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You Should Play These Underrated Golf Courses in 2024

By: Kieran Clark | Fri 02 Feb 2024 | Comments


We don't know about you, but we're already counting down the days until the height of the golf season hits us, bringing with it warmer weather and long days spent on the course.

But where are you going to play this year? You may not be aware, but at Golfshake we have an 'Alternative' Top 100 Golf Courses for you to choose from. These are places that don't routinely appear in published rankings - but are simply beloved by everyday golfers like you!

Each of these venues have received a minimum of 50 independent reviews and have been consistently rated highly. 

Previously, we had offered a selection of the most notable layouts in our feature article Have You Played The Most Underrated Golf Courses in The UK.

But now, we have even more to share with you, all of them Highly Recommended by the Golfshake Community and almost guaranteed to deliver a memorable experience. 

When you're planning your travels for this year, then we think that the following are just some of the courses that you should play in 2024!

Sickleholme Golf Club

Location: Bamford, Derbyshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.65

Highly Recommended Rating: 100%

Review Comment: "A great course with lots of interest and spectacular views of the surrounding Peak District. I found this course to be a good test of my abilities, with some tricky holes."

Davenport Golf Club

Davenport Golf Club

Location: Stockport, Cheshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.65

Highly Recommended Rating: 96%

Review Comment: "Great course, would 100% play again. Very well ran and really good greens. Great value for money and availability."

Kedleston Park Golf Club

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.64

Highly Recommended Rating: 97%

Review Comment: "Amazing course, not played one in better condition this year. Quick greens took a bit of getting used to (for me anyway) and the local knowledge of playing partners helped a lot."

The Manor House Golf Club

The Manor House Golf Club

Location: Castle Combe, Wiltshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.64

Highly Recommended Rating: 99%

Review Comment: "Superb course in great condition considering the recent rain. Played fantastically well, the wind made a challenging course even tougher!"

Rochester & Cobham Park Golf Club

Location: Rochester, Kent

Golfshake Rating: 4.64

Highly Recommended Rating: 100%

Review Comment: "The course was in fabulous condition and the greens were smooth and true, I've played the course several times now and it has always been in good condition when I have played it at various times of the year."

North Wilts Golf Club

North Wilts Golf Club

Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.64

Highly Recommended Rating: 100%

Review Comment: "Played as a visitor on the twilight offer, nice course with variety of holes, nice par 3s, challenging 4s and achievable par 5s. Stunning location, with amazing sunset views over Wiltshire countryside."

Blackmoor Golf Club

Location: Bordon, Hampshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.64

Highly Recommended Rating: 100%

Review Comment: "This is an excellent course with a beautiful countryside setting. The greens are always in great condition and the design of the course is difficult but fair. The pro shop and bar staff are friendly and helpful."

Stoneham Golf Club

Location: Southampton, Hampshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.63

Highly Recommended Rating: 97%

Review Comment: "Great course, great layout, great condition, it is no wonder that this is the best course within 25 miles."

Brett Vale Golf Club

Location: Ipswich, Suffolk

Golfshake Rating: 4.63

Highly Recommended Rating: 99%

Review Comment: "Brett Vale is rapidly turning into my favourite course. A superb course set amongst the Suffolk hills. Each hole is a different test of your ability. Each hole has a differant character to it, with some very interestingly placed bunkers, and hazards. And the scenery is amazing. The clubhouse is inviting and the staff are very very friendly. Very tempted to become a member at this great hidden gem of a course. Highly recommend anyone to visit this."

Walmley Golf Club 

Walmley Golf Club

Location: Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.63

Highly Recommended Rating: 97%

Review Comment: "Fantastic course worth visiting, great people and an excellent value for a golf day. The catering was excellent, staff could not be more helpful, just a shame that my golf wasn't good! Can't blame the place for that though!"

Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club

Location: Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Golfshake Rating: 4.62

Highly Recommended Rating: 92%

Review Comment: "Being a member here I might be a bit biased, but the course is probably in the best condition it's ever been in, the fairways and the greens are in great condition. The views are amazing from nearly every tee box, would highly recommend you visit here."

Fairfield Golf & Sailing Club

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Golfshake Rating: 4.62

Highly Recommended Rating: 93%

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."

