Back to the roots where GOLF was born

United Kingdom Ireland Golf Vacation Packages designed by Sophisticated Golf Tours are unique. Great Britain’s golf vacation experiences famous both for their inspiring links land and for the remarkable heathland courses so an experience for life time to golf on the Britain Island. 

The Crown Jewels of golf in the United Kingdom and highlights of any Golf Vacation Package is the home of golf, Scotland. Scotland is blessed with the finest collection of golf courses and resorts in the world. Outside of St Andrews, the famous historic names of Old Prestwick, Royal Troon, Carnoustie, Turnberry, Gleneagles and Muirfield are complemented by a chain of golf courses stretching from coast to coast incorporating some of the finest inland challenges you’re likely to find anywhere. 

The North West of England is a golfing nirvana, with among the highest concentration of championship-quality links golf courses anywhere in the World. Known as England’s ‘golf coast’, this is the finest stretch of links golf on the mainland UK. There are no fewer than 15 classic links courses within an area covering no more than an hour’s drive North or South and these include three Open Championship venues. 

The Surrey Sandbelt which stretches just over it’s border with the neighbouring county of Berkshire  offers the discerning golfer many classic heathland golf courses, some of which are the very best of England’s golf courses. Sunningdale, Wentworth and Walton Heath are perhaps the best known championship courses, however, there are many outstanding courses that are ranked very highly, but usually are outside the attention of the visiting golfer. 

The South East region of Kent, also called Garden of England is rightly regarded as one of the oldest golf destinations in England. For most golfing visitors, the biggest attraction is the revered championship links of Royal St George’s which is considered one of the country’s best links. The Open Championship was first played at Royal St George’s in 1894, the first time that the Claret Jug was played for outside of Scotland. Next door to St George’s is Prince’s Golf Club, many do not realise that this too was an Open Championship venue. 

It is fair to say that Wales is the most overlooked golf destination in Great Britain and Ireland. However, on closer inspection this should not be the case as a golf trip to Wales features a host of championship golf courses, especially in the southern part of the country. Royal Porthcawl is a stunning links course on which the sea is in view on every hole. Not far west from Royal Porthcawl lies Pennard, a James Braid design that would more than fit in among any company or prestigious golf links. 
Royal County Down (RCD) and Royal Portrush are the two “Royal” Courses hence the naming of this tour.  Royal Portrush hosted the Irish Open in 2013 and actualled host the The British Open in 2019.  Standing proudly beside such household names are Portstewart, Castlerock and the cliff-top gem at Ardglass.  Ballyliffin Golf Club  in County Donegal is within easy reach to make up an exhilarating week of top links golf in Northern Ireland. 

When you think of taking a Golf Vacation to Ireland – they may first think of some of the more well known courses such as Old Head or Ballybunion. Ireland boasts many world famous links and parkland courses but it is also home to countless other hidden gems scattered across the island. For the golfers looking to play the best of the best in links courses – you’ll never be short of somewhere to play in Ireland