The 50 Best Golf Courses to Play in Winter

By: Golfshake Editor | Fri 01 Nov 2019 | Comments


Playing golf in winter can be a chore if the weather is bad and underfoot conditions sodden, but when you're lucky enough to be playing at the right place on a fine, crisp day, there can be much to savour throughout this time of year. Discovering those ideal courses could be a challenge, but we have studied the vast library of reviews on Golfshake to provide some assistance.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of ratings and reviews within the Golfshake Course Section, making it a valuable resource of information, with golfers assessing venues based on a variety of categories, including Condition. Generally, it's the fast draining soils of links and heathland layouts that draw most acclaim during winter, but there are key exceptions to that rule.

Each of the courses below, dotted around the United Kingdom, have come Highly Recommended for their Condition, with specific reviews commenting on their drainage and quality in the winter months. Originally, this was to be a specific number of 50, but one or two extras may have found their way into the pack. The more, the merrier, after all.

Hopefully you will spot a venue near you to experience this winter, something that will encourage you to keep on playing! But if you needed a touch more inspiration, see our features on 7 Reasons Why Winter Golf is Great and How to Get Ready for Winter Golf.

However, without further delay, here are the 50 Best Golf Courses to Play in Winter!

North of England

Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.92

Location: Merseyside

Hillside Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.90

Location: Merseyside

Formby Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.87

Location: Merseyside

Sandiway Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.84

Location: Cheshire

Southport And Ainsdale Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.84

Location: Merseyside

Brampton Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.81

Location: Cumbria

Wallasey Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.80

Location: Merseyside

The West Lancashire Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.80

Location: Merseyside

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.79

Location: Lancashire

Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.79

Location: Merseyside

Vale Royal Abbey

Golfshake Rating: 4.79

Location: Cheshire

South, South West, South East, East of England

The Grove

Golfshake Rating: 5.00

Location: Hertfordshire

Woburn Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 5.00

Location: Buckinghamshire

London Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 5.00 

Location: Kent

West Sussex Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.98

Location: West Sussex

Toot Hill Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.95

Location: Essex

Swinley Forest Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.93

Location: Berkshire

St Enodoc Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.90

Location: Cornwall

Teignmouth Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.89

Location: Devon

The Manor House

Golfshake Rating: 4.87

Location: Wiltshire

The Berkshire Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.87

Location: Berkshire

Porthpean Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.87

Location: Cornwall

Tandridge Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.84

Location: Surrey

Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort

Golfshake Rating: 4.83

Location: Wiltshire

Bearwood Lakes Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.82

Location: Berkshire

Sweetwoods Park Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.80

Location: Kent

Sunningdale Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.80

Location: Berkshire

The Oxfordshire Golf, Hotel & Spa

Golfshake Rating: 4.80

Location: Oxfordshire

Hankley Common Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.79

Location: Surrey

The Shire London 

Golfshake Rating: 4.79

Location: Hertfordshire

Sand Martins Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.78

Location: Berkshire

Hever Castle Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.78

Location: Kent

The Midlands

Enville Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.88

Location: Staffordshire

Rufford Park Golf & Country Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.81

Location: Nottinghamshire

The Astbury

Golfshake Rating: 4.81

Location: Shropshire

Coxmoor Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.80

Location: Nottinghamshire

Little Aston Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.80

Location: Staffordshire

Horsley Lodge Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.79

Location: Derbyshire

Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell)

Golfshake Rating: 4.78

Location: Nottinghamshire

Scotland

St Andrews Links

Golfshake Rating: 5.00

Location: Fife

Gullane Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.89

Location: Lothians

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.89 

Location: Highlands

Southerness Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.84

Location: Dumfries & Galloway

Paisley Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.82

Location: Strathclyde

Dundonald Links

Golfshake Rating: 4.81

Location: Ayrshire

Dunbar Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.81

Location: Lothians

North Berwick Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.80 

Location: Lothians

Lanark Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.79

Location: Strathclyde

Kingussie Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.78

Location: Highlands

Wales

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.97

Location: Mid Glamorgan

Caernarfon Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.78

Location: Gwynedd

Northern Ireland

Royal County Down Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.79

Location: County Down


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