Have you made your 2019 golf destination list?
We are now a week into 2019 and the New Year’s resolutions planning is in full swing, writes Teeofftimes Market Sales Manager Stevie Brown. Whether it’s health and fitness, career, holiday or relationship goals – those lists are being created. But have you ever made a list of golf courses you would like to play in the next 12 months?
I personally write a list of courses I’d like to play each year and do my very best to fulfil it. In saying that, St Andrews Old Course, Royal Troon and Turnberry seem to roll over each year, but hopefully I can tick them off eventually.
January is notorious for a rise in health and fitness with people joining gyms, buying home workout programs or trying the new diet fad. But the physical and mental health benefits of a round of golf are sometimes overlooked. It’s hard to find something better than spending 3-4 hours outside in the fresh air walking a quality golf course with three of your friends or family, hitting some great golf shots… or in my case, some very average shots.
Teeofftimes by GolfNow advertise hundreds of golf courses in the UK and Ireland so grab your mates and get planning your 2019 list. Below are some suggestions of quality golf courses you can find on Teeofftimes by GolfNow in the North East of England and Scotland to help get you started.
Golf at Gleneagles is available all year round. With three world class championship golf courses, a trip here should definitely be a goal this year. Gleneagles has hosted a number of significant golf tournaments, most notably when team Europe triumphed over Team USA in the 2014 Ryder Cup. Gleneagles will also be the venue for the 2019 Solheim Cup in which the PGA Centenary Course will be the battleground when the best women golfers from Europe and USA go head to head. Check out the links below to book your round, and look out for the fantastic £201.92 four ball offer on all three courses. The PGA Centenary Course is currently closed for maintenance but reopens on 20 January.
Leven Links Golf Course
If true links golf is what you enjoy then look no further. Leven Links Golf Course is a past Open Championship Qualifying Course, with large true running greens and one of the finest finishing holes in golf that will live long in the memory of anyone who plays it. Having been described by the editor of Golf Monthly as being “One of the best stands of bents and fescues in Scotland” you will be made most welcome for a unique golfing experience. The strength of the course lies in its fine variety of quality “links” holes with undulating fairways, revetted bunkers, wonderful approaches and large true running greens that provide a stern test for even the most accomplished putter. At the end of it all lies one of the finest finishing holes in golf where two well struck shots are required to reach a target of quite epic proportions and slope over the yawning demonic Scoonie Burn which winds its way around the right and front of the green.
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Fairmont St Andrews
Coastal views of the North Sea and historic St Andrews greet you at the Fairmont St Andrews Golf Resort, and these can be admired from the greens of either of its two fine golf courses as well as from the clifftop setting of the clubhouse. The facilities here are second to none and include a large putting green and expansive short-game area. With two superb golf courses, The Torrance and The Kittocks, you can elevate your game all year round just by stepping on the course.
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Drumoig Golf Course
On the outskirts of St. Andrews lies one of the best inland venues in the region. The course is set on 250 acres of spectacular Fife countryside, which weaves through a natural bird and wildlife haven. Water comes into play on 4 holes, with two greens nestling in the old whinstone quarries. Each hole offers an array of unique features, especially on holes nine, ten and eleven with has been said to be one of the best turns in Scottish Golf. From the back tees, the course provides an excellent challenge for the more advanced golfer and from the front tees the amateur golfer can not only enjoy their game, but marvel at the views across St Andrews Bay and over the River Tay to Dundee and Carnoustie.
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Longhirst Hall Golf Club
Longhirst Hall Golf Club has a spectacular layout; its scenery has been described as ‘breathtaking’.These Florida-style golf courses has been given an English touch with some spectacular views across the countryside, in the Spring, Summer and Autumn season golf is played on the Lakes and Dawson course. In the winter these courses combined to make the Old Course which is a hit with golfers. There is also a modern clubhouse which is a great place to relax after a round. The staff at Longhirst Hall Golf Club pride themselves on their modern approach to service and will always welcome visitors. Make sure to try the Dawson burger after your round.
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