The UK plays host to a fantastic collection of golf courses and although it is not renown for its brilliant weather, the UK and Ireland still remain one of the best places to enjoy a golfing holiday. There are golf courses of all shapes and sizes so no matter what your looking for there is always the perfect course for you, from the breathtaking highlands of Scotland to the charming counties of Cornwall and Devon. A country cottage holiday gives you a fantastic opportunity to explore some of these fantastic golf courses as well as appreciate some of the beautiful countryside of the UK and Ireland. Discover the perfect property for a Self-catering golfing holiday in the UK and Ireland.

Woodhall Spa boasts two fantastic championship courses, home to firm sandy heathland fairways, great bunkering and beautiful ancient woodlands. It is also ranked 25th in world for best course and only 2nd in England. You will also find it is home to the English Golf Union.

Dundonald Links has become widely recognized as one of the best new golf courses in the UK, designed by Kyle Philips who boasts a strong reputation as one of the front runners in his profession. Found near Troon in Ayrshire Scotland, Dundonald boasts all the essential links with deep rough, pot bunkers, burns that snake their way through the course and the brisk wind from the Firth of Clyde testing your game.

Trevose is a relatively unknown course to golfers in the UK. This Championship course is one of the finest in the UK and anyone who enjoys links golf will not be disappointed. Whilst enjoying Colt's 6,863 yard classic you can take in the view of the spectacular Cornish coast backdrop and battle against the elements of the exposed landscape. Often described as Links Golf at its best!

Found along the famous Surrey sand belt, Sunningdale boasts two heathland courses, The old and the new. The Old course is a classic parkland layout with mature woodland and a pleasurable golfing experience. The New course a very different character and is designed to be more rugged and masculine however is still a beautiful place to enjoy inland golf.

The Royal Aberdeen is a quality James Braid designed course where golfers can expect treacherous pot bunkers, thick rough and no protection from the elements.

Another not so well known course, Hillside on the Southport coast is regarded in many peoples eyes as one of the finest tests of golf in the UK. The course boasts all the standard links golf attributes as well as some challenging additional features and towering trees which present a dramatic border to many holes.

Next is the Royal St. David's golf course found in the Harlech area of North West Wales. This course is not set in the most easily accessible position but is thoroughly justified thanks to its remarkable layout. The course is fairly short compared with most modern courses but has some quirky and subtle attributes that make the course a challenge anyway.

Although the two courses in Saunton have never hosted the Open Championship they are still regarded as among the best in the UK. Saunton West offers 18 of the finest and most dramatic links golf in the county as well as a set of burns and streams that weave throughout the course and a battle with the elements.

St. Andrews Links and Old Course is the oldest golf course in the world! Known as the 'home of golf' and an ultimate favourite amongst golfing aficionados. The course is completely at the mercy of the elements with a persistent breeze constantly changing the game. There is a unrivalled sense of history when playing this course and a golfing experience to die for.

Nefyn and District is a hidden gem and the old course is one of the UK's best kept secrets when it comes to golfing. The course is positioned in the most spectacular location on a small promontory that juts out from the Llyen Peninsula into the Irish Sea. With an 'edge of the world' feel, the Nefyn and District course truly is an amazing golfing experience. Some of the hazards that this course provides includes heather, blind drives and devilish bunkers. An unforgettable links golf experience with holes 12 and 13 making the trip worthwhile all alone.



Golfing in Ireland

Ireland boasts one of the top golfing destinations in the world because of its wonderful scenery, lush parkland, impressive coastlines and historical hospitality. The country is blessed with a fantastic abundance of great courses so there is bound to be something for everyone. Here are ten of the most recommended and recognized:

The Slieve Russel Golf Course is found in County Cavan within the Drumlin valley district of Ballyconnell and is one of the newest golf courses amongst this top ten list. Opening in 1992 this fantastic course became a golfing hit almost immediately with its parkland course boasting 300 acres of perfected gardens and 50 acres of lakes.

Located on the North coast of county Antrim we find the Royal Portrush golf course which is set in great surroundings including the ruins of the 13th century Dunluce Castle. You can find two impressive and challenging courses here, The Dunluce Links which will put even the experienced golfer to the test and The Valley Links which lies between huge sand hills.

Ballybunion Golf course is found in the beautiful coastal resort of Ballybunion on the south coast of Ireland in county Kerry. Another club boasting two courses Ballybunion is home to the New Course or Cashen Course and the Old Course. The Old course is an 18 hole course and is regarded as one of the finest links courses in the world. Both courses also boasts brilliant views of the Atlantic.

The next top golf course in Ireland is Druids Glen found in county Wicklow around 30km from the city of Dublin. Located between spectacular mountains and the roaring sea this parkland course comes into its own during the summer months when the plants and flowers are in full bloom creating a beautiful environment to enjoy a game of golf. There are also streams and forests to help build a natural heaven for the golfer.

In county Kilkenny you will find the spectacular Mount Juliet golf course near Thomastown. A Jack Nicklaus designed, 18 hole course that claimed the title of 'Best Parkland Course in Ireland'. Suitable for golfers of all abilities but a challenge for all with its stunning lakes, bridges and bunkers.

The Killarney Golf and Fishing club is found in a beautiful location beside the lake of Killarney with the McGillycuddy Mountain range as a spectacular backdrop. Just outside the town of Killarney in County Kerry this golf course is one of the oldest in Ireland. Killeen is the most challenging and popular course at the club whereas Lacabane is the newest with O'Mahony's point being the most scenic.

Our next top course is in county Clare near the beautiful village of Lahinch and so aptly named Lahinch Golf Course. The course has spectacular views over the Atlantic and is often referred to as the 'St Andrews of Ireland'. There are two courses here, the Old course and the Castle course which can both provide a tough enough challenge for even the most experienced golfer.

Portmarnock Golf Course is a gently undulating links course with 27 holes and a great location in Portmarnock Dublin. Occupying a small peninsula that sticks out into the Irish sea this course is an unforgettable experience. Fantastic picturesque views and a fair and enjoyable course with no tricks or trip ups.

We then have The K Club which has two courses the Palmer and the Smurfit and is found in Straffan in county Kildare. The Palmer course was chosen to host the Ryder Cup in 2006 and the Smurfit course is an inland links course boasting lakes, islands and wonderful flora and fauna.

Finally we have the Royal County Down Golf Club which is a world class links course found in Newcastle County Down. It is around 48km south of Belfast in Northern Ireland and boasts a majestic course at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. It has a challenging layout with sand hills, bunkers, heather dunes and gorse lined fairways.





















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