After a long, wet winter the new golf season is nearly upon us and below you’ll find courses where you can start the 2014 season in style. Not only are they superb courses they also happen to belong to 2-FORE!-Golf which means voucher holders can play them for half-price.
*St Mellion (Kernow course), Cornwall – Most golfers play the neighbouring Nicklaus so the much-improved Kernow – a former European Tour venue itself – is virtually empty! Plus it arguably boasts the resort’s most memorable hole – the stunning par-3 14th.
*Slaley Hall (Priestman course), Northumberland – It’s a similar story at this top De Vere resort: most visitors play the Hunting course but the Priestman, designed by Neil Coles and opened in 1999, is equally impressive. It too has staged European Tour action with the par-5 4th and par-3 11th the stand-out holes.
*Crosland Heath, West Yorks – A century old in 2014 and this Alister MacKenzie moorland-heathland style course majestically sits amidst the Pennines above Huddersfield, is nevertheless flat and easy walking and is in great nick all year round.
*Elsham, Lincs – Unjustly overshadowed by superstar modern neighbour Forest Pines, Elsham recently celebrated its centenary and is a fine parkland/heathland track in its own right. Be wary of the par-4 2nd – an intriguing left-to right dogleg even though it’s bunkerless.
*Leighton Buzzard (pictured), Beds – An impressive mixture of parkland/heathland golf. It’s Woburn-esque in places with many fairways overlooked by tall mature timber. It’s also the place where Ian Poulter learnt his trade – golf, not fashion, that is. Signature hole is the simply stunning par-3 11th.
*Traditions, Surrey – Cleverly designed Peter Alliss parkland layout fast maturing after opening in 1999, impressively meandering through dense woodland and comprising several water hazards.