Welcome to Top 100 Golf Courses - the only independent website dedicated to the best golf courses in the world.Our mission is to connect passionate golfers with the world’s greatest golf clubs. Through this connection, we bring you unique and current course information, pictures and the benefit of our enthusiasm and expertise. We also give you the ability to share your viewpoint through our “write a review” facility.
You can even email your course photographs to us and, if they are suitable, we’ll put them online. Our ultimate aim is to list every golf course that we believe is worth travelling to play. We'll also showcase some golfing gems that shine brightly but are often overshadowed. We're a team of real golfers with mixed handicaps and we simply love golf courses, their rich heritage and fascinating architecture.
Our passion soon developed into the formation of an independent company which is now the online window to many thousands of fabulous golf courses in every corner of the world.
Meet the team:
Alexandre is our Brazilian Correspondent who took up golf as a kid but quit the game to focus on triathlon. After a hiatus lasting more than 20 years he returned to golf and is aiming to reduce his handicap from 3.5 to scratch. He's played more than 50 Brazilian courses and many more around the world. Alex is passionate about golf in his homeland and his aim is to uncover a few hidden Brazilian gems.
Read Alex's reviews here.
Andy is our Marketing Director and he plays off an 11 handicap.
He has close to 30 years of experience in organising golf days and events. Consequently he’s played many hundreds of different courses and more than 750 that feature on the Top 100 site.
Favourites include Waterville, Royal County Down, Kingsbarns, The Links at Fancourt and the Red course at Streamsong. Read Andy's reviews here.
Brian covers the Midlands and the North of England. He is hanging on to a handicap of 9. He's played more than 1,000 courses including all of the current Top 100 of Britain and Ireland. His favourites include Royal Dornoch, Morfontaine and Royal County Down. Brian works full time as Secretary of The Golf Society of Great Britain and is an International Golf Travel Writers Association member.
Read Brian's reviews here.
Daniel is the Top 100 Company Secretary.
His passion is compulsively buying CDs and he claims one day his collection will be worth a small fortune!
He started playing golf as a teenager and has whittled his handicap down to 18 despite managing to get out on the course only a couple of times each year, hopefully he will dust off his clubs again soon.
David, our International Correspondent, hails from Oregon originally but took up golf since moving to Europe about 23 years ago. He resides in Amsterdam, is a 5 handicap and a member of the Noordwijkse. On the 30th of November 2018 at Augusta National, David completed our two most recent World Top 100 Lists (World Top 100 or Bust!). His favorite courses are Royal County Down and Cypress Point. Read David's reviews here.
Fergal is our US Consultant who hails from Dublin but lives in Boston. A self-confessed golf course addict, who completed playing the US Top 100 in just 4 years at 28 years of age. In 2015, aged 32, he became the youngest person and the first Irishman to play the World Top 100. Since moving to the US, he's become a panellist with Golf Magazine. He's a +1 handicapper and a member at Portmarnock.
Read Fergal's reviews here.
François is our Alpine Correspondent who learned to play in France over 20 years ago. Despite his 20+ handicap his love for golf blossomed and he's played some 300 courses in numerous countries near and far from his base in Switzerland. His favourite courses include Elie, East Lake, Lausanne, Biella, Chantilly (Vineuil) and Les Aisses, but he's always willing to explore fairways and rough at new venues. Read François's reviews here.
Hwa Young is our Korean Correspondent.
He started in journalism as a golf writer in 2002 and is now the Chief Editor at Herald Sports. He’s a panellist for Korea’s Best Courses, is the Managing Editor of the World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses You Can Play – Europe and is a member of the IGTWA. He has played more than 120 Korean courses and is passionate about golf history, hoping to play the oldest course in every country.
Ian is our Welsh correspondent who also covers Southwest England. He started playing golf after learning to bike ride, so golf came before girlfriends, but he still plays off a 7 handicap and reckons he got the balance right! He played his early golf on England’s south coast and he’s played more than 50 of Britain & Ireland’s Top 100 courses favouring those that offer dramatic settings and unique challenges.
Read Ian's reviews here.
Jan lives in Norway and he’s our correspondent for Denmark, Norway and Sweden, playing off a handicap of 13. He’s played more than 200 courses, including every 18-holer in Norway. Among his favourites are North Berwick, Ganton and Halmstad (Norra). During the summer you are likely to catch Jan in Sweden, lounging by his camper van, cold beer in hand, after another round on one of Sweden's fine courses. Read Jan's reviews here.
Javier is our Argentina Correspondent and he’s been golfing since a 4-year-old. His handicap has been down to +2 (now 0) and he twice scored 65 at Golf Club Argentino. Javier runs Let’s Golf Argentina and WeGolf and formerly managed Punta Blanca GC in the Dominican Rep. He’s written articles about golf tourism and course maintenance and his favourite courses are Cypress Point and the Old course.
Read Javier's reviews here.
Jim hails from the Home of Golf. He's our Editor and Scottish Correspondent, a member of the International Golf Travel Writers Association and a key member of the editorial team. With a handicap of 10, he knows how to card a decent score on the windy fast-running Scottish links courses. Jim has played every single course on our Scottish Top 100 list.
Read Jim's reviews here.
Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Top 100 Golf Courses and sometimes plays to a 10 handicap. His love affair with golf courses started more than thirty years ago and has since played more than 1,000 different courses worldwide and 92 of the Top 100 in Britain & Ireland.
