The Most Played & Most Reviewed Golf Courses in 2020
Here at Golfshake we enjoy compiling a variety of golf course lists and recommendation features from the data derived from our leading online golf course directory and review system.
Rather than simply providing a list of the 'best' or 'top ranked' courses we hope our lists and features serve as a way to feature and highlight as many golf courses as possible based on a varied range of categories.
With 2020 now behind us and having just completed the Golfshake 2020 year in review, below we take a slightly different look at the Golfshake data and identifiy the most popular courses in terms of those played and those reviewed in 2020 via the Golfshake system.
The Most Played Courses in 2020
The 5 courses below all had several thousand rounds tracked against them from the members of the Golfshake Score Tracker in 2020 and serve as some popular venues whilst still being highly rated from the Golfshake reviews.
"Fantastic conditions on course again, club is so well run and money being invested in continually upgrading course. gets better year after year, well worth a visit."
Golfshake Rating 4.31
"Great course all year round. Drains brilliantly and the greens are always in good condition. Very rare for the course to be closed even when every other club in the area is. Excellent driving range with Top Tracer bays. Two practice greens, one for putting, one for chipping. Practice bunker and great par 3 academy course. Food always good and the staff are superb."
Golfshake Rating 4.31
"A course worth visiting"
Golfshake Rating 4.43
"Three enjoyable courses for all levels of golfer. In good condition considering the amount of usage as it’s very accessible. Overall good value for money and generally and enjoyable round of golf, whichever course you play."
Golfshake Rating 3.9
"Great course fantastic condition."
Golfshake Rating 4.45
The Most Reviewed Courses in 2020
As well as playing lots of golf the Golfshake members also reviewed a lot of golf courses with the system now storing over 260k independent golf course reviews. The most reviewed courses in 2020 were:
"My favourite affordable course. We always make sure to visit Pine Ridge at least once a year."
Golfshake Rating 4.24
"Course was immaculate pace of play was good, greens very fast well worth the money will definitely play there again"
Golfshake Rating 4.95
"Played Surrey National for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it. Lovely course layout using the natural contours of the land. Would love to play again."
Golfshake Rating 4.07
"Cobtree is a lovely, but tight golf course. the greens are always in great condition! Playing from the fairway is imperative!"
Golfshake Rating 3.93
"Great course, friendly staff, very enjoyable greens with plenty to read! Could be far more challenging if the rough was a little longer, but overall a great little track."
Golfshake Rating 4.31
Thoughts From Golfshake Reviewers
We also heard from 2 of Golfshake's most prolific course reviewers this year who provided some insights into their golf in 2020. Both are not attached to a golf club so tend to play a wider variety of golf courses with both reviewing well over 50 courses on Golfshake in 2020. Steven K commented:
"I’m not a member of a golf course which at present, suits my circumstances. I travel a lot and whilst 2020 has restricted this, I’ve still managed to play circa. 60 rounds at over 50 different courses which is consistent with previous years. As a non-member, it has been harder to obtain tee times due to various Covid related restrictions/courses not taking visitor bookings, which is understandable.
I enjoy the variety of experiencing new courses, it’s always hard to pick favourites but this year my favourite ‘new’ course was Wallasey – a true links course with some brutal rough and excellent views. Best round of the year, Kilspindie ; my first sub-80 on Golfshake on a classic Scottish links course. My overall favourite course though hasn’t changed. For me, Ganton has a charming ‘going back in time’ feel about it. The course offers a links feel with brutal bunkering combined with heathland aspects. If I lived closer, contradicting myself, I’d join tomorrow!"
Due to this geographic location Pete H is also not averse to travelling to play golf:
"I live in London so am used to getting out of town to play. Pre March Lockdown it was as wet as now & it was a case of finding where drained best at my budget. Banstead Downs was the answer & went back in Autumn. During the Summer I also sought out some new James Braid courses to play and thoroughly enjoyed Romford & Henley. Nearer to London, both Harewood Downs & Brickendon were brilliant. The greens at Harewood were the best I played on all year."
The Top Rated Courses in 2020
An additional mention must go to the following 5 courses who all had more than 5 reviews submitted with every review being submitted for the overall rating being 5*. This are 5 venues that should be on every golfers list to play!
"The course was in great condition, greens quick and true, aprons manicured. The course is wonderfully designed, in particular the back nine all the holes were stunning."
"Such a great set up. So many options for a good round of golf weather that be 9 holes or a full 18 or even a full day of 36. great courses and each one different."
Golfshake Rating 4.65
"Very enjoyable day. Course in excellent condition. Highly recommend the course and everyone very friendly and welcoming."
"Links Golf at its Best, Fantastic challenge, loved every minute"
"A wonderful Links and truly worth a visit. Being a member I am in the fortunate position of playing the course regularly. Nevertheless, it is, amongst its peers on the North West Coast, one of the best."
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