Click on the respective golf club (link), and you will come to its website and then you can really soak up the magical linksland atmosphere.

Northwest Coast

Silloth on Solway Golf - Silloth, Wigton - 1892

6.641 yards / par 72. Tape designers: Davy Grabt - Willie Park Jr - Willie Fernie - Alistar Mackenzie

Absolutely outstanding top-rated Championship Links Course with views across the Galloway Hills to the north and to the Lakeland to the south. A course shaped by the sand dunes of Mother Nature. Luscious undulating fairways, vicious bunkers, nasty rough and fast, slippery but fair greens make this course an immortal majestic masterpiece.

Seascale Golf Club - Seascale, Cumbria - 1893

6,450 yards / par 71. Band designer: Willie Cmpbell - George Lowe

Seascale Golf Club - unparalleled beauty on the vast Cumbrian coast, views over the Isle of Man and Scotland to the west, the mountains of the Lake District to the east, together with a well-maintained, inspiring and challenging links make this a course not to be missed.

Fleetwood Golf Club - Fleetwood, Lancashire - 1861

6,450 yards / par 71. Band designer: Willie Campbell - George Lowe

St Annes Old Links Golf Club - St Annes on Sea, Lancashire - 1901

6.684 yards / par 72. Tape designer: George Lowe - Sandy Heard

Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club - Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire - 1886

6.882 yards / par 71. Tape designers: Geroge Lowe - Harry Colt - Herbert Fowler - C.K. Cotton

Northern and classic Championship links course. Host of The Open Championship in 2012 and the Walker Cup in 2015. It is a remarkable links course as it has all the ingredients for a links, but it is a mile inland. Extremely well maintained and tough. Everything is First Class.

Hesketh Golf Club - Southport, Mersyside - 1885

6,450 yards / par 71. Band designer: Willie Campbell - George Lowe

Southport Municipal Golf Club - Southport, Merseyside - 1914

6,233 yards / par 69. Tape designer: unknown

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club - Ainsdale, Southport - 1906

6.703 yards / par 72. Tape designer: James Braid

Authentic Championship Links Course along the dunes of the North West coastline. Extreme standard, well maintained gem with outstanding finish, is challenging, refreshing and the 16th hole "Gumbleys" stands out a bit. Hills and a crater deep bunker, a trap with railroad ties, which often costs strokes to get out of. Just ask Mr Gumbleys, who spent a morning in the hole.

Hillside Golf Club - Southport, Lancs - 1911

7.029 yards / par 72. Tape designer: Fred Hawtree

An underrated coastal gem and Open Championship course. Considered by many to be the best links course in England. Several lovely and spectacular holes, especially the back nine.

Royal Birkdale Golf Club - Southport, Merseyside - 1889

6.703 yards / par 72. Band designer: Fred Hawtree - J.H. Taylor - Martin Hawtree

A Championship Links Course that really stands out. Ranked No 1 in England. The best of the best. History, finish, challenge and with views that are fabulous. The course is very impressive, inspiring and totally unopposed. Perfection - this is Golf Heaven.

Formby Golf Club - Formby, Merseyside - 1884

7.028 yards / par 72. Band designer: Willie Park - James Braid - Donald Steel

West Lancashire Golf Club - Blundellsands, Liverpool, Merseyside - 1873

7.028 yards / par 72. Band designer: Willie Park - James Braid - Donald Steel

A historic links at Blundellsands, also one of England's 10 oldest courses. Stunning condition and essentially designed by mother nature, contrasts that are awesome and the taste of the sea and coastal dunes give a lovely balance to this stately coastal gem. The panoramic views are delicious as you look across the course and on a clear day you can see Blackburn Tower in the distance, as well as Crosby Channel to the south west and behind Liverpool Bay or just watch the boats glide past. A true, rich but challenging and fair test of golf.

Wallasey Golf Club - Wallasey, Wirral, Merseyside - 1891

6.572 yards / par 72. Band designers: Tom Morris - Alex Heard - Harold Hilton - Martin Hawtree - J.H. Taylor - James Braid

A classic Championship Links Course and Old Tom Morris' hand rests over the course. The course is basically played on sand dunes, where there are few flat surfaces. It's classic links at its best. Narrow fairways and naturally undulating. The greens are fast and the sea breeze makes club selection exciting. The course is rigorous, but fairly challenging and, not least, it shines with its stunning surroundings with truly spectacular contours.

Leasowe Golf Club - Wirral, Merseyside- 1891

6,263 yards / par 71. Tape designer: John Ball

Royal Liverpool Golf Club - Hoylake, Wirral - 1869

6.928 yards / par 72. Tape designer: Robert Chambers - George Morris

A beautiful, charming and inspiring links has now been made even sharper this year by improving some bunkers, adding new tees, rebuilding the 17th green, and installing a new irrigation system. One of the toughest courses has been taken up a notch. An awesome challenge for a golfer, especially the holes along the ocean 9-12. The rest of the holes also offer serious challenges, especially wind-wise as there are no sand dunes to take the wind. It is truly an unparalleled historic links that has been carefully restored by both Donald Steel and now Dr Martin Hawtree.