Keith is a member of the International Golf Travel Writers Association.
Read Keith's reviews here.
Kevin is our Australian Correspondent.
He is a panellist for a number of golfing publications and has a passion for studying the world’s greatest golf courses. He has played golf extensively around Australia as well as throughout Britain, Ireland, USA and New Zealand. Kevin has played virtually all of the courses listed in our current Australian Top 100.
Read Kevin's reviews here.
Kimi was born in Japan, educated in the USA and then relocated to Hong Kong in 1993. He is one of our key raters and our China and Southern Asia correspondent. He's played 1,200 courses and plays 70-80 new courses every year. He has his own golf courses introductory website: kimigolf.com and is a member of Discovery Bay and Ayodhya Links and plays off a 6 handicap.
Read Kimi's reviews here.
Masa is our international consultant.
He is a successful golf writer and golf course commentator; his book Analysis of a Golf Course is a bestseller in Japan.
Masa is passionate about golf courses and he has visited 56 countries and played 2,030 courses along the way.
He is a panellist and international board member for Golf Magazine’s World Top 100.
Matt is our New Zealand Correspondent who grew up playing the Surrey heathland courses before moving to study at St Andrews University. He immigrated to New Zealand in 2008 and currently plays off a 10 handicap at Chisholm Links in Dunedin. He is also a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, and has published articles in The Cut (NZ’s leading golf magazine) on both golf psychology and NZ’s golf courses. Read Matt's reviews here.
Nicolas is our French correspondent.
He has played golf all of his life and has been involved with almost every facet of the sport, and nothing gives him more pleasure than playing a competitive round with friends.
A 4 handicapper, he has played most of the top US and European courses and believes golf is all about great courses, rich tradition, and friends.
Rachelle is our Office Manager, photographer and our graphics expert.
Top 100 eventually infected her with the golf bug and she now loves the game.
She has recently re-joined Three Rivers Golf & Country Club in Essex and is enjoying watching her handicap come tumbling down.
Rachelle's short-term ambition is to play every top ranked course in Essex, her long-term goal is to play all the courses that have been granted "Royal" status.
Simon is our Commercial Director.
He started playing golf at 26, severely caught the golf bug and managed to obtain a 5 handicap within two years. He’s a relative newcomer to the team and although his list of courses played is small the number is growing.
A few of his favourites are Royal St George's, Streamsong (Red), Valderrama and Castle Stuart.
Steve is our New England Correspondent where he belongs to three clubs as well as the Donald Ross and Seth Raynor Societies. Steve’s played more than 500 golf courses on three continents, including over half of the World Top 100. So despite his mediocre abilities as a golfer, he has at least a broad basis for comparison. Steve’s other interests include sailing, hiking, skiing and curling.
Read Steve's reviews here.
Stuart, for the past 20 years, has been Editor of Golf Digest South Africa, which publishes the biennial ranking of the Top 100 Courses in that country. He initiated the first ranking, in 1998, when it was South Africa’s Top 50 courses. Author of three books on South African courses, and a 7-handicap, he travels widely in search of great golf experiences. Stuart is a member of the Royal & Ancient, and International Golf Travel Writers Association.
Ulrich is our German correspondent and puts up with a 12 handicap. He is a keen writer, who has contributed to the World Atlas of Golf and other publications. Ulrich plays golf all over Europe and has photographed, reviewed and ranked more than 180 courses. His personal manifesto for golf architecture is the GCE Scale. He wrote the Golf CV app to track his golfing endeavours and publishes it as freeware.
Read Ulrich's reviews here.
Vijit is our Indian correspondent, a passionate golfer who plays off a scratch handicap and has travelled extensively to study and play the world’s top classic golf courses. He is Treasurer for the Golf Course Superintendents & Managers Association of India, Consultant to numerous golf courses, Director of the Indian Golf Industry Association, member of the Indian Golf Tourism Association and the PGA of India.
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Top 100 Golf Courses of the British Isles is our first publication, printed in hardback in 2005. On page 212 is the first Top 100 list to be published based on thousands of online reviews posted on this website and we took a snapshot. We can't promise it's the most definitive list, but it's based on the views of passionate golfers. No.1 on "Your Top 100" list was Royal Dornoch (Championship). We have now sold all remaining copies of this book but we’ve since published an updated title which is still available. See below.
Top 100 Golf Courses of Britain & Ireland is our second publication, first printed in hardback in 2007. On page 212 we printed a Top 200 list based on online reviews posted on this website. No.1 on "Your Top 200" list was Royal County Down and Royal Dornoch (Championship) came in at a very creditable 5th place. Top 100 Golf Courses of Britain & Ireland is available for purchase via Amazon.
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Top 100 Golf Courses of England is our third publication, first printed in hardback in 2007. Once again we printed a list based on online reviews posted on this website (Page 218). Your English Top 100 featured Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin) at No.1, closely followed by Ganton and Royal Birkdale. This remains the first and only publication dedicated to England’s Top 100 Golf Courses and is available for purchase via Amazon. Click here for more.
Top 100 Golf Courses of Scotland is our fourth publication, first published in Kindle format in December 2015. This independent and authoritative guide is illustrated with colourful photographs, more than 1,000 reviews from passionate golfers and an inside perspective from the Top 100 Editor, Jim McCann, who has played each and every one of Scotland’s Top 100 Golf Courses. The book is available for purchase via Amazon - click here for more.
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