To celebrate us teaming up with the discount tee time scheme 2-FORE!-1, we’ve put together the top 10 courses (well 15 if you’re counting them individually) to play in 2018 that accept the 2-FORE!-1 vouchers.
We’ve included courses from all over the UK, so there should be one nearby to you. Not all courses accept the vouchers every day, so be sure to check they accept them on the day you’re planning to play and you and a mate can bag yourselves a real bargain!
1. The Shire London
The Shire London is probably most famous for being the only course designed by Seve Ballesteros in England. Much like Seve’s game, no hole is the same at The Shire. The course offers six par 3’s, six par 4’s and 6 par 5’s yet no consecutive holes share the same par.
In more recent times, The Shire has been praised for their innovation in golf course management with relaxed dress codes, flexible membership and welcoming hospitality which all bodes well for a good day out.
2. Fairmont St Andrews – Kittocks & Torrance
The Fairmont is St Andrews’ luxury resort which has also been voted as one of the worlds best. The hotel is pretty special with luxury rooms, excellent food and relaxing spa – perfect after a tough 18 on the course.
Bargain stay and play rates can be found at the Fairmont which usually include a round at both the Torrance and Kittocks course and an overnight stay. However, with the 2-FORE!-1 voucher your best option is to include either course as part of a longer golfing trip to Fife.
The Kittocks course is ranked 72nd in Scotland and 14th in Fife with the Torrance slightly higher at 12th and 58th, both no small feats considering the competition in the area. There are a selection of dramatic holes on both courses which hug the Scottish coastline that wouldn’t look out of place on some of the world’s best links courses.
3. St Mellion Hotel – Nicklaus & Kernow
St Mellion in Cornwall offers two excellent options for golfers with the Nicklaus and Kernow courses. The Nicklaus course is probably the most famous, being the first European course designed by the Golden Bear himself. The course features in England’s Top 100 and 50% discounts on any of the courses lucky enough to make the list generally means it’s good value.
The Kernow course is the older of the courses and is by no means the “ugly sister”. The course hosted The European Tour Benson & Hedges International Open just three years after opening before the Nicklaus course later took the honor. The Kernow was substantially renovated in 2008 which has only made the prospect of playing more appetising.
4. Celtic Manor Resort – Roman Road & Montgomerie
Famous for staging The 2010 Ryder Cup, The Celtic Manor is the next resort to feature on our list for 2018. Unfortunately the Twenty Ten course which hosted the tournament isn’t included in the 2-FORE!-1 line up, but it still leaves two good options in the Roman and Montgomerie.
The Roman Road Course is voted 19th in Wales just 14 places behind the Twenty Ten course. It has staged the Wales Senior open on numerous occasions and racks up an undulating 6,600 yards with a number of tricky holes making it a tough physical and golfing test.
The Montgomerie designed by – you guessed it – Colin Montgomerie is another challenging par 69. There’s evidence of Scottish roots with deep pot-like bunkers but the main attraction of the course are the spectacular views on offer.
Both courses only accept the the 2-FORE!-1 vouchers Monday – Thursday, so be sure to plan ahead.
5. Carden Park – Cheshire & Nicklaus Course
Boasting two great courses and a luxury spa hotel, Carden Park is another great option. Most would argue that the Cheshire course just nudges the Nicklaus as their preferred option as it offers slightly more variety and a little more of a challenge. However in reality there’s not much separating the two courses. Both are excellent options offering outstanding value for money and are two of the best in the area.
6. Ballycastle Golf Club
A short but quirky golf course, Ballycastle is sure to test your golfing brain. A mixture of parkland and links style holes, every shot is an interesting one. Sitting on the Causeway Coast, the course offers some spectacular viewpoints with panoramic views of Ballycastle town and Rathlin Island.
Flat fees from April – October no matter what day you play on only adds to the appeal. They also offer club hire, buggy hire and caddy’s if you haven’t managed to take your own bats over to Northern Ireland.
7. The Carrick on Loch Lomond
A fairly young course having only opened in 2007, the Carrick on Loch Lomond has already hosted a number of prestigious events including the Ladies Scottish Open, PGA Cup and Europro Tour events.
The course offers stunning views of the Scottish Landscape and measuring 7,082 from the back pegs the course provides a considerable challenge. Fear not, if a Championship course over 7,000 yards sounds a little daunting, the club offer a number of tee options that make it suitable for all levels.
8. Royal North Devon Golf Club
The oldest golf course in England, Royal North Devon was founded in 1864! The original layout remains largely unchanged, but that doesn’t mean the course hasn’t kept up with the times – the course stretches to over 7,000 yards from the championship tees. It is described as a “Must Play” and also features in England’s Top 100. A true links course that lives up to it’s titles.
Royal North Devon accepts 2-FORE!-1 vouchers on Monday – Thursday.
9. The Vale Resort
The Vale Resort just outside Cardiff in Wales is next on our list. The resort is home to two championship courses. The first, Wales National which reaches 7,433 yards (par 73) from the back tees is one of the longest outside of America. If that doesn’t scare you, the 75 standard scratch may! Surely making it a tough test for even the best of golfers.
Thankfully, the older Lake Course is a little more forgiving at a modest 6,436 yards. That doesn’t mean you’re let off that easy. The first is a par 3 tee shot in full view of the clubhouse which will test your nerves.
10. Stapleford Park
Stapleford Park has hosted a couple of European Senior Tour events in its time and with a par 73, standard scratch 75 you’ll see why its regarded a quite the challenge.
Don’t be fooled by the relatively flat layout, the course has its fair share of water coming down the stretch that can mess up any good score. The spacious surroundings means the club have had the freedom to design a variety of challenges throughout the round, so there’s something for everyone.
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