While many are eyeing up the beautiful courses on the Spanish Costas and The Algarve for golf holidays in the sun, the gorgeous greens of the UK may be passed over. Whilst weather may be a major factor, the UK climate adds an extra dimension to the game – not only are you challenged by the fairways and putting greens, but you have to contend with all manner of weather conditions, often experiencing four seasons in one round of play. That should be seen as part of the challenge and fun of UK golf holidays.
When you compare hotel prices for a golf break in the UK compared to a golf break on the continent, the UK is going to win, purely as there’s no flight costs involved. Also, staying at home in the UK, you have the convenience of transport when driving to your hotel, and, let’s not forget, you can just throw your golf bag into the boot of your car and not have to worry about it in the cargo hold of an airplane.
Golf holidays can take you to all corners of the UK. The courses are of all types, all standards and it’s just a matter of choosing where you want to go, and what kind of course attracts you.
The UK’s links courses are a wonderful challenge. Set by the sea, they enjoy some spectacular settings, so your rounds can be played to the back drop of sand dunes, rocky cliffs or sweeping beaches. The sea breezes (or gusting winds) will really test those drives. Some of the best UK golf courses have a links setting; there are more than ninety links courses dotted around the entire coastline from Northern Ireland to the Norfolk Broads.
For gentler but equally scenic rounds of golf, inland UK offers courses set in rolling hills and downs. Courses in The Cotswolds, the South Downs, and on the Yorkshire Moors are usually found with excellent hotels nearby; many that have been converted from stately manor houses or antique coaching inns. Alternatively, you can up the drama factor by packing up the clubs and heading to the highlands of Scotland for courses with imposing craggy mountains as a backdrop, or to Wales for those beautiful mountains and deep valleys.
With more than 2,500 golf courses throughout the UK, in towns and villages, up hill and down dale, finding one for a golfing holiday or short break should be no problem.