Here is a list of the current most popular clubs and courses in the UK and Ireland.
Royal County Down
This course is located in Newcastle in Northern Ireland. It was first established by George L. Baillie who laid out the first nine holes in an idyllic setting with picturesque sand dunes and smatterings of Heather. The course itself measures more than 7000 yards from the back trees and the 4th and 9th hole has universal recognition, ranking globally as the 3rd best course in the world. Although it is a magnificent course it is yet to have hosted an open since its creation in 1889.
The Old Course at St Andrew’s has hosted the more Opens than any other course and is often referred to as the ‘spiritual home’ of golf. It is a course steeped in history and plays host to the oldest surviving royal golf club, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. The course takes some time to adjust to and is not always popular with golfers playing there for the first time, however despite this it hosts what is quite possibly the most renowned hole in the world, the 17th.
Muirfield is home to the oldest golf club in the world, The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers and is very distinct in its design. Instead of traditional layouts, it has two concentric rings each consisting of nine holes, this is to ensure the golfer experiences all levels of wind direction enhancing the difficulty.
Despite its distance, Royal Dornoch is a breathtaking course which attracts golfers from all over the world. It is the world’s 3rd oldest course in a wild rural setting, whilst still retaining its natural beauty. It’s a definite must play for all golfing fanatics.
This course boasts some of the most breath taking scenery and held the honor of hosting the first professional golf tournament in Ireland in 1895. It has one of the most dramatic entrances of many courses, as you approach the land unfolds before you with flags scattering the scenery. For many golfers, their preferred part of the course is down by the shoreline. However, despite its beauty, do not be fooled by this course it is by far one of the most difficult to master and requires a strong drive in order to maintain a good score.