Although England was slower to adopt the game of golf than it's northern neighbour Scotland, golf started to be played in England from the mid eighteenth century and the Royal Blackheath Golf Club holds the honour of being the England's oldest club.
Courses started to sprout up around the country from the end of the nineteenth century and the game was soon flourishing and today England presents one of the world's most diverse golfing landscapes.
The Hotchkin, Woodhall Spa.
A tour of country could begin in the South Eastern corner with the Kent links of Royal St Georges, Deal and Prince's presenting classic tests of golf. Royal St Georges is still on the Open Championship rota and Princes played host to the Championship in 1932.
Around the capital the landscape suits itself to the many great heathland tests, notably the famed courses of Wentworth, Sunningdale and Walton Heath, although the area is dotted with many less well known, yet no less challenging, courses such as the idiosyncratically bunkerless Royal Ashdown Forest.
The South West offers the memorably idiosyncratic St. Enodoc and Westwood Ho! whilst the East offers the unique challenge of both the tidal linksland at Hunstanton and Royal West Norfolk as well as what some call the country's finest inland course, The Hotchkin at Woodhall Spa.
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Of course any guide to golf in England must finish in the North-West with the famed courses of England's Golf Coast. Boasting three courses on the Open Championship rota, Royal Liverpool, Royal Birkdale and Royal Lytham St. Annes this stretch of links also offers up some less well known but still must-play tests of golf.
Although when talking about the golf of courses of England those mentioned above sometimes grab the headlines, the greatest impression left of golf in England is the wide variety of different styles available for golfers to play.