Plan Your Group’s Next Getaway With The Best Golf Society Venues In The UK | Golf World Top 100

The Golf World Top 100 panel makes planning your next away day easy with the best golf society venues in the UK.

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Golf society days and trips are huge business in the UK and thousands of you look forward to your monthly, quarterly, or annual away day with your golfing friends. But choosing the right venue, from the course and meal options to the price of the package and deals available is key to keeping everyone happy. And that’s exactly what this Best Golf Society Venues ranking is designed to help you achieve.


This is one of a series of brand-new Top 100s for the Golf World team to maximize value for our readers, which is the entire motivation for our lists.

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How we chose the Best Golf Society Venues in the UK

The new lists are by some distance the hardest to do, especially when they cover areas or themes that I’m unfamiliar with. This one falls into that category and I am grateful for everyone who has assisted.

We judged the clubs on the course’s overall quality, the course’s playability for all levels, the club’s service, and the value of their packages – and all panelists nominated venues that they rated and expanded with their reasons.

Many of our existing panelists had their say, with special thanks to William Murphy and Dave Parker, and I am especially indebted to The Social Golfer, Golf Society of Great Britain, and the International Golf Club for their insight.

The Social Golfer

The is a unique online golf club community that allows you to connect, meet and play with other golfers, track your handicap using their Handicap Index Calculator and enter scorecards from anywhere in the world. Get a printable Handicap Certificate, join local golf events in your area and play in The Social Golfer Major Events each year. More than 1,600 events were organised via the site in 2023!

Golf Society of Great Britain

Founded in 1955, GSGB organizes five home-based events each year and two overseas tours. The 36-hole Stableford events visit many of Britain’s best courses and are very popular with male and female players of all standards. The Society donates £600 to the junior sections of all clubs visited. Visit or email its secretary Brian Ward.

International Golf Club

Created because founder Peter Phillips “wanted all my events to be special, not just another round of golf”, IGC London is one of the premier golf societies in the country. You don’t have to be an IGC member to sign up, but if you are, you get discounted rates at each event and can sign in guests at the member’s rate too. Everyone is welcome and golfers are carefully grouped prior to each event.

I hope what we have produced helps you arrange your next society day and would say that even if you’re not part of a society, as you can see, the criteria we used will help many of you where to go for your own friendly fourball’s away day. We will refresh this ranking in two years, so please send me your thoughts on the entries and any you feel we’ve made a mistake by not including.

And don’t forget to check out Golf GameBook to make your society’s trip even more enjoyable. But now, let’s dive into the ranking.

Best Golf Society Venues in the UK

Our opening section blends quiet classics with renowned heavy hitters


Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
A classy parkland in Hertfordshire that is a fixture in the English Top 100. Beautifully conditioned and playable for all.
The deal: Ashridge offer societies a choice of packages, the most popular being tea/coffee, a bacon roll and 18 holes, followed by a two-course lunch. Prices from £113 to £133p.

Bordon, Hampshire
A very fun, high-quality heathland layout. Magnificent views from the clubhouse balcony and fabulous food on offer.
The deal: Tea/coffee and a bacon roll, 18 holes and a one-course meal for £95pp (£105 for two courses).

Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
A wonderful course complete with a charming old clubhouse boasting one of the best wine cellars in British golf. The 1st tee is likely to be one of the closest to the clubhouse you’ll ever see.
The deal: A typical offer is tea/coffee and bacon roll on arrival, 18 holes and a two-course meal for £125pp in the summer.

Broadstone is among Britain's best society venues.

Bournemouth, Dorset
A GB&I Top 100 entry for many years, the Frank Pont revision of a Harry Colt classic has been a huge success. Dramatic heathland terrain used superbly and a club that opens its arms to you.
The deal: Broadstone tailor packages to individual groups outside of winter… but their winter package is superb: a full English breakfast, 18 holes, tea and cake or a beer and crisps for £90pp, November and March.

Burnham & Berrow in Somerset is an absolute treat.

Burnham & Berrow
Burnham, Somerset
A World Top 100-calibre links and a welcoming club equals a wonderful venue for visitors. One of the best starts to a course in GB&I, in superb condition all year round.
The deal: A round on the Championship course for £150pp, with tea/coffee and breakfast roll for £9.50 and a two-course meal for £22.50 – £182pp in total.

Buxton, Derbyshire
Well known now as an Alister MacKenzie masterpiece, Cavendish is not penal off the tee and is fun around the greens. It’s bewilderingly good value and one of the most fun golf courses in Britain and Ireland.
The deal: A group of 12 pays £40pp as a green fee in the week and £50 at weekends. Add in tea/coffee and a bacon or sausage bap for an extra £6, full English for £10.50, soup and sandwiches for £7.50 and a two-course evening meal for £16.

Conwy, north Wales
A stunning location with a fair and easy-walking all-year-round course. Good food in a welcoming clubhouse. Truly sensational value for a Curtis Cup venue.
The deal: Tea/coffee and bacon roll and a one-course meal plus 18 holes for £105pp, 12+ golfers, 9.30-11.30am.

