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The Golf Courses That Other Golfers Think You Should Play

By: Kieran Clark | Wed 20 Dec 2023 | Comments


What was the best golf course you have played this year? Would you recommend the place to other golfers? Those are exactly the questions that the Golfshake Community have been answering throughout the season when submitting reviews into our popular Course Section!

Thousands of you have rated the venues you experienced during 2023, but where are the layouts in the UK that most impressed everyday golfers?

Each of the following destinations received a minimum of ten independent reviews this year with a Highly Recommended rating of 100% meaning a perfect score among golfers who would happily replay the course or encourage someone they know to visit there.

If you're looking for inspiration about where to play in 2024, then here are just some golf courses that other golfers think you should play!

Rochester & Cobham Park Golf Club

Location: Kent

Golfshake Rating: 4.64

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "This is a fantastic course and the greens are in perfect condition, it was a really enjoyable experience."

Stratford Park Golf Club

Location: Warwickshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.21

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "Always enjoyable, the course is a good test and is great value for money. The greens were a little slower than normal but other than that the course was in impeccable condition."

Pavenham Park Golf Club

Location: Bedfordshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.32

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "We played as a group of visitors on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. The welcome we received from the golf shop staff was first class. This was also matched by a well presented course whose biggest feature is the undulating and fast greens combined with lovely views of the surrounding Bedfordshire countryside."

St Andrews Links

Location: Fife

Golfshake Rating: 4.93

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "The Eden runs alongside the Old Course so you can enjoy a links course without the high cost! We really enjoyed playing here as it was our first links experience and we found it in top condition."

Marriott Worsley Park Golf Club

Worsley Park

Location: Lancashire

Golfshake Rating: 4.32

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

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."

Tylney Park Golf Club

Location: Hampshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.23

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "Varied challenge in the quiet Hampshire countryside. Course laid out in amble surrounding meaning that there is good space between holes. Reading the greens requires thought. Recently refurbished clubhouse and kitchen, new chef has improved the food offering. Well worth a visit in drier conditions as on clay."

Worksop Golf Club

Location: Nottinghamshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.27

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "The course is well maintained with exceptionally good quick and generous greens and a nice varied layout offering an excellent golfing challenge for all golfers. All holes are unique offering lots of variety with a few risk and reward holes also thrown in."

Seaford Head Golf Course

Location: East Sussex

Golfshake Rating: 4.32

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "Overlooking the sea and invariably played in strong wind, hilly, a very hard physical course. But stunning views, some great golf holes and consistent greens. Recommended."

College Pines Golf Club

Location: Nottinghamshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.36

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "The course is a challenge and will test most golfers, with some short tricky holes and a couple of long par fours, but nothing unreachable in regulation for a good golfer. The staff are great and professional and know how to manage the course in the right way bearing in mind everyone on earth tries to play there in winter. The food is lovely and a treat before and after the round."

Ashbury Golf Club

Ashbury Golf Club

Location: Devon

Golfshake Rating: 4.29

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "Yearly visit to Ashbury and played every day, played each of the four main courses and all playing very well."

Chiddingfold Golf Club

Location: Surrey

Golfshake Rating: 4.23

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "Chiddingfold is a hidden gem. Our society day was a resounding success, with all complimenting the venue. The members and staff are warm and welcoming, whilst the course is a good challenge for golfers of all standards. Definitely, a course to return to play."

Redlibbets Golf & Country Club

Location: Kent

Golfshake Rating: 4.05

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "Redlibbets is an underrated golf course in Kent, course is really varied and in very good condition, it also represents value for money with the facilities also to a very high standard."

Woodlands Golf & Country Club

Location: Gloucestershire

Golfshake Rating: 4.17

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "Loved playing this course, interesting with water hazards and wonderful wildlife. Great service, very friendly staff and a very well run club. Great value for money - I wish more clubs could be like this. Go to the top of the class!"

Ifield Golf Club

Location: West Sussex

Golfshake Rating: 4.02

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "First time playing here. Excellent course. Generally in very good condition and appeared to be well maintained. Interesting layout without being punishing and a number of very good holes throughout the round."

The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club

Location: Nottinghamshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.29

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "Course in excellent condition. Very good layout with plenty of water hazards making for a real challenge. Staff in clubhouse were excellent, very friendly as we were only visitors not members."

Three Locks Golf Club

Three Locks Golf Club

Location: Buckinghamshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.24

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "Well maintained and interesting course. Holes very varied. Greens very consistent. A good few holes really make you think too."

Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club

Location: Warwickshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.11

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "I am glad that we chose Stoneleigh as it was far better, the course was in a fantastic condition and the hospitality was great. I have played there before but thought it really presented well today."

Westerham Golf Club

Westerham Golf Club

Location: Kent

Golfshake Rating: 4.06

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "A very enjoyable course with nice mix of elevations, water, trees. Few bunkers and not very long. Ground under the trees have been cleared, making it unlikely you will loose a ball. Some lovely views of the North Downs and Kentish countryside."

Ramsdale Park Golf Centre

Location: Nottinghamshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.41

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "Greens and fairways in excellent condition well looked after. Pro shop has great stock and the bar/restaurant is really good. Overall the course provides a challenge especially on the back 9."

Eastham Lodge Golf Club

Eastham Lodge Golf Club

Location: Merseyside

Golfshake Rating: 4.06

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "Course was in superb condition. Greens were very true. Staff in the shop and bar very friendly. Recommend this course and will definitely be back here."

Bromsgrove Golf Centre

Location: Worcestershire

Golfshake Rating: 4.06

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "Absolutely fabulous course, tree lined, lots of curving fairways and plenty of bunkers to catch you out. Greens difficult to read with lots of subtle slopes. Clubhouse a hive of activity and staff very friendly, has a really good feel. Food options a plenty and good portions."

Toot Hill Golf Club

Location: Essex

Golfshake Rating: 4.32

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "Brilliant course in excellent condition, nothing not to like, first class, have played this course many times, always excellent in any season."

Birchwood Golf Club

Location: Cheshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.08

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "The whole day was fantastic, the staff were excellent and very accommodating. The course was perfect and played brilliantly, especially the greens. The best we have played this season. The catering was excellent too. Overall a brilliant day was had by all."

East Brighton Golf Club

East Brighton Golf Club

Location: East Sussex

Golfshake Rating: 4.06

2023 Highly Recommend: 100%

Review Comment: "East Brighton is a lovely well laid out course with amazing views over the ocean. The course winds into a valley before heading to the top of the course. Greens were in really good condition and faster than I have seen them before."


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