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50 Golf Courses to Play This Summer Under £50

Following months of lockdown, we're looking forward to make up for lost time on the golf course this summer. But where are you going to play? We all want to visit more courses without breaking the bank. Analysing reviews submitted by the Golfshake Community, we have identified courses for your list to experience, all of which have green fees no higher than £50. read more ...


Early Mornings at The Old Course

The historic town of St Andrews is widely known as the spiritual home of golf, but many won't have realised just how alive the Old Course is at sunrise. From the queues of golfers hoping to play, the tourists seeking a photo opportunity, and the squad of greenkeepers working hard, it's a buzzing hub of activity. Golfshake's Kieran Clark wanted to see this spectacle for himself, discovering the magic of early mornings at the Old Course. read more ...


5 Must Play Bucket List Golf Courses in the UK

During the shutdown period, many of us spent a reflective time imagining the future, considering the places that we most want to experience once a sense of normality returns. We asked Golfshake Ambassadors to identify their Top 5 Bucket List Golf Courses in the UK, looking for the courses that they haven't yet played, but sincerely hope to do so. read more ...


Golf to Resume in Scotland From May 29

Since March 23, the iconic courses of the Home of Golf have lain dormant, but two months on, the ancient game has finally been given the green light to resume in Scotland. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had outlined the Scottish Government's phased route from lockdown, beginning next week, part of which saw a relaxation on physical activities, golf included among them.  read more ...


Troubled Times for Scottish Golf at a Time When Unity is Needed

These are uncertain times for the governing body in the nation that gave birth to the modern game, as Scottish Golf has seen its third chief executive depart in four years, with significant financial challenges leading to difficult decisions for an organisation that is battling to restore its reputation. 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 ...


Brora Seeks Support of International Golf Community In Coronavirus Fight

Faced with financial anxiety, Brora Golf Club, the renowned Scottish Highland links, is seeking the support of its international community to help safeguard its future during the Coronavirus crisis. read more ...


Is It Time To Bring Back Honesty Boxes?

When did you last play a course that had a honesty box? Golfshake's Kieran Clark reflects on this traditional system of honour that is still widely seen across many golf courses in rural Scotland, where rather than having a professional or member of staff to welcome you, a sign will encourage visiting golfers to deposit their green fee through a latch or directly into a box. read more ...


Top Stay & Play Venues on Golfshake

Golfshake recently unveiled 100 Must Play Golf Courses in 2020, but which of these acclaimed venues can you also stay at? We have searched through our travel partner Golfbreaks.com to identify those Highly Recommended courses that have notable hotel options attached. read more ...


20 of the Most Popular Courses to Play in 2020

When you are looking for new courses to play, you may want to hear what other golfers had to say about the venue. We wanted to highlight the most popular courses on Golfshake, those that drew more reviews than any other in 2019, charting a path for you to follow this season. read more ...


20 of the Best Courses for Practice Facilities in 2020

Golfers love spending time working on their games in the pursuit of improvement, but you need the requisite space to get the most from practicing. Many clubs and venues have invested heavily in enhancing the infrastructure of their property, delivering more appealing practice facilities to both members and visitors.  read more ...


20 of the Best Courses for Facilities in 2020

Golf clubs pride themselves on more than just the quality of their course, but also the facilities that members and visitors can enjoy at the venue. To help you discover standouts across the UK, we saw which destinations the Golfshake Community rated highly. read more ...


20 of the Best Value for Money Courses in 2020

Everyone loves a bargain and golfers are no exception. Finding great value isn't necessarily about the courses that are the least expensive, but also those that deliver a memorable experience for the cost. Rated by the Golfshake Community, we reveal 20 of the Best Value for Money Courses. read more ...


20 of the Best Courses for Pace of Play in 2020

The majority of golfers want to get round in a comfortable, consistent pace, rather than finding themselves stuck waiting for lengthy periods on tees. But where should you go to ensure that experience? We revealed which courses the Golfshake Community have reviewed most positively for their Pace of Play. read more ...


Glasgow Course Closures Confirmed - And the List Keeps Growing

Glasgow City Council has passed a budget that will likely result in the closure of five of the six municipal courses within the city, a blow to golfers, but one that raises fears that future closures will be imminent in other parts of Scotland and the UK. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer inspection at the potential impact. read more ...