Delamere Forest's 9th hole and clubhouse.

Delamere Forest
Delamere, Cheshire
An undulating heathland that has never been in better condition. Not the easiest course in this 100 but not unduly unforgiving and a class act both on and off the course.
The deal: Group bookings for 12+ available midweek are £125pp, including green fee, tea/ coffee, bacon roll and a two-course meal.

Stourbridge, West Midlands
Home to two superb heathy courses that stay in great nick all year round. The Highgate is No.109 in our England Top 200, the Lodge No.135. That illustrates how good they both are.
The deal: Tea/coffee, a bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course meal costs £120pp. Add £2 more to swap to a full English breakfast. Lunch and 18 holes after 3pm is £99pp.

Fraserburgh is a great society venue.

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Some of the best links land in Britain at this Top 100 Scotland fixture. And this is one of the best deals in this list. Get yourself up to Aberdeen and enjoy!
The deal: Twelve+ players can play for a bargain £50pp, with bacon roll for £6 and soup and sandwiches for £7.50. Set menus from £13 (one course) to £21 (three).

Isle of Purbeck
Swanage, Dorset
“Always a pleasure to visit, with such wonderful views over Brownsea Island towards Poole,” says one panelist. “Great food, good value and a very warm welcome.”
The deal: For a group of 12, green fees range from £65-£90pp (morning) to £40-£50 after 2pm. Food options include a one-course meal for £13.50, one round of sandwiches and chips for £11, and tea/coffee and a bacon roll for £7.

Kington is a great society venue.

Kington, Herefordshire
Number 61 in the England Top 100 illustrates Kington’s quality and why the deal below is utterly incredible value. And they really do want you to visit their fine club and play their fabulous course.
The deal: Unlimited golf, tea/coffee and a bacon roll on arrival plus a one-course meal afterwards for £41pp. A full breakfast beforehand ups that to £46. Parties of 15 or more, the organizer plays and eats for free.

Liphook is a wonderful option for an away day.

Liphook, Hampshire
Exquisite heathland that is now a fixture in the GB&I Top 100. No pushover but it needs more brain than brawn.
The deal: Two-course lunch and 18 holes for £134pp in the summer. That’s the 2024 deal so it may change for 2025… because Liphook are full up for this year. Get planning!

Little Aston
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
“Bags of character on and off course with delicious food on offer,” says one panelist. One of the best and most beautiful putting greens you will ever see. No better place to arrange a pre-game putting competition.
The deal: A three-course meal for £25pp, added to £150pp a round May-September, except August, when it falls to £105.

Old Thorns is a fantastic golf resort.

Old Thorns
Liphook, Hampshire
A wonderful all-round venue that is established in the middle of our GB&I Top 100 Resorts list. A terrific woodland course that is England Top 200 quality. Offers incredible value in their society deals.
The deal: Tea/coffee and a bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course meal from £75pp. Organizer goes free, minimum 12 golfers.

Macclesfield, Cheshire
An England Top 100 course and a super club. “A rare combination of a wonderful course, superb clubhouse, great food and very welcoming management and staff,” says one panelist.
The deal: Their key society day is Thursday, when tea/coffee, a bacon roll, 18 holes at a society rate and a two-course meal is available from £60pp.

Prince's Golf Club.

Sandwich, Kent
Offering the complete society package: 27 holes of wonderful links golf, delicious food, fantastic accommodation and a warm welcome in the attractive clubhouse. Among the top courses in Kent.
The deal: The club arrange bespoke day deals for groups in the summer but as a guide, their play-and-stay package is one night’s accommodation, two rounds, breakfast, a course guide and a two-course dinner for £295pp (was £185 November 2023-February 2024).

North Hants
Fleet, Hampshire
“Perfect attention to detail on and before the day of our visit. A very attractive modern clubhouse to relax in following your game,” says one panelist. A very pretty and peaceful course that is England Top 100 caliber.
The deal: On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, golfers get tea/coffee and a bacon roll, 18 holes followed by a three-course meal for a very agreeable £135.

The 17th hole on Royal Ashdown Forest West.

Royal Ashdown Forest
Forest Row, Sussex
This might well be the best deal in the whole ranking. It breaks the £100pp mark but to get a GB&I-calibre course, breakfast on arrival and lunch afterward is superb value for money. It’s also just £77 in the winter – and RAF winters very well!
The deal: Tea/coffee and a bacon roll, 18 holes on the Old followed by a one-course meal for £124pp. Minimum of eight golfers.

Royal St David’s
Harlech, west coast of Wales
A GB&I Top 100 fixture and one of Britain’s best links, with drama and pedigree in spades. Undoubtedly a demanding course but a real treat – and great savings for group bookings.
The deal: Green fees are £90pp (a £30 saving) for 12+, with lunch £7-8pp.

Silloth on Solway
Silloth, Cumbria
Sensational value for a World Top 100-caliber links. Add in typically warm Cumbrian hospitality for a top-tier entry.
The deal: Summer-round package for tea/coffee, breakfast roll, golf and a two-course meal is £119pp.

