The 10 top Golf-break destinations in the UK
Holiday breaks are a necessity in today’s hustle & bustle life; an escape to help relieve you of the almost never-ending commotion normal work life brings. They help you to get away from the usual stress and get you fresh and relaxed again, at least for a short while before you need another.
People usually love to visit some place new or some place with that odd bit of magic to captivate them and drive their minds out of the work garage, and the UK with all its many relaxation spots all over provide great opportunities to do just that.
There are many places in the UK that are ideal places to visit if you want a holiday break. And if you love golf and are in need of a golf break, you are so in luck, as there are many resorts in the UK which offer some of the best golf breaks in the world.
Why is the UK Such a Great Place for Golf?
The rich variety of landscapes that the UK possesses makes it a golf haven. The UK has some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world with about a 1000 golf courses including many championship courses, and though the weather here may not always be great, you will definitely have a great experience playing excellent golf. From distinct land links and heathlands to remote woodlands and alluring parkland, the UK provides the complete golfing experience.
Quick fact: You do not have to break the bank to get yourself an amazing golf break as there are golf breaks for every budget size. Holiday lettings for golf breaks do not have to be a problem. You could choose to go alone, with your partner or in a group with your family or friends. There’s something for everyone.
Asides the lush golf courses on offer, you will also have the opportunity to visit the many beautiful, rich historic villages and towns embedded around and take in the lovely sights. A golf break in the UK with stay and play golf packages is an opportunity you definitely do not want to miss.
Wondering where of the many golf resorts in the UK you should go for your golf break?
While there are many golf breaks in the UK, there are some that definitely stand out. These outstanding spots are bucket list-worthy golf destinations that are bound to provide you with the very best golfing experience, together with being such iconic golf sites for decades.
These resorts on this list are not your average, make-do-with destinations. They are world-class destinations which can stand their own with any around the world. You can visit alone, with your partner as a couple, with friends or co-workers as a group. It’s entirely up to you. With top-quality and relative affordability in mind, here are 10 of the very best locations for a golf break that the UK has to offer:
The Belfry Hotel & Resort, Midlands, UK (£340-£590 for classic double rooms depending on season)
The Belfry Hotel & Resort is located at Lichfield Road, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, enclosed by 500 acres of countryside on the A446 road. The resort has 319 bedrooms and suites, Bel Air Nightclub, 2 bars and restaurants, 22 conference and event suites, a PGA golf academy, a golf shop and a state-of-the-art leisure club and a luxury spa. The Leisure club has a fully-equipped gym, a pool, sauna and solarium. Guests can relax here for free.
The Belfry’s enviable strategic position ensures the Birmingham Airport and the city centre are only a 20-minute drive away. The Bullring Shopping Centre and the NEC Birmingham are themselves 13 and 8 miles (12.87 km) away, respectively.
The Belfry’s polished, serene rooms, together with having flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, either overlook the countryside or have stunning views of the golf course. The rooms each have a hairdryer in the private bathroom.
Room service and reception are available 24/7. The Belfry Hotel & Resort offers 3 world-class golf courses: The Brabazon, The PGA National and The Derby, all set in 550 acres in the north Warwickshire countryside. These courses are well maintained all through the year , without temporary tees or greens.
The Brabazon course
You can get to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park from London through different ways.
By bus, it takes around 7h 30m to get to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park from London – National Express runs a bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Haverfordwest once daily, and costs anything between £13 – £18 for tickets.
Whereas, the train from London Paddington to Pembrokeshire Coast National Park via Cardiff Central and Haverfordwest takes 5h 26m, and would cost you about £150 – £280, and using your car would take you less than 5 hours.
The PGA National course
The PGA National course is the only PGA golf course in England. It poses a daunting task with its inland links consisting of undulating greens, fast-paced fairways, extreme run-offs and 70, large hollow well-positioned bunkers; the golf links require true creativity from golfers.
The PGA National, as a world-class championship course, stages two European Tour tournaments, and is already amongst the UK’s top golf courses.
The Derby course
The Derby course looks over the Warwickshire landscape. It was designed by Dave Thomas and Peter Alliss. A golfer’s delight with water hazards, tactically positioned bunkers, and risk-and-reward holes, the Derby offers a not-too-difficult challenge, and so is suitable for any golfer. The layout requires decent planning right from the first tee; selecting good clubs to play each tee and clever course management.
