Map of Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire is located in the East Midlands and it’s bordered by eight other counties, one of which – Lincolnshire – has a mutual boundary that extends to all of 21 yards. The county was once well known for its leather and shoemaking industries but nowadays its main claim to economic fame is the Daventry rail freight terminal located close to the junction of the M1 and M6 motorways.

The Northamptonshire Golf Union was founded in 1921 and it’s the governing body for around 10,000 male golfers who are members of 27 clubs in a region that ranges from Cherwell Edge GC in the west to Peterborough Milton GC in the east. The county is also one of ten Unions affiliated to the Midland Golf Union.

Females in 29 clubs come under the umbrella of the Northamptonshire Ladies County Golf Association. which has been looking after the interests of women golfers since 1930. In addition to organising the annual County Championship, the governing body promotes a number of other competitions, including the Bouverie Bowl, Cecil Leitch Trophy and Swannell Salver.

Several courses are worthy of consideration if visiting the area and most are centred around the county town of Northampton: Northamptonshire County, Collingtree Park (two-time host of the British Masters), the little known Northampton Golf Club at Harlestone and the near century-old Alison and Colt design at Kingsthorpe.

Our Northamptonshire Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2017. Click here to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County

1st Northamptonshire - Best in Area

If Northamptonshire County Golf Club was located closer to London, it would not only be well known, but maybe a regular ranking contender for our English Top 100.


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2nd Northamptonshire - Best in Area

Set out within 160 acres of magnificent grounds at Harrowden Hall, the course at Wellingborough Golf Club has hosted many PGA and county competitions down the years.

Collingtree Park

3rd Northamptonshire - Best in Area

It’s Collingtree Park Golf Club's long par five 18th that everyone talks about and it’s worthy of the excellent value green fee alone.


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4th Northamptonshire - Best in Area

Laid out in two returning nines, the 18-hole course at Northampton Golf Club concludes with three testing holes that are set around Harlestone Lake.

Brampton Heath

5th Northamptonshire - Best in Area

The 18-hole heathland course at Brampton Heath Golf Centre has slowly but surely evolved into Northampton’s main “pay and play” facility.

Peterborough Milton

6th Northamptonshire - Best in Area

The course at Peterborough Milton Golf Club was designed and constructed by the Scottish partnership of James Braid and John R Stutt in the mid 1930s and it sits in splendid parkland surroundings within the Fitzwilliam Estate.


7th Northamptonshire - Best in Area

Founded in 1891, Kettering Golf Club golf is where golf began in Northamptonshire courtesy of a Scottish doctor who commissioned Old Tom Morris to layout a 9-hole course that was soon expanded to the 18-hole course in play today.


8th Northamptonshire - Best in Area

Kingsthorpe Golf Club moved to its present location in 1914 when architect Charles Alison was tasked with laying out a course on a compact site extending to fewer than 75 acres. Alison’s associate, Harry Colt, then made further modifications to the layout the following decade.

Overstone Park

9th Northamptonshire - Best in Area

The 18-hole golf course at the Overstone Park Hotel, Golf & Leisure Resort is just one of a number of sporting facilities available at this top class venue.

Staverton Park

10th Northamptonshire - Best in Area

Commander John Harris designed this testing course over 140 acres of prime parkland in 1977. The front nine holes are a little hilly in places whilst water comes into play on several occasions on the inward half, most notably at the 18th.