This week’s pick of the 2-FORE!-1 crop are all outstanding inland layouts, including a classy Alister Mackenzie layout in the north east and an impressive Braid municipal track a short drive from the world-famous Scottish links of Turnberry.
*Dorset G&CC (pictured), Dorset – Home of 27 holes of quality golf in the form of Lakeland, Woodland and Parkland nines, the latter featuring its own Amen Corner. Whichever combination you play, you’ll enjoy.
*The Warwickshire, Warwicks – The King’s course reigns: not only is it the longer of the two Karl Litten-designed courses – the neighbouring Earl’s is more open and US-style – but the tree-lined King’s is easier on the eye if not to play.
*Portal (Championship course), Cheshire – Designed by Donald Steel and opened in 1990, this Cheshire parkland cracker has a bit of everything including a 600-yards plus par-5 and a smashing par-3 to a near-island green.
*Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales – On the short side but James Braid’s 1912 layout still provides great heathland golf – the fairways are tight and undulating – with awesome coastal views.
*Belleisle, Ayrshire, Scotland – Quality James Braid parkland within Belleisle Estate on the outskirts of Ayr with spectacular Isle of Arran views. Watch out for the pesky Curtecan burn which features on several holes.
*Darlington, Co. Durham – With its big rolling greens and lush densely tree-lined fairways, delightful Darlington is something of an Augusta lookalike. Then again, it was – like the Masters venue – designed by Alister Mackenzie.