Archive for the ‘United Kingdom’ Category

Goswick Links Golf Club, England

Jul 13th

Goswick Links Golf Club, England

Berwick upon Tweed Golf Club is home to the Goswick Links, a course that not only lives up to its excellent reputation, but for many golfers exceeds whatever they have read about it. Designer James Braid’s masterful touch is clearly evident on this natural and very open seaside links.

The layout comprises two 9-hole loops arranged on either side of the clubhouse. An imposing range of towering sand dunes flanks the east side of the course, while flat farmland and the East Coast mainline railway (London to Edinburgh/Aberdeen) lie inland to the west. There are plenty of views onto the chilly North Sea, mostly gained from several pleasantly elevated tee-boxes. But wait, there’s more…

Nefyn & District Golf Club, Wales

Jul 6th

Nefyn & District Golf Club, Wales

Nefyn is dramatically located on the cliff tops at the foot of the Porthdinllaen headland, a tiny promontory that juts out from the Lleyn Peninsula into the Irish Sea. In terms of sheer exhilaration, Nefyn is Wales equivalent of Ireland’s Old Head of Kinsale. This is literally golf on the edge of the world and it makes the adrenaline pump.

Nefyn and District Golf Club was founded in 1907, originally as a nine-hole course and in 1912, it was extended to 18 holes. Two of the great triumvirate, J.H.Taylor and James Braid were commissioned in 1933 to add a further nine and to revise the existing course. But wait, there’s more…

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, England

Apr 14th

The course at Royal Lytham & St Annes is the most northerly of the English championship links courses, it was built in 1897, 11 years after the club was founded and quickly gained a reputation as one of the finest, and most exacting links golf courses in Britain. Though a relatively short course, the routing of the holes and the huge number of bunkers – some 200 in all – make it one of the most challenging of the Open venues. The design remains faithful to the layout created by George Lowe, the club’s first professional, but it was only after renowned golf course architect Harry Colt made improvements between 1919 and 1922 that the course was chosen to host The Open.

The Lancashire course could hardly have had a better introduction to Championship golf than the victory by legendary American amateur Bobby Jones when The Open was first played there in 1926. Bobby Locke (1952), Peter Thomson (1958) and Bob Charles (1963) were the next three winners before Tony Jacklin signalled the revival of British golf in 1969 with the first home victory since Max Faulkner 18 years earlier at Royal Portrush.  But wait, there’s more…

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, England

Apr 7th

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club is in the town of Deal in the County of Kent in Southern England (the course is often known simply as Deal). It was founded in 1892. The name derives from Deal’s membership of an ancient group of trading towns granted special privileges by the medieval English monarchs, known as the Cinque Ports. It is an 18 hole links golf course, which runs along the coast of Sandwich Bay, on the same stretch of coastline as Royal St George’s Golf Club and Prince’s Golf Club.

The First and Second World Wars did their level best to obliterate the links, but James Braid restored the course and it reopened in 1919. Sir Guy Campbell later performed a similar role and once again, in 1946, the course reopened. Donald Steel was engaged in an advisory capacity at Royal Cinque Ports. His company is renowned for making sympathetic changes to traditional links courses. But wait, there’s more…

St Enodoc Golf Club (Church Course), England

Mar 31st

St Enodoc is home to one of the finest links courses in the South West of England, and also possesses some truly awe-inspiring views, particularly of the coastline and the estuary. Although St Enodoc Golf Club was founded in 1891, it didn’t really become a good golf course until James Braid did a proper design job on it in 1907.

In his 1910 book, The Golf Courses of the British Isles, Bernard Darwin wrote: “Cornwall has several pleasant courses… of these; St Enodoc is a course of wonderful natural possibilities.” Braid returned to update St Enodoc in 1936 and today’s layout hasn’t changed much since. St Enodoc is set amidst towering sand dunes clad with tufts of wild sea grasses.

The fairways undulate and ripple just as if the sea had ebbed only moments ago. We have to own up – this is one of our favourite links courses because the terrain is entirely natural. The dunes are so pronounced that you cannot help but feel humbled, the holes are varied and charming and finally, so much of the experience is memorable. But wait, there’s more…

Royal Liverpool Golf Club, England

Mar 24th

The Royal Liverpool Golf Club is a leading golf club in Merseyside in North West England. It was founded in 1869 on what was then the racecourse of the Liverpool Hunt Club, and received the “Royal” designation in 1871 due to the patronage of the Duke of Connaught of the day, who was one of Queen Victoria’s younger sons.

Robert Chambers and George Morris (younger brother of Old Tom Morris) were commissioned to lay out the original Hoylake course, which was extended to 18 holes in 1871. Harry Colt, one of the world’s leading golf course architects, redesigned the course early in the 20th century, and it has since been tweaked periodically, mainly as a response to advances in equipment.

