Britain & Ireland

The British Isles, as they’re commonly called, lie off the northwest coast of continental Europe and they consist of five countries (the United Kingdom of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, along with the Republic of Ireland) and three Crown dependencies (Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey). In total, around seventy million people inhabit a region that gave birth to the game of golf and where many of the original courses are still in play today. In a modern world where new, often extraordinarily expensive, courses open up around the globe every year, it’s interesting to note that many golfers outside Britain and Ireland still dream of visiting these island nations to experience golf in its most authentic environment.

Top 100 Golf Courses presents a Top 100 listing for England, but thanks to our thirty-six Best in County charts, where we geographically rank courses, we’re able to shine the golfing spotlight a lot wider, onto nearly six hundred and fifty distinct layouts throughout the length and breadth of the country. Similarly in Scotland, which also has its own Top 100 listing, by subdividing courses into fifteen distinct regions, it allows us to highlight over two hundred different tartan tracks. Likewise, Wales has its own Top 50 chart, with courses split into four areas within the Principality.

Across the Irish Sea, there are more than a hundred and seventy courses arranged within the twenty-six counties that comprise the Republic of Ireland and each county has its own small ranking list. We also maintain a Top 100 chart for Ireland. In the north east portion of the island, we exhibit the golf courses of Northern Ireland in a separate Top 25 listing, which can be broken down to display individual charts for each of the six counties that make up the country. Currently, the Championship course at Royal County Down is not only the Northern Irish number one layout, but it also occupies the top position in our Top 100 Britain and Ireland rankings. Simply scroll down this page to see the full details.


Our Britain & Ireland Top 100 rankings were last updated in November 2015. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Britain & Ireland

Royal County Down (Championship)

1st Britain & Ireland Ranking

Royal County Down Golf Club is at Newcastle, a little holiday town nestling at the feet of the majestic Mountains of Mourne. It’s an exhilarating location for a classic links golf course...

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St Andrews (Old)

2nd Britain & Ireland Ranking

No other course has hosted more Opens than the Old Course at St Andrews. Its 29th Open and the 144th Open Championship returned “to the Home of Golf” in 2015.

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Royal Dornoch (Championship)

3rd Britain & Ireland Ranking

Royal Dornoch Golf Club is spellbinding. It seems to mesmerise amateur and professional golfers from all over the world...

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Muirfield

4th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Muirfield is the course of “The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers” (HCEG), the world’s oldest golf club – according to direct written evidence – formed in 1744.

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Royal Portrush (Dunluce)

5th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Since its foundation in 1888, Royal Portrush Golf Club has undergone a transformation in more ways than one.

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Trump Turnberry (Ailsa)

6th Britain & Ireland Ranking

The Ailsa course at the Turnberry Resort is probably the most scenic Open Championship golf course. Located right next to the Firth of Clyde, with craggy rocks and superb views across to the Mull of Kintyre...

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Ballybunion (Old)

7th Britain & Ireland Ranking

As you drive from the historic town of Ballybunion, along the winding road to the golf club, your eyes feast upon the most spectacular links land imaginable.

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Royal St George's

8th Britain & Ireland Ranking

There's nothing artificial about Royal St George’s Golf Club; there's a natural look and feel to the course that blends beautifully into its historical Sandwich surroundings.

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Carnoustie (Championship)

9th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Carnoustie is a big natural seaside golf links and the Championship course is considered to be one of the most difficult in the British Isles.

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Sunningdale (Old)

10th Britain & Ireland Ranking

The Old course at Sunningdale Golf Club is one of the British Isles’ most aesthetically pleasing inland courses.

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