England is famous both for its inspiring linksland and for the remarkable "heathland" courses so unique to golf in this country. The Crown Jewels of golf in England are found orbiting London, such as Sunningdale, Walton Heath, Wentworth, and Royal St. George's, and what a privilege it is to be able to play these immensely private English golf clubs. England was also home to perhaps golf's most famous match, pitting agent 007 himself against ruthlessly competitive Goldfinger at London's Stoke Poges back in the 1960s.
The most famous golf clubs in England are undoubtedly along the Lancashire coast, three historic Open Championship venues very close to one another, the "Royal" family of Liverpool (Hoylake), Birkdale, and Lytham St. Anne's. Few are aware though that much of the "Hidden England" can be included with these great venues, from Norfolk to Yorkshire, with classics like Royal West Norfolk, Woodhall Spa, and Ganton Golf Club. True adventures must take a ride on the Seacat ferry to the secretive Isle of Man in order to experience Castletown Links.
Finally, for pure enjoyment and sheer delight, say "Westward Ho!" and head to the Devon/Cornwall region of England, with Royal North Devon and St. Enodoc Golf Club anchoring a cluster of glorious links courses. Although overlooked in the past as a golf destination, England offers nearly untapped potential for new itineraries and extraordinary golf, and is soon to be overlooked no more!
Sample Golf Tours of EnglandThe Kings of Clubs: Lancashire and the North
The Crown Jewels: London, Sussex, and Kent
Westward Ho!: Devon, Cornwall, and South Wales
Hidden Links Recommends:
The Pub Crawl