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How To Get Ready For The New Golf Season

It has undoubtedly been a long and challenging winter for everyone, but we're all looking forward to what this spring could offer, with golfers in England now having a cherished date to embrace. Wherever you are, it's time to start thinking about the new season and just how you are going to make the most of the opportunity. read more ...


25 Must Play Golf Courses This Spring

Following a long and dark winter of uncertainty, everyone is looking forward to better times ahead, with a late spring bonanza expected for golf. But now we can look ahead with some degree of optimism, where are you going to play? Showcasing venues that come Highly Recommended on Golfshake, we have studied ratings submitted in the months of March, April and May, highlighting those courses that came acclaimed for their condition at this time of year. read more ...


England Golf Expresses Disappointment at Reopening Date

Now we know that, in England, after months of waiting, we can all play golf again from Monday, March 29, but that news wasn't greeted by universal joy, with golfers and England Golf themselves expressing disappointment that the reopening wasn't sooner. read more ...


Golf Confirmed to Return in England on 29 March

It's going to be a slowly progresive journey back to something like normal, but for golfers in England, they will take a significant step forward on the 29th March, when courses are to set to re-open across the nation as revealed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown. read more ...


View From The Fairway - Waiting Lists at Golf Clubs Have Doubled

Revealing his latest View From The Fairway, Golfshake's Derek Clements expresses comment on the news that waiting lists have doubled at UK golf clubs, that Rory McIlroy now holds a prominent chairman role on tour, and Francesco Molinari shows that even the best can sometimes hit shots like the rest of us. read more ...


21 Highly Recommended English Golf Courses to Play in 2021

Golfers throughout England are keenly awaiting the game's return, but where are you going to crown the resumption of play? We have brought together venues that all boasted a PERFECT 100% Highly Recommended rating on Golfshake last year, meaning that reviewing golfers would either return to play again or suggest the destination to a friend. read more ...


Golf Industry Looks to the Future Despite Shutdown

As we wait for news from the Government about when courses in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland are likely to be allowed to open again, the golf industry has been looking ahead to the future, with courses being saved and initiatives being launched to grow the game. read more ...


2020 Golfshake Golf Course Awards

As regular visitors to the Golfshake Course Section will know, venues are rated across a wide variety of criteria, encompassing the course itself, the hospitality offered, and facilities available. It's only right that we recognise the outstanding venues for each of those categories, as chosen by everyday golfers. read more ...


Will the Golf Boom Be Replicated in 2021

Last year was an extraordinary one for club golf. With courses closed for months it would be fair to assume that the picture was a bleak one, but precisely the opposite happened. But can that enthusiasm be replicated in 2021? It's a unique challenge and innovative thinking will be required to keep the numbers up. read more ...


Must Play Scottish Golf Courses in 2021

From Open Championship venues to modern masterpieces and stunning resort layouts, Scotland has a remarkable depth of must-play golf courses, with the overwhelming majority of them being accessible and within reach of any golfer from inside the nation or beyond it. read more ...


Great Value Golf Courses to Play in Scotland

When playing golf in Scotland, everyone naturally dreams about the legendary destinations of St Andrews, Carnoustie or Troon, but beyond those iconic names, there are many less expensive and great value for money delights waiting to be discovered by the golfer travelling from near or afar. read more ...


Snow Turns Scottish Golf Courses Into Winter Wonderland

Wintry conditions have struck the United Kingdom in recent days, bringing low temperatures and significant snowfall, but the picturesque impact of this icy blast is perhaps best showcased in Scotland, where golf courses have gratefully remained open in recent months in the face of restrictions to combat the pandemic. read more ...


Special Summer Fourball Rate at Acclaimed Nairn Golf Club

Highly Recommended on Golfshake, The Nairn Golf Club is offering keen UK golfers searching for a memorable experience the chance to book a great value round on the renovated Championship Course. read more ...


Things That Golfers Collect

Obsessive by nature, golfers are predisposed towards hoarding, often making for redoubtable collectors, and one area that is becoming increasingly popular (and lucrative for the venues) concerns mementos from golf courses. Clubs and resorts make a wide variety of merchandise available to members and visitors, whether it be scorecards, course guides, tees, logo balls, apparel, ball markers, and golfers just can't get enough of them! read more ...


Dundonald Links Golf Resort Project Receives Environmental Award

The ambitious project that is transforming Dundonald Links has received a ‘Good Practice Award’ from the VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards 2020. This recognises the collaborative working between Dundonald Links and main contractor Thomas Johnstone Ltd on the environmental sustainability approach to the development. read more ...


