Top 100 under £100 Golf Courses of Great Britain

Top 100 under £100 Golf Courses in Great Britain

In their January 2016 edition National Club Golfer Magazine published a list of Great Britain's Top 100 Golf Courses Under £100.

The ranking took into account both quality and value in determining the order. It has been designed to reward quality of course and value for money on an equal basis. Read the full criteria and article.

Golf Empire founder, Ed Battye, was a member of the four man panel that drew up the list which can be seen in full below. Ed has played 99 of the 100 and for most of the venues you can read his personal golf course review.

Top 100 under £100 Golf Courses of Great Britain

1. 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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2. Ladybank

Ladybank Golf Club

"If you’re in Fife and looking for a game away from the links then Ladybank would be as good a choice as anywhere. In fact few courses away from the coast in Scotland can better what is on offer at this mature and well-conditioned private-members venue. The course is a very consistent heathland layout that requires accuracy."

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3. St. Enodoc (Church)

St. Enodoc Golf Club

"St. Enodoc Golf Club, sitting proudly above the affluent village of Rock on the North Cornish coast, is a much revered and cherished place to play golf. It is held in extremely high regard by a number of notable golfing personnel, institutions and publications."

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4. Machrihanish

Machrihanish Golf Club

"Playing at The Machrihanish Golf Club is perhaps not as romantic a prospect as it was several years ago. None-the-less it’s a fabulous golfing experience. Located close to the bottom tip of the Kintyre Peninsula near Campbeltown its remoteness, and therefore its magical appeal, is not as obvious as it perhaps was decades ago."

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5. Pennard

Pennard Golf Club

"Pennard is one of those fantastic links golf courses that has a little bit of everything. Its remote and rugged location on the Gower Peninsula mixes strategy and quirkiness to good effect and boasts a handful of truly excellent holes. The high cliff-top setting also provides some of the best views you're likely to see from a golf course."

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6. Royal Worlington & Newmarket

Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club

"Royal Worlington & Newmarket at Mildenhall is a golf course that I have wanted to visit for a long time. Much has been written about this charismatic club over the years since it’s foundation in 1893. It has received high acclaim from many respected sources but likewise has had its detractors too."

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7. Saunton (East)

Saunton Golf Club

"If anyone dare claim there is a better 36 holes of links golf at one golf club in England than at Saunton I'm pretty sure I could make an unquestionable case for this wonderful piece of linksland. One of the things that confirms this for me is, not only the quality of every single hole, but the subtle yet significant differences between the two courses."

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8. The Machrie

The Machrie Golf Club

"It was an impulsive, crazy… and some would say utterly ridiculous… decision that took me to The Machrie in the Spring of 2018. Having entered an open competition at Gleneagles, near Perth, on Saturday 13th April a friend and I had debated at great length about where to stop off ‘on route’ from West Yorkshire for a game of golf on the Friday. "

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9. Ganton

Ganton Golf Club

"Ganton, located in the Vale of Pickering between York and Scarborough, is rightly regarded as one of the UK’s very best inland golf courses with an extremely rich history and a strong sense of tradition. Along with Royal Birkdale and Muirfield these are the only clubs to have staged the Ryder Cup, Walker Cup and Curtis Cup."

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10. Boat of Garten

Boat of Garten Golf Club

"With around 3,000 golf clubs in the UK it’s inevitable that courses will get bracketed by style and character. Whether it be parkland, heathland or links it’s usually quite easy to compare one similar type of course to another. Not at Boat of Garten! This is one of the most unique golf courses I have ever played. "

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11. 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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12. 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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13. Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest Golf Club

"Sherwood Forest is a superb heathland golf course that is played over an amazing isolated property which reveals its full beauty through holes seven to 14, both visually and playing wise. The other holes aren’t bad either though and many a first time visitor will be surprised at just how good the quality of golf on offer is at this Nottinghamshire great."

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14. Delamere Forest

Delamere Forest Golf Club

"Delamere Forest must go down as the biggest surprise of the year for me, and a very pleasant one at that. Living less than an hour and half away from this Cheshire course I had heard it was impressive but it wasn’t until October this year that I got to experience just how good it actually is."