Dumfries, Dumfriesshire
One of Scotland’s great links and a club that really wants to host you. Fantastic value in their deals.
The deal: Groups of 20 or more golfers can play the course from £70pp (saving £20pp on the standard fee). Tea/coffee and a bacon roll, plus golf for £90. Soup and sandwiches and golf for £91pp. Golf and a two-course meal for £98pp. Soup and sandwiches and golf plus a two-course meal for £102pp.

The London Club.

The London Club
Brands Hatch, Kent
The International has hosted the Volvo World Match Play, Regional Open Qualifying and the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship. It is a majestic downland course with risk-reward holes and memorable moments guaranteed. Their events team are highly experienced and dedicated to making your day run perfectly.
The deal: Twilight offer from April to September after 3pm, from £95pp.

Thorpeness, Suffolk
A quite superb Suffolk heathland with bags of character and a greenkeeper taking it to new levels. Magnificent year-round condition makes the March deal exceptional. A very, very well-run golf club and hotel.
The deal: Eighteen holes, tea/coffee with a bacon roll and one-course lunch after play. Minimum 12 players, April to October, from £56pp (£47pp November to March).

You could play Woburn's Duchess with your golf society.

Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire
The three courses here need little introduction so we will use the space to say two things. Firstly, Woburn does an exceptional job of taking care of visitors. And secondly, the green fee here is ordinarily £225, so the two-round deal below is clearly magnificent value.
The deal: Breakfast roll on arrival, 18 holes and a two-course lunch: £245pp, Mon-Thurs. Add an extra round in the afternoon: £365pp.

Best Golf Society Venues in the UK

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
“A fabulous old clubhouse offering excellent food and a thoroughly enjoyable round on a superb course,” says one panelist. Oozes pedigree on and off the course.
The deal: Tuesday and Wednesday, groups of 12 or more can get 18 holes and a three-course lunch for £99.50pp.

Carlisle, Cumbria
An hour from Newcastle and about two from Glasgow and Manchester, this should be on a lot of golfers’ radars. Packed with entertaining holes and drains superbly. Fun is guaranteed, as is the warmth of the welcome.
The deal: From £57pp for tea/coffee and bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course meal.

Canterbury is a great golf society venue.

Canterbury, Kent
Number 12 in our highly competitive Kent ranking, this mature parkland by Harry Colt is a connoisseur’s delight. Super condition and a warm welcome.
The deal: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are set aside for society play, with some weekend availability. Tea/coffee and a bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course meal for £70pp, or a full English breakfast, 18 holes followed by a three-course meal for £80.

Dorset G&CC
Bournemouth, Dorset
Superb woodland-heathland course on the city’s outskirts – and Dorset’s deals illustrate how keen they are to host you. This GB&I Top 100 Resorts entry is very impressive in every respect.
The deal: Tea/coffee and bacon baguette on arrival, nine holes on the Woodland course, lunch, 18 holes on the Lakeland/Parkland. Weekdays it’s £68.50pp, weekends £79.50. Add a two-course dinner to finish for an extra £17.95pp.

Duff House Royal.

Duff House Royal
Banff, Aberdeenshire
Playable, well-presented Alister MacKenzie parkland course… and just look at these enticing prices.
The deal: Normally a £70 green fee but for a party of 12 this would be discounted to £35-£45pp, depending on the day of the week (Mon and Thurs cheapest). Tea/coffee and a bacon roll for £5, soup and sandwich for £7.50, a two-course meal is £18.

The 10th hole at Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club.

Dunstanburgh Castle
Alnwick, Northumberland
A lovely, fun links and wonderful food in a very popular and quaint wooden café setting, not to mention good value.
The deal: The summer price for midweek societies – including tea/coffee and bacon roll before and pizza/burger and chips afterward – is £49pp (£57 at weekends). Upgrade to a one-course meal for an extra £4pp. Monday to Thursday. Minimum of 12.

Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Formerly Hatfield London, this is a quality venue with real value for money, given its pedigree. The Old was designed by Fred Hawtree in the ’70s and is a tree-lined parkland, while the New is peppered with drama.
The deal: Tea/coffee, a bacon roll and 18 holes for £65pp. Or add a three-course meal and it is £90. Minimum of 12 golfers.

Foxhills par-3 16th.

Chertsey, Surrey
Two courses that are Top 100 England caliber, but there is a lot more to this venue than that, as its high position in our GB&I Resorts ranking shows.
The deal: Tea/coffee, a bacon roll, complimentary balls at the range, 18 holes, burger and fries. From £75pp. Minimum of 12 golfers.

Hampton Court Palace.

Hampton Court Palace
Kingston, Surrey
“A fabulous course – we like to visit in the springtime when the rough is not too deep,” says one panelist. A gem of a course in London that received numerous nominations from the panel. Superb value.
The deal: Monday to Friday for £55pp, includes tea/coffee, a bacon roll and 18 holes. An additional £10 gets you lunch afterward. Weekend deals also available.

