Looking for ideas for new courses to experience in 2020? Our golf travel expert has picked out 20 you must play in 2020, starting with 8 from the British Isles

If you’re anything like us you are already using that otherwise redundant diary from Aunt Margaret to fill in the key occasions of the year: The Masters, the Open, the PGA Championship, the US Open, the Ryder Cup, EuroPro highlights from Frilford Heath, the return of the Celebrity Cup from Celtic Manor. And so on.

Plus, the two biggest weeks of the year: the annual trip away with the boys/girls from the club, and that long weekend you always do to somewhere with Derek/Claire, because, well, you just always do it.

In the first of two parts, here are eight ideas on home soil that will guarantee you return home pleased with your choice…

Must play golf courses 2020: Great Britain and Ireland

Prestwick

Prestwick golf course review

Why go? It’s a total mystery why it is not more revered, and a fixture on any discerning American’s Scotland itinerary. Has a quieter mid-round section but starts and ends with unique, unforgettable holes and arguably has more history to lap up than anywhere else.