Best Golf Resorts in Great Britain and Ireland | Golf World Top 100

What are the best golf resorts in the UK and Ireland? The latest Golf World Top 100 ranking reveals all so you can plan the perfect golf break in Britain or the Emerald Isle.

Welcome to our ranking of the Top 100 Best Golf Resorts in the UK & Ireland. I can tell you a LOT of thought and effort has gone into producing something that can really help you decide where you might fancy going for your next golf break.

How we ranked the best golf resorts in the UK & Ireland

Our marking criteria is as follows:

Golf course(s): The quality of the course(s) – with second or third courses duly recognized. 40 marks

Accommodation: The range, quality, and quantity of the accommodation. 20 marks

Non-golf amenities: Additional facilities that can make a resort a family and couples attraction. 20 marks

Setting: Lots of 15s for standard countryside locations, but those that bit special get a boost with 18, 19s and even 20s. 20 marks

Golf is clearly the key category, but we take accommodation and non-golf amenities into account fairly strongly because we didn’t want a list of ‘courses with rooms’ and to end up with a list of Top 100-ranked courses with a Dormie House. We wanted to include rounded resorts that could appeal to couples and families as well as those for golf nuts.

Gleneagles is the best golf resort in the UK and Ireland.

What is a golf resort?

We define it like this: the course and accommodation have to be owned by the same company and have the accommodation on the same site. Any time there is a short transfer the resort loses a mark in the ‘setting’ category.

From the last list, Stoke Park, Stapleford Park or Selsdon Park were not considered as they are undergoing renovations or closed to the public.

Skibo Castle is also not in because, while you can play the course with a green fee, staying there is only open to members or prospective members, so we felt it wasn’t appropriate to include.

Who’s on the panel?

I was helped with the list by panelists from the various courses rankings we produce – GB&I, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland – as well as input from leading agencies Golfbreaks and Your Golf Travel.

Personally, I’ve been to 89 of these resorts and I’m happy to state that I have a strong influence on this particular ranking. So, in summary, if you really don’t agree with something, it’s mainly me to blame…

Right, that’s enough preamble, let’s get this ranking underway. I hope you enjoy and find it useful and insightful. Please let me know your thoughts on TwitterFacebook or Instagram. Or you can send us an email.

Chris Bertram, Golf World Top 100 Editor

Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Resorts in Great Britain and Ireland

Bicester is one of the best golf resorts in GB&I

100. Bicester

Bicester, Oxfordshire

Course 15 Accommodation 15 Amenities 14 Setting 15 Total 59

What it offers: Sits in acres of stunning countryside and has 52 stylish rooms and suites and an improved parkland course. A pool, gym and spa add to its appeal.

GW verdict: A deserved promotion for a resort whose course has been renovated with new tees, bunkers, lakes and nine fully reconstructed, undulating green complexes.

The Players Club in Bristol is one of the best golf resorts in GB&I

99. The Players Club

Codrington, Bristol

Courses 25 Accommodation 14 Amenities 5 Setting 15 Total 59

What it offers: Two 18-hole courses that are Top 100 Best Golf Courses in England standard plus a nine-holer. There are 15 on-site en-suite rooms at the club and at gorgeous Cotswolds self-catering holiday cottages a short drive away.

GW verdict: Food is the only non-golf attraction, but the golf and accommodation more than justify its position here.

Worsley Park is one of the best golf resorts in GB&I

98. Worsley Park

Manchester, Lancashire, England

Course 15 Accommodation 16 Amenities 14 Setting 14 Total 59

What it offers: Centred around a Victorian building, the Michael King and European Golf Design course here is a robust parkland and the hotel is top-class.

GW verdict: That the hotel hosts teams visiting Manchester United and City tells you how impressive it is. Excellent city break material.

Lingfield Park is one of the best golf resorts in GB&I

97. Lingfield Park

East Grinstead, Surrey, England

Course 15 Accommodation 16 Amenities 14 Setting 15 Total 60

What it offers: A Harvey Jarrett-designed course, from 1987, in 200 acres of parkland next to the famous racecourse. A hotel with fitness center, indoor pool and extensive spa offer good off-course options.

GW verdict: Swish hotel is perhaps the star here, but the course is perfectly pleasant. A good base for experiencing Surrey’s greats.

Ufford Park is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

96. Ufford Park

Woodbridge, Suffolk, England

Course 15 Accommodation 15 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 60

What it offers: Enjoyable parkland set around a central conservation area with water in play on 12 holes. Its hotel has 90 en-suite rooms, a health club, spa and indoor swimming pool.

GW verdict: Nothing to dislike here, there really isn’t. A very solid option that scores well across all categories.

North Shore is one of the best golf resorts in Britain

95. North Shore

Skegness, Lincolnshire, England

Course 17 Accommodation 14 Amenities 12 Setting 17 Total 60

What it offers: A James Braid course with proper links holes for part of the round followed by some pure parkland ones. The hotel overlooks the course and the North Sea.

GW verdict: One of the few resorts in this list where you can play links golf on site. The links holes at North Shore are the real deal and the parkland ones are very pleasant and very playable.

The hotel isn’t by any means glitzy, but the location is terrific and it’s just a 30-second stroll to the first tee from the breakfast room. A great resort in its own right but also a perfect way to add in England’s No.49, Seacroft, which is just a five-minute drive away, to make a brilliant and very affordable links golf trip.

Hellidon Lakes is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

94. Hellidon Lakes

Daventry, Northants, England

Course 16 Accommodation 14 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 55

What it offers: Water features and risk-reward holes on the golf courses, and a super spa and health club, bowling alley, restaurant and bar for when you’re done.

GW verdict: An excellent all-rounder with 27 holes of interesting parkland golf as well as a solid hotel boasting impressive amenities.

Westerwood is one of the best golf resorts in GB&I

93. Westerwood

Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Course 17 Accommodation 14 Amenities 14 Setting 15 Total 60

What it offers: A four-star, 148-bedroom hotel with refurbished spa and health club and two restaurants. Oh, and also a Seve Ballesteros-designed course.

GW verdict: Seve laid out the course in association with Dave Thomas and it winds between silver birch, fir and heather. Pleasant hotel and very accessible.

