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Sportshotels.com looks at some of the top hotels which will make your round of golf a unique pleasure

Golf is one of the most popular sports in the world, a game which can be played in an as leisurely or an as active manner as you like. It is a social pastime, and a mentally stimulating entertainment with challenges that only players can really appreciate.

In the UK, during the pandemic, the number of people playing either a nine- or an18-holer surged to a staggering 5.2 million, though that has now fallen back to around 4.8 million, according to the R&A.

There are countless venues in Britain where golfers can enjoy a spectacular round, but it adds a certain piquancy to the game if you are going to be enjoying the 19th hole in a really classy hotel.

So, here is the Sportshotels.com guide to Ten of the Best Golf Hotels in the UK, in no particular order. Unsurprisingly, Scotland, as the Home of Golf, figures prominently.

The Gleneagles Hotel – Perthshire, Scotland

A charming country estate, an invigorating escape for friends and a home from home – Gleneagles is a luxury hotel, spa and golfing destination in the heart of the Scottish countryside.

The rooms at Gleneagles are as glorious as the landscape that frames them, with a luxury 5-star hotel feel. All are individually inspired by the mountains and meadows, rivers and lakes of the Perthshire countryside.

Gleneagles is one of the greatest names in the world of golf. With three of the top golf courses in Scotland and as recent hosts of The Ryder and Solheim Cups, it’s easy to see why. One of the great golf resorts and hotels in Scotland.

The Manor Hotel – Bath, England

The Manor House is a stunning 14th-century building set in 365 acres of secluded parkland on the outskirts of Bath. Untouched since the 17th century, the Cotswold village of Castle Combe is home to the definitive country hotel retreat.

It has 50 individually-designed bedrooms, the award-winning Michelin-starred Bybrook Restaurant and the hotel’s very own pub, The Castle Inn, located in the heart of the village.

The Peter Allis-designed 18-hole Championship golf course is located adjacent to the hotel where residents can take advantage of reduced green fee rates. Guests will also find the hotel’s gym here, The Loft.

Rusacks St Andrews – Scotland

For playing on hallowed turf, there’s simply nowhere like St Andrews, the Home of Golf. The historic Old Course hosted the Open in 2022 for a record 30th time and although there are numerous golf hotels, the newly refurbished and extended Rusacks stands out

It overlooks the 18th green of the world-famous Old Course. Rooms are stylish, all warm woods and deep greens, and golfers can take on the course before settling in at The Bridge for afternoon tea and a debrief overlooking the Swilcan Bridge. 

The Belfry Hotel & Resort – Sutton Coldfield, England

An award-winning hotel in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, home to more than 300 luxurious bedrooms and suites, several restaurants and bars, events and meetings spaces, a leisure club and The Belfry Spa.

Its three golf courses, including The Brabazon and PGA National, are recognised as world-class, having previously hosted The Ryder Cup more than any other venue in the world and home to this year’s Betfred British Masters.

It is also embarking on an incredible project this year which will see the Resort grow with many new and exciting facilities.

Fairmont St Andrews – Scotland

Scottish hospitality in a unique location. Sitting on the cliffs on the eastern coast of Fife, 520-acre Fairmont St Andrews encapsulates elegance and boasts truly breath-taking scenery in the Home of Golf.

It provides unbeatable journeys for guests through five-star wellness and spa, two AA-Rosette dining, two championship golf courses and modern hotel rooms. 

Celtic Manor Resort – Newport, Wales

There really is something for everyone at Celtic Manor, one of the UK’s most famous golf resorts. Golfers can take their pick from three championship golf courses, including the Twenty Ten Course, the first course designed specifically for the Ryder Cup, while non-golfers can settle in to the award-winning spa for a treatment.

There are numerous restaurants to choose from too, including the sixth-floor Steak on Six with its wonderful views, and Rafters with its menu of Welsh favourites served in the Twenty Ten Clubhouse. 

The Royal Berkshire – Ascot, England

Close to Berkshire Golf Club and Ascot Racecourse, the Royal Berkshire is set in 15 acres of stunning gardens in the heart of the Berkshire countryside. This elegant country house hotel was originally built in 1705 for the Churchill family.

The Royal Berkshire features 66 bedrooms and a beautiful mix of traditional and contemporary styles. The manor house includes traditional, individually styled rooms, while the new wing is thoroughly modern.

Belton Woods Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort Grantham, England

Belton Woods lies north of the historic market town of Grantham. Though just over an hour’s train ride from central London, it’s a far cry from the hustle of the bustle of the city. 

It boasts not one, but two PGA Championship-approved golf courses. Non-golfers can head to the health club to sweat it out on the tennis or squash court before a refreshing dip in the pool.

With indulgent spa packages available, classic afternoon teas, or maybe a 19th hole celebratory drink on the picturesque terrace of The Claret Jug, it’s a great getaway. 

The Grove Hotel – Chandler’s Cross, England

The world class course at the Grove, host to the British Masters in 2016, is an immaculate parkland affair featuring fast, undulating greens and testing bunkers.

Open to all, it’s a friendly, inclusive course that doesn’t require a low handicap to enjoy. An attractive, 18th-century manor house is at the heart of the hotel, home to its opulent suites and the glorious Lounges, which overlook the formal gardens.

There’s also a spacious spa and unforgettable walled garden, with outdoor pool, tennis courts and even a beach set-up in summer. 

Marine North Berwick HotelNorth Berwick, Scotland

The sea features on no fewer than six of the 18 holes at North Berwick Golf Club, home to a glorious links course Having evolved over a lengthy history (since at least the 1670s), the main course is replete with hazards, including a wall in the middle of a fairway, which makes for a unique round.

Numerous deep bunkers and significant humps and hollows make the beautiful setting a true links challenge. Marine North Berwick overlooks the course and offers luxurious rooms with high ceilings and feature windows, as well as a fabulous spa with indoor/outdoor hydropool and thermal suite. 

Sportshotels.com recommends…

…don’t forget if you’re looking for an expert to help you find the perfect accommodation that suits your needs, to get in touch with our Sports Desk team.

They have years of experience sourcing accommodation for everyone from professional sports teams, all the way through to individuals. They provide you with the information you need to make sure your stay is as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible.

So get in touch today and let us help you find the perfect golf hotel, at the perfect price.

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