Lady Golfer: Top 50 UK stay-and-play destinationsMarch, 2014
We show you our pick of the best golfing venues in the UK
50 EAST SUSSEX NATIONAL
Sitting in the heart of the county, East Sussex National comprises two magnificent championship 18-hole layouts. Its four-star hotel has 104 rooms and 10 luxury suites, as well as a health club containing a 50-station gym, 20m pool and nine-room spa.
49 LUTON HOO
A fleet of black cabs ferry guests around these expansive grounds here. From the grand, 18th century Wernher Restaurant to vast suites with double height ceilings, rooms are huge. Admittedly, some need a little updating but the modern spa and excellent golf more than make up for it.
48 FOREST PINES
Set amid a backdrop of ancient pines and undulating North Lincolnshire heathland, Forest Pines boasts 27 holes of outstanding golf along with a spa retreat and top-class accommodation. The spa has six treatment rooms, a pool, steam room and Jacuzzi.
47 THE OXFORDSHIRE
Situated in the heart of the Chilterns, The Oxfordshire is home to a top-class championship course which was designed by Rees Jones in 1993. The magnificent on-site hotel has 50 en-suite rooms, plus an exquisite Tempus health and fitness spa.
46 ALDWARK MANOR
Aldwark Manor is close enough to York and Harrogate to combine golf and spa with a shopping or cultural trip. The course winds around 120 acres of pristine Vale of York parkland, and a range of spa treatments are available, alongside a pool which offers great views.
45 OULTON HALL
Quintessentially English, with manicured lawns and tinkling fountains, this West Yorkshire hotel is country-house grand with flocked wallpaper, chandeliers and sumptuous velvet sofas. The 27-hole golf complex includes a state-of-the-art Nike Golf Academy.
44 THE VALE
One of the country’s biggest and most popular resorts, The Vale, in Glamorgan, is set in over 650 acres of Welsh countryside. It boasts two courses alongside a stunning spa which offers an extensive choice of traditional and holistic treatments, a pool and Nordic sauna.
43 ST PIERRE
This Welsh gem is a former Curtis and Solhiem Cup host. It sits on the Welsh side of the Severn amid 450 acres of parkland. The setting for the hotel is the 14th-century manor house, which contains 132 rooms and 16 suites. There are also spa and pool area with sauna and whirlpool.
42 FOREST OF ARDEN
The Arden course at this luxurious Marriott resort is recognised as one of the best tracks in the region. The 214-room hotel has an attached Cederwood spa to unwind in, or guests can head to the tennis courts and fitness centre for something a little more energetic.
41 UFFORD PARK
Set in 120 acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside, Ufford Park’s championship course is rightly regarded as one of the best in the area. Many of the views from the the on-site hotel’s 90 bedrooms look out over the course and across the Deben Valley. Guests can also enjoy a modern, well-equipped health club and thermal suite spa. And there is also a hair salon on site!
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