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The Top Rated Golf Courses That You Should Play in 2023

Just which golf courses should be on your list to play this year? We surveyed the Golfshake Community to ask them what was the best they played last season. The majority of these are definitely considered to be of the bucket list variety, so why not choose one of them to make your 2023 on the fairways truly unforgettable! read more ...


The Springs Resort Unveils New Stay And Play Golf Packages

Oxfordshire's The Springs Resort & Golf Club is celebrating the completion of a multi-million-pound investment by revealing stay and play packages ahead of the new season. read more ...


The Best Place to Play Golf in Wales

Wales is a hugely underrated part of the UK for golf, featuring many incredible links courses, tranquil resorts and scenic parklands to be discovered and explored. Introducing you to the best of golf in Wales, the Golfshake Course Section is home to over 300,000 independent reviews submitted by everyday golfers, which offers a unique and valuable insight. read more ...


18 Golf Courses That Offer Perfect Winter Drainage

Those of us who play golf in the UK accept that we often have to contend with the elements, particularly during winter, a period of the year that can render some of our most beloved layouts unplayable. But not all of them. Studying responses into the recent Golfshake Survey, we isolated those comments that praised certain venues for their drainage. read more ...


Where You Should Visit to Play Golf in 2023 - The Best Locations

Golfers in the UK & Ireland don't have a shortage of choices, gratefully, with each corner of these islands home to remarkable destinations. Helping to highlight just some of the finest that should be on your list to experience this year and beyond, we have surveyed the Golfshake Community to discover the places that they would recommend above all others. read more ...


25 of The Best Golf Courses to Play in 2023

It's time to start thinking about which golf courses you want to visit and experience this year - and we have some recommendations for you! Last season, the list of places ticked off by our Golfshake Ambassadors was impressive and includes stops across England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Spain and Portugal. read more ...


The Golf Courses That Other Golfers Recommend to You

It's that time of the year when golfers start planning where they hope to play during the coming months, either in the near-future or later in the season. Fortunately, we all have an endless number of course rankings to look through, but who could be a more informative and reflective critic to trust than another regular, everyday golfer? read more ...


The Best Place to Play Golf in England

The Golfshake Course Section offers an invaluable resource of almost 300,000 independent reviews. Having first showcased the overall picture for the United Kingdom, we decided to break down the data to focus solely on England, discovering which corners of the nation boast the finest collection of golf clubs and resorts to enjoy. read more ...


Discover 3 Magical Golf Destinations in The Algarve

Portugal is a beloved holiday destination for golfers who are drawn by its fantastic climate, immaculate beaches and wonderfully presented golf courses. Among the most acclaimed options to ponder, the Pestana Group boasts many renowned venues throughout the Algarve. read more ...


Early Glimpse of Stunning New Portugal Golf Course

We have now seen a new glimpse of the breathtaking Dunas Course at Terras da Comporta in Portugal, which has been designed by respected architect David McLay-Kidd and will open for play this summer. read more ...


The Coolest UK Golf Courses You Can Play

If you're looking for somewhere special to play golf this year, why not check out some of our coolest courses that you can play, right here in the UK. Not only will you have a great memory to take with you, you might also be able to get one over on the boys and girls in the bar. read more ...


JCB Golf & Country Club - Course Review

JCB Golf & Country Club has fascinated golfers across the UK since it opened in 2019, but with visitor traffic minimal, it remains elusive to most. However, as part of a media day, Golfshake enjoyed access to this remarkable design and we have reviewed the course in detail. read more ...


The Golf Courses You SHOULD Have Played in 2022

Which golf course did you most enjoy playing this year? Well, if you submitted a glowing review into the Golfshake Course Section, then it might just make an appearance in this article! We have been analysing the data from the past 12 months to uncover the standouts that most resonated with our community of golfers. read more ...


Golfers Officially LOVE to Play Challenging Courses

What makes a good golf course? What makes you want to return? What lives long in the mind and makes you want to tell everybody you know? It may surprise you to learn that, according to Golfshake subscribers, the thing we all want is a proper challenge. read more ...


30 Golf Courses You Need to Play This Winter

Yes, it's cold, but winter doesn't have to mean that your golf needs to be curtailed! However, to make the absolute most of playing golf at this time of year, it really helps to know where is best to play. Having studied reviews submitted into the Golfshake Course Section, we can identify even more recommended layouts for you to experience! read more ...


Why You Must Play Golf in The Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol literally translates into Coast of the Sun or Sun Coast and it draws vast numbers of visitors each year to this majestic enclave in the south of Spain. Located within the community of Andalusia, there is much here for golfers to relish, including spectacular courses and tranquil resorts. read more ...


20 Golf Courses You Should Play This Winter

Considering the warm and waterproof apparel that exists today, there is no reason why you shouldn't be carrying on with your golf this winter. But, there's no doubt that some venues stand up to the harsh weather better than others. Helping you find those suitable destinations, we are excited to share 20 Golf Courses You Should Play This Winter. read more ...


Why You Should Experience a QHotels Golf Resort

If you have regularly travelled across the UK on golf breaks, there is a decent chance that you may have stayed in a venue that is part of The QHotels Collection. With destinations spanning across England and Scotland, this group of resorts have something to offer all golfers and their companions, whether it be hosting a group of keen players, a romantic getaway, or some leisurely family time. read more ...


The Telford Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort Review

Located on the outskirts of Telford and pretty equidistant to Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton, Telford Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is easy to find and is also situated not far from the World Heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies reviews the venue for us. read more ...


25 Golf Courses You Must Play This Winter

It's starting to feel a lot like winter! But for those of us who are keen to continue playing throughout these challenging months, it helps to know what exactly are the best courses to visit. Fortunately, that's where our Course Section and Golfshake Community (who have reviewed venues in their tens of thousands) become especially handy to help you discover those winter gems. read more ...


Where to Stay in Marbella For a Golf Break

Marbella is one of the most famous holiday destinations in Spain. It is, of course, famous for its mix of night clubs, beach bars and shopping. But it has far, far more to offer both holidaymakers and golfers, including the spectacular Los Monteros Spa & Golf Resort. read more ...


3 of The Best Winter Destinations For Golfers

As the red-hot summer starts to become a distant memory it might be time to start thinking about a winter golf break in the sun - and there are plenty of options to choose from to suit all budgets. We look at the USA, Dubai and the beautiful island of Mauritius, each coming recommended by our friends at Golfbreaks. read more ...


Penha Longa Resort Review

You don’t get a much better setting in Portugal than at the Penha Longa Resort where a luxurious hotel and accompanying 27-hole golf course nestles in the middle of one of Europe’s most spectacular parks. read more ...


Visit Cascais in Portugal Launches Innovative Golf Passport

There’s good news for golfers travelling to Lisbon looking to play a group of courses in the vicinity. The nearby town of Cascais, just 40 minutes along the coast from the Portuguese capital and home to several top courses, is launching a Golf Passport to make multi-round tee-time bookings faster and cheaper. read more ...


