Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland 2011

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Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland 2011

26th December 2010

Castle Stuart - photo by Masa NishijimaScotland, 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.

Machrihanish Dunes - photo by Aidan BradleyMirroring 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