Welcome to Top 100 Golf Courses - the only independent website dedicated to the best golf courses of the World.
Our mission is to connect passionate golfers with the world’s greatest golf clubs. Through this connection, we bring you unique and current course information, pictures and special offers from participating clubs. We also give you the ability to share your viewpoint through our “write a review” facility. You can even email your course photographs to us and, if they are suitable, we’ll put them online. Our ultimate aim is to feature every golf course that has ever appeared on a reputable ranking list and also we’ll bring you some gems that shine brightly but are often overshadowed.
We're a team of passionate club golfers with mixed handicaps and we simply love golf courses, their rich heritage and fascinating architecture. We decided to take our passion a step further. We’ve built an independent company and we’re now committed to playing, reviewing and promoting our greatest golf courses.
Meet the team:
Alexandre is our Brazilian Correspondent who took up golf as a kid but quit the game to focus on a career as a triathlete. After a hiatus lasting more than 20 years he returned to golf and is aiming to reduce his handicap from 3.5 to scratch. He has played more than 50 Brazilian courses and many more around the world. Alex is passionate about golf in his homeland and his aim is to uncover a few hidden Brazilian gems.
Andy is our Marketing Director and he plays off an 11 handicap. He has close to 30 years of experience in organising golf days and events. Consequently he’s played many hundreds of different courses and more than 750 that feature on the Top 100 site. Favourites include Waterville, Royal County Down, Kingsbarns, PGA Catalunya (Stadium), The Links at Fancourt and the RED course at Streamsong. Email Andy here
Brian covers the Midlands and the North of England. He is hanging on to a handicap of 7. He's played more than 900 courses including 98 of the current Top 100 of Britain and Ireland. His favourites include Royal Dornoch, Swinley Forest, Old Head, Royal County Down and Sunningdale Old and New. Brian works full time as Secretary of The Golf Society of Great Britain and is an International Golf Travel Writers Association member.
Daniel is the Top 100 Company Secretary, his passion is compulsively buying CDs and he claims one day his collection will be worth a small fortune! He started playing golf as a teenager and has whittled his handicap down to 18 despite managing to get out on the course only a couple of times each year. It’s always a serious challenge to persuade him to leave the office, unless there’s a sale on at his local music store.
Dave is our Canadian Correspondent. He lives near Toronto and has been in the golf business for more than 25 years. In 2006, he co-founded travelinggolfer.net and is a member of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada, Golf Travel Writers of America and the Travel Media Association of Canada. Dave has travelled extensively throughout North America and in 16 countries. Email Dave here
David, our International Correspondent, hails from Oregon originally but took up golf since moving to Europe about 23 years ago. He resides in Amsterdam, is a 4 handicap and a member of the Noordwijkse. He’s actively pursuing his dream of playing the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses and has now played 75 of them. His favourite is Cypress Point even though he considers himself a true "links golf" enthusiast.
David is our southern African correspondent, lives in Johannesburg and owns a tourism consultancy, The Tourism Strategy Company. He is a member at Leopard Park Golf Club and plays off a 3 handicap. David is a ranking panellist for Golf Digest South Africa. His favourite courses include Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath, Royal County Down, Teeth of the Dog, Sentosa and The Links at Fancourt.
Fergal is our US Consultant who hails from Dublin but lives in Boston. A self-confessed golf course addict, who completed playing the Top 100 ranked courses in the US in just 4 years at 28 years of age. In Aug 2015, aged 32, he became the youngest person and the first Irishman to play the World Top 100 ranked courses. Since moving to the US, he's become a panellist with Golf Magazine and Golf Digest. He has a +1 handicap and is a member of Portmarnock.
Hwa Young is our Korean Correspondent. He started in journalism as a golf writer in 2002 and is now the Chief Editor at Herald Sports. He’s a panellist for Korea’s Best Courses, is the Managing Editor of the World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses You Can Play – Europe and is a member of the IGTWA. He’s played more than 120 Korean courses and is passionate about golf history, hoping to play the oldest course in every country.
Ian is our Welsh correspondent who also covers Southwest England. He started playing golf after learning to bike ride, so golf came even before girlfriends, but he still plays off a 7 handicap and reckons he got the balance about right! He played his early golf on England’s south coast and he’s played more than 50 of Britain & Ireland’s Top 100 courses favouring those that offer dramatic settings and unique challenges.
