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Golf on the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Holidays are traditionally associated with buckets & spades, ice creams, the needles and coloured sand. But with over half a dozen golf courses within a 20-mile radius the Isle of Wight is the ideal destination for a cheap golf holiday too. With excellent transport links to the mainland getting to the Isle of Wight has never been easier and makes an ideal base for a golf weekend.

Perhaps the finest course on the Island is Freshwater Bay Golf Club. This 18 hole links style course has the best views on the Island, which can provide a welcome distraction from the stiff challenge of the course, particularly on a windy day. The course itself has several ancient momuments within it’s boundary, providing a unique hazard for stray balls. Of particular note is the 7th Hole whose fairway threads itself between two bronze age burial mounds.

A close second to this is Shanklin & Sandown Golf Club. This 18 hole Heathland County Championship course is a firm test of a golfer’s abilities. The challenging par 3 5th hole & par 4 13th are the courses two outstanding holes. Although with gorse, heather and bracken throughout the course errant shots are often heavily punished. Here careful course placement is often more important than outright distance off the tee. Nearby Sandown & Shanklin offer the best of the Islands accommodation making this course the ideal starting point for short breaks to the Isle of Wight.

Finally the Osbourne Golf Club is worth a visit not only for it’s excellent course design but also for two other interesting reasons. First this 9 Hole course is situated within the grounds of Osbourne House, Queen Victoria’s residence. It is a development of the original golf club established in 1904. Secondly the woodland that the course meanders around is home to a strong population of red squirrels and offers an exclusive chance to see these elusive creatures. The course itself is park land in style but the woodland not only contributes character but also requires golfers to play within themselves to avoid costly excursions into the undergrowth.

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