Does it surprise you to learn that London is a great city for golfers? It has plenty of golf-themed events happening throughout the year and an array of fantastic golf courses in and around the city. If you’re a golf-enthusiast planning your own trip, this guide to the top courses in London should set you on the right tracks…
Lee Valley Golf Course
61 Meridian Way, London
Situated beside the River Lee, this is a scenic spot with an 18-hole golf course perfect for either experienced players or newbies to learn a few tricks. There are special events throughout the year, including introductory sessions perfect for anyone eager to discover golfing while staying at discount hotels in London.
The course has been particularly well-received as a great place for younger players to learn the ropes, and access is available for both visitors and members. In addition, Leaside Golf Club and the Leaside Juniors both provide unique opportunities in an environment which feels like an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Bush Hill Golf Club
Winchmore Hill, London
This delightful golf course is located close to Enfield Town Park, within an area of enclosed, peaceful parkland. It’s an 18-hole golf course and is one of North London’s most impressive golf courses.
The Bush Hill Golf Club has gained a great reputation thanks to the sheer variety and difficulty of a golf match here. It was first established in 1895 as a nine-hole golf course and has undergone several redevelopments in the last few decades.
As a private members club, visitors need to be supported by a referee from within the club itself – but it’s worth the extra effort if you know someone who is already on the inside! After gaining entry, Bush Hill Golf Club members are also able to use the facilities at affiliate clubs across the UK and the US, often for a reduced rate.
There is a restaurant and a bar on-site, and an active calendar of events throughout the year. For a taster of life as part of Bush Hill Golf Club, the facilities can be rented for special events; this is a great way to find out more and have a look around while staying at discount hotels in London.
Royal Blackheath Golf Club
Court Road, Eltham, London
Welcoming to both members and visitors, Royal Blackheath Golf Club is one of the most luxurious in all of London, with a history which dates back more than four centuries.
It is the oldest golf club in England, formally founded in 1608 as a way of expanding the reach of golf, which was then considered largely as a Scottish sport. This heritage is celebrated by the club with Scottish-themed dinners in the club dining room throughout the year.
In addition to regular daily access to the golf club, Royal Blackheath Golf Club has won a number of trophies and medals from the golfing world, starting in 1789.
After you’ve finished your game at the 19-hole golf course, you can head for the clubhouse, first built-in 1664. Its a suitably opulent space which houses a bar and a golf museum, containing famous trophies and information on the history of golf. During your stay at The Montcalm Chiswell Street, there is no more upscale way to go golfing.
Royal Wimbledon Golf Club
29 Camp Road, London
The third-oldest golf club in England, the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club dates back to 1865. The club has since evolved dramatically and yet maintained its status as a great combination of both heritage and fantastic modern golfing.
There is a dress code for attendees at the club, helping to ensure a high standard of clientele. Golfing clothes are required throughout, everywhere from the golf course itself to the club’s bar and dining room.
Open to both members and visitors, etiquette is important here – which creates a decidedly traditional atmosphere. Royal Wimbledon Golf Course has 18 holes, as well as great on-site facilities for unwinding after a match. If you’re on the lookout for a sprawling, beautiful space for a game of golf, then this is certainly one of the city’s best options.
Hendon Golf Club
Ashley Walk, Devonshire Road, London
This golf course has a long and illustrious history, having first been founded in 1903. Ever since then, Hendon Golf Club has been welcoming enthusiastic and talented golfers from around the world, as well as shifting focus to accommodate special events and business travelers.
The course has 18-holes and is situated in a particularly leafy, green part of the city. For this reason, it’s easy to feel like you’re miles outside of the capital while enjoying a few rounds, and there are ample opportunities for spotting wildlife when you feel like relaxing.
Hendon Golf Club also features a large clubhouse, which includes a scenic veranda ideal for post-match socialising. The club can be easily reached via London’s public transport system and reached directly from Mill Hill East Tube Station using the Northern Line
There is a ‘smart casual’ dress code within the clubhouse, and use of the golf course can be booked online or via the phone.
Highgate Golf Club
Denewood Road, London
This is the closest golf course to Central London, making it easily accessible from a wide variety of key London locations. The close proximity to some of the major tourist spots helps to attract visitors from all over the world, as well as the key members who head here for a few rounds of golf throughout the week.
The venue is secluded enough to feel private, and there’s a relaxing atmosphere throughout. Highgate Golf Course is also renowned for its manicured lawns and abundant flora and fauna. It has won a variety of different awards throughout its history and hosts its own competitions.
Within easy reach of Hampstead Heath, the club also has a well-appointed clubhouse for unwinding after enjoying some golf on the course itself.