Historic Cleeve Hill Golf Club SAVED From Closure

Historic Cleeve Hill in the Cotswolds, a unique golf course that was designed by Old Tom Morris and later enhanced by Dr Alister MacKenzie, was threatened with potential closure last year, but The Cotswold Hub Co, in partnership with MASHIE Golf, has taken on a 125-year lease to allow the Club to remain open. read more ...


Are These The Best Halfway Houses in Golf

Whether you need warmed up on a cold winter morning or cooled down on a hot afternoon in summer, halfway houses on golf courses can be just the ticket for those needing refreshment. Here we look at a selection of the best you can experience throughout the UK. read more ...


Could These Be Golf Courses To Play in 2021

Start planning and aspiring. We have identified golf courses that have been Highly Recommended by the Golfshake Community, that are affordable to play, and that deliver an unforgettable experience that will leave you wanting to return for more. From Brora and Machrihanish Dunes in Scotland, to Cavendish and Enville in the heartlands of England, there should be something for everyone in 2021. read more ...


Golf Courses to Play That You May Not Know

There are many golf courses dotted across the country that do not have the wider name recognition, but which do offer a memorable experience, particularly one that offers considerably better value for money than can be enjoyed elsewhere. We have decided to redefine 'Hidden Gem' and present something a little fresh for your consideration. These may not be genuinely hidden, but they are undoubtedly gems. read more ...


Are Hidden Gems a Thing of the Past

Many a golf course has been described as a 'Hidden Gem', but in the age of social media, can there really be such a thing? Golfshake's Derek Clements believes it's time to retire that overused cliche, declaring that it needs to be redefined. What can be considered a true gem today? Derek attempts to identify the criteria. read more ...


An Alternative Look At MUST Play Venues

In this digital age, there may no longer be any true hidden gems in golf, but Golfshake's Derek Clements has identified courses that really ought to be on your wish list beyond the biggest, most legendary names - courses that will leave you wanting to go back for more. read more ...


Where to Travel for Golf in 2021

The pandemic has disrupted our lives in numerous aspects, and one area that has been clearly impacted is travel, with many a golf break postponed or cancelled in the face of restrictions. However, keen golfers are looking ahead to better days and have shown their enthusiasm to embark on breaks, at home or abroad. For those considering a golf holiday - whether it be this year or in the future - here are some recommended hotspots to consider. read more ...


Thousands of Golfers Target Post-Lockdown Play at QHotels

We have been living through nearly a full year of uncertainty, likely with more to come, but despite that many golfers are looking forward with optimism and planning ahead after it was revealed by the QHotels Group that 25,000 people had already booked to stay at its family of golf resorts in 2021. read more ...


View From The Fairway - PGA of America Distances Itself From Trump

Back for 2021, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his View From The Fairway, in which he reflects on the latest lockdown and the impact on golfers, and the news that the PGA of America has distanced itself away from President Donald Trump. read more ...


Must Play Bucket List Golf Courses to Experience in 2021

Every golfer has that list of courses that they would LOVE to play the most. Whether it be a legendary championship venue, a scenic paradise abroad, or somewhere under the radar with a personal connection, golfers are dreamers by nature, and fortunately in this great game, many wishes can become a reality. But what should be on your proverbial bucket list for this year and beyond? We surveyed regular golfers to identify some majestic layouts to experience. read more ...


The Golf Lover's Guide to England Book Review

Following his Guide to Scotland, author Michael Whitehead has returned with The Golf Lover's Guide to England, offering everything you could want to know about the nation's finest courses. Will Trinkwon has reviewed the book for us and shares his thoughts. read more ...


What New Lockdowns Mean For Your Golf

It was inevitable that further coronavirus restrictions would be established at the beginning of the New Year, many of them once again impacting the golf industry. Golf courses are presently closed across England, Wales and the Island of Ireland, but they do remain open in Scotland. We take a look at where things stand in each corner of the British Isles. read more ...


Eyewitness to The Death of a Golf Club

Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken has been chronicling the rich history behind Allestree Park, which was originally designed by revered architect Harry Colt. Facing potential closure - while the course may yet have a future, the golf club attached to the venue is closing its final chapter. Andy had the opportunity to enjoy a socially distanced visit and appreciate stories of a treasured past. read more ...


The 54 Toughest Golf Holes of 2020

The Golfshake Score Tracker was busier than ever before in 2020, with thousands of golfers tracking their scores in record numbers. Consequently, we have a vast database of stats to reflect upon from the past season, including discovering some true card-wreckers across the United Kingdom and Ireland. From the iconic 18th at The Belfry to Auchmill Golf Club in Aberdeenshire, we have identified 54 of the Toughest Golf Holes of 2020!  read more ...


