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Introduction to golf in Great Britain


Turnberry has been known for its signature golf since 1902
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The first courses, first clubhouses, rules of the game and peculiar etiquette of golf were all established in Great Britain. Famous British courses, like St. Andrews, Turnberry, Celtic Manor, Sunningdale and Muirfield have all been seen by millions of golf fans during televised championships, fuelling that incentive to both visit and play these signature courses.

The Old Course at St. Andrews is widely considered the birthplace of golf with early origins in the 12th century on what is now the Old Course. St. Andrews has hosted more British Open Championships than any other club, the most recent in 2010. Ladies golf also began there in 1867.

Carnoustie, Scotland, is perhaps the toughest course in the British Isles. Golf dates back to 1527 there and the current 18-hole course was constructed in 1857.The Ailsa course at Turnberry, established in 1902 on the Firth of Clyde, overlooks the Mull of Kintyre and the Isle of Arran with breathtaking scenery and views. With history from 1744, Muirfield is home to the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, the oldest golf club in the world.

English courses share both this hallowed heritage and prestige on the Open Championship circuit. Royal Lytham & St. Annes, the most northerly of the English Open Championships links courses, was opened in1886. And the Old course at Sunningdale has had a rich history since 1901. Built on an inland sand belt on the Surrey/Berkshire border, it is heavily treed, with a huge oak on the 18th giving the club its emblem.

Wales was less known for its golf than its bigger sister countries until the Ryder Cup was held there in 2010 at Celtic Manor Resort’s Twenty Ten course, which was built specifically for the event. With around 200 courses, the golf in Wales is just as established and high quality as elsewhere in Great Britain and it is often cheaper and easier to book a round. Royal Porthcawl, west of Cardiff, for example dates back to 1891. Royal St. David’s was built in 1894, overlooking mediaeval Harlech Castle, towering sand dunes, the bay of Tremedog, and Mt. Snowdon.