA Centenary. The estate is known for its outdoor activities and acclaimed restaurants and leisure facilities.
However, when it comes to accommodation, Gleneagles is perhaps unsurpassable in the UK, including 232 luxurious guest bedrooms and suites, each offering the perfect retreat in a tranquil setting, which retain a traditional sense of place and serenity, and highly regarded level of service to ensure that your time here is an unforgettable one. If more golfers had visited Gleneagles, it wouldn't have been a shock to see it lead the number of responses to our survey.
Close House Hotel & Golf Club
Postioned in Newcastle and former host of the British Masters, Close House is an elegant venue in beautiful surrounds, and features superb accommodation, including 12 courtyard style rooms and four terrace rooms.
Golf At Slaley Hall
Acclaimed venue in Northumberland known for its highly rated courses and comfortable hospitality, set within 1,000 acres of countryside with a series of luxury rooms and lodges available.
Old Thorns Manor Hotel
Located within the rolling Hampshire countryside, Old Thorns is a renowned golf course, but the venue itself also ranks positively, following a significant refurbishment, each of its 160 rooms deliver pleasant accommodation alongside a series of restaurants and bars that make this a tremendous stay and play option.
The Vale Resort
Situated in rural Glamorgan, this Welsh resort has two courses and a 4* hotel with 143 rooms that enjoy views across the expansive countryside, providing a quality of service that all golfers will relish.
Prince's Golf Club
Prince's is a revered venue in Sandwich, offering 27-holes of historic golf, and modern scenic accommodation through its wide range of options at The Lodge, including The Apartments, the main complex itself, and either the Links or Bay suites, all of which make this a destination to savour.
St Mellion International Resort
Enjoying a prime location in Cornwall, St Mellion is known for its two courses, but the accommodation isn't bad either, having been modernised within the past decade, there are now 80 comfortable guest rooms available.
Carden Park Golf Resort
Located in Cheshire, Carden Park is an acclaimed venue, having recently been named Winner of England's Best Golf Hotel at the World Golf Awards. The hotel contains 175 bedrooms and 23 sophisticated suites all stylishly furnished, providing elegant luxury across a range of dining options, providing the perfect base to sample its two courses, the Cheshire and Nicklaus.
East Sussex National
Located in Little Horsted, East Sussex, the National possesses two courses and 104 comfortable rooms available within its 4* hotel, with additional leisure and dining facilities only adding to the experience.
Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club
This is a firm favourite with golfers visiting Warwickshire, a venue with two excellent courses - including the revered former British Masters host - but the hotel itself is an attraction due to the well-serviced and maintained rooms, 214 of them in total, which provide superb accommodation within idyllic surrounds.
St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club
The historic Manor House (dating from the 14th century) that makes up the St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Hotel includes 132 modern furnished guest rooms that boast spectacular vistas across the golf course and lakes of this striking Welsh venue, known for its Old Course, formerly a Solheim Cup host.
Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
The Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa is located in 300 acres of beautiful, undulating Constable Country, on the fringes of the Dedham Vale. The Essex venue possesses 80 varied and comfortable rooms, which are the perfect respite to playing the two regarded parkland layouts onsite.
Turnberry is among the most iconic resorts in the British Isles, famously a host of several Open Championships, perhaps best known for the 1977 ‘Duel in the Sun’ between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. Enjoying a significant refurbishment in recent years, the Ayrshire venue is picturesque and luxurious, delivering a high-end experience for golfers who want the chance to sample lavish hospitality.
Surrounded by 475 acres of beautiful Lincolnshire countryside, Belton Woods is an idyllic and popular two golf course resort, featuring 132 magnificent bedrooms and four luxury suites.
Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Gem of Derbyshire on the fringes of the Peak District, the 4* Breadsall Priory introduces modern fitting to a stunning grade II listed building that dates back to 1260, complimenting the two respected courses with comfortable accommodation.
Golf At Goodwood
Three miles north of Chichester in West Sussex, Goodwood Hotel offers 4* luxury and all the amenities you could hope for, including 91 modern and comfortable bedrooms, some of which are terraced, providing the ideal base for a golf break.
Known for its spacious and comfortable accommodation, Greetham Valley is an excellent venue in the East Midlands, with two 18-hole courses and a wide variety of room types to choose from.
Hawkstone Park Golf Club
Noted for being the home course of golf legend Sandy Lyle, Hawkstone Park has two courses that benefit from excellent accommodation options, including 66 extensively refurbished bedrooms.
Archerfield Links has two superb golf courses along the revered East Lothian coastline and a range of exclusive accommodation that makes this a rare experience for golfers.
The Ashbury Golf Hotel is set at the foothills of Dartmoor National Park and is a huge resort that contains 99 holes to play. It’s a paradise for golfers and the facilities have been celebrated by many.
Dartmouth Golf & Country Club
The Dartmouth Hotel Golf & Spa offers 3* accommodation in the form of 35 fabulous bedrooms, linked to the clubhouse with panoramic views of both golf courses and the surrounding countryside.
Forest Pines Spa & Golf Resort
Headlined by a revered golf course, Forest Pines has much to offer when it comes to a break in Lincolnshire, including 188 bedrooms that provide luxury, comfort and modern amenities, ensuring that this is an essential inclusion to anyone's must visit list.
The Manor House at Castle Combe
There are 48 individually styled bedrooms across this historic building in Wiltshire, each delivering a memorable, relaxed stay with a little golf thrown in.
Known for hosting a World Golf Championship and British Masters, the Kyle Phillips designed course is a highlight of this Hertfordshire venue that offers 211 luxury, 5* rooms in a classic, 18th century house.
Thorpeness Hotel & Golf Club
This superb hotel provides 36 comfortable en-suite guest rooms, a relaxing bar and lounge, a snooker room, and a great restaurant which looks out over Thorpeness Golf Club, which was designed by the legendary James Braid.
Top Meadow Golf Club
Set in stunning countryside, just 20 miles from London, this Essex venues offers excellent accommodation with access to the onsite 18-hole golf course.
Fairmont St Andrews
Located above St Andrews Bay overlooking the spiritual Home of Golf, Fairmont St Andrews is a luxurious and acclaimed resort, including superb hospitality and facilities, including an award-winning spa and two excellent golf courses, all within a few miles of the most iconic town in the game.
Foxhills Country Club
This Surrey hotel is a beautifully welcoming creation, offering 70 individually appointed rooms within a Victorian mansion, providing the perfect addition to the venue's renowned golf courses.
Popular hotel in County Durham that boasts 61 luxury bedrooms alongside the championship course, which is reputed to be the longest in the UK.
Hilton Belfast Templepatrick Golf & Country Club
Only a short drive from Belfast, the hotel is situated within picturesque grounds and provides comfortable accommodation, with a challenging golf course onsite, and is only 40 minutes away from Open Championship venue Royal Portrush.
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