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The Celtic Manor Resort, Wales, UK (£440-£800 for a Resort Superior Double or Twin depending on season)
The Celtic Manor Resort which hosted the 2010 Ryder Cup is located at Coldra Woods, Newport. Set across 2000 acres of the Usk Valley’s parkland, it is a 5-star hotel with a historic manor house from the 19th-century.
It is famous for its Forum Spa which has won awards, and includes 31 function rooms, 6 restaurants, 2 adventure golf courses and a treetop adventure course.
The Celtic Manor Resort features a range of facilities which are perfect for family vacations and for hosting business events and special occasions. These facilities include a comprehensive convention centre and exhibition hall, satellite TV, Free Wi-Fi in public areas and a round-the-clock available reception 24-hour front desk. Celtic Manor offers selections from its 3 championship golf courses: the Twenty Ten, the Montgomerie and the Roman Road.
The Twenty Ten course
The Twenty Ten course is the first-ever course designed particularly to host a Ryder Cup, golf’s biggest team tournament. Exclusively designed for the 2010 Ryder Cup, the Twenty Ten spans 7,493 yards (ca. 7 km) and has a par of 71. The layout has six signature holes and water hazards on half of the sides which offer even more exciting challenges and dilemmas of risk-and-reward. The holes in this course vary, with a rough closing run at the 18th.
The Montgomerie course
The Montgomerie course is a thrilling 69-par challenge designed by the iconic Colin Montgomerie. Using his Ryder Cup expertise and his Scottish links-golf heritage, Colin Montgomerie created a course with several thrilling tests of strategy with deep and penal pot bunkers to give a traditional feel. Dramatic tee shots through cliffs and stunning descent views erupt with impressive vistas. The Montgomerie hosts a number of professional and top amateur events.
The Roman Road course
The Roman Road course, named after the Via Julia Roman highway that cut across it, was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. This 70-par course was the first at Celtic Manor when it opened in 1995 and was rated by Golf Monthly Magazine as the best inland course in Wales for the same year. Overlooking the Severn Estuary with views out to Somerset and Devon, this course features a variety of twists and turns across trees and over streams, including long open fairways.
The Roman Road course has hosted several Senior Tour and European Tour events.
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The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland, UK (£950-£1350 for a Classic Double or Twin room depending on the season)
The Gleneagles hotel, located in Auchterarder, Auchterarder, is a great place for family. It is one of a few on this list that allow pets. Set right in the heart of Scotland within about 850 acres, this stellar resort offers luxurious suites and elegant rooms, with great views over the far-reaching grounds. The rooms have free Wi-Fi.
The Gleneagles has, since its inception in 1924, grown and improved its services to provide more value for its guests. It has a sauna, 2 swimming pools, a gym, a hot tub, a steam room, an ESPA spa, a falconry school and it’s very own The Club. It also has 4 restaurants which have excellent menus on offer.
The Gleneagles has 3 championship golf courses: The King’s course, The Queen’s course and The PGA National Academy Golf course.
The Queen's course
All over the world, there are few courses which are as captivating and stunning as the Queen’s course. Featuring water hazards, small lochs here and there, high ridges, and dense forest areas, the Queen’s course can challenge and impress at the same time. The course’s tests overlook some absolutely beautiful landscapes. Norman, Lancaster, Crosby and Watson are a few of the names who have graced this elegant course.
The PGA Centenary
The PGA Centenary course was designed by eighteen-time major champion, Jack Nicklaus, who described it as the finest parcel of land he has ever worked with. This masterpiece, which has played host to the Ryder and Solheim Cups, presents a stern test for golfers in a magnificent atmosphere.
The King’s course
The King’s course was designed by James Braid to be a marvel of golf course architecture on the vast and expansive heathland. Since it was opened in 1919, The King’s Course has enchanted elite professional and amateur golfers with 18 magnificent holes.
The Wee course
The Wee course is a 9-hole course originally designed by George Alexander in 1928 to complement the already existing King’s and Queen’s courses. It was then remodelled in 1974 when 9 more holes were added. The original Alexander design was resurrected when James Kidd later led a redesign. The Wee course affords you the opportunity to focus on your golf playing skills whilst enjoying yourself. A perfect spot for learners too, the Wee course requires neat play and offers exciting challenges.
