Leicestershire & Rutland

Map of Leicestershire & Rutland

The county of Leicestershire is home to over half a million people in an area that covers around 800 square miles and it borders seven other counties in central England. Because foxhunting is widely regarded to have originated in Leicestershire, you’ll find a bushy tailed mammal on the logo of the main sporting organizations in the county (such as the county cricket club and Leicester City Football Club) so it’s no surprise to find such a vulpine image on the crest of the Leicestershire & Rutland Golf Union.

One of ten unions affiliated to the Midland Golf Union, Leicestershire & Rutland Golf Union celebrated its centenary in 2010 and it carries out an organisational function for around 12,000 amateur golfers in membership of 33 golf clubs in the area. Since 1955, the Union’s 6-man team has qualified eight times – four of those appearances since 2003 – for the English County Finals, representing the Midland Group in the annual competition.

Leicestershire and Rutland Ladies’ County Golf Association is the governing body for female amateur golfers in the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland and there are 29 clubs affiliated to this governing body. The association runs a number of representative teams that compete in inter-county matches and it also organises championship tournaments and social open competitions for members with valid handicaps.

Our Leicestershire & Rutland golf course rankings were updated in 2017. Click here to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Leicestershire & Rutland

Luffenham Heath

1st Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area

The course at Luffenham Heath Golf Club is charming, adorned by oak, elm and ash. Set in an area designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.


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2nd Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area

Longcliffe Golf Club lies a few miles to the southwest of Loughborough, close to the M1 motorway, and the fairways here (many of them doglegged) are judiciously routed through the ancient Charnwood Forest.


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Stapleford Park

3rd Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area

Laid out by Donald Steel, the course at Stapleford Park Golf Club is set within a 500-acre estate where the wandering River Eye comes into play at four holes on the layout.


4th Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area

The tree-lined fairways of the Leicestershire Golf Club’s course were originally laid out in 1889. Since then, James Braid, Charles Mackenzie and C.K. Cotton have made significant modifications at various times down the years.

Rothley Park

5th Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area

Rothley Park Golf Club was established in 1911 and its parkland course was officially opened a year later when an exhibition match was played between two of the Great Triumvirate, James Braid and Harry Vardon.


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Willesley Park

6th Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area

The layout at Willesley Park Golf Club comprises a mix of parkland and heathland fairways with back-to-back par threes featuring at holes 16 and 17.

Charnwood Forest

7th Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area

With parts of the course at Charnwood Forest Golf Club lying within the Beacon Hill, Hangingstone and Outwoods Site of Special Scientific Interest, golfers really are in touch with nature on this layout.


8th Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area

Golf was first played at Hinckley in 1894 when Burbage Common Golf Club was formed. Today’s parkland course at Hinckley Golf Club was opened in 1983 but three original holes remain.

Glen Gorse

9th Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area

The undulating and mature parkland course at Glen Gorse Golf Club measures more than 6,600 yards from the back tees and its test is an examination for golfers at all levels.

Kirby Muxloe

10th Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area

The course at Kirby Muxloe Golf Club was established in 1893 with what was originally a temporary 9-hole layout. Old Tom Morris then visited the following year, according to the Leicester Chronicle, when he “made some very valuable suggestions for improvements.” More recent improvements include the replacement of three holes in 1993.