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Northwest Golf Courses
Royal Lytham & St Annes
(Lytham) World renowned for its difficulty, this golf course is considered the most difficult of England’s championship courses. The rich history includes such honored tournaments as the British Open, and has crowned such champions as Bobby Jones, Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros. Located on the coast, this is a true links layout with numerous bunkers and quick greens. Founded in 1886, this course is in the rotation of courses that host the British Open as well as many other championships throughout the years. Currently ranked #50 in the world by Golf Magazine.
(Southport) A great English course that looks out to the Irish Sea, this course has hosted more tournaments in the last half century. Past British Open winners include the likes of Tom Watson and Johnny Miller. Although considered tame by professionals due to the acceptable fairways, there remains much hazards in the form of grasses and scrub. The massive sand dunes create a challenge fairway shot that allows little room for error in approaching fast undulating greens. Currently ranked #30 in the world by Golf Magazine.
(Hoylake) Also refereed to as Hoylake, this great course has welcomed golfers to 10 previous British Opens. The course is the second oldest links course in England, and is well regarded by past British Open champions such as Peter Thompson. Although the course is less known for the landscape, winds are a factor that provide a measure of difficulty not found in many other courses. Currently ranked #69 in the world by Golf Magazine.
(Southport) This links course may be located next door to its more famous neighbor Royal Birkdale, but it surpasses Birkdale in quality and challenge. It is omitted from major championships because of a lack of space for spectators, not challenge. The inward nine is some of the most memorable in the world, and offer an extremely challenging test of golf. Playing the strong winds and many natural hazards smartly are the key for success on this difficult course.
Southeast Golf Courses
Royal St George's Golf Club
(Sandwich) Renowned for its difficulty, this course is considered one of the most difficult of England’s championship courses. The rich history includes such honored tournaments as the British Open no less than 12 times, and has crowned such champions as Greg Norman and Sandy Lyle. Located close to the coast, this is a true links layout that requires length and patience on the excellent greens. Currently ranked #26 in the world by Golf Magazine.
Central Golf Courses
(Cornwall) Considered on of the finest inland courses in Europe, the Nicklaus championship course is set among spectacular woodlands and lakes. Set in 450 acres of glorious Cornish countryside, the rolling hills and rivers create a demanding test of golf, and requires long and accurate drives to safely approach large and true greens.
The Belfry (Brabazon Golf Course)
(Birmingham) Site of an unprecedented 3 Ryder Cup challenges and a 4th scheduled for 2001, this world class course has challenged many of the top golf pros in the world. Surrounded by 370 acres of splendid countryside with numerous lakes and woodlands in abundance, the layout has recently been renovated, and now considered even more challenging. The resort also has 2 other excellent golf courses, the PGA National and The Derby.
Woodhall Spa Golf Club
(Woodhall Spa) The Bracken course is a beautiful test of golf located in beautiful parkland surroundings. The tree-lined fairways are spectacular, but the flat fairway allows errant shot recoveries. The bunkers are massive, and the greens are quick but fair. Founded at the turn of the 19th century, this course was a favorite of Harry Vardon. Currently ranked #33 in the world by Golf Magazine.
London Golf Courses
Wentworth Golf Club
(Virginia Water) Wentworth Golf Club contains 3 wonderful and distinct golf courses. The challenging West Course is considered the "Burma Road" for its renowned difficulty, and has hosted such respected tournaments as the Ryder Cup, the World Match Play and Dunlop Masters. The beauty of this excellent Inland course comes from the beautifully tree lines fairways. The difficulty of the course is sheer length, and precise woods and long irons to strategically bunkered greens. Currently ranked #66 in the world by Golf Magazine.
(Scarborough) Laid out in undulating heartland, this may be the most beautiful in Britain. The fairways are fair, the trees few but the bunkers have no peers in difficulty. In addition, gorse is plentiful and reinforces the bunkering difficulty. The wind is always a factor with the varying direction of the holes. The course has hosted a Ryder Cup, as well as numerous Amateur and British Mid-Amateur championships. Currently ranked #61 in the world by Golf Magazine.
Sunningdale Golf Club
(Ascot) Sunningdale is another spectacular inland course masterpiece located in the Surrey countryside. The creation of “undulations” for greens began on this magnificent course, and required long and accurate approach shots assure a challenge to the most accurate golfer. The scenery is stunning with beautiful pin and silver birch trees. Although well known for the Old Course, the New is considered a gem. Currently ranked #40 in the world by Golf Magazine.
Walton Heath Golf Club
(Walton-on-the-Hill) Started in 1902, this course is one o f the finest examples of hearthland golf created out of a jungle of heather, gorse and bracken. The course has graced a Ryder Cup, 5 European Open tournaments and 23 famous match play championships. The rough is extremely demanding, and bunkers continually create devastating scores when the winds are blowing. Currently ranked #76 in the world by Golf Magazine.