England: The Sometimes Forgotten Gem
When compared to Scotland and Ireland, England is often considered the poor cousin of quality golf courses. We at SGH think differently. While not all of the truly great English courses are links courses, they boast an impressive number of championship courses worth visiting in all parts of the country. In general there are three great golfing areas that stand out from the rest.
Northwest: Merseyside is not only the home of the Beatles, it also has the highest concentration of British Open Championship links courses: Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool, and Royal Lytham & St. Anne's. Merseyside also has some superb championship standard courses providing a challenge to the most accomplished golfer: Hillside, Formby, Southport and Ainsdale, and Hesketh.
Kent's great golf is about a two-hour drive from the center of London. Here you will find the 2011 Open Championship host, Royal St. George's, and former host, Royal Cinque Ports. Another gem in this area is Princes Golf Club, co-host of the 2013 British Amateur Championship.
Metropolitan London: Host to some of the country's most prestigious golf clubs and resorts, including Wentworth, Sunningdale, Walton Heath, and Royal Blackheath, where golf has been played for 400 years.