Paisley, Renfrewshire
A Scotland Top 100 course that is set down on firm turf that is in super shape all year round. Lots of interesting holes… and some terrific packages.
The deal: It’s £48pp (Mon–Fri) and £63 (Sunday) for 18 holes, tea/coffee and a hot filled roll. A two-course dinner after golf makes it £65 in the week, £80 on Sunday.

Lanark, Lanarkshire
One of Scotland’s great inland courses is packed with entertaining holes and is bags of fun. Wonderful all year round as it sits on quick-draining gravel. Awesome value in this package, too.
The deal: Tea/coffee and a hot roll, 18 holes and a two-course meal for £75pp, for groups of eight or more.

Luffenham Heath.

Luffenham Heath
Stamford, Rutland
Situated in England’s smallest county, this is a charming course with a clubhouse to match. Always a peaceful and fun round on this heathland gem and with excellent food to follow.
The deal: Parties of 12+ on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays can enjoy tea/coffee, a bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course meal for £120pp.

Machynys is an excellent society venue.

Llanelli, south Wales
The high riser in our most recent Wales ranking as it climbed to No.13, this Jack Nicklaus coastal course combines with excellent service to impress all.
The deal: Twelve+ golfers get 18 holes and a one-course meal until September for £65pp Monday to Thursday and £79 Friday to Sunday.

Moor Park
Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
“This is simply one of the best clubhouse experiences in golf,” says one panelist. “Expect memorable high-end dining and 36 holes of great golf.”
The deal: Tea/coffee and a bacon roll on arrival plus 18 holes and a two-course meal is £163pp on the High and £124 on the West. Minimum of 12 people.

Mortonhall is one of the best golf courses in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh, Lothian
“A perfect location for a group. Close to the city center without anyone really noticing,” says one panelist. This Scottish Top 100-calibre course is beautiful, with a very interesting layout. Lovely food served in the comfortable clubhouse also impresses.
The deal: Play 18 holes plus a choice of tea/coffee and breakfast roll or a full Scottish breakfast from £105pp.

Northants County
Church Brampton, Northants
“Welcoming management and a fabulous course that gets better every year. Lovely old clubhouse and great food,” says one panelist about the course ranked 116th
in England.
The deal: Tea/coffee, a bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course meal for £95pp.

North Foreland in Kent occupies an incredible position.

North Foreland
Broadstairs, Kent
A breathtaking location on the Kent clifftops is the first appeal, but so are the extensive society options here – which hint at how keen to please this club is.
The deal: For £85pp, have tea/coffee on arrival then 18 holes on the main course and a two-course meal. Or for £115pp, tea/coffee on arrival, 27 or 36 holes, a main course lunch and a two-course meal.

North Wales
Llandudno, north Wales
“A good all-year-round links. Fantastic value, good food and great fun to play,” says one panelist. We agree: this superb links sits at No.16 in our Wales ranking.
The deal: Green fees are £60pp, then add tea/coffee and a bacon roll for £6.95, and a two-course meal for £16.


Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
“Fun, attractive course. Good clubhouse with fine views and good food,” says one panellist. It’s a fine all-round experience at an England Top 200-ranked course.
The deal: The summer green fee is £70pp, then add a one-course meal for £18, two courses for £21.50 or three courses for £26.

Sutton Coldfield
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
A beautiful, easy-walking heathland layout, particularly when the heather is in full bloom. “A warm welcome guaranteed, with excellent catering,” says one panelist. “It’s also sensational value.”
The deal: Tea/coffee, bacon roll and 18 holes for £69pp. Add a two-course meal and it’s £91.


Teignmouth, Devon
“Such a fun course to play and very welcoming,” says one panelist. Perched 800 feet above sea level, the views over the Teign Estuary and along the Devon coastline are spectacular.
The deal: Summer society green fee rate is £44pp. Then add in your choice of one course with tea/coffee for £15.50, soup and sandwiches for £10.50, and a bacon roll and tea/coffee for £7.50. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Bradford
Guiseley, Yorkshire
“Fantastic value for such a well-respected course,” says one panellist. “Possibly the most food we’ve ever been served at dinner, but all of the highest quality. Very welcoming, too!” Herbert Fowler heathland that enjoys views towards the Aire Valley.
The deal: £80pp until 31st October for a light lunch, 18 holes and a two-course dinner. You’ll also receive a discount voucher for a future fourball.

Stockport, Lancashire
An England Top 100 course that is in wonderful condition, and an extremely welcoming club.
The deal: The society rate for the summer is £80pp. A bacon roll or sandwich on arrival with tea/coffee, then a two-course meal afterward, is £30pp.

Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Set in heathy woodland on the boundary of the National Trust’s Clumber Park and Sherwood Forest. Natural sand and gravel subsoils mean it is a year-round triumph.
The deal: Green fee is £60pp for at least 12. Tea/coffee and a bacon roll is an extra £5, a one-course meal is £12, two courses for £15.

Yelverton should be on your list for a society away day.

