The Hong Kong Open is again being hosted at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling this week and, as usual, a composite course is being utilised for tournament play.
It’s said that golfers visiting Scotland head east to St Andrews for history and west to Turnberry for beauty. And there’s no doubt that Turnberry’s setting on the rugged Ayrshire coast is beguiling – the granite island of Ailsa Craig, marooned in the Firth of Clyde, permanently reminds visitors of where they are.
Welcome to the latest 2018 edition of our Top 100 for England. We first published an English Top 100 more than a decade ago and this is our 7th biennial ranking list for the nation that continues to hide its golfing light under a bushel.
You’ll find England’s largest swathe of heathland in the South East where an almost infinite number of heathery courses are located. There’s also a trio of Open venues with the venerable Royal St George’s heading our inaugural South East Top 50 table.
Golf course architect Matthew Dusenberry explains the story behind the unique design of the innovative Ellerstina golf course which is set in the heart of a world-famous private polo ranch to the west of downtown Buenos Aires.
Royal Dornoch apparently only has a handful of superior courses in the world, and despite not playing that many top tracks, I do find that at least mildly surprising. Will have to defer to those with more experience.
It’s been twelve years since we compiled our first Top 100 rankings for the Republic of Ireland and, in seven editions of the listings, the top five places have been occupied by the same five courses, albeit they’ve appeared in a slightly different order from time to time.
Two Norfolk links courses, each laid out in the 19th century, head our East of England table. The traditional and magical out and back links at Royal West Norfolk Golf Club (#1) is routed delightfully between Brancaster Bay and the salt marshes.