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Have You Visited These Venues For a Golf Break

By: Kieran Clark | Wed 15 May 2024

You might currently have the inclination to embark on a golf break, but where should you visit?

Well, the Golfshake Community is always a reliable resource to consult, and we asked them to name the best golf venue that they stayed at in 2022 or 2023.

Over 700 responses were submitted, with the range of destinations covering the UK & Ireland and throughout Continental Europe.

Bringing together five-star luxury resorts alongside those lesser-known places that offer tremendous value for money, each of the locations that we have shared below received a minimum of four unique votes from our survey, meaning that these are the venues that come recommended to you by other golfers.

Make this a season to remember by booking a golf break - and these are some rich ingredients for inspiration!

The Celtic Manor Resort

Celtic Manor

Location: Newport, Gwent, Wales

Golfshake Rating: 3.95

Review Comment: "Amazing. What an experience from start to finish! Well worth the money - take your time and read the distances very carefully. Greens are lightning quick. Loved it and would strongly recommend the whole experience."

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The Belfry

The Belfry

Location: Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, England

Golfshake Rating: 4.84

Review Comment: "Simply amazing course. Beautiful setting and course was set up brilliantly making every hole a real challenge - the epitome of course management and playing for the right spot."

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East Sussex National Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

East Sussex National

Location: Uckfield, East Sussex, England

Golfshake Rating: 4.04

Review Comment: "Played both courses although very wet, really enjoyed both, the West Course is more picturesque, and the East has a good variety of holes, would recommend both."

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Prince's Golf Club

Prince's Golf Club

Location: Sandwich, Kent, England

Golfshake Rating: 4.92

Review Comment: "Stunning course that is really well kept. Tough to play but really enjoyable. Will definitely be going back."

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Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort

Slaley Hall

Location: Hexham, Northumberland, England

Golfshake Rating: 4.17

Review Comment: "The staff were incredibly friendly and the courses were challenging yet varied. The accommodation and food were really good and the condition of the courses was pristine. The location was stunning and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a golfing getaway."

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St Mellion

St Mellion

Location: Saltash, Cornwall, England

Golfshake Rating: 4.57

Review Comment: "Both courses are nice looking, especially the Nicklaus. The Kernow is a testing course but playable with concentration, while the Nicklaus is a beast of a course with no let up all the way round, but such a stunning looking course. I can not fault the resort overall, great food, friendly staff, good facilities."

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Ashbury Golf Hotel

The Ashbury

Location: Okehampton, Devon, England

Golfshake Rating: 4.29

Review Comment: "The Ashbury Golf Resort is well worth a visit. It has four very different courses and a par 3 course. The accommodation is basic but clean and comfortable although the bed was a bit narrow for the bigger golfer. The food is very good and the staff are friendly."

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Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa

Formby Hall

Location: Formby, Merseyside, England

Golfshake Rating: 3.82

Review Comment: "Stunning parkland course. Lovely course, front nine is more playable than the back, which has a few very long holes, which can be a bit of a slog! Overall though, very enjoyable and challenging."

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Gleneagles Hotel


Location: Auchterarder, Perth & Kinross, Scotland

Golfshake Rating: 4.88

Review Comment: The very best. Played the Kings and it was exceptional, the entire experience and service from restaurant and bar staff, the check in staff, the marshalls and the locker attendants was perfect, well done to all, best golf coursesin the UK in my opinion."

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Slieve Russell Hotel Golf & Country Club

Slieve Russell

Location: Ballyconnell, Cavan, Republic of Ireland

Golfshake Rating: 4.75

Review Comment: "The scenery is beautiful, the greens are fair, and the challenge is just perfect. I had a great time here and I would definitely recommend it to others."

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Carden Park

Carden Park

Location: Chester, Cheshire, England

Golfshake Rating: 3.96

Review Comment: "The course was in great condition, with lots of different holes, perfect setting, and excellent greens. The quality of the course was well above what I ordinarily play. The course was well maintained and laid out, with lovely scenery and good facilities. There was lots of variety, making it enjoyable for all levels of players. The price was also great, making it an excellent value for money."

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Dundonald Links

Dundonald Links

Location: Gailes, Ayrshire, Scotland

Golfshake Rating: 4.94

Review Comment: "From walking into reception to leaving the clubhouse after a great round and excellent meal, the guys at Dundonald Links didn’t put a foot wrong. Very friendly welcome in the pro shop and starter. The course was in excellent condition, the layout is great and was a good test - playable but testing - a really enjoyable day and top quality at a fair price. Will be visiting again."

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Forest Pines Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort

Forest Pines

Location: Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England

Golfshake Rating: 4.29

Review Comment: "I love this course, the beauty of it on a sunny day, with the flowers around the putting green and the fountains. It's a proper course, proper trees, proper hazards, proper bunkers and a proper layout. Hard to choose my favourite two nines, but Forest then Pines probably just wins it. Today the course was in superb condition with nicely cut fairways and tee boxes."

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Old Thorns Hotel

Old Thorns

Location: Liphook, Hampshire, England

Golfshake Rating: 4.20

Review Comment: "Despite recent awful weather, the course was in fantastic condition. Very little standing water. Greens are running true and can only get better. A course where several holes will leave you going 'wow' at the view. A few steep hills but worth it!"

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Ramside Hall

Ramside Hall

Location: Carrville, County Durham, England

Golfshake Rating: 3.38

Review Comment: "Very nice course, great clubhouse facilities and great welcome - would highly recommend, course is great!"

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Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club

Wychwood Park

Location: Crewe, Cheshire, England

Golfshake Rating: 4.29

Review Comment: "Stayed with three mates for a two-night, three-round golf break and we were very impressed with all aspects of Wychwood Park. The course is fairly open, but doglegs, numerous bunkers, plenty of water and changes in height make it a stern challenge. Off the tee it's fairly forgiving and on most holes you'd have to hit a pretty bad one to be in real trouble - as we proved on several occasions! The greens were running fast with some very tricky borrows to negotiate."

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Amendoeira Golf Resort

Amendoeira Golf Resort

Location: Faro, Vilamoura, Portugal

Golfshake Rating: 4.14

Review Comment: "Glorious course. This course is great from start to finish, especially the back nine when you are up with all the views."

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La Cala Golf Resort

La Cala

Location: La Cala de Mijas, Malaga, Spain

Golfshake Rating: 4.13

Review Comment: "Great service from all staff. Courses are varied and interesting but of course very hilly. Hotel, restaurant and bars are great."

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Aphrodite Hills Resort

Aphrodite Hills

Location: Aphrodite, Paphos, Cyprus

Golfshake Rating: 4.04

Review Comment: "Spectacular course in wonderful condition. A special mention for the greens, which are fast and have hidden borrows that send seemingly good putts off on journeys of discovery."

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La Manga Club

La Manga Club

Location: Murcia, Belones, Spain

Golfshake Rating: 4.29

Review Comment: "Have wanted to play La Manga for years and it didn't let me down. I played the North, with the South and West to be played in the future. The views of the mountains were great and the course condition was fantastic. Challenging course for sure, tree-lined and water on holes in tricky places."

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