Most Beautiful and Best Value Golf Courses in the UK & Ireland

With the British Open in full swing in Kent, this is bound to encourage some people to take advantage of the wide variety of golf breaks available throughout the UK and Ireland.

No matter what handicap you play off or how much you’ve got to spend, there’s sure to be something to suit every golfer. Here, we profile four key characteristics to assist you in picking out a course that fits your bill perfectly.

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Old Head Golf Course in Ireland

The best course

It has to be St Andrews, the ‘home’ of golf. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly why, but there’s something particularly special about playing golf in Scotland. Maybe it’s the challenging weather conditions; maybe it’s the stunning scenery or maybe it’s the feeling of tranquillity that you get from being in and around the picturesque coastal town of St Andrews itself. The par-72 Old Course is ranked by Tiger Woods as his “favourite course” on the planet, but don’t just take the former world number one’s word for it – go and play it for yourself!

The most beautiful course

There are plenty of worthy contenders that can stake a claim to this much-coveted mantle. Old Head in Ireland, though, takes some beating. Situated on a strip of land that protrudes into the Atlantic Ocean, Old Head is almost an island in itself. Nine of the holes here are right on the cliff tops, so expect a possible battering from the elements if you venture to this corner of County Cork. A lighthouse takes pride of place at the end of a remarkable headland on this par-72, 7,200-yard course.

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Old Head Golf Course in Ireland

The quirkiest course

Set in the heart of one of the most iconic pieces of woodland in the world is Sherwood Forest Golf Club, which holds a par-70 course. If you think you can breathe a sigh of relief because there are no water hazards here then think again. The 94 bunkers make up for this so keeping your concentration is key, which is easier said than done when faced with exhilarating views of the Nottinghamshire countryside.  The course gets progressively harder as you work your way around and the mammoth 522-yard eighth hole sets you up for a tricky back nine. It’s demanding, but immensely rewarding.

The best value-for-money course

Head to Royal St David’s in Wales to give your wallet an easier round. The price of playing a round of golf can vary from the sublimely cheap to the ridiculously expensive. Spending a fortune, of course, doesn’t always guarantee that you’ll be treated to the ‘best’ facilities and, by the same token, paying considerably less doesn’t mean you should fear the worse. A round at Royal St David’s, a par-69 links course located in Snowdonia National Park, can set you back as little as £32 during the summer months, making it one of the most affordable destinations in the UK. Expect a challenging last nine holes and large expansive greens set against a backdrop of a 13th century castle.

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Royal St David’s Golf Course





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