Plymouth, Devon
“Old World charm and a very warm welcome,” says one panelist. Yelverton is a fun and unique course that is an England Top 100 contender. Exceptional value, too.
The deal: Green fee is £45pp (normally £60pp), with a two-course meal for £22,
so a total of £67pp, based on 12 players.

Best Golf Society Venues in the UK

From the banks of Lake Windermere to Watership Down, epic options abound

Congleton, Cheshire
“This attractive layout often goes under the radar, despite having made large strides in recent years in terms of conditioning, quality of greens and a complete bunker renovation,” says one panelist. The refurbished clubhouse offers excellent food and course views.
The deal: Thursday is the main society day and a minimum of 12 players can enjoy 18 holes and tea/coffee and a bacon roll for £35pp. Or 18 holes, tea/coffee, a bacon roll and a two-course meal for £52pp.

Aberystwyth, west coast of Wales
This Wales Top-50 course has stunning views over Cardigan Bay and from Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula to the Preseli Mountains. Designed by six-time Open champion Harry Vardon.
The deal: The usual green fee is £42.50 but a fourball play for £37.50pp, and a society of five to 16 golfers for £35pp (17+ is £32.50pp). For £45pp, you also get a carvery dinner afterwards; minimum of 20 golfers.

Bramshaw is one of the best golf course you can play for under £35

Lyndhurst, Hampshire
There are 36 exquisite holes here, set in the New Forest, and a dedicated event coordinator to manage your event. The Forest is the original, a heathy-woodland that dates back to the 1860s and one of the best value courses in Britain. The Manor, which ends between mature woodland, opened in 1971.
The deal: It’s £75pp for tea/coffee, a breakfast roll, 18 holes on the Manor and a one-course meal afterward. The organizer goes free on bookings of 12 or more. It is £40pp for the same on the Forest.

Burghley Park
Stamford, Lincolnshire
“The golf course always holds up well for our autumn event, suits all abilities of golfer and the staff are fantastic,” says one very happy panelist. All that and it’s very conveniently placed, just off the A1.
The deal: Playing after 12pm during the week, you’ll pay £53.95pp for 18 holes and
a two-course meal afterward. Add a bacon roll and tea/coffee prior to play to make it £60.95pp.

Chiltern Forest
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Lovely views from this fine parkland that is set down across hills and vales. There is a fantastic spread of deals at what is an impressive all-round operation.
The deal: Midweek offer for 12+ people is tea/coffee, a bacon roll and 18 holes of golf for £40pp. Tea/coffee and a bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course dinner is £57pp.

Cooden Beach
Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex
Excellent dining options and great-value society packages at this delightful, easy-walking seaside layout. Many interesting holes on a course that is always fun to play.
The deal: Tea/coffee and a bacon roll, 18 holes and two-course meal costs £72pp. Add on nine extra holes and lunch in between and it’s £105pp.

Darmouth Golf and Country Club is a fabulous option for societies.

Dartmouth G&CC
Blackawton, Devon
GB&I Top 100 Resort fixture in the Devon countryside that has two courses: the Championship and Dartmouth. Offers a host of packages and super service.
The deal: Bacon roll plus tea/coffee and 18 holes on the Championship course is £35pp midweek. Add a one-course meal and it is £45pp. Minimum of eight golfers.


Warlingham, Surrey
Opened in 1997, this downland-style course has 27 holes designed by John Jacobs that are packed with variety thanks to three distinctive nine-hole loops.
The deal: Tea/coffee and a bacon roll, plus 18 holes for £37.50pp, Monday to Thursday (eight players minimum, 12 on Thursday). Rises to £45 (Friday) and £50 (weekend). Upgrade to a full English breakfast for £5. Add a two-course meal from £47.50.

Twickenham, Middlesex
Opened more than a century ago (1904), Fulwell is an oasis of calm within the M25. “Easy walking and popular layout with good food in an attractive clubhouse,” says one panelist.
The deal: Tea/coffee, a bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course meal costs £90pp midweek for a minimum of 12 golfers.

Hawkstone Park makes for a brilliant day out.

Hawkstone Park
Shrewsbury, Shropshire
This very vibrant Shropshire venue is expert at hosting visiting golfers on its two 18-hole courses of similar standing.
The deal: Tea/coffee, a bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course meal afterward costs £65pp on the Hawkstone course and £59pp on the Championship midweek. At weekends it’s £71/£61pp respectively.

Irvine, Ayrshire
A wonderful old layout with many unique holes. So much fun to play for groups. A Scottish Top 100 fixture that is every bit as entertaining as its Ayrshire neighbours.
The deal: Irvine’s green fee is £75pp and a two-course meal is £16, so you’ll be paying £91pp in the summer.

Corsham, Wiltshire
This is Wiltshire’s oldest golf club and from the firm fairways of its downland course you enjoy expansive views across the valley into Bath. Always welcoming and offers year-round golf.
The deal: Tea/coffee, a bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course meal for £60pp midweek. 

Lundin Links Golf Club.

