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Where to Play

Women playing golf in the great outdoors    

Stunning countryside settings

One of the best aspects of golf is where it is played. As well as reaping the benefits of spending healthy time relaxing and enjoying yourself outdoors, you’ll often find yourself in stunning countryside settings.

From tree-lined courses with lush grass and wild flowers to links courses with breath-taking views of the coastline, you’ll discover some incredible green spaces when you take up golf. As well as enjoying your game, you’ll have plenty of time to soak up some incredible scenery, plant and wildlife as you play.

Experts call this ‘green exercise’ and there’s a whole body of research that shows that it’s one of the best things you can do for your health. The combination of uplifting green landscape, fresh air and exercise can do you a power of good and can even help you lead a longer, healthier life.

One of the joys of the game is discovering your favourite courses. You’ll have plenty to choose from as there are almost 2000 in England alone, set in every landscape you can imagine from coast and parkland to woodland and heath.

There are lots of choices for how you play golf and many venues will loan or hire you any equipment you need. Here’s a quick guide to some of the courses available …

Golf courses: Courses are usually 18-holes long, but there are plenty of nine-hold layouts if you prefer a shorter or quicker game.

Par three courses: Short courses designed for you to take three shots on each hole. These are ideal for the beginner and improver.

Pitch and putt: These are even shorter and perfect for beginners, junior players and for quick, fun games with friends of family groups.

Driving ranges: Buy a bucket of balls, head for a bay and practice hitting. The perfect place to hone your technique.

To find a course near you in England visit Golf Central