Experience the world’s most authentic & historic courses
Classic links courses, historic locations and jaw-dropping landscapes await in the British Isles, with each country and destination offering something uniquely different from the other. With thousands of courses of every variety – from links and clifftop to heathlands and parklands – golf in the UK & Ireland is the envy of the world.
Scotland, the ‘Home of Golf’, is undoubtedly the flagship country and high up on every golfer’s bucket list, followed very closely by Ireland, which offers a great blend of links golf and legendary hospitality. England has an abundance of Open Championship venues to choose from, and Wales, although lesser known, is a great option for golfers looking to discover hidden gems.
What makes a UK & Ireland golf vacation so special?
- This is where the game began
- Play Open Championship venues and more
- Wonderful sense of history and tradition
- Renowned British pub scene
- Historic cities and landmarks
- Multiple direct flights routes from North America
Popular golf destinations in the UK & Ireland
Discover where the game began
A golf vacation to the British Isles is like a pilgrimage, taking you back in time to where the game began. Originating out of Scotland in the 1400s, where players would attempt to hit a pebble over sand dunes and around tracks using a bent stick, golf officially became a sport when the Gentlemen Golfers of Leith formed the first club and set of 13 rules in 1744. The first 18-hole course was constructed at St Andrews in 1764 and the 'Royal & Ancient' was born in 1834, with the first Open Championship played in 1860 at Prestwick.
Although present-day golf is brimming with sporting superstars from across the globe, playing for unimaginable prize funds and watched by millions of ardent fans, it is the same incredible golf courses (perhaps with a few upgrades along the way!) that they and us amateurs play today. It is one of the few sports where amateurs can play on the same hallowed turf as the professionals.
Whether you choose to go to Scotland or Ireland, England or Wales you will marvel at the sense of what has gone before you. From Willie Park and Old Tom Morris, to Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, to Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, our emotions and imagination run wild. Let's Go!
Explore historic UK & Ireland
Whether it's that 'special' Amercian bond or sense of 'cousinship' with the Canadians, Britain has always opened it's arms to North American golf travellers. There is that spiritual connection and ancestry that far outweighs the unpredictable weather or warm beer!
With so much to see and do, and amazing golf courses to play the common mistake amongst golf travellers is to try and fit too much into an itinerary. Instead we recommend that you just have to go back again and again!
Explore by map
Not sure where to play? Browse our map to find your ideal destination in a region of possibilities. We know you will have plenty of choices! Remember our knowledgeable golf experts are ready to answer any questions.
Experience excellent value accommodation!
The UK & Ireland is full of iconic cities, vibrant towns and charming villages all brimming with history and character, that offer multiple accommodation options.
From quaint little Inns and B&Bs to expansive five-star golf resorts, the choice is wide and deep. Unlike in the USA breakfast tends to be included with your stay, however be warned that room sizes do tend to be smaller so be sure to ask our Golf Vacation Specialists about upgrade options and costs.
The courses in the UK & Ireland are the envy of the golfing world. Nowhere else can boast such a diverse collection of layouts, with historic links courses taking center stage!
Senior Golf Vacation Specialist - UK & Ireland
Things to do in UK and Ireland!
As well as world-class golf courses, the UK & Ireland is a region that is known for its spectacular scenery, rich history and vibrant culture, and there is plenty to see and do off the course.
Wherever you’re staying, test your taste buds on traditional cuisine, explore lively nightlife in cities such as Liverpool, London, Dublin and Edinburgh, or discover the natural beauty of the rural countryside. Tour Scotland's historic castles, experience the English pub scene with Fish & Chips washed down by a pint of ale, or take a trip to Northern Ireland's mysterious Causeway Coast.