No.31 Manor House,
Wiltshire (2008 position 27)
Rooms & Suites: A variety in the Manor, Mews Cottages and Waterfall Lodge Price: £235 Courses: 1 W: manorhouse.co.uk Best for: Luxury, Couples, Small Groups
Set in the Cotswolds on the outskirts of Bath, the Manor House Hotel is a stunning 14th Century manor bursting with history and character yet finished with a contemporary edge. Guests can choose to stay either in the Manor itself or in one of the gorgeous Mews Cottages. The hotel’s Bybrook Restaurant has a Michelin star and was recently named as ‘Wiltshire Restaurant of the Year’. Designed by Peter Alliss and Clive Clark and opened in 1992, the course at Manor House is a high-quality parkland layout set over undulating terrain and through woodland that teems with wildlife including Muntjac deer and Sparrowhawk.
No.32 Stapleford Park,
Leicestershire (2008 position 25)
Rooms & Suites: 55 Price: From £330 Courses: 1 W: staplefordpark.com Best for: Luxury, Couples, Small Groups
Stapleford Park is a fine English country estate boasting 500 acres of grounds landscaped by Capability Brown with a historic house at their centre. Each of the 55 bedrooms has been individually designed and all are supremely comfortable and elegant. The course at Stapleford Park is an excellent layout making the very most of the Capability Brown landscape and delivering great views across the estate and of the house itself.
No.33 Carnoustie, Angus (2008 position 34)
Rooms & Suites: 75 Price: From £323 Courses: 3 – Championship, Burnside, Buddon W: carnoustiegolflinks.co.uk / oxfordhotelsandinns.com Best for: Value, Small Groups, Big Groups
Host to the Open Championship on seven occasions, and venue for this year’s Women’s British Open, the Championship course at Carnoustie is one of the UK’s finest and most challenging layouts. With narrow, undulating fairways, sprawling greens and magnetic bunkering, Carnoustie provides a stern examination of your game. The hotel overlooking Carnoustie’s famous 18th green provides comfortable and stylish accommodation as well as a spa.
No.34 East Sussex National,
East Sussex (2008 position 26)
Rooms & Suites: 104 Price: £185 Courses: 2 – East, West W: eastsussexnational.co.uk Best for: Couples, Small Groups, Big Groups
When the hotel was added to East Sussex National’s impressive facilities a few years ago, its styling mirrored that of the existing clubhouse with its distinctive round towers, one of which houses the à la carte restaurant with views out over the East course and South Downs beyond. All the spacious, well-equipped rooms offer that same view. The courses themselves are great fun and require different skills for each. The East course offers room to open the shoulders, while the West has greater character, especially when it plays up towards the charming Horsted Place hotel. There are a number of water hazards on both, but the extensive practice facilities provide ample scope to warm up before taking them on.
No. 35 Marriott Dalmahoy,
Mid Lothian (2008 position 28)
Rooms & Suites: 215 Price: £134.50 Courses: 2 – East, West W: marriottgolf.co.uk Best for: Value, Couples, Small Groups, Big Groups
Set in 1,000 acres of mature parkland, just seven miles from Edinburgh City Centre (there are views of Edinburgh Castle from the estate), Dalmahoy is one of Scotland’s best-known golfing resorts. There are two courses on offer here. The East is the longer and more challenging at 7,475 yards off the tips and it has played host to a number of significant competitions over the years including the Scottish Senior Open on six occasions between 1998 and 2008. The West is a shorter and less testing layout at 5,168 yards, ideal to use as a warm-up for the resort’s longer track or for the less experienced player. The hotel delivers recently refurbished and extremely comfortable rooms, along with a spa, sauna, gym and tennis courts.
No.36 Trevose, Cornwall (2008 position 37)
Rooms & Suites: 7 fairway lodges, 18 flats, 5 bungalows and a cottage Price: From £197 Courses: 3 – Championship, Headland, Short W: trevose-gc.co.uk Best for: Value, Families, Small Group, Big Groups
An archaeologist named Dr. Penrose Williams purchased the land upon which Trevose now sits in order to excavate a holy well he’d discovered in 1911. When he’d finished that project, he brought in Harry Colt to design a golf course on the site. Colt created a wonderful layout, now regarded as one of the finest links in England. It was the venue for the Brabazon Trophy in 2008 and will host the McGregor Trophy in 2012. The club also has a full-length nine-hole track – The Headland – as well as another short nine-hole course. Trevose offers a range of accommodation catering for groups between two and six people.
No.37 St Mellion, Cornwall (2008 position 38)
Rooms & Suites: 80 and 30 fairway cottages Price: From £180 Courses: 2 – Jack Nicklaus Signature, Kernow W: st-mellion.co.uk Best for: Value, Small Groups, Big Groups
After a £20 million refurbishment, St Mellion, just a short drive from Plymouth, was re-launched in 2009. Set over 450 acres, it’s a high-quality resort delivering luxurious accommodation and the opportunity for multiple activities, including golf. The Nicklaus course, venue for the Benson and Hedges Open between 1990 and 1995 has been renovated while the Old Course was re-designed and re-opened in 2010 as The Kernow Course.
No.38 Rosapenna, Co. Donegal (2008 position 35)
Rooms & Suites: 60 Price: €170 Courses: 3 – Sandy Hills, Old Tom Morris, Coastguard Holes W: rosapenna.ie Best for: Value, Couples, Small Groups
Probably the last thing you would expect in this remote corner of north-west Ireland would be a golf hotel with two courses of such high calibre. Even better that one is a late 19th century Old Tom Morris classic and the other a 21st century masterpiece. Old Tom’s course now has a new back nine, but the original holes remain too, making 45 in total. The hotel offers exclusive use of its pool and leisure facilities to residents, while the Vardon restaurant overlooking Sheephaven Bay’s sandy beach is wonderful.
No.39 Marriott St Pierre, Monmouthshire (2008 position 31)
Rooms & Suites: 148 Price: £165 Courses: 2 – Old, Mathern W: marriottgolf.co.uk Best for: Value, Couples, Small Groups, Big Groups
St Pierre’s Old Course has seen much top-class golfing action over the years, including scores of European Tour events and the 1996 Solheim Cup. It’s essentially a parkland layout with a moorland feel on its upper holes, from where there are splendid views of the Old Severn Bridge. The hotel centres round an old manor house, with the pretty church of St Peter next door. Welsh-inspired cuisine comes to the fore in Morgans restaurant.
No.40 Mar Hall, Renfrewshire (NEW ENTRY)
Rooms & Suites: 53 Price: £155 Course: 1 W: marhall.com Best for: Luxury, Couples, Small Groups
Designed by Dave Thomas, the Earl of Mar course is set on the banks of the River Clyde west of Glasgow with wonderful views to the Kilpatrick Hills. Although a relatively new layout, the established parkland over which the course travels and the mature trees lining the fairways give the feel of a far older track. It’s a highly attractive layout with an eclectic selection of challenging holes. The Hall itself is a stunning building and there’s a great mixture of historical splendour and modern comfort to be found.