Monday, 16 May 2011

Golf Courses in the UK

Luckily for golf lovers, the UK is home to some of the best golf courses to be found in the entire world.  Perhaps this is not too surprising, given that the game is alleged to have been invented here, in Scotland, to be precise. Although the origin of the sport is disputed by some, tens of hundreds of people make the journey to The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at Saint Andrews, as though it is some kind of religious pilgrimage. This is also where the game was formalized into the sport we all know and recognise, and 18 holes were made the norm. 

You may be surprised to learn that there are 2,500 golf courses situated around the UK. In Cornwall, Mullion Golf Club was founded in 1895 and has the reputation of being the most southern golf club in the whole of the Great British Isles. At the other end of the scale is Whalsay Golf Club in the Shetland Islands, which came into existence in the 1970s. This is a golf club which has been known to challenge less proficient golfers with inclement weather conditions!
There are a huge variety of golf courses amongst the selection available in the UK. Just like golfers themselves, they each have their own different quirks and play in varying ways. If you are looking for a spectacular day of golfing, look no further than Perthshire’s Trossachs, for Culcrieff Golf Club.  This beautiful golf course is framed by two of Scotland’s greatest mountains- Ben More and Ben Vorlich.

Of course, if valleys interest you more than mountains, you could try Wales, and the Vale Resort in Glamorgan. This golf course plays host to several championships a year and so it is quite well known amongst lovers of the sport.  Even for those who are not interested in the game itself, including golf wives and children, the 650 acres of stunning Welsh countryside is sure to delight.
If you are after a golf course with plenty of challenging obstacles, there’s no better to play than Bridlington Golf Club, near the coast in Yorkshire. The fairways are flanked either side by trees for the ball to disappear into, there are 6 water hazards to worry about and several large sand bunkers to test even the most seasoned professional.

So what’s holding you back? With over 20,000 golf courses out there to visit, you had better get started! There are plenty of reliable golf trolleys out there to help you on your way.