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Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland 2011

26 December, 2010
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Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland 2011

26th December 2010

Scotland, the Home of Golf, is where the game began; the sport has been part of the Scottish heritage since at least the 15th century. With around 560 golf courses in the country, serving a population of little more than five million, you’d expect to find quiet Scottish fairways. However, Scotland welcomes more than 18 million tourists every year and many come in search of the country’s hallowed fairways.

We presented the first ever rankings of the Top 100 golf courses in Scotland in July 2009 – click here for more. Since then, we have continued to perfect the process and we now take into account more data than ever before. Surprisingly, our latest list shows only subtle changes, but we have four new entries, two of which have become virtual household names since they opened in 2009.

Mirroring our latest Britain & Ireland Top 100, Castle Stuart is our highest Scottish new entry – straight in at position 16. We’ve featured this Scottish Highland course as a Gem since 2008, a full nine months before it officially opened its tees for play. Not far behind Castle Stuart is the David McLay Kidd-designed Machrihanish Dunes which debuts at position 25.

The highest climber in our rankings – up 17 places – is an unfamiliar name on the popular Ayrshire coast. West Kilbride, originally designed by Old Tom Morris and revised by James Braid, is a regular venue for the Scottish Boys Championship and it’s a fine seaside course that deserves to be better known. Martin reckons: “The back nine at West Kilbride is as good as it gets starting with a small loop from holes 9-12 (where out of bounds left should be taken into consideration) leading on to the sublime stretch of holes 13 through 16 juxtaposed with the beach where people stroll and dogs play.”

Click here to review our new Scotland Top 100 in detail.

Pos Course Move
1 Turnberry (Ailsa) No change
2 Muirfield No change
3 St Andrews (Old) Up 2
4 Kingsbarns No change
5 Royal Dornoch (Championship) Down 2
6 Carnoustie (Championship) Up 1
7 Loch Lomond Down 1
8 Royal Troon (Old) No change
9 North Berwick Up 1
10 Royal Aberdeen Up 1
11 Machrihanish Down 2
12 Cruden Bay No change
13 Nairn Up 1
14 Gleneagles (King's) Up 2
15 Western Gailes Down 2
16 Castle Stuart NEW
17 Prestwick Down 2
18 Gullane (No.1) Down 1
19 St Andrews (Castle) No change
20 St Andrews (New) Down 2
21 Dundonald Down 1
22 Blairgowrie (Rosemount) Up 1
23 Panmure Up 7
24 Machrie Down 3
25 Machrihanish Dunes NEW
26 Montrose (Medal) Up 1
27 Moray (Old) Up 7
28 Ladybank Down 3
29 Southerness Down 3
30 Gleneagles (Queen's) Down 8
31 Downfield Down 3
32 Dunbar Up 4
33 Spey Valley Down 9
34 Lundin Up 4
35 Brora Down 4
36 Duke's St Andrews Up 1
37 Roxburghe Up 7
38 Leven Links Up 7
39 Gleneagles (PGA Centenary) Up 3
40 Monifieth (Medal) Up 8
41 Murcar Down 8
42 St Andrews (Jubilee) Up 8
43 Scotscraig Up 8
44 Turnberry (Kintrye) Down 15
45 Archerfield (Fidra) Down 5
46 Archerfield (Dirleton) Down 14
47 Boat of Garten Down 12
48 Renaissance Club Down 9
49 Tain Up 6
50 Crail (Balcomie) Down 3
51 Kilmarnock (Barassie) Down 2
52 Glasgow Gailes Down 9
53 Skibo Castle Up 1
54 Dalmahoy (East) Up 7
55 St Andrews Bay (Kittocks) Up 1
56 Gullane (No.2) Up 1
57 St Andrews Bay (Torrance) Down 16
58 Blairgowrie (Lansdowne) Up 1
59 Letham Grange (Old) Down 6
60 Fraserburgh (Corbie) Up 4
61 West Kilbride Up 17
62 Elie Down 10
63 Carrick Down 3
64 Royal Burgess Down 2
65 Luffness New Down 19
66 Lanark Down 3
67 Glen Up 1
68 Fortrose & Rosemarkie Down 1
69 Royal Musselburgh Down 4
70 Bruntsfield Links Up 16
71 Prestwick St Nicholas Up 6
72 Portpatrick (Dunskey) Up 3
73 Belleisle Up 1
74 Duff House Royal Down 2
75 Kilspindie Down 2
76 Edzell Down 5
77 Shiskine Up 12
78 Crail (Craighead) Up 14
79 Cardrona Down 13
80 Longniddry Down 4
81 East Renfrewshire No change
82 Irvine Down 24
83 Pitlochry No change
84 Duddingston Up 4
85 Mortonhall Down 3
86 Peterhead (Old) Up 1
87 Nairn Dunbar Down 12
88 Whitekirk Up 7
89 Newmachar (Hawkshill) Up 4
90 Meldrum House Up 5
91 Ratho Park Up 7
92 Stranraer Down 2
93 Carnoustie (Burnside) Down 2
94 Inverness No change
95 Powfoot Down 11
96 Kilmacolm NEW
97 Musselburgh (Old) Up 3
98 Forfar NEW
99 Gullane (No.3) Down 3
100 Craigielaw Down 20
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