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, in my 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 '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 nearly all 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 too and you might expect the renovated Turnberry to rise from its 'lowly' 5th place in the next revision.
With just a couple of questionable exceptions 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.