18 Memorable Golf Courses You Must Play This Year |

What makes a golf course truly memorable? This is a question that is unique to the perspective of the individual; for some it’s the quality of the design, the challenge of the layout, the history behind the club or the landscape that surrounds it.

For this year, we wanted to find some of these routes, many of which you may not be familiar with.

Browsing through the responses to our 2021 Golfshake Course Survey and the favorites that golfers have played, we’ve selected sites that boasted reviews including keywords such as “gem, underrated, unknown and quirky” to put together a diverse collection of places you should consider playing this season and beyond.

We’d love to hear if you’ve experienced any of these yourself – perhaps leave a comment – and we’d love to hear your suggestions for other courses that can be considered memorable!

Location: Blundellsands, Liverpool

Golfshake Rating: 4.91

Survey comment: “One of the most underrated clubs in the UK. The general comment from those playing here for the first time is: ‘Why haven’t we been to this course before? ” “

Pennard Golf

Location: Southgate, Swansea

Golf Shake rating: 4.86

Survey comment: “That’s all I look for on a course. The view from the tees, the quality of the fairways and greens, the distance.”

Location: Kemnay, Inverurie

Golfshake rating: 4.69

Survey comment: “This is a gem in Aberdeenshire. Well laid out with a good combination of par 3, 4 and 5 holes.”

Studley Wood

Location: Horton-cum-Studley, Oxford

Golfshake Rating: 4.59

Survey Comment: “Always a warm and friendly welcome and a fabulous team of golf oriented people. A truly brilliant course with 18 individual and exciting holes, plenty of challenges with very well designed water coming into play. game. It is still in excellent condition whatever season you decide to venture into. Totally recommended.”

Location: Retford, Nottinghamshire

Golf Shake Rating: 4.58

Poll comment: “Rural gem. Quiet area and in great condition all year round. Friendly atmosphere and a real pleasure to play.”

Stoke Rocheford

Location: Grantham, Lincolnshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.55

Survey comment: “Set in scenic grounds, this is a challenging but fair golf course. Only 17 bunkers, but small greens mean accuracy is key. If you miss the fairways, it’s unlikely to hit the greens Incredibly challenging greens, an incredible backdrop of Stoke Rochford Maison and a bargain at £25 on weekdays.

Location: Southampton, Hampshire

Golfshake rating: 4.52

Survey comment: “Wonderful layout of Harry Colt moors near Southampton. Lots of variety, great greens, a real treat!”

Location: South Uist, Outer Hebrides

Golfshake rating: 4.33

Survey comment: “Golf in its purest form, in the most beautiful location, with the most stunning design using the natural terrain.”

Location: Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham

Golfshake rating: 4.29

Poll Commentary: “Golf at its natural and original best. Extraordinary views, outstanding greensites, MacKenzie, Old Tom and Quarries!”

Harewood Tops

Location: Amersham, Buckinghamshire

Golfshake rating: 4.27

Survey comment: “Tricky with lots of elevated greens well protected by bunkers. Also improves your game on the slopes. You get a great workout. Then rewarded with good food and drink at the clubhouse. Dollars , come see us.”

Goodwood Golf

Location: Goodwood, Chichester

Golfshake Rating: 4.25

Survey comment: “Absolutely unique downhill course with stunning views of South Sussex. The lookout after the 7th hole offers the best range of fresh, cooked-to-order, hot and cold food possible, with coffee and freshly brewed tea to accompany. Just the best golf experience.”

Painswick Golf Club

Location: Painswick, Gloucestershire

Golf Shake Rating: 4.22

Survey comment: “Great little course built on an Iron Age fort. Some of the most scenic holes in England. Best played in late April/May. Great value and a welcoming clubhouse. “

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.20

Survey comment: “This is incredible value for a course that has lots of strategic golf holes, views galore, a ridiculously good signing on April 3rd and most of all a blast of fun.”

Location: London, Essex

Golf Shake rating: 4.16

Survey comment: “Huge improvements over the last two years. A great test of golf, with the smallest green in the UK and great views over London. Arrive early and use all the practice facilities before begin.”

Location: March, Cambridgeshire

Golf Shake rating: 4.10

Survey comment: “Come and try the ‘Gem of the Fen’. Although it is a 9 hole course, it is not without challenges and is worth testing your skills and planning your shots. Having spent considerable time and money on additional greens drainage, I am sure the spring will live up to any green you would like to compare it to.”

Whitsand Bay Golf Club

Location: Portride, Cornwall

Golf Shake Rating: 4.09

Survey comment: “Cliff-top course with stunning views, some challenging holes and some quirky square greens (yes, squares!).”

Milford Golf Club

Location: Milford, Godalming

Golf shake rating: 3.90

Poll commentary: “Not a long course but plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested. Excellent four-hole finish with new 15s, 16s (now SI 1) and 17s. Buggies galore. Warm welcome.”

Lydd Golf Club

Location: Romney Marsh, Kent

Golf Shake rating: 3.75

Survey comment: “A challenging coastal course on the Romney Marshes, for any level of golfer, but particularly for medium to high handicap players. There is very rarely a day in Lydd where the wind does not blow not to some degree, which makes the challenge even more daunting.A feature of the course is that it is so important on many holes to hit the correct landing zone with your tee, or your second shot – and some of these areas are quite small! The course overall is generally in decent condition, and the wildlife around the course being in the marshes is interesting as well.”


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