The best English golf courses to play in the spring |

Spring is a magical time of year for golfers as we cast off the shackles of winter and enter the peak of the season, but playing the right courses can make this transition all the more memorable.

Whether it’s because of their packaging or the value they offer, there are plenty of highlights across England that you should consider checking out ahead of summer.

By studying the thousands of reviews submitted in the Golf course section over the past five years – particularly those listed during the months of March, April and May – we are delighted to reveal just 30 of the best English golf courses to play in the spring.

Enjoy!

Cleveland Golf Club

Region: North

New Spring Odds: 5.00

Golf Shake Rating: 4.44

Review Comment: “Cleveland is a fantastic course and a great test for anyone’s game. Rough is penalized if you stray too far. The areas between the fairways when off the line offered at least the possibility to find your ball. The greens are excellent, run fast and true.”

Coxmoor Golf Club

Region: East Midlands

New Spring Odds: 5.00

Golfshake Rating: 4.55

Review Comment: “Amazing club. It really has it all. Can’t praise them enough. Course, views, staff, facilities 110%.”

Cavendish Golf Club

Cavendish

Region: East Midlands

New Spring Rating: 4.97

Golfshake rating: 4.64

Review Comment: “The best course and everyone from the pro to the clubhouse staff to the members couldn’t have accommodated us more!”

Penrith Golf Club

Region: North

New Spring Rating: 4.89

Golf Shake rating: 4.35

Review Comment: “We went last week and the course was in excellent condition for the time of year. The greens were excellent and challenging. Worth a visit.”

Royal Cromer Golf Club

Region: East

New spring rating: 4.88

Golf Shake rating: 4.76

Review Comment: “Great holes, incredible scenery, superb condition and great hospitality. The captain went out of his way to accommodate us. You must play it if you get the chance.”

Bawburgh Golf Club

Bawburgh

Region: East

New spring rating: 4.86

Golf Shake rating: 4.37

Review Comment: “This is such a great course to play, the hospitality was excellent. The course was in great condition, the greens were quite fast. A must play if in this area.”

Blundell’s Hill Golf Club

Region: North

New spring rating: 4.86

Golf Shake Rating: 4.62

Review Comment: “Fantastic course. Very challenging. Highly recommend this course.”

Broadstone Golf Club

Broadstone Golf

Region: South West

New spring rating: 4.86

Golf Shake rating: 4.86

Review comment: “Great variation, excellent condition, challenging layout, helpful staff, great views.”

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

royal lytham

Region: North

New spring rating: 4.86

Golf Shake rating: 4.94

Comment of the review: “Top quality course, perfectly prepared.”

Sand Martins Golf Club

Sand Swifts

Region: South

New Spring Rating: 4.85

Golf Shake rating: 4.49

Review comment: “Fantastic golf club. Two different loops of 9. Front is parkland and back is more links style. Beautiful greens, but very subtle breaks, so hard to read. Staff adorable and extremely friendly welcome and service.”

Burnham Beeches Golf Club

Region: South

New spring rating: 4.83

Golf Shake Rating: 4.40

Review comment: “Great variety of holes and a real test for medium to high handicap players. Will definitely be back to play again.”

Ormskirk Golf Club

Region: North

New spring rating: 4.83

Golf Shake Rating: 4.41

Review Comment: “Great course, fairways are soft, grass is like walking on felt. First cut good enough to play on. Greens are immaculate. Really friendly pro shop.”

Royal Liverpool Golf Club

royal liverpool

Region: North

New spring rating: 4.83

Golfshake Rating: 4.96

Review comment: “If you want to play an open course this has to be one of the best. Although we had rain and wind the course played fairly and the condition it was in was amazing. A very warm welcome from everyone at the club too. If you get the chance, play there.”

Stockport Golf Club

Region: North

New spring rating: 4.83

Golf Shake Rating: 4.58

Comment of the review: “Exceptionally well maintained, a very fair test for all levels of golfer. Welcoming clubhouse.”

Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell)

Region: East Midlands

New spring rating: 4.82

Golfshake rating: 4.88

Review comment: “Fantastic site. Very challenging golf course that rewards accurate tee shots and good putting on the tricky greens.”

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

Burnham and Berrow

Region: South West

New Spring Rating: 4.80

Golf Shake rating: 4.94

Review comment: “Great links course, tough challenge, consistent greens.”

Golf d’Enville

Region: West Midlands

New Spring Rating: 4.80

Golf Shake Rating: 4.84

Review comment: “We played a fourball 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.”

Rochester Golf Club and Cobham Park

Region: Southeast

New spring odds: 4.79

Golfshake rating: 4.53

Comment of the review: “This is a beautiful course, very scenic and the staff are very friendly and helpful.”

Wallasey Golf Club

Wallasey

Region: North

New spring rating: 4.78

Golf Shake Rating: 4.73

Review Comment: “Proper links, great views, brutal roughness and great holes. A brilliant course and a warm welcome.”

Vale Royal Abbey

Vale Royal Abbey

Region: North

New spring rating: 4.76

Golf Shake Rating: 4.44

Evaluation comment: “A course that plays well and in good condition. Perfect conditions with a pleasant course.”

Bedlingtonshire Golf Club

Region: North

New Spring Rating: 4.75

Golfshake rating: 4.33

Comment of the review: “Excellent value for money, challenging holes, superb greens and brilliant drainage. The clubhouse is very friendly.”

Hartsbourne Golf & Country Club

Region: East

New Spring Rating: 4.75

Golf Shake rating: 4.49

Comment of the review: “Good breakfast in the restaurant to start. The staff were very helpful and everyone was very friendly. The course was amazing and wonderfully maintained.

West Lancashire Golf Club

Western Lans

Region: North

New Spring Rating: 4.75

Golfshake Rating: 4.91

Review Comment: “This is a must-visit golf course for pure quality and a real test of links, and you should make the most of the warm welcome and hospitality.”

Farnham Golf Club

Region: Southeast

New Spring Rating: 4.75

Golf Shake Rating: 4.41

Comment of the review: “Very attractive course through moorland and parkland. Undulating fairways, interesting greens, good bunkers. Every hole is a good challenge.”

Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort

Region: South

New spring rating: 4.73

Golf Shake Rating: 4.66

Review Comment: “Good layout with some clever bunkers inviting you to go when a layup is a good option. Like all good courses, bring your A game. Really enjoyed playing here.”

Woburn Golf Club

Region: South

New spring rating: 4.71

Golfshake Rating: 4.96

Review Comment: “Great course, well maintained, some really challenging holes and the greens were in amazing condition for the time of year.”

Clitheroe Golf Club

Region: North

New spring rating: 4.71

Golf Shake rating: 4.37

Review comment: “Gorgeous weather and a course to match, you get what you pay for and it’s the best course I’ve played.”

Hillside Golf Club

Hillside

Region: North

New spring rating: 4.71

Golf Shake rating: 4.94

Review Comment: “Condition, prestige, first class clubhouse and facilities, very welcoming members, staff provided excellent hospitality and most importantly a beautiful golf course.”

Kings Norton Golf Club

Region: West Midlands

New spring rating: 4.71

Golf Shake rating: 4.36

Review Comment: “A real thrilling golf course with length, beautifully manicured fairways, ditches, bunkers, mature trees, forest, ponds, streams, doglegs. These things above , of course, are all the things we love as golfers so you really After your game the club facilities and service are truly warm, friendly and impressive Highly recommended and a great course to play.

Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Royal Birkdale

Region: North

New spring rating: 4.71

Golf shake rating: 5.00

Review comment: “It was amazing playing the course the pros play, taking those nostalgic shots, imagining where Spieth played his recovery at 13 before winning in 2017. The round is full of memories like that.”


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