Tag: Courses

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 ...


Farewell Old Friend, Hope to See You Again Soon

For a second time this year, golf courses in England will close in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, this occasion for at least one month. Golfshake's Derek Clements played one last round before the enforced sabbatical and describes his thoughts on what this all means for golfers as we move into winter. read more ...


Cumberwell Park Stay & Play Review

Cumberwell Park in Wiltshire is a modern venue that boasts 45 holes, split between four loops of nine and an excellent par 3 course. Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the opportunity to experience this Highly Recommended destination and shares his thoughts on what visitors can expect. read more ...


Hayling Golf Club Feature Review

Author Simon Hawkins was joined by two Ryder Cup players - Peter Dawson and Steve Richardson - to review the acclaimed Hayling Golf Club in Hampshire. Simon describes the venue, the course, and sums up what was a wonderful day on the links. read more ...


25 Must Play Golf Courses This Winter

Playing golf during these darker months isn't for everyone, but for the best winter golf experience, you need to know where to play. We pick out 25 Must Play Golf Courses, all of which are suitable for the time of year and come Highly Recommended on Golfshake. read more ...


There Is Still an Appetite for Golf To Continue at Cleeve Hill

The potential closure of the historic Cleeve Hill inspired a significant reaction across the golf community, and now, as Andrew Picken explains, there are reasons to be optimistic, with there being a welcome rethink and the strong possibility that the venue will remain an accessible pay and play course. read more ...


Heacham Manor Stay & Play Review

Heacham Manor has quietly established itself as a golf haven since its inception ten years ago. The family owned venue has continued to make significant investments to the golf course, accommodation and an incredible new clubhouse facility. Golfshake dispatched Ambassador Rob Treanor to get an early look at the new setup. read more ...


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 ...


The Manor House Stay & Play Review

The Manor House Golf Club is a beautiful and classic parkland course set deep in the Cotswold Valleys offering stunning views, but what sets this venue apart is the accommodation and cuisine on offer. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken describes the experience of staying and playing there. 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 ...