Golfers' Choice 2020: Best hidden gems under £50 in the United Kingdom & Ireland

What our golfer database tells us are the best bargains across Great Britain and Ireland
Bull Bay Golf Club on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales.

In 2019, we received nearly 6,000 reviews of over 1,500 golf courses across Great Britain and Ireland. The vast majority of these reviews came from those who live in the isles, playing golf in their localities or on short staycation or holidays. With this data in mind we sought out to find the best value and hidden gem courses across the U.K. and Ireland based on reviews.

We took a combination weighted average overall and six subcategory scores. Our weighted ratings logic skews towards most recent reviews. Golf courses needed multiple reviewers in 2019 as well as 10 reviews all-time to be eligible. Courses must also be under £50 in the summertime.

The following courses are much lesser known than the medal links courses and top resorts in the isles, but some were designed by notable architects like Harry Vardon, Alister MacKenzie and James Braid. Be sure to tell us which value courses go above and beyond for you with your own Golf Advisor review!

  1. Dainton Park Golf Club

    South Devon, England | Read reviews
    Green fees: £34
    What they're saying: "A beautifully maintained golf course with some challenging holes. Staff and facitlities are really good and the food excellent value." - Kidferet

  2. Waterton Park Golf Club

    West Yorkshire, England | Read reviews
    Green fees: £20-30
    What they're saying: "Absolutely fantastic course with a great variety of holes. Well with the extra money when compared with other courses in the area." - t764554130

  3. Bowood Park Hotel & Golf Club

    Cornwall, England | Read reviews
    Green fees: £30-35
    What they're saying: "Easily the nicest hotel course I’ve played. It’s in great condition and the valley holes are stunning. I’d thoroughly recommend this course to anyone visiting Cornwall." - u3096446

  4. Bull Bay Golf Club

    Anglesey, Wales | Read reviews
    Green fees: £35
    What they're saying: "Excellent days golf. Course in very good condition and the view across the bay from the first green is worth every penny." - SteveGwynne

  5. Crieff Course at Ferntower Golf Club

    Perthshire, Scotland | Read reviews
    Green fees: £45
    What they're saying: "Well laid out with plenty of room for wayward shots as well, easy walking & quite a few on gentle slopes." - u6754039

  6. Dunblane New Golf Club

    Perthshire, Scotland | Read reviews
    Green fees: £40-50
    What they're saying: "Rolling tree lined fairways with superb fast greens. Played the course last year and always wanted to go back so I did and was not disappointed." -u970836574

  7. Silkstone Golf Club

    South Yorkshire, England | Read reviews
    Green fees: £30-40
    What they're saying: "t’s an undulating track through mature trees and countryside ... Very enjoyable, and would happily head back for another round." - daveandrews321

  8. Appleby Golf Club

    Cumbria, England | Read reviews
    Green fees: £30
    What they're saying: "loved every minute of this stunning course , great views greens were in amazing condition and a very hard but enjoyable place to come as every hole is different but there are some crackers!" - Goodshotkid1971

  9. Cavendish Golf Club

    Buxton, England | Read reviews
    Green fees: £37-50
    What they're saying: "The par 3’s were spectacular, with some very challenging par 4s. Overall it was an excellent golf course and one I would love to get the chance to play again." - t1487010868

  10. Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club

    Bridport, England | Read reviews
    Green fees: £48
    What they're saying: "The surrounding landscape is breath taking and you feel lucky to be alive ! The signature par 3 hole is a bolt of out of the blue." - Andy1905

  11. Stranraer Golf Club

    Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland | Read reviews
    Green fees: £35-40
    What they're saying: "Whilst my partner and I were delighted by the course and it's condition..the breath taking views were the outstanding feature." - Iainrc

  12. Burgham Park Golf & Leisure Club

    Northumberland, England | Read reviews
    Green fees: £25
    What they're saying: "All in all a very good track, a real test off the whites if you play it over 7,000yds. I would heartedly recommend playing it." - MullarkeyTony

  13. Clydebank & District Golf Club

    West Dumbartonshire, England | Read reviews
    Green fees: £25-30
    What they're saying: "The back 9 is certainly the more interesting of the two with a greater variety of holes with varying degrees of difficulty." - mark861

  14. Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club

    Stockport, England | Read reviews
    Green fees: £25-30
    What they're saying: "Fantastic view over the course and surrounding area. Course in great condition and plenty of green keepers on hand attending to the course and doing a great job." - t1225811138

  15. Blackburn Golf Club

    Lancashire, England |Read reviews
    Green fees: £32
    What they're saying: "It's in fantastic condition greens rapid and true, it's a hilly course not overly long must think on some tees instead of pulling the chief." - t1780652087

  16. Isle of Wedmore Golf Club

    Somerset, England | Read reviews
    Green fees: £30-35
    What they're saying: "Beautiful views around from most parts of the course especially at the 11th green and 12th tee when you can see some super country side." - u3262506

  17. Loughrea Golf Club

    County Galway, Ireland | Read reviews
    Green fees: €25-30
    What they're saying: "Greens in great nick and running true. I like the layout - great variety of holes, directions, pin positions, etc." - Michael4736185

  18. Scrabo Golf Club

    County Down, Northern Ireland |read reviews
    Green fees: £20-30
    What they're saying: "Most beautiful golfcourse I have ever played. Great views, lovely holes and really friendly members. Hole 1 is within top 100 of Ireland's most beautiful holes." - 6eQ9hAy7azApBPVUz92a

  19. Hexham Golf Club

    Northumberland, England | Read reviews
    Green fees: £40-50
    What they're saying: "Played a lot of courses and these were the best greens. Good test - some beautiful holes - rewards a good shot - staff friendly - would certainly recommend."

  20. Barnard Castle Golf Club

    Durham, England | Read reviews
    Green fees: £15-25
    What they're saying: "Tricky course with lots of meandering water . Good course management needed. Rural area so saw lots of wild life. Well worth a visit." - t1204814470

  21. Claremorris Golf Club

    County Mayo, Ireland | Read reviews
    Green fees: €20-30
    What they're saying: "The best golf experience we had! Very hilly, heavily treed, and some very challenging holes. Clearly, members are very proud of their course, and should be." - cdog1949

  22. Kinsale Golf Club

    County Cork, Ireland | Read reviews
    Green fees: €35-45
    What they're saying: "Impressive course. Excellent condition and layout with very good greens. Very good test of golf. Staff very friendly." - u000005663728

  23. Hazel Grove Golf Club

    Stockport, England | Read reviews
    Green fees: £35-40
    What they're saying: "Course is well looked after,has some interesting holes and for the less mobile golfer is relatively flat." - cheshireman1uk

  24. Gathurst Golf Club

    Wigan, England | Read reviews
    Green fees: £20-25
    What they're saying: "From the welcome at the club shop to the condition of the course the only word that comes to mind is perfection. Super slick greens and some really tricky holes make for an excellent round." -

  25. Tyneside Golf Club

    Gateshead, England | Read reviews
    Green fees: 30-35
    What they're saying: "Wow, lovely course with some great holes. Nice scenery with some great views. Course was in excellent condition, greens fast and true." - t1641571837

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