Top 20 Most Underrated Golf Courses of Great Britain

Most Underrated Golf Courses in Great Britain

The only thing that everbody can agree on when rating golf courses is that it's such a subjective matter. However, there is so much information out there on websites, in books and magazines it seems that a collective opinion has been formed about the best golf courses.

Golf Empire founder, Ed Battye, has played extensively throughout Great Britain and below he gives his top 20 most underrated golf courses. These are the ones that he feels do not get the due recognition they deserve in most (not all) of the ranking lists.

The majority of the courses do feature in the various lists so effectively it is a list of the "most underrated highly rated" golf courses! Essentially we feel they should be significantly higher than they are.

We also list some 'under-the-radar' contenders which primarily don't feature in the ratings but we think they perhaps should.

All of the venues also have a full golf course review.

Top 20 Most Underrated Golf Courses of Great Britain

1. 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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2. 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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3. Brora

Brora Golf Club

"Over breakfast at the guest house in Dornoch where we were staying conversation is struck up with a fellow guest; an American from Chicago and a member at Royal Dornoch. When informed that we were heading to Brora for the day he says, “It’s a very special place, the course simply builds and builds and the back nine is truly outstanding.”"

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4. Royal North Devon (Westward Ho!)

Royal North Devon Golf Club

"Royal North Devon, or Westward Ho! as it is often fondly referred to, is a very special place. That much is obvious from the moment you drive into the car park and are informed, by an unmissable sign on the side of the historic clubhouse, that you have just arrived at England's oldest course."

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5. Burnham & Berrow (Championship)

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

"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. This is true championship golf of the highest order with the opening three holes epitomising everything that is great and superior about links golf."

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6. Berwick upon Tweed (Goswick)

Berwick upon Tweed Golf Club

"Looking out from the clubhouse at Berwick upon Tweed Golf Club you would be forgiven for thinking that the course wasn’t really up to a great deal. You would be wrong. Very wrong. For it is not until you venture a little further out onto the bumpy linksland at Goswick that the golf course really starts to come alive and show its full character."

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7. Elie (Golf House Club)

Elie (Golf House) Golf Club

"There is something about Elie that puts you under a spell. It is a truly magical links that, after just one round, has won a place in my heart and mind forever. If ever the phrase ‘less is more’ applied to a course it would be here at The Golf House Club, Elie in Fife. The harmony between golf and nature is at its beautiful best here and a joy to experience."

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8. Tenby

Tenby Golf Club

"Golf courses such as Tenby are very few and far between. For me they capture the absolute essence of links golf. They provide not only a true test of the game but give you much more than that; they provide a memorable and scintillating golfing experience."

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9. Notts (Hollinwell)

Notts Golf Club

"I've been raving about the golf course at Hollinwell to anybody who would listen for the last 20 years since I first played it. Back then Notts appeared little known outside the Midlands save for those who were in the know. That day I played for the first time I knew I had stumbled upon something extra special."

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10. Moray (Old)

Moray Golf Club

"The members of Moray Golf Club, founded in 1889, must rightly be very proud of their two fine links courses laid out on some fabulous tight and sandy golfing terrain to the south of the Moray Firth. The Old is an unheralded classic links designed by Old Tom Morris with deep revetted bunkers, undulating gorse lined fairways and some excellent green complexes."

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11. Fraserburgh

12. Hayling

13. Seaton Carew

14. Parkstone

15. Beau Desert

16. Blackmoor

17. Delamere Forest

18. Stoneham

19. St. Annes Old Links

20. Southport & Ainsdale

The Contenders

Halifax (Ogden)

Knole Park


Carnoustie (Burnside)

Prestwick St. Nicholas




Cleeve Cloud



Dunstanburgh Castle

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