Lady Golfer: Top 50 UK stay-and-play destinationsMarch, 2014
We show you our pick of the best golfing venues in the UK
40 SPEY VALLEY
Secluded to the point of isolation, Spey Valley is a treat to the senses. It feels like you can see half of Scotland from certain points on the course. The Aviemore resort includes four hotels and 18 woodland lodges, as well as restaurants, shops, a cinema, leisure centre and spa.
39 MANOR HOUSE
Some venues ooze class from the moment you arrive and Manor House is undeniably one of them. Situated in Cotswold countryside in the stunning valley of Castle Combe, guests can enjoy the stunning parkland course before retiring to either the 14th-century hotel or woodland lodges.
Hidden away on a coastal road, just to the south of Newquay, sits this James Braid beauty. We love this part of the North Cornish coastline and a links that is as natural as they come. As from last year they now offer luxury lodges which make a great base to explore Padstow and Holywell Bay.
37 MOTTRAM HALL
Set in 270 acres of Cheshire parkland, this championship course plays out in front of the majestic 18th-century hall. The hotel and spa facilities have recently undergone a £6 million refurbishment, with the Mottram Club and Spa offering eight treatment rooms and state-of-the-art gym facilities.
36 MAR HALL
The championship Earl of Mar course was designed by the late Dave Thomas and offers spectacular views of the River Clyde and Kilpatrick Hills. The resort’s five-star luxury hotel has 53 individually designed rooms and suites along with a leisure club and DECLEOR spa facility.
35 CLOSE HOUSE
Lee Westwood gives his name to both courses here in Northumberland with the Colt taking the high ground. The 12 Courtyard suites, which are all named after courses laid out by legendary designer Harry Colt, are spacious, stylish and very, very classy and the food superb.
The Dormy House sleeps 10 and the course, just below Southport, is one of the UK’s very best and home to many prestigious events. There is also Formby Ladies which should not be missed on any visit where its narrow fairways even impressed Greg Norman.
33 ROCKLIFFE HALL
If you’re looking for a 5-star country house hotel in the north of England with a first-rate spa, a focus on gourmet dining and a championship course with facilities to match, this is the place to go. Uniquely, this is also the UK’s first centre of excellence for Nordic Walking.
There is all manner of impressive accommodation at this Cornish retreat along with some outstanding eating options. The Colt-designed course is one of the very best in the South West with the front nine, which tiptoes towards the Atlantic Ocean, the more dramatic.
31 BROCKET HALL
This 18th century estate boasts two championship courses which are named after the two prime ministers who once resided at Brocket Hall – Lord Palmerston and Lord Melbourne. Guests can also stay in the elegan Georgian coach-house conversion.
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