Top 100 Golf Courses of the World

Great Britain & Ireland Top 100 - 2020

The Top 100 Golf Courses of the World website published their most recent Great Britain & Ireland Top 100 list in November 2019 and it is redone approximately every two years.

The Top 100 website is an essential resource for golfers looking to play the best golf courses, not just on home soil but around the world. At the top end of the scale it is an extremely well informed ranking which has been honed over the years to be, in our opinion, the most accurate in the business. And whilst not really relative to the purpose of this article it should be stated that the strength of the website is the in-depth detail it goes into for ranking courses down to a regional level across the World! Top 100 is dedicated to ranking golf courses and it does it very well.

In their '2020 edition' there are seven courses that are included in the list but don't feature in the comparable Golf Monthly, National Club Golfer and Golf World rankings. Three of them (Ardfin, Queenwood & JCB) are not the most accessible venues whilst the others are; Castletown, Brora, Dundonald and Delamere Forest.

The only course which is not included on Top 100 but does feature in all three of Golf Monthly, National Club Golfer and Golf World is Moortown.

Without exception the Top 100 website has produced a rock solid list which will only continue to improve over time and should be your main reference point for planning golf at the best courses.

Golf Empire founder, Ed Battye, has played the majority of courses on the list and below you can find links to his golf course reviews.

You can also view other rating lists. Or you can check out our combined Great Britain & Ireland Top 100 Golf Courses from the three main rankings.

 

GB&I Top 100

1 - Royal County Down (Championship)

2 - Trump Turnberry (Ailsa)

3 - St. Andrews (Old)

4 - Royal Portrush (Dunluce)

5 - Royal Dornoch (Championship)

6 - Muirfield

7 - Ballybunion (Old)

8 - Royal St. George's

9 - Sunningdale (Old)

10 - Carnoustie (Championship)

11 - Lahinch (Old/Championship)

12 - Royal Birkdale

13 - North Berwick (West Links)

14 - Kingsbarns Links

15 - Sunningdale (New)

16 - Portmarnock (Championship/Old)

17 - Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie)

18 - Castle Stuart

19 - Swinley Forest

20 - Royal Lytham & St. Annes

21 - Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)

22 - Trump International

23 - Royal Porthcawl

24 - St. Georges Hill (Red & Blue)

25 - Cruden Bay

26 - Ganton

27 - Ardfin

28 - St. Enodoc (Church)

29 - West Sussex (Pulborough)

30 - European Club

31 - Royal Cinque Ports

32 - Royal Troon (Old)

33 - Wentworth (West)

34 - Walton Heath (Old)

35 - Waterville

36 - Gleneagles (King's)

37 - Western Gailes

38 - Prestwick

39 - Trump Ireland (Doonbeg)

40 - Loch Lomond

41 - Alwoodley

42 - Royal Liverpool (Hoylake)

43 - Royal West Norfolk

44 - Machrihanish

45 - Notts (Hollinwell)

46 - Formby

47 - Silloth on Solway

48 - Saunton (East)

49 - Berkshire (The) (Red)

50 - County Sligo (Championship)

51 - Island (The)

52 - Hillside

53 - Rosapenna (Sandy Hills)

54 - Ballyliffin (Galshedy)

55 - Rye (Old)

56 - Nairn (Championship)

57 - County Louth

58 - Queenwood

59 - Carne

60 - Gullane (No 1)

61 - Machrie (The)

62 - Renaissance

63 - Enniscrone

64 - Adare Manor

65 - Tralee

66 - Burnham & Berrow (Championship)

67 - Woking

68 - Old Head

69 - Hunstanton

70 - Hankley Common

71 - Pennard

72 - Gleneagles (Queen's)

73 - Aberdovey

74 - Broadstone

75 - Worplesdon

76 - Portstewart (Strand)

77 - Machrihanish Dunes

78 - Liphook

79 - West Hill

80 - Hindhead

81 - Wentworth (East)

82 - Skibo Castle Carnegie Club

83 - Berkshire (The) (Blue)

84 - Walton Heath (New)

85 - St. Andrews (New)

86 - Royal St. David's

87 - St. Andrews (Castle)

88 - Moray (Old)

89 - Brora

90 - Dundonald Links

91 - Southport & Ainsdale

92 - Royal Ashdown Forest (Old)

93 - Delamere Forest

94 - West Lancashire

95 - JCB

96 - Woburn (Marquess)

97 - Parkstone

98 - Castletown

99 - Prince's

100 - Ballyliffin (Old Links)