Isle of Man

Casteltown Golf Club - Isle of Man - 1892

6.707 yards / par 72. Tape designer: Tom Morris - Mackenzie Ross


East Coast

Berwick-Upon-Tweed (Goswick Links) - Northumberland - 1890

6.803 yards / par 72. Tape designer: James Braid

A classic and genuine masterpiece, perhaps better known as Goswick Links. A natural and challenging beauty along the Moray Firth by James Braid. One of the coolest seaside links courses, partly for its finish, but also because you can practically see the sea from every hole. Now also the Championchip Course, located in the beautiful and historic town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed. Hole names like Copse Corner, Crater, Valley, Langwhang, Lough, Bid-a-wee, Stonehenge and Cocklaw would scare the bejesus out of any golfer, but don't be fooled. It's a fair but challenging course, you're rewarded for good shots and on top of that you get scenes that are mesmerising.

Newbiggin Golf Club - Newbiggen-By-The-Sea, Northhumberland - 1884

6.516 yards / par 72. Tape designer: Willie Park

Hartlepool Golf Club - Hartlepool, Durham - 1906

6.516 yards / par 72. Tape designer: Willie Park

Seaton Carew Golf Club - Hartlepool, Durham - 1874

6.603 yards / par 71. Tape designer: Alistar MacKenzie

The 10th oldest golf club in England, a prestigious course in the footsteps of golfing legends such as Harry Vardon, JH Taylor, James Braid and Walter Hagen. An unparalleled dose of history, and with it comes a fantastically delicious and stimulating championship course.

Cleveland Golf Club - Cleveland, North Yorkshire - 1887

6.696 yards / par 72. Band designer: unknown

Sandilands Golf Club - Sutton on Sea, Lincolnshire - 1901

6.021 yards / par 70. Band designer: unknown

Seacroft Golf Club - Skegness, Lincolnshire - 1895

6.492 yards / par 71. Tape designer: Willie Fernie - Guy Campbell

A wonderfully tight and hilly links, with cool and blind holes, which by preserving the original layout, makes a Hickory player's mouth water. A nature link, which also offers a view of a breathtakingly beautiful nature reserve. According to. Donald Steel a classic golf gem that exemplifies the difficult simplicity of course architecture.

Hunstanton Golf Club - Old Hunstanton, Norfolk - 1891

6.741 yards / par 72. Tape designer: George Fernie - James Braid

Hunstanton Golf Club - a superb championship course, stunning links and scenery, an exciting course that never tires, it changes character with every round. By far one of the best courses in the UK for winter golf.

Royal West Norfolk Golf Club - King's Lynn, Brancaster, Norfolk - 1892

6.457 yards / par 71. Tape designer: Holcombe Ingelby

A truly hidden, but impressive and spectacular left treasure. A course whose scenes take the breath away of every golfer. The surroundings as well as the clubhouse are charmingly majestic and to get to the course you have to wait for the tide, for example. According to many on the top 20 list in the world.

Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club - Great Yarmouth, Norfolk - 1882

6,330 yards / par 70. Tape designer: Harry Colt

Sheringham Golf Club - Sheringham, Norfolk - 1891

6.456 yards / par 70. Tape designer: Tom Dunn

Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club - Felixstowe, Suffork - 1880

6.379 yards / par 72. Tape designer: Henry Cotton

An astonishing links with an outstanding finish, which is both inspiring and challenging. And a clubhouse that impresses with its hospitality. This is how golf used to be played. People gathered and had a good time, everyone felt welcome.

Prince's Golf Club - Sandwich, Kent - 1906

27 holes. Red (Himalayas). 3,417 yards / par 35. Blue (Shore). 3,638 / par 36. Yellow (Dunes). 3,697 / par 37. Tape designers: Charles Hutchings - Percy Lucas - Guy Campbell - John Morroson

Royal St George's Golf Club - Sandwich, Kent - 1887

7,070 yards / par 70. Tape designer: Laidlaw Purves

Host of the 2011 Open Championship, one of the world's best golf courses, beautifully undulating fairways, large true greens. Beautiful, delicious and challenging.

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - Deal, Kent - 1892

6,960 yards / par 72. Band designers: Henry Hunter - James Braid - Guy Campbell - Henry Cotton

Open Championship course. Gorgeous and absolutely stunning. Bernard Darwin: - "a truly great course, most testing and severe of all championship courses".

Littlestone Golf Club - Littlestone - 1888

6.676 yards / par 71. Tape designers: Laidlaw Purves - David Herd - James Braid - Alistar MacKenzie

A Championship Links Course set on the naturally undulating land between Romney Marsh and the English Channel in the south-east corner of Kent. Renowned for its incomparable finishes on the greens. The entire coastline has a unique climate, making it one of the driest places in the UK. Perfect for winter golf too.

Rye Golf Club (Old Course) - Rye, East Sussex - 1894

6.308 yards / par 68. Tape designer: Harry Colt - Tom Simpson - Guy Campbell

Links located on Camber sandhill's, with water on two sides (harbour inlet and sea). Tough but fascinating, a real traditional links. The 3rd, 4th and 13th really stand out.

