Six of the best UK golf courses you can reach by helicopter
Helicopter travel can take your golf day potential to a whole new level. Even with hotels closed, with Atlas Helicopters you can still enjoy a day out at the country’s top golf courses – even if they’re hundreds of miles away. We’ve compiled a list of six of the best UK golf courses you can reach by helicopter.
Scottish golf courses stayed open during lockdown and, if the government’s COVID roadmap goes to plan, English courses will reopen from 29th March. We can arrange the whole experience for you and fly you to and from your chosen course – get in touch and get back on the green!
If you’re looking for inspiration, here are just six of many UK courses we can take you to. And if you’d like a return visit to enjoy the luxurious resort facilities – and more golf of course – when lockdown eases, we can arrange all of that for you too.
The Belfry, just outside Birmingham
The Belfry has hosted the Ryder Cup four times and boasts three award-winning courses: The Brabazon, The Derby and the PGA National. The par 72 PGA National is the only PGA course in England. The Brabazon course, named after former PGA president, Lord Brabazon, is regarded by some as ‘the home of the Ryder Cup’, and great if you like the challenge of a water hazard! The Derby offers a gentler challenge and is great for all abilities.
Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales
Fly to Celtic Manor and you’ll have three championship courses to choose from: The Twenty Ten, which hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010, The Montgomerie and The Roman Road. The par 71 Twenty Ten was the first course ever to be designed specifically for the Ryder Cup. As its name suggests, The Montgomerie was designed by Colin Montgomerie – drawing on his roots in Scottish links golf – and has hosted various professional and high-ranking amateur events. The Roman Road was the first course at the resort and has hosted numerous European Tour and Senior Tour events.
Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland
Recent host of The Ryder and Solheim Cups, and ranked number 1 in the Golf World Top 100 UK & Ireland Resorts, Gleneagles has three championship courses to choose from set in stunning scenery. The King’s Course was designed by James Braid and opened in 1919. Widely regarded as a masterpiece of golf course design, it’s an ‘inland links’ classic. The Queen’s Course, at just over 3,000 yards, is one of the finest par 68 heathland courses in the UK. The contemporary Nicklaus-designed PGA Centenary Course was host to both the Ryder Cup 2014 and Solheim Cup 2019. The course offers a stern challenge in a fabulous setting.
Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
Rory McIlroy is a frequent visitor to this historic course, which dates back to the 1880s and is set in stunning scenery. Ranked number 1 on Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses in 2016 and again in 2018, you can play the Championship Links, or shorter Annesley Links.
St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
With a golfing history going back 600 years, ‘home of golf’ St Andrews needs no introduction and has seven courses for you to choose from: The Old Course, The Castle Course, New Course, Jubilee Course, Eden Course, Strathtyrum Course and Balgove Course. The most iconic has to be The Old Course, dating back to the 14th Century and host of the Open Championship 29 times.
St Mellion, Saltash, Cornwall
St Mellion was voted Best Golf Course in the West of England, in the top three Best Golf Resort UK & Ireland. The Nicklaus Signature Golf Course was the first European course personally designed by Jack Nicklaus. At just over 6,200 yards, it’s perfect for higher handicappers or shorter hitters to play.
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