What Makes Amendoeira Golf Resort a Must Visit

Located within the Monchique Mountains of the Algarve, the spectacular Amendoeira Golf Resort has become one of Portugal's most glittering jewels. Featuring the dramatic Faldo Course and the tranquil O'Connor Course, this destination is quite the paradise retreat for visiting golfers. read more ...


Belton Woods Hotel, Spa And Golf Resort Stay & Play Review

Lincoln is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in England, and just 20 miles away you will find Belton Woods Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, a magnificent golf resort boasting a stunning hotel and two golf courses. read more ...


18 Affordable Golf Courses to Play This Winter

Whilst it might still feel like we have only just arrived in autumn, it's not long before we reach the more testing months for winter golf - colder, wetter and limited opportunities to play.  But for those of us still needing our golfing fix, here you will find the first in a series of articles focused on helping you get more from your winter golf. read more ...


3 Winter Golf Destinations You Must Experience

As the days get shorter, our thoughts may turn to the prospect of heading off for some winter sun. And there are some incredible destinations recommended by our friends Golfbreaks that are closer than you might think. read more ...


Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club Feature Review

The West Coast of Scotland - Ayrshire, to be precise - plays host to a compilation of great links golf courses steeped in history that provide a true test for any visiting golfer. Included on the list is Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club, which has been offering up its own challenge since 1887. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook experienced it for himself and reviews the venue for us. read more ...


Sustainability Drives The Future at Dom Pedro Golf

Last week's Portugal Masters was a celebration for both the winner Jordan Smith on the Victoria Course, but also for Dom Pedro itself as the resort cemented its reputation as a pioneer in sustainable golf. read more ...


Pennard Golf Club Feature Review

Located near Swansea and boasting incredible views over Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower Peninsula, few courses enjoy a better setting than the magnificent Pennard Golf Club, which has welcomed golfers to its links for well over a century. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies grasped at the chance to experience it for himself. read more ...


Bramshaw Golf Club Manor Course Feature Review

After first reviewing the unique Forest Course at Bramshaw Golf Club, Golfshake Ambassador Rob Treanor now shares his detailed thoughts on its sibling, the Manor Course. read more ...


20 Golf Courses You Have to Play This Autumn

If you have been following the Golfshake Course Section, you will be aware that we have been highlighting some of the very best venues to experience at this time of year.  And before autumn turns to winter, we have one more feature article for you. read more ...


La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort Review

With an ambition to create a top class destination to rival the best in Europe, the golf offering at Spain's Alcaidesa has been rebranded as La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Resort and enhanced following major investment. Golfshake Travel Editor, Andy Waple had the chance to experience it for himself. read more ...


The Cary Arms And Teignmouth Golf Club Review

The Cary Arms is a luxury, five-star venue that is located in a glorious bay in Babbacombe, near Torquay in Devon. It also has a stay-and-play arrangement with Teignmouth Golf Club, designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie. Golfshake's Derek Clements had the opportunity to experience both and he describes his time spent there. read more ...


Discover The Best Golf Breaks in France

France is becoming an increasingly popular destination for UK golfers. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which are the quality of courses combined with how easy it is to get there. However, we believe that The Resonance Golf Collection can provide you with the answers to all of your French golf questions. read more ...


What Makes Murcia The Ideal Golf Destination

Murcia is a historic city located in the south-east of Spain and is the perfect location for a golf break, no matter what time of year you may be thinking of heading off for some R&R. read more ...


Ilkley Golf Club VLOG Review

One of Yorkshire's oldest golf clubs, Ilkley has a long history; it was where a young Colin Montgomerie honed his skills and its course has been touched through the years by the genius minds of Harry Colt, Alister MacKenzie and James Braid. Highly Recommended on Golfshake, it's a venue that has consistently drawn acclaim, so our very own Equipment Expert and PGA Professional, Ryan Rastall was excited to experience it for himself. read more ...


Amazing Value Golf Courses to Play This Autumn

There are golf bargains to be discovered at this time of year, but you have to know where exactly to look for them, which is where our friends GolfNow come to the forefront, making it easier than ever before to secure a tremendous value deal. read more ...


Golfshake Reveals Must Play Golf Courses For 2022

Offering a unique and valuable resource, the Golfshake Course Section has long been hugely popular, something that was enhanced this season by the introduction of several new features. We previously brought attention to the revamped Golfshake Top 100 Section, but many golfers will also benefit from visiting our new Must Play Courses Section that offers something a little different. read more ...


The Top Rated Golf Courses to Play This Autumn

With summer firmly behind us, autumn can feel a little ominous for golfers as winter approaches, but that means there is all the more reason to make the absolute most of your playing time to experience some of the very best courses. read more ...


The Alternative Top 100 Golf Courses to Play

Now for something a little different, it's time to showcase the Alternative Top 100 Golf Courses. These are exclusively UK courses with a minimum of 50 reviews that do not commonly feature in published rankings elsewhere, bringing attention to venues that don't always garner the attention they deserve but which offer a quality of service and experience that resonates with everyday golfers. read more ...


The Bell Inn Stay & Play Review

The Bell Inn is a former coaching inn nestled in the heart of the ancient New Forest National Park in Hampshire. Its heritage can be traced back to 1782 and today it retains a traditional and quintessentially English charm. Under new management, which also encompasses three very different golf courses, Golfshake sent Ambassador Rob Treanor to take stock of the accolades this impressive venue has gained with Golfshake members. read more ...


Bramshaw Golf Club Forest Course Feature Review

Bramshaw Golf Club in Hampshire has been graded Highly Recommended status by Golfshake members for the past five years, as well as being classed as an Outstanding Venue in 2020 and 2021. The club also featured in the Must Play list for 2022, so we took our own advice and sent Ambassador Rob Treanor in July to experience the venue’s two courses. read more ...


Macdonald Cardrona Stay & Play Review

Macdonald Cardrona in the Tweed Valley boasts a very well regarded Championship Golf Course designed by the renowned architect Dave Thomas, as well as an onsite hotel and luxury spa. This true destination venue played host to Golfshake Ambassador Rob Treanor in June 2022 who was lucky enough to experience the magic and charm of the Scottish Borders. read more ...


Macdonald Cardrona Championship Course Feature Review

Macdonald Cardrona comprises a four star hotel with a full range of complementing leisure facilities and an 18-hole championship golf course. Golfshake sent Ambassador Rob Treanor along in June 2022 to experience the venue. read more ...


10 Great Last Minute UK Autumn Golf Breaks

There are some wonderful destinations to enjoy within the UK, where many an excellent deal can be secured at this time of year. But where should you be considering? For helpful inspiration, our travel partners, Golfbreaks, have come up with a selected group of venues that are perfect for a last-minute break this autumn. read more ...


The Best Scottish Golf Courses to Play in Autumn

Autumn is a time of year when many golfers in Scotland pursue warmth and sunshine by visiting reliable destinations like Spain and Portugal, but for those of us who stick around when the leaves begin to fall, there are many joys to be experienced somewhere closer to home. read more ...


