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Must Play Golf Courses to Experience in the North of England

By: Golfshake Editor | Wed 17 Mar 2021 | Comments


The North of England is a vast region that is packed with a variety of golf courses, ranging from legendary championship layouts to architectural gems. Many of these names are widely known. But what of the venues that come suggested by everyday golfers, as we look ahead to what is destined to be a memorable season in 2021?

Reviewed by the Golfshake Community, we have brought together a selection of destinations that have been Highly Recommended for three consecutive years, showcasing clubs and resorts that have excelled in the minds of regular golfers over a prolonged time.

Indeed, these all qualify for our recently unveiled OUTSTANDING VENUE Service Award.

So, if you are based in the North of England or just fancy making a trip, you should consider these spots to experience, chosen by the thousands of players who share their ratings on Golfshake.

Kirkby Valley Golf Club

Location: Merseyside

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 213

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 93.89%

Review Comment: "I was pleasantly surprised at how good the course was. First time I have played it and will definitely be going back."

Hart Common Golf Club

Hart Common

Location: Lancashire

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 183

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 97.81%

Review Comment: "A highly popular public course, and rightly so, it is very well kept, with excellent greens, and well priced."

Rother Valley Golf Centre

Rother Valley

Location: South Yorkshire

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 164

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 96.34%

Review Comment: "No problem with this course, fairways nicely trimmed, sand in the bunkers and greens running true. Will definitely play again."

Tinsley Park Golf Club

Tinsley Golf

Location: South Yorkshire

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 160

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 99.37%

Review Comment: "Always enjoy playing here, quite an easy course, very forgiving. Worth its money and very well looked after."

Allerton Manor Golf Club

Allerton Manor

Location: Merseyside

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 149

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 97.98%

Review Comment: "Fantastic golf course, would recommend it. Has excellent facilities and helpful staff to provide a great day out."

Longhirst Hall Golf Club

Longhirst Hall Golf Club

Location: Northumberland

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 126

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 100%

Review Comment: "Wow. Exceptional course in absolutely top condition. Fairways well kept and greens like a snooker table. Will be back to try the Dawson. Well worth the trip from Scotland."

Leeds Golf Centre (Wike Ridge)

Leeds Golf Centre

Location: West Yorkshire

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 123

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 99.18%

Review Comment: "What a fantastic golf course and club in general, we have been blessed with a great day and great company. The course was in brilliant condition, greens running very true. Overall, if you're in the area, I'm very jealous that the Leeds Golf Centre is on your doorstep."

Sandhill Golf Club

Location: South Yorkshire

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 118

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 97.45%

Review Comment: "Decent layout in very good condition, greens in very good condition and fast, friendly pro shop, worth a visit."

Styrrup Hall Golf & Country Club

Location: South Yorkshire

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 116

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 99.13%

Review Comment: "Very good conditions for time of year. Greens were in really good condition. A fair test for the average golfer."

Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa

Formby Hall

Location: Merseyside

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 115

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 98.26%

Review Comment: "Played with a friend and we both enjoyed the round and the course was in great condition."

Birley Wood Golf Club

Birley Wood

Location: South Yorkshire

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 111

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 99.09%

Review Comment: "A course that really challenges, bring your best game to submit to your handicap. Greens are not easy to read but are in excellent condition."

Rudding Park Golf Club

Rudding Park

Location: North Yorkshire

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 99

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 98.98%

Review Comment: "This course is fantastic and in really excellent condition. It is a really testing course for all abilities with the fairways all lush grass. The rough is testing but fair if you miss the generous fairways. The greens are immaculate and fair but very fast and undulating which makes them difficult."

Hollins Hall Hotel & Country Club

Hollins Hall

Location: West Yorkshire

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 97

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 97.93

Review Comment: "Hollins Hall is a beautifully designed course, it was very pleasing on the eye. There were some challenging holes and steep hills to climb."

Thornhurst Park Golf Course

Location: South Yorkshire

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 90

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 91.11%

Review Comment: "Course in good condition. First time I have played it and would definitely play it again and play some holes very differently!"

Eastham Lodge Golf Club

Eastham Lodge

Location: Merseyside

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 87

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 95.40%

Review Comment: "I was pleasantly surprised yesterday, as to how it has matured into a very well established, picturesque and challenging test."

Romanby Golf & Country Club

Romanby Golf

Location: North Yorkshire

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 76

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 100%

Review Comment: "Played here as part of a golf society last week and I was very impressed with the course. Staff also really friendly, would definitely recommend."

Leasowe Golf Club

Location: Merseyside

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 75

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 96%

Review Comment: "Great links with greens and bunkers in fantastic condition."

Woolley Park Golf Club

Location: West Yorkshire

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 69

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 98.55%

Review Comment: "Cracking golf course, testing greens that roll true and quick. Great hospitality and facilities."

Ramside Hall Golf Club

Ramside Hall

Location: County Durham

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 62

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 96.77%

Review Comment: "Great practice facilities, nice clubhouse, friendly welcome in pro shop. Course in great condition, lush fairways, true greens. Some nice looking holes."

Cleckheaton & District Golf Club

Location: West Yorkshire

Highly Recommended Reviews in 2018/2019/2020: 57

Positive Highly Recommended Rating: 100%

Review Comment: "Fantastic little course. Good chances to take on the greens on the par 4s and some very picturesque holes with elevated tees. Greens phenomenal for the time of year."


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