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20 Golf Courses You Should Play This Winter

By: Golfshake Editor | Tue 29 Nov 2022

Armed with the best winter gloves and warm hats, there is no reason why you shouldn't be carrying on with your golf this winter. 

But, there's no doubt that some venues stand up to the harsh weather better than others. Helping you find those suitable destinations, we are excited to share 20 Golf Courses You Should Play This Winter.

Chosen by data from our popular Course Section, each of these courses rate highly for the winter months and boast an impressive rating for their course condition, hopefully ensuring they're in tremendous shape for when you visit.

We always want you to Play More & Play Better - and that includes during winter!

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

Royal Cinque Ports

Location: Kent

Golfshake Rating: 4.93

Winter Golf Rating: 4.75

Course Condition Rating: 4.88

Review Comment: "Beautiful traditional links course on the South East Coast of the UK. Steeped in history, this former Open venue was my chosen location for a birthday treat!"

The Belfry

The Belfry

Location: Warwickshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.85

Winter Golf Rating: 4.75

Course Condition Rating: 4.75

Review Comment: "Great course in good condition. Facilities very good and staff very welcoming. Lovely set up and enjoyed the day."

The Celtic Manor Resort

Celtic Manor

Location: Gwent

Golfshake Rating: 4.27

Winter Golf Rating: 4.75

Course Condition Rating: 4.75

Review Comment: "Greens were very quick and some pin positions were tougher than usual. Overall in very good condition and dry underfoot, is a great test of golf, weather helped and made for a good day."

Moor Allerton Golf Club

Moor Allerton

Location: West Yorkshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.60

Winter Golf Rating: 4.75

Course Condition Rating: 4.75

Review Comment: "Course was immaculate, lots of fall ways on the fairways some of which hide deep rough and ditches, knowledge of these is key. Greens protected by enormous but not particularly deep bunkers. The greens themselves run true, contoured to fall away if not pin high. All together a super course."

Coxmoor Golf Club

Location: Nottinghamshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.55

Winter Golf Rating: 4.75

Course Condition Rating: 4.75

Review Comment: "Amazing club. Really has it all. Can’t praise them enough. Course, views, staff, facilities all 110%."

Goring & Streatley Golf Club

Location: Berkshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.42

Winter Golf Rating: 4.75

Course Condition Rating: 4.75

Review Comment: "Awesomely prepared yet natural downland course. Fantastically quick greens which run so true. A great test while playable for all abilities. Friendly place."

Woodhall Spa Golf Club

Woodhall Spa

Location: Lincolnshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.82

Winter Golf Rating: 4.75

Course Condition Rating: 4.50

Review Comment: "What can I say, it's the Hotchkin. It's a superb place to play your golf. The course was immaculate and the weather even favoured us on the day. Second time playing it and it was even better than the first time. I came away with 42 points on one of the hardest courses in England, so maybe I am a little rose tinted on this one!"

Maxstoke Park Golf Club

Location: Warwickshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.50

Winter Golf Rating: 4.75

Course Condition Rating: 4.50

Review Comment: "Course was fantastic and in great condition. Very friendly welcome. One of the best value courses I have ever played."

Marriott Worsley Park Golf Club

Worsley Park

Location: Lancashire

Golfshake Rating: 4.35

Winter Golf Rating: 4.75

Course Condition Rating: 4.50

Review Comment: "This is a hidden gem nestled in the countryside just outside Manchester and I am very pleased to say it's just a few miles from my home. Fabulous facilities including spa, large indoor pool, fully equipped gym and the lovely and challenging 18 hole golf course that I am lucky to play on a weekly basis, it is beautifully maintained by the ground staff who obviously take pride in their work, as do all the staff."

Shirley Golf Club

Location: Warwickshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.23

Winter Golf Rating: 4.75

Course Condition Rating: 4.50

Review Comment: "Great course, lovely greens, nice pace. Friendly staff and overall welcoming course. Definitely will play again."

The Mere Golf Club

The Mere

Location: Cheshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.20

Winter Golf Rating: 4.75

Course Condition Rating: 4.50

Review Comment: "Great course in a magnificent setting. Quite flat until the last couple of holes. First time I'd played and would definitely like to play again."

Toot Hill Golf Club

Location: Essex

Golfshake Rating: 4.48

Winter Golf Rating: 4.73

Course Condition Rating: 4.67

Review Comment: "Superb condition, totally prepared bunkers, immaculate greens. Friendly course marshal, green keepers. Overall positive experience."

Gullane Golf Club


Location: East Lothian

Golfshake Rating: 4.92

Winter Golf Rating: 4.71

Course Condition Rating: 4.86

Review Comment: "Interesting and hilly suits this venue absolutely. This the third of three fantastic courses and the shortest but nevertheless a good challenge in itself. Brilliant design with lovely fairways, views and greens all kept very well. The clubhouse, well stocked shop and facilities were excellent as was the welcome by the staff. One venue not to be missed in this part of Scotland."

Test Valley Golf Club

Test Valley

Location: Hampshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.38

Winter Golf Rating: 4.71

Course Condition Rating: 4.71

Review Comment: "Lovely course on chalk, a varied challenge and one of my favourites for the golf society. Excellent clubhouse and practice facilities. Well worth a visit."

Horsley Lodge Golf Club

Location: Derbyshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.34

Winter Golf Rating: 4.70

Course Condition Rating: 4.60

Review Comment: "One of the outstanding courses in my area, really well set out course in good condition and good value."

Sweetwoods Park Golf Club

Sweetwoods Park

Location: Kent

Golfshake Rating: 4.43

Winter Golf Rating: 4.69

Course Condition Rating: 4.62

Review Comment: "Greens were in excellent condition, running true and at an acceptable speed. A pleasure to putt on. Some interesting holes, although some of the blind shots were awkward, not knowing how the course was shaped. Overall a pleasure."

Marriott Breadsall Priory Golf Club

Breadsall Priory

Location: Derbyshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.30

Winter Golf Rating: 4.67

Course Condition Rating: 4.83

Review Comment: "One course is traditional parkland the other has the links type feel. Both courses were good, we played in high winds both days. Greens and bunkers were good, we all really enjoyed it."

Kilworth Springs Golf Club

Kilworth Springs

Location: Leicestershire

Golfshake Rating: 4.23

Winter Golf Rating: 4.67

Course Condition Rating: 4.83

Review Comment: "We only play this course from October to March in the Winter League. But the course today was in very good order, greens fast and true, fairway running well. The clubhouse is always friendly with great food. Worth a visit if you have never played there before."

The Shire London

The Shire London

Location: Hertfordshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.25

Winter Golf Rating: 4.67

Course Condition Rating: 4.78

Review Comment: "The course was in fantastic condition and beautiful to play. Every hole required thought and the round was a thoroughly enjoyable challenge."

Doncaster Town Moor Golf Club

Location: South Yorkshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.20

Winter Golf Rating: 4.67

Course Condition Rating: 4.75

Review Comment: "Played for the first time today and was very impressed. Very good greens, well kept fairways and well signposted too, which was needed for a newcomer to the course. Will certainly be returning."

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