Belleisle Golf Club

Playing golf can be an expensive hobby and many people simply can’t afford to become a member at their local or favourite course. Here, then, we profile 10 of the best ‘pay-and-play’ courses in Britain.

Belleisle, Scotland

One of the few public courses to host professional tournaments, Belleisle is a parkland track of some distinction. The expansive fairways mean beginners won’t be punished too much for any wayward strokes, although the fact that it spans over 6,500 yards means that you should underestimate it at your peril.

Braid Hills, Scotland

For stunning panoramic views of Edinburgh and golfing conditions to match, head to Braid Hills, which is one of six courses in close proximity to the city. The par-71 course combines a picturesque and often hilly walk with a series of challenging holes.

Garnant Park, Wales

Parc Garnant opened in 1997 on the site of a former open cast mine. It has quickly matured and is already regarded as a real gem on the golfing circuit in Wales. A round on these links can work out as cheap as just £10, meaning value for money is guaranteed.

The Grove, England

At the opposite end of the pay scale to Garnant Park is the Grove. Discounts, though, are available if you look around for ‘2 for 1’ vouchers and it is well worth treating yourself and following in the footsteps of the likes of Tiger Woods, who won the World Golf Championship here in 2006.

Hainault Forest, England

Within a short train journey of central London is Hainault Forest, which has two courses designed by the legendary JH Taylor from which to pick. The par-72 lower track is particularly tricky with several narrow greens and plenty of hazards to keep you on your toes.

Heaton Park Golf CentreHeaton Park, England

Perfect if you want to stretch your legs: the layout is massive and easy on your pocket. Probably best to avoid if you’re not keen on walking up and down hills, although you could always hire a buggy. The unpredictable Manchester weather will challenge you as much as the course itself.

Musselburgh, Scotland

Officially the oldest course in the world, Musselburgh is steeped in history and rich in heritage. Golf has been played here since 1672 and it’s difficult not to get caught up in all the hype and nostalgia that surrounds what is a well-respected sporting institution.

Rickmansworth, England

The locals and regular visitors to this part of Hertfordshire don’t refer to the course as ‘Tricky Ricky’ for nothing; it’s tough going right from the first tee. It may be short – around 4,600 yards, in fact – but appearances can be deceptive.

Trent Park, England

Another course worth playing in and around London is Trent Park, which is both affordable and convenient. In fact, it’s so convenient that the nearest tube station is less than 200 yards away and you can hire clubs for as little as £15, meaning your next trip to the capital, whether it’s for business or pleasure, can now include a quick round on the links.

Woodhall Spa, England

Set in rural Lincolnshire, Woodhall Spa boasts two quality courses, with the Hotchkin course rated 20th in the world by Golf World magazine. “Heathland golf at its very best” is how the publication described Hotchkin and that is high and deserved praise indeed.