Par three courses offer golfers a highly concentrated round that can be perfect when you’re pressed for time or lacking the energy for a longer game. The UK is blessed with some of the world’s best par three golf courses, testing the short game of experienced pros and offering beginners a great environment in which to learn the game.

Rudding Park Hotel & Golf Club

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Here are 10 of the UK’s best par three courses.

Nailcote Hall, Solihull
The 2011 home of the British Par 3 Championship is a parkland course packed with character and attractive features. Lakes, ponds and water features are beautifully placed amid rolling fairways and tree-lined, elevated greens. The course regularly welcomes celebrities and professionals who relish the challenge of 23 bunkers and a taxing exam of their short game.

Broadwater Park, Godalming, Surrey
Despite being a quick nine-hole course, Broadwater Park still manages to squeeze some testing holes into what always proves to be a very enjoyable course. From the 86-yard pond hole to the 205-yard straight fifth, players are kept on their toes all the way around the course, before being treated to some excellent facilities at the club house.

Rudding Park, Harrogate, Yorkshire
As well as boasting an excellent 18-hole, par 72 course, Rudding Park offers players the option of the Repton Short Course – a smartly crafted six-hole course designed to USGA specifications by Martin Hawtree. Members and guests alike enjoy the convenience of this imaginative short course, which can be completed in a very enjoyable hour’s play.

Chumleigh Golf Course, Devon
With a central village location and views of the Dartmoor countryside and a picturesque church tower and having featured on the BBC and Sky Sports, Chumleigh is becoming known for being one of the UK’s most attractive golf courses. You can play nine excellent holes for just £7 and enjoy a great test of your short game.

Biddenden Par Three Golf Course
Set in a delightfully rural location, Biddenden Golf Course in Kent is one for all the family. Many of the younger players learning the game at Biddenden enjoy the chance stop and reconnect with nature as it’s not unusual for cows, sheep and other animals to spectate as you take on the 18 short holes that range from 65 to 100 yards.

Faringdon Golf Course, Oxfordshire
Described by European Tour player David Howell as “a perfect place for all age groups to learn to play golf”, Faringdon Golf Course is a relaxed – but excellently maintained – nine-hole experience. If Lakes, parklands and plenty of trees are your thing, you’ll enjoy it.

Letchworth Par 3, Hertfordshire
The family feel is alive and well at Letchworth, where nine short, challenging holes in a very attractive location are complimented by a friendly, well-equipped club house.

Hadden Hill Golf Club, Didcot
While the full course at Hadden Hill is a 6,563-yard beauty, equally attractive is the club’s six-hole par three course which offers holes of 110 to 170 yards and greens built to the same specifications as those on its long course.

Hinksey Heights, Oxford
Another course which proves that Oxfordshire is the nation’s homeland of par three golfing, Hinksey Heights boasts an 18-hole Championship Course as well as two nine-holers – the Spires Course and the Par 3 Course. The par three offers nine holes of varying length and an ideal environment to hone your game.

Broughton Heath Golf Course, Derbyshire
Bravely, Broughton Heath bridges the gap between a full size par 72 and a pitch and putt, offering 3,125 yards of golf with an average hole length of 172 yards. Lakes, trees, ditches and hazards make this 42-acre course a real test for any player.