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The Alternative Top 100 Golf Courses to Play

By: Golfshake Editor | Tue 04 Oct 2022

As part of updates made to the popular Golfshake Course Section, we have been excited to reveal our new Top 100 Section, where you can see a variety of rankings created by the thousands of independent reviews that have been submitted by passionate members of the Golfshake Community.

Introducing you to these fun lists, we first shone a light on the Top 100 UK Golf Courses in 2022, but now for something a little different, it's time to showcase the Alternative Top 100 Golf Courses

These are exclusively UK courses with a minimum of 50 reviews that do not commonly feature in published headline rankings that are seen elsewhere, bringing attention to venues that don't always garner the attention they deserve but which offer a quality of service and experience that resonates with everyday golfers.

Who knows - you may discover a jewel to be savoured near you - as we present the Top 25 below!

Lindrick Golf Club


Location: South Yorkshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.93

Review Comment: "Second visit to Lindrick - had forgotten what a good course this is. Was in pristine condition, greens were excellent (& fast) - a real mix of challenging holes."

Tandridge Golf Club

Tandridge Golf Club

Location: Surrey

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."

Close House

Close House

Location: Northumberland

Golfshake Rating: 4.91

Review Comment: "Great course, great set up and great day. I cannot fault anything and will be back to play both courses."

Archerfield Links

Location: East Lothian

Golfshake Rating: 4.89

Review Comment: "Amazing course and in wonderful condition. So close to sea but not a typical links course at all. Parkland in parts. Very impressive."

London Golf Club

Location: Kent

Golfshake Rating: 4.89

Review Comment: "The clubhouse is opulent. The course is immaculate. If you plan your way round it's a joy, but it makes you realise just how good the pros are that have to go off the tips. There isn't a dull hole on here."

Chart Hills Golf Club

Chart Hills

Location: Kent

Golfshake Rating: 4.88

Review Comment: "Great course. Nice layout with lots of bunkers to make the challenge all the more interesting."

Enville Golf Club

Location: Staffordshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.84

Review Comment: "Greens amazing, best I’ve played this year, beautiful holes and manicured to perfection."

The Manor House Golf Club

Location: Wiltshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.77

Review Comment: "An amazing golfing challenge and spectacular course. Many signature holes with steep inclines and wooded valleys."

Blackmoor Golf Club

Location: Hampshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.76

Review Comment: "I love a Harry Colt course and this one doesn't disappoint. Greens are undulating and we had some very tricky pin positions."

Royal Cromer Golf Club

Location: Norfolk

Golfshake Rating: 4.76

Review Comment: "This was one of the friendliest courses I have played, as well as having stunning views, providing challenging golf, and being in superb condition."

West Surrey Golf Club

West Surrey Golf

Location: Surrey

Golfshake Rating: 4.75

Review Comment: "Good course, well maintained. Clubhouse and its facilities very good. Food excellent. Played on a lovely day which made it even better."

The Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club

Location: Gwent

Golfshake Rating: 4.75

Review Comment: "Lovely course in the middle of nowhere. Great selection of interesting holes in a really magnificent setting."

Glen Golf Club

Glen Golf

Location: East Lothian

Golfshake Rating: 4.74

Review Comment: "Fantastic course, great facilities, stunning location, well worth playing again."

Abbeydale Golf Club

Location: South Yorkshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.73

Review Comment: "The course was in the most stunning condition and played beautifully. Always a pleasure to play here and the staff are always so kind and attentive."

Wallasey Golf Club

Location: Merseyside

Golfshake Rating: 4.73

Review Comment: "The presentation of the course is immaculate, from the tee boxes to the fairways and I was blown away by the quality of the grass walkways from green to tee, reminded me of Ballybunion Old, but dare I say better. Some great holes with fantastic bunkering and the green complexes were something else."

Sapey Golf & Country Club

Location: Worcestershire

Golfshake Rating: 4.69

Review Comment: "I’ve played at Sapey Golf & Country Club a few times now and each time the course has been immaculate and the staff are always friendly and helpful. I always look forward to my next visit and plan to return shortly."

Brancepeth Castle Golf Club

Location: County Durham

Golfshake Rating: 4.69

Review Comment: "We arrived on an extremely wet day and the staff were excellent, accommodating us and allowing us to play on the course when they could have remained closed. Excellent customer service throughout. Lovely course, beautiful scenery."

The Astbury

The Astbury

Location: Shropshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.69

Review Comment: "Great to see it back open and it was better than ever in my eyes. Really penal rough which means trying to hit it straight and some great but challenging greens. Really friendly welcome and atmosphere. Will 100% be returning here."

Beaconsfield Golf Club

Location: Buckinghamshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.68

Review Comment: "Course in very good condition and greens are fast. A medium length course at just over 6,000 yards but is a challenge due to the tree lined fairways. An enjoyable round, would recommend to play it if you get the opportunity."

Tyneside Golf Club

Location: Tyne & Wear

Golfshake Rating: 4.67

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

Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort

Bowood Golf

Location: Wiltshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.66

Review Comment: "Having played this course back in the 1990s it is wonderful to see how it has matured and in the sunshine it shows off the Wiltshire countryside at its best."

Hayling Golf Club

Hayling Golf

Location: Hampshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.65

Review Comment: "Best course I have ever played. A real test and in fantastic condition."

Brett Vale Golf Club

Location: Suffolk

Golfshake Rating: 4.65

Review Comment: "What a fantastic welcoming golf course, great staff, great course, superb food, an absolute joy of a day out and will be going back regularly."

Vicars Cross Golf Club

Location: Cheshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.65

Review Comment: "A well located and challenging course. Accuracy off the tee is key with many tree lined fairways. The reward for an accurate drive is the chance to go for one of the impressively quick greens which roll fast but true."

Fairfield Golf & Sailing Club

Location: Greater Manchester

Golfshake Rating: 4.65

Review Comment: "Fairfield is a fantastic course hidden away just outside the heart of Manchester. When we played, the course condition was fantastic, greens pure and rolling true. It’s just over 6,000 yards from the back tee, but don’t let it fool you, it’s still a great challenge."

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