The UK's Best Golf Courses Along Train Lines

There's just something about golf courses along train lines isn't there?

Best Golf Courses Along Train Lines
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A lot of golf courses were originally built by train stations so city workers could enjoy their weekends away on the tranquillity of the links. Here are some of the The UK's Best Golf Courses Along Train Lines

The UK's Best Golf Courses Along Train Lines

There's something about golf courses that back onto train lines isn't there?

If you're on the train you'll be eyeing up a lovely golf course thinking, 'That looks nice, I'd love to play there', or if you're lucky enough to be on the course - a train goes by and you know that there's someone on there very jealous of you.

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A lot of the early links courses that we love and play today were built at the end of a railway line because the land, away from industry and suburbia, tended to be a lot cheaper as it had little potential for development. It also meant that golf's enthusiasts could get away from their everyday lives to enjoy a different and more peaceful environment.

Here are some of the UK's best courses on train lines:

Royal Troon

Royal Troon Golf Club

Not many, if any at all, come into contact with the railway line as much as Troon's 11th hole (pictured) does, which is aptly named "Railway". The 2016 Open Championship venue ranks 29th in our top 100.

Swinley Forest

Best Golf Courses on Train Lines

Swinley Forest, which ranks 38th in our top 100, is one of the UK's most exclusive golf clubs and is found next to the line that runs between Ascot and Guildford.


Carnoustie Golf Links Championship Course Review Carnoustie Golf Links Championship Course Pictures best golf courses along train lines

Carnoustie's revered and feared closing stretch

The seven-time Open host, which will become eight in 2018, is situated along the railway between Dundee and Arbroath. Carnoustie is home to one of the toughest stretch on the Open Championship rota as golfers try to make it home without visiting the infamous Barry Burn. Another notable in this area is Monifieth Golf Links just a few stops down towards Dundee.


Best Golf Courses on Train Lines

All three of Wentworth's courses (West, East and Edinburgh) come into contact with the train line, most significantly the ninth on the West, host of the BMW PGA Championship.


Best Golf Courses on Train Lines

The site of the first Open Championship back in 1860. Prestwick hosted The Open 24 times until 1925, when the club admitted that the course couldn't cope with the crowd numbers. It lies literally just south of Troon on the Glasgow - Ayr line, and Prestwick station is a mere sand wedge to the first tee.


Best Golf Courses on Train Lines

Currently standing at 70th in Golf Monthly's 15/16 Top 100 Courses UK&I, Liphook is actually intersected by the train line, which you must cross over after the sixth hole and then go under after the 14th.

West Hill

Best Golf Courses on Train Lines

West Hill is on the line between Woking and Farnborough. The heathland gem currently sits at 85th in Golf Monthly's 15/16 Top 100 Courses UK&I.

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best golf courses along train lines

On the Norfolk coast, the links at Sheringham GC is located between right between railway and cliff edge. A fun course that offers up some stunning views across the North Sea.


Best Golf Courses on Train Lines

Another of the Three W's (Woking, West Hill and Worplesdon), Woking lies just north of West Hill - the Woking to Farnborough trip is a joyous one if sat at a window seat on the left side of the carriage.

Western Gailes

Best Golf Courses on Train Lines

Set between railway and sea with sandhills aplenty and incredible views out to Arron and Ailsa Craig, Western Gailes is as good as links golf gets.

Dundonald Links

best golf courses on train lines

Dundonald Links lies just north of Troon and hosts this year's Scottish Open.

Glasgow Gailes

Best Golf Courses on Train Lines

The Open Championship International Final Qualifying venue is a stones throw away from Western Gailes.

Formby Golf Club

Best Golf Courses on Train Lines

Ranked at 37 in our top 100, the Merseyside classic is predominantly a links with fast running fairways and deep bunkers yet also features mature pines and heather. It's a real treat.

Southport and Ainsdale 

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Looking up towards the 2nd green at Southport & Ainsdale

On the other side of the railway to Hillside, the James Braid-designed S&A is a two-time Ryder Cup host and a fantastic test of golf.

Royal Lytham and St. Annes

Best Golf Courses on Train Lines

The 10-time Open Championship host lies between Blackpool South and Preston and ranks 9th in our top 100.

Hillside Golf Club

Best Golf Courses on Train Lines

Nestled next to Royal Birkdale, just south of Southport, Hillside is an unusual links in that many of the holes are framed by mature pine trees. It's just north of Formby, so expect to see that if you're travelling between Southport and Liverpool. Hillside ranks 30th in our top 100.

Aberdovey Golf Club

Best Golf Courses on Train Lines

The Welsh links ranks 65th in our top 100 and features incredible views of Snowdonia and the Cambrian mountain range.

West Lancs

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Just a few stops down from Formby's Freshfield station lies West Lancashire GC, one of England's finest links courses.

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Other notables:

North Hants Golf Club

West Byfleet Golf Club

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

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3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

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Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5