Top 100 Golf Courses of the World - 2011

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Top 100 Golf Courses of the World - 2011

23rd November 2010

Les Bordes - our highest new entryTwo hundred and sixteen courses were on the shortlist for a position on our latest and much-coveted World Top 100 ranking list. Following months of research and detailed analysis we have the final results.

It’s an unusual World Top 100, which at first glance looks very familiar – at least the first half – but careful study of the second half will reveal many changes. There are no fewer than fifteen new entries, however some of these have previously appeared in our earlier World Top 100s.

The highest new entry – straight in at 69 – is Gallic and it’s poignant that Les Bordes should appear for the first time in our world rankings immediately after the sad death of architect Robert von Hagge. Without doubt, Les Bordes is the wonderful legacy left by a great architect when he was at his most wickedly creative.

Breakdown of courses by country:

USA (43)
Scotland (11)
England (10)
Australia (8)
Ireland (5)
Canada (4)
France (3)
New Zealand (3)
Japan (2)
Northern Ireland (2)
Spain (2)
Belgium (1)
Dominican Republic (1)
Mexico (1)
Netherlands (1)
South Africa (1)
Sweden (1)
Wales (1)

As usual, the USA has more world ranked courses than any other country, but there are fewer on our latest list than ever before. The USA has made way for the likes of Scotland’s Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie), perhaps the most underrated links course in the world. We see a return of two wonderful Canadian courses, Hamilton and Highlands Links and we’ve got two new Australian entries, the heathland Metropolitan and the links-like Moonah at the National Golf Club. England’s Wentworth West course reappears after its multi-million pound facelift and the New course at Sunningdale – considered by many as superior to the Old – makes its World Top 100 debut.

Continental European courses generally miss out on world ranking places, but two new Stadium courses join the household name of Sawgrass on our latest list – PGA de Catalunya and Bro Hof Slott. Spain and Sweden may be poles apart and their Stadium courses are also stratospherically different from Tom Simpson’s Chantilly, which makes its first appearance. Many believe that the Old course at Chantilly is the best course in Europe, even though it now forms a composite layout from Le Vineuil and Les Longres courses.

Our recent New Zealand rankings caused a bit of a furore – not least because we placed Kauri Cliffs ahead of Cape Kidnappers – but New Zealand can boast a number of exciting new courses. The USA’s Kinloch Golf Club may have dropped out of our World Top 100 but its namesake has replaced it. The Kinloch Club plays homage to the great British and Irish links courses – located about as far away from the sea as you can get in New Zealand – and it’s one of Jack Nicklaus’s favourite Golden Bear designs.

If you want to study our new 2011-2012 World Top 100 see below, or click here for full details.

1 Pine Valley
2 Cypress Point
3 Augusta National
4 Royal County Down (Championship)
5 Turnberry (Ailsa)
6 Shinnecock Hills
7 Royal Birkdale
8 Oakmont
9 Muirfield
10 St Andrews (Old)
11 Pebble Beach
12 Royal Melbourne (West)
13 Merion (East)
14 Royal Portrush (Dunluce)
15 Sand Hills
16 Kingston Heath
17 Bandon Dunes (Pacific Dunes)
18 National Golf Links of America
19 Kingsbarns
20 Winged Foot (West)
21 Royal Dornoch (Championship)
22 Carnoustie (Championship)
23 Fishers Island
24 Seminole
25 Ballybunion (Old)
26 Royal St George's
27 Sunningdale (Old)
28 New South Wales
29 Chicago
30 Crystal Downs
31 Loch Lomond
32 Whistling Straits (Straits)
33 Pinehurst (No.2)
34 Kauri Cliffs
35 Cape Kidnappers
36 Royal Lytham & St Annes
37 Hirono
38 Muirfield Village
39 Prairie Dunes
40 Country Club (Clyde & Squirrel)
41 Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)
42 Oakland Hills (South)
43 Portmarnock (Old)
44 Bethpage (Black)
45 Barnbougle Dunes
46 Kiawah Island (Ocean)
47 Oak Hill (East)
48 Friar's Head
49 Olympic Club (Lake)
50 European Club
51 Valderrama
52 Wade Hampton
53 Lahinch (Old)
54 Waterville
55 Royal Adelaide
56 Royal Liverpool
57 Royal Troon (Old)
58 Golf Club
59 Baltusrol (Lower)
60 Bandon Dunes (Bandon Dunes)
61 Kawana (Fuji)
62 Ganton
63 San Francisco
64 Medinah (No.3)
65 Shadow Creek (North)
66 Cabo del Sol (Ocean)
67 Royal Melbourne (East)
68 National Golf Club of Canada
69 Les Bordes [New entry]
70 St George's
71 Spyglass Hill
72 North Berwick (West)
73 Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog)
74 Morfontaine
75 TPC at Sawgrass (Stadium)
76 Hamilton [New entry]
77 Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie) [New entry]
78 Southern Hills
79 Riviera
80 Leopard Creek
81 Inverness
82 Castle Pines [New entry]
83 Highlands Links [New entry]
84 Machrihanish
85 Walton Heath (Old)
86 PGA de Catalunya (Stadium) [New entry]
87 National (Moonah) [New entry]
88 Sebonack
89 Sunningdale (New) [New entry]
90 Royal Porthcawl
91 Metropolitan [New entry]
92 Wentworth (West) [New entry]
93 Garden City
94 Maidstone
95 Royal Zoute
96 Arcadia Bluffs [New entry]
97 Chantilly (Vineuil) [New entry]
98 Kinloch Club [New entry]
99 Bro Hof Slott (Stadium) [New entry]
100 Noordwijkse [New entry]

This is the first 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.