Foxhills Successfully Stages PGA Cup For Second Time

The acclaimed Foxhills Club & Resort was a fitting setting as Team USA overcame a resilient Great Britain & Ireland performance to successfully defend their title across three days of the PGA Cup. read more ...


Costa del Sol Prepares to Welcome 2023 Solheim Cup

The Costa del Sol is readying itself to host the Solheim Cup, with the iconic match coming to Spain for the first time in 2023, ushering in an official countdown that starts today with a series of events to commemorate 'One Year to Go' until Europe's women take on the United States. read more ...


Mallorca Golf Resort Nominated For Eco Friendly Award

Mallorca's Pula Golf Resort can boast several nominations from the 2022 World Golf Awards, including ‘World’s Best Eco-Friendly Golf Facility’ - which showcases the venue's impressive green legacy. read more ...


The Most Expensive Golf Courses You Can Play

Imagine for a moment that money was no object, that you have a series of luxury cars in the driveway of your eight-bedroom home. We have looked at some of the golf courses in the UK that provide the very best value for money. Now, we explore those where the green fees would make most of us baulk and walk away. read more ...


The Best Golf Courses to Play in London by Tube

The capital city can be a pain to get around at the best of times, but there’s few things more stressful than being stuck in a traffic jam, worrying that you’re going to miss your tee-time! Why not save the hassle on your next round in London and hop on public transport? We’ve picked out nine of our favourite courses to travel to by Tube. read more ...


The Golf Courses You Must Play in England This Autumn

Hot and dry conditions were a near-constant presence throughout summer, but as we move into autumn, more temperate weather has resumed, ensuring that our courses will look fabulous as the main season draws to a close. So, while the days are getting shorter and it's becoming a little cooler, that shouldn't stop you from experiencing these 35 Golf Courses You Must Play in England This Autumn! read more ...


The Top 100 UK Golf Courses in 2022

As part of new enhancements made to the website, visitors and members of the Golfshake Community can now enjoy the benefits of a special Golfshake Top 100 Section, which have been calculated by the ratings posted by everyday golfers. Firstly, we are going to present the Golfshake UK Top 100, introducing this ranking by highlighting the Top 25. read more ...


Playing Golf on Northern Ireland's Causeway Coast

Northern Ireland is a fantastic place to visit. The golf is first class, there’s wonderful scenery, a remarkable history and it’s blessed with a legendary warm hearted welcome. There are some great inland courses, yet many golfers flock to the Causeway Coast to enjoy some brilliant links. Golfshake's Andy Waple describes the experience offered here. read more ...


Royal Birkdale Golf Club Feature Review

Regarded by many as the best golf course in England, Royal Birkdale is revered for hosting many unforgettable Open Championships, where legends of the game have triumphed. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook grasped at the chance to play here and describes the experience in this new review. read more ...


Macdonald Linden Hall Stay & Play Review

Situated in Northumberland, Macdonald Linden Hall is only a short distance from both the stunning coastline as well as the Scottish border. The venue opened in its current guise in 1997, making 2022 its 25th anniversary. Golfshake Ambassador Rob Treanor stopped by in June to experience it all for himself. read more ...


Macdonald Linden Hall Golf Course Review

Macdonald Linden Hall is a historic country house hotel with an impressive 18-hole Championship golf course and luxury spa. Awarded Highly Recommended status in 2019 and 2021 by the Golfshake Community, it also featured on the 2022 Must Play list. Golfshake Ambassador Rob Treanor stopped by in June 2022 to appraise the venue’s facilities. read more ...


28 Golf Courses You Have to Play in Scotland

Scotland is the spiritual home of golf and naturally its landscape features an extraordinary depth of courses to choose from. Many of these are historic and iconic, the likes of St Andrews, Carnoustie and Gleneagles, but there are also exceptional layouts that reside under the radar. read more ...


Discover The Spectacular Las Madrigueras Hotel in Tenerife

Tenerife is one of the most popular year-round European destinations for British tourists - and it is not difficult to work out why. You won’t be surprised to learn that it is also a paradise for golfers, boasting no fewer than nine courses, many with luxurious accommodation. Let’s start with Hotel Las Madrigueras and the superb Golf Las Americas. read more ...


The Golf Courses You Should Play in The Midlands

The Heart of England, The Midlands covers the central portion of the nation and is home to a rich variety of acclaimed golf courses, including several of the finest resort venues in the entire United Kingdom. Ryder Cups and many European Tour events have regularly been a feature in this part of the world, but we wanted to bring you a diverse collection of destinations that represent the depth you will find in this region. read more ...


The Golf Courses You Need to Play in The North of England

The North of England is home to legendary Open Championship venues and several of the nation's best loved golf resorts, while the unforgettable contribution of Dr Alister MacKenzie is showcased by many exceptional designs within Yorkshire. Celebrating this part of the world, we have studied reviews submitted into the Golfshake Course Section since 2019, presenting Highly Recommended destinations for summer. read more ...


36 Affordable Golf Courses to Play With GolfNow

These days it can feel hard to judge what a real bargain truly is, but that is something that our friends GolfNow specialise in, particularly through their new Affordable Golf Series. Offering tee time deals at outstanding courses for the best value, each of the featured destinations can be secured for no more than £20 in the UK and €20 in Ireland. read more ...


The Golf Courses You Must Play in The South of England

The South of England covers a vast and diverse landscape, which is reflected by the variety of courses that you can experience. From classic parklands to stunning heathlands and scenic links, there is something for everyone in this part of the world and we are excited to share just some of the best with you. read more ...


Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club Feature Review

Founded in 1880 and the only links course in Suffolk, Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club provides its members and visitors with a superb mix of challenging golf, perfect practice facilities and stunning views across the Deben Estuary, with all this just a 25 minute drive from Ipswich. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently visited to experience it for himself. read more ...


Conwy Golf Club Feature Review

Conwy Golf Club in North Wales was officially opened as Caernarvonshire Golf Club in 1890. This links course on the Morfa Conwy Peninsula was designed by Jack Morris (nephew of Old Tom Morris). Most recently it has undergone some refinements by Martin Ebert. Golfshake Amabassador Richard Moore went to see it for himself. read more ...


The Best Golf Courses to Play in Hampshire

Hampshire is blessed with some fabulous golf courses. The land here varies throughout the region, with links layouts across the South coast joined by both parkland and heathland properties further up the M3. Join us as we take a look at some of the best places to play golf in Hampshire! read more ...


The 20 Greatest Golf Courses For You to Play in Summer

We are so fortunate to have an extraordinary depth of golf courses to play in the UK, but there are standouts among that quality that have especially caught the eye of the Golfshake Community. read more ...


30 Recommended Golf Courses to Play This Summer

From the spectacular Welsh seaside to Scottish classics and English parklands, there is something here for everyone as we reveal 30 Recommended Golf Courses to Play This Summer - all based on reviews within the Golfshake Course Section. read more ...


