Where to play golf on the Isle of Wight holiday cottages

Where to play golf on the Isle of Wight

Shannon 29 August 2019

Keen golfers will love a trip to the Isle of Wight, with nine different courses to choose from ranging in length and difficulty. Boasting gorgeous views of the coastal areas, it doesn’t matter whether you’re looking to play a quick 9 holes or a challenging 18-hole round and enjoy a bite to eat at the end, you’ll find something to suit. Here are six of the top-rated courses on the Isle of Wight to visit during your stay:

View towards Shanklin and Sandown

Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club

The top ranked golf course on the Isle of Wight is Shanklin and Sandown. Playable all-year round, this course has a tough opening tee and can be subject to a prevailing wind, so be prepared to have your skills put to the test. Watch out for hole 13 in particular, the toughest on the course, closely followed by holes 5, and 11.

Par: 70

Length: 6044 yards

Course type: Heathland

No. holes: 18

Stay nearby in Shanklin cottages

Cowes Golf Club

Despite being a 9-hole course, this set up certainly offers a surprisingly difficult challenge. Alternate tees mean that you can play a full 18-hole round if you wish. Keep an eye out for an array of wildlife as you play, and head to the clubhouse for a refreshment when you’re finished.

Par: 70

Length: 5620 yards

Course type: Parkland

No. holes: 9

Stay nearby in our Cowes cottages.

Freshwater Bay view, Isle of Wight

Freshwater Bay Golf Club

Set overlooking the English Channel, this is a gorgeous spot for golfing, and you can enjoy views of the sea from every hole. Freshwater Bay is, in fact, one of the most spectacular courses in the UK and is one of the best courses for a round in the winter months. The land is well cared for as it is owned by the National Trust and is a Site of Scientific Interest, so keep an eye out for local wildlife and the wide array of flora and fauna.

Par: 69

Length: 5725 yards

Course type: Links

No. holes: 18

Stay nearby in Freshwater Bay cottages.

Osbourne Golf Club

As the longest course on the Isle of Wight, a visit to Osbourne Golf Course is a great experience. Its long history dates back to 1892 when the grounds of this country house belonged to Queen Elizabeth, Empress of India and there were originally just two holes. Now, the 9-hole course offers up beautiful views over the Solent, and an experience like no other – but be prepared for some tricky shots as the mature trees and country home grounds provide some interesting obstacles.

Par: 70

Length: 6381 yards

Course type: Parkland

No. holes: 9

Stay nearby in our East Cowes cottages.

Ryde aerial view, Isle of Wight

Ryde Golf Club

Made up of two 9-hole courses, this course is particularly fun to play, with stunning surroundings and a number of tricky par 3s. Watch out for the wind as it can transform how you play on this course but nonetheless it’s a great course for all abilities, promising to hold the interest of every player.

Par: 70

Length: 5772 yards

Course type: Parkland

No. holes: 18

Stay nearby in our Ryde cottages.

Westridge Golf Centre

Westridge is the best option for beginners, with short 9 hole of varied difficulty, a fully covered floodlit range and a Toptracer feature on the range allowing you to see how far and accurate each ball you hit has travelled. There are also lessons available. As the island’s only pay as you go course, it’s a great choice if you’ve not booked in advance.

Par: 72

Length: 7920 yards

Course type: Parkland

No. holes: 9

Stay nearby in our Ryde cottages.

Fancy a spot of mini golf?

Jurassic Bay Mini Golf on the Isle of Wight

For those looking for a slightly less serious game of golf, the Isle of Wight is well-equipped with mini-golf courses that will keep the whole family entertained. Here are a few of our favourites:

Jurassic Bay Mini Golf

Having only been built in 2017, Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf is a fantastic 18-hole dinosaur themed activity. Battle with hatchlings and prehistoric life-sized dinosaurs as you navigate your way around the course, enjoying the magnificent sea views all the while at Shanklin Seafront.  

Rylstone Gardens Crazy Golf

The café and crazy golf is a great spot to relax with the kids in the colourful grounds. Despite many of the obstacles being more than 50 years old, this adds to their charm and many of the holes are themed around local landmarks. You may even recognise this course from the 1973 film, That’ll be the Day!

If you’re thinking of heading on a golf holiday, we’d recommend taking a look at our range of cottages on the Isle of Wight to make your stay as enjoyable as possible!

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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