Our top après golf resorts in the UK
As the days get a little longer and a little brighter, we’ve listed an incredible array of golf resorts that are perfect for a post-round drink to reflect on your round of golf (good or bad).
Sharing a drink after a round of golf is one of life’s great joys whether you’re celebrating a win, commiserating a loss, catching up on the live sport or laughing about your mate’s top off the first tee, the sports bar or beer garden is often where the fun really starts. And with the weather improving, nights lasting longer and the COVID roadmap in place, that first thirst-quenching sip is waiting…
So, if you’re like us, and want great après golf facilities that equal the quality of the course, we’ve detailed below nine of the best golf resorts with excellent outdoor drinking and dining areas.
Celtic Manor is one of the UK’s most popular resorts for a golf break and for good reason. It’s a past Ryder Cup venue and has a certain ‘wow factor’, not to mention an iconic clubhouse that sits above the Twenty Ten Course offering excellent views out.
And whilst the Rafters Restaurant is a great dining experience, it’s the outdoor terrace where you’ll want to be for a post-round drink as you watch the sun setting behind the Welsh landscape and see fellow golfers approach the incredible 18th hole.
Off the course activities: Spa, swimming pool, fitness centre, fly fishing, tennis, archery, hiking
Whilst indoor dining might be some weeks away, The Abbey Hotel Golf & Country Club has idyllic outdoor seating where you can sit back and relax with a post-round drink and absorb what’s left of the sunshine.
When it’s time to grab a quick bite to eat, The Abbey also provides a great food menu with plenty of variety, so if you’re wanting a few bowls of chips to share or something more substantial, they have you covered.
Off the course activities: Spa, indoor swimming pool, fitness centre
East Sussex National has two great golf courses on-site, but as you’re walking up the 18th fairways of either course, the coned turrets of the clubhouse are a welcomed sight as it means you’re nearly ready for that first sweet sip of your post-round drink.
Whilst the Ryder Bar & Terrace provide the perfect opportunity to catch up with your golfing party alongside rolling countryside views, East Sussex National have introduced Al Fresco Dining to their list of experiences which means you can enjoy the great outdoors whilst remaining socially distanced from other guests.
Off the course activities: Spa, fitness centre, swimming pool
When on a golf break to Oulton Hall, Yorkshire, it’s all about the Claret Jug dining area. The iconic 18th century mansion, now clubhouse, gives it that extra grandiose feeling as you take in the afternoon sun of a summer’s eve, and it is where the majority of golfers will congregate to reflect on their round with a drink in hand and you will often hear the words ‘if only I made that putt…’.
Off the course activities: Spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, archery
Set within the woodland forests of Lincolnshire, Forest Pines is a championship golf trip and is a firm favourite among Golfbreaks’ customers. Not only is the course of excellent quality but the dining options, in particular The Pines Bar, are equally as good. The Pines Bar is where you will want to go to enjoy a drink after your round, with views of the course, it’s a social environment where golfers can find common ground whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Off the course activities: Spa, fitness centre, indoor swimming pool
Host venue to the European Tour in 2020, Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club is the ultimate choice for a staycation, it ticks all the boxes. Follow in the footsteps of the pros and play a British Open course followed by a drink or two on the perfect outdoor seating area, what could be better?
Off the course activities: Spa, fitness centre, indoor swimming pool, tennis courts
Perfect for a golf break, spa break or a romantic weekend away, Carden Park is a versatile venue and one of England’s truly great golf resorts. Most importantly for golfers, Carden Park also provides the ideal bar for après golf.
Jack’s Bar is part of the golf course clubhouse and overlooks the endless landscapes of Cheshire. It’s where golfers can grab that much-needed post-round drink, a quick bite to eat and whilst the weather is good and COVID guidelines permit outdoor seating only, the terrace provides the perfect space to socialise.
Off the course activities: Spa, swimming pool, fitness centre, private vineyard, archery, tennis courts, mini-golf, hiking, cycling
Once you’ve battled your way around the incredible Nicklaus or Kernow courses at St Mellion, you’ll be wanting more than just one drink. Both courses present a stern test for any golfer which will make that post-round drink all the sweeter, and when enjoying it on the balcony of The Nicklaus Bar overlooking the golf courses, it’s what every golfer has been dreaming about since the first lockdown.
Off the course activities: Spa, swimming pool, fitness centre, tennis courts
The Warwickshire might be the new kid on the block with regards to popular Golfbreaks venues however, it ticks all the boxes. There are two onsite courses, kept in pristine condition, and a clubhouse with an excellent patio area where you can reflect on your round, plan your evening entertainment and watch the sunset over the Warwickshire countryside.
Off the course activities: Spa, 2 indoor swimming pools, fitness centre
There aren’t many more sought-after places to go on a golf break than Trump Turnberry. This Open Championship venue is a behemoth of a golf resort and is simply sensational. Enjoying a drink after you’ve battled the elements on the course, with views over Ailsa Craig, is just the icing on the cake.
Off the course activities: Spa, fitness centre, infinity pool, beach, horse riding, cycling, hiking, fishing
We could list 100 reasons why you should go on a golf break to this legendary golf resort, it’s a former Ryder Cup & Solheim Cup venue, it has three incredible golf courses and exudes luxury. Yet when you finish your round and looking for that perfect post-round drink, then their outdoor seating area is where you’ll find most golfers soaking in the remaining rays until it’s time to get ready for dinner.
Off the course activities: Spa, horse riding, pigeon clay shooting, falconry, cycling, fishing
In the heart of the Cheshire countryside lies this beautiful golf club and hotel which boasts a spacious outdoor dining area that is perfect for those spring and summer months as you make the most of the UK weather. Overlooking the golf course you can enjoy a thirst-quenching drink (or two) and a wonderful meal.
Off the course activities: Spa, indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, tennis courts
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