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. Golf tourism isn't as well developed in England, so there are plenty of hidden gems to be found as well the great classic courses. A golf trip to England is a must for every real golfer!
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, Hankley Common and Walton Heath are just some of the legendary courses.
Located in the south west of England, Devon & Cornwall are famous for their beautiful scenery and idyllic villages. Cornwall's premier course is the fabulous St Enodoc Golf Club, jam-packed with quirk and charm. Otherwise West Cornwall, Perranporth and Trevose offer wonderful golf as well the later having lovely lodge style accommodation.
Devon is home to the oldest golf course in England at Royal North Devon, Westward Ho! est. 1864. A little further north is the wonderful Saunton Golf Club with its two fine links courses, the East & West.
The counties of Dorset and Hampshire, Englands Jurassic coast has some wonderful courses. The heathland gems of Broadstone, Parkstone, Ferndown and Stoneham are superb. And the links of Hayling Island and coastal course of Isle of Purbeck are most definitely worth a visit.
The Kent coast is well known for its Open championship courses, three in a row, Royal St Georges, Royal Cinque Ports & Prince's Golf Club. Although the later two haven't been used since the 1930's. Littlestone and North Foreland and the more private Rye Golf Club round off the best golf in the south east of England.
Suffolk located about 2 hours north east of London on the North Sea coast offers a lovely array of fine golf courses. Starting with the heathland Woodbridge, Ipswich and Thorpeness Golf Clubs. Felixstowe is a links and the hidden gem of Aldeburgh Golf Club that plays like a links course but is actually a 1km from the sea.
The Liverpool and Lancashire coast also has three Open Championship courses. Royal Liverpool 'Hoylake', Royal Lytham & St Annes & Royal Birkdale Golf Club. 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 east is Ganton Golf Club, another wonderful maritime heathland.
England has a lot of everything and is the perfect destination with being easy to reach by land (tunnel), sea or air.
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