Asides golf playing, the Gleneagles hotel provides opportunities for off-road driving, shooting training, dog training and shooting.
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The Vale Resort, Wales, UK (£270-£400 for a Standard Double room, depending on the season)
The Vale Resort, located at Hensol Park, Hensol, is 2 minutes away from the M4 motorway and 15 minutes away from Cardiff, by car.
The Vale has its Leisure centre which includes a gym, a swimming pool and a multi-facility luxury spa, featuring a hot tub, sauna and treatment room, amongst others. It also has 2 restaurants and bars which serve exquisite modern, local food.
The Vale has 2 championship golf courses across its 650 acres: the Lake course and the Wales National course.
The Lake course
The Lake course was the first built structure at the Vale, built almost 25 years ago, even before the Hotel itself. The Lake spans 6,436 yards with an 18-hole, 72-par course. The Lake is aptly named as 12 of its 18 holes involve plays with water. The entire course is not child’s play, and you’d see that the opening 3-par is in full view of the Hotel.
The Lake has hosted PGA championships, and still attracts thousands of golfers every year; occasionally some famous golfers too. Famous Welsh stars to have graced this turf include Gareth Bale, Bernard Gallagher and Ian Woosnam.
You should definitely visit the Lake course if tricky water features excite you.
The Wales National course
The Wales National course, opened in 2003, was designed by Peter Johnson. There are many factors that should be on the mind for the Wales national course. Set in the Vale of Glamorgan, “the garden of Cardiff” spans 7,433 yards and at 73-par, it’s a real novelty in terms of golf course design. The Wales National features dense forest, broad and narrow fairways, and extensive bunkers, brimming with wildlife.
Should you choose this award-winning course has hosted several Senior Tour and European Challenge events, including the PGA EuroPro tour, you are guaranteed an enjoyable yet challenging golfing experience.
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Slaley Hall, Northumberland, UK (£230-£430 for a Double or Twin room, depending on the season)
Slaley hall is located on 1000 acres at Hexham, Slaley, about 38.6km away from Newcastle. Hexham and Corbridge are both about 10 minutes away by car.
It is an Edwardian mansion with modern rooms. Each room is air conditioned and elegantly decorated, with a work area set aside. Additionally, some rooms have direct views of the golf courses.
Slayley hall has 3 restaurants, all of which offer British cuisine, and a couple of bars. Slayley hall has its own Slaley Leisure club and spa which features a swimming pool, steam room, beauty spa, gym and sauna.
Other activities available for guests at the Slaley hall include archery, walking, cycling, shooting, off-road driving, amongst others. Slayley hall has 2 championship golf courses which have hosted European Tour events: the Hunting course and the Priestman course.
The Hunting course
The Hunting course is a 7,088-yard and 72-par course designed by Dave Thomas. Nicknamed “Augusta of the North” by locals, the Hunting is superbly managed as it has for longest hosted European Tour and PGA Seniors events.
The Hunting’s lush, undulating fairways alongside waterways with gigantic trees on the banks, tricky greens and well-placed bunkers ensures success on the course requires the golfer’s focus and thoughtful planning.
The Priestman course
The Priestman course is a 6,951-yard and 72-par course designed by Neil Cole. Set on a higher level, this golf course designed by neil coles The Priestman offers panoramic views of the Tyne valley and the landscape beyond. Set in a web of streams, playing on the Priestman brings with it the challenge of wind disrupting your play. It therefore sometimes requires skill and a bit of luck. Being a contoured course, the Priestman is magnificently maintained to host the many European Tour events that are played there.
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Carton House, Ireland, UK (£500-£670 for a Superior King Double/Twin room, depending on the season)
The Carton house is located at Maynooth Road, Maynooth, about 22.5km away from the Dublin city centre. This historic Palladian house is 25 minutes away from the Dublin Airport by car
The Carton house, built in 1739 for the 19th Earl of Kildare and later the Country seat for his son, the 1st Duke of Leinster, offers state-of-the-art elegance and scenic beauty.
The 1,100-acre private parkland on which Carton house sits houses 4 restaurants with great dining options and a luxury spa.
Carton house is home to two championship golf courses: the Montgomerie and the O’Meara parkland.
The Montgomerie course
The Montgomerie course design by Colin Montgomerie was prompted by the desire for a unique inland links experience on the island. The Montgomerie features vast fairways, extensive bunkers and spotless greens.
