Tag: Courses

Blackmoor Golf Club Reveals Clubhouse Extension

Hampshire's revered Blackmoor Golf Club has revealed the extensive work completed at its clubhouse, expanding the bar and restaurant, including the creation of a first floor sun terrace with views across the Harry Colt designed course. read more ...


The West Lancashire Golf Club Feature Review

Founded in 1873, The West Lancashire Golf Club (‘West Lancs’) is among the oldest clubs in England and is home to a renowned course that is Highly Recommended on Golfshake. Richard Moore went to experience the layout for himself and see what the hype is about. read more ...


Dundonald Links Builds Towards Exciting New Chapter

The acclaimed Dundonald Links is building towards an exciting new chapter in its story, following the launch of a new website that outlines the ambitious £25m investment that will transform the venue into a luxury resort in time for next summer. read more ...


Church Stretton Golf Club Feature Review

Church Stretton Golf Club is a unique venue, located atop the scenic Shropshire Hills, a stunning course that has welcomed the likes of Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam and Henry Cotton through the decades. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies decided to follow in their footsteps and experience this Highly Recommended layout for himself. read more ...


Woodbridge Golf Club Feature Review

Part of Suffolk's popular hotbed of heathland courses, Woodbridge Golf Club is a Highly Recommended venue on Golfshake and is widely considered to be a wonderful test of golf. Matt Holbrook went to experience the layout for himself. read more ...


Goodwood Downs Review: The Day I Beat Ian Poulter

Playing the mighty Downs Course at Goodwood Golf Club, Will Trinkwon describes the experience of playing this formidable layout from the back tees, a round that left him on the brink of a lifetime's best score, one that would have surpassed the number recorded years ago by Ian Poulter. What pressure. Here is his story. read more ...


The Golf Courses You SHOULD Have Played in 2020

This has been a year for experiencing new courses, but what highlights did you miss during the summer? Looking at venues that rated highly on Golfshake in 2020, discover the 25 layouts that you should have played this season. read more ...


Sir Nick Faldo Supports Campaign to Save Cleeve Hill

The campaign to save the unique and historic Cleeve Hill has drawn significant interest, including from golf legend Sir Nick Faldo. Golfshake's Andy Picken shares his insight on the situation and explains why this story matters for the game. read more ...


Experience Perfect Winter Conditions at The Manor House

The Manor House in the Cotswolds is renowned for its scenic golf course and year-round condition, something that golfers can take advantage of this winter at the acclaimed venue, with five-day memberships still available. read more ...


The Need to Save Cleeve Hill Golf Club

The unique and historic Cleeve Hill Golf Club is facing potential closure next year, a situation that has caused despair to the thousands of golfers who have played there. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken explains why this spectacular venue needs to be saved. read more ...


Blackwell Golf Club Feature Review

Blackwell Golf Club is a private parkland course situated in Worcestershire, founded in 1893 and Highly Recommended on Golfshake. Midlands aficionado Mel Davies visited to experience the layout for himself and shares his thoughts in this new Feature Review. read more ...


Stoke by Nayland Stay & Play Review

Stoke by Nayland is a resort which features two championship golf courses at the heart of an impressive offering. Facilities at the hotel extend to a well-appointed spa and a range of award-winning restaurants which make it an ideal destination for a break. Golfshake Ambassador Rob Treanor describes it for us. read more ...


Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club Feature Review

Legendary Open Championship venue Royal Lytham & St Annes is one of the most formidable tests in British golf. Discovering it for himself, Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken describes the experience of playing this magnificent links. read more ...


Coxmoor Golf Club Feature Review

Located just north of Nottingham, Coxmoor Golf Club is a mature heathland course close to some highly regarded neighbours, but it has a quality pedigree in its own right. Golfshake Ambassador Kevin Heggie was thrilled to visit and experience the Highly Recommended venue for himself. read more ...


St Annes Old Links Golf Club Feature Review

St Annes Old Links was established in 1901 and is part of a magical area for golf. Highly Recommended on Golfshake, Andy Picken went to experience the revered layout for himself, a round he describes in this new Feature Review. read more ...


Old Thorns Stay & Play Review

Highly Recommended on Golfshake, Old Thorns Golf and Hotel Spa is an exceptional venue for a golf break. Derek Clements recently experienced this popular destination in Hampshire for himself, describing his thoughts in this detailed review. read more ...