James, or Jim, as he is better known, hails from the Home of Golf. He's our Editor and Scottish Correspondent, a member of the International Golf Travel Writers Association and a key member of the editorial team. With a handicap of 10, he knows how to card a decent score on the windy fast-running Scottish links courses. Jim has played every single course on our Scottish Top 100 list. Click here for more.
Jan lives in Norway and he’s our correspondent for Denmark, Norway and Sweden, playing off a handicap of 13. He’s played more than 200 courses, including every 18-holer in Norway. Among his favourites are North Berwick, Ganton and Halmstad (Norra). During the summer you are likely to catch Jan in Sweden, lounging by his camper van, cold beer in hand, after another round on one of Sweden's fine courses.
Javier is our Argentina Correspondent and he’s been golfing since a 4-year-old. His handicap has been down to +2 (now 2) and he once scored 65 at Golf Club Argentino. Javier runs Let’s Golf Argentina and WeGolf and formerly managed Punta Blanca GC in the Dominican Rep. He’s written articles about golf tourism and course maintenance and his favourite courses are Cypress Point and the Old course.
Jim heads up the Top 100 web design team and he has a wealth of IT and Internet knowledge. His 28 handicap has not recently been tested on the golf course but one day we'll drag him away from his handheld and PC and onto the golf course... will he cope with the fresh air?
Kevin is our Australian Correspondent. He is a panellist for a number of golfing publications and has a passion for studying the world’s greatest golf courses. He has played golf extensively around Australia as well as throughout Britain and Ireland and has played virtually all of the courses listed in our current Australian Top 100.
Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Top 100 Golf Courses and plays off a rather suspect 10 handicap. His love affair with golf courses started more than twenty-five years ago and has since played more than 1,000 different courses worldwide and 90 of the Top 100 in Britain & Ireland. Keith is a member of the International Golf Travel Writers Association and his home course is Bovey Castle.
Kimi was born in Japan, educated in the USA and then relocated to Hong Kong in 1993. He is our China and Southern Asia correspondent. He has played 800 courses, mainly in Asia, and plays 60-70 new courses every year. He has his own golf courses introductory website: kimigolf.com. He’s a member of Discovery Bay Golf Club and plays off a 5 handicap.
Masa is our international consultant, a successful golf writer and golf course commentator; his book Analysis of a Golf Course is a bestseller in Japan. Masa is passionate about golf courses and he has visited 56 countries and played 2,030 courses along the way. He is a panellist and international board member for Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the World.
Matt is our New Zealand Correspondent who grew up playing the Surrey heathland courses before moving to study at St Andrews University. He immigrated to New Zealand in 2008 and currently plays off 10 at former NZ Open venue, St Clair. He is also a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, and has published articles in The Cut (NZ’s leading golf magazine) on both golf psychology and NZ’s golf courses.
Nicolas is our correspondent for France and he’s played golf all of his life. He has been involved with almost every facet of the sport, and nothing gives him more pleasure than playing a competitive round with friends. A 4 handicapper, he has played most of the top US and European courses and believes golf is all about great courses, rich tradition, and friends.
Rachelle is our Office Manager, photographer and our graphics expert. Top 100 eventually infected her with the golf bug and she's now smitten by the game. She loves landscape photography and she knows a great golf course image when she sees one. With more than 15,000 pictures already featured on the Top 100 website, Rachelle’s editing skills are kept finely honed.
Simon handles our Advertising, click here for more details. He started playing golf at 26 and then severely caught the golf bug. He took some time out to work in a pro shop and learnt the game from a pro who once played in the Open; Simon now plays off a handicap of 6. Three of his favourite Top 100 courses are Sunningdale, Hindhead and Littlestone.
Ulrich is our German correspondent and puts up with a 12 handicap. He is a keen writer, who has contributed to the World Atlas of Golf and other publications. Ulrich plays golf all over Europe and to date has photographed, reviewed and ranked more than 180 courses. His personal manifesto for golf architecture is the GCE Scale. He wrote the Golf CV app to keep track of his golfing endeavours and publishes it as freeware.
www.top100golfcourses.co.uk is a totally independent website. We are not associated with any of the golf publications that rank golf courses (other than our own), but we are deeply passionate about golf and addicted to playing great golf courses.