Having played host to 3 Irish Open championships, the Montgomerie has received many awards, including being named the Irish Golf Resort of The Year in 2014. Spanning 7,301 yards with a par of 72, the Montgomerie is an inland links golf course, further improving its allure and challenge
The O'Meara Parkland course
The O’Meara course is a parkland course that saunters through old woodlands and river Rye’s banks. Designed by Mark O’Meara, the O’Meara is a very challenging course, spanning 7,165 yards with a par of 73, which receives about 30,000 visiting golfers every season,
Just like it’s Carton brother, the O’Meara has received many awards – its 16th hole was voted one of UK & Ireland’s best – and has also hosted many championships – most recently the World Amateur Team championships in 2018. The 18th hole provides a stunning view of the lake, the iconic Palladian Manor House and Queen Victoria’s custom-built boathouse.
Stunning historical backdrops and challenging play make the O’Meara a special Irish golf stop.
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Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort, Ireland, UK (£450-£650 for a Deluxe Adults-only room, depending on the season)
The Druids Glen Hotel & Golf resort is located at Druids Glen, Newtown Mount Kennedy.
Locally nicknamed the Garden County, an evidence of its renowned natural beauty, The Druids Glen is 10 minutes away by car from Greystones and about 40.2km and 30 minutes away from the capital, Dublin.
Druid Glen’s 360-acre position sandwiched between the Irish Sea and the Wicklow mountains provides the best of luxury and nature, making it a perfect spot for a golf break in Ireland.
A sanctuary from everyday worries, many of Druids Glen’s 145 well-furnished guest rooms overlook the Mountain range and golf courses, affording guests delightful views from their very rooms.
Druid Glen has an ELEMIS spa and is perfect for business getaways with its state-of-the-art meeting facilities.
Druid Glen, with its rich history and prestige, offers guests manifold play over some of the finest, most enjoyable and most challenging landscapes across its 2 championship golf courses.
Druids Heath course
There are only a few places in the world which embody the true meaning and spirit of golf the way Druids Heath, with the sea, mountains and countryside surrounding it, does. The breeze coming from the seas requires expert shot-making skills and creativity for any prospective golfer to stand a chance at success. All while not being distracted by the mountainous beauty lying in the distance.
Druids Heath staged the 2006 Irish PGA Championship and has been graced by a host of famous tour players; Sergio Gracia, Ian Poulter and Retief Goosen, to name a few.
Druids Glen course
With superbly managed fairways and other magnificent aesthetics, this Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock-designed enigmatic course offers guests a tranquil experience. Druids Glen opened in 1995 and a year later hosted the Irish Open, hosting the same for 4 consecutive years. Colin Montgomerie emerged winner of the first two, relinquishing that honor to David Carter and Sergio Garcia who won the next two.
Druids Glen equally hosted the bi-ennially held Seve trophy.
Having your golf break at Druids Glen is no mean feat as you would be playing on one of Europe’s finest, most demanding, and most delightful golf courses; one brilliant enough to host the most popular Irish golf event.
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The Trump Turnberry Resort, Scotland, UK (£660-£1,380 for a Villa room, Villa, 1 King or 2 Twin/Single beds, depending on the season)
The Trump Turnberry Resort was bought by Donald Trump from Leisurecorp in 2014 for $60 million.
Located at Maidens Road, Girvan, Turnberry, the Turnberry is a great place for the whole family. Its location on the Ayrshire coast provides guests with amazing views of the Irish Sea.
The Turnberry’s rooms are spacious and elegantly designed with a large TV, a centerpiece chandelier and some other amenities provided by Arran Aromatics. Some guests may be lucky to view the golf courses right from their rooms.
The Turnberry has an ESPA spa which includes a fitness studio and overlooks the Ailsa Craig. For food and drinks, there’s the trademark 1906 restaurant and the Grand tea Lounge & Bar.
The Turnberry is also home to the iconic Turnberry lighthouse which has served many a golfer as a beacon, guiding them across the course through the years. Probably the biggest attraction of the Trump Turnberry is its famous golf courses: the iconic Ailsa, the Arran and King Robert the Bruce.
The Ailsa course
The Ailsa course is named after the third Marquess of Ailsa, who owned the property on which it now sits. The Ailsa was commissioned to be built in 1990 by Willis Fernie on the request of the Marquess.
