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Top 100 Golf Courses of Britain & Ireland 2011

08 December, 2010

Top 100 Golf Courses of Britain & Ireland - 2011

8th December 2010

We are pleased to announce our latest Britain & Ireland Top 100 rankings following thorough research and analysis of more than 200 British and Irish courses.

Breakdown of courses by country:England (48)Scotland (26)Ireland (17)Northern Ireland (5)Wales (4)

In a similar vein to our newly published World Top 100, our Britain & Ireland rankings looks very familiar. So let's put the cards on the table. The reality is that there will be few, if any, new contenders for a Top 20 place. There are perhaps thirty courses that vie for a Top 20 spot and the last course to break into that group was Kingsbarns, which opened for play in 2000.

Castle Stuart is our highest new entry - straight in at position 41. We've featured this Scottish Highland course as a Gem since 2008, a full nine months before it officially opened its tees for play. Mark Parsinen - the man who developed Kingsbarns - also developed Castle Stuart and his ambitious dream is to host a future Open Championship at Castle Stuart.

As usual, England has more Top 100 ranked courses than any other home country, but what England enjoys in quantity, Scotland has in sheer quality. There are six Scottish courses in the Top 10 alone and we welcome four Scottish new entries, Castle Stuart (41), Panmure (76), Machrihanish Dunes (93) and Montrose Medal (100).

There is some significant up and down movement for Irish courses, three of which we believe were positioned too far down in our last ranking table. County Louth moves up 23 places, County Sligo rockets 34 places and Mount Juliet jumps 27 spots. We also welcome a new entry, Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, straight in at 89th.

Northern Ireland now has five courses in the Top 100 with Lough Erne making its first appearance at 87th. But no course can shake Royal County Down from the head of our table. Since 2005, and for the fourth consecutive time, the famous Newcastle links is our No.1 course in Britain & Ireland.

To explore our new 2011-2012 Britain & Ireland Top 100 in detail, click here:

PosCourse CountryMove
1Royal County Down (Championship)Northern IrelandNo change
2Turnberry (Ailsa)ScotlandNo change
3Royal BirkdaleEnglandUp 3
4MuirfieldScotlandDown 1
5St Andrews (Old)ScotlandUp 4
6Royal Portrush (Dunluce)Northern IrelandDown 1
7KingsbarnsScotlandUp 1
8Royal Dornoch (Championship)ScotlandDown 1
9Carnoustie (Championship)ScotlandUp 4
10Ballybunion (Old)IrelandDown 6
11Royal St George'sEnglandNo change
12Sunningdale (Old)EnglandDown 2
13Loch LomondScotlandDown 1
14Royal Lytham & St AnnesEnglandUp 2
15Portmarnock (Old)IrelandUp 3
16Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)EnglandDown 2
17European ClubIrelandNo change
18Lahinch (Old)IrelandDown 3
19WatervilleIrelandNo change
20Royal LiverpoolEnglandNo change
21Royal Troon (Old)ScotlandNo change
22GantonEnglandNo change
23North Berwick (West)ScotlandUp 2
24Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie)ScotlandUp 4
25MachrihanishScotlandDown 1
26Walton Heath (Old)EnglandDown 3
27Sunningdale (New)EnglandUp 16
28Royal PorthcawlWalesDown 2
29Wentworth (West)EnglandDown 2
30Saunton (East)EnglandUp 11
31Cruden BayScotlandDown 1
32FormbyEnglandUp 16
33Nairn (Championship)ScotlandUp 4
34Royal West NorfolkEnglandUp 13
35St George's Hill (Red & Blue)EnglandDown 3
36Gleneagles (King's)ScotlandUp 8
37Western GailesScotlandDown 2
38County LouthIrelandUp 23
39TraleeIrelandDown 3
40NottsEnglandUp 12
41Castle StuartScotlandNEW
42PrestwickScotlandDown 4
43DoonbegIrelandDown 1
44St Enodoc (Church)EnglandUp 10
45Burnham & BerrowEnglandUp 30
46Swinley ForestEnglandDown 17
47Royal Cinque PortsEnglandUp 3
48Royal St David'sWalesDown 2
49County Sligo (Championship)IrelandUp 34
50Rye (Old)EnglandDown 11
51Enniscrone (Dunes)IrelandUp 6
52Mount JulietIrelandUp 27
53Ballyliffin (Glashedy)IrelandUp 3
54Silloth-on-SolwayEnglandDown 5
55West SussexEnglandDown 10
56Adare ManorIrelandUp 31
57Hillside EnglandDown 17
58Rosapenna (Sandy Hills)IrelandDown 5
59AlwoodleyEnglandDown 1
60Carne IrelandDown 27
61Old HeadIrelandDown 30
62Berkshire (Red)EnglandDown 8
63Gullane (No.1)ScotlandNo change
64St Andrews (Castle)ScotlandUp 5
65St Andrews (New)ScotlandNo change
67HunstantonEnglandUp 21
68QueenwoodEnglandUp 27
69DundonaldScotlandUp 12
70Hankley CommonEnglandDown 19
71Blairgowrie (Rosemount)ScotlandUp 29
72PennardWalesDown 17
74Trevose (Championship)EnglandUp 11
75Berkshire (Blue)EnglandDown 9
77AberdoveyWalesDown 7
78MachrieScotlandUp 4
79Chart HillsEnglandUp 5
80Walton Heath (New)EnglandDown 8
81Portstewart (Strand)Northern IrelandUp 11
82WorplesdonEnglandDown 14
83Castlerock (Mussenden) Northern IrelandUp 10
84Belfry (Brabazon)EnglandUp 13
85WokingEnglandUp 5
86Woburn (Marquess)EnglandNo change
87Lough ErneNorthern IrelandNEW
88Wentworth (East)EnglandDown 10
89Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LinksIrelandNEW
91Sherwood ForestEnglandNEW
92Royal North DevonEnglandNEW
93Machrihanish DunesScotlandNEW
95West HillEnglandDown 28
96St Mellion (Nicklaus) EnglandDown 2
97Southport & Ainsdale EnglandDown 35
98Bearwood LakesEnglandDown 38
99Little AstonEnglandNEW
100Montrose (Medal)ScotlandNEW

This is the second of numerous Top 100 re-rankings which we will be implementing this year. If you'd like to receive further updates from us and you are not already on our mailing list, click here to join.


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