Sapey Golf Club Feature Review

Highly Recommended on Golfshake, Sapey Golf Club is celebrating its 30th anniversary and has matured into one of the outstanding courses in the rolling hills of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire border. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies visited to play and review the venue for us. read more ...


Why Autumn is a Great Time for a Midweek Golf Break

When booking a golf break most of us opt for weekends, but now that autumn is here there are some incredible midweek deals to be had at some the best golf resorts in the British Isles. There are lots of reasons for considering a midweek break, including greater tee-time availability and special offers at some of the most famous golf resorts in the UK. read more ...


The Best Places to Stay & Play Golf This Autumn

The nights are drawing in and, before we know it, the clocks will be changing and the early dark nights will have arrived. But that doesn’t mean we cannot carry on enjoying golf breaks. Far from it. There are many incredible bargains to be had for those in search of an autumn golf break. We look at some of the best. read more ...


Hillside Golf Club Feature Review

Hillside Golf Club has staged many top amateur and professional tournaments and is part of England's Golf Coast. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken recently experienced this revered venue and describes what it's like to play. read more ...


Kington Golf Club Feature Review

Herefordshire's Kington Golf Club is the highest 18-hole course in England and stands at 1,284 ft above sea-level at its highest point. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies recently visited the venue, played the layout, and shares his thoughts in this Feature Review. read more ...


50 of the Best Golf Courses to Play in Autumn

The nights are drawing in and winter is within reach, but thankfully we have that glorious transition season of autumn to enjoy first. Golf courses remain in magnificent shape and are just waiting to be experienced. Analysing over 15,000 reviews, we have discovered which venues you should visit at this time of year. read more ...


Dunston Hall Stay & Play Review

Located on the outskirts of Norwich, Dunston Hall is renowned for its English country house setting in 150 acres of stunning woodland, comprising a hotel with 166 bedrooms and 18-hole parkland golf course. Derek Clements reviews the stay and play experience at this venue. read more ...


Former Open Champ Paul Lawrie Unveils New 7th Hole at Royal Dornoch

Ahead of his Tartan Pro Tour event over the famed Highland links, former Open champion Paul Lawrie has officially opened the stunning new 7th hole on the Championship Course at Royal Dornoch, enhancing one of the most revered layouts in the game. read more ...


Nairn Dunbar: A Highlight in the Highlands

Part of a remarkable collection of courses on offer in the Scottish Highlands, the renowned Nairn Dunbar has been further enhanced in recent times by a series of adjustments, promoting a true links experience. Ed Hodge charts the story of the venue and the positive impact this restoration is having. read more ...


Turnberry Resort - The Ultimate Golf Experience

Turnberry Resort has been a jewel on the Ayrshire coastline since 1906 and was among the first purpose-built golf resorts in Britain. It is also widely renowned for being one of the UK's premier locations for a stay and play golf break. We take a look at the resort and surrounding area to reflect on why Turnberry is arguably the Ultimate Golf Experience in the UK. read more ...


The Ailsa Course at Turnberry Feature Review

Steeped in history and prestige, the Ailsa at Turnberry has hosted four Open Championships and is widely considered to be among the world's best golf courses. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook reflects on his experience playing there, describing what makes this layout special. read more ...


The King Robert the Bruce Course at Turnberry Feature Review

The King Robert the Bruce is the second course on offer at Turnberry, which in its own right is a true links test. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook explains why it should not be overlooked and is well worth the trip to play or to experience as part of an overnight stay and play package. read more ...


The Toughest Par 5s in England

Par 5s can be punishingly lengthy or intelligently strategic. There are long holes that are difficult for all standards of golfers, where escaping with a five should be considered a good result. We have studied the Golfshake Score Tracker to identify the 20 Toughest Par 5s in England.  read more ...


Dundonald Links Feature Review

Part of a magnificent coastline for golf in the west of Scotland, Dundonald Links is a modern Kyle Phillips design in Ayrshire that memorably hosted the 2017 Scottish Open. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook has experienced the venue for himself and describes what it has to offer. read more ...


