UK Hidden Gems

Anyone recommendation for hidden Gem courses in the UK?

Anybody played at the JCB Course in the Midlands?

Where in the UK? JCB is ranked top 50 in England, looks like a decent American style parkland if that’s your thing.

I spend a lot of time browsing here, there will be all sorts of weird and wonderful courses you’ve not heard of in each county

South East England ?

My advice is look at a map, look for courses on the coast. If you haven’t heard of it you’ve found your hidden gem.


Cheers. There’s quite a lot in the southeast covered here London Golf

For semi under the radar places, of ones I’ve played I’d recommend Knole Park, Crowborough Beacon, Littlestone Warren, Reigate Heath. Ones I’d like to play are Camberley Heath, Felixstowe, North Hants and Hayling Island. I don’t think you can go wrong with any links or heathland course (all of the above are).

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Go to National Club Golfer website and find the Fun GB&I Top 100 under Special lists. It’s a great place to start looking for interesting courses that have been well vetted by well travelled folks.


Sean, why didn’t West Sussex make that list?


I don’t know why Pulburough didn’t make the list. I spose like any top 100 list, there are probably at least 150 which could be included!

Two courses I think should have made the list are Strandhill and Castlerock Bann.

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If you’re in Scotland, a true hidden gem is Fraserburgh golf course in NE Scotland despite being the 7th oldest club in the world. About 25 mins north of Cruden Bay, played on Tourist Sauce Series 2. A fantastic James Braid redesign links course that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.


I did a golf trip with my dad to the north of Scotland, based out of Aviemore, and we played a few smaller courses but which are well worth a visit, namely:
Pitlochry -
Kingussie -


My Dad and I used to play Kingussie when we holidayed up that way when I was younger (when I was around 8-14). Fond memories and used to often get flown over by RAF jets which was equally awesome and terrifying!

Must get back there soon!

I can def. recommend it, fantastic course - almost got my 1st hole in one on the 8th…

One of my lockdown projects which has been keeping me sane, Hidden Tracks in England:


The back 9 at Porthmadog in west wales was great fun. The front 9 is a bit dull in comparison but still nice. I just phoned up on a Tuesday afternoon in September and played the same day for £20 (not sure how I got that rate…)

There’s a few round there like Royal St David’s (although I know that’s not “Hidden”). Would like to check out Nefyn at some point too:


Thanks, I’ll need to check those out. Always looking for new courses to play on Scotland outings!


+1 on the back nine of Porthmadog.

Nefyn is quite a hit and miss course in a beautiful setting. The club sometimes offers 9 hole rates for the Old, peninsula side of the course. Despite the elimination of the famous sink hole par 5, this is a very fun bunch of holes with one All Wales hole as the highlight! The flag is an indication of the expected wind strength.

It would be quite a day to play the back nine of P’madog and the Old of Nefyn.


Great advice- obviously everyone wants to play the best courses; but is there anything more important than fun?

Found 4 of my very favourite courses in this lists top 10.

Re Nefyn: In what way would it be hit and miss? It’s been on my list to head over to play for some time now. Mainly to play the old 9…

Not southern but I’ll throw my choices in if anyone is up north.

Silloth - highly rated but still a lot of people don’t know of it!
Seacroft is good and cracking value.
Halifax looks brilliant
Windermere is possibly one of the most picturesque courses in the country also.

Other than the old holes, the course plays over very meadowy terrain and grass. Some good holes, but quite a few rather dull holes, but in a grand setting.

I would definitely also put Delamere Forest in Cheshire as a hidden gem, great course (Herbert Fowler design).