The Best Courses on Scotland's Golf Coast

Scotland is the spiritual home of golf and each corner of the nation is littered with exceptional and historic courses, but it's difficult to beat the collection gathered within East Lothian, a region that has become renowned as Scotland's Golf Coast. From the legendary Muirfield to the acclaimed North Berwick, there are star names aplenty in this stretch of the country. read more ...


Staverton Park Hotel & Golf Club Feature Review

Golfshake Ambassador Richard Moore recently visited Staverton Park, which boasts 247 rooms, a spa and a golf course that comes acclaimed and is hugely popular with societies and groups of golfers. Richard describes the experience in his new Feature Review. read more ...


25 Bargain Golf Courses to Play This Summer

Playing many different golf courses throughout a season can be an expensive business, especially when you're sticking to the higher-end venues, but that doesn't have to be the case, as there are numerous Highly Recommended destinations that offer tremendous value for money.  read more ...


Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa Review

Macdonald Portal has been ranked as Highly Recommended by Golfshake members in 2018, 2019 and 2021. We sent Ambassador Rob Treanor along in May 2022 to experience the venue’s extensive facilities as well as its acclaimed Championship Course. read more ...


Lilley Brook Golf Club Feature Review

Established in 1922 with links to Dr Alister MacKenzie, Lilley Brook Golf Club is an undulating parkland course that is situated on the edge of Cheltenham and boasts views across the town to the Cotswolds and Malvern Hills. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies recently visited and describes the venue in this new Feature Review. read more ...


The Difficulty With Ranking Golf Courses

There’s few things in the sport that get people more worked up than the publication of Top 100 course ranking lists. Join us as we dive into more detail on the difficulty of ranking golf courses, and take a peek at some of the complex decisions the panels have to make along the way. read more ...


Palmares Ocean Living and Golf Review

The Western Algarve has an authentic feel of true Portugal. Here you will find some charming beach resorts, a lively town with bars, restaurants galore and some good quality golf courses. Standing out is Palmares Ocean Living and Golf, which is without doubt one of the best golf locations in Europe. read more ...


Macdonald Portal Championship Course Feature Review

Macdonald Portal has been ranked as Highly Recommended by Golfshake members in 2018, 2019 and 2021. Golfshake sent Ambassador Rob Treanor along in May 2022 to experience the Championship Course. read more ...


Walsall Golf Club Feature Review

Showcasing a design by the legendary Dr Alister MacKenzie, Walsall Golf Club is Highly Recommended on Golfshake and is a jewel of the West Midlands. Ambassador Mel Davies recently visited to experience this tree-lined course that demands accuracy from visiting golfers. read more ...


Edgbaston Golf Club Feature Review

When you think of sport and Edgbaston, most people will be drawn towards the famous cricket ground, home to some of England's most famous matches. However, hidden away within the leafy Edgbaston suburbs, amongst some extremely impressive (and expensive!) looking Victorian townhouses, you will also find Edgbaston Golf Club. read more ...


GolfNow Recommended Courses to Play in June

If you're looking for courses to play this summer but are keen to uncover the best deals, then our friends at GolfNow have created their own handy guides to help you find those bargains. read more ...


My Favourite Golf Courses

There are many lists of must-play courses, together with seemingly endless lists of the best courses. That made Golfshake's Derek Clements think about all the courses he has played, picking out those that left an impression and made him want to come back and play them again. read more ...


Where to Play Golf in Surrey

One of the strongest counties in the UK for golf, but which courses should you look to play in Surrey? We take a closer look at the venues and layouts that make this one of the most fabulous destinations on the planet. read more ...


The Best Royal Golf Courses in The UK

It's a rare honour for a golf club to be bestowed 'Royal' status, a position that is generally granted by a reigning monarch after the club has either applied for the standing or invited a member of the Royal Family to be a patron or honorary member. We have studied the Golfshake Course Section to identify the leading top 25 in the UK. read more ...


The Manor House Golf Experience

Highly Recommended on Golfshake, The Manor House Golf Club & Hotel continues to rate positively with visiting golfers. Andy Picken made a return visit to discover just why the experience offered at this venue is so popular. read more ...


Are These The Golf Courses to Play This Year?

With so many courses available to play and so many lists providing options of courses to play where do you start when planning a new course to visit? We might just have the answer for that with our own Golfshake Top 100 and this article features 30 courses appearing in our Top 100 providing a range of courses worth playing this year from around the UK. read more ...


How to Plan a Golf Break

Looking to get away for a golf break, but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Before getting in contact with a tour operator such as Golfbreaks, there are some things that you’re definitely going to want to know. Having these things sorted at the start of your planning will make the whole process smoother. read more ...


Nuneaton Golf Club Feature Review

Nuneaton Golf Club is Highly Recommended on Golfshake and offers a beautiful mature parkland golf course that was first established in 1906 as a nine-hole layout before it was extended to 18 during the 1960s. Regarded as a standout in the Midlands, Nuneaton is located just a short drive from both the M6 and M69, which makes it very accessible from all directions.  read more ...


18 Memorable Golf Courses You Need to Play This Year

What makes a golf course truly memorable? It's a question that is unique to the perspective of the individual; for some it's the quality of the design, the challenge of the layout, the history behind the club, or the scenery that surrounds it. For this year, we wanted to find some of these courses, several of which you may not be familiar with.  read more ...


The Golfshake Golf Course Awards

The Golfshake Course Section is a hub that draws thousands of newly submitted reviews each year, with golfers rating venues on a variety of criteria, providing a resource of destinations that are Highly Recommended by golfers for golfers. Celebrating that fact and the places that received the most acclaim last season, we are delighted to reveal the 2021 Golfshake Award Winners. read more ...


The Best Scottish Golf Courses to Play in Spring

2022 is a historic year for golf in Scotland, so it's not a bad time to consider playing there yourself, whether you're a visitor to the nation or a keen local in search of new courses to play. Getting your season off to a memorable start is always rewarding, so we have sought to identify some must plays for springtime by studying thousands of reviews submitted into the Golfshake Course Section. read more ...


Golfshake Reveals Outstanding Golf Venues For 2022

Golfshake is delighted to share that more golf clubs and resorts qualified for the OUTSTANDING VENUE Service Award in 2021, surpassing the number in 2020. A total of 205 destinations have received this accolade, which has been awarded to venues that have impressively achieved Highly Recommended status for each of the last three years. read more ...


The Most Played & Most Reviewed Golf Courses on Golfshake

As we prepare for the height of the new season, we have reflected on the past year and the courses that golfers recommended to others through our popular Golf Directory. We’ve opted to section this article in three categories: Most Reviewed, Top Ranked and Most Played. read more ...


New Highly Recommended Golf Courses on Golfshake

Golfers remain keen to know where they should be playing, and with over 13,000 new reviews submitted to our golf course review system, we have once again compiled a list of golf courses that excelled in the golf experience they provided during 2021 based off the review and recommendation data from everyday golfers visiting their venue. read more ...


