Winter is definitely on its way, but falling temperatures and dark mornings do not mean that you have to sacrifice time spent on the golf course. There are plenty of golf courses in the UK which are still suitable for winter play, and here is our pick of the best for golfers not afraid of a bit of frost.
The Belfry, West Midlands
The Belfry is a prestigious venue which has hosted the Ryder Cup four times. The PGA National course at The Belfry was built back in 1997 and boasts a number of lakes and large-scale mounding, making it an exciting and interesting challenge for even the most experienced player. This course is ideal for winter play and The Belfry resort also has spa facilities and an on-site club for post-play fun.
Delamere Forest, Cheshire
This historic course dates back to 1910 and is ideally set up for winter play as it drains incredibly quickly even after a substantial downpour. The course was the brainchild of world-famous golf course designer Herbert Fowler and many golfers find the shortest hole, the 6th, the most challenging due to the accuracy it demands.
Forest Pines, Lincolnshire
This inland course, noted for its stunning scenery, is home to the English Golf Union and was designed by the late PGA Tour player John Morgan. This 27 hole course is split into three loops of nine – Forest, Beeches and Pines. If you’re looking for a challenge combine Forest and Pines. Watch out for the seventh water hole – according to the golf course the record number of balls fished out the water in one year is a whopping 6,000.
Fairmont, St Andrews
St Andrews is the home of golf and this Scottish town boasts a number of great courses. Fairmont offers great winter play and you can sooth your cold and aching limbs with a visit to the amazing spa at the course’s five star hotel. It offers all sorts, from Swedish massages to hydrotherapy pools. There are plenty of pubs around to keep you warm come evening too – try the Jigger Inn, popular with many visiting golfers due to its own brand of ale.
Ganton Golf Club, North Yorkshire
The historic 18 hole course at Ganton, which was built back in 1891, is noted for the all year round quality of its greens and in its illustrious history has hosted both the Ryder Cup and the Curtis Cup. This course mixes links and heathland, and also features a number of interestingly placed bunkers. Ganton is ranked among the top 30 Europe Championship courses and is a real winter treat.
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