Top 200 Golf Courses in England 2011

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Top 200 Golf Courses in England 2011

30th December 2010

Unlike its UK counterparts – Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales – the English Tourist Board does not champion the promotion and development of golf tourism in England. Consequently, the majority of UK revenue generated by golf tourism goes elsewhere. We are unsure as to why England is the least popular UK golf destination because it has depth in the quality of its golf courses that can only be matched by the USA.

We presented the first ever rankings for England’s Top 100 golf courses back in 2006 and we even went to press and published the first (and so far only) book dedicated to England’s Top 100 golf courses. Since then, we extended our English rankings to 150 golf courses and now, for the first time and new for 2011, we’ve extended our rankings to 200 courses. These 200 courses represent the top ten percent of England’s golf courses and we expect this ranking list to become a coveted honour for many golf clubs.

Coombe Hill Golf ClubOur selection process included reviewing more than 500 English courses and it was an arduous job selecting the first and second hundred. 19 courses not previously featured on the Top 100 website have made their debut and 29 Top 100 Gems have achieved a much-deserved ranking position. But only one previously unranked course has made our first one hundred.

Coombe Hill is one of only a few courses designed by J.F. “Aber” Abercromby and it is the highest new entry in our English rankings debuting at position 100. Fittingly the Coombe Hill Golf Club celebrates its centenary in 2011 and the course is an undulating, heavily wooded, heathland layout that is quintessentially English. According to Andy: “Just occasionally a course exceeds expectations in abundance – Coombe Hill has done just that during my first visit recently.”

East Devon Golf ClubThere are many ups and downs in our latest England rankings but the highest climber is a relatively unknown West Country course. East Devon rockets 70 places in our rankings, settling comfortably in the mid section of our first hundred. Situated on a high heathland plateau atop the cliffs of Budleigh Salterton, the Herbert Fowler and Harry Colt-designed East Devon is totally enchanting and should be bracketed alongside Broadstone as one of England’s finest seaside heathland courses.

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The First Hundred

Pos

Course

Move

1

Royal Birkdale

No change

2

Royal St George's

Up 1

3

Sunningdale (Old)

Down 1

4

Royal Lytham & St Annes

Up 1

5

Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)

Down 1

6

Royal Liverpool

No change

7

Ganton

No change

8

Walton Heath (Old)

No change

9

Sunningdale (New)

Up 7

10

Wentworth (West)

Down 1

11

Saunton (East)

Up 4

12

Formby

Up 7

13

Royal West Norfolk

Up 5

14

St George's Hill

Down 3

15

Notts

Up 8

16

St Enodoc (Church)

Down 4

17

Burnham & Berrow

Up 17

18

Swinley Forest

Down 8

19

Royal Cinque Ports

Up 2

20

Rye (Old)

Down 7

21

Silloth-on-Solway

Down 1

22

West Sussex

Down 5

23

Hillside

Down 9

24

Alwoodley

Up 1

25

Berkshire (Red)

Down 1

26

Moortown

Up 22

27

Hunstanton

Up 13

28

Queenwood

Up 16

29

Hankley Common

Down 7

30

Grove

Up 19

31

Trevose (Championship)

Up 7

32

Berkshire (Blue)

Down 4

33

Chart Hills

Up 4

34

Walton Heath (New)

Down 2

35

Worplesdon

Down 5

36

Belfry (Brabazon)

Up 10

37

Woking

Up 4

38

Woburn (Marquess)

Up 1

39

Wentworth (East)

Down 3

40

Lindrick

Up 28

41

Sherwood Forest

Up 26

42

Royal North Devon

Up 10

43

Liphook

Up 21

44

West Hill

Down 15

45

St Mellion (Nicklaus)

Down 2

46

Southport & Ainsdale

Down 19

47

Bearwood Lakes

Down 21

48

Little Aston

Up 3

49

Delamere Forest

Down 2

50

Ferndown (Old)

Down 8

51

Woburn (Duke's)

Down 1

52

Addington

Down 17

53

Aldeburgh

Down 22

54

West Lancs

Up 1

55

Saunton (West)

Down 2

56

Royal Ashdown Forest (Old)

Down 11

57

Remedy Oak

Down 24

58

Seacroft

Up 56

59

Seaton Carew

Up 11

60

Broadstone

Down 3

61

East Devon

Up 70

62

Wisley (Garden & Mill)

Up 34

63

Hayling

Up 10

64

Beau Desert

Down 3

65

New Zealand

Down 5

66

Hindhead

Down 12

67

Perranporth

Up 7

68

Prince's

Down 12

69

Ilkley

Up 67

70

Parkstone

Up 9

71

East Sussex National (West)

Up 19

72

Woburn (Duchess)

Down 3

73

Slaley Hall (Hunting)

Up 54

74

Stoke Park (Colt & Alison)

Up 41

75

Sandiway

Up 11

76

Berwick-upon-Tweed

Down 11

77

Wallasey

Down 11

78

Buckinghamshire

Up 32

79

Sheringham

Up 1

80

Seascale

Up 53

81

Goodwood (Downs)

Down 22

82

Ashridge

Down 24

83

Blackmoor

Down 5

84

Isle of Purbeck (Purbeck)

Down 22

85

Fulford

Down 4

86

East Berkshire

Down 4

87

Oxfordshire

Up 67

88

Forest of Arden (Arden)

Up 24

89

Fairhaven

Up 31

90

Ipswich (Main)

Up 1

91

London Club (Heritage)

Up 17

92

Mannings Heath (Waterfall)

Down 8

93

Brocket Hall (Palmerston)

Down 30

94

Moor Park (High)

Up 36

95

Bovey Castle

Down 24

96

Bamburgh Castle

Down 7

97

North Hants

Down 22

98

Littlestone

Down 11

99

Woodbridge

Up 14

100

Coombe Hill

NEW

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