The Best English Golf Courses to Play in Spring

Spring is a magical time of the year for golfers as we remove the shackles of winter and move into the height of the season, but playing the right courses can make that transition even more memorable. Whether it be testament to their conditioning or the value they offer, there are many standouts across England that you should consider experiencing before the summer. read more ...


The Best Value Golf Courses in England to Play in 2022

During a period when many of the biggest name courses in the land have dramatically hiked up their green fees, it's even more essential to celebrate those venues that deliver tremendous value for money. We have identified 25 destinations across England that have rated extremely postively for value, while also excelling throughout the past five years in terms of their overall ratings.  read more ...


The Golf Destinations You Want to Experience in 2022

If you were asked what golfing destination you would most want to visit in 2022, what would you respond with? We put that exact question to the Golfshake Community and we provide insight into their 12 most popular answers. read more ...


32 Perfect Golf Courses For You to Play in 2022

The golf season is upon us and it's time to consider where you fancy playing this year. Whether it be a championship experience or an undiscovered jewel, there is something out there for everyone in 2022. There were 32 elite venues that achieved perfection from a minimum of four reviews on Golfshake last season that should all be on your list to consider for the months ahead. read more ...


What Stops Many Golfers From Joining Golf Clubs

Despite the dramatic increase of members seen during the past two years, there are three main reasons why many golfers still decide not to join a golf club and, on the face of it they are pretty obvious, as discovered by the recent Golfshake Survey. read more ...


The 20 Most Highly Recommended Golf Courses to Play in 2022

Off the back of the Golfshake Survey that took place at the end of 2021, we asked participants to identify the greatest course they had played over the last year. We present to you 20 courses that you must play this year, all of which have been voted for by the community. read more ...


7 Golf Resorts in Europe That Every Golfer Should Visit

The latest Golfshake Survey asked golfers to rank their favourite European resorts and the community did not disappoint with their selections. Here are seven of the very best resorts available in Europe - all of which you should consider experiencing in the future. read more ...


Golfshake Reveals Best Golf Courses From 2021 User Reviews

Each year, thousands of new independent course reviews are submitted on Golfshake. From the 2021 season, we studied those ratings and identified the destinations that were judged most positively in the minds of golfers who experienced them first-hand, presenting a collection of venues that achieved perfection. read more ...


Royal Troon Course VLOG

Continuing his trip on the West Coast of Scotland in Ayrshire, Golfshake Equipment Expert Ryan Rastall experiences another Open venue. This time taking on the historic Royal Troon, world renowned and noted for having one of the most iconic par 3s in the world with the Postage Stamp'. read more ...


Golf Survey Reveals The Best Golf Courses To Play & Visit

The recent Golfshake Survey asked over 1000 golfers to list the best places that they have visited for golfing-related activities. There were plenty of responses from the community and therefore, the results are subjective and completely based on the individual’s experience and where each individual will have played during their golfing career. But, without further ado, we present the highly valued destinations that everyone should visit. read more ...


What Makes a Golf Course Memorable?

There are many contributing factors to determining the quality of a golf experience, but there are clear standouts in the minds of golfers when they assess the merits of a course they have just played. Looking to understand what makes a course memorable, we surveyed 950 keen golfers this winter, asking them to identify the best venue they had played this year. read more ...


How Much Does it Cost to Play a Championship Golf Course

Golfshake's Derek Clements made the argument that while expensive, the opportunity to play a genuine classic is worth the cost. However, there is no doubt that these legendary golf courses are becoming increasingly pricey. But just how much does it cost to play a championship venue in the UK? We take a closer look at some standouts. read more ...


The Golf Courses That Golfers Recommended to Others

Leading magazines routinely publish rankings of golf courses and websites like Golfshake present data that showcases highly rated destinations, but sometimes the most valuable review you can consume is from another golfer. Looking at the past three years, the following have been recommended by 100% of a significant number of reviews. read more ...


The Golf Courses You Should Have Played in 2021

What is the best course that you played in 2021? The Golfshake Community managed to tick off many outstanding layouts. However, there are some that stand above the rest in the minds of our users. It's time for you to meet the Golf Courses You Should Have Played in 2021. There's a variety of destinations to choose from, including championship hosts and lesser-known jewels, but all of them are united in that they achieved perfection in the minds of golfers. read more ...


Great Value Golf Courses to Play This Winter

Winter is the time of year to secure a bargain with golf clubs offering tremendous value green fees, but where should you treat yourself? We have been studying course reviews closely, specifically analysing those entered during the winter months to identify worthy venues for the Golfshake Communty to visit. read more ...


The Golf Courses You MUST Play This Winter

When you're lucky to have one of those crisp, sunny days, then playing golf during winter can hold many appeals, especially when you're visiting a memorable, rewarding course. Studying the thousands of winter reviews submitted into the Golfshake Course Section, here is another group of acclaimed courses that will have you putting on the thermals and embarking on something special. read more ...


Foxhills Receives Prestigious Award For Excellence

The acclaimed Foxhills Club & Resort in Surrey can proudly promote another feather in its cap after the venue was recognised by the prestigious Condé Nast Johansens Awards. read more ...


The Best 36 Hole Golf Venues You Can Play

When finishing an enjoyable round on a great design, sometimes you just want to walk back to the first tee and start again. But what if the venue gave you the chance to play another incredible layout just yards away. That can be even more enriching. If you want to find two great courses to play at the one place - arguably the complete golf experience - then you should consider starting with these. read more ...


Bargain Golf Courses You Must Play This Winter

Sometimes you need a touch of inspiration to play golf during winter - and visiting new courses is a great way to find that. Making the prospect of experiencing somewhere different even more appealing, at this time of year, reduced green fees make that extra enticing. read more ...


Darwin Escapes Unveils Springs Resort and Golf Club

Following years of investment, Darwin Escapes has revealed its enhanced Springs Resort and Golf Club in Oxfordshire, which has seen the transformation of its 19th century Manor House into a boutique hotel and spa. read more ...


Suffolk Golf Courses vs Norfolk Golf Courses

Having extensively covered both counties through the years, Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook compares the golf courses of Suffolk and Norfolk, assessing the strengths of both, before determining the Battle of East Anglia! read more ...


The Hunting Course at Slaley Hall Feature Review

Not only is The Hunting Course at Slaley Hall Highly Recommended on Golfshake, it is also commonly known as 'The Augusta of the North' - and Matt Holbrook explains why it’s held in such high regard in his new Feature Review. read more ...


More Bargain Golf Courses to Play This Autumn

Autumn is a great time of the year to experience different courses as conditions generally remain good, the weather can be reasonable, and it's the period of the season when many venues offer reduced green fee prices. However, if you want great value for money, we can reveal More Bargain Golf Courses to Play This Autumn. read more ...


Introducing The Golfshake Golf Break Giveaway

Running for six weeks and featuring three amazing prizes, we are thrilled to reveal the Golfshake Golf Break Giveaway. During this qualifying period, you could win a golf break for yourself and three friends to either Slaley Hall, Dale Hill or Wychwood Park.  read more ...


