Sunningdale 2European golf is enjoying a great deal of success at the moment and a large portion of praise has to be heaped on golfers from the British Isles. With two Englishmen currently at the top of the world rankings and three men from Northern Ireland having won major championships one begins to wonder where these guys grew up playing the game. Well we have the answers for you here.

Luke Donald – Beaconsfield

Nestled in the majestic woodlands that sprawl over large areas of Buckinghamshire, Beaconsfield golf club provides the golfer with a stern but fair challenge. Tree lined fairways place an emphasis on accuracy while well positioned bunkers require solid course management skills. Is it any wonder Luke plays the way he does today?

Nick Faldo & Tom Lewis – Welwyn Garden City

You would expect a course that produced one of the best ever English golfers to be a bit longer than 6,114 yards from the back tees but don’t be fooled by the yardage. Tight fairways and small greens provide quite a challenge. Four par 3s over 180 yards places importance on solid ball striking so it is no surprise that Faldo is one of the finest iron players to have played the game.

Lee Westwood – Worksop

A mixture of tight fairways and holes where you can open the shoulders with the driver are on offer at Worksop. Lee Westwood is one of the finest drivers of a golf ball in the world so perhaps it was the slick greens that provided him with a challenge at Worksop in his formative years.

Ross Fisher- Wentworth

Wentworth is one of the great names in English golf. Three championship golf courses, including the famous West Course, and a par 3 layout combine with superb practice facilities to make this a golfer’s paradise.

Colin Montgomerie – Royal Troon

Colin Montgomerie is a European Tour legend. 8 European Tour Order of Merit titles is an astonishing achievement and he learnt all of his shots while growing up on the classic links of Royal Troon. With nasty links rough lying in wait for stray tee shots it’s just as well Monty is one of the most accurate drivers golf has ever seen.

Justin Rose – North Hants

North Hants is a deceptively difficult golf and those who have played it would rank it as one of the finest in England. Sweeping undulations, large greens and ancient woodland add to the challenge and a round here is likely to be a real joy.

Rory McIlroy – Hollywood

On his day Rory McIlroy is almost untouchable. Countless players and coaches have said if he putts well at any tournament he will win. Hollywood Golf Club was the course the young Irishman cut his teeth on so a round here may require some good tee to green golf to score well.

Darren Clarke – Dungannon

These days the 2011 Open Champion plays his golf at Royal Portrush but he grew up playing at Dungannon. Water hazards, bunkers and trees provide the main barrier to a low score and shot making is a handy skill to have around Dungannon.

Anthony Wall – Sunningdale

Few courses in the country can compete with the layouts of the Old and New golf courses at Sunningdale. This combined with a rich pedigree in tournament golf it is no surprise to see Wall go from super star amateur into European Tour stalwart. In recent years it has been Stiggy Hodgson who has been waving the Sunningdale Gofl Club flag with successes in numerous tournaments and no less than two Walker Cups.

Paul Casey – Burhill

During Paul Casey’s junior days it was just the Old Course where he could learn his trade, but as his career grew so did Burhill with Casey opening the New Course in 2001. With an emphasis on long and straight driving it is no surprise that Casey has become so well known for his ability with the driver since turning professional.