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Best Harry Colt golf courses

You may not know this but Harry Colt left his career as a lawyer to become a course a designer and what a designer he was. We've put together a list of his top ten pieces of work, all you need to do is decide which one you want to play first.

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Royal Portrush golf course

Royal Lytham & St Annes (1919 redesign)

Originally designed by George Lowe in 1886, it was Harry Colt who was responsible for the redesign of this Open Championship venue in 1919. Today the course features 174 bunkers that line the fairways and surround the greens, and it is one of the few great inland links courses in the world. Although a long way from the coast, the sea breeze still has an effect on your round and left golf writer Bernard Darwin to describe it as “a beast of a course.”

Royal Lytham & St Annes golf course

Golf de Saint-Germain golf course

Sligo Golf Course

Burnham & Berrow (1913 redesign)

Although opening in 1896, it was Harry Colt who produced a blueprint in 1913 to turn the course into the challenge it is today. He removed the blind shots and replaced the weaker holes with new 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th holes. The Championship Course here is set among towering sand dunes on the Bristol Channel Coast and makes for an exciting challenge.

Burnham & Berrow golf course

Sherwood Forest golf course

Ganton golf course

Royal Zoute golf course

Hotchkin course, Woodhall Spa

La Mer Course at Golf du Touquet (1931)

Harry Colt’s La Mer Course at Golf du Touquet opened in 1931, but was recently renovated by architects Patrice Boissonnas and Frank Pont to restore holes that were abandoned after World War II. The course is now back in line with its historic, original Colt design. As one of the few genuine links courses in mainland Europe, you’d be a fool not to play this gem on your next golf break in France.

La Mer course, Golf du Touquet

Feeling inspired?
One of the greatest architects in golf, Harry Colt has designed some truly spectacular courses that should be added to every golfers bucket list.

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