Links House At Royal Dornoch, Scottish Highlands
Set within the dramatic landscape of the Scottish Highlands, Links House is attached to one of the best courses in the country. As well as the Royal Dornoch Golf Club (ranked fourth in the world by Golf Digest) there are another four championship-level courses within 30 minutes of the hotel, including Golspie and Brora – golf packages can include rounds on them too. Once you’re finished for the day, head to fine-dining restaurant Mara for local seafood, or grab a burger and craft beers from The Courtyard.
Rooms from £255 per night; golf packages from £525
Rockliffe Hall, County Durham
The 18-hole championship golf course here is one of the most challenging in Europe. While the back tees will test even the professionals, each hole has no fewer than five tee boxes to suit players of varying abilities. Single-night golf packages can cover 18 or 36 holes, and even getting your golf clubs cleaned by Rockliffe Hall’s Golf Services team. You’ll stay in a luxury Tiplady Lodge bedroom, then enjoy a two-course dinner in The Clubhouse Kitchen & Bar. Set aside a couple of hours for the on-site spa or a match on the tennis courts, then tuck into a full English breakfast the following day.
Golf packages from £195 per person
The K Club, Ireland
The K Club is one of Ireland’s top golf resorts. In the Kildare countryside, just 30 minutes from Dublin, guests can stay in five-star accommodation and play two world-class courses. The Palmer North course, which hosted the Ryder Cup in 2006, is a real challenge, while the South course has a dramatic landscape with dune-style mounding. The K Club has a range of packages on offer, whether you want to eat in the River Room restaurant after play, or stay for up to three nights with access to its luxury spa and health club. You could also take advantage of outdoor pursuits fishing and paddle boarding to clay pigeon shooting and tennis.
Rooms from £245 per night.
In 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, this iconic Scottish hotel has three of the country’s top golf courses, which have hosted both the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup in recent years. Amateurs and pros alike can head to The Queen’s Course, a very fine par-68 heathland course, or there’s an additional 54 holes over on the Centenary Course. The hotel itself has everything you need for a luxury stay, from plush bedrooms and suites to outdoor activities like horse riding, falconry and cycling. Relax at the spa, sample Scottish produce at one of its the many restaurants, or head to the 20s-inspired cocktail bar for drinks.
Rooms from £244 per night
The Belfry, Warwickshire
The Belfry has hosted the Ryder Cup four times – more than any other venue in the world. The Brabazon is a challenging course for all-comers, while the Derby has far-reaching views across the Warwickshire countryside. An array of golf packages range from two rounds on a course and dinner to two-night stays with breakfast and three rounds of golf. The on-site Ryder Grill is the place for quality steaks and chargrilled seafood, or relax with a burger and pint at Sam’s Club House. The hotel also opens its pizza and pasta bar during weekends – ideal if you’ve got kids in tow.
Rooms from £189 per night
Trump Turnberry, Ayrshire
With a string of awards to its name, Trump Turnberry encompasses an array of excellent courses. In Ayrshire on the south-west coast, it’s home to the legendary Ailsa, host of four Open Championships, as well as two 18-hole courses and a 9-holer. Ailsa is known for its tough opening holes and is tricky for even the most skilled golfers, while the others are more suited to leisurely play. Book the Family Room if you’ve got kids in tow, or choose one of the villas, situated in the grounds of the hotel, for a group trip.
Rooms from £206 per night.
Bovey Castle, Dartmoor
Located within Dartmoor National Park, Bovey Castle has an 18-hole championship golf course. Created in 1930, it meanders through the estate, which makes for a memorable backdrop. Guests can take lessons, or head to the course solo. Inside the hotel, Valley rooms have great views over the moors, while the Junior State room has a spacious living area and en-suite, complete with roll-top bath. After a day on the course, head to Smith’s restaurant for a hearty meal or the Western Grill. There’s also an on-site spa with an indoor pool and an impressive gym with state-of-the-art equipment.
Rooms from £190 per night
The Grove, Hertfordshire
As one of the UK’s most prestigious courses, The Grove has welcomed big names over the years – it staged the World Golf Championships won by Tiger Woods in 2006, as well as hosting the British Masters in 2016. Today, the 7,152-yard course promises pristine greens protected by some challenging undulations. A ‘Stay & Play’ package includes an overnight stay in one of the luxury rooms, a round of golf on the course, breakfast in your room or at The Glasshouse, and access to the spa. Make time too for exploring the 300-acre gardens and taking a dip in the outdoor pool.
Golf packages from £195 per person
Rudding Park Hotel & Spa, Yorkshire
Rudding Park has two options: the 18-hole Hawtree Course or the six-hole Repton Short Course. There’s also a flood-lit driving range where you can practise whatever the weather. Standard rooms are stylishly simple, while suites feature four-poster beds and spacious lounge areas. You can also stay in a self-catering cottage or lodge, all of which have hot tubs on their verandas. Enjoy British classics at the Clocktower Brasserie or opt for fine dining at the Horto restaurant.
Rooms from £307 per night
Celtic Manor Resort, Wales
Celtic Manor Resort has three courses to choose from, including the Twenty Ten Course which hosted the 2010 Ryder Cup and comes in at a robust 7,493 yards off the back tees. The Roman Road Course is one of the best in Wales, while the Montgomerie is a dramatic par-69 challenge. The selection of golf packages is extensive: enjoy a one-night stay with rounds on two of the courses or go all out in one of the self-catering Hunter Lodges, where you get complimentary use of the resort’s two health clubs.
Rooms from £97 per night
Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Sussex
In East Grinstead, Ashdown Park is a grand country house with excellent facilities. Ideal for a group trip, its 18-hole golf course is surrounded by rolling hills. Offering a good challenge for regular players, the last nine holes are particularly attractive as they wind their way through a woodland area. Inside the hotel, rooms are traditional and spacious – check out the studio suites which look out over the course. The Anderida restaurant can sate any appetite, while the Country Club brasserie is the place to get the beers in. There’s also an on-site gym with an indoor pool, plus a spa.
Rooms from £129 per night
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