Map of Shropshire

Shropshire is twice the size of its partner county Herefordshire when it comes to the number of golf clubs affiliated to the Shropshire and Herefordshire Union of Golf Clubs. The SHUGC administer golf for 36 clubs, two thirds of which are in Shropshire.

Shropshire Ladies’ County Golf Association was inaugurated in 1921, when six clubs joined forces to form the association. The county championship trophy, The Lady Forester Cup, was first played for in 1923, and it’s named after the first President of the association.

The Salop county is easily accessible from just about anywhere in England but Shropshire is far enough away from the madding crowd that it has remained peaceful and unspoilt and the golf is actually rather good and should be closely inspected.

Golf in Shropshire first started at Ludlow Golf Club in 1889 although reports suggest that Bridgnorth Golf Club was founded in the same year. Which club is the oldest we wonder? Since those early beginnings, many fine courses have been developed but few are known outside this unsung golfing county.

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

Top 100 Golf Courses - Shropshire


1st Shropshire - Best in Area

With fifteen holes in Wales and three in England, Llanymynech Golf Club is totally unique. On the 4th hole, you tee off in England and putt out in Wales.


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Hawkstone Park (Hawkstone)

2nd Shropshire - Best in Area

The complex at Hawkstone Park Golf Club extends to forty two holes – featuring the 18-hole Hawkstone and Championship courses and a 6-hole par three layout...


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3rd Shropshire - Best in Area

Oswestry Golf Club has a lovely, undulating, James Braid-designed parkland course. It was however tamed in 1991 by Ian Woosnam with a remarkable round of 13 under par!


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4th Shropshire - Best in Area

Opened in September 2010 and designed by KK Downing, former lead guitarist of heavy metal band Judas Priest, The Astbury is an impressive new parkland course designed to please golfers of all abilities.


5th Shropshire - Best in Area

Shifnal Golf Club was founded in 1929 but today's course was designed by Frank Pennink in the mid-1960s after the club moved to its current, picturesque, parkland location.


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Church Stretton

6th Shropshire - Best in Area

Church Stretton Golf Club is the oldest 18-hole layout in the county of Shropshire and is also the third highest golf course in the UK. The course here offers golfers fantastic views across Stretton valley to the east and there's some testing golf too.

Lilleshall Hall

7th Shropshire - Best in Area

Established in the mid 1930s, the course at Lilleshall Hall Golf Club was laid out by Harry Colt and John Morrison and it is characterised by tight fairways that cut through mature woodland.


8th Shropshire - Best in Area

Originally founded in 1891, Shrewsbury Golf Club’s current parkland layout at Grange Farm dates back to 1971. Panoramic views of the Stretton Hills and the Shropshire Plain can be seen from the tree-lined fairways.


9th Shropshire - Best in Area

The centurion Wrekin Golf Club is set under the watchful gaze of The Wrekin hill and the ancient oak woodland of The Ercall, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).


10th Shropshire - Best in Area

Founded in 1889, Ludlow is the oldest club affiliated to the Shropshire & Herefordshire Union of Golf Clubs. The course in play today is a 1927 James Braid redesign that is sand and gravel based which usually provides fast and firm conditions.