Top ten 36-hole golf resorts in the UK & Ireland
Stoke by Nayland, Gleneagles and The Belfry, just a few fantastic resorts that feature in our top 10.
Many golfers enjoy group golf holidays to resorts that have at least 36-holes of golf. This way, golfers don’t have to leave the resort or worry about transfers to and from the hotel. With a plentiful supply of 36-hole golf resorts in the UK & Ireland, golfers can enjoy a night or two away with friends and family playing some great golf courses. If you’re looking for inspiration, take a look at ten of our favourite 36-hole golf resorts in the UK & Ireland.
Fairmont St Andrews
The five-star Fairmont St Andrews resort encapsulates luxury, elegance and breath-taking surroundings, with the addition of two championship golf courses for guests to enjoy at the home of golf. The Torrance Course, as you have probably figured out, was designed by Sam Torrance and features classic Scottish revetted bunkers and large greens, and has hosted events such as the Scottish Seniors Open. The Kittocks Course offers some of the most beautiful holes in Scottish golf with unparalleled vistas across the dramatic Fife coastline.
With two courses in The Hunting Course and the Priestman, on top of a luxurious hotel, Slaley Hall is a fantastic golfing escape in Northumberland. The Hunting Course is regarded as the “Augusta of the North,” thanks to its majorly undulating greens and tree-lined holes, which offer a great challenge to all who play. The Priestman Course is a much friendlier challenge and offers golfers panoramic views of the Northumberland countryside.
The Belfry is one of the UK’s premier golf resorts offering a rich Ryder Cup history, with the opportunity to play three 18-hole golf courses, plus a fun mini-golf course. The Brabazon Course here is world-renowned for its Ryder Cup history and meticulous design, but that is not to say the PGA National Course and The Derby Course are not fantastic tests in their own right.
Regarded as one of the toughest venues on the Open Championship rota, The Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry is without a doubt the most recognised golf course at Trump Turnberry. Named after the third Marquess of Ailsa, this course features 6,474-yards of golfing terrain alongside the Ayrshire coast. The new King Robert the Bruce Course is also an exceptional challenge and offers golfers with breath-taking vistas as well as tough, Scottish layout.
The Home of English Golf, Woodhall Spa offers two magnificent golf courses with quaint accommodation within close proximity. The Hotchkin Course here is consistently ranked among the finest heathland experiences in the world, with the dramatic bunkering and individually memorable holes offering a memorable experience. The Bracken Course is a contemporary classic and offers the perfect complement to the Hotchkin, thanks to its generous bunkers and welcoming greens.
Forest of Arden
The Forest of Arden is a beautiful Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Warwickshire, with the 36-holes of championship golf on site making it one of the UK’s leading golf resorts. The Arden Course is the more well-known of the two, as it has hosted seven English Opens and five British Masters, with the likes of Colin Montgomerie, Thomas Bjorn and Darren Clarke leaving victorious. The newer Aylesford Course is considerably shorter however, there is a premium on accuracy here and is still a great test for all standards of golfer.
Stoke by Nayland
Stoke by Nayland offers a great combination of golf and accommodation with two fantastic 18-hole golf courses, a hotel, lodge and spa in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Gainsborough Course measures over 7,000-yards and sees four substantial lakes challenge golfers, as well as plenty of undulating terrain. The Constable Course is set among wooded plantations, with several natural water hazards coming into play, but is considerably shorter than the Gainsborough at 6,544-yards.
As well as offering five-star luxury accommodation, the Lough Erne Resort also offers 36-holes of golf and an outstanding golf academy. The Faldo Course offers stunning views of Castle Hume and is in incredible condition all-year-round. The Castle Hume Course is a championship parkland with beautifully manicured fairways and well-contoured greens, which makes it no surprise that is has hosted an unprecedented 10 Ulster PGA Championships.
Gleneagles is the ultimate luxury golfing getaway in Scotland, with three 18-hole golf courses, a nine-hole par-3 course, well-appointed accommodation and plenty more activities such as shooting, tennis and riding onsite. The PGA Centenary Course is world-renowned as it hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup, but the Queen’s and King’s courses both offer their own unique challenges that will test all abilities.
For the all-round sports lovers, Goodwood is a great place to go on your next group golf break. Not only can you play one of Sussex’s oldest golf courses in The Downs Course and the newer Park Course, you can also enjoy other sporting passions such as motorsport, horseracing, flying, shooting and cricket.