Top 100 News Channel

Top 30 Golf Courses of Japan 2017

We first published rankings for Japanese courses in 2009, so this is our fourth biennial update, which started out eight years ago in a very modest fashion with a Top 10. We’ve gradually increased our coverage in Japan and we now present the latest edition of those listings.

Top 30 Golf Courses of Japan 2017

The impressive new 18-hole course takes shape on the Isle of Jura’s Ardfin Estate

The Ardfin Estate was acquired in 2010 from the Riley-Smith family, brewers from Tadcaster in Yorkshire, by retired Australian hedge fund manager Greg Coffey and the London-based owner has embarked on a long term redevelopment project to restore the semi-derelict C-listed Jura House to its former glory and construct a top class 18-hole golf course.

The impressive new 18-hole course takes shape on the Isle of Jura’s Ardfin Estate

Nine “Must Play” golf courses in Panama

Dave Finn, our Canadian Correspondent, visited Panama on two separate occasions this year to sample the best courses on offer at the lower end of the continental divide that separates North and South America.

Nine “Must Play” golf courses in Panama

How to play the world’s most exclusive golf clubs

Another self-confessed golf nut named John Sabino set off a few years ago “in pursuit of golf’s Holy Grail”, his task was to play the World Top 100. He wrote a blog as he progressed along his golfing journey before being approached by a book publisher to write about how he gained access to some of the most exclusive golf clubs in the world.

How to play the world’s most exclusive golf clubs

Rudo completes the World Top 100 “Ever” list

Playing the World Top 100 Ever list involved conquering 317 courses (including the MacWood Spoof list) in 37 different countries. An eye-watering number of air miles later, only one person in the entire world can say “I’ve done it” and now “the New Golf Life Begins… Return to Great Ones”

Rudo completes the World Top 100 “Ever” list

Sweden – where variety is the spice of golfing life!

Swedish courses feature prominently in our Continental European Top 100, so Jan Nordstrom, our Nordic correspondent, was keen to show us what golf was like in the south of the country, so we joined him for a nine course golfing excursion around the city of Malmö.

Sweden – where variety is the spice of golfing life!

Response to Course Reviews

Littlestone (Championship)

Meant to add that much like playing Royal Lytham, I was smiling all the way round, even when the rain was lashing down and I was playing badly - and at the end...

Trump International Golf Links, Aberdeen

We played of the white T,s which made it 178 yards and unfortunately still a driver. To be fair the length of the course is not a problem as there are many T op...

Western Gailes

Yes, I reckon Wetern Gailes to be the best and truest links course in Ayrshire. It is secluded beyond the railway line and occupies the finest dune land area. A...

Dundonald

I agree with most of the writers observations. The course did set up well for the Ladies Scottish Open, and will host the Men's next year, when we will see the...