Sedbergh Golf Club

Type of course? Gentle downland Pleasant staff? We didn’t see any! We’d booked online and there were scorecards hanging on pegs on a clothesline. Best hole? I loved the 8th because it’s a downhill drive and from the tee you have amazing 360 degree views of this part of the magnificent Yorkshire Dales. Après golf? No staff, no food, so we went to a pub in Sedbergh. Nice...

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Appleby Golf Club

Type of course? North Pennines moorland Pleasant staff? Couldn’t have been more welcoming Best hole? The signature 15th par 3 is simply delightful. You have to hit over a beautiful babbling stream at the bottom of a steep crag to reach a green that you can’t see. Gorgeous. Après golf? We had to dash, but we would have loved to hang out on the lovely terrace amongst the splendid views...

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Barnard Castle Golf Club

Type of course? Parkland Pleasant staff? We didn’t really deal with anyone – the electricity was off, so we were told to tee off whenever we could and the alarm was screaming as we finished, so we went home. Best hole? I really liked the 9th par 5, up and down with a stream at the bottom. Probably because it was more typical of a downland course. Après golf? We fled the alarm, sadly....

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Brancepeth Castle Golf Club

Type of course? Parkland and ravine Pleasant staff? Very welcoming Best hole? It has to be the 9th par 3 into the narrow ravine at the bottom of the castle. Gorgeous. Obviously I missed the green but escaped with a 4. Après golf? Avant was a delicious wrap and coffee and après was a lovely millionaire shortbread and tea under the trees. Such a gorgeous setting. Nice round? Fantastic. We both...

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Ashbourne Golf Club

Type of course? Downland/parkland Peak District-stylee Pleasant staff? Yes Best hole? I loved the SI 18 5th. It’s a short downhill par 4 with a dogleg left, so it’s all about picking the right line and you might end up very close to the green. We went too far right with our drive and underestimated the roll (or overestimated our ability to get the ball to stick) with our approach...

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Chichester Golf Club – Cathedral course

Type of course? Parkland Pleasant staff? Very Best hole? The 5th par 5. It’s quite short at 439 yards, but there is water on both sides and the entrance to the green is extremely narrow, with a long bunker on the left. You really have to plot your way carefully. I escaped with a 6 for 2. Après golf? A socially distanced drink on the outside terrace with our playing partners. Nice round? It...

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Pitlochry Golf Club

Type of course? I’m not saying it’s crazy hilly, but stick a couple of chairlifts on it and you have a decent ski resort. Pleasant staff? Really, really lovely and chatty. Best hole? The 18th is great: an elevated tee with beautiful views over the gorgeous surroundings and the colourful clubhouse and a stream to get over the reach the green. Après golf? Haggis roll and coffee before,...

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Gleneagles

Type of course? Legendary Pleasant staff? Jolly, jokey volunteers all delighted with their purple waterproofs. Best hole? We sat on the 16th on the last day, which is where the momentum turned for Europe. Oh that birdie putt from Bronte Law! Après golf? Venison burgers, cheese rolls, salami rolls, kit kats, peanut butter and chocolate biscuits, crisps, nothing was off-limits. Nice round? We were...

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Blairgowrie Golf Club

Type of course? Scottish gorgeousness Pleasant staff? Absolutely lovely, all of them and they gave Charlotte courtesy of the course. Best hole? The 16th because the tee box is behind a wee loch that you have to drive over. It’s just stunningly beautiful. Après golf? Massive pot of tea and millionnaire shortbread before hand in the very busy clubhouse – the Solheim Cup effect, we were...

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King James VI Golf Club

Type of course? Flat as a pancake river island with trees  Pleasant staff? As welcoming as can be, as were the two chatty members who were busy painting the women’s changing room. Best hole? Hard to tell, as we could only play 9 holes, half the course being closed due to flooding. Après golf? The bar was closed and anyway, we had to start our epic journey back to the car! Nice...

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