Mon 01 April 2019
We love to hear the views of regular golfers, which was the objective and motivation behind the 2019 Golfshake Course Survey, where we asked for your feedback on courses and venues that you have experienced to help us identify the best and most visitor friendly across the UK & Europe.
Part of that exercise was to discover the Best Golf Accommodation in the UK, with hundreds of golfers sharing their favourite venues. We have included the most common and popular selections below, focusing on the leading three, noting them across a map of the country. Responses were varied and provided a rich mix, from the famous Ryder Cup hosts of Celtic Manor, The Belfry and Gleneagles, to lesser recognised gems like Old Thorns and Hawkstone Park, hopefully creating a helpful guide to UK golf's finest stay and play options.
Naturally, this does not claim to be a definitive list, and it's likely that the names featured are often the most frequently visited, but what it should pick out are places that consistently deliver a comfortable and welcoming experience, something that our golfers would Highly Recommend to others who are planning to embark on a golf break across the UK.
Celtic Manor Resort
Known for hosting the Ryder Cup in 2010, the Celtic Manor is a hugely popular venue on Golfshake, and responses to the survey underlined that status. There are four superb accommodation options to choose from; the flagship 5* Resort Hotel and its 330 refurbished bedrooms, the 4* Manor House Hotel, the 4* Coldra Court Hotel and the Newbridge on Usk Restaurant.
In addition to the luxury rooms, the Newport resort - only a short drive from Cardiff - boasts spa and leisure facilities, and has access to the three on-site courses, notably The Twenty Ten, in addition to the Roman Road and Montgomerie. A decade may have passed since Europe triumphed over the United States there, but Celtic Manor remains an attractive option for many golfers and the comfortable accommodation is a significant part of the reason why.
The Belfry Hotel & Resort
Situated in the West Midlands, The Belfry holds iconic status after hosting the Ryder Cup four times between 1985 and 2002, and the resort continues to be a favourite of golfers across the country. The Brabazon, PGA National and Derby Courses provide an enjoyable test for visitors to experience, but the venue itself stands as being one of the UK's premier stages, set in 550 acres of beautiful countryside and providing a wide variety of excellent facilities.
The 4* hotel features 319 varied and elegant rooms, which were refurbished during an extensive renovation in 2014, ensuring that the accommodation here stands up to modern demands. It's a resort with prestige, but one that stands accessible due to being only a short drive from Birmingham, and it continues to be acclaimed by members on Golfshake.
Located in the heart of the breathtaking scenery of Perthshire in Scotland, Gleneagles is a legendary resort that has defined quality and luxury for a century. It has frequently been named the 'Best Golf Resort in the World' and is known for its three courses; the historic King's, the beautiful Queen's, and the 2014 Ryder Cup layout the PGA Centenary. The estate is known for its outdoor activities and acclaimed restaurants and leisure facilities.
However, when it comes to accommodation, Gleneagles is perhaps unsurpassable in the UK, including 232 luxurious guest bedrooms and suites, each offering the perfect retreat in a tranquil setting, which retain a traditional sense of place and serenity, and highly regarded level of service to ensure that your time here is an unforgettable one. If more golfers had visited Gleneagles, it wouldn't have been a shock to see it lead the number of responses to our survey.
Close House Hotel & Golf Club
Postioned in Newcastle and former host of the British Masters, Close House is an elegant venue in beautiful surrounds, and features superb accommodation, including 12 courtyard style rooms and four terrace rooms.
Golf At Slaley Hall
Acclaimed venue in Northumberland known for its highly rated courses and comfortable hospitality, set within 1,000 acres of countryside with a series of luxury rooms and lodges available.
Located within the rolling Hampshire countryside, Old Thorns is a renowned golf course, but the venue itself also ranks positively, following a significant refurbishment, each of its 160 rooms deliver pleasant accommodation alongside a series of restaurants and bars that make this a tremendous stay and play option.
The Vale Resort
Situated in rural Glamorgan, this Welsh resort has two courses and a 4* hotel with 143 rooms that enjoy views across the expansive countryside, providing a quality of service that all golfers will relish.
Prince's Golf Club
Prince's is a revered venue in Sandwich, offering 27-holes of historic golf, and modern scenic accommodation through its wide range of options at The Lodge, including The Apartments, the main complex itself, and either the Links or Bay suites, all of which make this a destination to savour.
St Mellion International Resort
Enjoying a prime location in Cornwall, St Mellion is known for its two courses, but the accommodation isn't bad either, having been modernised within the past decade, there are now 80 comfortable guest rooms available.
Carden Park Golf Resort
Located in Cheshire, Carden Park is an acclaimed venue, having recently been named Winner of England's Best Golf Hotel at the World Golf Awards. The hotel contains 175 bedrooms and 23 sophisticated suites all stylishly furnished, providing elegant luxury across a range of dining options, providing the perfect base to sample its two courses, the Cheshire and Nicklaus.