Best golf courses: Around London

Around London: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in this country or region. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key for the rating definitions.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
London
Cotton, Henry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Sir Henry Cotton

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
London
Abercromby, John

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

John Frederick "Aber" Abercromby

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Weekdays only
London
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

London

Designer

Current course designed by English course architect Harry Colt (1914).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
London
McLay-Kidd & Watson

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

London

Designer

David McLay-Kidd in consultation with Tom Watson.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
London
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Harry Colt

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
London
Hawtree & Taylor

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Frederick George (Fred) Hawtree & J.H. Taylor. Hawtree was the first of the Hawtree family dynasty of golf course architects.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
London
Jacobs, John

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

John Jacobs

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
London
Gidman, Simon

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

London

Designer

Simon Gidman

2-star: Reasonably okay course - if better courses not available.
Visitors welcome
London
Braid, James

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Original 1888 design by Willie Dunn Jr; later modified by James Braid.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Weekdays only
London
Abercromby, John

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

London

Designer

John Frederick "Aber" Abercromby

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
London
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Harry Colt

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
London
Braid, James

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

James Braid

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
London
Taylor, J.H.

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Original design by John Henry "J.H." Taylor, with later modifications in 1921 by Dr Alister MacKenzie.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
London
Phillips, Kyle

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Kyle Phillips

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
London
MacKenzie, Dr Alister

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

London

Designer

Dr Alister MacKenzie

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
London
Unknown

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Unknown

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
London
Nicklaus Design

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Nicklaus Design (project led by Jack Nicklaus II)

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
London
Braid, James

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Original layout designed by James Braid. Revamped by Howard Swan (2008).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
London
Abercromby, John

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

John Frederick "Aber" Abercromby.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Private course
London
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

Private course

Nearest city

London

Designer

Jack Nicklaus

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
London
Kirby, Ron

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Ron Kirby

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
London
Abercromby & Colt

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

John Abercromby & Harry Colt

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
London
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Harry Colt

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Weekdays only
London
Way, Paul

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

London

Designer

Paul Way
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
London
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Harry Colt

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
London
Taylor, J.H.

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

J.H. Taylor

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Weekdays only
London
Butchart, Cuthbert

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

London

Designer

Cuthbert Butchart, with significant later re-styling by J.H. Taylor.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Guildford
Dunn, Tom

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Guildford

Designer

Tom Dunn is thought to be the original designer.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
London
Dunn, Tom

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Original design by Tom Dunn (1891); recent revamp by Tim Lobb of Thompson, Perrett & Lobb (2011).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
London
Fowler, Herbert

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

London

Designer

Old Course originally designed by W. Herbert Fowler (1913). Coronation course designed by F.R. Smith (1953).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Weekdays only
London
Braid, James

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

London

Designer

Current layout designed by James Braid (1928).

2-star: Reasonably okay course - if better courses not available.
Visitors welcome
London
Braid, James

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Original 1888 design by Willie Dunn Jr; later modified by James Braid.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Private club
London
Taylor, J.H.

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

London

Designer

J.H. Taylor designed both the Outer (J.H. Taylor) and Inner (Pam Barton) courses, probably at some time after he took up the post as the Club's professional in 1899.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Mon-Thur only
London
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Mon-Thur only

Nearest city

London

Designer

Harry Colt made significant modifications to the course, which had previously been developed by Willie Park Jr (1907).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Weekdays only
London
Vardon, Harry

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

London

Designer

Harry Vardon

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
London
Taylor, J.H.

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

J.H. Taylor

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
London
Ballesteros, Seve

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Original design by Seve Ballesteros, with later improvements by Matt McGarey (2018).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Temporarily closed
London
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Temporarily closed

Nearest city

London

Designer

Harry Colt

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Weekdays only
London
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

London

Designer

Harry Colt

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
London
Alliss & Clark

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Peter Alliss & Clive Clarke

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Weekdays only
London
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

London

Designer

Harry Colt

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
London
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

London

Designer

Harry Colt

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
London
Fowler, Herbert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

The Herbert Fowler designed New Course first opened as a 9-hole layout (1907). Fowler also designed the extension to 18-holes (1913).

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
London
Fowler, Herbert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

London

Designer

Herbert Fowler

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Thurs only
London
Braid, James

Visitors?

Thurs only

Nearest city

London

Designer

Original design by an unknown professional golfer (1890); significant modifications by James Braid (1929).

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