Top 50 Inland Golf Courses of Great Britain

Top Inland Golf in Great Britain

Golf was born by the sea but it has grown up inland and the number of non-links golf courses in Great Britain far outweigh the number played over true linksland.

Links golf is the purest and, in our opinion, the superior form of the game, however, there is an abundance of high quality golf to be played away from the links terrain.

Comparing golf courses generally is not an easy task but trying to judge differing styles of layouts together is even more difficult. In many ways it is not comparing apples with apples and since we already have our top 100 links golf courses of Great Britain we thought it only fair to put an inland list together.

Our definition of "inland" is actually more a case of "non-links" and as such you will see some coastal and seaside courses on the list.

Golf Empire founder, Ed Battye, has played several of the perceived best inland golf courses in Great Britain, from the heathland greats to the modern classics, and below he gives his Top 50 in order of personal preference.

Many of the venues also have an attached golf course review. If there is no review it means the course was played pre-2013.

Top 50 Inland Golf Courses of Great Britain

1. Sunningdale (New)

Sunningdale Golf Club

"Sunningdale is a great golf club with two fantastic heathland golf courses. I was expecting something special on my first ever trip to Sunningdale and it didn't let me down. In fact it delivered in spades. I have returned since and it continues to mesmerize."

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2. Notts (Hollinwell)

Notts Golf Club

"I've been raving about the golf course at Hollinwell to anybody who would listen for the last 20 years since I first played it. Back then Notts appeared little known outside the Midlands save for those who were in the know. That day I played for the first time I knew I had stumbled upon something extra special."

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3. Sunningdale (Old)

Sunningdale Golf Club

"Sunningdale is a great golf club with two fantastic heathland golf courses. I was expecting something special on my first ever trip to Sunningdale and it didn't let me down. In fact it delivered in spades. I have returned since and it continues to mesmerize."

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4. Walton Heath (Old)

Walton Heath Golf Club

"Walton Heath, a club with a rich history and distinguished membership, is an oasis of pure heathland golf situated a mere 20 miles outside the city of London. All but one of the 36 holes that comprise both the Old and New courses are laid out on a wonderful piece of golfing terrain that is hauntingly barren yet stunningly beautiful."

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5. Alwoodley

Alwoodley Golf Club

"Alwoodley Golf Club is undoubtedly one of Great Britain & Ireland’s leading lights when it comes to inland golf. Very few courses can surpass the debut work of Dr. Alister MacKenzie as a golf course architect in terms of quality, playability, strategy and ultimately as a true test of golf."

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6. St. George's Hill

St. George's Hill Golf Club

"As long as golf is played the debate about which is the best Surrey heathland course will rage. It's a puzzle that will never be solved because it's such a subjective question. However, what is certain is that St. George's Hill will always be a contender. And a very strong one at that."

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7. West Sussex

West Sussex Golf Club

"Before I even begin to tell you how good this golf course is I want to let you know just how perfect the entire set-up at West Sussex is. The golf course is almost perfect. West Sussex, on the edge of the South Downs, is quite simply a wonderful place and a magnificent location to golf."

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8. Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)

Woodhall Spa Golf Club

"There are few better places to enjoy a full day of golfing than at Woodhall Spa. Home to the National Golf Centre and England Golf, the governing body for the amateur game in this country, Woodhall Spa has the luxury of two courses. It is the famed Hotchkin that grabs most of the headlines, and rightly so."

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9. Ganton

Ganton Golf Club

"Ganton, located in the Vale of Pickering between York and Scarborough, is rightly regarded as one of the UK’s very best inland golf courses with an extremely rich history and a strong sense of tradition. Along with Royal Birkdale and Muirfield these are the only clubs to have staged the Ryder Cup, Walker Cup and Curtis Cup."

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10. Parkstone Golf Club

Parkstone Golf Club

"The biggest compliment I can give to Parkstone is that I cannot think of many inland golf courses in the British Isles that are superior. By my personal reckoning there are less than a dozen and if you factor in that there are around 3,000 in total across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland this is high praise indeed."

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11. Beau Desert

12. Swinley Forest

13. St. Andrews (Castle Course)

14. Loch Lomond

15. The Berkshire (Red)

16. Hankley Common (no review)

17. Delamere Forest

18. Moortown

19. Royal Wimbledon

20. Woking (no review)

21. Blackmoor

22. Sherwood Forest

23. New Zealand

24. Ipswich

25. Worplesdon (no review)

26. Wentworth (West)^ (no review)

27. Gleneagles (Kings) (no review)

28. Royal Worlington & Newmarket

29. Aldeburgh

30. Stoneham

31. Gleneagles (Queen's)

32. Coombe Hill

33. Southerndown

34. Isle of Purbeck

35. Royal Ashdown Forest (Old)

36. Walton Heath (New)

37. Woburn (Marquess)

38. Woburn (Duke's)

39. The Berskhire (Blue)

40. Liphook

41. Boat of Garten

42. Spey Valley

43. Little Aston

44. The Addington

45. Sandiway

46. Camberley Heath

47. North Hants

48. Ashridge

49. Broadstone

50. The Duke's St. Andrews

The Contenders

Knole Park


Enville (Highgate)

Wentworth (Edinburgh)

London (Heritage)

The Wisley

The Grove


Northamptonshire County


Hindhead (no review)

Stoke Park (no review)

Woburn (Duchess)

East Devon



Remedy Oak

Bearwood Lakes

Moor Park (High)

Chart Hills



Luffenham Heath

Close House (Colt)


Enville (Lodge)

Wentworth (East) (no review)

Crowborough Beacon

Goodwood (Downs)

The Belfry (Brabazon)



Halifax (Ogden)



Archerfield (Fidra)

Machynys Peninsula

Leckford (Old)

The Outsiders

King's Lynn

London (International)

The Oxfordshire



Bovey Castle

Cleeve Cloud

Brancepeth Castle

Thorndon Park

Hadley Wood


Old Fold Manor


Frilford Heath


Reigate Heath


Sutton Coldfield



Sand Moor

Archerfield (Direlton)

Bull Bay

Celtic Manor (TwentyTen)



*NB: The below golf courses have not been played yet (a few probably never will!):



Wentworth West (^post changes)


St. Mellion

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