Royal Liverpool — or Hoylake, as it is usually known — is the second-oldest seaside links golf course in England, and was the first course in North-West England to host The Open. The club is a place of firsts: the first Amateur Championship in 1885; the first international match between England and Scotland in 1902; the first international between Great Britain and the United States in 1921, now known as the Walker Cup.

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Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Wales (UK)

Feb 3rd

The Royal Porthcawl Golf Club is a golf club in Wales in the United Kingdom, located north of Porthcawl and bordering the Bristol Channel.

The club has hosted many prestigious tournaments including The Amateur Championship on six occasions, the Walker Cup in 1995, the Curtis Cup in 1964, the British Masters in 1961, and European Tour event, the Welsh Golf Classic in the early 1980s. In March 2010 it hosted the University Golf Match, contested between Oxford and Cambridge universities, with Oxford winning 9-6 over Cambridge. It is scheduled to host the Senior Open Championship for the first time in 2014. But wait, there’s more…

Muirfield Links, Scotland

Nov 13th

Muirfield is a kind of a golf living legend, it is hard to say which is more famous, the golf course or the golf club. Muirfield is the home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, records date back to 1744 when the Club wrote the original 13 Rules of Golf, before the establishment of the Club in Muirfield in 1891 their members used to golf in Leith and Musselburgh. Overlooking the Firth of Forth, the estuary of Scotland’s River Forth, the Muirfield links was first designed by Old Tom Morris but altered substantially in 1928 when the club purchased additional land and employed Harry Colt to rearrange the links into its current form.

The course layout features a clockwise outward nine that circles an anti-clockwise inward 9, so the wind directions changes for golfers throughout their round. Muirfield is perhaps the fairest test of a golfer’s ability to play links golf, punishing rough awaits any errant shots but the best players will thrive. Colt designed his holes with some of the most brutal bunkers in Britain; initially the layout had around two hundred traps that were significantly reduced a few years later following a suggestion of Tom Simpson.

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The Grove Golf Course, London, England

Aug 21st

The Grove golf course is set in the former estate of the Earls of Clarendon, one of England’s most fashionable aristocratic families, the course is set on 300 acres of mature parkland on the former estate of the Earls of Clarendon, near Chandler’s Cross, Rickmansworth, England. The original house used to host many royal guests – Queen Victoria and Edward VII among them. In 1920 the aristocratic family left The Grove and newspaper “The Times” published a letter mourning the passing of “One of the greatest political houses of the 19th century.

The Grove has then been used as a Gardening School, Health Centre, Riding School, a Girl’s Boarding School and a the secret wartime HQ for the London, Midland & Scottish Railway during WWII. In 1996 the property was in a ruinous state and The Grove was rescued by the Levy brothers, who set about breathing a new vision into reality with the help of famous architects, interior designers, landscape gardeners and golfers. Eight years later London witnessed the grand opening of a luxury country house estate hotel & spa, the start of a new era for The Grove.

The Grove is a spectacular 18 hole world class course combining the strategy of the modern game with the great traditions of British golf course architecture. Measuring 7,152 yards (Par 72) the course was designed by Kyle Phillips, the undulating layout has its fair share of doglegs, occasional water hazards and excellent bunkering. The superb greens are generally large, and often remarkably square. The feel here is quite open, an English parkland environment but with significant linksy overtones.

This relative openness encourages plenty of use of the big-timber from the tee, you need to beware that if you miss the green with your approach shot, you can be faced with some very tricky recovery chip shots. The fairways are thickly grassed and very lush; the ball seems to sit proudly on top, giving the handicap golfer loads of confidence and every chance to make clean contact with the ball.

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Astbury Hall Golf Course, England

Feb 27th

Astbury Hall Golf Course is located on 350 acres of rolling, wooded land in the heart of Shropshire west of Birmingham, England. The course opened initially with nine holes and inaugurated the remaining nine in the middle of September 2010, this is the first designed course by the world renowned heavy metal guitarist K.K Downing from Judas Priest. Troon Golf a worldwide management group, whose British portfolio includes Turnberry, Prince’s, Bearwood Lakes and The Grove, has established a partnership with Astbury Hall to manage the golf operations.

Astbury Hall is one of the most refreshing new golf developments in the UK, boasting superb championship conditioning and a spectacular stately home overlooking the golf course. The Georgian building has been transformed into a breathtaking clubhouse, from what was once Downing’s own residence. The ancient history of the original Hall was destroyed by the fire, it is believed that the original building was built in the reign of Henry the third.

Measuring over 6500 Yards this par 71 golf course combines excellent natural features with a tactical mix of strategically placed bunkering and beautifully manicured playing surfaces featuring the latest creeping bent grass greens built to USGA specifications. Stunning views of the rolling hills, synonymous with the English countryside, ensures that a visit to Astbury Hall will be a truly memorable experience. The course’s signature hole is the par-3 18th one of the most exciting finishing holes in the UK, measuring 200 yards from the championship tees, the hole is played across water to a tricky green, with bunkers left and right, testing both nerve and ability. But wait, there’s more