Britain & Ireland

The British Isles, as they’re commonly called, lie off the northwest coast of continental Europe and they consist of five countries (the United Kingdom of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, along with the Republic of Ireland) and three Crown dependencies (Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey). In total, around seventy million people inhabit a region that gave birth to the game of golf and where many of the original courses are still in play today. In a modern world where new, often extraordinarily expensive courses open up around the globe every year, it’s interesting to note that many golfers outside Britain and Ireland still dream of visiting these island nations to experience golf in its most authentic environment.

Top 100 Golf Courses presents a Top 100 listing for England, but thanks to our thirty-six Best in County charts, where we geographically rank courses, we’re able to shine the golfing spotlight a lot wider, onto nearly six hundred and fifty distinct layouts throughout the length and breadth of the country. Similarly in Scotland, which also has its own Top 100 listing, by subdividing courses into fifteen distinct regions, it allows us to highlight over two hundred different tartan tracks. Likewise, Wales has its own Top 50 chart, with courses split into four areas within the Principality.

Across the Irish Sea, there are more than a hundred and seventy courses arranged within the twenty-six counties that comprise the Republic of Ireland and each county has its own small ranking list. We also maintain a Top 100 chart for Ireland. In the north east portion of the island, we exhibit the golf courses of Northern Ireland in a separate Top 30 listing, which can be broken down to display individual charts for each of the six counties that form the country. Currently, the Championship course at Royal County Down is the Northern Irish number one layout and it also occupies the top position in our Top 100 Britain and Ireland rankings. Simply scroll down this page to see the full details.


Our Britain & Ireland Top 100 rankings were last updated in November 2017. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Britain & Ireland

Worplesdon

71st Britain & Ireland Ranking

Worplesdon Golf Club is one of the prettiest and most delightful of Surrey’s many heath and heather courses...

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Description: Worplesdon Golf Club is one of the prettiest and most delightful of Surrey’s many heath and heather courses... Rating: 4.9705882352941 out of 6

Pennard

72nd Britain & Ireland Ranking

Pennard Golf Club is a delightful old-fashioned affair and without doubt, this is one of the very best links courses in the British Isles.

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Description: Pennard Golf Club is a delightful old-fashioned affair and without doubt, this is one of the very best links courses in the British Isles. Rating: 5.1320754716981 out of 6

Broadstone

73rd Britain & Ireland Ranking

Broadstone Golf Club is laid out on glorious rolling terrain. The elevated homeward nine provides panoramic views of the Purbeck Hills and Poole Harbour.

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Description: Broadstone Golf Club is laid out on glorious rolling terrain. The elevated homeward nine provides panoramic views of the Purbeck Hills and Poole Harbour. Rating: 5.1052631578947 out of 6

Gleneagles (Queen's)

74th Britain & Ireland Ranking

The Queen’s course is the pretty little sister at the Gleneagles Hotel. She’s only short course but she's exquisitely delicate and stunningly beautiful.

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Description: The Queen’s course is the pretty little sister at the Gleneagles Hotel. She’s only short course but she's exquisitely delicate and stunningly beautiful. Rating: 5 out of 6

Machrihanish Dunes

75th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Machrihanish Dunes was the vision of Australian tycoon Brian Keating. Only a small fraction of this 270-acre property was disturbed by architect David McLay Kidd and associate Paul Kimber when they laid out the golf course.

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Description: Machrihanish Dunes was the vision of Australian tycoon Brian Keating. Only a small fraction of this 270-acre property was disturbed by architect David McLay Kidd and associate Paul Kimber when they laid out the golf course. Rating: 4.9565217391304 out of 6

Portstewart (Strand)

76th Britain & Ireland Ranking

The Strand course at Portstewart Golf Club is exhilarating. Set amidst imposing, gigantic sand dunes with panoramic views across the Atlantic mouth of Lough Foyle to the Inishowen peninsula beyond.

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Description: The Strand course at Portstewart Golf Club is exhilarating. Set amidst imposing, gigantic sand dunes with panoramic views across the Atlantic mouth of Lough Foyle to the Inishowen peninsula beyond. Rating: 5.2258064516129 out of 6

Wentworth (East)

77th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Wentworth West is the course that everybody rushes to play, but the East is more enjoyable for the average player. It is also more sandy, intimate and charming.

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Description: Wentworth West is the course that everybody rushes to play, but the East is more enjoyable for the average player. It is also more sandy, intimate and charming. Rating: 4.8 out of 6

Royal St David's

78th Britain & Ireland Ranking

The glorious setting for Royal St David’s Golf Club is nothing short of beautiful and romantic. The forbidding medieval Harlech castle and towering sand dunes guard the course.

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Description: The glorious setting for Royal St David’s Golf Club is nothing short of beautiful and romantic. The forbidding medieval Harlech castle and towering sand dunes guard the course. Rating: 4.8409090909091 out of 6

Hindhead

79th Britain & Ireland Ranking

The front nine at Hindhead Golf Club is laid out through heather strewn Ice Age valleys and the back nine plays on a heathland plateau.

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Description: The front nine at Hindhead Golf Club is laid out through heather strewn Ice Age valleys and the back nine plays on a heathland plateau. Rating: 5.0909090909091 out of 6

Duke's St Andrews

80th Britain & Ireland Ranking

The Duke’s is the course belonging to the famous Old Course Hotel and it’s the only non-links course in St Andrews.

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Description: The Duke’s is the course belonging to the famous Old Course Hotel and it’s the only non-links course in St Andrews. Rating: 4.7692307692308 out of 6