Renovated by the renowned golf course architect, Martin Ebert, in 2016, the Ailsa spans 6,474 yards with a par of 71. The Ailsa over its 18 holes is challenging even for skilled golfers, especially its tough opening holes.
Rich with history, it has hosted 4 Open Championships, and in 2019 was named Golf Monthly’s top golf course in UK & Ireland. Set against the majestic Ayrshire coastline, it is up there with the world’s best golf courses.
The Arran is a 9-hole course ideal for amateurs and learners who want to have a taste of golf at the Trump Turnberry without using much skill. PGA pros even use the Arran to teach learners to play.
King Robert the Bruce
King Robert the Bruce is the latest addition to the courses at Turnberry. It was commissioned in 2017 by Eric F. Trump. Inspired by the first King of Scotland, Robert the Bruce, born in Turnberry castle, and designed by Martin Ebert, The King Robert features distinctive bunkering, beautifully enticing wetland zones, and gorse swathes, each contributing to its thrilling complexities, to the delight of golfers.
The King Robert spans 7,203 yards with a par of 72 and 18 holes, and offers amazing views of the Ayrshire coastline and Turnberry beaches, the lighthouse and what remains of the castle.
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St Pierre Marriott Hotel And Country Club, Wales (£260-£360 for a Deluxe Double room, depending on the season)
St Pierre Marriott Hotel is located at St Pierre Park, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Chepstow. The hotel is 25 minutes away from Bristol, and 40 minutes away from Cardiff by car.
The 400-acre parkland which is St Pierre Marriott offers exhilarating views of large, spanning countryside to appreciate in all its beauty while relaxing or lazily playing golf.
St Pierre Marriott has a spa, a fitness club, 2 restaurants, a bar, excellent meeting facilities and free WiFi in public areas. The guest rooms at this 14th-Century manor have majestic bedding, a seating area and satellite TV.
St Pierre Marriott has 2 excellent championship golf courses to choose from: the famous Old course and the Mathern course.
Designed by Ken C. Cotton in 1961 and remodeled by Ross McMurray in 2008, the Old course has 18 holes and spans 7,028 yards. The course was first opened in 1962, and has played host to a great many tournaments, including the Solheim Cup. The remodelling added modern tee structures, rebuilt bunkers and a test dogleg par 5 on the 7th hole. The course is around an 11-acre lake padded with very old trees, especially a 400 year-old chestnut tree which has to be carefully navigated around. Bernhard Langer, Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman are some of the most popular names to have played here.
The Mathern Course
The Mathern course was also remodelled by Ross McMurray in 2008. It has 18 holes, and spans 5,730 yards. Aesthetic water features have added some difficulty to the play, with the signature hole being the 14th.
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Belton Woods, Midlands UK (£230-£330 for a Double room, depending on the season)
Belton Woods, located at Grantham, Belton, Grantham in the serene environment that is the Lincolnshire countryside, is the complete package, offering golf, sports, health and business recreation in one resort. Add to that the fact that it is a few minutes away from the A1 and less than an hour away from the East Midlands Airport, by car.
Belton Woods has a restaurant and pub offering exotic and local cuisines and drinks.
Set across 475 acres, Belton Woods is an ideal business and leisure spot which has 3 challenging golf courses of its own: the Lakes course, the Woods course and the Academy course.
The Lakes course
The Lakes course is a 6,776-yard and 72-par course which poses a challenge to any golfer, no matter the expertise. Shot placement and good course management are necessary to evade the lakes which lie just before many greens.
Careful teeing is needed because the holes are long and the fairways narrow, and a wayward tee could result in you needing to lay up before the water. Then there’s the huge test at the 9th hole, which at 600 yards is easily one of Europe’s longest.
The Woods course
The Woods course, spanning 6,623 yards, races through the wooded grounds. With fairways and natural hazards requiring strategic planning, the Woods provides a real thinkers’ test for amateurs and professionals. Undulating and picturesque, the Woods, with its 73-par course running by the hotel, provides longer hitters an extra shot at birdie.
The Academy course
The Academy course is a 9-hole course adjacent to Belton’s golf Academy where the right selection of club to use is very important.
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Note: For the purpose of giving you an estimated working price, the prices for all the golf break spots given above are based on a 3-night booking for 2 adults in a classic double room. You could, through the links provided, make an exact check using your own check-in specifications and needs.