Just because none of these golf courses don't own a bunker that doesn't mean there aren't any hazards.
A number of the venues have grassy hollows or mounds and humps to make shots around the green perhaps even more difficult than from sand. In our opinion slopes and swales can often make much more interesting recoveries.
Golf Empire founder, Ed Battye, has played extensively throughout the UK and below he gives his personal top bunkerless golf courses of Great Britain.
We would love to hear your own recommendations so that we can expand the list.
Royal Ashdown Forest is home to two fine golf courses; the Old and the West.
There’s something quite remarkable about Kington. It has what I call the “Double Q” factor; Quirk and Quality.
Piltdown, founded in 1904, is a quaint heathland golf course tucked away in a sleepy corner of leafy Sussex.
The humps, bumps, swales and hollows of Berkhamsted add a real charm and help create an atmosphere for enjoyable golf on fast-running, heathy-style terrain. Couple this with the lovely contouring of the putting surfaces and it elevates this course to one that is well above the norm.
Located in the very heart of the Lake District, Windermere Golf Club must be one of the most adventurous golf courses I know and I make no apology for loving bamboozling layouts like this.
Atop a large hill in Mid Wales, above the Victorian spa town of Llandrindod Wells, lays a topsy-turvy, rough-and-tumble, bags-of-fun sort of golf course.
The guy behind the bar who I handed my £12 twilight green-fee to simply laughed after he asked if I had played the course before and I replied, “No, Why?”.
Charnwood Forest is one the most interesting, natural and best nine-holers I have played.
London Scottish Golf Club plays over the fast-running, gravel-based course on the busy Wimbledon Common where a blend of heath and woodland converge to provide a delightful and natural golfing experience.
Those familiar with other Gloucestershire oddities; Cleeve Cloud and Painswick, will have a sense of familiarity when they arrive at the charming and bunkerless Minchinhampton Old golf course.
On a recent drive from West Yorkshire to South Wales we decided to jump off the M5 and play a quick round at the highly unusual Painswick Golf Club. It proved to be one of the best decisions we’ve made.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend you visit Colonsay specifically for the golf, however, that's not to suggest you shouldn't visit this beyond beautiful island, inhabited by less than 150 people, in the Hebrides and play their truly unique golf course.