Now that summer is here and golf courses nationwide are open and running smoothly, there is no better time to plan a golf break where you can relax in the sun and improve your game. We have chosen five of our favourite summer golf courses across the UK, that look more beautiful in summer than any other time of year. Whether you are looking to drive or fly across the country to finesse your golf, there are so many options available. If you are looking for a golf break or golf holiday in 2021, continue reading.
- Nefyn Golf Club: Wales
It is a rare occasion to play golf like the pros, looking out over the sea like at Pebble Beach or Kiawah Island, but this course in Gwynedd, Wales, is almost as close to it as you can get within the UK. With a layout of 27 holes, including an 18 hole championship course, the breath-taking scenery at Nefyn and District is one of a kind and must be played in person to appreciate it’s beauty. In addition, the course has a stretch of land pushing out into the Irish Sea which they refer to as the ‘Point’, a unique 9 hole experience which is second to none. Across May to September, the online green fee rates will cost you £51 Sunday to Thursday or £59 on Fridays and Saturdays. The course also has buggies, electric trolleys and push/pull trolleys to rent for the day. For more information about Nefyn and District Golf Course, visit their website.
2. Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club: Scotland
If your golf travels take you to the far reaches of Scotland, the Machrihanish Dunes Golf Course is a beautiful choice for your summer break. Not only are they picturesque but their resort oozes with history. There are two hotels to choose from if you would like to wake up a stones throw away from the course, and both of which are restored historic buildings that add to the charm of this course. Also situated at the ocean edge, this course is naturally constructed with beautiful wildlife and features six greens and five tees. Created over 130 years ago, the course remains in a beautifully maintained condition and is said to be the ‘world’s most natural course’. The online rates for this course average at £75 and buggies are available to hire. For more information, please visit their site.
3. Royal Liverpool Golf Club: England
If you are looking for a golf holiday that is less rural, then this could be the perfect choice for you, being only a half an hour drive from Liverpool’s City Centre. As a previous host of The Open Championship, this course has been played by professional golfers from across the world including Rory McIlroy himself. This course offers beautifully designed greens with a view of Welsh hills across the ocean, so it would be essential to take lots of great golfing photographs whilst visiting. The Royal Liverpool Golf Club will also be home to the 151st Open Championship in 2023.
4. Ganton Golf Club: England
If you are thinking about golfing in the countryside instead of by the sea, the Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire is a beautiful, idyllic venue to do just that. Having previously hosted the Ryder Cup, the course is known for its brilliant layout and stunning scenery. The Ganton Golf Club also offers Twilight golf after 4pm, 7 days a week at a fee of £75 so that you can play into the sunset. With 18-holes, there are plenty of chances for you to get that birdie that you’ve been practicing back at home. For more information, view their site.
5. Prince’s Golf Club: England
Neighbouring course to Royal St. George’s Golf Club – the home to this year’s 149th Open Championship, Prince’s Golf Club is located in the South East of England, within The Garden of Kent. The course itself is divided into three; the Shore, the Dunes and the Himalayas. With the ocean backdrop, the course is beautiful to look at but no mean feat for golfers. The Himalayas course sees north easterly breezes that can carry your ball much further than you intended it to go. The Prince’s Golf Club Course is a great addition to your golf travel bucket list and honestly, must be seen in person.
Whilst travelling in the UK might not be what some of us had in mind for our summer holidays this year, these courses and their beautiful scenery can make England feel a million miles away. If you are looking to travel with your golf equipment, make sure you have your clubs covered. Check out our golf travel accessories at Golf Gear Direct.