20 Courses to Play in 2020 in Scotland

Scotland is the spiritual Home of Golf and is blessed with over 500 courses, ranging from the archetypal classic links to picturesque parklands and tree-lined heathery layouts. You could spend a satisfying lifetime ticking each of them off, but to help you pick out just some of the very best places to experience, we have delved into the Golfshake Course Section. read more ...


20 of the Best Courses for Food & Drink in 2020

When the Golfshake Community reviews courses they have played in the Golfshake Course Section, Food & Drink is one of the key categories that are rated, showcasing the best venues for enjoying lunch or dinner after your round. read more ...


Potential Closure of Glasgow Municipal Courses is Devastating

Five of Glasgow's six municipal golf courses are facing potential closure, with a Council decision imminent. Golfshake's Derek Clements was born in the city and grew up playing these public layouts, and he describes the devastating impact that losing them could have on the wider community. read more ...


20 of the Best Courses for Hospitality in 2020

Venues aim to deliver a quality experience alongside their course. The layout and its conditioning will always be the main attraction, but something you take away from visiting a new place was the welcome and hospitality that you received. If you want to visit somewhere where excellent service can be assured, here are 20 of the Best Courses for Hospitality in 2020. read more ...


20 of the Best Course Layouts to Play in 2020

When searching for new courses to play, you want to hear what your fellow golfers have to say. Looking specifically at the challenge and architectural quality of courses, here are 20 of the Best Course Layouts to Play in 2020, as rated by the Golfshake Community. read more ...


2019 Golfshake Golf Course Awards

The Golfshake Course Section is home to over 250,000 independent golf course reviews. We have compiled each of the reviews from last year to reveal our 'Golfshake Golf Course Awards' to recognise those venues that had a successful season when it came to connecting with our Members. read more ...


50 of the Best UK Courses to Play in 2020

2020 is significant for not only being a new year, but the beginning of a fresh decade. To help you find new courses to experience in the Twenties, we bring together 50 of the Best UK Feature Reviews on Golfshake, all published during the past season. read more ...


The Old Course at St Andrews in Reverse

Scotland has a "new" golf course - sort of - but only for 48 hours. Celebrating St Andrew's Day, the legendary Old Course at St Andrews is being played in reverse for two days, transporting those lucky golfers who secured a tee time back centuries to an earlier era in the development of the venerable Fife links. read more ...


Golf Courses to Play in Scotland in 2020

Begin the new decade in style by playing somewhere for the first time. Scotland is the spiritual Home of Golf and boasts a wide range of courses, a strength celebrated within this feature, sharing courses that have been rated highly by the Golfshake Community. read more ...


The 50 Best Golf Courses to Play in Winter

Playing golf in winter can be a chore if the weather is bad and underfoot conditions sodden, but when you're lucky enough to be playing at the right place on a fine, crisp day, there can be much to savour throughout this time of year. Here are the 50 Best Golf Courses to Play in Winter! read more ...


Most Improved Golf Courses in 2019

Which courses have enjoyed a successful year of positive reviews? We have identified venues that saw a hugely significant improvement in their rating on Golfshake in 2019 compared with the previous year. read more ...


50 Great Value Golf Courses to Play in 2020

Finding somewhere to play that delivers a great experience for a reasonable price is what golfers cherish most of all, so we have analysed reviews submitted on Golfshake this year to discover the Top 50 Rated Value for Money Courses for you to tick off during 2020 and beyond. read more ...


100 Must Play Golf Courses in 2020

Get ready for the new decade! Taken from the past three years, we have looked at venues rated highly for their Course Layout, Course Condition, Value for Money and Club Facilities to identify 100 Must Play Golf Courses for 2020 and beyond. read more ...


The 50 Best Reviewed Golf Courses in 2019

What is the best venue that you visited this year? Thousands of golfers reviewed courses they played on Golfshake in 2019. We have picked out the most consistently highly regarded from the past season, positively rated across a wide range of categories. read more ...


