Tag: Courses

Worksop Golf Club Feature Review

Spiritual home to the likes of Lee Westwood and Mark Foster, Worksop Golf Club is situated on the outskirts of the town, on the boundary of the National Trust’s Clumber Park and Sherwood Forest. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken went to experience this Highly Recommended venue for himself and shares his thoughts. read more ...


50 Golf Courses to Play This Summer Under £50

Following months of lockdown, we're looking forward to make up for lost time on the golf course this summer. But where are you going to play? We all want to visit more courses without breaking the bank. Analysing reviews submitted by the Golfshake Community, we have identified courses for your list to experience, all of which have green fees no higher than £50. read more ...


Foxhills Golf Club - Bernard Hunt Course Feature Review

Surrey's Foxhills Country Club is home to two championship golf courses, the Bernard Hunt and Longcross. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook wanted to experience this acclaimed venue for himself, playing the Hunt Course. read more ...


The Abbey Hotel Golf Club Feature Review

The Abbey Hotel Golf Club is a popular venue for golf breaks and society days in the Midlands, having been enhanced through substantial investment. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies hadn't visited for years, so he decided to return and see what has changed. read more ...


Tyrrells Wood Golf Club Feature Review

Highly Recommended on Golfshake, Tyrrells Wood Golf Club is a James Braid layout in Surrey that is somewhat overshadowed by its more illustrious neighbours, but delivers a memorable experience for members and visitors alike. Matt Holbrook wanted to see it for himself. read more ...


Hill Barn Golf Club Feature Review

Hill Barn Golf Club is Highly Recommended on Golfshake and is considered to be among the finest courses in West Sussex, designed by Fred Hawtree, who created Royal Birkdale. With such a lofty reputation, Will Trinkwon wanted to experience this venue for himself. read more ...


Golf Breaks Return in England

Now that summer is here and many restrictions have been lifted, there are reasons to be optimistic about discovering a semblance of normality to our lives, including the return of golf breaks, with hotels opening their doors again, golfers are ready to experience venues throughout England with many attractive options available. read more ...


Little Aston Golf Club Feature Review

Little Aston is a highly regarded course in the Midlands, considered among the finest parkland layouts in England, having beend designed by the hands of Harry Vardon and Harry Colt. Golfshake Ambassador Kevin Heggie was thrilled by the prospect of playing here and he shares his thoughts in this feature review. read more ...


10 Golf Courses You Must Play in Hampshire

Hampshire is considered to be one of the finest counties for golf in England, boasting a rich variety, from immaculate parklands to classic links, but which are the best courses that you can experience? Golfshake's Will Trinkwon shares his favourites. read more ...


Brandon Wood Golf Course & Club Feature Review

Coventry's Brandon Wood enjoys a tranquil setting on the banks of the River Avon and is regarded as one of the finest municipal layouts around, but that status is set to be enhanced following an ambitious green renovation programme. Golfshake Ambassador Kevin Heggie went to experience this venue for himself. read more ...


10 Golf Courses You Must Play in Sussex

Noted for its variety of courses, excellent views and pleasant climate, Sussex is a wonderful place for golf, and Will Trinkwon celebrates what it has to offer by sharing ten of his favourite layouts, spanning heathland to parkland to links, which best showcase Sussex’s underappreciated charm. read more ...


Spain's Finca Cortesin Resort Reopens for Business

Spain's highly rated Finca Cortesin has reopened following the Coronavirus lockdown, providing golfers with the chance to experience one of Europe's most respected luxury venues. read more ...


Follow the Nicklaus Golf Trail in Murcia

Tucked away in the south-east of Spain is a paradise for golfers. The region of Murcia delivers a sun drenched and unforgettable experience for those who visit, including the stunning Mar Menor Golf Resort, which is proudly home to six Jack Nicklaus designed courses, known as the Nicklaus Golf Trail.  read more ...


Discover the UK Swing Venues

Reminiscent of the European Tour's formative days in the 1970s and 80s, the circuit will spend an extended period across the United Kingdom this summer courtesy of the newly unveiled 'UK Swing' of tournaments, showcasing several courses that haven't been seen on TV for years. We take a closer look at each of the venues you'll see this July and August. read more ...


Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club Feature Review

Nestled in the Warwickshire countryside between Coventry and Leamington Spa is Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club. Golfshake Ambassador Kevin Heggie regularly plays this course, which features the River Avon and many trees, and he describes the experience of this Highly Recommended layout. read more ...


