Most picturesque courses in the UK
Why play anywhere, when you can play with a view? Discover five of the most scenic golf courses in the UK…
St Andrews Old Course, Fife
Tiger Woods claims this is his favourite course, and we can see why. This 72-par course is the self-declared birthplace of golf and one of the oldest clubs in the world. For hundreds of years, golfers have played its twists and turns, attempting to master the rolling greens while basking in stunning views of the North Sea. Walk in the footsteps of golfing legends as you take on famous features such as the enormous Hell bunk, the Road Hole and the Swilcan Bridge.
St Enodoc, Cornwall
With an endless horizon and breath-taking sea views, St Enodoc’s course really is one for the bucket list – but don’t let the view distract you! This challenging course is made up of undulating fairways and firm grass that could test even the most experienced player. That said, do take a moment to enjoy the 9th hole which you’ll find set in a green beautifully framed by Brea Hill on the one side and an estuary running along its fairway on the other.
Ilfracombe Golf Club, Devon
Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this modest clifftop course can be a short but challenging golfing addition to that family holiday on the picture-perfect North Devon coast. South-westerly winds and rolling terrain add to the challenge as you work your way around each of its 18 holes. Dramatic views of the rugged Devon cliffs accompany your play, with sea views from every hole.
Alnmouth Village Golf Club, Northumberland
Around 35 miles north of Newcastle City centre you’ll stumble across England’s oldest 9-hole course. Established in 1869, the Alnmouth Village Golf Club overlooks Alnmouth Bay, beaches and the Coquet Island, while also welcoming in a challenging sea-breeze. With difficult-to-read greens and rolling fairways, take care not to let the charm of this course distract you from its hidden bunkers.
Cradoc Golf Club, Brecon
Famed for its stunning scenery, the Cradoc Golf Club can be found on the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, one of Wales’ most iconic and versatile natural spaces. Tree-lined fairways and sporadic water hazards make this course a tricky one, with small greens that are hard to judge on first glance and slopes that will take you in unprecedented directions. The modern club house offers an award-winning Sunday roast – perfect for a golfers’ weekend away.