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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 Shire London Feature Review

The Shire London is renowned for being solely designed by the legendary Seve Ballesteros, located in Barnet, a course that is only rising in stature as it matures. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook took the opportunity to experience it for himself and shares his thoughts in this new Feature Review. read more ...


Take a Golf Staycation to the Lake District

Following the reopening of Linthwaite House, it's a great time to experience the Lake District, discovering its fresh air and vast open spaces. There is an added bonus for golfers too, with the hotel having joined forces with nearby Windermere Golf Club to offer a ‘Golfing in the Lakes’ package. 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 ...


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 ...


10 Reasons to Stay & Play at Close House

Host of the 2020 British Masters, Close House is a hugely popular and acclaimed venue in the North East of England, featuring two superb courses, the Colt and Fily, alongside stunning accommodation. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon explains why this is an essential destination for a stay and play golf break. 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 ...



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