The weather is warming up for the year, and for golf enthusiasts that means it’s time to head back out on the course.
Of course, many golfers find places to keep playing through the winter, but warm weather simply encourages golf on a more regular basis. Before you dig up your clubs and head to M&S for a new outfit or two for the course, however, it can be a good idea to do some research on new or highly ranked courses to enjoy this season. So, here are some of the top courses to play in the UK and Ireland, as noted by Today’s Golfer.
Located in Argyll, this Scottish course makes for a nice getaway if you’re looking to make a summer vacation out of a golf outing. Cottages near the course can accommodate visitors who want to experience the area for longer than a single morning or afternoon, and the course itself is unique and beautiful. Natural grassy dunes and seaside views at several tees and greens make Machrihanish Dunes an incredibly pleasant place to play.
This Open caliber course in County Antrim, Ireland is known for attracting the best of the best. Royal Portrush has hosted the British Open in the past and is a favourite spot for Rory McIlroy, but remains open to the public and relatively affordable.
Royal County Down
Located beneath the Mountains of Mourne in Newcastle, this is one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the UK or Ireland. Today’s Golfer notes that deep bunkers, the wind coming in off the sea, and the fact that many of the holes have fairways that can’t be seen from the tees all make for a demanding experience. However, the course is about as beautiful as a golf course can get, and makes for excellent summer golf.
Another course by the water, Loch Lomond is noteworthy because of its flawless condition. More of a park course than a nature one, Loch Lomond has the best of both worlds, situated near the beautiful Scottish Highlands but maintained with the care one might expect in a royal garden. In short, it’s an elegant course well worth a look this summer.
Naturally, these are only a few choices. There are literally hundreds of beautiful courses to choose from in this part of the world, and you may do just as well flipping a coin as researching them. However, if you are looking for a few particularly stunning golf outings or vacations this summer, the choices above are among those that certainly won’t disappoint.