92. Shrigley Hall

Macclesfield, Cheshire, England

Course 16 Accommodation 14 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 60

What it offers: Pleasant Donald Steelcourse on the edge of the Peak District National Park. A charming independent hotel with an excellent spa and health club.

GW verdict: Interesting course on often notably undulating terrain, backed up by a characterful hotel within a historic Victorian country house.

91. Wychwood Park

Crewe, Cheshire, England

Course 14 Accommodation 17 Amenities 14 Setting 15 Total 60

What it offers: A course that has hosted championships – including staging the EuroPro Tour. It sits in leafy Cheshire and has good accommodation and fine food and drink.

GW verdict: A nice parkland-woodland course and a stylish hotel that is every bit as impressive.

90. Sprowston Manor

Norwich, Norfolk, England

Course 17 Accommodation 15 Amenities 14 Setting 14 Total 55

What it offers: A mid-16th century country retreat transformed into a golf resort in the 1980s and revamped thoroughly in recent years. Ross McMurray upgraded the golf course 20 years ago.

GW verdict: A good parkland course and a grand hotel with a stately feel, indoor pool, spa and well-appointed rooms.

89. Ramside Hall

Carrville, Durham

Courses 19 Accommodation 15 Amenities 13 Setting 14 Total 61

What it offers: Two 18-hole championship courses and 127 luxury bedrooms and suites, plus a terrific spa. All laid down in 350 acres of private grounds.

GW verdict: Ramside firmly ticks all the boxes; lots of good golf in the Prince Bishops’ and Cathedral courses, plus excellent accommodation, dining and off-course attractions.

88. Tudor Park

Bearsted, Kent, England

Course 15 Accommodation 16 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 61

What it offers: Boasts another Donald Steel course, this time from 1988 and set within a 200-acre deer park. Elegant hotel including suites with separate living areas. High-calibre spa including a pool and gym.

GW verdict: The course is playable, enjoyable and tranquil, set over rolling hills and through wooded valleys. Off the course, the grill room and spa definitely entice.

Linden Hall is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

87. Linden Hall

Morpeth, Northumberland, England

Course 18 Accommodation 15 Amenities 15 Setting 14 Total 62

What it offers: Jonathan Gaunt has carved a nice course out of Northumberland countryside and there is a super hotel in a country house. Indoor pool, spa, and a renowned restaurant add to the attraction.

GW verdict: An excellent north-east option with a clever, thoughtful, tranquil course plus charming accommodation to extend your stay.

86. Staverton Estate

Daventry, Northants, England

Course 19 Accommodation 15 Amenities 14 Setting 15 Total 63

What it offers: A modern country house feel to the fine accommodation that also has a gym, pool, sauna and spa pool – plus an impressive parkland course. It makes for a very solid all-rounder.

GW verdict: A more interesting course than many of its ilk in the region, with cool greens on an undulating parkland lined by mature trees.

85. Matfen Hall

Matfen Village, Northumberland

Course 17 Accommodation 17 Amenities 14 Setting 14 Total 62

What it offers: Set in more than 300 acres of unique parkland and with history that dates back to the 17th century, Matfen Hall has 53 bedrooms, five dining areas, a high-class spa and a championship course.

GW verdict: Overdue recognition for this elegant and opulent resort in Northumberland. The 27 holes will satisfy the demanding golfer and the spa is as comprehensive as it is luxurious. The dining is magnificent and the rooms, all with their own unique style, are fabulous. There’s a feeling of class and quality across all parts of this five-star resort. It’s in the ranking to stay – and indeed very likely to flourish.

84. Heacham Manor

Hunstanton, Norfolk, England

Course 18 Accommodation 16 Amenities 12 Setting 16 Total 62

What it offers: An enjoyable, always playable, contrasting course: native trees, shrubs and lakes punctuate the fast-running, open front half, then trees dominate a more parkland road home. A truly fabulous hotel and a top spa.

GW verdict: The place to stay for your Norfolk coastal trip.

83. Wokefield Estate

Reading, Berkshire, England

Course 15 Accommodation 18 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 63

What it offers: The course features elevated trees, streams, lakes and bunkers. There’s a swimming pool, gym and outdoor activity course. The exquisite rooms might overshadow everything, though.

GW verdict: Home of the wealthy Plowden family since the 1560s, an expensive recent refurbishment has seen this little rise.

Cardrona is one of the best golf resorts in UK and Ireland.

82. Cardrona

Peebles, Borders, Scotland

Course 21 Accommodation 13 Amenities 14 Setting 15 Total 63

What it offers: A Dave Thomas-designed course that has been in our best golf courses in Scotland Top 100. It sits alongside the River Tweed, in play on several holes. Macdonald hotel overlooking it is large and incorporates a small spa, a good gym and a pool.

GW verdict: Good all-rounder in a tranquil Borders setting.

81. Highbullen

Umberleigh, Devon, England

Course 15 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 15 Total 63

What it offers: A woodland-parkland course with views across to Dartmoor and Exmoor. Offers 12 rooms in the Manor House and 30 in the Estate Rooms. Also boasts a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, plus all manner of leisure amenities.

GW verdict: Elegant accommodation, excellent facilities and a nice course.

80. Barnham Broom

Norwich, Norfolk, England

Courses 19 Accommodation 14 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 63

What it offers: A strong golf offering in Frank Pennink’s Valley course and the Hill by Donald Steel. The hotel is stylish and comfortable with a good leisure complex and fantastic food.

GW verdict: Tree-lined, well-bunkered Valley and more open Hill offer plenty of golf, and the hotel doesn’t let the side down.

Belton Woods is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

79. Belton Woods

Grantham, Lincolnshire, England

Courses 19 Accommodation 14 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 63

What it offers: The aptly-named Lakes and Woodside courses, plus a four-star, 136-bedroom hotel with two restaurants and luxury lodges, leisure club and spa.

GW verdict: About that depth… here is a resort with 36 holes in the late 70s. Terrific venue for groups, with so much golf and a large hotel with pool, restaurants and bars.

78. Hill Valley

Whitchurch, Shropshire, England

Courses 19 Accommodation 14 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 63

What it offers: Two courses, designed by Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas in 1975, and a pool, gym and spa within a four-star hotel.

GW verdict: A guide to the strength in depth of this list is here; the championship-length Emerald and the sporty Sapphire are complemented by a delightful hotel. What’s not to like?

