Continental Europe
 
 

In strict geographical terms, Continental Europe excludes the Mediterranean islands of Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Malta, Cyprus and the Balearics but we include all of these golfing hot spots in our Continental Europe grouping. For good measure, we also include a number of other islands: out in the Atlantic, we have the Azores and the Canaries, whilst up at the top of the world, we take in Iceland and Greenland. Turkey and Russia are sometimes listed within the Asian continent but we take the more conventional approach of including them in our mainland Europe ranking charts. 

We cover almost a hundred courses in Central Europe, maintaining a Top 30 for Germany, a Top 20 for the Czech Republic, a Top 15 for Austria and a Top 10 for both Poland and Switzerland. With nearly one hundred and fifty layouts showcased from the Nordic region of Europe, we feature a Top 20 for Norway, a Top 30 for Finland and Denmark, and a Top 50 for Sweden. We also profile over two hundred courses in the Mediterranean region, where we support the following major ranking charts: an Italian Top 30, a French and Portuguese Top 40 and a Spanish Top 100.

The current Continental Europe Top 100 lists only the very best courses from the near five hundred that we promote in mainland Europe. Within the upper echelons of this chart, France rules supreme as four of its top tracks appear in the Top 10, led by the wonderful old Tom Simpson design of Morfontaine at number 1. Some might be surprised at the prominent positions held by Benelux courses – where a couple of Dutch links (Noordwijkse at number 2 and Koninklijke Haagsche at number 9) and Belgium’s Royal Zoute (at number 8) – occupy Top 10 spots; nonetheless, we think these largely undiscovered golfing nations might just be a couple of Europe’s best kept golfing secrets.
 
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Morfontaine
Morfontaine remains a monument to Tom Simpson’s original design, although Kyle Phillips has recently made some minor changes to the course.

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Noordwijkse
Noordwijkse is classic links course on undulating linksland with each hole winding its way through the dunes and occasionally, in a Formby-like style, through pine woods.

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PGA Catalunya (Stadium)
The Stadium course at the PGA Catalunya Resort is the culmination of more than a decade of planning and design by the European Tour. They wanted to build their own Players Championship course to rival the PGA's Sawgrass course.

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Valderrama
Most golfers will be familiar with Valderrama from TV coverage. The club has hosted a plethora of championships, including the legendary 1997 Ryder Cup.

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Les Bordes
There's a slight American feel to the golf at Les Bordes, both in terms of design and conditioning, but there is no doubting that you are in France.

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Chantilly (Vineuil)
According to the old Big Bopper song, "Chantilly Lace had a pretty face and a wiggle in her walk". Golf de Chantilly is far more than a pretty face; it’s one of Europe’s most glorious courses.

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Bro Hof Slott (Stadium)
Clearly Bro Hof Slott Golf Club has a very bright future, especially given that the Stadium course has hosted the Scandinavian Masters since 2010.

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Royal Zoute
Belgium's Royal Zoute Golf Club is situated near Knocke sur Mer on the North Sea coast and has been described by Nick Faldo as a "hidden gem".

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Koninklijke Haagsche
The similarity between this Dutch linksland and that of the British coastline is uncanny. Koninklijke Haagsche Golf & Country Club is an exacting layout which pitches and rolls across undulating land.

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Fontainebleau
The Ile de France region has more golf courses than anywhere else in the country but they don't come much better than the delightful Golf de Fontainebleau.

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