Royal West Norfolk

If you like your links courses packed with character, quirky design features, old world charm and more than a healthy dose of eccentricity, Royal West Norfolk is the one for you.

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Gemma Keepin
Ufford Park Golf Club

A nice parkland course built around a central five-acre conservation area with water in play on 12 holes. Winters well too. In the hotel there are 90 well-appointed en-suite rooms, a health club, spa and indoor swimming pool.

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Gemma Keepin
Silloth-On-Solway

Overlooked and underrated for far too long, Silloth is now a Golf World Top 100 Golf Courses; England top 25 fixture. Scintillating front nine, where many greens are mischievously tucked away in dunes and dells, is not quite matched coming home, though.

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Gemma Keepin
Little Aston Golf Club

The highest-ranked parkland course in the list for the second consecutive year. A sophisticated and subtle design, Harry Vardon crafted the original layout, while Harry Colt later added his trademark bunkering.

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Gemma Keepin
Beau Desert Golf Club

Having spent a fair amount of time in recent months sampling some of the finest Midlands golf in the research of this Top 100, we think it’s fair to say the region is one of the most underrated in the whole country.

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Gemma Keepin
Huntercombe Golf Club

Has risen almost 30 places during the past four years thanks to its combination of epic greens complexes, delightful topography and, at times, eccentric holes. Design connoisseurs rave over it.

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Gemma Keepin
Prince's Golf Club (Himalayas)

Previously the weak link in Prince’s three nine-hole courses, The Himalayas now delivers a much sterner challenge after the esteemed Martin Ebert was drafted to rework its holes. Peter Masters assesses the results.

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Nick Wright
The Grove Golf Club

All men might be created equal, but the same is not true of golf course sites. Ask architects whether they take greater satisfaction from making a good course from a modest site or a great course from a promising site and they prevaricate like a politician.

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Nick Wright
Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club

A full eight decades have passed since it did so, but it is now extremely hard to imagine the Ryder Cup being hosted by Southport & Ainsdale as you pull into the car park of this storied club on Lancashire’s ‘golf coast’.

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Nick Wright
St Enodoc

Sometimes the first hole can set the tone for the rest of your round; at St Enodoc, you can be assured of it. A sinuous par 5 of some 520 yards, the opener gets the Church course off to the kind of start Lewis Hamilton can only dream of.

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Nick Wright