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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 ...


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 ...


When is Golf Coming Back - How Things Stand

Courses and ranges remain closed throughout most of the UK, but we take a look at where things stand at the moment, what the governing bodies are doing, and when announcements could be made about the possible resumption of everyday life (and golf) as we once knew it. 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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...



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