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Crail (Balcomie)
Played Balcomie in really difficult conditions in late-October. Very high winds and occasional heavy rain interspersed with bright sun produced a series of stunning rainbows against dark skies, green
Trevose (Championship)
Played this mid October and the course was in unbelievably good shape - great coverage on the fairways, super slick (and true) greens and immaculately turned out. Great test of true links golf with so
Tidworth Garrison
I know lots of golfers rate Bowood and Manor House above Tidworth, but having played Wiltshire golf for 45 years now, Tidworth is the one course I really look forward too. I know it's not heathland or
Chateau de Taulane
This is a feel-good destination well Worth a visit. Excellent course and BEAUTIFUL surroundings. It is an experience of nature to be out on the course. Highly recommended!
Whistling Straits (Straits)
Whistling Straits is a walking course only. I played it with one of the top-ranking amateurs in Wisconsin. The caddies were helpful even though the course had only been open for a few months, and watc
Spyglass Hill
I played Spyglass on a recent trip to Monterey and enjoyed the course. The first five holes border on spectacular, the rest of theSpyglass Hill Golf Course - Photo by reviewer
Pebble Beach
Since I've played most of the top courses in the UK and Ireland, I have decided to devote my later years to experiencing the great courses of my home country. First on the list was a trip to Monterey
Silver Lakes
I played the course for the first time two weeks ago and it was a pleasure I must say. I play off 15 and I shot 39 on the front 9 teeing off with a 9 iron on all holes bar par threes. The back nine pl
European Club
Taking everything into account, quite simply the best links course I have ever played. No weak holes, very interesting routing, beautiful views, lovely atmosphere (if you ever get a chance have a quic
Lahinch (Old)
Played the course from fairway mats in March. In spite of that, it was still a marvellous experience, as the course is great. The stretch of holes from no. 3 to 8 is particularly memorable. The only r
Milwaukee
Shortly after I introduced myself to my host at Milwaukee Country Club, he asked, “How did you like
Formby
The staff at Formby allow our group to play after we had been let down by Hillside. I can't thank them enough. The course was fantastic, with only one average hole and the some absolute stunners. I
Blackwolf Run (River)
If you’ve never been to Kohler to play golf, you must go. In the late-‘80s, Herb Kohler decided he needed a golf course and hired Pete Dye to design it; he named it Black Wolf Run, in honor of the chi
Kingussie
There are many courses labelled as 'hidden gems' but not many as worthy as Kingussie. I don't wax lyrical for the sake of it but if you want VERY reasonable green fee, a VERY challenging course, super
Spey Bay
Sorry to say did not reach my expectations by a a long way. Totally accept there has been substantial storm/tide damage at far end of course but little effort seemed to have been made to clear anythin
Los Angeles (North)
LACC sits on a very expensive piece of real estate – it wouldn’t surprise me if its land is the most valuable of any golf course in the U.S. It is surrounded by Century City, Beverly Hills, and Holmby
Chambers Bay
Just a brilliant golf course with sublime design and architecture. Chambers and Royal County Down are the best courses in the world
Merion (East)
Merion Golf Club has two courses: the West course and the more famous East course. Club members sent architect Hugh Wilson to Scotland to study the best courses. He came back and fitted the holes onto
Oakmont
I played Oakmont to complete the Top 100, but I have no desire to go back. I can’t understand why anyone other than the best of golfers who really enjoy being tested would want to join Oakmont. In my
Littlestone
I played Littlestone late September after reading some of the comments on this website. I have to say that I enjoyed the course and it certainly has some standout holes. The first hole is a nice littl
Greenbrier (Old White)
I have played the Old White course twice in the past 3 years, the most recent being May, 2013. I absolutely LOVE this course and how it has been restored to Raynor's original design. The holes are i
Old North State
I have played the Old North State Club about a dozen times since 2006, the most recent being early October, 2014. I have always enjoyed playing this course -- it is very scenic, well maintained and h
Royal Norwich
I've played this a couple of times in the past few months in competitions and charity events. The course itself is ok if unspectacular but a couple of things are irritating: The main problem is th
We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro)
Played the Saguaro course in early October, 2014 and really enjoyed it! The setting is beautiful and the course is well maintained. The routing is challenging and subtle and most holes provide more
Desert Forest
The first time I played Desert Forest, it began hailing after eight holes and that was that. The following week, my host had me back, but I never got out of the clubhouse because it was cold and rainy