77. Hollins Hall

Shipley, West Yorkshire, England

Course 17 Accommodation 15 Amenities 16 Setting 16 Total 64

What it offers: A Ross McMurray moorland design that is allied to a good Britannia hotel with excellent dining and locally renowned leisure facilities.

GW verdict: The course is never boring, being situated on undulating land. Terrific views of the surrounding moors and a hotel that punches its weight.

76. Meon Valley

Shedfield, Hampshire, England

Courses 20 Accommodation 15 Amenities 14 Setting 15 Total 64

What it offers: Hamilton J. Stutt’s Championship course, plus the Valley, set down around the ruins of a Roman village, and a pleasant hotel with spa and pool.

GW verdict: The No.1 course is a woodland that winds between lakes and streams and has some memorable moments. The hotel is a terrific base.

The Oxfordshire is one of the best golf resorts in UK and Ireland.

75. The Oxfordshire

Thame, Oxfordshire, England

Course 21 Accommodation 15 Amenities 14 Setting 14 Total 64

What it offers: A Rees Jones design from 1992 that was a European Tour venue and is overlooked by 46 bedrooms and four luxury suites in the hotel. A spa and health club form the non-golf facilities.

GW verdict: Has some X Factor given the European stars of the ’90s played here. A super venue for groups – but a tough test!

74. Dunston Hall

Norwich, Norfolk, England

Course 16 Accommodation 17 Amenities 17 Setting 14 Total 64

What it offers: A four-star, 169-bedroom hotel that was nicely refurbished within the past decade, complemented by a well routed woodland course.

GW verdict: A peaceful Norfolk option with a pleasant course, a characterful hotel full of nice modern touches, plus an excellent health club with pool.

73. Hawkstone Park

Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England

Courses 23 Accommodation 14 Amenities 12 Setting 15 Total 64

What it offers: Three courses in distinctive parkland, whether around the ruins of a medieval castle or overlooked by the cliffs of the 18th-century Follies. Plus 66 modern rooms and spa.

GW verdict: The Championship, Hawkstone and the Short course satisfy even the most eager golf guests. Lovely spot, nice hotel.

The Dorset Golf and Country Club is one of the best golf resorts in UK and Ireland.

72. Dorset Golf & Country Club

Bere Regis, Dorset, England

Course 16 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 15 Total 64

What it offers: A modern 18-hole championship course plus nine-hole par 3, and a modern, four-star hotel with 76 rooms that was refurbished in 2017. The added appeal of an enormous spa.

GW verdict: Easy to sum up; the course is well worth your attention, the spa and hotel excellent – and a great base for Southport.

71. Formby Hall

Southport, Merseyside

Course 16 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 15 Total 64

What it offers: A modern 18-hole championship course plus nine-hole par 3, and a modern, four-star hotel with 76 rooms that was refurbished in 2017. The added appeal of an enormous spa.

GW verdict: Easy to sum up; the course is well worth your attention, the spa and hotel excellent – and a great base for Southport.

Thorpeness is one of the best golf resorts in the UK and Ireland.

70. Thorpeness

Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England

Course 25 Accommodation 15 Amenities 8 Setting 16 Total 64

What it offers: A James Braid maritime heathland that is constantly improving through gorse clearance and the encouragement of heather. A charming hotel and separate, modern apartments.

GW verdict: A leap into the top 70 for a charming resort that is the perfect base for a break in Suffolk. Your delicious breakfast looks out on to the 3rd tee from the restaurant and is enough to nudge it up a few places alone, but there is also the pedigree course that moved up in our England Top 100 and the superb accommodation to consider.

Dining and the bar are the main amenities, so this is a golfers’ golf break – and a very, very fine one at that. We love it here.

69. Aldwark Manor

York, North Yorkshire, England

Course 17 Accommodation 16 Amenities 16 Setting 15 Total 64

What it offers: A really nice course with the beautiful River Ure meandering through it. A four-star, 53-bedroom hotel is part of the Q Hotels brand.

GW verdict: Set in 120 acres of parkland, this is a tranquil option, headlined by the excellent restaurant and mix of charming old rooms and stylish modern ones.

68. Stoke by Nayland

Colchester, Essex, England

Courses 19 Accommodation 16 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 65

What it offers: Two 18-hole courses – the Gainsborough and the shorter Constable – a two AA Rosette restaurant, 80-bedroom hotel and lodges, plus a spa and gym.

GW verdict: The courses sit in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, among lakes, streams and mature woodland. A very good, modern hotel.

Dartmouth Hotel is one of the best golf resorts in UK and Ireland.

67. Dartmouth Hotel

Blackawton, Devon, England

Courses 22 Accommodation 14 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 66

What it offers: Two 18-hole courses – one an England Top 200 contender – a 35-room en-suite hotel and relatively new self-catering properties, plus comprehensive spa.

GW verdict: Two Jeremy Pern-designed courses in peaceful surroundings offer good parkland golf. Neat hotel.

66. Breadsall Priory

Morley, Derbyshire, England

Courses 22 Accommodation 14 Amenities 14 Setting 16 Total 66

What it offers: Two 18-hole courses set in 400 acres of parkland near the Peak District National Park. The tranquil setting is enhanced by a very neat hotel.

GW verdict: The Priory, by David Cox, and Donald Steel’s Moorland make this a great option for groups seeking some competitive action.

65. Forest Pines

Brigg, Lincolnshire, England

Courses 22 Accommodation 14 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 66

What it offers: Its name informs the character of the golf. Three loops of nine that are England Top 200 class. A nice four-star, 188-bedroom hotel with exceptionally good food, plus excellent health club options.

GW verdict: Its position is a deserved rise for this Lincolnshire venue, a really good all-round option.

Oulton Hall is one of the best golf resorts in UK and Ireland.

64. Oulton Hall

Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

Course 19 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 15 Total 67

What it offers: Expect 27 parkland holes by Dave Thomas in addition to a hotel of character, charm and not inconsiderable style. Then add in two restaurants and an extensive spa and health club.

GW verdict: Once a five-star hotel (now a four), which speaks of the quality here. Golf is good, too. Ideal for a couples’ weekend.

