Top 100 Links Golf Courses of Great Britain

Top Links Golf in Scotland

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)

2. Askernish

3. Royal Dornoch (Championship)

4. Trump Turnberry

5. Royal St. George's

6. North Berwick

7. Royal Aberdeen

8. Cruden Bay

9. Silloth on Solway

10. Muirfield

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. Hunstanton

20. Trump International

21. Royal Birkdale

22. Southport & Ainsdale

23. Formby

24. Machrihanish

25. Royal West Norfolk

26. Brora

27. Moray (Old)

28. Wallasey

29. Nairn

30. Royal North Devon

31. Rye

32. Royal Liverpool

33. Panmure

34. West Lancashire

35. Gullane (No.1)

36. Elie

37. Machrihanish Dunes

38. Tenby

39. St. Enodoc

40. Saunton (West)

41. Gullane (No.1)

42. Hillside

43. Murcar Links

44. St. Andrews (New)

45. Dundonald Links

46. Royal Cinque Ports

47. Berwick Upon Tweed

48. Montrose (Medal)

49. Pennard

50. Perranporth

51. Hayling

52. Seaton Carew

53. St. Andrews (Jubilee)

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

55. Fraserburgh

56. Aberdovey

57. Seacroft

58. Carnoustie (Burnside)

59. Conwy

60. Gailes Links

61. Royal St. Davids

62. Gullane (No. 2)

63. Ashburnham

64. Prestwick St. Nicholas

65. St. Annes Old Links

66. Dunbar

67. Pyle & Kenfig

68. Sheringham

69. Littlestone

70 .Trevose

71. Fortrose & Rosemarkie

72. Bude & North Cornwall

73. Irvine

74. Kilmarnock (Barrasie)

75. Seascale

76. West Kilbride

77. Lundin

78. Monifieth (Medal)

79. Arbroath

80. Leven Links

81. St. Andrews (Eden)

82. Cleveland

83. Trump Turnberry (Kintyre)

84. Moray (New)

85. Tain

86. Peterhead

87. Cruden Bay (St. Olaf)

88. Crail (Balcomie)

89. Inverallochy

90. Hesketh

91. Newburgh-on-Ythan

92. Kilspindie

93. Craigielaw

94. Gullane (No. 3)

95. Shiskine

96. Borth & Ynyslas

97. Great Yarmouth & Caister

98. Newquay

99. West Cornwall

100. Troon Darley

The Contenders

Wigtownshire County

Royal Troon (Portland)

Nairn Dunbar

Prestatyn

North Wales

Rye (Jubilee)

Newbiggin

Fleetwood

Carnosutie (Buddon)

Hopeman

Kings Links

Swansea Bay

Monifieth (Ashludie)

Isle of Harris

Traigh

Troon Lochgreen

Burnham & Berrow (Channel)

Hartlepool

Felixstowe Ferry

Minehead & West Somerset

Littlehampton

Weston super Mare

St. Andrews (Strathtyrum)

Royal Dornoch (Struie)

Musselburgh Old

Porthmadog

Pwllheli

Rhyl

Seahouses

Balnagask

Leasowe

Sandilands

Southport Links

Montrose (Broomfield)

Isle of Skye

Winterfield

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, Luffness New, The Machrie, Reay, Renaissance, Spey Bay, Strathlene Buckie, Skibo Castle & Tarbat .