Golf Vacations in England and Wales
England is home to not only some of the best links courses in the British Isles, but arguably some of the most charming and aesthetically pleasing inland golf courses to be found anywhere in the world. With fairways bordered by heather, pine, silver birch and oak these heathland courses are where links golf meets inland golf.
They play hard and fast and courses like Sunningdale, The Berkshire, Walton Heath, Swinley Forest, Hankley Common are all very traditional heathland courses to be found in the south west corner of London. The West Course at Wentworth is also to be found in this golfing area and is probably the most famous, as over the years it has been venue to the World Matchplay Tournament and more recently it holds the annual PGA Championship.
Around 75 miles east of London on the south east coast of England Royal St Georges is to be found and over the years this wonderful old links course has been the venue to 14 British Open Championships with Darren Clarke being the last ‘champion golfer of the year’ in 2011. Nearby are the links of Royal Cinque Ports and Princes and just along the cost both Rye and Littlestone are to be found. The south east corner of England has a rich golfing history and very definitely a trip to consider making, especially when you include some of the courses in the capital city of London.
The next major golfing area is the North West Coast home to 14 terrific links courses with three of them regular venues to the British Open; Royal Liverpool, Royal Birkdale and Royal Lytham & St Annes. What makes this area so desirable for golfing group is you can play many of these great courses in the one trip but remain in the same accommodations while you do, as only 50 miles separates these courses from north to south. Make sure to consider Hillside, Formy, Southport & Ainsdale and St. Annes Old Links when visiting the North West as all are championship calibre and you will not be disappointed. Golf Magazine compile a ‘Top 100 courses in the world’ list every couple of years and the most recent publication in 2013 included no less than 10 English courses; strong argument indeed to make a golf trip to England.
Golf in the principality of Wales came to everyone’s attention when the 2010 Ryder Cup was held at the Twenty Ten course at Celtic Manor. Wales is a beautiful and cultured land with a very colourful and rich history and their battles with their nearest neighbours, the English, down the years are legendry.
Wales can be best described as a very proud and welcoming nation and thankfully their battles with the English are now limited to the rugby playing fields of Twickenham and the Cardiff Arms Park! There are over 200 golf courses in Wales and we would highlight Royal Porthcawl, Pyle & Kenfig, Pennard and Tenby on the south coast as the first courses to put on your list. For the more adventurous and located on the mid-west coast we would draw your attention to Royal St. David’s, Nefyn & District and Aberdovey as other wonderful courses to enjoy in Wales.