Lundin, Fife
Scottish Top 100 fixture that incorporates traditional links on rippling terrain with spectacular views from a three-hole stretch on higher ground.
The deal: Groups pay the green fee (£120pp before noon, £96 after) then can add to it with tea/coffee and bacon roll and a two-course meal afterward from an outside caterer.

Manor House and Ashbury is the ultimate society venue.

Manor House & Ashbury
Okehampton, Devon
In some ways the ultimate society venue because of its value for money. It is truly staggering here, whether you stay or not (and most do). A highly admirable resort, with 103 golf holes and a wealth of activities.
The deal: Tea/coffee and a bacon roll, a complimentary buggy between two for your round then an unlimited hot and cold buffet lunch for Mon-Thu £45pp and Fri-Sun £50.

Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
A course of Top 200 England caliber that delivers a warm welcome in the pro shop and fantastic value green fees and food for groups. A very high-quality parkland.
The deal: Tea/coffee, a bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course meal costs £54pp. For 10 extra holes of golf plus soup and sandwiches, that rises to £75pp.

Moor Hall
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
Set on the north-eastern outskirts of Birmingham, this parkland was initially set down in 1932 by Hawtree and Taylor but was refreshed by Mackenzie & Ebert as recently as 2020.
The deal: It’s £70pp for 12-24 players to play 18, and just £10 more for 27 holes. Full English breakfast is £9.75, while a two-course meal is £19.

Nefyn will live long in your society's memories.

Nefyn & District
Pwllheli, north Wales
An epic setting makes this a bucket-lister, but also consider the exceptional value for money on offer here – you feel it should be 50% more expensive for what you get. And that is a very good sign. You’re guaranteed a very warm welcome, too.
The deal: Parties of 12 or more during the week get the green fee dropped from £65pp to £58. Then you can add in a variety of catering options, all using local produce. 

The North Shore Golf Hotel is perfect for a stay & play break in Skegness.

North Shore
Skegness, Lincolnshire
This part parkland, part links course in Skegness has a hotel attached and has been in every one of our GB&I Resorts Top 100s. You want value? North Shore offers exceptional levels.
The deal: Tea/coffee and a sausage bap, 18 holes, fish, chips and mushy peas is £52pp (Good Friday-Sept 30), £42 for the rest of the year. Minimum 12 people. Saturday am: £5 more. One free place in parties over 20.

Pyrford makes for a great society day out.

Pyrford Lakes
Woking, Surrey
Offers a premium experience, delivering exceptional service and quality amenities in a stunning setting. Each society is assigned a dedicated host to be at their beck and call throughout the day. And the drinks buggy has legendary status!
The deal: Weekday from £70pp for tea/coffee and breakfast roll, 18 holes and a one-course meal. £80pp at weekends.

Sandford Springs
Kingsclere, Hampshire
A golf hotel set among the picturesque hills of Watership Down, it boasts three aptly-named nine-hole loops: The Woods, The Lakes and The Park. Temporary greens are never in use here.
The deal: Tea/coffee and a bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course lunch for £55pp. It’s £10 extra for Fri-Sun and £10 more for a three-course dinner instead of lunch.


Seascale, Cumbria
An England Top 100 fixture that is quirky and playable in equal measure. An absolute delight on the Cumbrian coast.
The deal: Monday to Friday, £48pp for 18 holes (£53 weekends) and £5.50 for tea/coffee and bacon roll, plus £15.50 for a two-course meal.

Seaford Head
Seaford, Sussex
It’s all about the vistas on this undulating downland, with 360-degree views across Seaford Bay and the South Downs. The Seven Sisters cliffs can be seen from 13 to 15.
The deal: Full English breakfast and unlimited tea/coffee, plus 18 holes costs £37.50pp midweek (£41.50 weekends). Tea/coffee, bacon roll, 18 holes and lunch from the Society menu is £46pp (£50).

South Staffs
Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
A fine tree-lined parkland designed by Harry Vardon and revised by James Braid and Harry Colt. Noted for its superb greens and par 4s.
The deal: Play 18 holes for £40pp Monday to Friday, then add in tea/coffee and a bacon roll for £6, full English for £10 and soup and sandwiches for £7.50. A buffet is available for £25pp.

Trentham is a great society venue option.

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
A great day for societies, with exceptional food, a comfortable clubhouse and a superb recent bunker renovation to admire at this impressive parkland layout.
The deal: The golf is £75pp, food from £12-18 depending on the choice of meal. Tea/coffee and bacon roll on arrival costs £8.

Sevenoaks, Kent
“Gorgeous course, quality greens, quality clubhouse, easily accessible and always friendly,” says one panelist. The woodland course is punctuated by water features and has been built to USGA specification.
The deal: Tea/coffee and a bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course meal is from £74pp (high season) or £59pp (low season).

Best Golf Society Venues in the UK

Parklands, heathlands and Seve’s only UK design round off our final 25 with some great value options

The Lakes Course at Belton Woods.

