"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."
Top Links of 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.
"In my eyes Silloth is a golf course that has the ability to transcend your typical ‘championship links’."
"The links at Burnham & Berrow begins at a pulsating pace and rarely lets up until the moment you reach the comfort of the historic 100-year-old clubhouse where you are able to relax and reflect."
"A recent visit to Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club completed the trio of Open Championship courses on England's West Coast for me."
"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."
"Hunstanton is a fine championship links situated on the edge of The Wash in North-West Norfolk."
"I always enjoy my visits to play Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club at Deal, the Kentish town that the course is often referred to by name."
Royal Birkdale - 4.6
"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."
"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."
"Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, often referred to as Brancaster, is a course that time has forgotten about. And it’s much the better for that."
"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."
"Royal North Devon, or Westward Ho! as it is often fondly referred to, is a very special place."
"It’s safe to say there’s a lot more to Rye Golf Club than the actual golf course."
Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) - 4.5
"The West Lancashire Golf Club was founded in 1873 and is among the ten oldest golf clubs in England."
Hillside - 4.4
Seascale - 4.1
Seahouses - 3.0 (part links)
The below courses are not listed in the above book as 'True Links', however, they do have strong links characteristics.