How Many Birdies Did You Make This Year?

Thousands of golfers have continued to track their scores on Golfshake throughout this season, which got us thinking about how well we have done this year and how many birdies we have actually made collectively in 2021. read more ...


Even More Golf Courses You Must Play This Autumn

Now that summer is but a distant memory, it's time to put away the shorts and dig out the jumpers and waterproof jackets, because autumn golf is here! However, it does have its fine moments, of both weather and enjoyment, but it's key to find the right courses to play. We are thrilled to present Even More Golf Courses You Must Play This Autumn - all based on ratings submitted by everyday golfers. read more ...


Grange Park Golf Club Feature Review

Golfshake Ambassador Richard Moore recently played Grange Park Golf Club in St Helens, which is Highly Recommended on Golfshake, describing his thoughts and experiences in this new and detailed Feature Review. read more ...


Bargain Golf Courses to Play This Autumn

With many green fees reduced at this time of year, autumn can be an ideal period to experience different courses, especially when the weather remains pleasant. We have been analysing the Golfshake Course Section, which has allowed us to identify venues that rate highly for the months of September, October and November, showcasing those courses that can be played for under £50, representing excellent value for money. read more ...


How Many Greens in Regulation You Should Hit a Round

Everyone wants to make more birdies, but to accomplish that you first need to hit more greens and offer yourself a greater number of opportunities on the golf course. But where does the everyday golfer stand? That's where the Golfshake Score Tracker can help. We have studied and analysed over 500,000 rounds to discover just how well players across different handicaps perform when it comes to their approach play. read more ...


Big Prizes Drawn in Golfshake #BirdieClub

The main period of the 2021 Golfshake #BirdieClub in Association With Callaway & Odyssey Golf concluded in spectacular fashion with a big increase in rounds tracked across the Bank Holiday Weekend. read more ...


The Golf Courses You Must Play This Autumn

For golfers who want an extended calendar of regular play, this can be a great time of year, with better value green fees and some fine bouts of weather to be enjoyed. But where should you visit for a memorable round? We have studied the hundreds of thousands of reviews submitted by the Golfshake Community to identify venues that have rated highest, picking out the courses that golfers have most acclaimed for autumn. read more ...


How Many Fairways You Need to Hit a Round

Golfers spend vast sums on new clubs and lessons in search of the secret ingredient to hit more fairways, with improving accuracy from the tee essential to avoiding those card-wrecking disasters. We have studied thousands of rounds submitted into the Golfshake Score Tracker and broken down the stats across each handicap category, with a direct correlation between fairways hit and overall scoring being showcased. read more ...


What is a Good Putting Round For You

How often do you complete a round feeling satisfied by your putting? Maybe you burned a few edges or recorded a pair of careless three-putts, all of which can be frustrating when adding up a score. However, when you think about it, even the best players make those same mistakes, so perhaps your putting isn't as bad as you may believe. read more ...


Golfshake #BirdieClub Starts With Birdie Bonanza

With thousands of net birdies, birdies and eagles made across the land, the 2021 Golfshake #BirdieClub has kicked off in spectacular fashion as members of the Golfshake Community tracked their rounds for the opportunity to benchmark their games and have the chance to win Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls. read more ...


Even More Bargain Golf Courses to Play This Summer

Shining a light on venues that are Highly Recommended by the Golfshake Community, which boast a positive 2020 Summer Golf Rating, AND that offer tee times for no more than £50, we are thrilled to showcase 25 golf courses that you should consider visiting this season. read more ...


Golfshake Launches New Birdie Club Challenge For 2021

Encouraging the Golfshake Community to Play More & Play Better this summer, we are delighted to launch our new #BirdieClub Challenge in Association With Callaway that will run for the next six weeks. read more ...


The Golf Courses You Must Play in Kent

The majestic county of Kent has long been known as The Garden of England and is renowned for its beauty and scenery, but there is also a rich heritage for golfers to enjoy, including three Open venues. However, there is more to Kent than just these revered layouts, as the Golfshake Community have discovered through the years. read more ...


More Bargain Golf Courses to Play This Summer

We are thrilled to reveal even MORE locations that have been Highly Recommended by the Golfshake Community for the time of year, and which offer tee times for no more than £50. You might have to pick the right day and time for several of these fees, but they are widely available, making them a very appealing prospect for the peak season. read more ...


Bargain Golf Courses to Play in Scotland This Summer

There are more than 550 golf courses in Scotland, which are all part of the fabric of the nation. While many legendary venues draw attention, they are typically expensive to play. However, beyond that, there are some exceptional bargains to be had across the country. read more ...


Golf Courses to Play in the East of England This Summer

Were you aware that the east of England hosts some of the best golf courses in the country? Whether you’re looking for parkland or links, long or short, or maybe just a gem in the middle of nowhere, this district of England has you covered. read more ...


Where to Play Golf in Scotland This Summer

When it comes to playing golf in Britain, there is one area that truly takes the top spot. Hosting the home of golf – in addition to creating the game – is the marvellous landscape that is Scotland. With assistance from the wonderful Golfshake Community, we have put together a list of the best golf courses to play in Scotland this summer. read more ...


Golf Courses to Play in The South of England This Summer

While the south of England host many revered courses that make the top 100 lists of the country, there are also plenty of hidden gems. With help from the incredible Golfshake Community, we have listed only a few golf courses to play during the summer season. read more ...


Golf Courses to Play in The North of England This Summer

The north of England has proudly boasted a collection of unbelievable courses for quite some time now, and it’s easy to see why many golfers across the nation are willing to travel far and wide to get in on the action. With assistance from the Golfshake Community and their detailed reviews, we have picked out some of the best courses to visit during the summertime. read more ...


Golf Courses to Play in The Midlands This Summer

From short courses to long, parkland courses to heathland courses and some of the most picturesque golf clubs in the country, the Midlands area not only offers quality but a variety of challenging settings. Thanks to the reliable Golfshake Community and their reviews of summertime rounds, we have listed venues within the district that offer a fantastic experience. read more ...


The Best Bargain Golf Courses to Play This Summer

Many of us will be hoping to play a variety of different courses this summer, but that can be an expensive. However, with a bit of research, it's apparent that there are exceptional layouts across the UK that offer a magical experience at a fraction of the cost. We are delighted to present The Best Bargain Golf Courses to Play This Summer, showcasing 25 destinations that are Highly Recommended on Golfshake, are rated positively for the time of year, and offer tee times for under £50. read more ...


The Golf Courses You Must Play This Summer

The weather hasn't always suggested it, but it's about time for summer golf! But where do you play, which venues are essential to experience? Well, to help you find the right destinations, we are delighted to reveal 25 Golf Courses You Must Play This Summer - all of them Highly Recommended. read more ...