Belton Woods
Grantham, Lincolnshire
This 36-hole complex – a GB&I Top 100 Resort – is made up of The Lakes and The Woods, offering differing experiences. “A well-maintained course, good for large groups and easy to reach from all parts of the country,” says one panelist.
The deal: Tea/coffee and a bacon roll plus 18 holes and a one- (£61.50pp), two- (£65.50) or three-course (£69.50) meal from the society menu. With a chef’s sandwich selection and chips instead, it is £56.50pp.

Redhill, Surrey
Being situated on the sand ridge that runs parallel to the North Downs is the reason Bletchingley can justifiably boast of being “The No.1 draining course in the area”. Great views from various points.
The deal: For a minimum of 12 golfers, get 18 holes for £29pp, plus tea/coffee and a bacon roll for £8.50 and a choice of lunches for £13.95. Or opt for a two-course BBQ for £27.95pp, based on a minimum of 20.

Bridlington Belvedere
Bridlington, East Yorkshire
Designed in 1905 by five-time Open champion JH Taylor, this tree-lined parkland is in super condition and a perfect 6,400 yards off the tips.
The deal: Midweek deal of tea/coffee and a bacon roll plus 18 holes and a two-course meal for £50pp. Add nine or 18 extra holes and lunch for an extra £19.

Crane Valley
Wimborne, Dorset
Donald Steel’s 18-hole Valley is well bunkered and incorporates water hazards. It’s backed up by the nine-hole Woodland.
The deal: A minimum of 12 people can get 18 holes, tea/coffee and a bacon roll from £36.50pp (Mon-Thurs) to £41.50 (Fri-Sun). Add a two-course dinner with coffee for £53.50 and £58.50pp.

Crondon Park
Ingatestone, Essex
“A good layout with superb greens that often flies under the radar,” says one panelist. “Many great options for societies, including ‘pizza on the green’ following shotgun events, and an impressive banqueting suite for bigger groups.”
The deal: Tea/coffee, a bacon roll, 18 holes followed by a barbecue on the patio – packages begin at £60pp.

Five Lakes Golf Club.

Five Lakes
Colchester, Essex
“It has great golf, amazingly friendly staff and you get entertainment in the evening!” chirps one panelist. “It has everything.”
A dedicated host for your society, discounted buggy rates and two prizes add to the sense that this is a great society set-up.
The deal: Parties of 12+ can enjoy a bacon roll with tea/coffee, 18 holes and a two-course meal for £48pp.

Gerrards Cross makes for a great society day.

Gerrards Cross
Chalfont Park, Buckinghamshire
“An interesting course, with many dog-legs, great scenery, good food and a lovely clubhouse,” says one panelist.“
“The friendly starter added to a feeling that we were being very well looked after,” says another.
The deal: On Thursdays and Fridays, it’s £100pp for tea/coffee and a bacon roll, plus 18 holes and a two-course lunch or dinner.

Gillingham, Kent
It’s a short course so gives all players a chance of a good round and a good day out,” says one panelist. Laid out by James Braid in 1919, it was upgraded by Donald Steel in the 1990s. Some short and drivable par 4s ramp up the fun.
The deal: It’s £25pp for 18 holes, £5 more to add a bacon roll and tea/coffee, and £8 extra for a one-course lunch. Enjoy 18 holes, a full English and a two-course lunch for £45pp.

Heachham Manor is just outside Hunstanton in Norfolk.

Heacham Manor
Hunstanton, Norfolk
A beautiful seaside course on the North Norfolk coast, with wide fairways and dramatic holes. Part of a super resort that is in our GB&I Top 100 Resorts and which boasts one of the most comprehensive clubhouses in this list.
The deal: Tea/coffee and a bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course meal from £41.95pp.

Hawick, Scottish Borders
A little on the hilly side so some may prefer to take a buggy, but the course is fun and the food and welcome are even better.
The deal: Normal green fee is £45pp, but for large parties, this can be lowered to as little as £30. A new caterer is imminent so prices are not available at time of print.

Beaumaris, Isle of Anglesey
This Isle of Anglesey course enjoys views of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia mountain range as it winds between mature oak trees and natural water hazards.
The deal: Get 18 holes and a one-course meal, Monday to Sunday, for £40pp. Requires a minimum of eight golfers.

Hornsea, East Yorkshire
Established in 1898 and set in secluded parkland that makes for a relatively flat but interesting test. “A few unique features on the course which make it fun to play,” says one panelist. “Always a welcoming club that serves excellent food.”
The deal: Tea/coffee and a bacon roll plus 18 holes for £32.50pp, or a full English breakfast for £35. You have the option to upgrade to tea/coffee and a bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course meal for £46pp.

Kirkby Lonsdale
Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
Kirkby has matured nicely since being established in 1991 in 160 acres of parkland in the Lune Valley. It crosses Barbon Beck on the front nine then climbs to reveal spectacular views of Howgill Fells.
The deal: Eight or more golfers can get tea/coffee, a bacon roll and 18 holes, followed by lunch (soup and sandwiches or sandwiches and chips) for £48pp. Swap the lunch for a two-course meal for £57pp.


