A quintessentially British pastime, the modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland. The earliest written record of the game in 1457. The game fell foul of a ban from James II as an ‘unwelcome distraction’ to learning archery! Since then, it has of course undergone transformation after transformation. Its travels have taken it from the Old Course at St Andrews (a site of pilgrimage for many golfers) all over the world. It is now a pastime in the USA, New Zealand, China, and many more destinations. Today, we look at some top 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. Its grounds stretch 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. What’s more, there are three full-length academy holes, a dedicated short game area, and even an open air grass range. Visitors can also book PGA professional tuition and take advantage of the pro shop for any outfitting needs.
Broome Park Golf and Country Club
Broome Park Golf and Country Club in the heart of Kent has been around since the reign of Charles I. It offers a Grade 1 listed building as its magnificent centrepiece. Its superb 18-hole, 72 par parkland golf course is still open despite an intensive three-year renovation program (finishing in 2013). The private 268-acre estate also plays home to a pool, gym, and sauna. Guests can take advantage of a facial, a massage, reiki treatments, and manicure/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. Its original purpose was as a 9-hole course for William Waldorf Astor’s personal enjoyment. Since then, it has blossomed into an extensive 27-hole course which inspires beginners and professionals alike. Royalty remains a theme throughout the grounds. The Championship Course comprises the Kings and Queens 9s, along with the par 35 Princes nine-hole course. There’s something for every golfer at famous Hever.
St Mellion Golf and Country Club
For a fresh and surprising alternative to traditional West Country golfing and accommodation, check out St Mellion Golf and Country Club. It’s set in grounds extending 450 acres, with international-calibre Jack Nicklaus Signature and Kernow golf courses. St Mellion 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 become a major golf and leisure resort of high repute the world over. Guests can be sure of a wonderful welcome and memorable visit.