Golf Breaks UK
Golf Breaks UK
In this article I want to look at Golf Breaks UK and why the UK is a good place for taking a golfing break if you are visiting as a tourist or a resident who lives here!
The biggest problem concerning any golfer who wants to savour the delights of the UK’s fantastic golf courses is of course the weather, the weather being so inclement and so unpredictable it is sometimes hard to pick a good time to take a golfing break, but here I am going to try and piece together some logical reasons when to do it, and also to get the best deals!
Firstly, you have to really right off December, January and February because of the chance of really bad weather and unpredictable nature of the climate here in the UK, however if you are willing to risk the cold, wet and muddy fairways outside of the winter months there are some possible good weather times to be had, but I must stress not guaranteed at all.
Once you get December and January out of the way, you can start to see that the days are getting longer, from the beginning of February the daylight hours start to increase by about 30 minutes every week to ten days, so with the longer days there are always more opportunities to have a game without having to worry about 9 am starts and 4 pm sunsets, so by leaving it till at least the first week of February you may start seeing light at the end of the tunnel ( no pun intended ).
So now we have it worked out, the best times to start looking at planning a golfing break is between the months of February and November, but be warned because I am working this out on southern daylight savings times so my first recommendations are going to be in the south of the United Kingdom.
Now if you do decide to take a golfing break as early as February then there is always the opportunity of getting good price deals on packages and also green fees, but be warned a lot of resort type golf course set ups their accommodation packages might not open or are available until early April or the Easter Holidays are a good starting point – but be warned if you decide on an Easter golfing break you may have to compete with thousands of kids who would be on their school holidays and their parents are trying to kill 2 birds with one stone by taking them away with them.
So now we need to start looking at different packages and locations, first of all, I want to look at The Manor Hotel and The Ashbury Hotel who offer all year round packages for the avid golfer, whether it be a large group or a couple this resort cater for everyone have the facilities to back it up! What they have:
The Manor Hotel and The Ashbury Hotel
Regardless of the weather the resort offer all year round sport and golf, they also include Craft, Spa Breaks and Leisure activities, so pretty much something for everyone. With free golf over a choice of seven 18 Hole golf courses, it is right up there as one of the most visited resort facilities in the UK. With all their breaks when on full board there is the opportunity of playing 27 holes of golf per day for each night of stay booked – they also rent out buggies if you are feeling up to it and try and get in more holes of golf if you fancy it?
All of their golf courses having different varying degrees of difficulty and will suit all standards of golf, here is a brief description of each course on the resort:
Kigbeare Golf Course – Par 72, 6528 yards – Pines Golf Course – Par 72, 6400 yards
Beeches Golf Course – Par 69, 5803 yards – Oakwood Golf Course – Par 68, 5502 yards
Ashbury Course + Pines Front 9 – Par 69, 5775 yards – Pines Back 9 + Ashbury Course – Par 71, 6111 yards – Willows Golf Course – Par 54, 1939 yards.
The golf courses are set in over 600 acres of rolling beautiful countryside, with stunning views of Dartmoor and the glorious Devon countryside. All courses have been designed to test all standards of golfer, and to score well you will have to know the layouts and navigate your way around very carefully, there are many water hazards, carefully located bunkers and possible dangers around every fairway!
With about 400 plus rooms divided between the two hotels you are always going to find some availability regardless of time during the quieter months – but be warned the summer months of June, July and August will be booked up fully in advance so if you are looking at a break during those months I would recommend booking with as much advance notice as possible.
This has given you a very brief overview of the resort, but with great reviews it has always been a repeat business sort of clientele, what I mean by that is once you have been there you always tend to want to go back, so that speaks well for itself in the fact that most guests like to return there after their first visit.
I have heard recently that the hotels are getting a little run down and could be doing with a bit of a refurbishment, but a busy establishment sometimes has to make the decision of closing down for several months to redecorate, or to keep the customers happy, I think the Ashbury Manor Resort has taken the latter choice, it may be slightly dated in décor but it certainly makes up for it in other areas.
