The British Isle is internationally known for its famous golf courses. Golf originated in Scotland and later spread into England and Wales. Britain is especially famed for its seaside golf links, developed on natural sand dunes. However, there are many inland golf courses that are as famous as the traditional seaside links. Many of these are laid out on Heartland or Moorland.
Scotland : Golf originated on Scotland’s east coast and in the south west around Prestwick. Today there are more than 600 golf courses in Scotland; some old, some new, some famous and some you have never heard of. Many golfers are familiar with the great links of Scotland, especially those that have hosted the Open Championship: St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Turnburry, Royal Troon, Gleneagles, and Prestwick. These are some of the best and most famous golf courses in the world. But there are many more fine courses scattered across the country.
In Scotland golf is plaid by everyone, and council-owned courses, with low fees and easy access, are common throughout the country. For instance the Old Course of St Andrew’s and Musselburgh Links, the oldest course in the world, are public courses, open for everyone to play. The many high quality courses, the historic links courses and the relatively easy access to play where golf legends have plaid, make Scotland the ultimate destination for golfers around the world.
England : Golf is a well-established sport in England. There are in excess of 1,900 golf clubs; many of these clubs have a long history. Although there are golf courses spread all over the country, England can be split into three main golfing areas; Northwest England, Kent, and Metropolitan London.
The Northwest is home to England’s highest concentration of British Open championship links courses, including the three Royal Links courses: Royal Birkdale in the stunning coastal resort of Southport, Royal Liverpool at Hoylake on the Wirral Peninsula, and Royal Lytham & St Annes in Lancashire. There are in total 20 of the most beautiful golf courses on this England’s Golf Coast, stretching from Heswall Golf Course on the Wirral right up to Fairhaven Golf Course, north of Blackpool.
Kent’s great golf courses are also host to Open Championship courses; the Royal St George’s is host to the 2011 championship and the Royal Cinque Ports was host in the past. Among other great courses in this area are: the Princes Course and the historic Parkstone Golf Club. In the Metropolitan London area one finds some of the country’s most prestigious golf clubs and resorts like Wentworth, Sunningdale, Walton Heath, The Birkshire, St. George’s Hill, Swindley Forest, and Woburn.
Wales is a small country within the United Kingdom that is often overlooked as a golfing destination, but Wales has some of the best golf clubs and courses. In total Wales has around 200 courses to choose from; some of which have hosted national and international championships. Most notable of these are St Pierre, host to the 1996 Solheim Cup, and Celtic Manor Resort in Gwent, host to the 2010 Ryder Cup.
Wales offers numerous quality links courses and a great selection af parkland courses in the valleys. Visitors have a great choice of course types, course scenery and course challenge to choose from. Golf in Wales is rarely crowded and rarely expensive. With low fees and no waiting, Welsh golf courses provide great value.