Most Popularly Reviewed Golf Courses in 2019

Online reviews have become increasingly relevant in the golf industry. We have studied ratings left on Golfshake this year to identify the most popular venues, which received more ratings from golfers than any other this past season. read more ...


Archerfield Dirleton Course Feature Review

The stunning Archerfield Links is a Highly Recommended venue on Golfshake and boasts two acclaimed golf courses. Ambassador Rob Treanor played the Dirleton and shares his thoughts on the layout. read more ...


The Best Golf Course You Have Played

What is the best golf course that you have played? It's a classic conversation starter in the clubhouse. For a bit of fun, we asked the Golfshake Ambassadors & Staff to share their favourites, with an explanation for why. See if you agree with their picks. read more ...


Kingsbarns Golf Links Feature Review

Each year during the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Kingsbarns is showcased on the main stage. This modern links is visually spectacular and is renowned for its design. But what is it like to play? Alex Picken describes his experience. read more ...


Discover the Magic of Golf in Perthshire

Located in the heart of Scotland, the tranquil and beautiful landscape of Perthshire is home to many of the most scenic, enjoyable, and affordable courses in Britain. We take a closer look at what you can experience in this magnificent part of the world. read more ...


Golfshake Podcast #44: Ed Hodge, Gleneagles, Golf in Perthshire

Author Ed Hodge joins Kieran Clark on the new Golfshake Podcast to take a closer look at the rich history behind Gleneagles, the venue of the 2019 Solheim Cup, in addition to reflecting on what the region of Perthshire can offer golfers. read more ...


Gullane No 1 Feature Review

Gullane Golf Club is a jewel in East Lothian, Scotland's Golf Coast. The No 1 Course is regarded as being one of the finest in the nation, so it was a thrill for Golfshake Ambassador Rob Treanor to experience this revered layout. read more ...


Golfshake Podcast #43: Carnoustie Golf Links, Playing Championship Course

The Golfshake Podcast returns with Kieran Clark joined by Andy Picken reflect on the revered Carnoustie Golf Links, sharing their experiences of the Championship Course, the impressively modern facilities, and what this legendary venue represents.  read more ...


6 Reasons to Play Golf at Fairmont St Andrews

Located just a couple of miles from the historic town of St Andrews, the Fairmont is a popular gateway to experiencing this iconic corner of Scotland. We take a look at just some reasons why this hotel is special and how it may be the resort that you have been looking for. read more ...


Crieff Golf Club Feature Review

Perthshire's Crieff Golf Club is a Highly Recommended, parkland venue that is situated within beautiful and tranquil surrounds, enjoying views across stunning valleys and the Highlands beyond. Golfshake Ambassador Rob Treanor had the chance to experience this inland gem in Scotland. read more ...


The Quiet Resurgence of Scottish Golfers on Tour

Ireland continues to unearth major champions and England boasts its most impressive group of players in a generation, but Scottish golfers are making a quietly resurgent progression through the game. Golfshake's Kieran Clark looks at the growing strength of players from the Home of Golf. read more ...


Luffness New Golf Club Feature Review

Luffness New is a traditional links course in East Lothian, home to a club that prides itself on respecting the history of the game. Golfshake Ambassador Rob Treanor had the opportunity to visit and shares his thoughts on the experience. read more ...


My Own Dunhill Links Story

Golfshake's Alex Picken charts his journey from being a teenager inspired to drive up his interest in golf by attending the Dunhill Links, to returning to Scotland years later to play at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, fulfilling those dreams. read more ...


6 Reasons to Play Golf at Carnoustie

Known for hosting the Open Championship eight times, that status only scratches the surface at Carnoustie Golf Links, a destination that should be on the list for everyone seeking a memorable and rewarding experience. Here are just some reasons why. read more ...


The Best Golf Experiences in the UK

In the 2019 Golfshake Course Survey, we asked for your feedback to identify the Best Golf Experiences in the UK, with hundreds of golfers sharing their favourites. Will Trinkwon has taken a closer look at the most popular responses. read more ...


Archerfield Links Fidra Course Feature Review

The stunning Archerfield Links in East Lothian comes Highly Recommended on Golfshake. Ambassador Rob Treanor went to experience this venue and shares his thoughts on the experience of playing there. read more ...


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