10 best UK boarding schools for golf

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10 best UK boarding schools for golf

With the Masters Tournament finishing last month and our St Andrews Golf Camp for May half term well underway, you might be thinking about how to develop your golf game to the best of your abilities. The UK is home to many boarding schools with excellent golf facilities and impressive state-of-the-art technology so you too can improve every aspect of your game. Here is a list of 10 of the best UK boarding schools for golf.

Bedford School

Bedford School is an all-boys school located in Bedfordshire, England. The school is partnered with Woburn Golf Club, which is home to three championship courses. Bedford also provides several golf scholarships in partnership with the club, regular professional coaching and access to advanced golf courses. Bedford golfers compete at the highest national level competitions and are among the best in the country.

Perfect your swing at Bedford School.

Culford School

Culford School is a co-educational school in Suffolk, England. It has exceptional golf facilities, including a golf studio, driving range and a short course practice area set in the picturesque countryside. The Golf Academy offers professional coaching and training opportunities, providing students with access to industry-standard facilities to develop their skills and compete at the highest levels. With a rich history of producing talented golfers – and ex-PGA European tour professional, Lawrence Dodd as Head of Golf – Culford School is an ideal choice for aspiring young golf enthusiasts.

Tee off at Culford School.

Ellesmere College

Ellesmere College is a co-educational school in Shropshire, England. The Golf Academy benefits from outstanding facilities, professional coaching, regular training and academic support. It is open to both boys and girls, and students will have the opportunity to compete in national tournaments. Facilities include a CONGU-certified nine-hole golf course, an indoor SkyTrak facility, an artificial putting green and access to strength, conditioning, fitness and cardiovascular gyms on campus, supervised by a fitness coach.

Hit a hole-in-one at Ellesmere College.

Glenalmond College

Glenalmond College is a co-educational school in Perthshire, Scotland and boasts fantastic golf facilities. The college has a 9-hole golf course which was designed by James Braid (a Scottish professional golfer and a renowned golf course architect). Glenalmond runs an annual golf tour for pupils to the Scottish Highlands, has recently built an indoor Golf Hub and runs its own ‘Glenalmond Golf School’ – a golf programme which makes the sport accessible to all.

Master the green at Glenalmond College.

Loretto School

Loretto School is a co-educational school located just outside of Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s renowned for its excellence in golf and has some of Scotland’s most impressive indoor training facilities. The Golf Academy was established in 2002 and is one of the leading golf academies in Europe. Loretto’s location makes it ideal for golf lovers – being very close to the oldest golf course in the world, with other incredible courses in the surrounding area. The Golf Academy opened a cutting-edge indoor golf centre in 2015 and the school attracts international young golfers from all over the world. Loretto runs golf camps throughout the year and arranges golf tours to various destinations around the world.

Refine your golf skills at Loretto School.

Malvern College

Malvern College is a co-educational school in Worcestershire, England. The college offers fantastic golf facilities on site, including a SkyTrak Launch Monitor and two Huxley golf nets that were installed in 2018. Golf is played by both girls and boys and is the only sport at Malvern College that is played competitively in all three terms, with the school playing over 20 matches per year. The Golf Centre is covered which allows for training in any weather throughout the year. Students also have the opportunity to play at the nearby Puckrup Hall Golf Club and Worcestershire Golf Course.

Excel in training at Malvern College.

Merchiston Castle School

Merchiston Castle School is an all boys school in Edinburgh, Scotland. The school’s Golf Academy consistently ranks in the Top 10 at ISGA tournaments. The academy creates a personalised performance programme for each student that sits alongside the holistic education Merchiston provides. Students will benefit from tailored coaching aligned with their goals, a thorough match and tournament schedule and customised conditioning and performance training provided by the acclaimed ‘Golf Fit’ team, renowned for their expertise in working with elite professionals worldwide. Students also have access to the first class partner club – Swanston Golf Club.

Play a round at Merchiston Castle School.

Millfield School

Millfield is a co-educational school in Worcestershire and has been named the top sports school in the country for the 10th time in 11 years by School Sport Magazine, holding a reputation for being one of the best boarding schools for sports in the UK, including golf. The onsite outdoor facilities are phenomenal, featuring two putting greens, a nine-hole pitch and putt course, a specialist short game area, a 350-yard long driving range, and the recently inaugurated John Graveney Golf Centre. This includes an 81 square metre Huxley putting green, two teaching bays with the option for outdoor practice, and an additional 6 practice bays. Students further benefit from coaching using V1 video analysis to enhance their skills and have access to GC Quad and SkyTrak for comprehensive club and ball data analysis, including putting.

Unlock your potential at Millfield School.

Strathallan School

Strathallan School is a co-educational school in Perthshire, Scotland. Strathallan offers outstanding golf facilities, including a beautiful 9-hole golf course on campus that opened in 2022. In addition to this, Strathallan launched a golf simulator in 2023 for training throughout the year. The high-end simulator features a TrackMan system which delivers meticulous precision measurement of club and ball data, impact location, full ball flight numbers, video analysis and data reports tailored to each individual student.

Advance your techniques at Strathallan School.

St Leonards School

St Leonards is a co-educational school located in St Andrews, Scotland – the home of golf. Students train at the St Andrews Links Academy, benefitting from some of the finest facilities and tracking technology in the world – including Top Tracer, Digital V1 Pro, Trackman and SAMPuttLab systems, as well as a BodiTrak BalanceLab to evaluate balance and weight transfer during a golf swing. St Leonards is also well known for its six-tier Golf Programme. Pupils of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to participate, from beginner to elite level. With access to seven golf courses in the town, St Leonards offers a very unique opportunity and attracts students from all over the world.

Sharpen your game at St Leonards School.


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