Lancaster Golf Club

Lancaster Golf Club

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

Golfshake Rating: 4.62

Highly Recommended Rating: 98%

Review Comment: "It is a good challenge for a mid handicapper. The course was in excellent condition and the green fees were very reasonable. The clubhouse had a very unique feel to it and really added to the experience."

Nefyn & District Golf Club

Nefyn & District Golf Club

Location: Pwllheli, Gwynedd

Golfshake Rating: 4.61

Highly Recommended Rating: 99%

Review Comment: "Incredible. Superb, just my favourite golf course in Wales even if I played it with gale force winds!"

Hayling Golf Club

Hayling Golf Club

Location: Hayling Island, Hampshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.61

Highly Recommended Rating: 100%

Review Comment: "I thoroughly enjoyed this quirky links course. It was a great change of pace from my usual parkland courses. The greens were fantastic, and I loved the variety of holes and the difficulty level."

West Surrey Golf Club

West Surrey Golf Club

Location: Godalming, Surrey

Golfshake Rating: 4.61

Highly Recommended Rating: 100%

Review Comment: "A great layout in superb condition. The greens rolled very true so if you got a good putt you knew early if it was going in. Great food in the clubhouse and nice outdoor seating looking up the 18th."

Knole Park Golf Club

Location: Sevenoaks, Kent

Golfshake Rating: 4.61

Highly Recommended Rating: 97%

Review Comment: "What an absolutely beautiful course! The course was in fantastic condition, and posed a great challenge. Cannot wait to return."

Maxstoke Park Golf Club

Location: Birmingham, Warwickshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.60

Highly Recommended Rating: 97%

Review Comment: "Played at the end of September and the course was in great condition, the greens were really challenging. Some very picturesque parts of the course. Well worth a visit."

Sand Martins Golf Club

Sand Martins Golf Club

Location: Wokingham, Berkshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.60

Highly Recommended Rating: 100%

Review Comment: "An absolute gem, highly recommend playing here. Two contrasting nines, with many holes requiring a bit of thought off the tee due to severe doglegs, ditches, etc. Course was in fantastic condition."

Stamford Golf Club

Location: Stalybridge, Cheshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.60

Highly Recommended Rating: 97%

Review Comment: "What a course, no two holes the same and fantastic scenery all the way round, you could have been anywhere. Will happily come back and play again as it is in my opinion one of the best I have played in UK."

Cuddington Golf Club

Location: Banstead, Surrey

Golfshake Rating: 4.60

Highly Recommended Rating: 100%

Review Comment: "Excellent course in exceptional condition. Probably very lucky to play a few days after their club championship! The course offers a nice challenge and nice variety and was a joy to play. Depending on how you decide to play the course, it offers something for every level of golfer."

Bedlingtonshire Golf Club

Location: Bedlington, Northumberland

Golfshake Rating: 4.60

Highly Recommended Rating: 99%

Review Comment: "I always love coming to Bedlington. The course is always in lovely condition and a warm welcome is always given both in the clubhouse and at the tee where a smartly dressed starter sees you off. Course is well presented and tidy. Great day."

Stockport Golf Club

Location: Stockport, Cheshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.60

Highly Recommended Rating: 100%

Review Comment: "A really strong layout with a great variety of interesting holes which challenges all areas of your game. Very playable and rewards good strategic play. Looking forward to playing again as I can’t stop thinking how I might tackle a few holes differently next time."

Haverhill Golf Club

Location: Haverhill, Suffolk

Golfshake Rating: 4.60

Highly Recommended Rating: 100%

Review Comment: "I recently played a round at this course, and I was very impressed. The condition of the course was excellent, and it suited my game perfectly. The greens were in great condition, and I found the layout to be quite quirky, which I really enjoyed. It really made me use every single club in my bag off the tee, which I really liked."

Wrekin Golf Club

Location: Telford, Shropshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.60

Highly Recommended Rating: 100%

Review Comment: "A stunning course set against the backdrop of the Wrekin near Telford. A very challenging course both in terms of play and physically. We hired a buggy which took the strain. Not played here for a few years, but it's just as tough. Enjoyable but well worth getting to the clubhouse. Great bar, friendly staff. Would recommend!"


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