Rye Golf Club (Jubilee) - Rye, East Sussex - 1894

2.923 yards / par 34 (9 holes). Tape designer: Harry Colt - Tom Simpson - Guy Campbell

Links located on Camber sandhill's, with water on two sides (harbour inlet and sea). Tough but fascinating, a real traditional links. The 3rd, 4th and 13th really stand out.

Hayling Golf Club - Hayling Island, Hampshire - 1883

6.631 yards / par 71. Tape designer: Tom Simpson

A superb links course in a fantastic location, with views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Also varied and challenging with its undulating fairways and fast, but perfectly manicured greens. Remarkably, an "Art Deco style" clubhouse, with great views also over Langstone Harbour and Lake Sinah.

Southwest Coast

Weston-super-Mare Golf Club - Weston-super-Mare, Somerset - 1892

6.245 yards / par 70. Tape designer: Tom Dunn - Alister MacKenzie

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club - Burnham On Sea, Somerset - 1890

6.793 yards / par 71. Tape designers: Herbert Fowler - Hugh Alison - Harry Colt

One of England's most famous links courses. Magnificent, delicious but challenging. Surroundings with spectacular contours, varied undulations on both fairways and greens. The course is impressive, the surroundings are spectacular and will leave any player speechless. Pure pleasure.

Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club - Minehead, Somerset - 1882

6.153 yards / par 71. Tape designer: Johnny Allen

Saunton Golf Club (East Course) - Brauton, North Devon - 1897

6.138 yards / par 71. Tape designer: Herbert Fowler - Frank Pennink

Beautiful, delightful and challenging Championship Course along North Devon's coastline at Bideford Bay. The wind from Hartland Point makes the course a refreshing and delightful adventure.

Royal North Devon Golf Club - Bideford, Devon - 1864

6.653 yards / par 72. Tape designer: Tom Morris - Herbert Fowler

Oldest golf course in England. Top ranked Championship Course. A widely famous natural links. Rough, windswept, fast, but ruggedly impressive and utterly wonderful. The course is the ultimate test even in a light breeze.

Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club - Bude, Cornwall - 1893

6,057 yards / par 69. Tape designer: Tom Dunn

St. Enodoc Golf Club - Wadebridge, Cornwall - 1890

6.547 yards / par 69. Band designer: James Braid - Tom Simpson - Peter McEvoy

Top-rated course, has everything you'd expect in terms of undulating but tight fairways, firm fast greens, exciting but hidden holes, tough rough and not least one of the most beautiful views in the world. A breathtaking, challenging and refreshing course. Guaranteed return visit for those playing this natural masterpiece.

Trevose Golf & Country Club - Padstow, North Cornwall - 1925

6.967 yards / par 73. Tape designer: Harry Colt

The North Cornish coast is spectacular and authentic. Here, time has stood still and little has changed for decades. The course is partially sheltered behind Trevose Head, but it tests your golfing skills straight away, bad shots are punished and good ones rewarded, stunning greens and unparalleled views of the Atlantic, with wide sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs.

Newquay Golf Club - Newquay, Cornwall - 1890

6,155 yards / par 69. Tape designer: Harry Colt

Perranporth Golf Club - Perranporth, Cornwall - 1927

6.296 yards / par 72. Tape designer: James Braid

West Cornwall Golf Club - St Ives, Cornwall - 1889

5.894 yards / par 69. Tape designer: R.F. Tyacke

West Cornwall Golf Club - has no mercy for a bad shot - it punishes immediately. A links that offers everything from a light breeze to 20 second yards. But if you park the slicer in the back and dare to attack this beauty, it's gloriously spectacular and challenging. The views along the shoreline on two sides are unique and outstanding.

Jersey & Guernsey

The Royal Jersey Golf Club (The Grouville Links) - Grouville, Jersey - 1878

6.059 yards / par 70. Tape designer: F.W. Brewster

The Grouville Links offers real "old fashioned" hospitality and course layout. Pure challenge, the course is quite tight and the weather gods make it changeable at every round. Home course of six-time Open & US Open winner, golf god Harry Vardon. Just watch out for the mines. During WWII the Germans occupied the island and they turned the links into a minefield, as well as burying anti-tank traps.

La Moye Golf Club - St Brelade, Jersey - 1902

6.664 yards / par 72. Band designer: George Boomer - James Braid

A fair but tough Championship links Course. Big sand hills, pot bunkers, pea thorn bushes and a ruff to get lost in. Add in the wind and it's the ultimate challenge. A brilliant coastal gem that although demanding - impresses. Superb views of St Ouen's Bay and the sister Channel Islands of Guernsey, Sark, Herm and Jethou.

The Royal Guernsey Golf Club - L'Ameresse, Guernsey - 1890

6,215 yards / par 70. Tape designer: Mackenzie Ross - Fred Hawtree

Surroundings with spectacular contours. The views are breathtaking with the sea on two sides. A naturally undulating links beauty that has both finishes and is quite challenging. The course impresses with its wonderful natural charm. Pure pleasure.

Image copyright © Hickory & Linksland