Are These The Golf Courses to Play This Year?
With so many courses available to play and so many lists providing options of courses to play where do you start when planning a new course to visit? For those that don't already know, as the home of online golf course reviews, the Course Section on Golfshake provides a great starting point providing access to course searches, interactive maps and our own lists featuring a wide range of courses often based off the data submitted from the 1000s of reviews on Golfshake.
Understandably, Top 100 golf course lists get a lot of coverage and here on Golfshake we also like to provide our own 'unofficial' rankings of courses that are highly rated from the Golfshake reviews.
But where are those 'must' visit courses? We might just have the answer for that with our own Golfshake Top 100 which features golf courses around the UK that are highly rated on Golfshake but do not appear on any of the official Top 100 rankings. To help you further, the list below features 30 courses from this list, providing a range of courses worth playing this year from around the UK.
Courses to Play in the East
Review Comment: "Wonderful course wonderful condition. A joy to spend 4 hours playing on a course with great holes, amazing scenery, superb condition and enjoy great hospitality. The captain went out of his way to make us welcome. You must play there if you get the chance."
Golfshake Rating: 4.8 | Price Range: £££££ | Location: Norfolk
Review Comment: "I've been coming here for years and the course is looking in excellent condition. The clubhouse has been improved, following some not insignificant investment being made to the course too with some changes ahead."
Golfshake Rating: 4.7 | Price Range: ££££ | Location: Suffolk
Review Comment: "The course is visually attractive and was in tip top order, the staff are very welcoming and the course layout brings the sea breeze into play. Every hole has a challenge, cant' wait to play again."
Golfshake Rating: 4.6 | Price Range: £££ | Location: Essex
Courses to Play in the East Midlands
Review Comment: "Lovely course with wide fairways and in good condition for the time of year. Some long par 4s and par 5s, especially on the back 9 and some nice par 3's. First time playing the course and made to feel very welcome. Will definately be back."
Golfshake Rating: 4.6 | Price Range: £££££ | Location: Leicestershire
Review Comment: "Top course and everyone from the pro, to clubhouse staff, to members could not have made us 2 visitors more welcome!"
Golfshake Rating: 4.6 | Price Range: ££££ | Location: Derbyshire
Review Comment: "Lovely course, will definitely be back Great course in good condition. The club was nice with friendly & very helpful staff Really enjoyed playing here, will definitely be back"
Golfshake Rating: 4.6 | Price Range: £££ | Location: Derbyshire/Sheffield
Courses to Play in the North East
Review Comment: "Fantastic course, well worth visiting. Course was in immaculate condition. Greens were fast. Service was brilliant and made to feel very welcome. Would definitely visit again"
Golfshake Rating: 4.9 | Price Range: £££££ | Location: Northumberland
Review Comment: "Great variety of holes. Loved playing over ravines, good condition of course."
Golfshake Rating: 4.7 | Price Range: £££ | Location: County Durham
Review Comment: "Championship course at a good green fee. A varied mix of holes, scenery is good. I love playing here it is a fantastic course really friendly staff it is just an all round great place to play.
Golfshake Rating: 4.6 | Price Range: £££ | Location: Northumberland
Courses to Play in the North West
Review Comment: "Phenomenal new holes. Great course condition and phenomenal new holes."
Golfshake Rating: 4.7 | Price Range: £££££ | Location: Merseyside
Review Comment: "Excellent condition, super greens with undulation and good speed. Short walks between tees and enough elevation changes to make you think."
Golfshake Rating: 4.6 | Price Range: ££££ | Location: Lancashire
Review Comment: "A Perfect Mix. Macclesfield has the perfect mix of difficulty and course length."
Golfshake Rating: 4.5 | Price Range: £££ | Location: Cheshire
Courses to Play in the South
Review Comment: "Absolute Gem I love a Harry Colt course and this one doesn't disappoint. Utterly stunning, very friendly, great bar. Would love to come back and play again."
Golfshake Rating: 4.8 | Price Range: £££££ | Location: Hampshire
Review Comment: "Great Course in tip top condition Lovely Club house and staff. The heathland course is in superb condition and benefits from virtually all year play with good drainage and elevated site. Tees to suit all handicaps"
Golfshake Rating: 4.7 | Price Range: ££££ | Location: Buckinghamshire
Review Comment: "Lovely views, nice course layout Beautiful location and the course was in very good condition. Also 'Tamed the Beast' - 666 yard Par 6. A good challenge and well worth a visit."
