England may be the country with the most golf courses, as it has over 1,900.
Its location, the amazing water views when framed by the Celtic Sea and the Irish Sea, and the topographical variation, gives England a unique mark that make these courses very attractive.
Many of its courses are links design, in which the sea breeze affects your play and provides an extra challenge to your game.
Royal St. George’s
Topping this list, this course is also ranked # 19 in the Top 100 Courses of the World. Designed by William Laidlaw Purves in 1887, this course has been adapted to fit the new demands of expert golfers, challenging their game over and over. Located in a prime location in Sandwich, this course sits atop an undulating land, expansive sand dunes, and provides amazing views of Pegwell Bay, and the white cliffs of Dover.
This course feels so natural that you will never think it was any different. Grass dunes, wildflowers, trees, and the marvelous surroundings that will surely capture your attention. All holes are different from each other, so it will keep you entertained and it holds the UK’s tallest and deepest bunker. This is a classic links course, considered a very difficult one to approach. An 18-hole course that has hosted PGA, British Opens and other championships.
This course is considered #24 in the Top 100 Courses of the World. Known as a Willie Park Junior’s masterpiece for the perfectly designed layout over a mixture of hills, heath and woodland. A certain innovative vision for its time. Redesigned later by Harry Colt to change it from an open to a more private and intimate course.
The 5th hole has been featured in the 500 World’s Greatest Golf Holes, with its two fairway bunkers in the right half of the fairway, and a small pond with four sentinel bunkers surrounding the green. The 15th hole is also featured in the same book, so you can imagine how magnificent this course has to be to have two holes mentioned. When you golf at Sunningdale, you have the opportunity and pleasure to play two superb courses in the same location, so treat yourself if anytime you’re around. This is regarded as one of the best inland courses in the UK. Reserved for members, and open to the public as well.
Ranked # 48 in the Top 100 Courses in the World. Sunningdale is situated on Surrey and Berkshire’s sand belt, which makes a perfect set up for fascinating sunrises, and breathtaking views. Designed by Harry Colt and later redesigned by Colt himself and J. S. F. Morrison on an extensive area of heath land. An 18-hole course that intertwines with the Old course. It is a wonderful driving course where you’ll enjoy some long shots; this is more open than the Old course. An exciting 6,700-yard par 70 that will test your abilities Some fantastic views of Chobham Common will last for years in your memory, while you choose your shot across the treetops. Open for visitors and members.
Considered in the Top 100 Courses of the World, it takes spot # 29. Designed by George Low, and later remodeled and upgraded to championship standard by F W Hawtree and J.H. Taylor. This course is nestled in the coastal resort of Southport, and has some amazing facilities to complement your round. An 18-hole famous links course, it is an amazing experience. Elevated dunes frame the fairways, and you’ll enjoy some amazing views of the Irish Sea. If you play on a windy day, it’s a complete different course than without it, so you can enjoy it from a different perspective.
Royal Lytham & St. Annes
Very well positioned in the Top 100 Courses of the World, it takes spot #49. This is the most northerly of the English Championship links course. George Lowe created the original layout. Later redesigned by Harry Colt, some greens and tees were repositioned, some bunkers were added, and it was also increased the length of the course to make it longer and faster. When you play here, be prepared to take a tough course with its grass, pot-bunkers, and natural and artificial sand hills. Here you’ll find firm and fast greens that will question how you master the putt. Some memorable holes are; #1, which is a long par three; and #17 which is a 467-yard par four. In Royal Lytham & St. Annes you’ll be surrounded by golf history, and will make you try to repeat it. You will cherish just being there in the same spots where many greats have played. This Links course is not by the sea; however it is close enough for the sea breeze to affect your game, and a very charming course. Open to the public, here you can also enjoy the facilities of the Club House, and a Dormy house.
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