Top 50 stay and play venues


If you fancy a short break in the UK, then why not check out a stay and play venue? We have listed our top 50 to help you decide where to enjoy your golf break.


The Belfry

West Midlands


Legendary Ryder Cup venue with three 18-hole courses, including the mighty Brabazon layout, fantastic practice facilities and hotel which has recently undergone a major impressive refurbishment.



The Mere



Home of a quality undulating James Braid parkland layout overlooked by a modern hotel with a sumptuous spa. You can warm-up in style on the novel driving range by hitting floating balls into a lake!



Breadsall Priory



Classy Marriott venue and country club boasting two splendid contrasting courses (the Priory & Moorland).






This historic links has staged an Open Championship and offers 27 holes of quality seaside golf nextdoor to Royal St George’s along with splendid accommodation within The Lodge.



Hawkstone Park



Offers 36 holes of excellent golf on the Hawkstone and Championship courses plus excellent on-site accommodation, a terrific clubhouse and a testing short course.



Forest of Arden



Another top Marriott venue which has been good enough to stage the British Masters on its superstar Arden layout, backed-up by the more friendly Aylesford layout.



Luton Hoo



Classy, historic venue with a luxury hotel close to both the airport and M1 motorway, outstanding amenities and a challenging parkland course even if it is bunkerless!



Dorset G&CC



Home of 27 holes of golf (Lakeland, Parkland & Woodland nines) and some of the best accommodation options, including luxury lodges, in the south of England.



Tudor Park



The county is best known for its top links courses but Tudor Park – another popular Marriott venue – is a fine parkland track with a good variety of holes.



Old Thorns



The course was designed by Voice of Golf Peter Alliss on quite steeply undulating forest land while off-course you can take advantage of luxury accommodation including family rooms, Penthouse apartments and the quirky Beams Suite.



Heythrop Park



Refreshing modern Tom Mackenzie parkland layout with a fine array of holes plotted within an historic estate and featuring two hotels offering a total of 350-plus rooms.






Dave Thomas-designed parkland masterpiece, brilliant Bowood simply oozes class from every nook and cranny and is overlooked by a smart modern hotel with superb facilities.



Manor House



Magical rollercoaster of a parkland track plotted amidst 365 stunning acres of breathtaking Cotswold countryside and a short drive away from exquisite Manor House accommodation.



Selsdon Park



Smart Croydon hotel with a gently rolling parkland layout crafted by the legendary J.H. Taylor who used all his repertoire of design skills to engineer a fine test for the ‘thinking’ golfer.



Carlyon Bay



Smashing Brend family hotel just outside St Austell and like the golf course is spectacularly perched high on the cliffs overlooking the sea.



Dartmouth G&CC



Challenging undulating parkland layout which boasts a terrific set of short holes including a thrilling par-3 finale over a water-filled valley plus splendid on-site accommodation and all round facilities.



Stapleford Park



Surrounded by 500 acres of Capability Brown landscaped grounds, this Donald Steel course meanders its way around the estate which comprises a luxury mansion house hotel, spa and leisure activities.



Oulton Hall

West Yorkshire


A class act just outside Leeds and the home of a five star hotel with superb facilities and 27 holes of fine Dave Thomas parkland golf.



Hollins Hall

West Yorkshire


You’ll find this top Marriott venue at Shipley near Bradford and the modern European Golf design moorland track has a good variety of holes and is well worth playing.






This superb links is even tastier than the tastiest of Cornish pasties. It’s a Harry Colt classic and is ably supported by various accommodation options featuring lodges, flats and apartments.



Point at Polzeath



Has gone up a notch or two both on and off the course – since new owners took over the reins. Should further benefit from the recent opening of seven magnificent new on-site apartments.



St Mellion



The pride and flagship venue of Crown Golf, St Mellion is arguably the best resort in the south west and with two 18-hole courses, including the legendary Nicklaus, on site it’s a golfing paradise.



Slaley Hall



Has been the leading north east venue for a number of years and as well as offering a luxury hotel, golfers can check out the superb but contrasting Hunting and Priestman courses.



Rudding Park

North Yorkshire


This venue just outside Harrogate goes from strength to strength: it not only provides splendid accommodation but a quality Hawtree parkland layout, a fun six holer and excellent practice facilities.