Golfshake Rating: 4.5 | Price Range: £££ | Location: Wiltshire
Courses to Play in the South East
Review Comment: "Top Quality course in Kent Head a shoulders above courses in the surrounding areas, Played the international course and was really impressed with the course conditions."
Golfshake Rating: 4.9 | Price Range: £££££ | Location: Kent
Review Comment: "Lush, classic parkland course with many memorable holes. Outstanding views with challenging golf in the rolling countryside."
Golfshake Rating: 4.9 | Price Range: £££££ | Location: Surrey
Review Comment: "Loved it Quirky as you like, a very good test with some tight holes. Greens and fairways v good. Friendly staff and pleasant clubhouse."
Golfshake Rating: 4.5 | Price Range: ££££ | Location: Surrey
Courses to Play in the South West
Review Comment: "A very happy returning customer This is a repeat visit and each time the facilities improve. This is an ambitious venue with sustainability at its core thinking. I enjoyed the stay and play experience at the hotel and together the package was exemplary."
Golfshake Rating: 4.8 | Price Range: £££££ | Location: Wiltshire
Trethorne Golf Club
Review Comment: "Well worth the visit Beautifully kept course, lovely clubhouse and fantastic food. Very friendly staff and great value food menu. Would be happy to stay here again."
Golfshake Rating: 4.5 | Price Range: £££ | Location: Cornwall
Review Comment: "Superb course conditions and very slick green. Course is in beautiful settings and plays dry most of the year. Buggies available which are good quality. Highly recommend to any golfer."
Golfshake Rating: 4.5 | Price Range: £££ | Location: Somerset
Courses to Play in the West Midlands
Review Comment: "Excellent! Beautiful heathland course in stunning condition… tees immaculate, fairways stunning, greens beautiful! Recommended!"
Golfshake Rating: 4.8 | Price Range: £££££ | Location: Staffordshire
Review Comment: "We found this course through Golfbreaks, it has two courses. When we played the courses were in very good condition. I would recommend having a few days there so you can play both courses."
Golfshake Rating: 4.6 | Price Range: ££££ | Location: Shropshire
Review Comment: "Stunning clubhouse update. Course in great condition. One of the loveliest courses in beautiful scenery. Great day out."
Golfshake Rating: 4.6 | Price Range: £££ | Location: Herefordshire
Courses to Play in the Wales
Review Comment: "Fantastic Course Absolutely stunning course. Challenging but not enough to make you frustrated. Incredibly windy at times but that’s all part of the fun. Ty Coch pub also fantastic place to stop mid round."
Golfshake Rating: 4.6 | Price Range: £££££ | Location: Gwynedd
Review Comment: "Great condition Championship links in great condition. Really good greens"
Golfshake Rating: 4.5 | Price Range: £££ | Location: Clwyd
Courses to Play in the Northen lreand
Review Comment: "Good course for 'year round' golf. A seaside course with many challenging holes and greens which are slick and tricky to putt on at any time. Being on a sandy base, the course can be played all year."
Golfshake Rating: 4.6 | Price Range: £££££ | Location: County Down
Courses to Play in the Scotland
Review Comment: "Brilliant course A brilliant course on the coast with fantastic views across the Firth to Bass Rock. The layout is superb, the condition is excellent and the clubhouse is perfectly situated for the best views. Very welcoming staff and a must play course in the area"
Golfshake Rating: 4.7 | Price Range: £££££ | Location: Lothian
Review Comment: "Great course very interesting and challenging, clubhouse is excellent and all staff were fantastic , I will be back only wish i lived closer"
Golfshake Rating: 4.5 | Price Range: ££££ | Location: Grampian
Review Comment: "Excellent Layout with Spectacular Views This really is a very nice golfing layout, with great use of it's natural surroundings, especially with the quarry holes and the lake holes in how they are set out, beautiful par 3 across and between water."
Golfshake Rating: 4.5 | Price Range: £££ | Location: Fife
So that rounds up our list of 30 courses worth visiting this year around the UK. You can access the full Golfshake Top 100 with courses listed in ranking order via the link below. How many have you played?
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