Golf World Magazine
Great Britain & Ireland - 2018/19
The Golf World Great Britain & Ireland Top 100 has been running since the 1980s and as you might expect over the course of almost four decades it has developed into an accurate reflection of the best courses.
The magazine is well known for providing a solid and reliable list over the years - produced biannually - and is well respected across the industry.
In the 2018/19 edition there are just three courses that are included in the list but don't feature in the comparable Golf Monthly and Top 100 Website rankings. Southerness and New Zealand are the first two whilst the final course is one that often splits opinion; Royal Worlington & Newmarket. It is placed in 98th position so whilst perhaps controversial it is not a massive deal.
The courses which are not included in Golf World but do feature in both Golf Monthly and on Top 100 are; Portstewart (Strand), St. Andrews (New) and Ballyliffin (Old). The latter ranks 100th and 98th respectively so again no hardship there.
A selection of courses which feature in all three lists but punch above their weight in the Golf World listing are; Woking, the redesigned Machrie, Cruden Bay and Enniscrone. Waterville, North Berwick and the modern links at Kingsbarns and Trump International are also relatively well placed.
Meanwhile those that can perhaps feel hard done by are; Tralee, Gleneagles (Queens), Royal Aberdeen and Hillside. And near the top of the list Carnoustie looks a little out of sorts.
Overall it is a very strong and uncontroversial list.
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.