It is easy for golfers to think first of Scotland and Ireland as golf destinations, and naturally so, as some of the greatest golf courses that are surrounded with history and tradition are to be found there. It is also the fact that golf forms a focal point of tourism boards in these countries that enables them to remain top of mind. However, if one dwells deeper in the region, England is right up there as a golf destination.
There are more golf courses in England than Scotland, Wales & Ireland put together. England is also home to some of the best championship courses in the world including Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George’s, Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s, Royal Liverpool, Sunningdale Old & New Courses. Six of the Open Championship venues are to be found in this country.
Golfing in England can be broken up in regions – the Northern Part, which includes 3 of the Open Championship venues- Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s amongst 150+ golf courses –is a region that can be covered by making the exciting city of Liverpool as the base. This means there is plenty of excitement for even the non-golfers – one can catch a football game at one of the two biggest football clubs in the premiership – Liverpool and Everton, in fact it is even possible for the younger ones to enrol in a football academy at Liverpool while you hit the fairways. There are exciting pubs where you can re-live the wonder of the links courses with your golf buddies, while the rest of the people roar over a Liverpool goal in this hometown of the Beatles.
If you would like to make London as your base, which may often be the case – by choice or by design, since the family must have something to do – then let the golfer in you not be disappointed. There are some top choices that include The Berkshire Golf Club, The Sunningdale(Old & New Courses), Wentworth, Royal St. George’s and the Walton Heath Golf Club. While these are options at the top end there are some other economical options that can also be available, so that your holiday bill doesn’t get too high. Obviously with London as the base, there really is no shortage of other things to do – there are endless options for sightseeing, culture, heritage, shopping and entertainment that would even make the most ardent of golfers think about dropping one round to catch the spirit and the buzz. So, even if you are on a golfing holiday, it makes sense to combine it with a top theatre show at the West End, a Thames River Cruise and a city sightseeing tour.
England is always a busy golfing country. There are an estimated 800,000 golfers in England alone, who are in the habit of going on a golfing break – if not abroad, then within their country.Therfore,It is always advisable to book golf in advance in England, especially if you plan to play in any of the top championship courses.