63. Galgorm Castle

Galgorm, Antrim, Northern Ireland

Course 20 Accommodation 16 Amenities 16 Setting 15 Total 67

What it offers: A European Tour venue set within a 400-acre estate, with 125 guest rooms that include 48 deluxe rooms and suites and a range of family-friendly cabins and cottage suites, plus an epic spa.

GW verdict: One of Ireland’s finest parklands, a range of luxurious rooms plus a wonderful spa equals a resort that is here to stay.

62. Mottram Hall

Prestbury, Cheshire, England

Course 19 Accommodation 17 Amenities 15 Setting 16 Total 68

What it offers: A four-star, 120-bed hotel and championship course. Fabulous spa.

GW verdict: Course investment really helped Mottram and this leafy parkland is a worthy host of big events. The UK’s first Alfresco ThermoSpace spa in a super health club and an AA Rosette-awarded restaurant make it a couples’ favorite.

61. Old Thorns

Liphook, Hampshire, England

Course 20 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 15 Total 68

What it offers: A Peter Alliss-designed course among mature woodland with hints of moorland and especially parkland. Significant elevation change adds to the drama and small greens, bunkers and ponds to the challenge. There are 150 spacious rooms in the hotel that are just the start of the accommodation options, and an extensive spa and leisure centre.

GW verdict: A rise to its highest-ever position for Old Thorns – but we don’t expect it to rest there.

This is a top-60 resort despite having just one course. The accommodation options are fantastic, ranging from swish hotel rooms and chic self-catering apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the course, to, yes, eco pods.

The spa is superb and renowned locally, while the gym is the best in the list – only The Vale or Gleneagles come close to it. This is a well-run, well-equipped golf resort and if you are looking for a base to play the elite courses of Hampshire and Surrey, this is your option.

60. Portal

Tarporley, Cheshire, England

Courses 24 Accommodation 14 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 68

What it offers: Two 18-hole courses and a nine-holer dominate this entry. There’s also the largest indoor golf academy in Europe and a large hotel with a good spa.

GW verdict: Really solid golf option for those seeking plenty of action; the Championship its No.1 but the Premier a terrific No.2, including the super, short 7th.

59. Dale Hill

Wadhurst, East Sussex, England

Courses 24 Accommodation 15 Amenities 14 Setting 16 Total 69

What it offers: A lot of golf in the shape of the Ian Woosnam, by the former Masters champion, and is backed up by The Dale Hill, plus 35 stylish en-suite bedrooms.

GW verdict: The courses are laid out on undulating land and among historic woodland, complemented by an indoor heated pool and well-equipped gym.

Mar Hall is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

58. Mar Hall

Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Course 21 Accommodation 17 Amenities 15 Setting 16 Total 69

What if offers: A course on the edge of the Clyde that was designed by the late Dave Thomas and his son Paul, backed up by a really good hotel.

GW verdict: A good all-rounder with no real weak points – nice setting yet close to Glasgow airport. Great option en-route to Machrihanish.

Luton Hoo is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

57. Luton Hoo

Luton, Bedfordshire, England

Course 18 Accommodation 19 Amenities 16 Setting 16 Total 69

What it offers: A modern course among oak, beech and sweet chestnut emerged out of the old Victorian nine-holer in Grade 1 listed parkland. A five-star hotel within a late 18th-century Mansion House.

GW verdict: A Ryder Cup venue of the future? They’re chasing it… and they have the bones of a world-class resort.

56. Meldrum House

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Course 23 Accommodation 17 Amenities 14 Setting 15 Total 69

What it offers: A Scotland Top 100 course that you can only play if you stay in the well-appointed hotel – but that’s really no hardship.

GW verdict: Graham Webster’s thoughtful design plus luxury and comfort. This is a quietly excellent venue with a homely feel to the opulence.

55. Bowood

Calne, Wiltshire, England

Course 18 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 16 Total 69

What it offers: Set within the Lansdowne family estate, Bowood House lies in rolling Capability Brown-landscaped grounds. A wonderful boutique hotel.

GW verdict: A Dave Thomas modern championship course is complemented by a terrific hotel with good amenities, including for kids.

54. Rudding Park

Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England

Courses 21 Accommodation 17 Amenities 15 Setting 16 Total 69

What it offers: A Martin Hawtree-designed course backed-up by the thrill-a-minute, water-dominated Repton six-holer – including the 5th, based on the 17th at Sawgrass and playing to the same yardage. The hotel is gorgeous and the spa – where the private steam room, sauna and spa bath are just some of the attractions – is very possibly the best in this entire list (see right).

GW verdict: One of the biggest rises in the list for this luxurious North Yorkshire venue, set in 300 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland – and the jump actually doesn’t feel quite enough. Expect it to comfortably rise into the top 50 next time, and it has the class to threaten the top 40.

Manor House and Ashbury is the biggest and one of the best golf resorts in the UK and Ireland.

53. Manor House & Ashbury

Okehampton, Devon, England

Courses 19 Accommodation 14 Amenities 20 Setting 16 Total 69

What it offers: Easy to describe, albeit not with brevity: it has four 18-hole courses, an 18-hole par 3 course and a nine-hole academy course all on one site, the Ashbury Resort, plus over 70 sport, craft, leisure and spa activities. A 222-room (Ashbury) hotel and the 204-room Manor House, set two miles apart.

GW verdict: It rivals Gleneagles and The Grove for activities and is therefore amazing for families. Not one for couples seeking a romantic break, perhaps, but groups seeking value and everything on site will love it. Staggeringly good.

52. The Mere

Knutsford, Cheshire, England

Course 20 Accommodation 17 Amenities 17 Setting 15 Total 69

What it offers: A course with heritage and a heathland feel, plus a chic hotel and excellent spa and food.

GW verdict: The Mere is a place to be seen for the well-heeled of Cheshire, lured by its glamorous interior within a pedigree building. And its course is superb.

51. Goodwood

Chichester, West Sussex, England

Courses 24 Accommodation 16 Amenities 14 Setting 16 Total 70

What it offers: A James Braid original renovated by Tom Mackenzie, plus a fine hotel with tennis and an incredible health club and spa.

GW verdict: A very classy option in every respect, pencil Goodwood in as a wonderful Sussex weekend bolt hole.

Tewkesbury Park is one of the best golf resorts in the UK and Ireland.

