25 Golf Courses You Must Play This Winter |

It’s starting to look a lot like winter! But for those of us who want to keep playing through these tough months, it helps to know exactly what the best courses to visit are.

Fortunately, this is where our Courses section and Golf Shake Community (who have reviewed sites in the tens of thousands) become particularly useful in helping you discover these winter gems.

Bringing you the first of several in-depth articles, we’ve isolated destinations according to strict criteria, based on their Global mark winter months submitted since 2019, in addition to highlighting places that excel for their Course conditionshoping you get closer to layouts that remain in excellent condition for the time of year.

Due to the targeted criteria, the vast majority of sites are in Englandbut if you look closely, you might spot a few outposts based elsewhere!

Location: Cornwall

Golfshake Ranking: 4.63

Winter Golf Rating: 5.00

Course Condition Rating: 5.00

Review comment: “The perfect two course property with two excellent courses, The Nicklaus is amazing and will definitely be returning again and again. Great bar, food and spa and very good rooms with picturesque views. Highly recommend for a weekend of golf, but make sure you can hit it straight if you play the Nicklaus!”

Location: Worcestershire

Golfshake Ranking: 4.62

Winter Golf Rating: 5.00

Course Condition Rating: 5.00

Review Comment: “CBGC is a hidden gem of a 9 hole course. Friendly members, a well maintained course and an excellent pro shop and clubhouse. Worth the detour.

Hadley Wood

Location: Hertfordshire

Golfshake Ranking: 4.23

Winter Golf Rating: 5.00

Course Condition Rating: 5.00

Comment of the review: “Beautiful course, every hole was unique. It was in fantastic condition and the greens were amazing. Very fast and hilly.”

Location: Yorkshire

Golfshake Ranking: 4.44

Winter Golf Rating: 5.00

Course Condition Rating: 5.00

Review Comment: “Cleveland is a fantastic course and a great test of anyone’s game. Excellent greens ran fast and true. Very friendly members and staff.”

Corhampton Golf Club

Location: Hampshire

Golfshake Ranking: 4.43

Winter Golf Rating: 5.00

Course Condition Rating: 5.00

Review comment: “Friendly staff and members, quality greens and course maintenance. Will always go back.”

Location: Northumberland

Golfshake Ranking: 4.49

Winter Golf Rating: 5.00

Course Condition Rating: 4.83

Comment from the review: “A difficult course which is very well maintained. Exceptional backdrop and views, very fair layout, respect the fairways and a good score is possible, the rough is a real danger. Difficult to criticize the course of the everything and at an incredible price.”

Location: West Sussex

Golfshake Ranking: 4.38

Winter Golf Rating: 5.00

Course Condition Rating: 4.83

Review Comment: “Still amazing, I can’t rate this golf club enough. Such a pleasure to play and always in great shape.”

Saint Andrew

Location: Fife

Golfshake Ranking: 4.96

Winter Golf Rating: 5.00

Course Condition Rating: 4.75

Review Comment: “The Old Course is the ultimate golf course. The greatest golf course on the planet.”

The manor

Location: Wiltshire

Golfshake Ranking: 4.77

Winter Golf Rating: 5.00

Course Condition Rating: 4.75

Comment of the review: “An incredible golf challenge and a spectacular course. Many typical holes with steep slopes and wooded valleys. Well maintained bunkers and beautiful greens.”

Chartham Park

Location: West Sussex

Golfshake Ranking: 4.45

Winter Golf Rating: 5.00

Course Condition Rating: 4.75

Review comment: “The course was in excellent condition, the greens were slow but challenging, the setting is lovely. Some very interesting holes, a bit of everything for golfers of varying degrees I would say, but a nice club- house and plenty of parking space.”

Seacroft Golf Club

Location: Lincolnshire

Golfshake Ranking: 4.10

Winter Golf Rating: 5.00

Course Condition Rating: 4.75

Review Comment: “Seacroft is a beautiful seaside course which has undergone considerable investment to restore the course to its original origins, it is everything you would expect from a golf club in quality.”

