Top Links of England

Top Links Golf in England

In the excellent book, True Links by esteemed authors George Peper and Malcolm Campbell, the writers claim that of the 30,000+ golf courses in the world there are only 246 true links.

Golf Empire founder, Ed Battye, has played all of the these links courses in England and below he lists them in order of his personal preference. Many of the courses also have a golf course review.

You can see the equivalent for Scotland and Wales plus now you can see our Top 100 Links Golf Courses of Great Britain.

Royal St. George's - 4.9

Royal St. George's Golf Club

"In my mind Royal St. George’s at Sandwich is a championship links golf course with few, if any, superiors. A recent trip to compete (I use that term very loosely) in the South-East of England Links Championship presented an opportunity for me to complete the playing of every Open Championship course in England."

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Saunton (East) - 4.6

Saunton Golf Club

"If anyone dare claim there is a better 36 holes of links golf at one golf club in England than at Saunton I'm pretty sure I could make an unquestionable case for this wonderful piece of linksland."

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Royal Birkdale - 4.6

Southport & Ainsdale - 4.5

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club

"Southport & Ainsdale offers everything that the other famous links courses on this fabled stretch of Lancashire coastline can… and the golfing connoisseur would perhaps argue it delivers even more than this."

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Formby - 4.5

Formby Golf Club

"Playing at Formby was one of my earliest links golfing experiences and I will therefore always have fond memories of what is undoubtedly a hugely memorable and top quality golf course."

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Wallasey - 4.5

Wallasey Golf Club

"They say you only get one chance to make a first impression and I was well and truly mesmerised when I first set sights on Wallasey."

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Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) - 4.5

St. Enodoc - 4.4

Saunton (West) - 4.4

Hillside - 4.4

Royal Cinque Ports - 4.4

Berwick upon Tweed (Goswick) - 4.4

Perranporth - 4.4

Hayling - 4.4

Seaton Carew - 4.4

Prince's - 4.4

Seacroft - 4.4

St. Annes Old Links - 4.3

Sheringham - 4.3

Littlestone - 4.3

Trevose - 4.2

Bude & North Cornwall - 4.1

Seascale - 4.1

Cleveland - 4.0

Hesketh - 3.9

Great Yarmouth & Caister - 3.8

Newquay - 3.8

West Cornwall - 3.8

Rye (Jubilee) - 3.7

Newbiggin - 3.7

Fleetwood - 3.7

Burnham & Berrow (Channel) - 3.6

Hartlepool - 3.6

Felixstowe Ferry - 3.5

Minehead & West Somerset - 3.5

Littlehampton - 3.5

Weston super Mare - 3.5

Seahouses - 3.0 (part links)

Leasowe - 3.0

Sandilands - 2.8

Southport Links - 2.8


The below courses are not listed in the above book as 'True Links', however, they do have strong links characteristics.

Dunstanburgh Castle - 4.1

Fairhaven - 3.8

Warkworth - 3.0