50. Tewkesbury Park

Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England

Course 19 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 16 Total 70

What it offers: A course on rolling parkland and a wonderful cosy hotel with spa facilities and garden games to keep kids entertained.

GW verdict: The rise and rise of Tewkesbury continues. It was a fixture in the middle of the second 50 of the ranking until a £3m investment upgraded the Peter McEvoy course and the beautiful bedrooms. That has turned it into a top-50 resort.

I’m spoiling the discovery by saying this, but there is a tangible feel of Tewkesbury being family-run; you feel it in the thoughtful touches in the room and in the thoughtfulness of the staff. It is the antithesis of a soulless corporate hotel where rules must be followed because, well, just because. Staff here will go out of their way to make your stay a memorable one.

The course is thoroughly pleasant, the food excellent, and I am not exaggerating when I say the rooms will really surprise you. They are top-20 material. You’ll never want to leave!

49. Mount Wolseley

Tullow, Carlow, Ireland

Course 19 Accommodation 18 Amenities 18 Setting 15 Total 70

What it offers: A Christy O’Connor Jnr course in lush parkland with water features, plus a luxury hotel with leisure facilities.

GW verdict: Genuinely could be 20 places higher, it’s that good. A 20m pool, sauna, steam room and children’s play room added to an Ireland Top 100 course and lovely hotel.

48. Murrayshall

Scone, Perthshire, Scotland

Courses 24 Accommodation 17 Amenities 13 Setting 16 Total 70

What it offers: A Scotland Top 100-calibre course and a shorter-but-narrower No.2, backed up by beautiful accommodation either in the bedrooms in the historic house, or the Lynedoch Suites in an appealing, separate building 50 yards away.

GW verdict: If Gleneagles isn’t in your budget you would be well advised to look here. Lacks the amenities, but lovely golf and even better lodging.

47. Fota Island

Fota Island, Cork, Ireland

Courses 24 Accommodation 16 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 70

What it offers: Three championship-standard course configurations – the original Deerpark, Belvelly and Barryscourt. Plus a stylish five-star hotel or self-catering in a lodge.

GW verdict: Water sports such as kayaking plus a spa and fine dining make it a nicely rounded resort.

Trevose is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

46. Trevose

Padstow, Cornwall, England

Course 27 Accommodation 14 Amenities 10 Setting 19 Total 70

What it offers: An England Top 100 course that has been notably improved by Tom Mackenzie, plus decent on-site lodge accommodation.

GW verdict: Looking for a links golf break? This is a brilliant option and a great base from which to discover the region’s other classic seaside courses.

Forest of Arden is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.\

45. Forest of Arden

Meriden, Warwickshire, England

Courses 25 Accommodation 15 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 70

What it offers: Two courses – the Arden by Donald Steel, which has hosted seven English Opens, and the shorter Aylesford – plus a comprehensive hotel.

GW verdict: It doesn’t have the dazzle of others in the top 50, perhaps, but it really won’t let you down for solid golf and accommodation.

44. Hanbury Manor

Ware, Hertfordshire, England

Course 20 Accommodation 17 Amenities 17 Setting 16 Total 70

What it offers: A Jack Nicklaus course developed from an earlier nine-holer by Harry Vardon, very ably complemented by a hotel set within a 17th-century country house.

GW verdict: Five-star luxury in 200 acres of parkland for this multiple European Tour host.

43. Heythrop Park

Enstone, Oxfordshire, England

Course 21 Accommodation 18 Amenities 16 Setting 16 Total 71

What it offers: Two hotels – the historic Heythrop Park and the modern Crowne Plaza – a championship course by Tom Mackenzie, and spa and kids’ activities.

GW verdict: What a No.43! A choice of accommodation and a course among mature woodland, lakes and streams that is seriously good.

42. Slieve Russell

Ballyconnell, Cavan, Ireland

Course 21 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 16 Total 72

What it offers: A Paddy Merrigandesigned course that dramatically wraps around lakes, plus a hotel that comprises beautiful rooms and many facilities.

GW verdict: A Top 100-ranked course, all manner of non-golf amenities and terrific bedrooms – you have to say it’s a brilliant No.42!

Old Head of Kinsale is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

41. Old Head of Kinsale

Kinsale, Cork, Ireland

Course 30 Accommodation 15 Amenities 7 Setting 20 Total 72

What it offers: One of the easiest resorts to describe; a course of mind-blowing drama and scenery, plus lovely, but limited, accommodation. Food and a spa are the amenities.

GW verdict: If you play and stay here you are pretty much guaranteed to have it as your screensaver afterwards…

40. Close House

Newcastle, Northumberland, England

Courses 26 Accommodation 19 Amenities 11 Setting 16 Total 72

What it offers: Two parkland courses – the Colt is in England’s Top 200, plus the perfectly good Filly – with really, really good apartments next to the clubhouse.

GW verdict: As the marks illustrate, minimal facilities (albeit with some superb food), but impressive golf and accommodation.

St Pierre is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

39. St Pierre

Chepstow, Wales

Courses 25 Accommodation 17 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 72

What it offers: This former Solheim Cup host has a refurbished hotel as well as two courses – the Old, built around a charming 14th-century manor and 11th-century church, plus the more forgiving Mathern.

GW verdict: The combination of £4m hotel improvements and the quality of the Old course keep St Pierre in the top 40.

38. Carden Park

Chester, Cheshire, England

Courses 21 Accommodation 20 Amenities 19 Setting 7 Total 67

What it offers: Two 18-hole courses – the Nicklaus and the Cheshire – plus prime accommodation and activities ranging from archery and tennis to a spa and children’s playground.

GW verdict: There is absolutely no weak point here – a very impressive all-rounder.

37. Brocket Hall

Welwyn, Hertfordshire, England

Courses 28 Accommodation 17 Amenities 12 Setting 16 Total 73

What it offers: Two courses in 18th-century parkland, named after the Prime Ministers who once resided at Brocket Hall – Lord Palmerston and Lord Melbourne – plus tasteful accommodation.

GW verdict: The Melbourne is an Alliss/Clark with the River Lea in play; Donald Steel’s Palmerston sits among woodland.

Dalmahoy is one of the best golf resorts in the UK and Ireland.