Springs Hotel



The hotel and mature par-72 course designed by former Ryder Cup captain Brian Huggett sit in an area of outstanding natural beauty, 133 acres of parkland bordered by the river Thames.



North Shore



It’s right on the coast on the outskirts of popular seaside town Skegness and the star attraction is the splendid James Braid links/parkland combination course.



Donnington Valley



Play in style on the mature parkland course with its demanding finale and stay in style in the four star on-site hotel. The impressive clubhouse is a Grade II listed Victorian building.



Wokefield Park



This hugely popular venue just outside Reading is set in 250 acres of countryside but the course is no stroll in the park – there are nine lakes on it!






Designed by James Braid in the early 1920s, this splendid heathland is both picturesque and challenging and is supported by top value accommodation, including the Braid Lodge.



Ufford Park



Fine and popular venue run and owned by the Aldous family with the maturing gently undulating parkland layout being supported by an on-site hotel with good facilities and a cracking two-tier driving range.



Belton Woods



Just off the A1 near Grantham you’ll discover this luxury hotel with two 18-hole courses – ideal for a golfing day out or short break.



Mottram Hall



This venue has benefited big-time from recent extensive improvements both to the on-site hotel and undulating parkland course with its two contrasting nines.



Carden Park



Home of two 18-hole courses including the stunning Nicklaus course with its great variety of holes, the stunning 17th finishing slap bang in front of the striking-looking hotel.






Great all round Macdonald Hotels venue with excellent on-site accommodation, clubhouse and practice facilities plus two challenging 18-hoel courses (Championship & Premier).



Worsley Park



Quality Marriott venue and you’ll be particularly be impressed by the European Golf Design Championship course with its wonderful USGA-spec greens.



Patshull Park



One of the most popular and affordable golfing venues in the region, Patshull boasts a lovely John Jacobs-designed layout which sits within a tranquil 280-acre Capability Brown created estate.



Hellidon Lakes



A fresh modern boutique-style hotel with splendid accommodation, great leisure facilities including a swimming pool and 27 holes of parkland golf.





Scottish Borders


Cracking Macdonald hotel and facilities surrounded by gorgeous Borders countryside just outside Peebles. The Dave Thomas Championship course is a serious test of golf.



The Roxburghe

Scottish Borders


The pride and joy of the golf-loving Duke of Roxburghe, this is another outstanding rolling Dave Thomas parkland layout overlooked by luxury mansion house accommodation.



Fairmont St Andrews



A superb resort just outside the Home of Golf, Fairmont St Andrews has everything including a luxury hotel with world-class facilities and clifftop golf courses (Torrance & Kittocks).



The Westerwood



One of Scotland’s leading golf hotels boasts a stunning par-72 course designed by Seve Ballesteros and Dave Thomas and featuring several memorable holes.



Gleddoch House



This challenging mature parkland/heathland layout weaves around a stunning 360-acres estate, including four star hotel, with stunning Clyde estuary views.






Offers two contrasting 18-hole courses (Murrayshall & Lynedoch) plotted within 350 plus acres of prestine Perthshire countryside.



Drumoig Hotel & Resort



A decent base for visiting St Andrews - the Home of Golf - Drumoig is located within 250 acres of wonderful countryside with a 25-bedroom hotel and par-73 course on site.




Galgorm Castle

Co. Antrim


This magical venue guarantees you’ll have a great time both on and off the course which is plotted within 220 acres of mature parkland in the grounds of one of Ireland's historic demesnes.




Celtic Manor



The mighty Twenty Ten Ryder Cup doesn’t feature in 2-FORE!-1 but this classy resort’s other two strong layouts – the Roman Road and Montgomerie – do.



St Pierre



Smashing Marriott country club retreat near Chepstow with two outstanding layouts – the highly rated Old Course and the recently renovated Mathern layout.



The Vale

Nr. Cardiff


Tip top resort with two quality contrasting courses, the formidable Wales National and not-so-demanding Lakes, great practice facilities and a classy hotel with top facilities including a sumptuous spa.






Created by James Braid with a considerable helping hand from Mother Nature, Tenby is a stunning links with good value on-site accommodation.



Bryn Meadows



The mature parkland course has been thrilling golfers since the early 1970s and nowadays is backed-up by an on-site four star hotel and excellent leisure and spa facilities.