Golf is perhaps both the most relaxing and frustrating of all sports.
Across a few hours, you can enjoy traversing the fairways and putting in on the greens of each hole, interspersed with the aggravation of searching for your ball in the rough or digging yourself out of a bunker.
Of course, a golf hotel can be a great place for a mini break when you have time off during the season.
Not only can you explore a fantastic course, but those disheartening moments can be very much offset by being able to relax in a five-star hotel, enjoying delicious food or taking a load off in a spa.
So, read about five of the best golf hotels in the UK where you can enjoy a luxurious 18 holes.
1. The Grove, Hertfordshire
The Grove is one of the most famous courses in the UK – in fact, it is the venue where Tiger Woods won the World Golf Championship in 2006.
Despite just being 18 miles away from London, The Grove’s 18 holes are situated on a picturesque parkland course.
With no handicap or membership required to make your way around, it’s generally an accessible course for most players – although there are plenty of bunkers and fast greens that will push even the most experienced golfers to the top of their game.
Alongside the golf course and hotel, The Grove also boasts a spa and four restaurants that you can enjoy throughout your stay.
2. Rockcliffe Hall, County Durham
Based just a 10-minute drive away from Darlington, Rockcliffe Hall is a 365-acre estate on the border between County Durham and North Yorkshire.
The championship-quality course is equally challenging as enjoyable, with each hole presenting new obstacles to navigate.
Stay out of the famous “sand dunes” at the first hole, and try to avoid the water as you play onto the island at hole five.
The five-star hotel rooms are ideal for a good night’s sleep after making your way around the course, and the hotel is also home to one of the largest spas in the whole of the UK.
3. Trump Turnberry, South Ayrshire
Situated on the coast in picturesque South Ayrshire, Scotland, the Trump Turnberry is one of the most well-known golf hotels in the UK.
If you’re looking for variety in your golf game, Trump Turnberry could be your preferred option. The hotel is home to the Ailsa, a 7,489-yard, par 71 course known for its unforgiving opening holes.
Alternatively, you can also explore the King Robert the Bruce course, which opened in 2017. The 7,203-yard, par 72 course offers dynamic views from the coastline, including the castle ruins and the lighthouse.
Your stay in the 20th-century hotel building is also complete with a fantastic spa and high-quality dining experience.
4. The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport
Celtic Manor is a five-star hotel resort just over the Welsh border, around 15 minutes away from Newport itself.
The resort features three championship courses, one of which is the Twenty Ten, the first course in history to be designed specifically for the Ryder Cup.
This challenging par 71 course measures 7,493 off the back tees and features water hazards on half of its holes. It also boasts six signature holes, each carefully designed to be worthy of hosting the Ryder Cup.
After a day out on the fairway, you can enjoy all kinds of exquisite dining options. From classic Welsh flavours and award-winning steaks, to contemporary Asian-inspired food, there’s plenty to choose from when refuelling for tomorrow morning’s tee time.
You can also soothe your mind and body in the Forum Spa, offering various treatments and contemporary therapies to help you to return home fully relaxed.
5. The Belfry, Warwickshire
Having hosted the Ryder Cup a record four times, The Belfry’s courses are undoubtedly some of the most prestigious in the UK.
There are three different courses you can explore while staying at The Belfry:
- The Brabazon, a par 72 course across 7,255 yards. Expect tight fairways, deep bunkers, water to navigate, and fast greens.
- PGA National, featuring undulating greens and 70 cavernous bunkers across 6,921 yards of a par 72 course.
- The Derby, a par 70 parkland course demanding immense accuracy through the 6,099 yards. With plenty of risk-and-reward holes, this course may be gentler than others, but a challenge all the same.
There is a range of rooms and suites to give yourself a good night’s sleep after a long day on your course of choice.
Similarly, refuel for another day’s play at a range of restaurants and bars. Or, relax in the spa to give your muscles a well-earned rest.
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