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21 Highly Recommended English Golf Courses to Play in 2021

By: Golfshake Editor | Wed 17 Feb 2021 | Comments

Golfers throughout England are keenly awaiting the game's return, but where are you going to crown the resumption of play? 

Within the Golfshake Course Section, our valued community of dedicated golfers are the perfect bunch to ask for advice, taking inspiration from their reviews submitted onto the website. Thousands of them were entered during the unexpected golf boom of 2020, making this information relevant for the season ahead.

The following venues all boasted a PERFECT 100% Highly Recommended rating on Golfshake last year, meaning that reviewing golfers would either return to play again or suggest the destination to a friend.

It doesn't come much more acclaimed than that!

So, look forward to the excitement of the coming season, how much it will mean, and consider visiting one of the following venues across England, all of them coming gift-wrapped from the Golfshake Community.

London Golf Club

London Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 5.00

Location: Kent

Review Comment: "The London Golf Club International Course is very well maintained from tee box through to lovely greens. It looks very wide open, but strategic bunkering makes club selection paramount."

Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell)

Notts Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 5.00

Location: Nottinghamshire

Review Comment: "Every thing about this place is of championship standard. A must visit at any time of the year."

Woking Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.98

Location: Surrey

Review Comment: "Excellent course. Great condition. Beautiful and friendly clubhouse. I would recommend to anyone."

Toot Hill Golf Club

Toot Hill

Golfshake Rating: 4.95

Location: Essex

Review Comment: "Whatever the weather, whatever the time of year - it's always a joy to play. Lovely scenic holes that provide a good challenge."

Enville Golf Club


Golfshake Rating: 4.94

Location: Staffordshire

Review Comment: "Played both courses recently, and have to say there's nothing better for quite some distance. The Highgate is the supposed better course, but I preferred the Lodge, which is absolutely stunning and so picturesque."

The Berkshire Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.90

Location: Berkshire

Review Comment: "Lovely course, offering great holes, suitable for all levels. Good facilities and very well maintained."

The Grove

The Grove

Golfshake Rating: 4.83

Location: Hertfordshire

Review Comment: "The Grove is an expensive round, but the quality it oozes makes the spend more than worth it. Challenging and fair, with a range of holes."

Cavendish Golf Club

Cavendish Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.82

Location: Derbyshire

Review Comment: "This is a beautiful course. I didn't really believe all the Augusta comparisons, but in the approach to the 6th green I really thought I was there in Georgia. These were the trickiest greens I've ever played on but they were fair and took some real thought. Great course and the people running it and the clubhouse were all friendly and keen to please. I recommend wholeheartedly!"

The Shropshire

The Shropshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.79

Location: Shropshire

Review Comment: "This is one of my favourite courses, friendly, fantastic condition, 27 holes, pitch and putt, driving ranges, multiple putting greens, a golfers' paradise!"

Ganton Golf Club


Golfshake Rating: 4.76

Location: North Yorkshire

Review Comment: "Fortunate to have now played Ganton several times - yes, it's out of the way but make the trip, you won't be disappointed. Different to most courses you'll play, feels like a links course in places with the sand/gorse, feels parkland elsewhere with the trees/pheasants. Some great holes."

Rufford Park Golf & Country Club

Rufford Park

Golfshake Rating: 4.75

Location: Nottinghamshire

Review Comment: "We always really enjoy playing here and will always return whenever we can get on. A good example of how a course should be kept and run."

Greetham Valley

Greetham Valley

Golfshake Rating: 4.73

Location: Leicestershire

Review Comment: "Truly one of the best venues in the county with 36 terrific challenging holes with two very different layouts and tests for any golfer."

Fulwell Golf Club

Fulwell Golf

Golfshake Rating: 4.73

Location: Greater London

Review Comment: "Fulwell GC greens are the best I've seen and played for many years. Receptive, true, fast and fantastic."

Tyneside Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.72

Location: Tyne and Wear

Review Comment: "Beautiful little course in fantastic condition too - would highly recommend. Greens in great nick too!"

The Shire London

The Shire London

Golfshake Rating: 4.71

Location: Hertfordshire

Review Comment: "Seve masterpiece, this course is not for the weak minded. Every hole is challenging and excellent course management is required as well as a straight tee shot!"

Studley Wood Golf Club

Studley Wood

Golfshake Rating: 4.70

Location: Oxfordshire

Review Comment: "This is a great course which is varied and in great condition. Superb practice area. Friendly team with a great set up. Lots of water makes it challenging!"

The Warwickshire Golf Club

The Warwickshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.69

Location: Warwickshire

Review Comment: "The complex is a great golf facility, providing a real test of golf set in beautiful surrounds. The overall standard of both courses is of a very high quality."

Bedlingtonshire Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.69

Location: Northumberland

Review Comment: "Course always in great condition. Greens staff should be proud. Tough enough for the best but not too hard for higher handicappers. Very friendly welcoming club."

Ramsdale Park Golf Centre

Ramsdale Park

Golfshake Rating: 4.68

Location: Nottinghamshire

Review Comment: "My second time playing here in a year and it doesn't disappoint. Very good course in fabulous condition."

Prince's Golf Club

Prince's Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.67

Location: Kent

Review Comment: "The course was in an immaculate condition. Greens and fairways were superb. A great links experience and well worth the trip."

Stoke Rochford Golf Club

Stoke Rochford

Golfshake Rating: 4.66

Location: Lincolnshire

Review Comment: "Beautiful views and setting. The course is well maintained and greens are in very good condition. Well worth a visit!"

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