A quintessentially British pastime, the modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland, and the earliest written record of the game is the banning of golf as an unwelcome distraction to learning archery by James II in 1457. Since then it has of course undergone transformation after transformation, travelling from the Old Course at St Andrews—a site of pilgrimage for many golfers—across Europe and to the United States, New Zealand, even so far as China. In this article, we take a look at some top-rated timeshare resorts in England offering the golf and country club experience.
Barnham Broom Golf and Country Club
Barnham Broom Golf and Country Club is situated just ten miles west of Norwich by the River Yare, which runs through both of its PGA Championship standard golf courses, the Hill Course and the Valley Course. With grounds stretching 300 acres into the Norfolk countryside, this idyllic 4-star country location offers golfers of all skill levels the challenge of up to 72 par, along with three full-length academy holes, a dedicated short game area and even an open air grass range. Visitors also have the chance to book PGA professional tuition and take advantage of the pro shop for all of your outfitting needs.
Broome Park Golf and Country Club
Broome Park Golf and Country Club, established during the reign of Charles I and offering a Grade 1 listed building as its magnificent centrepiece, is located in the heart of Kent. Its superb 18-hole, 72 par parkland golf course is still open despite an intensive three-year renovation program which is set to finish in late 2013, and is set within a private 268-acre estate which also plays home to a pool, gym, and sauna where guests can take advantage of a facial, a massage, reiki treatments and manicure and pedicure services for that post-golfing wind down.
Hever Golf and Country Club
The famously historic Hever Castle, once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and later, Henry VIII’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, houses Hever Golf and Country Club. The golf course was originally established in the 1920s as a 9-hole course for William Waldorf Astor’s personal enjoyment, and has since blossomed into an extensive 27-hole course which will inspire beginners and professionals alike. Royalty remains a theme throughout the grounds, with the Championship Course comprised of the Kings and Queens 9s and complemented by the par 35 Princes nine-hole course. There’s something for every golfer at famous Hever.
Macdonald Linden Hall Golf and Country Club
If you’re looking for somewhere further north for that true “home of golf” feeling, look no further than Macdonald Linden Hall Golf and Country Club. Built by merchant and banker Charles William Bigge in 1812, this 200-year-old course keeps its grounds in the stunning Northumberland countryside. Almost every hole on the 18-hole course affords golfers breath-taking views of the North Sea and surrounding woodlands, and golfers are encouraged to look out for the local wildlife, which includes red squirrels, birds of prey, and even deer before retiring to the dedicated golfer’s lounge in the Linden Tree Brasserie, a friendly and cosy country pub serving everything necessary for post-round refreshments.
St Mellion Golf and Country Club
For a fresh and unexpected alternative to traditional West Country golfing and accommodation, St Mellion Golf and Country Club is set in grounds extending 450 acres, with the international-calibre Jack Nicklaus Signature and Kernow golf courses. St Mellion have managed to marry together contemporary style with exceptional facilities, a sense of true golfing heritage and traditional Cornish hospitality. With humble beginnings in the early 1970s as a small 9-hole course, St Mellion has since been transformed into a major golf and leisure resort of high repute both domestically and internationally, and guests are assured of a wonderful welcome and memorable visit.