100 Toughest Golf Holes in the UK

By: Golfshake Editor | Thu 21 Nov 2019 | Comments


There are many thousands of golf holes dotted across the United Kingdom, but which of them are the most challenging? It's impossible to judge definitively, however, the Golfshake Score Tracker is a route to make a considered assessment based on the data posted by everyday golfers across the country. 

We have studied rounds submitted in 2018 and 2019 from golfers with handicaps between 6 and 19, who shot rounds between 68 and 110, including courses with at least 25 scores posted on Golfshake during that time, a criteria to rule out anomalies and provide a reasonable sample to work from.

Remarkably, each of the 100 Toughest were the 18th holes on their respective courses. Exploring why the final hole is so hard is something we explored recently in a feature article, and these results only support that striking trend. For whatever reason, and there are likely several factors involved, the majority of layouts in the country have a noticeably difficult finish.

So, what do you consider to be the hardest hole at your course? For the Golfshake Community, these are the 100 Toughest Golf Holes in the UK.

The Belfry 18th

(18th Hole, The Belfry, Brabazon Course)

Parklands Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +4.03

Chobham Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.58

West Midlands Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.58

Warley Park Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.42

Cranham Golf Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.36

Boldmere Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.33

Kilworth Springs Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.27

Springwater Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.27

The Hertfordshire Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.26        

Marriott Forest of Arden Golf Club - Arden Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.20        

Boundary Lakes Golf Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.20

Droitwich Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.18

Vivary Golf Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.15        

West Malling Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.09

Hoebridge Golf Centre

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.07

Stocksfield Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.03

Hurtmore Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.96

Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa – Emerald Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.92

The Belfry - Brabazon

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.83

Willow Valley Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.79

Carnoustie 18th

(The 18th Hole, Carnoustie Golf Links, Championship Course)

Carnoustie Golf Links - Championship

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.77

Arscott Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.77

Peterstone Lakes Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.75

Blackburn Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.74

Bentley Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.72        

Silvermere Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.72        

Forest Hills Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.70

Willow Valley Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.70

Drumoig Golf Hotel

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.69

Hennerton Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.69

Brentwood Golf Centre (Hartswood)

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.69

The Manor House

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.68

Castle Point Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.68

Cams Hall Estate Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.68

Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club – West Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.68

Forest Pines Spa & Golf Resort

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.67

Falkirk Golf Club – Carmuirs Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.67

Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.67        

Rushmere Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.66        

Melton Mowbray Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.66

Pitreavie Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.66

Porthmadog Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.66

Staddon Heights Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.66

Newcastle United Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.65

Slaley Hall Golf Club - The Hunting Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.65

Dibden (Bramshott Hill) Golf Centre

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.65    

Hoylake Municipal Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.64    

Shortwood Lodge Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.63

Uttoxeter Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.63

Hendon Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.62

Chesterton Valley Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.61    

Garon Park Golf Complex

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.61

Moor Allerton Golf Club - Lakes Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.61

Hilltop Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.60

Normanton Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.60

Henllys Hall Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.60

Muswell Hill Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.60

Thorney Park Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.60

Filton Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.59

Ogbourne Downs Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.59

Southerndown Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.59    

Badgemore Park

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.59    

Bentra Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.58    

Cherwell Edge Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.58

Kirkhill Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.58    

Lee Park Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.58    

Ashbourne Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.57

Dartford Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.57    

Wellow Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.57    

Cobtree Manor Park Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.57

Swanston New Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.56

Waterfront Golf

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.56

Kingsthorpe Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.56

Houghton le Spring Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.56

Antrobus Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.56

East Renfrewshire Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.56

Goodwood Golf Club - Downs Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.56

The Rayleigh Club Golf Resort

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.56

Boringdon Park Golf Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.55    

Dore & Totley Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.55     

Portlethen Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.55

Langdon Hills Golf Centre

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.55    

Thornhurst Park Golf Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.55

Old Thorns Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.54

St Andrews Links - The Jubilee Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.54

Three Rivers Golf & Country Club - The Kings Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.54

Richings Park Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.54

Hawkstone Park Golf Club - Championship

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.54

Bicester Hotel, Golf & Spa

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.54    

Oldmeldrum Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.54

The Hampshire Golf Club - Manor Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.53

Kilton Forest Golf Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.53

Stevenage Golf Centre - Bragbury Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.53

High Post Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.53

Foxhills Club & Resort - Bernard Hunt

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.53

Sherdley Park Golf Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.53

Gatton Manor Hotel Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.52

Gaudet Luce Golf Club - Phoenix Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.52

Richmond Park Golf Club - Dukes Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.52

Craibstone Golf Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +2.52


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