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Are Hidden Gems a Thing of the Past

Many a golf course has been described as a 'Hidden Gem', but in the age of social media, can there really be such a thing? Golfshake's Derek Clements believes it's time to retire that overused cliche, declaring that it needs to be redefined. What can be considered a true gem today? Derek attempts to identify the criteria. read more ...


Where to Travel for Golf in 2021

The pandemic has disrupted our lives in numerous aspects, and one area that has been clearly impacted is travel, with many a golf break postponed or cancelled in the face of restrictions. However, keen golfers are looking ahead to better days and have shown their enthusiasm to embark on breaks, at home or abroad. For those considering a golf holiday - whether it be this year or in the future - here are some recommended hotspots to consider. read more ...


Thousands of Golfers Target Post-Lockdown Play at QHotels

We have been living through nearly a full year of uncertainty, likely with more to come, but despite that many golfers are looking forward with optimism and planning ahead after it was revealed by the QHotels Group that 25,000 people had already booked to stay at its family of golf resorts in 2021. read more ...


Must Play Bucket List Golf Courses to Experience in 2021

Every golfer has that list of courses that they would LOVE to play the most. Whether it be a legendary championship venue, a scenic paradise abroad, or somewhere under the radar with a personal connection, golfers are dreamers by nature, and fortunately in this great game, many wishes can become a reality. But what should be on your proverbial bucket list for this year and beyond? We surveyed regular golfers to identify some majestic layouts to experience. read more ...


The Golf Lover's Guide to England Book Review

Following his Guide to Scotland, author Michael Whitehead has returned with The Golf Lover's Guide to England, offering everything you could want to know about the nation's finest courses. Will Trinkwon has reviewed the book for us and shares his thoughts. read more ...


36 of the Best Golf Courses to Play in 2021

It's been a hugely challenging period for everyone and we're all looking for a glimmer of light at the end of a bumpy road in 2021. But where should you play in the coming year? We wanted to point you in the direction of venues that were showcased in great detail throughout the past 12 months. The Golfshake Ambassadors were on their travels, experiencing stunning layouts and reviewing them for us. It's here we bring that commentary together into one piece - 36 of the Best Golf Courses to Play in 2021! read more ...


Gil Hanse Designs Stunning New Course at Les Bordes in France

Highly respected architect Gil Hanse has completed a stunning design project that will soon be unveiled, creating the New Course at Les Bordes Golf Club, 90 minutes south of France. read more ...


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 ...


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 ...


20 Most Improved Golf Courses in England in 2020

It's been a year unlike any other we've experienced, but despite the impact of national lockdowns, golfers across England took full advantage of time they were given to play in massed numbers. But how did your favourite golf course fair in 2020? We have sought to identify England's biggest improvers, those which can boast a significant enhancement on their rating this year compared with 2019. read more ...


OGIO Golf Bag & Travel Product Review

Everyone is looking forward to the return of golf travel and the joy that can bring, but to make that process easy, you need to have the right gear. Fortunately, OGIO provides some of the best products available for the travelling golfer, something that Golfshake Equipment Expert Ryan Rastall had the opportunity to discover. 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 ...


Predict the Masters Champion to Win a UK Golf Holiday

This year's most unique of Masters Tournaments will provide a welcome distraction from the anxieties of 2020, but looking ahead to better days, the QHotels Group is offering a striking competition to win a golf break for 16 people at any of its acclaimed resorts. read more ...


Cumberwell Park Stay & Play Review

Cumberwell Park in Wiltshire is a modern venue that boasts 45 holes, split between four loops of nine and an excellent par 3 course. Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the opportunity to experience this Highly Recommended destination and shares his thoughts on what visitors can expect. read more ...


Hayling Golf Club Feature Review

Author Simon Hawkins was joined by two Ryder Cup players - Peter Dawson and Steve Richardson - to review the acclaimed Hayling Golf Club in Hampshire. Simon describes the venue, the course, and sums up what was a wonderful day on the links. read more ...


25 Must Play Golf Courses This Winter

Playing golf during these darker months isn't for everyone, but for the best winter golf experience, you need to know where to play. We pick out 25 Must Play Golf Courses, all of which are suitable for the time of year and come Highly Recommended on Golfshake. read more ...


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 ...


Heacham Manor Stay & Play Review

Heacham Manor has quietly established itself as a golf haven since its inception ten years ago. The family owned venue has continued to make significant investments to the golf course, accommodation and an incredible new clubhouse facility. Golfshake dispatched Ambassador Rob Treanor to get an early look at the new setup. read more ...


Blackmoor Golf Club Reveals Clubhouse Extension

Hampshire's revered Blackmoor Golf Club has revealed the extensive work completed at its clubhouse, expanding the bar and restaurant, including the creation of a first floor sun terrace with views across the Harry Colt designed course. read more ...


The West Lancashire Golf Club Feature Review

Founded in 1873, The West Lancashire Golf Club (‘West Lancs’) is among the oldest clubs in England and is home to a renowned course that is Highly Recommended on Golfshake. Richard Moore went to experience the layout for himself and see what the hype is about. read more ...


The Manor House Stay & Play Review

The Manor House Golf Club is a beautiful and classic parkland course set deep in the Cotswold Valleys offering stunning views, but what sets this venue apart is the accommodation and cuisine on offer. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken describes the experience of staying and playing there. read more ...