Longridge, Lancashire
A lovely course with a superb selection of society deals.
The deal: Play 18 holes for £30pp midweek or £40 on Sunday. Then add £10 for a bar meal, £9.50 for soup and sandwiches or £15 for a two-course meal. Tea/coffee and a bacon roll is £6 more.

Lyme Regis.

Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis, Dorset
Great value packages for groups on this lovely clifftop course, founded in 1893. This is a club that really wants your society to visit. Expect great golf, welcome and food.
The deal: Tea/coffee, a bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course meal for £61pp. Replace the bacon roll for a full English breakfast for £4 more. Upgrade to a bacon roll, tea/coffee, nine holes, soup and sandwiches, 18 holes and a two-course meal for £80pp.

Edinburgh, Lothian
A parkland-heathland layout with some entertaining green complexes and memorable holes that enjoys tranquility despite being close to Edinburgh city centre.
The deal: Savings for parties of nine or more golfers on the usual £120pp green fee, plus food such as full breakfast for £10.95, tea/coffee and bacon roll for £3.95, soup and sandwich for £6.75, and a two-course lunch for £20, including tea/coffee.

Solihull, West Midlands
Founded in 1893, Olton is set within 95 acres of beautiful mature parkland and, uniquely, it has six points close to the clubhouse where you can start your round.
The deal: Various catering options that you add to your green fee, which for societies start at £55pp.

Pedham Place
Swanley, Kent
Set down on free-draining chalk downland that allows year-round play and fine views. Pedham has an 18-hole Championship course and a nine-hole Par 3. It offers superb value!
The deal: A full English breakfast and 18 holes for £39pp (£48.50 weekends), or £45.50pp (£55) for tea/coffee and a bacon roll, 18 holes and “a filling lunch”.

Prestatyn makes for a beautiful day for a golf society.

Prestatyn, north Wales
A cracking 18th and a lovely set of par 3s characterize this fine coastal course. Founded in 1905 but with a very modern outlook to value and service.
The deal: Parties of 12+ (Mon-Thurs) see the green fee drop to £40 from £45pp. Add in a bacon roll with tea/coffee for £6, and a one-course meal for £12, making it £58.

Rothley Park
Rothley, Leicestershire
Leicestershire’s No.1 course in our rankings was founded in 1911 and is a mature parkland that is beautifully presented. It’s so popular that their society slots are taken up for 2024, so get planning for 2025…
The deal: Tea/coffee, a bacon roll, 18 holes and a two-course meal for £70pp.

Alyth, Perthshire
The 18-hole Rannaleroch (there’s also the nine-hole Leitfie) is scenic and boasts fantastic greens. And its generous fairways make it playable for all. One of our favorite deals in the whole list, too.
The deal: Tea/coffee, a bacon roll, 18 holes, then soup and sandwich, 18 holes and a two-course meal. Midweek £87pp, weekend £96.

The Shire is Seve Ballesteros' UK design.

The Shire London
Barnet, Hertfordshire
Seve’s only UK design bursts with variety across its six par 3s, par4s and par 5s. Drama lurks in water-defended tests and there is a super level of conditioning. Suits all abilities
The deal: It’s £116pp for 18 holes on the Ballesteros course, a private reception room for registration and dining, tea/coffee plus bacon roll on arrival and a two-course meal, midweek only. Nine more holes is £40pp.

The Springs was a big hit with one of our best society venues panelists.

The Springs
Wallingford, Oxfordshire
“A rather interesting, attractively bunkered course with a warm welcome. One of the best clubhouses around to unwind in afterward, and fabulous food,” says one panelist. It offers superb packages.
The deal: Get 18 holes, tea/coffee and a bacon roll for £40pp. Full English and 18 holes are £50pp. Tea/coffee, a bacon roll, one-course lunch and 18 holes for £56.50pp, £61.50 for two courses.

Windermere, Cumbria
Quite short at around 5,000 yards, but the enjoyment levels are so high that you don’t notice. Breathtaking scenery on this GB&I Fun Top 100 entry.
The deal: Saving 20% on usual green fees, groups of nine or more play for £52pp and can get soup, chips and sandwiches for £12pp, or a two-course meal for £17pp.

Selkirk, Scottish Borders
A relatively new course (with on-site accommodation) that has very forward-thinking management. The parkland course is very playable and nicely maintained, with the 17th, its green surrounded by water, an absolute thrill coming home.
The deal: Tea/coffee and a bacon roll, two-course meal and 18 holes for £45pp.

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Chris Bertram, Golf World Top 100 Editor

Chris Bertram – Golf World Top 100 Editor

He was born and brought up in Dumfriesshire and has been a sports journalist since 1996, initially as a junior writer with National Club Golfer magazine.

Chris then spent four years writing about football and rugby union for the Press Association but returned to be Editor and then Publisher of NCG before joining Golf World and Today’s Golfer as Senior Production Editor.

He has been freelance since 2010 and when he is not playing and writing about the world’s finest golf courses, he works for BBC Sport.

A keen all-round sportsman, Chris plays off 11 – which could be a little better if it wasn’t for hilariously poor lag putting which has to be seen to be believed.

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