The website for the resort is http://ashburygolfresort.com/ – they have full details of all activities clearly outlined on their website, plus all the current pricing and schedules for the forthcoming year, if it is not on the website at the time of visiting then a quick email or phone call will have you sorted in no time.
My second recommendation for a few possible golfing trips or breaks in the south of England would be in the beautiful county of Berkshire, with Windsor Castle, Ascot Races and nearby Newbury to keep you busy there are many other activities outside of golf to consider as well.
But let’s look at the golf courses for this article Golf Breaks UK in that region, where they are, a brief overview on the course and what sort of cost are you looking at to play them. So let’s start with Bird Hills Golf Centre near Bracknell.
Golf Breaks UK – Bird Hills Golf Centre
The golf course is a beautiful, challenging and relatively flat layout. It’s a Par 72 and 6192 yards off of the white tees – great all year round and seems to soak up the bad winter weather so very rarely do they have temporary tees or greens so there is a plus straight away.
There are great practice facilities with a 34 bay floodlit driving range, putting and chipping practice green, plus a newly renovated practice bunker area. Coupled with a lovely dining area and clubhouse atmosphere there is something here for everyone. Prices to match are a very good selling point too, decent golf at a decent price!
Even though Bird Hills haven’t got their own pro shop they have got a fully stocked American Golf Store on site, it is kept fully stocked and friendly staff make it an enjoyment before your round of golf – whether it be to top up golf balls, tees or a golf glove prior to teeing off it is ideally located just nearby the starters hut.
Bird Hills Golf Centre website is http://www.birdhills.co.uk/ or CLICK HERE
Golf Breaks UK – Hennerton Golf Club
Hennerton Golf Club is located near Wargrave and is a picturesque golf course, not a long golf course but can be very challenging if your short game is not on cue, you could shoot par or easily drop many strokes with holes that look simple but can be challenging if you club yourself wrongly – be warned!
The golf course has some great facilities, they include a 10 bay floodlit range and practice putting green area, coupled with a delightful bar and restaurant, it’s a great place to relax after your round of golf. Like I said previously it’s not a long course but it is a challenging par 65 – apparently in 2015 they hosted 60 assistant golf pro’s to hold their tournament there and the best score was 3 over par, so be warned it looks like a walk in the park but there are dangers around every corner.
It also has stunning views throughout the course, even though it can be hilly in some parts it’s a delightful golf course to visit.
Hennerton Golf Club website is http://www.hennertongolfclub.co.uk/ or CLICK HERE
Golf Breaks UK – Caversham Heath Golf Club
Located just a few miles north of Reading town centre, Caversham Heath Golf Club is a test for all standards of golfers, it can be a long course dependent on the direction of the wind, so don’t forget to pack your driver into your golf bag, you may be needing it!
It’s a par 73 and plays every inch of the 6875 yards off of the white tees, it is a challenging golf course which can pay dividends for keeping the golf ball on the fairway, plus sometimes playing the shorter route on some holes can help with some rare birdies!
With stunning views on hand and plenty of rough, you may have an enjoyable round but be prepared you may need a few spare balls in your golf bag just in case. When you have finished off your round of golf there is a really good valued food area and the main bar to have a drink overlooking the 18th Green to watch your mates playing the final hole. A great golf course and well worth the visit, green fees are not extortionate but would recommend you book in advance.
Caversham Heath Golf Club website is http://www.cavershamgolf.co.uk/ or CLICK HERE
There are many more golf courses in the county of Berkshire but I have chosen these three as my preferred courses, I must add that I have no affiliation to any of the golf courses, but I have been fortunate enough to have played all of the three courses in Berkshire and also the Ashbury Manor Golf Resort in Devon, these are my personal views and my findings, but would like to add they are all worth a visit especially in the summer months when the courses look and play at their best.
I hope that my reviews of the courses mentioned have assisted you in making an informed decision on your next golf break, day out or society day? And as always if you have any feedback or comments regarding this article please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below, I will endeavour to respond to all feedback as soon as possible.
Happy golfing and keep hitting it straight!