Course Features

  • Woodhall Spa aims to conquer the world

    Written by Duncan Lennard on Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    After undergoing one of golf’s most comprehensive restoration projects, is the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa Golf Club ready to return to the upper echelons of the world's Top 100 rankings? We visited rural Lincolnshire to discuss Tom Doak's impact on the project, discover why the club felled 10,000 mature trees and find out whether the changes to one of Britain’s premier...

  • Reviewed by you... Woodhall Spa's Hotchkin golf course

    Written by Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    Woodhall Spa Golf Club's historic Hotchkin course has undergone a mamoth restoration at the hands of Tom Doak, but will it be enough to take the Lincolnshire course back into the upper echelons of the world's best golf courses rankings? We sent a fourball of club golfers along to get their views. The historic Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa Golf Club...

  • Why Royal Norwich is shaping the future of golf clubs

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 17 July 2020

    Royal Norwich Golf Club was on the brink of extinction. Now it’s the blueprint for golf clubs of the future. If you think the Royal family has had a tumultuous time of late, spare a thought for one of Britain’s Royal golf clubs. Royal Norwich, founded in 1893 and granted royal status by The Duke of York (later King George V),...

  • This is the best golf course in Europe (and the hardest to get on)

    Written by Nick Harper on Monday, 22 June 2020

    Le Grand Parcours at Morfaintaine is the best golf course in Europe... it's also the hardest to get a tee time on. We paid the French layout a visit to find out how you can play it. A period of not being able to play golf has made most of us appreciate golf courses like never before. Where previously we may have moaned...

  • A golf trip to... Canada?!

    Written by Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 2 June 2020

    Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown hopped aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train to play some truly sensational golf courses. It may not be the first country you think of when planning an overseas golf trip, but with over 2,600 courses, Canada is actually the second largest golfing nation in the world.  And, when normal service has been resumed, everything is back up...

  • Is Mauritius the most exotic golfing destination in the world?

    Written by Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 10 March 2020

    Our Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown reckons it’s a serious candidate… No wonder the Staysure European Tour brings its season to a climax in Mauritius these days. It’s a paradise island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, with great weather and golf courses to match. In other words, you can’t lose. It’s a win-win scenario so...

  • Dream Destination: Costa Navarino

    Friday, 3 January 2020

    Costa Navarino: A breathtaking year-round destination that has elevated golf's status in Greece beyond recognition Located in Messinia and overlooking the historic Navarino Bay, award-winning Costa Navarino has transformed the south-west Peloponnese area of Greece into a world-class golf destination. It's staggering to consider that while Messinia may have a history that dates back 4,500 years, it has been less than a...

  • The must-play golf courses of 2020

    Written by Kevin Brown on Thursday, 2 January 2020

    The must-play golf courses of 2020 in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Looking for somewhere to play in 2020? From Britain and Ireland's brand new designs to the clubs celebrating their centenary or hosting tournaments, we've selected some of this year's must-play courses. England: North | Midlands & East | South East | South West - Scotland - Ireland -Wales ENGLAND: NORTH  In this list:...

  • The best golf courses for a beginner

    Monday, 18 November 2019

    Your guide to short, straightforward and easy golf courses for you to try when you've just taken up golf If you're new to playing golf, heading out to play a course for the first few times can be an incredibly intimidating thing to do. When you're just a beginner, taking on a 500-yard par-five or a course with a lot of water...

  • Bad Little Nine: We played the world's hardest par 3 course

    Friday, 1 November 2019

    Bad Little Nine: A Par 3 course that's so tough, the man who owns it will give you $1,000 if you break par when the pins are tucked away Par-3 courses conjure up images of pitch and putt layouts where non-golfers have fun on their family holidays. But if you're a multi-billionaire, mad-keen golfer who loves to gamble – and insists...

  • The Top 50 Best Par 3s in Britain and Ireland

    Written by Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 22 October 2019

    The Top 50 Best Par 3s in the UK and Ireland Every golfer loves a par 3. The short holes offer welcome respite from having to hit it miles – and dead straight – on ultra-demanding par 4s and 5s. They create anticipation, tension, thrills and spills with excitement coursing through your veins as they give you a chance, albeit a million-to-one...

  • Dream Destination: Royal Bled, Slovenia

    Thursday, 8 August 2019

    Blessed with one of European most spell binding settings, Bled has a course and resort worthy of its incredible surroundings. Sitting invitingly beneath the Slovenian Alps, the impressive Royal Bled is one of Europe's most scenic golf venues. Plotted close to Triglav National Park, the Royal Bled story began before World War Two when it was the brainchild of a former...

  • How are golf courses mapped for GPS devices?

    Wednesday, 7 August 2019

    Ever wondered how to map a course? SkyCaddie's Steve Winstone has the answer As far as jobs go, spending your days roaming the world's top courses sounds like the best thing ever. But unlike most golfers, Steve Winstone never gets the chance to play them. He maps them instead. Known to clubs as SkyCaddieSteve, he heads up a team of enablers who visit...

  • Northern Ireland Golf: Six of the best value options

    Thursday, 4 July 2019

    If Royal Portrush whets your appetite for Northern Irish golf, there are some sensational courses on this stretch of coastline Northern Ireland's coastline stretches for miles around bays, islands, peninsulas, seas and oceans. The northern stretch, from Belfast to Londonderry, is known as the Causeway Coastal Route, home to the magical Giant's Causeway. These famous rock formations lie between the courses...

  • Bethpage Black: The 5 Key Holes

    Monday, 13 May 2019

    Where the PGA Championship will be one and lost this week? The PGA Championship returns to May for the first time since 1949 this week and will be contested over Bethpage Black Golf Course in Long Island - the site of the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open, as well as the 2012 and 2016 Barclay's Championship (now known as The Northern...

  • Sotogrande: La Reserva Club unveils new leisure facility 'The Beach'

    Wednesday, 22 August 2018

    La Reserva Club in Sotogrande has unveiled its breathtaking new leisure facility, The Beach. The Beach at La Reserva Club hosts an unrivalled array of amenities, providing a luxurious retreat in the hills of Andalusia that includes Europe’s first full sandy bottom fresh water fixture complemented by an elegant beach club & restaurant, and a large man-made water sports lagoon. Marc Topiol,...

  • Britain's Top 10 Fun Golf Breaks

    Written by Golf World on Wednesday, 16 May 2018

    Fed up of battling 7,000 yard courses on your golf holiday? Try on of these selections from all over the country... each one is guaranteed to entertain  1: Fife With St Andrews to call on, a golf break in Fife can be anything you want it to be. The Home of Golf can easily morph into any kind of golf holiday.  The Old...

  • TG Undercover: Hillside

    Monday, 7 May 2018

    We head for the neighbour of Royal Birkdale and this year's British Masters host Hillside to find out if it deserves as much acclaim as the Open venue? For a course that sits next to and is overshadowed by 2017 Open Championship venue Royal Birkdale, Hillside has lots of admirers. Hometown hero Tommy Fleetwod reckons Hillside boasts "one of the best...

  • The Insider's Guide To Tenerife

    Written by Michael Catling on Thursday, 19 April 2018

    An unsung hero of golf's great escapes, Tenerife ticks all the boxes for golfers seeking sun, sand and a setting fit for the world's rich and famous. Tenerife has long suffered from an identity crisis. Famed for its clubs, bars and theme parks in Playa de Las Americas, the island’s clientele in the south has often been confined to partygoers, sun worshippers...

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