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Top 100 Golf Courses of the World

Great Britain & Ireland - 2018

The Top 100 Golf Courses of the World website published their most recent Great Britain & Ireland Top 100 list in November 2017 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 arguably 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. Top 100 is dedicated to ranking golf courses and it dos it very well.

In their '2018 edition' there are six courses that are included in the list but don't feature in the comparable Golf Monthly and Golf World rankings. All six are virtually in the lower 20% of the list and are; Hindhead, The Dukes St. Andrews, Remedy Oak, Portmarnock Golf Links & Hotel, Donegal and Moray Old.

The courses which are not included on Top 100 but do feature in both Golf Monthly and Golf World are all notably inland courses; Moortown, Blairgowrie (Rosemount), Aldeburgh, Parkstone, Sherwood Forest, Ferndown and Lough Erne.

A trio of courses which feature in all three lists but punch above their weight in the Top 100 listing are; County Sligo, Cruden Bay and Pennard. There is also love for South-West Irish links Lahinch and Ballybunion (Old).

Meanwhile, those courses that do not perform quite so well are; Burnham & Berrow, Royal St. David's, Liphook and The Berkshire (Blue). Royal Birkdale is a little out of sorts on the list and you might expect the renovated Turnberry to rise from its 'lowly' 5th place in the next revision.

With a couple of possible exceptions the Top 100 website has produced a rock solid list which will only continue to improve over time.

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 - St. Andrews (Old)

3 - Royal Dornoch (Championship)

4 - Muirfield

5 - Trump Turnberry (Ailsa)

6 - Royal Portrush (Dunluce)

7 - Ballybunion (Old)

8 - Royal St. George's

9 - Carnoustie (Championship)

10 - Sunningdale (Old)

11 - Lahinch (Old/Championship)

12 - Royal Birkdale

13 - Kingsbarns Links

14 - Sunningdale (New)

15 - North Berwick (West Links)

16 - Portmarnock (Championship/Old)

17 - Castle Stuart

18 - Royal Lytham & St. Annes

19 - Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie)

20 - Trump International

21 - Swinley Forest

22 - Royal Porthcawl

23 - St. Georges Hill (Red & Blue)

24 - Cruden Bay

25 - Ganton

26 - Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)

27 - Walton Heath (Old)

28 - St. Enodoc (Church)

29 - European Club

30 - West Sussex (Pulborough)

31 - Royal Troon (Old)

32 - Waterville

33 - Loch Lomond

34 - Western Gailes

35 - Prestwick

36 - Royal Cinque Ports

37 - Alwoodley

38 - Gleneagles (King's)

39 - Royal Liverpool (Hoylake)

40 - Saunton (East)

41 - Trump Ireland (Doonbeg)

42 - Machrihanish

43 - Royal West Norfolk

44 - Formby

45 - Notts (Hollinwell)

46 - Wentworth (West)

47 - Silloth on Solway

48 - County Sligo (Championship)

49 - Berkshire (The) (Red)

50 - Island (The)

51 - Hillside

52 - Ballyliffin (Galshedy)

53 - Rye (Old)

54 - County Louth

55 - Renaissance

56 - Machrie (The)

57 - Nairn (Championship)

58 - Queenwood

59 - Rosapenna (Sandy Hills)

60 - Carne

61 - Hankley Common

62 - Tralee

63 - Enniscrone

64 - Aberdovey

65 - Old Head

66 - Gullane (No 1)

67 - Burnham & Berrow (Championship)

68 - Woking

69 - Hunstanton

70 - St. Andrews (Castle)

71 - Worplesdon

72 - Pennard

73 - Broadstone

74 - Gleneagles (Queen's)

75 - Machrihanish Dunes

76 - Portstewart (Strand)

77 - Wentworth (East)

78 - Royal St. David's

79 - Hindhead

80 - Duke's St Andrews

81 - West Hill

82 - Dundonald Links

83 - Addington (The)

84 - Skibo Castle Carnegie Club

85 - Berkshire (The) (Blue)

86 - Woburn (Marquess)

87 - Remedy Oak

88 - Walton Heath (New)

89 - Woburn (Duke's)

90 - Portmarnock Golf Links & Hotel

91 - Donegal

92 - Moray (Old)

93 - St. Andrews (New)

94 - Brora

95 - Royal Ashdown Forest (Old)

96 - Southport & Ainsdale

97 - Little Aston

98 - Ballyliffin (Old Links)

99 - West Lancashire

100 - Liphook