UK & Ireland’s Top 100 golf courses

Living in the UK is great – well honestly not for every aspect of life, but definitely in terms of golfing. There are more than 3,000 courses here on the isles which is much more than anyone could wish for. Living in central London however is a bit of a mess when it comes to get to play golf because (1) all courses are a bit outside the city and not very accessible with public transport and (2) London golf courses are pretty expensive compared to most of all the other 2,990 in the country.

On the other hand there are other very expensive golf courses to find as well. However these clubs belong to the world’s best courses and were designed by the big course architecture heroes of the past and the present – both inland beauties or links design. Below you find a list of UK and Ireland’s 100 best golf courses (as of 2011).

I only played one of them so far (The Grove, 82) but 2013 is the year some of them might get conquered by a German hacker. I can’t wait to play Sunningdale Old for instance, The Berkshire, St. George’s Hill, Wentworth West, Kingsbarns, the Twenty-Ten at Celtic Manor or the Brabazon at The Belfry. There are so many choices… It’s a golf eldorado here! All I need is time and money!

  1. Muirfield
  2. Royal County Down – Championship
  3. Old Course, St Andrews Links
  4. Turnberry – Ailsa
  5. Royal Birkdale
  6. Royal St George’s
  7. Royal Lytham & St Annes
  8. Carnoustie – Championship
  9. Royal Dornoch – Championship
  10. Sunningdale – New
  11. Waterville
  12. Royal Portrush – Dunluce
  13. Ballybunion – Old
  14. Sunningdale – Old
  15. Royal Liverpool
  16. Kingsbarns
  17. The European Club
  18. Woodhall Spa – Hotchkin
  19. Royal Aberdeen – Balgownie
  20. Ganton
  21. Loch Lomond
  22. Doonbeg
  23. Lahinch – Old
  24. Royal Troon – Old
  25. Castle Stuart
  26. St Georges Hill – Red & Blue
  27. Walton Heath – Old
  28. Royal Porthcawl
  29. Portmarnock – Red & Blue
  30. Hillside
  31. North Berwick
  32. Nairn – Championship
  33. Old Head
  34. Swinley Forrest
  35. Wentworth – West
  36. Gleneagles – King’s
  37. Burnham & Berrow – Championship
  38. Formby
  39. Saunton – East
  40. The Berkshire – Red
  41. St Enodoc – Church
  42. Rosapenna – Sandy Hill
  43. Prestwick
  44. Hankley Common
  45. Royal West Norfolk
  46. Royal St David’s
  47. Royal Cinque Ports
  48. Notts
  49. Walton Heath – New
  50. Machrihanish
  51. Tralee
  52. Western Gailes
  53. Silloth On Solway
  54. West Sussex
  55. The Alwoodley
  56. County Loth
  57. Saunton – West
  58. Aberdovey
  59. Blairgowrie – Rosemount
  60. The Berkshire – Blue
  61. Rye – Old
  62. Gleneagles – Queen’s
  63. Lough Erne
  64. Southport & Ainsdale
  65. K Club – Palmer Ryder Cup
  66. New Course, St Andrews Links
  67. Worplesdon
  68. Moortown
  69. Hunstanton
  70. Trevose – Championship
  71. Druids Glen
  72. Gullane – No.1
  73. Liphook
  74. Ballyliffin – Glashedy
  75. Royal North Devon
  76. West Lancashire
  77. Aldeburgh
  78. The Belfry – Brabazon
  79. The Island
  80. Woburn – Marquess
  81. Bearwood Lakes
  82. The Grove
  83. Mount Juliet
  84. Ladybank
  85. Wentworth – East
  86. Renaissance
  87. Killarney – Killeen
  88. West Hill
  89. Cruden Bay
  90. Portmarnock Links
  91. The Castle Course, St Andrews Links
  92. Sherwood Forest
  93. The Wisley – Church & Mill
  94. Woburn Duchess’
  95. Nefyn & District – Old
  96. Carne
  97. Woburn – Duke’s
  98. Adare Manor
  99. Woking
  100. Royal Worlington & Newmarket

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