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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Celebrating a Century of Tournament Golf at Gleneagles

The recent announcement that Perthshire's legendary Gleneagles Hotel is set to host the Senior Open in 2022 continues a story that spans a century of tournament golf being held at the famed Scottish resort. 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 ...


Paul Lawrie & Catriona Matthew to Help Develop Future Scottish Champions

Scotland's two most recent major champions, Paul Lawrie and Catriona Matthew, are to lend their support to deliver future generations of Scottish winners as part of a mentoring programme for the country's most exciting young talent. read more ...


Gullane Opens New Short Game Facility as Part of Exciting Plans

The renowned Gullane Golf Club is set to further enhance its reputation after the opening of a stunning new short game facility, and unveiling plans for the development of a striking Visitors' Clubhouse. 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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Discover Iconic Golf in Carnoustie Country

Headlined by the legendary Open Championship venue but home to over 30 links, parkland and heathland courses, the region known as Carnoustie Country is among Scotland's most exhilarating golf destinations, comprising historic and influential designs throughout the scenic counties of Angus, Perthshire and Fife read more ...


New Twilight Packages Launched at Turnberry

Iconic Open Championship venue Turnberry features on the 'bucket list' of many a keen golfer, but now thanks to the resort's new Twilight Golf packages, this could be an ideal time to fulfill that dream and walk in the footsteps of legends. read more ...


Gleneagles Reveals Special August and September Golf Deal

Legendary Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup venue in the heart of Scotland, Gleneagles has revealed a special welcome back stay-and-play package for golfers, designed to inspire visitors to experience this magical destination for themselves. read more ...


Turnberry Reveals New Legendary Golf Packages

Launching a new 'Legendary Golf' series of packages, the iconic Turnberry Resort is welcoming golfers to experience its facilities and two courses, including the famous Ailsa, with one night’s bed-and-breakfast including two rounds of golf available from £398 per person. read more ...


Looking for the Next Generation of Scottish Winners

From the likes of Old Tom Morris to Willie Anderson, Bernard Gallacher, Sam Torrance, Sandy Lyle, Catriona Matthew, Paul Lawrie and Colin Montgomerie, Scottish golfers have played a starring role in golf, but in recent times, that production line has slowed. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at where the next champion could emerge from. read more ...


Dundonald Links Starts Work on New Luxury Clubhouse

2017 Scottish Open venue, Dundonald Links in Ayrshire has started work on a new luxury clubhouse and lodge accommodation, which is set to provide facilities that enhance the acclaimed Kyle Phillips designed golf course. read more ...


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 ...



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