There are around 1900 golf courses in England and with a wide variety of landscapes it offers unparalleled diversity in types of courses. Whether you're looking for links, heathland, downland, clifftop or parkland golf, England has it all.
When golf moved from the seaside links closer to the population centres, the heathlands were seen as the ideal location for the inland golf. The first heathland courses were build in the 1890's south west of London in Surrey and the Berkshires. Woking, Sunningdale, Swinley Forest, Hankley Common, Wentworth, St Georges Hill and Walton Heath are just some of the legendary courses.
In the south west of England we find the counties of Devon & Cornwall. Both 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 latter having lovely lodge style accommodation.
Devon is home to the oldest golf course in England at Royal North Devon, Westward Ho! est 1864. There is also a wonderful 36 holes at Saunton Golf Club, the East & West course are two of Englands finest links courses.
South east England or 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 have all hosted the Open. Littlestone and North Foreland make this area well worth your while to make a visit.
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 Thorpness 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 North West of England or Liverpool and Lancashire coast has its three Open Championship courses, Royal Liverpool 'Hoylake', Royal Lytham & St Annes and 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 sort of pilgrimage, 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, 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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