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Top 200 Golf Courses in England 2011

30 December, 2010
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Top 200 Golf Courses in England 2011

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.

Our 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.”

There 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.

Click here to review our new England Top 200 in detail.

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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