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. Royal Cinque Ports

20. Hunstanton

21. Trump International

22. Royal Birkdale

23. Southport & Ainsdale

24. Formby

25. Machrihanish

26. Royal West Norfolk

27. Brora

28. Moray (Old)

29. Wallasey

30. Nairn

31. Royal North Devon

32. Rye

33. Royal Liverpool

34. Panmure

35. West Lancashire

36. Gullane (No.1)

37. Elie

38. Machrihanish Dunes

39. Tenby

40. St. Enodoc

41. Saunton (West)

42. Gullane (No.1)

43. Hillside

44. Murcar Links

50. Littlestone

46. Luffness New

47. St. Andrews (New)

48. Dundonald Links

49. Berwick Upon Tweed

50. Montrose (Medal)

51. Pennard

52. Perranporth

53. Hayling

54. Seaton Carew

55. St. Andrews (Jubilee)

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

57. Fraserburgh

58. Aberdovey

59. Seacroft

60. Carnoustie (Burnside)

61. Conwy

62. Gailes Links

63. Royal St. Davids

64. Gullane (No. 2)

65. Ashburnham

66. Prestwick St. Nicholas

67. St. Annes Old Links

68. Dunbar

69. Pyle & Kenfig

70. Sheringham

71 .Trevose

72. Fortrose & Rosemarkie

73. Bude & North Cornwall

74. Irvine

75. Kilmarnock (Barrasie)

76. Seascale

77. West Kilbride

78. Lundin

79. Monifieth (Medal)

80. Arbroath

81. Leven Links

82. St. Andrews (Eden)

83. Cleveland

84. Trump Turnberry (Kintyre)

85. Moray (New)

86. Tain

87. Peterhead

88. Cruden Bay (St. Olaf)

89. Crail (Balcomie)

90. Inverallochy

91. Hesketh

92. Newburgh-on-Ythan

93. Kilspindie

94. Craigielaw

95. Gullane (No. 3)

96. Shiskine

97. Borth & Ynyslas

98. Great Yarmouth & Caister

99. Newquay

100. West Cornwall

The Contenders

Troon Darley

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

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