These five stunning coastal courses are knocking on the door of our UK & Ireland Top 100

Best Lesser-Known Links Courses

5 Of The Best Lesser-Known Links Courses

Hayling (Main Image)

Considering our shorelines are enriched by most of the world’s best links, it seems odd England’s affluent south coast has very few.

One exception is Hayling, whose roots date back to 1883.

The greatest barrier to scoring well is the tough par 4s, especially the 6th, 12th, 15th and 17th.

Good views abound and there’s an impressive art-deco clubhouse, which opened in 2002.

GF: Round: £80 Day: £95

Archerfield – Dirleton


Founded 15 years ago, this is an upmarket club situated in an area of outstanding golf, with two excellent links courses.

The Fidra is slightly more of a hybrid as it also runs through pine trees, while the Dirleton is largely lined by impenetrable gorse with revetted bunkers and strategically placed ditches.

It’s tough to say which course is better as both are first class.

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Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links

Since it opened in the mid-1990s, the resort has had its ups and downs, but both hotel and links are now healthier than ever.

It is a terrific place to play and makes for an interesting alternative to Portmarnock, its immediate neighbour.

The hotel is a great base for tours – there are golf-inclusive packages and residents enjoy a welcome discount on green fees.

GF: €100-€185

Related: Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links course review

Wallasey

Wallasey is not the Liverpool region’s most famous name, but this historic club can hold its head high in exalted company as it is a first-class links.

Originally designed by Old Tom Morris, it was later modified by Harold Hilton, the original editor of Golf Monthly, and James Braid.

This is where Frank Stableford devised his points scoring system and the par-72 course has hosted Open Qualifying.

It’s a very memorable place to play golf.

GF: Round: £95wd/£120we Day: £115wd

Conwy

This fine links changes direction as you leave almost every green.

It has hosted many major events and will welcome the 41st Curtis Cup next June.

It’s almost 7,000 yards from the tips and all the par 5s come between the 9th and the 14th.

The course enjoys a beautiful, peaceful setting and there are fine views throughout.

GF: Round: £55-£65 Day: £70-£80

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Source: Golf Monthly Course Reviews

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The Algarve: Your Ultimate Golfing Getaway

The Algarve: Your Ultimate Golfing Getaway

It’s that time of the year again, when the grey skies and persistent rain challenge even the most staunch supporters of winter golf. The Algarve is a sanctuary, offering over 300 days of sunshine a year and a vast selection of first-class championship courses. It’s why it proves so popular with Brits time and time again.

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Right now, if you book a trip to the Algarve, you could take advantage of its ‘Great For Groups’ promotion. For a limited time only, you could receive up to seven dozen TaylorMade TP5 golf balls and a free night stay, including golf, at a selected UK venue. If that’s not attractive enough, Your Golf Travel has given a further boost by introducing three fantastic packages (see panel on right) to give you the chance to play some of the best courses in the Algarve – and at a fantastic price. Quinta do Lago features three stunning layouts.

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The South, designed in 1974 and home to the Portuguese Open on eight occasions, overlooks the Ria Formosa Natural Park and, for many, it’s the jewel in the crown, but all three boast super qualities.

The North was redesigned in 2014 by Beau Welling and Paul McGinley, whose first-class academy is also located on site, as is the TaylorMade Performance Centre. Meanwhile, Laranjal has matured wonderfully since opening in 2009, its lakes, sprawling bunkers and umbrella pines combining to create a wonderful collection of holes.

The newly opened Magnolia Hotel provides easy access to everything the luxurious Quinta do Lago estate has to offer, which includes The Campus, a state-of-the-art multi-sports complex, as well as a number of excellent restaurants. Bovino steakhouse is a favourite for many, with its cocktails attracting more than just red meat lovers.

Quinta Do Lago

Close by, San Lorenzo makes a strong case for the region’s number one course. It won’t be long before you find yourself staring out across the beach towards the Atlantic with a series of stunning holes that take full advantage of its undulating terrain. Such quality is matched at the Dona Filipa Hotel, a five-star beachfront hotel of the very highest standard.

When it comes to tournament golf, the European Tour is spoilt for choice in this part of the world. Morgado Golf & Country Club, situated between Portimão and the Monchique mountains, is one of the newer additions to the region, having opened for play in 2003. It’s here where England’s Matt Wallace burst onto the scene with his first European Tour victory at the Portuguese Open in 2017.

Morgado Golf and Country Club

Meanwhile, Dom Pedro Golf Collection features five more favourites, including one of the finest layouts in continental Europe – The Old Course.

There’s a sense of history here quite unlike anywhere else in the region, while Victoria, designed by Arnold Palmer, is also highly regarded and will host the Portugal Masters this year. Laguna, as the name would suggest, has no shortage of water, while Pinhal, the second course to be built in popular tourist resort of Vilamoura, is well protected with Atlantic pines lining the fairways.

Millennium completes this fine quintet and presents an enjoyable test.

The options keep on coming: Pestana Gramacho Residences, where you can opt for luxurious self-catering apartments or B&B in the hotel, brings another collection of fine courses into play. On site you have the delightful Vale da Pinta, up there with the best in the western Algarve with its rolling hills and tight fairways, and the Ron Fream-designed Gramacho.

San Lorenzo

If Your Golf Travel’s highly tempting ‘Unlimited Rounds’ forms part of your package, then Vila Sol (host of the Portuguese Open in 1992 and ‘93) should feature on your itinerary. Alto Golf & Country Club and Silves Golf are your final two options, the former set in landscaped gardens on the outskirts of Alvor and latter located at the foot of the Monchique mountain range.

Such landscapes offer a wealth of diversity for off-course adventure. Hiking is very popular in the Algarve, but the water is hard to resist, too. Go on a ‘seafari’, head out deep-sea fishing or get your adrenaline pumping with something new – rock climbing perhaps. You’ll soon discover the Algarve offers far more than just world-class golf – and it won’t be long before you’re planning your next trip.

Morgado Golf & Country Club
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Two rounds of golf From £259
Group size of 4
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Group size of 4
Free UK trip
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Free drink after each round of golf

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Group size of 4
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Source: Golf Monthly Course Reviews