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25 Top Rated Courses to Play This Year

By: Golfshake Editor | Sat 24 Jun 2023

In the final article in our series looking at where to play golf this year, identified from the Golfshake reviews in 2022, we take at look at the stand-out top rated golf courses.

Analysing the Golfshake review data we have factored in 8 of the review categories; course, conditions, hospitality, practice facilities, facilities, pace of play, food and the overall rating - but left out value for money

To be featured in this list we have ensured that all courses have a minimum of 8 reviews and a 100% Highly Recommended rating for the reviews submitted in 2022 through the Golfshake Course Section.

Let us know how many of these you have played and whether any are on your current bucket list to play in the future. Whilst you might not play every course this year it is certainly a list to aspire to play!  But there may be the odd one or two where you might need a friendly invite.

Berkhamsted Golf Club

Hertfordshire, East


"Absolute joy A beautiful place to play golf, lovely conditions for March. Staff very pleasant and attentive as well"

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.48

Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort

Wiltshire, South


"A beautiful but challenging course. A stern test in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. The friendly staff and excellent facilities made for an excellent day out."

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.66

Brora Golf Club

Highlands, Scotland

"Hidden gem Stunning views, rolling fairways, tricky green complexes, and probably the best welcome from the staff you could possibly hope for."

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.86

Burford Golf Club

Oxfordshire, South

Burford GC

"Brilliant Course is very well look after, greens fast and fairways nice , some holes challenging and long , lovely scenery not to hilly, groundskeepers always on the course keeping up to scratch"

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.42

Burnham and Berrow Golf Club

Somerset, South West

"Classic No wonder this course appears in top 100 lists. Fantastic experience all round."

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.94

Cirencester Golf Club

Gloucester, West Midlands

Cirencester Golf

"First time playing this course for a while and its still as good as I remember. In great condition and a fantastic layout. Really enjoyed the round"

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.33

Dyrham Park Golf Club

Hertfordshire, East

"Fantastic course, set on beautiful grounds with a magnificent clubhouse. The course has several iconic holes, each of which have superb tee boxes, well maintained fairways and fast, true greens. It is clear that a lot of hard work goes into the course."

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.50

Hillside Golf Club

Merseyside, North West

"Love the place. I’ve played all the open courses along the north west and hillside tops the lot, the back 9 is glorious."

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.94

Ingrebourne Links Golf Complex

Essex, East

"A young course, but the facilities are to notch and the course did not disappoint. The greens were big and with plenty of slopes to test any putter. The clubhouse is impressive. The practice chipping and putting greens were fantastic."

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.34

JCB Golf and Country Club

Staffordshire, West Midlands

JCB Golf & Country Club

"Unbelievable Course. Without doubt the best course I have played. Quality of the club house, staff and feel just made the day the perfect way to play golf"

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.84

London Golf Club

Kent, South East

London Golf Club

"Fantastic course always in great condition. Some beautiful statement par 3s over water. Great food and drink in a clubhouse that doesn’t feel too pretentious."

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.89


Lothian, Scotland

"Fair, immense off the back, superb condition, wonderful clubhouse, friendly welcome."

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.86

Prince's Golf Club

Ken, South East

Prince Golf Club

"Excellent course, facilities and very friendly. One of the best links I have played."

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.60

Remedy Oak Golf Club

Dorset, South West

"Stunning course with exceptional staff. Greens were the best I have ever played on."

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.94

Rochester and Cobham Park Golf Club

Kent, South East

Rochester and Cobham Park Golf Club

"A super club and course. Absolutely delightful as ever and the greens are in really good nick. Always a pleasure to visit the club"

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.53

Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Merseyshire, North West

"Stunning. To walk these fairways and play these greens that the greatest golfers the world has ever seen is a privilege nobody should take for granted."

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 5.00

Royal Cromer Golf Club

Norfolk, East

Royal Cromer

"Stunning course always a pleasure to play fairways are fantastic greens are pure and very quick . Staff are so helpful and everyone including members are very helpful, cannot wait to play again"

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.76

St Annes Old Links Golf Club

Lancashire, North West

"Just superb! A great links course in superb condition, from tee to fairway to green!"

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.09

Stoneham Golf Club

Hampshire, South

Stoneham Golf Club

"A fantastic venue with such fantastic facilities. The course is challenging but fair, and even in late winter a joy to play. One of my most favourite venues."

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.52

The Berkshire Golf Club

Berkshire, South

"Quintessential English Heathland Course. This is a proper Golf Club, set in an exquisite rolling Pine Forest. Definitely, a must-play in the Ascot/East Berkshire area - in fact, in the entire South East."

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.91

The Grove

Hertfordshire, East

The Grove

"Great course, great experience! A fantastic course, with manicured fairways in a pictures setting and consistent greens.. The staff are welcoming, friendly and really make your visit feel special and memorable."

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.92

The Roxburghe Golf Club

Borders, Scotland

The Roxburghe

"I like courses that you can only see the hole you are playing from the tee. This happens on 14 holes. The view from the 14 th tee is amazing. The whole course in fantastic condition"

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.49

Turnberry Resort

Ayrshire, Scotland


"Ultimate golf experience. Best links course around. The venue and everything is set up for the ultimate golf experience."

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.95

Woburn Golf Club

Buckinghamshire, South

Wobrun Golf Club

"World class courses, staff amazing, go there !"

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.96

Woodhall Spa Golf Club

Lincolnshire, East Midlands

"Fantastic course Fantastic course. Very testing but very enjoyable challenge. Members extremely friendly and welcoming."

Golfshake Rating 2022 - 4.82

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