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The Best Bargain Golf Courses to Play This Summer

By: Golfshake Editor | Fri 04 Jun 2021 | Comments


It's the height of the golf season and we all want to make the most of those (hopefully) sunny long days!

Many of us will be hoping to play a variety of different courses this summer, but that can be an expensive venture. However, with a bit of research, it's apparent that there are exceptional layouts across the United Kingdom that offer a magical experience at a fraction of the cost seen elsewhere.

Excluding those venues featured in the recent article The Golf Courses You Must Play This Summer, we are now delighted to present The Best Bargain Golf Courses to Play This Summer, showcasing 25 destinations that are Highly Recommended on Golfshake, are rated positively for the time of year, and offer tee times for under £50.

Several of the enclosed green fees are twilight rates, so be sure to find the right time for the best price, but the opportunity is there to enjoy an excellent course for a great value fee.

Find one (or more!) near you and make this a summer to remember.

Churchill & Blakedown Golf Club

Location: West Midlands

Golfshake Rating: 4.62

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.83

Green Fees: From £20

Review Comment: "Course has gone from strength to strength since lockdown. Bunkers looking better by the day. Fairways looking great. Greens also picking up by the day and will only get better. Always playable no matter what the weather (unless it's snow), which make this a great venue to play. Food is always of the highest quality. Friendly greeting as always from the shop and the bar/kitchen."

Brancepeth Castle Golf Club

Location: North of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.61

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.83

Green Fees: From £22

Review Comment: "I come back to play this fantastic course every year. The layout is excellent with eight ravines to drive over. The short par four 14th is s great risk reward hole. Greens are pure."

Ladbrook Park Golf Club

Location: West Midlands

Golfshake Rating: 4.53

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.83

Green Fees: From £35

Review Comment: "First time at Ladbrook Park Golf Club, and you cannot fail to be impressed by the condition of such a fabulous course. Highly recommended."

Silkstone Golf Club

Location: North of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.43

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.83

Green Fees: From £32

Review Comment: "Silkstone is a beautiful, well laid out course boasting some great holes set among fantastic scenery. The condition is superb and the greens are incredibly challenging. A tough test for any golfer."

Diss Golf Club

Diss Golf Club

Location: East of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.30

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.83

Green Fees: From £25

Review Comment: "Been looking to play here for a while now, wish I'd have made more of an effort sooner, absolutely fantastic course, greens are unreal and course condition was brilliant, and all staff and members seem very friendly, will definitely be returning soon!"

Chiltern Forest Golf Club

Chiltern Forest

Location: South of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.53

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.80

Green Fees: From £35

Review Comment: "Brilliant course. Amazing views, with the majority of the holes feeling 'stand alone', framed by trees. Not the longest course but challenge is still there! Course was in excellent condition. The members were also very friendly. Highly recommend this course."

Blackburn Golf Club

Location: North of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.48

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.80 

Green Fees: From £26

Review Comment: "Lovely course with great views and a variety of challenging holes. Have played several times and will play again."

Porters Park Golf Club

Location: East of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.76

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.80 

Green Fees: From £35

Review Comment: "Really nice course currently in excellent condition. Lovely design, nothing boring or simple. Greens in excellent condition. Very true. Think it through, no smash it and chip holes. Proper clubhouse and excellent service. Food was very good too. Excellent selection of beers for after the round."

Prestonfield Golf Club

Prestonfield Golf

Location: Scotland

Golfshake Rating: 4.65

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.80 

Green Fees: From £30 

Review Comment: "Absolutely stunning course, very welcoming members and pro. Green fees and club hire very good value. Course in great condition and really was the highlight of my first trip to Scotland. Would love to return in summer months or on another trip to Edinburgh. Great value and stunning views."

Strathtay Golf Club

Location: Scotland

Golfshake Rating: 4.63

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.80 

Green Fees: From £15 

Review Comment: "Superb small course. Very scenic. No need to book. This course is kept in excellent condition by just one greenkeeper Alastair MacNab."

