Top 100 Links Golf Courses of Great Britain

Top Links Golf in Great Britain

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 the majority* of these links golf courses in Great Britain and below he gives his Top 100 in order of personal preference.

Many of the venues also have an attached golf course review. If there is no review it means the course was played pre-2013.

You can also see the list by country; England, Scotland and Wales.

Top 100 Links Golf Courses of Great Britain

1. St. Andrews (Old Course)

St. Andrews Links (Old) Golf Club

"There’s very little that hasn’t been written about the golfing mecca that is St. Andrews. Golfers (and indeed non-golfers) flock to this corner of Fife from all over the World to savour the delights of the ‘Grey Auld Toun’ and for most it is mainly to play, or at least see and walk, The Old Course; the spiritual home of golf and where it all began for our beloved game."

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2. Askernish

Askernish Golf Club

"We’d already driven for over six hours and covered more than 350 miles before boarding a ferry in Oban sailing to Lochboisdale. The Lord of the Isles took a further five and a half hours before it eventually docked a little after seven that evening. We were tired and hungry, in need of food and sleep."

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3. Royal Dornoch (Championship)

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

"It’s Christmas Eve. Well, not quite, but it certainly feels like it. It’s the evening before we are due to play Royal Dornoch for the first time. We are in an eatery in the historic town debating just how good tomorrow could be as we embark on playing unquestionably one of the World’s greatest golf courses."

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4. Trump Turnberry (Ailsa)

Trump Turnberry Golf Club

"Not all golf courses are created equal and that can certainly be said about Trump Turnberry. For here you will find the most spectacular stretch of coastline on any golfing land that I have ever seen. The natural setting and scenic beauty of the iconic Ailsa course, an Open Championship venue four times over, is simply sublime."

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5. Royal St. George's

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. Back in 2014 a 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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6. North Berwick

North Berwick Golf Club

"If Muirfield is regarded as the King of East Lothian then North Berwick is undoubtedly Queen. Sometimes words cannot accurately describe a course and do it total justice, you just have to go and experience it for yourself in order to get a proper flavour of the place. The West Links at North Berwick is one of those."

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7. Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie)

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

"Oh my word! The Balgownie Links at Royal Aberdeen is something else. It’s different gravy - an unbelievably good golf course. Not only is it the best in Aberdeenshire it’s one of the best you will play. Period. It is the epitome of an authentic, genuine and pure links golf experience."

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8. Cruden Bay (Championship)

Cruden Bay Golf Club

"Cruden Bay is a golf course that dances to its own beat. It’s gripping, riveting, absorbing and most importantly its individuality shines through. Cruden Bay is one of very few courses that has a real personality. It’s laid out over a unique, special and infinitely fascinating piece of land."

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9. Silloth on Solway

Silloth on Solway Golf Club

"In my eyes Silloth is a golf course that has the ability to transcend your typical ‘championship links’. It has charm, character, intrigue and an identity all of its own but at the same time presents the truest, and quite often, stiffest of challenges to the golfer. It's an inspirational golf course with an endless collection of brilliant golf holes."

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10. Muirfield

Muirfield Golf Club

"Muirfield is one of the most historically important golfing venues in the world. Not only has it staged The Open Championship on 15 occasions but it is also home to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. The HCEG is one of the oldest and most influential clubs in golf."

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11. Western Gailes

12. Royal Troon

13. Royal Porthcawl

14. Carnoustie (Championship)

15. Prestwick

16. Burnham & Berrow

17. Royal Lytham & St. Annes

18. Saunton (East)

19. Royal Cinque Ports

20. Hunstanton

21. Royal Birkdale

22. Trump International

23. Southport & Ainsdale

24. Formby

25. Machrihanish

26. Royal West Norfolk

27. Brora

28. Moray (Old)

29. Royal North Devon

30. Royal Liverpool

31. Rye

32. Nairn

33. Wallasey

34. Panmure

35. West Lancashire

36. Southerness

37. Elie

38. Machrihanish Dunes

39. Renaissance

40. Tenby

41. St. Enodoc

42. Saunton (West)

43. Gullane (No.1)

44. Hillside

45. Murcar Links

46. Littlestone

47. Luffness New

48. St. Andrews (New)

49. Dundonald Links

50. Berwick Upon Tweed

51. Montrose (Medal)

52. Pennard

53. Perranporth

54. Hayling

55. Seaton Carew

56. St. Andrews (Jubilee)

57. Prince's (Shore, Dunes & Himalayas)

58. Fraserburgh

59. Aberdovey

60. Seacroft

61. Carnoustie (Burnside)

62. Conwy

63. Gailes Links

64. Royal St. Davids

65. Gullane (No. 2)

66. Ashburnham

67. Prestwick St. Nicholas

68. St. Annes Old Links

69. Dunbar

70. Pyle & Kenfig

71. Sheringham

72 .Trevose

73. Fortrose & Rosemarkie

74. Leven links

75. Bude & North Cornwall

76. Seascale

77. Lundin

78. Monifieth (Medal)

79. Arbroath

80. Irvine

82. Kilmarnock (Barrasie)

82. West Kilbride

83. St. Andrews (Eden)

84. Cleveland

85. Trump Turnberry (Kintyre)

86. Moray (New)

87. Tain

88. Peterhead

89. Cruden Bay (St. Olaf)

90. Crail (Balcomie)

91. Inverallochy

92. Hesketh

93. Newburgh-on-Ythan

94. Kilspindie

95. Rye (Jubilee)

96. Craigielaw

97. Gullane (No. 3)

98. Shiskine

99. Borth & Ynyslas

100. Great Yarmouth & Caister

The Contenders


West Cornwall

Troon Darley

Wigtownshire County

Royal Troon (Portland)

Nairn Dunbar


North Wales




Kings Links

Swansea Bay

Monifieth (Ashludie)

Isle of Harris


Troon Lochgreen

Burnham & Berrow (Channel)


Felixstowe Ferry

Minehead & West Somerset


Weston super Mare

Carnosutie (Buddon)

St. Andrews (Strathtyrum)

Royal Dornoch (Struie)

Musselburgh Old








Southport Links

Montrose (Broomfield)

Isle of Skye


St. Andrews (Balgove)


*The below links golf courses have not been played yet and therefore are not included in the list: Castle Stuart, Colonsay, Cullen, Dunaverty, Durness, Kingsbarns, The Machrie, Reay, Spey Bay, Strathlene Buckie, Skibo Castle & Tarbat.

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