20 Great Value Golf Courses to Play in the South of England

From Cornwall to Kent and everywhere in-between, the South of England is a magical place to explore for golfers, an expansive region that is home to spectacular links courses and stunning heathland layouts. Therefore, we are delighted to reveal just 20 Great Value Golf Courses to Play in the South, each Highly Recommended and delivering excellence for a reasonable cost. read more ...


20 Great Value Golf Courses to Play in the East of England

Showcasing more great value courses to play this year and beyond, the East of England is home to a rich variety of destinations, including Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Bedfordshire, all of which can offer some tremendous layouts. read more ...


20 Great Value Golf Courses to Play in the North of England

Within our Course Section, the Golfshake Community reviews golf courses in depth, rating them over a wide range of criteria, including Value For Money. Among the regions popularly reviewed, the North of England is a standout, from Yorkshire to Northumberland, Lancashire, Cheshire, and everything in-between. There is something here for everyone. read more ...


Golfshake Launches New Club Member Service For Avid Golfers

Courses are packed, ranges are busy, shops are racing to restock, the golf boom is officially continuing, and it's time to take full advantage of the opportunities available. Helping you to enjoy the most from your game this season and beyond, Golfshake has launched a new annual Club Service as part of revamped member subscription categories. read more ...


20 Great Value Golf Courses to Play in The Midlands

Everyone loves to discover venues that deliver value for money, where the experience offered reflected or surpassed the cost. When it comes to finding these destinations, there are few more potent hotbeds than The Midlands, which provides a rich depth of quality in the heart of England. read more ...


Why Women Play Golf - Golfshake Survey Feedback

WE ALL know that, despite the boom the game is enjoying, club golf still faces many challenges, not the least of which is finding ways to make the game more attractive to girls and women.  In our Winter Survey we wanted to know what inspired female golfers to take up the sport, how they first played, and their thoughts on what's important for beginners. read more ...


Golfers Return to Courses in Stunning Numbers

For many golfers, this had been the longest of winters, when even the range was a deprived option. However, when March 29 came around, that pent up desire to play has been released in spectacular fashion, with packed tee sheets resembling the surge in demand that was first showcased last May. It's now clear that the enthusiasm and hunger to play remains stronger than ever. read more ...


25 Great Value English Golf Courses to Play in 2021

Golfers throughout England are set to make 2021 a season to remember, with many looking to spread their wings and experience new courses. There is much to be said for visiting a genuine bucket list venue - that is always a treat - but it's typically an expensive one, so it makes sense to offer some more affordable alternatives for your consideration. read more ...


Golfers Describe Excitement For Their First Rounds Back

It has been 84 days since a golf ball last officially whistled through the air in England, but on Monday, tees will finally be occupied again, bunkers will be found, and putts will be holed, as the nation welcomes back the ancient game. And it has certainly been missed. We put a series of questions to several of the Golfshake Ambassadors to discover their emotions ahead of the big day, how the lockdown has affected them, and what they hope from the months ahead. read more ...


Social Benefits of Golf Are Increasingly Attractive

The reasons why people first started playing golf have changed during the past decade, a comprehensive survey conducted by Golfshake has found, highlighting the attractive benefits of the sport in a modern age, with the social aspect of the game becoming a major factor. read more ...


The Life of a Golfer in Lockdown

As the nation reflects on the first anniversary since lockdown was introduced across the United Kingdom, a moment that instantly changed lives, where the once seemingly abnormal has become normal, Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook is just one of many golfers who have deeply missed the game. Reflecting on the past 12 months, Matt looks back at his life as a golfer in lockdown. read more ...


Have You Ever Taken A Break From Golf - Many Golfers Do

Golf is rightly considered to be the game for a lifetime, played by all generations, but it's clear that for many that relationship isn't a consistently unbroken one, as the latest Golfshake Survey has discovered that a significant number of golfers have taken an extended break from the sport for a variety of reasons. read more ...


Must Play Golf Courses to Experience in the North of England

The North of England is a vast region that is packed with a variety of golf courses, ranging from legendary championship layouts to architectural gems. We have brought together a selection of destinations that have been Highly Recommended for three consecutive years, showcasing clubs and resorts that have excelled in the minds of regular golfers over a prolonged time. read more ...


5 of the Best Golf Courses in the West of England

The west of England is made up of Bristol, Bath, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wilshire. With over 35 golf courses in the area, these picturesque venues provide the perfect location for a golfing getaway. Whether you are looking for scenery, a short nine-hole course or to test yourself at a challenging links course, the west offers plenty of viable options. Liam Moore has picked out five of the best. read more ...


Must Play Golf Courses to Experience in the South of England

Golfers across the South of England are looking forward to a memorable season and the chance to experience many of the fantastic layouts that can be discovered within this expansive region - and there are some crackers to choose from. read more ...


Where to Book a Tee Time if You Are Not a Golf Club Member

Golfers across England are bursting with excitement as the magical reopening of play approaches. However, it's likely that demand will far outstrip availability. Tee times will be the hottest ticket in town, and dedicated club members will be prioritised by a large number of venues. But for those who prefer a more nomadic existence, all is not lost. There are opportunities to secure your spot on opening day, but you need to know where to look. read more ...


How Golfers First Experience And Get Into Golf

Golfers have a meaningful relationship with the game, it's an essential part of their lives, and everyone has their own story about how they first became acquainted with it. Learning more about these personal tales, we discovered your earliest memories, how you first experienced the sport, and what (and perhaps who) drove you to participate in the first place. read more ...


Must Play Golf Courses to Experience in The Midlands

The heart of English golf, The Midlands is home to a wide range of iconic courses that are just waiting to be experienced. And many of them are OUTSTANDING VENUE Service Award Winners on Golfshake. venues that are truly exceptional, reviewed positively by a considerable number of everyday golfers, who would recommend them to someone else - and that could be you! read more ...


Golfshake Reveals Outstanding Venues For 2021

As golfers prepare for the new season in the hope that 2021 will be a continuation of the magnificent boom of last year, Golfshake is delighted to share those golf clubs and resorts that qualify for our new OUTSTANDING VENUE Service Award, which brings together destinations that should be on the list of everyone throughout the months ahead. read more ...


How To Get Ready For The New Golf Season

It has undoubtedly been a long and challenging winter for everyone, but we're all looking forward to what this spring could offer, with golfers in England now having a cherished date to embrace. Wherever you are, it's time to start thinking about the new season and just how you are going to make the most of the opportunity. read more ...


2020 Golfshake Golf Course Awards

As regular visitors to the Golfshake Course Section will know, venues are rated across a wide variety of criteria, encompassing the course itself, the hospitality offered, and facilities available. It's only right that we recognise the outstanding venues for each of those categories, as chosen by everyday golfers. read more ...


Golfshake 2020 Highly Recommended Golf Courses

The Golfshake Highly Recommend listing data is now available for 2020 with over 300 golf clubs making the list based on the data submitted by average golfers during the year. 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 ...


Golfers Reflect on 2020 and Get Set for 2021

In our most recent survey, completed in December 2020 by over 700 avid golfers, we asked golfers to reflect on their golf in 2020 and also what they were planning to do in 2021. read more ...


