Top 5 Luxury Golf Resorts in the UK & Ireland
If you’re looking to treat yourself to a golf break in the UK and Ireland, where the golf, hotel and service are second-to-none, look no further...
This list of five luxury golf resorts in the UK & Ireland will have you staying in some of the most stunning hotels imaginable and playing a host of championship golf courses.
Trump Turnberry offers one of the world’s greatest golfing experiences thanks to its iconic Ailsa Course and the new King Robert the Bruce Course. The former is an Open Championship venue and is described as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Ayrshire golf and is regarded as one of the toughest courses on the Open rota. The Ailsa Craig and Arran create a stunning backdrop to add to the already incredible experience. The King Robert the Bruce Course is named after the former King of Scotland and features distinctive bunkering, visually attractive wetland areas and swathes of gorse.
The hotel at Trump Turnberry won Scottish Hotel of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Hotel Awards, proving just how much the £200m invested transformed the venue. The iconic Edwardian building overlooks the famous links courses, as well as the enchanting coastal setting, with coastal views of the Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran.
Boasting four courses, three of which are on site, it is no wonder that Celtic Manor is such a popular getaway for golfers. The most well-known golf course here is the Ryder Cup hosting Twenty Ten Course, but the other two onsite courses – the Montgomerie and the Roman Road – both offer their own stern tests. Caerleon Golf Club is a five-minute drive from the resort, in the historic Roman town of Caeleon.
There are numerous accommodation options here, with most golfers staying in the modern and distinctive Resort Hotel. However, the Manor House Hotel, Coldra Court Hotel, Newbridge on Usk and the Hunter Lodges offer unique accommodation options. Whichever you choose, you can guarantee a five-star experience.
Designed in 1926 by J F Abercromby, the Championship golf course at the five-star Bovey Castle is one not to be missed in Devon. It was designed to rival its sister courses in Turnberry and Gleneagles, and is often described as an experience of golf never to be forgotten as it presents such a pure challenge.
The hotel boasts a beautiful combination of history, excitement, glamour and adventure, making it the perfect country house retreat in the UK. Its 60 individually-designed rooms are located in the original manor house, with every finishing touch selected to complement the warmth and elegance of the hotel.
The hotel itself is a glorious playground and was once described as a “Riviera in the Highlands.” It is a now a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, meaning you will find comfort and style in every single one of the 232 rooms and 27 suites.
The K Club
There are two Arnold Palmer designs at the K Club in the Ryder Cup Course and the Smurfit Course. The Ryder Cup Course charms and entices, making it one of Europe’s most spectacular golf courses. The Ryder Cup, of course, was hosted here, as well as the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (won by Rory McIlroy) and 11 European Opens. The Smurfit Course is a testing inland links, set across a dramatic landscape, making for a truly incredible challenge.
The K Club is also Ireland’s first AA 5 Red Start Hotel, combining old world elegance with indulgent luxury. Nestled in the beautiful county of Kildare, the hotel offers individually designed rooms, with comfort and luxury in every detail. With so much else to do within the resort, the K Club really is a must visit.