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15. Alwoodley

Alwoodley Golf Club

"Alwoodley Golf Club is undoubtedly one of Great Britain & Ireland’s leading lights when it comes to inland golf. Very few courses can surpass the debut work of Dr. Alister MacKenzie as a golf course architect in terms of quality, playability, strategy and ultimately as a true test of golf."

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16. Perranporth

Perranporth Golf Club

"If you like your links golf a little bit on the extreme side (I do) then you will love Perranporth. It not only has a ‘wow’ factor, it has several of them! It’s crazy, it’s radical, it’s wild, it’s raw, it’s eccentric, it’s indulgent, it’s fun, it’s frenzied, it’s frantic, it’s quirky and it’s exhilarating. Above all else… it’s a truly amazing golfing experience."

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17. Aberdovey

Aberdovey Golf Club

"My round at Aberdovey was played in possibly the worst weather conditions that this golf course reviewer has ever experienced on a golf course. Persistent rain from daybreak and a forecast that showed it was set in for the day meant it certainly wasn’t a morning for playing golf."

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18. St. Andrews (New)

St. Andrews Links (Old) Golf Club

"There’s very little that hasn’t been written about the golfing mecca that is St. Andrews. Golfers (and indeed non-golfers) flock to this corner of Fife from all over the World to savour the delights of the ‘Grey Auld Toun’ and for most it is mainly to play, or at least see and walk, The Old Course; the spiritual home of golf and where it all began for our beloved game."

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19. Royal West Norfolk (Brancaster)

Royal West Norfolk Golf Club

"Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, often referred to as Brancaster, is a course that time has forgotten about. And it’s much the better for that. It’s an atmospheric old fashioned links, laid out on a thin parcel of land, close to the North Sea where the 18 holes are wedged between the sandy beach on one side and acres of marshland on the other."

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20. West Sussex

West Sussex Golf Club

"Before I even begin to tell you how good this golf course is I want to let you know just how perfect the entire set-up at West Sussex is. The golf course is almost perfect. West Sussex, on the edge of the South Downs, is quite simply a wonderful place and a magnificent location to golf."

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21. Royal St. David's

22. Berwick upon Tweed

23. Beau Desert

24. North Berwick

25. Blairgowrie (Rosemount)

26. Burnham & Berrow

27. Woking

28. Kington

28. Hunstanton

30. Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)

31. Saunton (West)

32. Brora

33. Seacroft

34. Aldeburgh

35. Hayling

36. Seaton Carew

37. Royal North Devon

38. Huntercombe

39. Southerness

40. Ashburnham

41. Hankley Common

42. Cavendish

43. Moortown

44. Liphook

45. Tenby

46. Gullane (No. 1)

47. Machrihanish Dunes

48. Castletown

49. Gullane (No. 2)

50. St. Andrews (Jubilee)

51. The Addington

52. Dundonald Links

53. Little Aston

54. West Hill

55. Montrose (Medal)

56. Cleeve Hill

57. Ferndown

58. Thetford

59. Blackmoor

60. Ipswich

61. Royal Ashdown Forest (Old)

62. Prince's

63. Dunbar

64. Luffness New

65. Conwy

66. Reddish Vale

67. Isle of Purbeck

68. West Lancashire

69. Parkstone

70. Panmure

71. Wallasey

72. Fraserburgh

73. Southerndown

74. Golspie

75. Bude & North Cornwall

76. Moray (Old)

77. Prestbury

78. Scotscraig

79. Trevose

80. Leven Links

81. Elie

82. Enville (Highgate)

83. Carnoustie (Burnside)

84. Sutton Coldfield

85. Spey Valley

86. Monifieth (Medal)

87. West Cornwall

88. Broadstone

89. Berkhamsted

90. Littlestone

91. Gullane (No. 3)

92. Irvine

93. Sheringham

94. Stoneham

95. Seascale

96. Gailes Links

97. Formby Ladies

98. Northamptonshire County

99. Pyle & Kenfig

100. East Sussex National (West) - Not played

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