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Best luxury golf resorts in the UK & Ireland

If you’re looking to treat yourself to a golf break in the UK and Ireland, where the golf, hotel and service are second-to-none, look no further...

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There's no need to travel far from home to experience world-class luxury golf resorts.

This list of five top luxury golf resorts in the UK & Ireland will have you staying in some of the most stunning hotels imaginable and playing a host of championship golf courses.

Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort

Trump Turnberry offers one of the world’s greatest golfing experiences thanks to its iconic Ailsa Course and the new King Robert the Bruce Course. The former is an Open Championship venue and is described as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Ayrshire golf and is regarded as one of the toughest courses on the Open rota. The Ailsa Craig and Arran create a stunning backdrop to add to the already incredible experience. The King Robert the Bruce Course is named after the former King of Scotland and features distinctive bunkering, visually attractive wetland areas and swathes of gorse.

The hotel at Trump Turnberry won Scottish Hotel of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Hotel Awards, proving just how much the £200m invested transformed the venue. The iconic Edwardian building overlooks the famous links courses, as well as the enchanting coastal setting, with coastal views of the Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran.

Ailsa Course Facts

Length: - Back tees: 7489 yards - Front tees: 5604 yards Par: 71 Architect: Mackenzie Ross and Martin Ebert Founded: 1946 Course type: Links style

Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort

Celtic Manor

Boasting four courses, three of which are on-site, it is no wonder that Celtic Manor is such a popular getaway for golfers in Wales. The most well-known golf course here is the Ryder Cup hosting Twenty Ten Course, but the other two onsite courses, the Montgomerie and the Roman Road, both offer their stern tests. Caerleon Golf Club is a five-minute drive from the resort, in the historic Roman town of Caeleon.

There are numerous accommodation options here, with most golfers staying in the modern and distinctive Resort Hotel. However, the Manor House Hotel, Coldra Court Hotel, Newbridge on Usk and the Hunter Lodges offer unique accommodation options. Whichever you choose, you can guarantee a five-star experience.

Twenty Ten course, Celtic Manor

Twenty Ten Course Facts

Length: - Back tees: 7493 yards - Front tees: 5654 yards Par: 71 Architect: Kyle Phillips and European Golf Design Founded: 2007 Course type: Parkland style

Celtic Manor Resort

Bovey Castle Hotel

Designed in 1926 by J F Abercromby, the Championship golf course at the five-star Bovey Castle is one not to be missed in Devon. It was designed to rival its sister courses in Turnberry and Gleneagles, and is often described as an experience of golf never to be forgotten as it presents such a pure challenge.

The Bovey Castle Hotel boasts a beautiful combination of history, excitement, glamour and adventure, making it the perfect country house retreat in the UK. Its 60 individually designed rooms are located in the original manor house, with every finishing touch selected to complement the warmth and elegance of the hotel.

Old course, Bovey Castle Hotel

Bovey Castle Facts

Length: - Back tees: 6299 yards - Front tees: 5201 yards Par: 70 Architect: Donald Steel Founded: 1930 Course type: Parkland style

The Gleneagles Resort

With three 18-hole courses and a nine-hole, par-3 course, Gleneagles really is a true golfing paradise. You may recognise the Jack Nicklaus designed PGA Centenary Course, as it was the host of the 2014 Ryder Cup of which Europe was victorious. The Queen’s Course here is filled with natural beauty, whereas the King’s Course is brimming with history having tested the aristocracy of golf since opening in 1919.

The Gleneagles hotel itself is a glorious playground and was once described as a 'Riviera in the Highlands'. It is perfect for a luxury golf break and is now a member of the 'Leading Hotels of the World', meaning you will find comfort and style in every single one of the 232 rooms and 27 suites.

Kings golf course, The Gleneagles Resort

King's Course Facts

Length: - Back tees: 6790 yards - Front tees: 5220 yards Par: 71 Architect: James Braid Founded: 1919 Course type: Parkland style

The Gleneagles Resort

The K Club

There are two Arnold Palmer designs at the K Club in the Palmer North Course and the Palmer South or 'Smurfit Course'. The Palmer North charms and entices, making it one of Europe’s most spectacular golf courses. The Ryder Cup was hosted here, as well as the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open (won by Rory McIlroy) and 11 European Opens. The Palmer South is a testing inland link, set across a dramatic landscape, making for a truly incredible challenge.

The K Club is also Ireland’s first AA 5 Red Star Hotel, combining old-world elegance with indulgent luxury. Nestled in the beautiful county of Kildare, on the outskirts of Dublin, the hotel offers individually designed rooms with comfort and luxury in every detail. With so much else to do within the resort, the K Club really is a must-visit.

Palmer South course, The K Club

Palmer North Course Facts

Length: - Back tees: 7413 yards - Front tees: 5467 yards Par: 72 Architect: Arnold Palmer, Ed Seay, Harrison Minchew Golf Course Architecture Founded: 1991 Course type: Parkland style

The K Club Resort

Rockliffe Hall Golf Course

Rockliffe Hall Facts

Length: - Back tees: 7877 yards - Front tees: 5804 yards Par: 72 Architect: Hawtree Ltd and Marc Westenborg Founded: 2009 Course type: Parkland

Rockliffe Hall

Hanbury Manor

Hanbury Manor Facts

Length: - Back tees: 7052 yards - Front tees: 5360 yards Par: 72 Architect: Jack Nicklaus, Jr., Donald Steel, Tom MacKenzie, Martin Ebert, Harry Vardon and David Heatwole Founded: 1991 Course type: Parkland

Hanbury Manor Golf Course

The Grove

A loving restoration of what was once home to the Earls of Clarendon, The Grove lies within 300 acres of stunning Hertfordshire countryside and is the ultimate five-star retreat. The 217 rooms combine high-tech 21st Century features with traditional elegance and there is an amazing range of facilities and treatments available in the Sequoia Spa- so you can relax and unwind after a day on the fairways.

Blending seamlessly into the surrounding countryside and regarded as one of the best new golf courses in Europe, the par-72 golf course offers 18 immaculately conditioned holes and provides a testing round of golf. This is also a Kyle Philips design, so if you’re a fan of Kingsbarns and Valderrama, you’re in for a real treat.

Don’t forget to check out the three fantastic dining options, all of which provide a nice place to relax with a drink and a good hearty meal.

The Grove Resort

The Grove Facts

Length: - Back tees: 7152 yards - Front tees: 5506 yards Par: 72 Architect: Kyle Phillips and Drew Rogers Founded: 2003 Course type: Parkland

The Grove Resort Golf Course

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