Top 15 London Golf Courses
Clients of Golf Bays UK come from far and wide – from across the UK, Europe, the United States, Japan, the Middle East – in fact, anywhere golf is played, we have customers!
So, if you are in the London area and fancy a round at one of the capital’s top golf locations, here’s a list of some of the best courses and golf venues in the London catchment area.
Bush Hill Park Golf Club
Established in March 1895, Bush Hill Park Golf Club was awarded “Golf Club of the Year” at the England Golf Awards 2021. It is also ranked in the Top 5 in the country by the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World. Set in just under 100 acres of parkland, just a short walk from Enfield in North London, the course was designed by Harry Vardon and James Braid, who won 11 Open Championships between them.
Metro Golf Centre
Situated in Hendon, North London, Metro Golf Centre consists of a covered floodlit and heated 48 bay driving range. There is a 250-yard manicured astro turf landing area with 15 target greens and distance markers. The Centre also has a challenging 9-hole, par 3 golf course suitable for both beginners and more experienced golfers
Royal Blackheath Golf Club
With a history stretching back over 400 years, Royal Blackheath Golf Club is a friendly members' club. Its renowned 18-hole parkland course in a quiet corner of south-east London presents an exciting and strategic challenge for golfers of all standards. The club welcomes green fee booking from visitors from across the UK and worldwide. Tee times can be booked online up to four weeks in advance.
Urban Golf Club
Urban Golf is an 8,500 square-feet open plan venue that can host up to 150 people at a time. Set alongside the famous Smithfield meat market, the location has been the home of golf in the City of London since 2006 and boasts 11 golf simulators and what’s described as the best 19th hole in the game! City Thameslink, St Paul’s, Chancery Lane, Barbican and Farringdon tube stations are a 5-minute walk away.
Trent Park Golf Club
Voted the No.1 golf course in North London, Trent Park Golf Club is a stunning 18-hole public pay and play golf course, situated in Oakwood Village, Enfield.
The course offers tremendous views over the beautifully maintained landscape of Trent Park Country Park. Combined with a driving range and the opportunity to take golf lessons as well, Trent Park is a convenient location for those looking to enjoy an economic round of golf in London.
Highgate Golf Club
Less than 30 minutes from King’s Cross station, Highgate Golf Club is a testing but enjoyable 18-hole course, in a tranquil setting overlooking North London.
Highgate’s undulating parkland layout rewards creativity and shot-making and provides a fair challenge for golfers of all abilities. Despite only being 6,033 yards off the back tees, the course provides a stern test. The average round should take about three hours.
Richmond Park Golf Club
Founded in 1924 and set amidst the history and splendour of London's largest Royal Park, Richmond Park Golf Club in south-west London is one of the finest public golf clubs in the capital. The club was opened in 1923 by HRH Prince of Wales, aptly named the Prince’s Course. It proved so popular, that two years later, the Duke’s Course was built. Off the yellow tees, the Prince’s Course is 5092 yards and the newer one a little under 6000 yards.
Wanstead Golf Club
First opened as a 9-hole course in 1893, this East London situated club was extended to 18 holes just after the First World War.
The intervening years since then have seen a variety of changes to the course design but the lake hole (16th) still remains the signature hole. The club now has some 650 members. Sir Winston Churchill was an Honorary member and, to date, the club produced three Ryder Cup Professionals from its ranks (Percy Alliss, Alan Dailey and Lionel Platts).
Royal Wimbledon Golf Club
Royal Wimbledon Golf Club is the third oldest golf Club in England dating back to 1865. It has a rich history, once described by Bernard Darwin, as follows: “A wonderful place is this new Wimbledon course, for as soon as we are on it all signs of men, houses, omnibuses and other symptoms of a busy suburb disappear, as if by magic.” Redesigned in 1924, the course continues to provide a tough test over tight fairways, with gorse and heather thrown in for good measure.
Shooters Hill Golf Club
Shooters Hill Golf Club is situated in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in East London, a mile or so from Canary Wharf.
An all-year-round course, boasting breathtaking views across the North Kent countryside, Shooters Hill provides a challenging test of parkland golf, calling out for shot accuracy to high quality greens.
Greenwich Peninsula Golf
This riverside Golf Range is situated on the banks of the Thames near North Greenwich tube station on the Greenwich Peninsula.
A double deck driving range containing up to 60 bays, each with a sofa and table for relaxing, whilst watching friends play, or enjoying food and drinks.
There is also an 18-hole adventure golf course on the site.
Hampstead Golf Club
Hampstead Golf Club is a high quality 9-hole course with a charming clubhouse. Set in an undulating parkland, the legendary Open Champion, Henry Cotton, said if you could play to your handicap at Hampstead you could play anywhere! Designed by Tom Dunn, one of Britain’s most respected golf course designers, Hampstead also happens to be the closest course to central London.
Finchley Golf Club
This picturesque 18-hole parkland course provides one of the finest golfing challenges in North London. Whilst there has been urban creep all around, the course has continued to thrive behind developing green woodlands. With its imposing hill-top clubhouse overlooking the 18th green, the course provides a superb countryside test of golf, barely 30 minutes’ travel away from Central London.
Chingford Golf Course
Chingford Golf Club is the oldest course in Essex, dating back to 1886 and is believed to have been designed by the Open Champion, James Braid. It is a members’ club, attached to a public course that welcomes players of all abilities.
The 18-hole layout is par 71 on the Chingford G.C. card and par 72 for pay-as-you-go public players. The challenging course combines fairways that wind through the woods, opening up to more expansive holes on Chingford Plain.
West Middlesex Golf Club
Opened in 1891 and re-designed 20 years later by five times Open Champion James Braid, West Middlesex Golf Club is regarded as one of London’s finest courses. This outstanding parkland course, where the natural terrain has been used to enhance the "strategic golf experience" is also one of the closest clubs to Central London and only 15 minutes from Heathrow.
Top Meadow Golf Club & Hotel
Set in the heart of the Essex countryside, Top Meadow is a delightful 18-hole golf course, established in 1985. Today, it has matured into a great parkland course that appeals to golf professionals and casual golfers alike. The stunning countryside vistas and immaculate greens provide a fabulous setting for a great round.