Bottom of Ogbourne

Location: Wiltshire

Golfshake Ranking: 4.42

Winter Golf Rating: 5.00

Course Condition Rating: 4.62

Review comment: “A course in great condition. Bunkers full of good sand which helps with any problems. Immaculate greens and very hard to read – challenging. Great views. Excellent pace of play. Clubhouse and pro very friendly shop, with many food options.”

Location: Leicestershire

Golfshake Ranking: 4.66

Winter Golf Rating: 5.00

Course Condition Rating: 4.50

Review comment: “The course was in excellent condition for the time of year. Will play again!”

Location: Staffordshire

Golfshake Ranking: 4.84

Winter Golf Rating: 4.93

Course Condition Rating: 4.96

Review comment: “We played a four ball this month and were very pleasantly surprised by this little gem, the greens were exceptionally well maintained, the game was fast with no lags and our favorite hole was the 14th.”

Location: Gloucester

Golfshake Ranking: 4.14

Winter Golf Rating: 4.86

Course Condition Rating: 4.86

Review comment: “Worth a visit. Good greens, fairways not too closed, but still a challenge. Nice water hazards on a few holes, but very nice terrain to get the driver out, although the accuracy is not your best game.”

Location: Hampshire

Golfshake Ranking: 4.46

Winter Golf Rating: 4.86

Course Condition Rating: 4.71

Review comment: “Very nice golf course with a really friendly atmosphere. You get a warm welcome and the facilities are really nice.”

Location: Worcestershire

Golfshake Ranking: 4.69

Winter Golf Rating: 4.85

Course Condition Rating: 4.92

Review Comment: “Visited mid week and was blown away by how good it was. From tee to green it is very well laid out. The greens were very good and the course played very well.”

The Grove

Location: Hertfordshire

Golfshake Ranking: 4.92

Winter Golf Rating: 4.83

Course Condition Rating: 4.67

Comment of the review: “The Grove was in excellent condition and a fantastic course to play. The food was excellent and the service excellent.”

Location: Buckinghamshire

Golfshake Ranking: 4.96

Winter Golf Rating: 4.80

Course Condition Rating: 4.80

Review comment: “Play here every year, never disappointed, fantastic condition.”

Location: Gloucester

Golfshake Ranking: 4.23

Winter Golf Rating: 4.80

Course Condition Rating: 4.80

Review Comment: “Excellent course with lots of character and beautiful surroundings. So good I recently joined as a member!”

Gainsborough

Location: Lincolnshire

Golfshake Ranking: 4.19

Winter Golf Rating: 4.80

Course Condition Rating: 4.80

Review Comment: “Enjoyed playing at Gainsborough very much. Fairly challenging with some tricky holes. Course was in excellent condition. Facilities excellent.”

Location: South Yorkshire

Golfshake Ranking: 4.03

Winter Golf Rating: 4.80

Course Condition Rating: 4.80

Review Comment: “Love this course, in great condition, only downside is lots of others love it too, can get very busy at times!”

Thorpeness Golf Club

Location: Suffolk

Golfshake Ranking: 4.48

Winter Golf Rating: 4.80

Course Condition Rating: 4.60

Review comment: “This is a lovely course that I would happily return to again and again. Never boring, great variety of holes. Great clubhouse and bar. Excellent service and food.”

Prince's Golf Club

Location: Kent

Golfshake Ranking: 4.60

Winter Golf Rating: 4.79

Course Condition Rating: 4.71

Comment of the review: “Excellent course, facilities and very friendly. The good weather helped to make our stay memorable. The best links I have played other than Turnberry.”

Westerham Golf Club

Location: Kent

Golfshake Ranking: 4.15

Winter Golf Rating: 4.75

Course Condition Rating: 5.00

Comment of the review: “A very well maintained course. A good variety of holes, some quite difficult. The greens are true and fast. Very nice clubhouse, with good outdoor seating.”


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