36. Dalmahoy

Edinburgh, MidLothian, Scotland

Courses 26 Accommodation 16 Amenities 16 Setting 15 Total 73

What it offers: A former Solheim Cup venue with two good 18-hole courses – the East by James Braid and the more forgiving West – plus a nice hotel with decent facilities.

GW verdict: Ideal for a golf break that also takes in Edinburgh’s sights – it’s 20 minutes away from the capital city.

35. The Vale

Hensol, South Wales

Courses 25 Accommodation 15 Amenities 17 Setting 16 Total 73

What it offers: One of Wales’ top courses and a second in our Wales Top 75, as well as an excellent hotel with plenty of amenities that include one of ranking’s best leisure and spa complexes.

GW verdict: Its use as a base for Wales’ national sports teams gives you an idea of how good The Vale is.

34. The Roxburghe

Kelso, Borders, Scotland

Course 22 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 17 Total 74

What it offers: A Dave Thomas-designed course that is in the Scotland Top 100, complemented by a delightful hotel – the first ‘Destination by Hyatt’ property in the UK – within an historic house.

GW verdict: Adding to its amenities – the luxury spa and heated outdoor swimming pool – has helped The Roxburghe make this move up the list. A charming option already, and extensive development taking place across the property should see further rises in future.

The addition of 58 rooms to the on-site hotel plus the opening of 12 cottages add notably to the breadth of accommodation – and a further 49 cottages will be added by the end of 2024. A superb restaurant and bar that is as appealing on a cosy winter’s night as a sun-kissed July evening.

33. East Sussex National

Uckfield, Sussex, England

Courses 27 Accommodation 16 Amenities 15 Setting 16 Total 74

What it offers: Two 18-hole European Tour hosts of a very similar – and very impressive – standard and which should not be underestimated. Benefits from a large on-site hotel.

GW verdict: Some may dismiss the golf because it arrived in a less-than-memorable era, but the courses are undeniably good.

32. Bovey Castle

North Bovey, Devon, England

Course 22 Accommodation 18 Amenities 18 Setting 16 Total 74

What it offers: A J.F. Abercromby-designed course and a five-star hotel that offers a wide range of activities, including archery, bushcraft, falconry and fly fishing.

GW verdict: It’s impossible not to enjoy yourself here, with a course of real highlights and an opulent hotel offering so many things to do.

31. Cameron House & The Carrick

Loch Lomond, Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Course 20 Accommodation 18 Amenities 16 Setting 20 Total 74

What it offers: A 20 for setting as a result of its location on the edge of Loch Lomond. The Carrick course is a five-minute drive away and has been in the Scotland Top 100.

GW verdict: Cameron House is bewilderingly good. The setting is never-want-to-leave good, plus a nice course.

30. Rockliffe Resort

Darlington, Teesside, England

Course 23 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 16 Total 74

What it offers: A superb modern course by Marc Westenborg, allied to a five-star hotel and luxury suites. An alluring spa and dining options add to the experience.

GW verdict: Rockliffe absolutely deserves its place in the top 30. The course is thoughtful and very well presented, the accommodation truly exceptional.

29. Dundonald

Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland

Course 27 Accommodation 18 Amenities 12 Setting 17 Total 74

What it offers: A Scotland Top 100 course that is indubitably GB&I calibre, plus brand-new lodge accommodation and dining that is enticing non-golfers to the resort’s Canny Crow restaurant from miles around.

GW verdict: This is a notable entry to the list from a club that is now really making its mark. Where once Dundonald had a fabulous Kyle Phillips links and a modular building for a clubhouse, they now have seriously good accommodation on site to back up their high-class golf. No-one who has been there has reported back anything other than positively on the resort; a very good option as a base for an Ayrshire break.

28. Spey Valley

Aviemore, Highlands, Scotland

Course 23 Accommodation 15 Amenities 18 Setting 19 Total 75

What it offers: Three excellent hotels, 18 woodland lodges and a Dave Thomas-designed course that’s in our Scotland Top 100. Expect a wonderful setting in the heart of the Cairngorms.

GW verdict: The scenery is fabulous and the course really good, plus there are loads of amenities and hotels to choose from.

Prince's is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

27. Prince’s

Sandwich, Kent, England

Course 34 Accommodation 15 Amenities 7 Setting 19 Total 75

What it offers: It wasn’t even a resort a few years ago but is now on the cusp of the top 25. The hotel is neat and has a brilliant setting overlooking its own GB&I Top 100 course and St George’s.

GW verdict: If you just want elite golf, Prince’s is very hard to beat.

26. Manor House

Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England

Course 22 Accommodation 19 Amenities 17 Setting 17 Total 75

What it offers: Handmade mattresses. Michelin-starred food. A quirky, entertaining course by Peter Alliss and his design partner Clive Clarke. And plenty of amenities too.

GW verdict: A sumptuous resort in the heart of the 14th century, chocolate-box village of Castle Combe.

Dromoland Castle is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

25. Dromoland Castle

Newmarket-on-Fergus, Clare, Ireland

Course 24 Accommodation 19 Amenities 17 Setting 15 Total 75

What it offers: The course wraps around the castle and lakes. The hotel – a mesmeric mix of grand staircases, narrow stone passageways, and handsome hallways – is the ancestral home of the Barons of Inchiquin.

GW verdict: Ireland Top 100 course and a simply unforgettable hotel.

24. Slaley Hall

Hexham, Northumberland, England

Courses 26 Accommodation 16 Amenities 16 Setting 17 Total 75

What it offers: Two courses of similar standard – with the Hunting in the England Top 200 – in 1,000 acres of moorland and forest, plus a large four-star hotel within an elegant Edwardian mansion.

GW verdict: Super all-rounder with three restaurants and a wide range of outdoor activities, in addition to the hotel and courses.

23. Portmarnock Hotel

Malahide, Dublin, Ireland

Course 25 Accommodation 17 Amenities 14 Setting 19 Total 75

What it offers: The former home of the Jameson whiskey family has been beautifully converted into a resort on the outskirts of Dublin, with a characterful hotel overlooking a proper links by Bernhard Langer.

GW verdict: This resort has had fluctuating fortunes, but is definitely punching its weight now. The base for a golf break in Dublin after refurbishment on and off the course.