10 Venues for the Perfect Golf Staycation

It can be easy to forget, but the UK has some of the most varied and interesting golf terrain in the world, as well as first class hospitality, which makes a golf holiday on these shores just as special as jetting abroad. If you’re seeking the perfect golf staycation, these are the destinations that Golfshake particularly recommends.       read more ...


The Best UK Golf Courses Never to Host a Major

Hosting a tournament of significance is a proud achievement for any golf course, but as any keen golfer knows, there are many quality venues that haven't welcomed a major championship to their fairways. Underlining the depth of British golf, we have identified some of the best throughout the country that have not played host to a major professional or amatuer event. read more ...


Discover Iconic Golf in Carnoustie Country

Headlined by the legendary Open Championship venue but home to over 30 links, parkland and heathland courses, the region known as Carnoustie Country is among Scotland's most exhilarating golf destinations, comprising historic and influential designs throughout the scenic counties of Angus, Perthshire and Fife read more ...


Why You Should Experience East Sussex National

Highly Recommended on Golfshake, East Sussex National is a hugely popular venue in the UK, easily accessible from London, known for its luxurious facilities, quality hospitality and outstanding pair of championship standard golf courses. read more ...


22-year-old Becomes Britain’s Youngest Golf Club Manager

It's a difficult time for graduates, but in the golf industry, 22-year-old Ben Slater has made a name for himself, becoming Britain’s youngest club manager, claiming a coveted position at Aberystwyth Golf Club just months after graduating from university. read more ...


The Springs Golf Club Feature Review

The Springs Golf Club in Oxfordshire was designed by Ryder Cup legend Brian Huggett and boasts rich variety and character. Having been renovated by Darwin Escapes, Golfshake Ambassador Richard Moore visited to discover what this picturesque venue has to offer golfers. read more ...


The Toughest Par 4s in England

Par 4s are the foundation of most golf courses and come in all shapes and sizes, but we wanted to find out what the toughest are in England. Studying data in the Golfshake Score Tracker, here are some of the most difficult, those holes that put a blemish on more cards than not. read more ...


10 Reasons to Stay & Play at Forest of Arden

Iconic European Tour venue, the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club is one of the best golf resorts near Birmingham, offering stern tests of golf set within 10,000 acres of scenic woodland. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon describes ten reasons why you should stay and play at the venue the next time you’re in the Midlands. read more ...


Dundonald Links Starts Work on New Luxury Clubhouse

2017 Scottish Open venue, Dundonald Links in Ayrshire has started work on a new luxury clubhouse and lodge accommodation, which is set to provide facilities that enhance the acclaimed Kyle Phillips designed golf course. read more ...


Are These the Most Birdied Opening Holes in the UK

The opening hole to a round can set the tone of the day. Establishing a positive start is a challenge, but there are some layouts that introduce golfers in a more relaxed fashion. We have studied the Golfshake Score Tracker to help identify some of the easiest 1st holes in the UK, picking out the most birdied in 2020. read more ...


The Experience of Playing Swinley Forest Golf Club

Situated near Ascot in Berkshire, Swinley Forest is widely considered to be be one of the finest layouts in England, designed by the legendary Harry Colt. Golfshake Ambassador Kevin Heggie describes the experience of playing there. read more ...


QHotels Group Reports Impact of UK Golf Boom

Much has been written about the golf boom in the UK since the game emerged from lockdown, something that has been underlined by the renowned resort operator, QHotels Group, which has witnessed a surge in new members and staggering increase in green fee revenue. read more ...


The Most Difficult Par 3s England

Most courses have that one tricky and memorable short hole, those alluring designs that are rife with danger. We wanted to discover the par 3s that give our golfers nightmares, and the only way to find them was to delve into the Golfshake Score Tracker, uncovering some of the toughest in England. read more ...


Royal Norwich Golf Club Feature Review

Created by Ross McMurray of European Golf Design, the new Royal Norwich opened its doors in September 2019 following significant investment and years of detailed planning. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook had the good fortune of visiting the venue, playing the course, and capturing his thoughts in this feature review. read more ...


Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club - Arden Course Feature Review

Acclaimed European Tour venue, Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club is home to a pair of excellent courses, most notably the championship standard Arden. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies experienced this iconic layout for himself and shares his thoughts in this new feature review. read more ...


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