When it comes to planning a ladies’ golf break, the best courses should be top of your list. From championship-level layouts to more relaxed and friendly golf clubs, plenty of options are available for the perfect trip.
These courses offer something for everyone, from lush green fairways to challenging bunkers. You’ll find open spaces, tight turns, and long drives – all designed to test your skills and allow you to practice different shots. Plus, each course has plenty of amenities to ensure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable.
Women’s golf courses are few and far between these days, but some of the most prestigious golf grounds offer them, and unlike the clubs that prompted their founding, they have always been open to all. Here are a few top courses for females that you can enjoy on your ladies’ golf breaks.
Sunningdale Heath (Sunningdale Ladies) Golf Club – England
In Surrey, south of London, near the acclaimed heathland courses of Sunningdale Golf Club, Sunningdale Heath is a par-61 course that reaches only 3,700 yards from the back tees, comparable to what Americans would call an executive course. But this par-61 layout was designed by Harry Colt in the early 20th century and isn’t for the faint of heart. The £30 cost for golfers is an inexpensive add-on to any golf itinerary, making it a perfect golfing retreat for visitors.
Formby Ladies Golf Club – England
With its location just north of Liverpool near the coast, but not so near that it is considered a links course, Formby Golf Club is one of England’s finest inland courses outside of the London area. Despite playing only 5,300 yards, par 67, from the longest tees, the ladies’ course has been praised by none other than Greg Norman for its durability for nearly 110 years.
Lundin Ladies Golf Club – Scotland
In addition to only allowing women to become full members, the course and club are also open to men to buy annual tickets to play regularly. It consists of nine holes that measure less than 2,300 yards (par 34). James Braid, who designed dozens of excellent courses across the United Kingdom, designed Lundin Ladies, just a dozen miles south of St. Andrews. There are three “standing stones” in the middle of the fairway on the tee of the second hole, a 262-yard par four.
Ladies Golf Club of Toronto – Canada
The United Kingdom is one of many places where ladies’ golf clubs can be found, but this is the only one of its kind in North America. One of the greatest Canadian amateur golfers in history, Ada Mackenzie, founded the club in 1924. The course consists of 21 holes that can be played in nine or 18-hole configurations, depending on how many holes are played. The legendary Stanley Thompson designed the course. However, access may be difficult since the Ladies Golf Club operates more like an American private club.
Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club – USA
Peggy Kirk Bell is the owner of Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, one of the best golf courses for women. In addition to being good friends with golfer Babe Zaharias, Bell has a long history of supporting women golfers. She founded the Ladies Professional Golf Association and established the first women’s pro golf tour.
Many female golfers (many on their ladies’ golf breaks) participate in Pine Needles’ annual outings. In addition to a 400-yard fairway, Pine Needles has a three-hole practice course, three hitting areas, and covered driving range stalls.
The Boulders Resort & Spa – USA
It is situated on 1,300 acres of the gorgeous Sonoran desert in a luxury Waldorf Astoria resort. Golf enthusiasts can play two championship courses designed by Jay Morrish at the Resort. Take a lesson from a golf instructor to improve your swing, or play a round or two on challenging courses with beautiful views. After a day on the course, relax at the Golden Door Spa with a massage or facial.