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 ...


Church Stretton Golf Club Feature Review

Church Stretton Golf Club is a unique venue, located atop the scenic Shropshire Hills, a stunning course that has welcomed the likes of Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam and Henry Cotton through the decades. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies decided to follow in their footsteps and experience this Highly Recommended layout for himself. read more ...


Woodbridge Golf Club Feature Review

Part of Suffolk's popular hotbed of heathland courses, Woodbridge Golf Club is a Highly Recommended venue on Golfshake and is widely considered to be a wonderful test of golf. Matt Holbrook went to experience the layout for himself. read more ...


Goodwood Downs Review: The Day I Beat Ian Poulter

Playing the mighty Downs Course at Goodwood Golf Club, Will Trinkwon describes the experience of playing this formidable layout from the back tees, a round that left him on the brink of a lifetime's best score, one that would have surpassed the number recorded years ago by Ian Poulter. What pressure. Here is his story. read more ...


The Golf Courses You SHOULD Have Played in 2020

This has been a year for experiencing new courses, but what highlights did you miss during the summer? Looking at venues that rated highly on Golfshake in 2020, discover the 25 layouts that you should have played this season. read more ...


Golf in Huelva - A Hidden Gem on the Costa de la Luz

Located on Spain’s Costa de la Luz, Huelva is a historic city that features some fine architecture, culture, great nightlife and delicious local and international food. It is also an ideal location for a highly affordable golf break. We take a closer look at the venues and layouts you can experience here. read more ...


Blackwell Golf Club Feature Review

Blackwell Golf Club is a private parkland course situated in Worcestershire, founded in 1893 and Highly Recommended on Golfshake. Midlands aficionado Mel Davies visited to experience the layout for himself and shares his thoughts in this new Feature Review. read more ...


The Perfect Place to Stay & Play Golf in Portugal

Portugal is an oasis for golfers, the Algarve has developed into one of Europe's most revered destinations, renowned for its immaculate climate and stunning courses. There are many pathways to access this treasure, among them is the NAU Hotels & Resorts group, the perfect place to start, with a selection of venues to discover on your next golf holiday. read more ...


Stoke by Nayland Stay & Play Review

Stoke by Nayland is a resort which features two championship golf courses at the heart of an impressive offering. Facilities at the hotel extend to a well-appointed spa and a range of award-winning restaurants which make it an ideal destination for a break. Golfshake Ambassador Rob Treanor describes it for us. read more ...


Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club Feature Review

Legendary Open Championship venue Royal Lytham & St Annes is one of the most formidable tests in British golf. Discovering it for himself, Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken describes the experience of playing this magnificent links. read more ...


Coxmoor Golf Club Feature Review

Located just north of Nottingham, Coxmoor Golf Club is a mature heathland course close to some highly regarded neighbours, but it has a quality pedigree in its own right. Golfshake Ambassador Kevin Heggie was thrilled to visit and experience the Highly Recommended venue for himself. read more ...


St Annes Old Links Golf Club Feature Review

St Annes Old Links was established in 1901 and is part of a magical area for golf. Highly Recommended on Golfshake, Andy Picken went to experience the revered layout for himself, a round he describes in this new Feature Review. read more ...


Discover the Golf Holiday of a Lifetime in Marbella

Part of the spectacular Costa del Sol, Marbella is a hugely popular destination in southern Spain, drawing holidaymakers and golfers each year. There is much to choose from, but one effective way to experience this stunning region is by staying in style at the Los Monteros Spa & Golf Resort Hotel, a magnificent venue that offers the unforgettable golf holiday of a lifetime. read more ...


Old Thorns Stay & Play Review

Highly Recommended on Golfshake, Old Thorns Golf and Hotel Spa is an exceptional venue for a golf break. Derek Clements recently experienced this popular destination in Hampshire for himself, describing his thoughts in this detailed review. read more ...


Sapey Golf Club Feature Review

Highly Recommended on Golfshake, Sapey Golf Club is celebrating its 30th anniversary and has matured into one of the outstanding courses in the rolling hills of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire border. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies visited to play and review the venue for us. read more ...


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 ...


Hillside Golf Club Feature Review

Hillside Golf Club has staged many top amateur and professional tournaments and is part of England's Golf Coast. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken recently experienced this revered venue and describes what it's like to play. read more ...


Kington Golf Club Feature Review

Herefordshire's Kington Golf Club is the highest 18-hole course in England and stands at 1,284 ft above sea-level at its highest point. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies recently visited the venue, played the layout, and shares his thoughts in this Feature Review. read more ...


50 of the Best Golf Courses to Play in Autumn

The nights are drawing in and winter is within reach, but thankfully we have that glorious transition season of autumn to enjoy first. Golf courses remain in magnificent shape and are just waiting to be experienced. Analysing over 15,000 reviews, we have discovered which venues you should visit at this time of year. read more ...


How Golf Breaks Have Changed With COVID Regulations

Golf breaks in the UK have taken on a whole new dimension as we learn to live with social distancing and Covid-19 restrictions, but thousands of golfers haven't allowed that to stop them enjoying a trip. We take a look at the advice and guidance on how things have to changed. 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 ...



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