Golf courses you must play in the south of England |

The South of England covers a vast and diverse landscape, which is reflected in the variety of routes you can experience. From classic parks to stunning moorland and scenic links, there’s something for everyone in this part of the world and we’re delighted to share some of the best with you.

Looking at the reviews submitted in the Golf course sectionwe’ve isolated ratings entered specifically in the months of June, July, and August, with each of the sites featured showing a minimum of six positive summer ratings since 2019, making the reviews highly relevant.

Check out one near you and let us know how you do by posting your own review!

Location: Surrey

Golfshake rating: 4.97

Review comment: “A beautiful place to golf. The course was beautiful and it was an honor to play. The greens were crisp and fast and the fairways were firm and fair. I will definitely be back.”

Location: Cornwall

Golfshake Rating: 4.96

Review Comment: “Played in absolutely perfect conditions. The sun and a gentle breeze made this course incredibly playable and an absolute pleasure to play (although I didn’t play very well). Friendly atmosphere all around the location, the practice facilities were ideal for warming up your game, the course itself is exceptional.”

Worplesdon

Location: Surrey

Golf Shake rating: 4.95

Review comment: “Brilliant and deservedly highly rated golf course. Felt very welcome and thoroughly enjoyed. Definitely will be back.”

Saunton

Location: Devon

Golf Shake rating: 4.95

Review Comment: “The course is a regular top 100 course and I like the golf by the sea.”

Burnham and Berrow

Location: Somerset

Golf Shake rating: 4.94

Review Comment: “No wonder this course made it to the top 100 lists. Fantastic experience all round. We were lucky to get a deal, it might seem expensive otherwise. But a check on the to-do list.”

Oak Remedy

Location: Dorset

Golf Shake rating: 4.94

Review Comment: “Amazing course with amazing staff. Wish I lived in the Bournemouth area. The greens were the best I have ever played on.”

Location: Surrey

Golfshake rating: 4.92

Review Comment: “Amazing course in superb condition considering the dry weather we’ve had this year. The greens were like velvet. Beautiful views and challenging holes, highly recommend.”

Location: Kent

Golf Shake Rating: 4.89

Review comment: “The clubhouse is lavish. The course is immaculate. If you plan your way around it’s fun, but it makes you realize how good the pros are and need to tip out. ‘there’s no dull hole here.”

The manor

Location: Wiltshire

Golfshake rating: 4.77

Review comment: “The course was in amazing condition, a real test with all the trees now in full leaf. A pleasure as always and amazing to play.”

Location: Wiltshire

Golf Shake Rating: 4.66

Review comment: “Having played this course in the 1990s it is wonderful to see how it has matured and in the sunshine it shows the best of the Wiltshire countryside.”

Location: Devon

Golfshake rating: 4.64

Comment from the review: “The view really distracted me from golf! A beautiful course which is a good challenge but with stunning views of the Devon coast. On a beautiful summer day, what more could you ask for.”

Saint Mellion

Location: Cornwall

Golf Shake Rating: 4.63

Comment of the review: “A very good layout, a great challenge for all levels of golfer. Stunning views and still in great condition.”

Location: Somerset

Golf Shake Rating: 4.60

Review comment: “A wonderful course in my area. Very friendly staff and fantastic clubhouse facilities and practice area.”

Location: Oxfordshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.59

Comment of the review: “Incredible course, tricky. Very fast greens.”

Betchworth Park

Location: Surrey

Golfshake Rating: 4.59

Review Comment: “Wonderful course. You’d expect it from a Colt course, but I’m surprised how much of a secret it is. Beautiful setting. Challenging and fun holes. A real pleasure to play. to play.”

Buckinghamshire Golf Club

Location: Buckinghamshire

Golfshake rating: 4.57

Review comment: “Great weather and the course was in excellent condition. I will be back. The clubhouse food is very good too.”

Illfracombe

Location: Devon

Golf Shake rating: 4.54

Review Comment: “Fantastic course played in full sun and able to see the sea from every tee as they claimed. Great pro and shop and the food was amazing.”

Location: Kent

Golfshake rating: 4.53

Review Comment: “Interesting green complexes with fast rolling greens, cleverly placed bunkers and run off areas for loose shoots. Even the rough long grass has been set back enough to punish genuinely poor shots rather than simple decent shots that rolled down the hard dry fairways.”

Location: Berkshire

Golfshake rating: 4.52

Comment of the review: “The greens, fairways and bunkers are in very good condition. Very welcoming club with a nice outdoor and indoor bar area.”

Location: Hampshire

Golfshake rating: 4.52

Review Comment: “Love this course. It’s a brilliant layout and in immaculate condition. Everything from the welcome to the start is first class and a must do course.”

tall pines

Location: Somerset

Golfshake rating: 4.52

Review comment: “A sunny, breezy day and an excellent hearty lunch followed by a great round on a well maintained course with many interesting and challenging holes and a warm welcome as a visitor.”

Location: Kent

Golfshake rating: 4.51

Review comment: “The course is immaculate, the greens are very well maintained and consistent. The hospitality and clubhouse are excellent. I was made very welcome and the food is excellent.”

Hamptworth

Location: Wiltshire

Golfshake rating: 4.51

Review Comment: “As I understand the course is undergoing a lot of renovations and upgrades and these will only improve what is already a real gem. Absolutely loved it.”

Location: Surrey

Golf shake rating: 4.50

Comment of the review: “Excellent course with many different holes. Greens, fairways and bunkers in excellent condition. Warm welcome from all the staff.”

Addington Palace

Location: Surrey

Golf shake rating: 4.50

Review Comment: “Classically mature Surrey course, albeit a little hilly with the best greens in the county bar none!”

Sand Swifts

Location: Berkshire

Golf Shake rating: 4.49

Review comment: “Sand Martins is a very friendly golf club. The staff are very welcoming and the food is exceptional. The course is challenging but very fair and you can score good points if you play it strategically. It’s not a course to just bombard with the driver. The front 9 is a park and the back 9 is more of a links style.”

Cumberwell Park

Location: Wiltshire

Golf Shake rating: 4.47

Comment of the review: “Always pleasant to play here, the courses are all a little different and offer different challenges, in very good condition overall.”

Purley Downs

Location: Surrey

Golf Shake rating: 4.46

Comment of the review: “The best greens in Surrey all year round. Super draining course, so playable all winter.”

Location: Hampshire

Golf Shake rating: 4.46

Review Comment: “I enjoyed the class very much, the weather and the company were great. The food and drinks were reasonably priced and the service was good.”

Chartham Park

Location: West Sussex

Golf Shake rating: 4.46

Review comment: “A challenging park course in good condition. No two holes are the same, but watch out for the water. Very friendly club, clubhouse with all the usual facilities.”


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