36 of the Best Golf Courses to Play in 2021

It's been a hugely challenging period for everyone and we're all looking for a glimmer of light at the end of a bumpy road in 2021. But where should you play in the coming year? We wanted to point you in the direction of venues that were showcased in great detail throughout the past 12 months. The Golfshake Ambassadors were on their travels, experiencing stunning layouts and reviewing them for us. It's here we bring that commentary together into one piece - 36 of the Best Golf Courses to Play in 2021! read more ...


Gil Hanse Designs Stunning New Course at Les Bordes in France

Highly respected architect Gil Hanse has completed a stunning design project that will soon be unveiled, creating the New Course at Les Bordes Golf Club, 90 minutes south of France. read more ...


Glimmer of Hope For Allestree Park Golf Course

Offering a glimmer of hope that a future can be found for the Harry Colt designed Allestree Park in Derby, the City Council has revealed that the course will remain in a playable state beyond the scheduled closure date on 31 December, giving potential buyers an opportunity to make a constructive bid. read more ...


Golf Boom Should Not Overshadow Course Closures

There has been an unprecedented surge in golf participation numbers in 2020 despite the devastating impact of Covid-19, with as many as 100,000 men, women and children either taking up or returning to the game this year, but Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that we shouldn't forget about the courses that have closed despite the boom. read more ...


A Bitingly Bitter Day at Allestree Park

Golfshake's Andy Picken continues his ongoing story at Allestree Park, which faces closure, visiting the venue and charting former holes designed by the great Harry Colt, while also being stunned by just how busy the course was despte challenging weather conditions. read more ...


10 Most Improved Golf Courses in The Midlands in 2020

The Midlands is a bustling hotbed for golfers and courses, packed with a wide variety of venues to choose from. But which Midlands courses did golfers enjoy the most in 2020? We discovered ten standout destinations that are ready for a positive 2021. read more ...


10 Most Improved Golf Courses in The South of England in 2020

Golfers across the South of England played in huge numbers season, but which courses did they enjoy the most? We have compared ratings between 2019 and 2020, identifying ten standout destinations that enjoyed a notable improved this year, underlining their status as genuine must plays throughout 2021. read more ...


Hidden in Plain Sight - Uncovering a Golf Treasure

Derbyshire's Allestree Park Golf Course faces closure and being lost to history. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken began his relationship with the game at this public venue and has investigated its fascinating past, which points to the layout being designed by the legendary architect Harry Colt. read more ...


Who Can Play Golf in the UK And Where

Golfers in England are set to return to their beloved golf courses. However, there are some differences to note between regions under the new tier system, with golfers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also facing contrasting restrictions as we enter the height of winter. Who can play golf and where? We take a closer look at how each of the nations stand. read more ...


What Can We Expect From Golf Courses in December

Seasoned golfers will have no great expectations about what they might find when their courses reopen after this latest lockdown ends. But those who returned to the game and/or took it up for the first time after the first lockdown ended might be disappointed - they shouldn’t be. Instead, we should all be thankful of the chance to go out and play again. read more ...


A Magical Links Experience in Scotland

With restrictions on international travel, Golfshake's Ryan Rastall and a group of friends decided to take an adventure up to the Home of Golf, Scotland, where they experienced Kingbarns, Carnoustie, Dumbarnie Links, and the Jubilee Course at St Andrews. Ryan's describes their journey, the courses played, and the memories forged. read more ...


20 Most Improved Golf Courses in England in 2020

It's been a year unlike any other we've experienced, but despite the impact of national lockdowns, golfers across England took full advantage of time they were given to play in massed numbers. But how did your favourite golf course fair in 2020? We have sought to identify England's biggest improvers, those which can boast a significant enhancement on their rating this year compared with 2019. read more ...


Allestree Park Golf Course to Close

On 16th November 2020, the Derby City Council announced formally that Allestree Park Golf Course will close by the end of the year and be returned to park land, after no viable business proposals were put forward to take over its running. read more ...


Discover Scotland's New Masterpiece - Dumbarnie Links

Designed by Clive Clark, Dumbarnie Links opened in May 2020 to great acclaim. Golfshake Equipment Expert, Ryan Rastall recently had the chance to visit Fife and experience the layout for himself. Describing the course and what you can expect, here are Ryan's thoughts on this stunning destination.  read more ...


New Partnership to Support Biodiversity at UK Golf Courses

The relationship between golf and the environment is a vital one, something that will be enhanced through the establishment of a formal partnership between the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association, the RSPB, and The R&A, which is destined to improve awareness and support for biodiversity conservation. read more ...


Predict the Masters Champion to Win a UK Golf Holiday

This year's most unique of Masters Tournaments will provide a welcome distraction from the anxieties of 2020, but looking ahead to better days, the QHotels Group is offering a striking competition to win a golf break for 16 people at any of its acclaimed resorts. read more ...



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