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Why booking a UK winter golf break is worth it

Why booking a UK break in winter can be brilliant! Check out our top reasons to go on

Adam Keates
Adam Keates
5 mins read
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Let’s face it, we all want to go away when the sun is shining. However, with courses at their busiest, prices are often at their highest, meaning you can get less for your money (or breakpoints!) during these periods.

Why not consider a winter golf break this year – perhaps as an add-on to your regular season? After all, there’s no reason for your season to stop in September!

Secure the best tee times

Let’s start with arguably the best reason for heading away in the winter months… the ability to book your preferred tee times, and play at your own pace. During the winter, courses are less busy, meaning that not only will you have more chance of selecting an exact tee time to suit your group, but you’re unlikely to find yourselves squeezed between 120 other golfers on the day!

Gleneagles at sunset.

There’s a tranquillity to feeling as though you have the course to yourself, after all, it’s supposed to be your chance to escape. Nobody wants to feel rushed on their golf holiday. Many of our most popular destinations will have their prime weekend morning spots booked months in advance, however, from October onwards, the tee-sheet can free up. This means that even if you book relatively last minute, you can enjoy a great selection of available times across our network of golf resorts and clubs.

9th hole at Gleneagles Resort

Tick off bucket-list courses

The natural settings of some of the UK’s most famous golfing destinations lend themselves perfectly to winter golf. Links layouts and heathland gems are notoriously fast-draining, meaning that even if the rain does come, the courses are likely to stay open!

What’s more, with the best links courses lining the coastline, they’re less prone to frost and ice than courses further inland thanks to the saltwater in the air, making them playable, even on the coolest of days.

Golf course in the winter

Additionally, these links courses make up some of the UK’s (if not the world’s) highest-ranking destinations. With The Open Championship being played exclusively over links ground, there’s a chance that you’ve heard of more of these courses than you might have otherwise thought.

During the summer months, these iconic destinations can often be some of the higher greens fees in the UK. That said, they will all offer separate winter rates that allow golfers to experience the wonder of these spots for a fraction of the price.

Winter is such an underutilised time for golfers to take on these courses, which will often play firmer and faster throughout the winter than many inland courses do in spring and autumn!

18th hole at Royal Porthcawl Golf Course

Play for less

And it’s not just the top courses that offer fantastic winter packages. Every one of our UK venues will be more affordable out of the peak-season, creating some incredible value for your next break.

Be sure to speak to our Sales Experts about your trip before booking, as we’ll often work with our partner venues to create specific winter packages that may include added extras such as discounts on drinks and FREE group places!

If price is a large consideration for your group, there’s simply no better time to travel, and our team are on hand to advise the best location to maximise the value from your trip.

The Machrihanish Golf Course

Stay ahead of the game

The modern professional game seems to have no off-season, with the world’s top talent often competing in all twelve months of the year! And if it’s good enough for Rory and co… what’s stopping you from continuing your golf throughout the winter?

This time of year can be perfect for working on your game, and the majority of our UK resorts have excellent practice facilities which can be utilised during your trip. After all, what’s the point in working hard until the end of Autumn, only to start again in Spring – with most of us usually wasting our first few weeks trying to get back up to speed!

The 5th hole at Machrihanish Dunes

Get a headstart on the season with a couple of strategically timed winter knocks, and you’ll no doubt be in the finest form possible by the time The Masters comes around in April!

What’s more, with the new WHS handicap system, it’s even easier to maintain your handicap during this period, meaning that any improvements can be reflected fairly in your index – or any major regressions can be taken into account too (perhaps helping you to an extra stroke on your next round!).

Dundonald Links sea view from the green

And finally …

It’s not always cold! No, really! We’ve had some delightful golfing days over the past few years, particularly through November and January. When the snow and ice stay away, the temperatures can often hover around 10-12 degrees. Sure, it’s not quite the same as playing in the height of summer, but more than comfortable enough for a polo shirt and sweater combination!

So get out there this year. Worst case scenario, you might get a little rain … but can you really guarantee that’s not going to be the case in mid-summer?!

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Adam Keates

Sales Consultant