5 Must Play Bucket List Golf Courses in the UK

During the shutdown period, many of us spent a reflective time imagining the future, considering the places that we most want to experience once a sense of normality returns. We asked Golfshake Ambassadors to identify their Top 5 Bucket List Golf Courses in the UK, looking for the courses that they haven't yet played, but sincerely hope to do so. read more ...


Golf Clubs Ensure Confidence With Safety Guidelines

Following the loosening of lockdown restrictions, golf clubs had a responsibility to deliver the game safely, introducing protocols and guidelines, providing confidence to their members and visitors. The Springs and Kilnwick Percy, both part of the Darwin Escapes group, are fine examples on the importance of communication, clarity and careful planning. read more ...


QHotels Venues Welcome Back Golfers

Since golf resumed across England, the UK's largest golf resort operator- Almarose Hotels & Resorts - which many will know for its management of QHotels and DoubleTree by Hilton venues, has seen a significant uptake in tee times from golfers returning to play the game in a safe environment. read more ...


West Midlands Golf Club Feature Review

Near Birmingham Airport sits West Midlands Golf Club, home to a course that opened in 2003, which provides affordable play with memorable holes and is popular with visitors and society groups. Golfshake Ambassador Kevin Heggie reviews this venue and describes the experience of being there. read more ...


Golf at The Belfry to Return in June

Four-time Ryder Cup venue The Belfry has confirmed that it intends to reopen its acclaimed Brabazon and PGA National courses for play on Monday 1st June, with bookings available to be made from 9am on Monday 25th May, news that will be welcomed by golfers in the Midlands. read more ...


Troubled Times for Scottish Golf at a Time When Unity is Needed

These are uncertain times for the governing body in the nation that gave birth to the modern game, as Scottish Golf has seen its third chief executive depart in four years, with significant financial challenges leading to difficult decisions for an organisation that is battling to restore its reputation. read more ...


Confusion in America Over Whether Courses Should Be Open for Business

We have seen the vast majority of golf courses across Europe closed during the pandemic, but the situation is a little more confused in the United States, where state by state differences muddying the waters somewhat. read more ...


An Open and Shut Case for Golf Courses Around the Globe

Some believe that there should be an easing of restrictions for club golfers in this country and for golf to be classed as part of our daily exercise routine, but for greater insight in that debate, Golfshake's Derek Clements takes an instructive look at what is happening at other parts of the world. read more ...


10 of the Best Golf Webcams

You could be feeling a little starved of golf at the moment, but fortunately, thanks to the wonders of technology, there are ways to keep engaged with the game. We have been searching around looking for examples of golf webcams, picking out ten of the best that you can enjoy now. read more ...


How Golf Courses Are Looking During Lockdown

Golf courses have been closed across the UK since nationwide lockdown procedures were introduced, a frustrating time for golfers, but essential maintenance is continuing to be carried out at venues across the country. Golfshake has reached out to discover what has been going on, and what condition golf courses are in at the moment. read more ...


Brora Seeks Support of International Golf Community In Coronavirus Fight

Faced with financial anxiety, Brora Golf Club, the renowned Scottish Highland links, is seeking the support of its international community to help safeguard its future during the Coronavirus crisis. read more ...


What Greenkeepers Are Doing To Maintain Courses While Closures Are In Place

During this extended break from playing golf, you may be wondering what greenkeepers are doing to maintain courses. The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA), following guidance unveiled by The R&A, has made it clear what work should be considered essential at courses throughout this current situation. read more ...


Track Your Golfing Journey on Where I Play Golf

If you're missing playing golf, why not spend time reflecting on the joy the game has given you and the courses that you have experienced. Golfshake's new Where I Play Golf service is the ideal tool for tracking your golfing journey and seeing how you compare to other golfers. read more ...


Is It Time To Bring Back Honesty Boxes?

When did you last play a course that had a honesty box? Golfshake's Kieran Clark reflects on this traditional system of honour that is still widely seen across many golf courses in rural Scotland, where rather than having a professional or member of staff to welcome you, a sign will encourage visiting golfers to deposit their green fee through a latch or directly into a box. read more ...


Courses Close Across Europe But UK Golf Remains Largely Open

Thousands of golf courses across Europe have closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but in the UK, the majority remain open, with the game continuing. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at some of the imaginative measures being introduced by venues across the country. read more ...


