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The 20 Greatest Golf Courses For You to Play in Summer

By: Golfshake Editor | Wed 20 Jul 2022 | Comments


We are so fortunate to have an extraordinary depth of golf courses to play in the UK, but there are standouts among that quality that have especially caught the eye of the Golfshake Community.

Having first shared 25 Bargain Golf Courses to Play This Summer and then 30 Recommended Golf Courses to Play This Summer, we are excited to present these 20 Greatest Golf Courses For You to Play in Summer.

Well, technically, it's 20 Venues, as many of them have several layouts to choose from, so there are multiple courses within those for you to consider - all Highly Recommended on Golfshake and ranked by reviews submitted in recent years during the summer months.

Indeed, these are the higher-end destinations throughout the country, but if you want a real treat and unforgettable experience, then you can't go wrong with any of the following.

Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Royal Birkdale

Region: North West of England

Golfshake Rating: 5.00

Review Comment: "Perfection in every way, this was supreme class from beginning to end. And with beautiful sunny skies it couldn't have been a better day in any way."

Belvoir Park Golf Club

Region: Northern Ireland

Golfshake Rating: 5.00

Review Comment: "I’ve had the privilege to play Belvoir a few times recently, playing with friends who are members and getting introduced to other members. The golf course is an excellent but fair test of golf with beautiful, tree lined fairways, and fast and true greens. Several new tee boxes only enhance the course, especially the 8th pitch hole. Always a friendly welcome and a pleasure to play."

Kingsbarns Golf Links

Kingsbarns

Region: Scotland

Golfshake Rating: 4.97

Review Comment: "The facilities and the service could not have been better - it really is a pleasure to roll up to places like this and get treated so well. As for the course, many of the holes are outstanding - visually stunning, well-designed, and challenging, but fair for all levels."

West Hill Golf Club

Region: South East of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.97

Review Comment: "A gem of a golf course. Simply a must play if you are lucky to be invited or get the chance to play there. Immaculately presented."

Prestwick Golf Club

Prestwick

Region: Scotland

Golfshake Rating: 4.97

Review Comment: "A really well kept course and a good challenge with plenty of interesting holes. Greens are in excellent condition. The food in the restaurant was really good too."

St Andrews Links

Region: Scotland

Golfshake Rating: 4.96

Review Comment: "Fantastic as you would expect from the home of golf. Friendly staff and locals."

St Enodoc Golf Club

St Enodoc

Region: South West of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.96

Review Comment: "Played in absolutely perfect conditions. Sunshine and a gentle breeze made this course incredibly playable and an absolute joy to play (albeit I didn't play great). Friendly atmosphere all round the place, the practice facilities were ideal for warming up your game, the course itself is exceptional."

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Royal Porthcawl

Region: Wales

Golfshake Rating: 4.95

Review Comment: "Conditioning was very good, green complexes are tough but good fun. It has to be on any links golf fan's bucket list...even if you don't get perfect conditions!"

Worplesdon Golf Club

Worplesdon Golf Club

Region: South East of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.95

Review Comment: "Brilliant golf course and rightly rated highly. Felt very welcome and enjoyed it thoroughly. Will be back for sure."

Saunton Golf Club

Saunton Golf Club

Region: South West of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.95

Review Comment: "It really is as good as everyone tells you, a must to play and in perfect condition."

North Berwick Golf Club

North Berwick

Region: Scotland

Golfshake Rating: 4.95

Review Comment: "Loved the course, the back nine stands out as one of if not the best stretches of golf I have played. Lots of quirky interesting holes that will live long in the memory."

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

Burnham & Berrow

Region: South West of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.94

Review Comment: "No wonder this course appears in top 100 lists. Fantastic experience all round. We were lucky to have a deal, could appear expensive otherwise. But one to tick off the bucket list."

Remedy Oak Golf Club

Remedy Oak

Region: South West of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.94

Review Comment: "Stunning course with exceptional staff. If only I lived in Bournemouth area. Greens were the best I have ever played on."

Dundonald Links

Dundonald Links

Region: Scotland

Golfshake Rating: 4.93

Review Comment: "What a beautiful course, in fantastic condition. Was a bucket list to play and didn't disappoint."

Gullane Golf Club

Gullane

Region: Scotland

Golfshake Rating: 4.93

Review Comment: "Lovely round and course immaculate. Starter very helpful and views glorious. Thoroughly enjoyed the round."

Carnoustie Golf Links

Carnoustie

Region: Scotland

Golfshake Rating: 4.92

Review Comment: "What a test of golf, truly the best challenge of golf in Europe. Coming home from 15 is particularly challenging with 16 into the wind you are looking at a good old hit with a wood to get there!"

Tandridge Golf Club

Tandridge Golf Club

Region: South East of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.92

Review Comment: "Great course in superb condition given the dry weather we've had this year. Greens were like velvet. Wonderful views and challenging holes, highly recommend."

Hunstanton Golf Club

Region: East of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.92

Review Comment: "Easy to see why this is in/around the top 100 courses lists. Some really challenging holes but not too many hills. In superb condition."

Little Aston Golf Club

Region: West Midlands

Golfshake Rating: 4.91

Review Comment: "Heard a lot about this course and it didn't disappoint as it's a great challenge of golf in a splendid traditional location."

The West Lancashire Golf Club

West Lancashire

Region: North West of England

Golfshake Rating: 4.91

Review Comment: "This is a must play golf course for pure quality and a true links test, and you must make the most of the warm welcome and hospitality."


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