22. Foxhills

Ottershaw, Surrey, England

Courses 28 Accommodation 16 Amenities 15 Setting 16 Total 75

What it offers: Two England Top 200-ranked courses – the woodland duo of the Longcross and Hunt. A really good spa and gym head the amenities.

GW verdict: A great base for a Surrey break, and Foxhills is getting even better thanks to significant investment. Two fine courses and terrific hotel; its highest-ever ranking.

Trump International Golf Links Scotland is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

21. Trump Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Course 32 Accommodation 19 Amenities 5 Setting 19 Total 75

What it offers: A World Top 100 course that is a favourite for many well-travelled golfers, for it is a high-octane experience. Macleod House continues the eye-popping quality, a beautiful conversion of an ancient home.

GW verdict: If you don’t want or need too many amenities (it’s mainly superb food, here), this is perfect.

St Mellion is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

20. St Mellion

Saltash, Cornwall, England

Courses 28 Accommodation 15 Amenities 16 Setting 17 Total 76

What it offers: A course that has been a GB&I Top 100 entrant and a multiple European Tour venue, plus a good No.2. A large hotel with lots of amenities.

GW verdict: Cornish complex impresses with its quantity of golf and has plenty of non-golf activities. Not quite the opulence in the hotel of others in the top 20.

19. Machrihanish Dunes

Machrihanish, Argyll, Scotland

Course 30 Accommodation 17 Amenities 10 Setting 19 Total 76

What it offers: A GB&I Top 100 course that is more popular than ever and the Ugadale Hotel, 10 minutes drive away, that overlooks the world-famous 1st tee of Machrihanish.

GW verdict: This David McLay Kidd links is in roaring form these days and the Ugadale – including adorable cottages – is superb. Awesome location.

18. Archerfield

Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland

Courses 34 Accommodation 19 Amenities 7 Setting 17 Total 77

What it offers: Two celebrated Scotland Top 100 courses offering something a bit different, allied to gorgeous townhouses among the pines. Limited amenities other than a spa.

GW verdict: It is a little bit ‘courses with rooms’, but Archerfield deserves this place; the golf is Top 100 class; the accommodation might be even better.

17. Druids Glen

Newtown Mount Kennedy, Wicklow, Ireland

Courses 27 Accommodation 17 Amenities 17 Setting 16 Total 77

What it offers: A recently overhauled resort south of Dublin with two renovated Ireland Top 100 courses and a large hotel, excellent dining and a spa and health club.

GW verdict: The Glen by Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock is an Irish Open host and the Heath a fine back-up. Expect to see it rise.

16. The Machrie

Islay, Argyll

Course 31 Accommodation 18 Amenities 9 Setting 19 Total 77

What it offers: A World Top 100 course following its overhaul by D.J. Russell and a brand-new hotel offering high-end accommodation and superb food.

GW verdict: The links is the star attraction here, one of the finest courses in GB&I and on its own worth the journey to Islay. But the hotel is earning rave reviews, too. Dining heads the limited amenities; this is a golfers’ golf break.

Lough Erne is one of the best golf resorts in GB&I

15. Lough Erne

Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Course 26 Accommodation 18 Amenities 16 Setting 18 Total 78

What it offers: A course by Sir Nick Faldo that has been in our GB&I Top 100, plus a hotel that is every inch its five-star status. Lovely lakeside setting.

GW verdict: Testament to the quality of Lough Erne is that it is in the top 15 with just one course; with even a modest second course it could be seven places higher.

The Belfry is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

14. The Belfry

Wishaw, West Midlands, England

Courses 33 Accommodation 15 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 78

What it offers: Three 18-hole courses including a Ryder Cup host, and a recently revamped hotel with restaurants, spa, mini golf and adventure playground.

GW verdict: Falls as we place less emphasis on its 54 holes – the PGA and Derby are a step down in class from the Brabazon. Hotel investment keeps it top 15. Great for groups.

The Old Course hotel is part of one of the best golf resorts in Britain

13. Old Course Hotel/Duke’s

St Andrews, Fife , Scotland

Course 24 Accommodation 20 Amenities 16 Setting 18 Total 78

What it offers: The world’s most famous golf hotel, overlooking the world’s most famous course, allied to a Scotland Top 100 course, The Duke’s – a heathland set-up just outside the town.

GW verdict: In some ways this was a tricky one to rank as it loses a mark because of the distance between the course and hotel, which we prefer to be walkable rather than a five-minute shuttle. The hotel is absolutely wonderful, though, and in addition to it oozing luxury, you are obviously looking out over the most famous course in the world – and everything seems that bit better when that’s the case.

The breakfast would be magnificent in any setting but the coffee, orange juice, scrambled eggs and salmon – not to mention awesome haggis – all taste just that bit better when you’re looking at the Old’s 18th as you eat.

The Duke’s is perfectly enjoyable and a nice complement, even if the majority of the appeal is in drawing back your curtains to see the most famous patch of grass in golf.

The Grove is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

12. The Grove

Watford, Hertfordshire, England

Course 27 Accommodation 17 Amenities 18 Setting 16 Total 78

What it offers: A parkland course that has managed that rare feat – a place in our GB&I Top 100 in the past decade. It has hosted a WGC tournament and European Tour events. The handsome hotel is arguably even more impressive, mixing elegance and pedigree in the rooms in the old part of the estate house with chic, minimalist ones in the newer wing. Arguably the best spa and gym in the 100 lead a list of activities that seem to grow by the year. A venue where all ages will be deliriously happy.

GW verdict: The Grove is ranked as the No.1 resort in England for the first time, recognition that while it has only 18 holes, the course is high class and it excels in the other categories. Even in its setting it scores adequately because, while it is not thrillingly coastal, despite it being very pleasingly accessible from the M25, it is enjoyably leafy and peaceful. Service isn’t a factor in our ranking, but The Grove is peerless in this regard.

Celtic Manor is one of Great Britain and Ireland's best golf resorts.

11. Celtic Manor

Newport, South Wales

Courses 33 Accommodation 15 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 78

What it offers: The former Ryder Cup host has the superstar Twenty Ten course along with the excellent Roman Road and Montgomerie. In terms of quality, and as Wales top-50 courses, the supporting cast are hard to split. A nicely appointed hotel and plenty of activities elevate the experience further.

