As one of the key springboards in the development of golf as a world-class sport, it is no secret that England is home to some of the most beautiful and historic courses in the world. Here are just a few of the best locations for golf in England, and why anyone with a passion for golf should make a visit to at least one of these courses a top priority.

  1. Royal St. George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent

Legendary among golf aficionados for its abundant natural beauty and challenging landscapes, Royal St. George’s is a must-visit links course for anyone who wants to know what golfing in England is all about. Founded in 1887, Royal St. George’s has an historic feel to its welcoming environs that few other courses in the world can match.

  1. The Old Course at Sunningdale Golf Club, Berkshire

The Old Course at Sunningdale has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the most stunning golf courses in the UK; by Golf Digest’s own metric, the Old Course is the best place to play golf in England. Like Royal St George’s, the Old Course’s historical ambiance can make golfing here feel like a step back into another age.

  1. Hotchkin Course, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

Another throwback to a bygone era, Hotchkin consistently ranks as one of the best golf courses in the world. The history of Lincolnshire plays a key part in the golfing experience here, and players will even pass a 15th Century structure known as the Tower-on-the-Moor as they play through on this historic course.

  1. Royal Cinque Ports, Kent

Set along a beautiful and windswept area of the Kent coastline, Royal Cinque Ports is one of the oldest courses on this list, and its history is evident in its links-style design and seaside views. Anyone with a penchant for challenging links and stunning natural beauty will be in for a treat at Royal Cinque Ports.

  1. East Sussex Natural

The East Sussex Natural is set in a rural idyll that looks as though it has been drawn straight out of a poem by John Keats or William Wordsworth, and its location near Brighton also makes it a perfect stop for people who love to golf while on vacation. Divided into two courses, East Sussex has played home to numerous pros and two European Opens over the course of its history. Golfing in England doesn’t get much better than this.