The Best of Golfshake 2020

What a year that was! Probably not quite the year we all had planned in terms of golf activity but 2020 did see an unexpected boom and surge in demand which we saw throughout the services we provide here at Golfshake.  Before we fully shift our attentions to 2021 and new golf goals we wanted to share with you some of 2020 stats from here at Golfshake. 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 ...


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 ...


The 25 Most Birdied Golf Holes of 2020

Everyone loves making a birdie, but just where are Golfshake Members making those positive numbers? We decided to find out by analysing the data. From thousands of eligible holes, there are 25 that have stood out above the rest as being the Most Birdied this year. read more ...


Record Numbers Participate in Golfshake Early Birdie Challenge

Following the success of the Summer Golfshake #BirdieClub, we launched the Early Birdie Challenge With Golfbreaks in late September, which ran for six weeks and drew record interest from our busy community of keen golfers. read more ...


What is Your Best Ever Start to a Round

Everyone dreams of getting off to a fast start on the golf course. However, it so often doesn't turn out that way, which makes it especially memorable when it actually does. We take a look at some of the best starts to a round in golf - and also share our own moments of front-nine glory. read more ...


18 Golf Holes That Could Ruin Your Scorecard

Everyone has that one hole that invariably threatens to ruin their scorecard, when even on the best days it ominously looms in your mind. This is true for all golfers, including single handicap players, as we have discovered when analysing the Golfshake Score Tracker to identify some true card wreckers. 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 ...


How COVID Has Impacted Golf Spending Habits

The coronavirus pandemic is a major public health crisis, but also an economic one, significantly impacting every industry, including golf. Analysing the latest Golfshake Survey that was completed by over 2,500 keen golfers, we look into how COVID-19 has changed travel and spending habits in the game. read more ...


Why Tee Time Access is Golf's Biggest Challenge This Autumn

Golf has enjoyed a staggering boom during these extraordinary times, a dramatic turnaround that now presents another kind of challenge, namely how to address the impact of supply and demand with tee time availability. We look at why finding a way to keep everyone happy, delivering value for money, and ensuring opportunities to play in the face of narrowing hours of daylight, is the major test for the game this autumn. read more ...


Take on the Golfshake Early Birdie Challenge This Autumn

Inspired by the efforts of the thousands of golfers who participated in our Summer #BirdieClub Challenge, we are ushering in the autumn golf season by launching the Golfshake Early Birdie Challenge in Partnership With Golfbreaks, which rewards fast starts to rounds. read more ...


Survey Reveals Unprecedented Summer Golf Boom

Following years of reported decline in membership and golfers lost to other activities, no one could have predicted the astonishing recovery golf was about to experience due to the global pandemic which has led to an unprecedented summer boom. Following widespread industry data underlining the incredible surge of interest in the game, we have surveyed the Golfshake Community to canvas their thought and opinions. 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 ...


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 ...


The Toughest Par 5s in England

Par 5s can be punishingly lengthy or intelligently strategic. There are long holes that are difficult for all standards of golfers, where escaping with a five should be considered a good result. We have studied the Golfshake Score Tracker to identify the 20 Toughest Par 5s in England.  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 ...


Golfers Make Even More Birdies as Summer of Golf Continues

Following last week's booming introduction to #BirdieClub, thousands of additional golfers have tracked their rounds on Golfshake, making even more birdies as this summer of golf progresses into late July. read more ...


Thousands of Golfers Join the Golfshake #BirdieClub

Thousands of golfers have become part of the #BirdieClub after tracking their rounds on Golfshake. During Week 1 in a series that will run through this summer, over 5,500 birdies were tracked, in addition to a stunning number of net birdies, surpassing 62,000. That consistent quality of play has seen 97% of rounds tracked claiming an entry into the #BirdieClub Prize Draw. read more ...


Where Senior Golfers Stand in the Game - What You Said

Golfshake writer and senior golfer Derek Clements reviews and breaks down the findings of a recent survey that focused on the attitudes of golfers, specifically with regards to senior golf, asking key questions about memberships, pace of play, and just how important this demograpgic is for clubs. read more ...


Importance Of Digital Technology For Golf Retail

This is a quickly evolving digital age, where online content dominates our lives, and golf has been significantly touched by that revolution, a fact underlined by insights gained from the 2019 Golfshake Survey, which has pointed a shift to the future, both for golfers and the wider industry. read more ...


What Golfers Think About Green Fee Pricing

We surveyed the Golfshake audience to get their views on green fee prices, the cost to be a visiting golfer and what they expect from the green fee that they pay.  Find out what they said in this article. read more ...


Track Your Golfing Journey on Where I Play Golf

If you're missing playing golf, why not spend time reflecting on the joy the game has given you and the courses that you have experienced. Golfshake's new Where I Play Golf service is the ideal tool for tracking your golfing journey and seeing how you compare to other golfers. read more ...


Golfers Begin Their Journey to Become Fitter, Stronger, Faster

Fitness is a part of the game that many of us neglect. Helping golfers to become fitter, stronger and faster on the course, Jon Ship of JS Golf Fit has introduced four Golfshake Ambassadors to a carefully developed programme that should improve their game and general wellbeing. read more ...


What Golfers Really Think About the Rules of Golf

The rules of golf remain a contentious topic, despite the modernised changes introduced last year by the R&A and USGA. Studying data from the 2019 Golfshake Survey, we have sought the opinion of everyday golfers to discover whether they fully understand the alterations that were made, agree with them, and perhaps more crucially, ask whether further modernisations are required. read more ...


Is Shortening Golf the Way to Grow the Game?

Gathering the views of thousands of golfers in the 2019 Golfshake Survey, when asked if the game should be developing more 'starter' courses, 78% of people responded with a very positive yes, raising the idea of creating shorter or adapted layouts to encourage a pathway for beginners. 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 Courses to Play in 2020 in the South

The South of England is a vast region, geographically diverse with a considerable population. Naturally, it has many golf courses to go with them. Where are you playing this season? Why not follow in the footsteps of the Golfshake Community and expereince venues that they have Highly Recommended. 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 ...


Should You Take More Responsibility on the Golf Course?

When to comes to customer satisfaction, golfers rate the quality of greens and condition of the course as the two factors they most value, but a majority believe that some venues aren't good enough. But how much is that the responsibility of the club to deliver, and to what degree can we all do more to help? read more ...


Mizuno Golf Pairs Tour to Accept Golfshake Handicaps

The popular Mizuno Golf Pairs Tour is opening its events to golfers who have a Golfshake Handicap, potentially welcoming non-CONGU players. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken reports on the change and looks back on his experiences in these tournaments. 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 Courses to Play in 2020 in the South East

The Open Championship returns to Royal St George's in 2020, placing golf's spotlight on the South East of England. To help you find the best courses in this region, we have studied reviews in the Golfshake Course Section to identify which venues everyday golfers have rated most highly.  read more ...



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