GW verdict: Credit to Celtic Manor for holding its own among the frankly six-star luxury all around it. A terrific all-rounder that is also great value – an added but unmarked bonus.

Fairmont is one of the best golf resorts in UK&I

10. Fairmont St Andrews

St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Courses 26 Accommodation 18 Amenities 16 Setting 19 Total  79

What it offers: Two Scottish Top 100 courses, both with superb locations overlooking the North Sea. One of the best hotels in the 100 and an incredibly wide variety of amenities.

GW verdict: A notable rise into the top 10 for the first time for a resort that has always been really, really good and is now getting even better thanks to significant investment. Simply world-class.

Mount Juliet is one of the best golf resorts in Britain & Ireland

9. Mount Juliet

Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland

Course 25 Accommodation 20 Amenities 18 Setting 16 Total 79

What it offers: A lush parkland course that’s been in our GB&I Top 100 and a five-star hotel with a range of luxury suites. Amenities include a spa, archery, falconry and fishing.

GW verdict: An exceptional golf resort that fits seamlessly in the top 10 despite having just the one course.

Trump International Golf Links Ireland (Doonbeg) is one of Great Britain and Ireland's best golf resorts.

Doonbeg, Clare, Ireland

Course 30 Accommodation 20 Amenities 9 Setting 20 Total 79

What it offers: A GB&I Top-60 course, an Atlantic Ocean setting that the Top 100 Editor is obsessed with, and accommodation that oozes class.

GW verdict: We loved Greg Norman’s original design and Martin Hawtree’s tweaks have proved widely popular. The cottages are brilliant and did we mention the location? It’s an absolutely epic No.8!

Carton House is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

7. Carton House

Maynooth, Kildare, Ireland

Courses 28 Accommodation 19 Amenities 16 Setting 16 Total 79

What it offers: Two 18-hole courses in our Irish Top 100 – the Tour-host Montgomerie and the more cuddly O’Meara – plus a huge, sumptuous hotel in a peaceful parkland estate.

GW verdict: A nice rise for a seriously good resort west of Dublin that will definitely not disappoint. An excellent all-rounder.

Ardfin is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

6. Ardfin

Jura, Argyll, Scotland

Course 32 Accommodation 20 Amenities 7 Setting 20 Total 79

What it offers: A World Top 100 course and breathtakingly beautiful renovated cottage accommodation.

GW verdict: A fall for Ardfin, solely as it lacks for non-golf amenities. It’s an amazing place, but only really for golfers – which is naturally our main thrust, hence it is No.6. Super expensive, but we aren’t judging that.

The K Club is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

5. The K Club

Straffan, Kildare, Ireland

Courses 27 Accommodation 19 Amenities 18 Setting 15 Total 79

What it offers: A Ryder Cup host and a No.2 good enough to be inside our Ireland Top 100. A seriously opulent hotel, with rooms as spacious as a flat. Amenities from fishing to falconry and kayaking to whiskey tasting.

GW verdict: In a top 10 of some movement, The K Club retains its top-five placing because recent investment there has made it better than ever.

Rosapenna is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

4. Rosapenna

Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland

Courses 40 Accommodation 15 Amenities 8 Setting 18 Total 81

What it offers: Three 18-hole links: one in the World Top 100, two in the GB&I ranking and all three in the top 50 of the Ireland list. Ever-improving accommodation options, and a wonderful setting on the edge of Sheephaven Bay.

GW verdict: Rosapenna leapt into the top 10 last time as a result of the opening of the new St Patrick’s Links by Tom Doak. We only had limited knowledge of how good it was then, but now we have intimate experience of it – and it is incredible.

Straight in at No.32 in the World list, it is backed up superbly by Sandy Hills (GB&I No.79) and Old Tom (Ireland No.27). This is the ultimate one-stop golf resort now and in all honesty it probably deserves more than 40 marks for the courses.

Rosapenna are increasing to 70 rooms in 2023, with eight new beach-level suites – No.4 on this list is impressive, but the Casey family are set on getting even better.

Adare Manor is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

3. Adare Manor

Adare, Limerick, Ireland

Course 30 Accommodation 20 Amenities 20 Setting 16 Total 86

What it offers: What doesn’t it offer? World-class parkland course, world-class hotel and world-class amenities.

GW verdict: Its hotel rivals Gleneagles for the No.1 in this ranking – don’t ever ask us to choose our favorite. If you want smaller and cosier, Adare will get the nod. It’s characterful and opulent, whether you’re looking at a chandelier in the lobby, relaxing in a room so exquisite you will never want to leave it, or simply descending the centuries-old staircase.

The golf course is special. Really special. Investment and nous has turned it from a perfectly decent parkland into one that manages to split Ireland’s 10 greatest links in our ranking. Just look at which big names it is above…

Its Ryder Cup pedigree (2027 host) will only add to allure of Adare the course and Adare Manor the resort.

To be a comfortable No.3 with only 18 holes is a staggering achievement.

Trump Turnberry is one of the best golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland.

2. Trump Turnberry

Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland

Courses 37 Accommodation 19 Amenities 18 Setting 20 Total 94

What it offers: A course ranked by us as the World No.4, along with the revamped King Robert the Bruce, both of which were overhauled by Martin Ebert. Plus a hotel that underwent almost as extensive an upgrade.

GW verdict: A setting matched by only three others in the list, which is a key part of a world-class course that is the main attraction for visiting despite the presence of a glitzy hotel that has its own iconic location.

Gleneagles is the best golf resort in Great Britain and Ireland.

1. Gleneagles

Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland

Courses 40 Accommodation 20 Amenities 20 Setting 19 Total 99

What it offers: You probably don’t need to be told… Gleneagles speaks for itself. But to confirm: three 18-hole courses, with the lowest-ranked one a Ryder Cup venue and Scottish Top 100 fixture. The King’s and Queen’s are in the GB&I Top 100. Then add in breathtakingly good accommodation, exceptional and varied dining, a bewildering array of amenities and a gorgeous Perthshire setting.

GW verdict The third list that Gleneagles has 99/100 in – it’s hard to believe that mark will ever change unless we give its Setting a 10, which we so easily could. Its Courses are worth more than 40 in truth, but that would mean many others would have to receive a harsh-looking 14 or 15. As sure a guarantee of success as a golfer receiving a dozen premium balls for Christmas.

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