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Hello all,

Just after some opinions and advice from the wise people of GM Forums.

I run a golf society and over the last couple of years we have visited various places in the UK at the start and end of our season. We are based in Liverpool and have visited the Belfry, Gleneagles, Murcia and the links of North Wales and all have been fabulous.

Initially, I booked the trips via a third party company to make things easier, but the trip to Northern Wales I did myself and it worked out much better.

I am looking for recommendations of places to look into.

What I am looking for.....

A small city or town where there is reasonable pubs and bars, but not necessarily the temptation of nightclubs and the option of staying out drinking until 4/5am [as it will happen if the options there - at the detriment of the golf]. A small university town would probably be ideal as it tends to be moderately busy through the week without being bedlam!

I want to book 3 lovely golf courses all within touching distance 10-20 minutes max from the town the hotel is in.

Finally, in an ideal world [but not a deal clincher] it should be within 2 hours of Liverpool. Driving 4/5 hours for 2 nights stay is a bit too much - but I would look into it if the courses/location warranted it.

Ive been told there are some great places down the East Coast of England, but I am not familiar with that area whatsoever.

I would really appreciate you advice and experiences.

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Have a look at Carlisle,weve stayed there twice over last few yrs..

Weve always stayed in Travelodge which is in the centre and theres plenty of pubs and eating places.
Fri-Sun bars are busy then like anywhere else quiet through the week unless you go wen the races are on which we done last yr was monday night meeting and had a great time something different..

From liverpool will take about 2 hrs so within your time limits and theres handful of courses within 20 mins drive..

Or Caernarfon,same again decent bars and places to eat,Caernarfon GC 5 mins drive but then youd have to drive little further for good courses like Nefyn,Porthmadog but well worth the travel..
 
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York?

You'd have Fulford (highly rated but not that great IMHO) and Ganton which is absolutely fantastic both within easy reach. Plenty of other hidden gems in Yorkshire for you to consider for your 3rd course.
 

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but not necessarily the temptation of nightclubs and the option of staying out drinking until 4/5am......

mmm you don't want to come to Blackpool then!!!!!
 

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Isle of Man, 8 golf courses within 30 miles and only 2 1/2 hours on the boat. One brilliant course and 4 or 5 good ones plus plenty of cheap hotels and loads of pubs and a casino
 

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We've done trips to Criccieth, so you can easily hit Nefyn, Royal St Davids, Porthmadog.

Have a look at Leeds, great night out and some top courses close by like Moortown, Alwoodly. You could even do Huddersfield on the way over or back.

Anywhere in Scotland is great, so Dumfries area (lots of courses).
 

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Isle of Man, 8 golf courses within 30 miles and only 2 1/2 hours on the boat. One brilliant course and 4 or 5 good ones plus plenty of cheap hotels and loads of pubs and a casino
would second this cracking place to play with some fabulous scenery,would make an ideal weekender for a forum meet.
 

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Have a look at Carlisle,weve stayed there twice over last few yrs..

Weve always stayed in Travelodge which is in the centre and theres plenty of pubs and eating places.
Fri-Sun bars are busy then like anywhere else quiet through the week unless you go wen the races are on which we done last yr was monday night meeting and had a great time something different..

That is a good call. Silloth is a terrific course, and Carlisle, Brampton, Penrith are pretty good too. I haven't played Windermere but I hear it is a great short course. Good value to be had on and off the course.
 

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Bit further than two hours, but Norwich is well worth the trip.. Got everything you require and top courses close by...

How many in your group?

Jeeeeeeeeez alot further than 2 hrs :eek:oo::lol: mum n sister live down there and theres no easy way to get there from NW especially on those tractor n hgv ridden A/B roads :p but i'll give ya a shout next time im down there though lol
 

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Can't quite do you 3 courses, but a trip to Woodhall Spa complete with two courses and a town with hotel and bar facilities is hard to beat (two nights - 3 rounds @£235 B&B) and would be my pick. Forest of Arden is a popular society destination too - a trip down Birmingham Broad St. usually ensues...
Plenty of other courses like Formby and Royal Lytham (not far from Liverpool) should be on anyones golfing radar. Formby has the bonus of of Hillside, Southport and Royal Birkdale in close proximity and a night out in Southport is quite nice.
East coast is my stomping ground. Plenty of courses in Norfolk and Suffolk to satisfy most tastes - Aldeburgh, Thorpness and Woodbridge would be a good 3 course deal, and you could stay at Ufford Park.
http://www.uffordpark.co.uk
 

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Caernarfon or Criccieth interests me as I'd like to do the North Wales penninsula [Nefyn etc] Whats the evenings like there tho? We usually go Sunday-Tuesday so obviously one of the nights is a Monday.

Leeds has been suggested, but I'm sure that would turn into carnage being a major UK city. York is a worth a peak.
 

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That is a good call. Silloth is a terrific course, and Carlisle, Brampton, Penrith are pretty good too. I haven't played Windermere but I hear it is a great short course. Good value to be had on and off the course.

Yeah we played Silloth on last yrs trip along with Eden which is ok but Brampton in my opinion is lovely course,then on the way home weve played Silverdale and Bentham both nice courses but few blind holes on them and youve also got just in bonny Scottyland youve got Dumfries & Galloway area with the likes of Southerness,Powfoot..
 

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Caernarfon or Criccieth interests me as I'd like to do the North Wales penninsula [Nefyn etc] Whats the evenings like there tho? We usually go Sunday-Tuesday so obviously one of the nights is a Monday.

Leeds has been suggested, but I'm sure that would turn into carnage being a major UK city. York is a worth a peak.

Depends when your planning on going,weve been to Caernarfon 3 times and usually early Sept sundays are busy but then gets quiet through the week unless there is live footy on and we do Sun-Wed..
 

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Silloth is a great course, however it sounds to me like York would be the ideal place. You could drive up, play Moor Allerton in Leeds on the way, or, go straight to York, stay over and play Ganton/Moortown/ Fulford. Yorks a great place, lots of old boozers and it offers nighclubs for those who want to stay out a bit later!!
 
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