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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 ...


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 ...


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 Most Played & Most Reviewed Golf Courses in 2020

Here at Golfshake we enjoy compiling a variety of golf course lists and recommendation features from the data derived from our leading online golf course directory and review system.  Here we take a slightly different look at the Golfshake data and identifiy the most popular courses in terms of those played and those reviewed in 2020. read more ...


How To Make The Most Of Your Time At The Driving Range

We all feel that we should spend time at the driving range. But we are all guilty of heading down to the range, buying a bucket or two of balls and indulging in aimlessly pounding them into submission. Here, we look at some drills you might want to consider to make your next range session more effective. 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 ...


What Makes Driving Ranges Essential

Tens of thousands of us will soon be heading back to the driving range, with 63% of golfers intending to visit one this winter. But what makes them so popular and important? We look at the numbers and asked several golf professionals to explain why these facilities are essential for the game, particularly for new players. 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 ...


English Golfers Get Set For Return of Golf

Golfers throughout England will rejoice at the news that the game will resume following this month's national lockdown. But just how excited are golfers by the prospect of getting back out and playing? On Golfshake, 1,600 golfers responded to our recent Winter Survey, and we discovered their thoughts on the sport resuming. 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 ...


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 ...


Why Autumn is the Best Time of Year to Play Golf

Many keen golfers realise that the best kept secret in golf is that the autumn is an underrated time of the year. Whether it be the magical colours, those crisp morning conditions, or the more relaxed pace, it may even be the finest season to play. We asked the Golfshake Ambassadors to share their thoughts on playing golf during autumn. 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 ...


English Golfers Search For Tee Times in Record Numbers

Golf courses in England reopened last Wednesday, unsurprisingly seeing a huge demand for tee times, but that unprecedented rush has now been illustrated by statistics from GOLFNOW, which show that the appetite for golf has been left undiminished by the shutdown. read more ...


Communication is Key as Golf Clubs Launch Fundraising Efforts

Already struggling before the present crisis, several golf clubs, including a handful in Ireland, have closed their doors for the last time, while in the face of economic worries, other venues across the British Isles have launched fundraising efforts to ensure their survival going forward. But as Derek Clements notes, effective communication is vital in the future. read more ...


Strange Course Locations - Golf on the Island

You can find golf courses in the unlikeliest of places, including volcanoes, airports and prisons. Within the UK, locations are less dramatic, but King James VI Golf Club is one that stands unique, situated on an inland river island that cannot be accessed by car. Golfshake's Kieran Clark explains more about this unusual setup. 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 ...



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