We’re taking a break from the usual property blog to bring you some of the best golf courses in the country alongside nearby property.
By the time this article is published it will probably be too late for any more gift shopping so, if you’re thinking about treating yourself or someone else to some of the country’s best golf courses then you might want to wait until after the new year. Aside from that, here are the best golf courses in the UK according to www.top100golfcourses.com
Royal St George’s
Delf Street, Sandwich, Kent
The Course: First opened in 1887, Royal St George’s is quite young in terms of golf courses. Despite this, it has hosted 14 Opens and is one of the most popular locations for the event. It’s a tough course but is also a uniquely designed and rewarding course to play on.
The Property: The course is served by Sandwich, a cosy medieval town with winding streets and attractive property. Commuter links are good so it’s a reasonable choice for anyone wanting to live away from the capital.
Silwood Road, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5
The Course: This course, based in Surrey, is an inland course built on the Surrey-Berkshire sand-belt. Prior to its opening in 1901 the area was, in fact, open land; quite surprising when you look at the rows of trees or the magnificent oak on the 18th hole.
The Property: Aside from its close proximity to one of the country’s best golf courses, Sunningdale shines as an upmarket commuter town (being on the Surrey / Berkshire border, it’s only a short journey away from London). Expensive house prices, private schools and club fees make this a location for a select few.
Westbourne Road, Birkdale, Southport, PR8 2HZ
The Course: Originally opened in 1889, Birkdale has seen numerous changes and improvements over its lifetime with some of the most significant alterations being made in the 1930s. Overlooking the Irish Sea, golfers can expect high winds which make this a difficult course to play on.
The Property: The Birkdale golf course sits alongside Southport in Merseyside, a seaside town built around a number of sand dunes (making it an excellent place to build a golf course). It’s characterised by rows of handsome Victorian properties as well as its pier (the second longest in the UK, behind Southend-on-Sea)
Woodlands Ride, Ascot
The Course: An exclusive golf course just south of Ascot, Swinley Forest was designed by famous golf architect Harry Colt. Considered one of his best, it is enjoyed for its variety and attractive setting. A little out of the way, it isn’t a particularly busy course either.
The Property: It’s common knowledge that Ascot is a nice place to live and this is definitely true when you consider the high-quality schools, transport links, parks and forests. It is an exclusive course for a reason.
Royal Lytham & St Annes
Seafield Road, Lytham
The Course: One of the most difficult courses in the country, Royal Lytham & St Annes is a northern links course near Blackpool. The course is defined by its large number of bunkers and rough terrain so visitors shouldn’t expect an easy ride.
The Property: The course sits in the middle of Lytham St Annes, an upmarket seaside town in the north of England. It’s a popular destination for golfers, not only because it has one of the country’s best courses, but because it has four of them in total. Schools are good and Blackpool airport is very close by.