England has around 1900 golf courses and with a wide variety of landscapes it offers unparalleled diversity in types of golf. Whether you're looking for links, heathland, downland, clifftop or parkland golf, England has it all. With many wonderful regions to discover there are plenty of hidden gems to be found as well the great classic courses.
The south west of England, Devon & Cornwall are famous for their beautiful scenery, sandy beaches, idyllic villages and great local cuisine. The premier courses in the counties are St Enodoc and Englands oldest golf course Royal North Devon, Westward Ho! est. 1864. The counties of Dorset & Hampshire, on Englands 'Jurassic' or south coast has a wonderful mix of all the above mentioned varieties of landscapes. From the links on Hayling Island to the heathlands of Broadstone Golf Club
The Kent coast is famous for its Open Championship venues off past and present, Royal St Georges, Royal Cinque Ports and Prince's Golf Clubs. Further afield are the splendid courses of Littlestone, North Foreland and the more private Rye Golf Club that round off the best golf in the south east of England.
The historic kingdom of East Anglia comprises of the counties of Suffolk & Norfolk. Located some 2 to 3 hours north east of London on the North Sea Coast the region is highlighted by some terrific traditional English golf. One of the typical features being the railway sleepers in the bunkers and the prevalence of the game of foursomes. Courses such as Royal West Norfolk, Hunstanton, Aldeburgh and Ipswich are just some of the must plays in this amazing corner of English golf.
When golf moved from the seaside links closer to the population centres, the heathlands were seen as the ideal location. The first 'inland links' were build in the 1890's south west of London in Surrey. Woking, Sunningdale and Walton Heath are just some of the great courses in this phenomenal region for golf.
The Liverpool / Lancashire coast has a trio of Open rota courses. The legendary Royal Liverpool 'Hoylake', Royal Lytham & St Annes and Royal Birkdale Golf Clubs. But don't think the good golf ends there, Formby, Hillside, Southport & Ainsdale and West Lancashire are all top courses.
Visiting Leeds in Yorkshire is a pilgrimage of sorts, with opportunity to play Alister Mackenzie's first two designs, Alwoodley and Moortown. Both are fantastic examples of MacKenzie strategic golf design. About 75 min to the east near the city of Scarborough is Ganton Golf Club, a superb links famous for its 'pits' very deep bunkers.
England has a lot of everything and is the perfect destination being easily reached by land (tunnel), sea or air.
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