Top Stay & Play Venues on Golfshake

Golfshake recently unveiled 100 Must Play Golf Courses in 2020, but which of these acclaimed venues can you also stay at? We have searched through our travel partner Golfbreaks.com to identify those Highly Recommended courses that have notable hotel options attached. read more ...


Golf Innovation in the Face of Adversity

These are worrying, anxious times for us all. You may be concerned about minimising risk for yourself and playing partners on the golf course, but several clubs and their greenkeepers have introduced simple but effective solutions to help everyone play the game they love as safely as possible. read more ...


The Magnificent Lumine Golf & Beach Resort

Hosting the European Tour's captivating Qualifying School Finals since 2017, for many professional golfers, the stunning Lumine Golf and Beach Resort has been a site of contrasting joy, pain and relief, but for everybody else fortunate enough to step on the striking property, it's quite simply one of the most magnificent venues that you could experience. read more ...


Experience the Spectacular Magic of Praia D'El Rey

Portugal is blessed with many revered destinations for golfers, but none are more spectacular than Praia D’El Rey, which is simply magical. Situated 50 miles to the north of the stunning capital city of Lisbon, this wonderful venue boasts two 18-hole courses that rank among the finest in Europe. read more ...


Close House Introduces Country Membership Initiative

The British Masters is returning to Close House later this year, but through the introduction of Country Membership, golfers have the opportunity to experience this acclaimed venue for themselves on a regular basis. read more ...


20 of the Most Popular Courses to Play in 2020

When you are looking for new courses to play, you may want to hear what other golfers had to say about the venue. We wanted to highlight the most popular courses on Golfshake, those that drew more reviews than any other in 2019, charting a path for you to follow this season. read more ...


20 of the Best Courses for Practice Facilities in 2020

Golfers love spending time working on their games in the pursuit of improvement, but you need the requisite space to get the most from practicing. Many clubs and venues have invested heavily in enhancing the infrastructure of their property, delivering more appealing practice facilities to both members and visitors.  read more ...


20 of the Best Courses for Facilities in 2020

Golf clubs pride themselves on more than just the quality of their course, but also the facilities that members and visitors can enjoy at the venue. To help you discover standouts across the UK, we saw which destinations the Golfshake Community rated highly. read more ...


20 of the Best Value for Money Courses in 2020

Everyone loves a bargain and golfers are no exception. Finding great value isn't necessarily about the courses that are the least expensive, but also those that deliver a memorable experience for the cost. Rated by the Golfshake Community, we reveal 20 of the Best Value for Money Courses. read more ...


20 Courses to Play in 2020 in the South

The South of England is a vast region, geographically diverse with a considerable population. Naturally, it has many golf courses to go with them. Where are you playing this season? Why not follow in the footsteps of the Golfshake Community and expereince venues that they have Highly Recommended. read more ...


20 of the Best Courses for Pace of Play in 2020

The majority of golfers want to get round in a comfortable, consistent pace, rather than finding themselves stuck waiting for lengthy periods on tees. But where should you go to ensure that experience? We revealed which courses the Golfshake Community have reviewed most positively for their Pace of Play. read more ...


20 of the Best Courses for Condition in 2020

Golfers value the condition of a course more than any other quality, but what are the standouts across the country? Studying the Golfshake Course Section, we have discovered which venues the Golfshake Community rated most highly for their Condition in 2019. read more ...


You Could Experience The Masters in 2020

Walking around Augusta National and sampling the unique atmosphere of The Masters is something that most golfers would place on their bucket lists, but with this year's event only weeks away, you may think that it's time too late, however, Golfbreaks.com still has a series of packages available if you want to transform a dream into a reality. read more ...


Glasgow Course Closures Confirmed - And the List Keeps Growing

Glasgow City Council has passed a budget that will likely result in the closure of five of the six municipal courses within the city, a blow to golfers, but one that raises fears that future closures will be imminent in other parts of Scotland and the UK. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer inspection at the potential impact. read more ...


20 Courses to Play in 2020 in Scotland

Scotland is the spiritual Home of Golf and is blessed with over 500 courses, ranging from the archetypal classic links to picturesque parklands and tree-lined heathery layouts. You could spend a satisfying lifetime ticking each of them off, but to help you pick out just some of the very best places to experience, we have delved into the Golfshake Course Section. read more ...


Barriere

Tour Player Driver Tips Series