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Britain's Best Courses

We review the top 3 golf courses in Britain

Posted May 06, 2011 by Chris White

There are some fantastic places to play golf in Britain

Britain has some fantastic golf courses on offer, ranging from picturesque links courses to classic country clubs. But which are the best? Here, we take a look at the top three courses in Great Britain.

At number three, is Royal County Down. Located by the Mountains of Mourne in Newcastle in Northern Ireland, Royal County Down is a favourite of many golfers. Right by the sea, the breeze added to the thick rough make this course very challenging, testing even the best of golfers. The par 76 course features fast, undulating greens and fairways that are often invisible from the tee. Green fees in the week between November and February are £50, £75 in March and £100 in April and could be higher in the peak of summer, but it's worth every penny if you're lucky enough to play on a good day.

Royal Birkdale in Southport is in at number two. Having hosted the Women's British Open in 2010, Royal Birkdale received fantastic reviews for its layout. It was modified back in 2008 and has continued to improve ever since. With flat fairways and holes visible from the tee, amateur golfers stand a great chance of enjoying this course as much as more experienced and even professional players. Bunkers have been moved and tees repositioned in recent years, making it as challenging as it is fun. Green fees range from £120 in the autumn during the week, to £175 in the week during the summer, but once you see the course and the clubhouse, you'll know why.

The best golf course in Britain has to be the Ailsa Course at Turnberry in Ayrshire. Designed by Mackenzie Ross in 1949, this par 70 course has some world-renowned holes and hosted the Open in 2009. Viewed by many across the golfing world as one of the most picturesque courses, the Ailsa Course features breath-taking views of the Isle of Arran, the Mull of Kintyre, the Firth of Clyde and Ailsa Craig. The course runs right along the coastline - featuring the famous lighthouse on the 9th tee - and finishes in front of the picturesque red-roofed hotel. Green fees are £175 in the summer, or £155 if you are staying at the hotel. Either way, it's a fantastic golf course in every sense.

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