Sometimes it can be hard to find the right golf course. When you’re trying to book the best resort possible or want to make sure your day away is going to be rewarding, you’ll often spend too much time worrying about what the facilities are going to be like, and not what your game is going to be like. Don’t settle for the most obvious of courses where you will take things just a little too easy. Go and find a course where you’ll be challenged and have an unforgettable game. Here are five courses from every corner of the UK that deserve your attention.
Mullion – Cornwall
Right on the tip of the south coast, Mullion is the southernmost course in the UK and is an invitation for you to stop after every stroke to just take in the unspoilt view of sea. You’ll feel completely out in the open and free as you go from hole to hole. Because of the location you know you’re going to spending some time getting acquainted with sand. If anything, when you par isn’t going so well, you can at least take solace in the fact you’re breathing in some of the freshest sea air on offer.
The Belfry- Birmingham
When a course comes PGA approved, you know its going to be good. Just outside of Birmingham is The Belfry. It’s an absolutely beautiful resort, based around 550 acres of the best countryside you’re going to encounter in the Midlands. There are 3 courses within the grounds but The Derby is the one you’re going to want to spend time with. It’s the kind of course you’ll be needing a full set of clubs for. Hole 14 will definitely test your skills with a downward slope that refuses to work in your favour.
Moyola Park- N.Ireland
Any big course in Northern Ireland likes to play on the fact that it will have superb views of the coastline, but this course tucked away in the village of Castledawson is more interested in providing the best possible 9-hole in the country. It might look a bit compact, but with the Moyola River running right by it, you’ll feel a surprisingly high level of tranquillity.
Aberdovery – South Wales
A course located in a national park is always a sign that you’re going to be in for a treat. Aberdovery is located at the mouth of Snowdonia National Park and is arguably the most stunning place in Wales to play. It’s unusually quiet for being such a great spot, which should work in your favour if you’re planning on heading for the day. Just make sure to book in advance before you go as they sometimes have reduced green fees online.
The Wee Demon – Loch Lomond, Scotland
Saying this 9-hole is a challenge would be an understatement. When this course was designed, it was probably with evil intent in mind. The Wee Demon has enough hazards and traps to make you feel like a simple 3 par is going to be the end of you. And because it’s right in the middle of Loch Lomond, you feel spoiled being in the middle of such beautiful surroundings with an almost under appreciation of the scenery as you try not to lose focus on the par 5.
These are just five of the hundreds of courses across the UK that deserve more attention. Next time you’re planning your golf day, just think a little further afield and you might be in for a treat.
Mason Ryan is an avid UK golfer who will spend more time travelling than he has to just so he can get a few rounds. His favourite course in the UK is The Belfry in Birmingham, which you can find out all about here: http://www.deveregolf.co.uk/locations/the-belfry.html
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