Lanhydrock Golf Club

Lanhydrock Golf

Location: South West of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.47

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.80 

Green Fees: From £26

Review Comment: "A long time since I played here, but it is even better than I remembered. A good challenge for us higher handicappers for sure. Great greens and wonderfully quiet when you are playing."

The Knock Golf Club

Location: Northern Ireland

Golfshake Rating: 4.40

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.80 

Green Fees: From £29

Review Comment: "Certainly not an easy course, it's well worth a visit and very conveniently located on the outskirts of Belfast."

Forest Hills Golf Club

Location: West Midlands

Golfshake Rating: 4.38

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.80 

Green Fees: From £15

Review Comment: "One of the better courses in the area. Playable all year round and suitably challenging."

Dartford Golf Club

Location: South East of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.35

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.80 

Green Fees: From £35

Review Comment: "A well maintained course with some superb holes and very friendly staff neatly tucked away on Dartford Heath."

Wells Golf Club

Location: South West of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.28

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.80 

Green Fees: From £20

Review Comment: "Course was in unbelievable condition...immaculate. Stunning views, with some wonderful tricky and challenging holes. Great clubhouse and warm welcome. Must play course when visiting Somerset!"

Eyemouth Golf Club

Eyemouth

Location: Scotland

Golfshake Rating: 4.26

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.80 

Green Fees: From £35

Review Comment: "A very enjoyable experience if you can adjust to the speed of the greens and play according to the weather conditions. Highly recommended for the spectacular views along the coastline from the top of the course."

Ashton-in-Makerfield Golf Club

Location: North of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.25

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.80 

Green Fees: From £36

Review Comment: "Excellent golf course, super friendly staff. Really good value. Highly recommend for a society or just a casual game."

Kendal Golf Club

Kendal Golf Club

Location: North of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.61

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.78 

Green Fees: From £15

Review Comment: "Great course! Stunning views! Quite hilly but that only adds to the characteristic of the course. Some amazing tee boxes that are challenging and fun. The par 3 17th is one of the best holes I've ever played! Course knowledge is priceless. Next time I play I'd hope to take at least 5/6 shots of my score purely by knowing where the hidden greens are!"

Brett Vale Golf Club

Location: East of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.36

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.77 

Green Fees: From £30

Review Comment: "Great course, it has been well looked after during lockdown. Was great getting back on it, thoroughly enjoyed the round, can't wait for the next one. The improvements made while closed have been great."

Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club

Location: South West of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.67

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.75 

Green Fees: From £35

Review Comment: "A varied and undulating course with lots of challenges and few really easy holes. Always in good condition whenever I play there."

Sapey Golf & Country Club

Sapey Golf

Location: West Midlands

Golfshake Rating: 4.58

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.74 

Green Fees: From £15

Review Comment: "Played here with a group of friends for the first time today. Course was in great condition and greens were fast. Some great views around the course and lovely water features."

The Shropshire

The Shropshire

Location: West Midlands

Golfshake Rating: 4.81

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.73 

Green Fees: From £14

Review Comment: "I've played the Shropshire many times, on Blue, Silver & Gold. The course is always in good to excellent condition come winter or summer."

Lamberhurst Golf Club

Location: South East of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.58

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.71 

Green Fees: From £30

Review Comment: "Had a fantastic round in the autumnal sunshine. A splendid, exceptionally well maintained course set in the heart of a beautiful parkland of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Great value for money, excellent facilities with a warm and friendly atmosphere. I highly recommend Lamberhurst Golf Club to anyone."

Forest Park Golf Club

Forest Park

Location: North of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.41

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.71 

Green Fees: From £16

Review Comment: "A long and very enjoyable course. Well maintained with some challenging holes. Worth a visit."

Bedfordshire Golf Club

Location: East of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.53

2020 Summer Golf Rating: 4.70 

Green Fees: From £29

Review Comment: "Great course with plenty of challenges - course management is key. Lots of sloping lies. Greens are in great shape, fast and true. Some long par 4s. Wind speed and direction will affect how you play the course."


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