Druids Heath
Played 12/10/14 was a windy day and dry. Played off White tees. My handicapp is 2. First impressions, fairly open big wide fairways massive fairway bunkers, with big undulating greens which were fast
Crooked Stick
It was my second experience playing a Top 100 course alone in wet conditions, but it was wonderful. Every putt left a trail on the green, and I took this opportunity to practice green reading. When I
Saunton (East)
The East course starts with an intimidating teeshot (if you had to run straight from your car to the pro shop to the first tee) that is set on a large dune that gives you an overwhelming panoramic vie
Gut Larchenhof
Gut Lärchenhof is one of the most expensive courses in Germany and thus immaculate conditioning and a splendid clubhouse can be expected. However, the super casual mentality of the Cologne crowd - com
Reigate Heath
Having drifted away from golf for various reasons I am now back full of energy and loving the game. Why? Simple. Joining Reigate Heath G C An amazing experience and having played golf for over 40 yea
Blackwell
This is a very good course. Not the longest but a good test, it plays nicely and doesn't beat you up, really enjoyable to play and the greens were excellent, very true and quick, perhaps 11 on the sti
Coxmoor
Coxmoor is great fun. I played at the beginning of October and the course was in good nick. It's about to get better. They have a new greenkeeper who has already made huge strides in improving the gre
Prairie Dunes
Prairie Dunes, designed by Perry Maxwell in 1937, is a Scottish style course with hardly any trees and lots of trouble. God forbid they should put up a few trees to protect you from the wind. There ar
Honors Course
You’ll never find the Honors Course without specific directions – go past the third light, and when you see the large propane tank on the right, quickly look left and you’ll see the entrance road – bu
Mauna Kea
The course sits on a crescent-shaped beach where the pure white sand meets the shimmering aqua water. It has dramatic elevation changes, with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the snow-capped M
Aldeburgh
I have played in the region of 30-40 rounds at Aldeburgh Golf Club over the years, and have to say some of these reviews below astound me. I have played the course in all conditions, fast running summ
Princeville (Prince)
The Princeville Resort was luxurious and the golf course was like walking through a painting of a rain forest, with an emerald path cut down the center. It climbs, slopes, and careens up and down hill
Ganton
I first heard of Ganton after watching the Walker Cup in 2003 and its truly one of the best layouts I've ever played. At times you have to remind yourself your not at
Forest Highlands (Canyon)
When most people think of Arizona courses, they think of the desert courses of Tucson and Phoenix. But Flagstaff, two hours north of Phoenix in a completely different climate, is home to what may be t
Ilkley
Ilkley is an unbelievable little gem hidden away in the valleys below Ilkley Moor. The 1st 7 holes carved along the edge of the river Wharfe are breathtaking but at the same time scary holes to play.
Enniscrone (Dunes)
It can be a disappointment sometimes to return to a course that you’ve played once before and it turns out to be not quite as good as you remember it. On the other hand, what a joy to pay a second vis
Carne
Much has changed at Carne since I was last here in 2009, especially with the introduction of the fabulous new 9-hole Kilmore course, which has rejuvenated the whole setup. The original 18-hole Eddie H
Interlachen
Hazeltine and Interlachen are the two Minnesota courses on the Top 100. I have played both several times, and somehow I don’t think about them as courses on my quest, but they are no less important th
Wade Hampton
Wade Hampton has to go down as one of the most spectacular courses in the world. That might seem like a massive overstatement but the way the course winds its way through the stunning Blue Ridge mount
Rye (Old)
Everything about Rye eschews the propensity for superfluous accouterments found in various forms and enjoyed by other clubs. It is a knowingly understated, pure and simple golf club that presents you
Westport
The opening six holes are set out on a parcel of land that was once used as the Ballyknock Race Course, a fact I discovered since playing here when I read Padraig McLoughlin’s excellent centenary book
Portsalon
I’d visited Portsalon several times before but I’d never, for various reasons, completed a full round (a year ago in April when last here it was raining cats and dogs and I didn’t even get started). T
Swinley Forest
This course is situated in a wonderful location and is brilliantly routed through stately Pine Forests and Heath Land. The elegance of the topography is picture postcard in every respect. We played 36
Hazeltine National
Hazeltine and Interlachen are the two Minnesota courses on the Top 100. I have played both several times, and somehow I don’t think about them as courses on my quest, but they are no less important th
Lake Nona
Lake Nona is where the famed golf instructor David Leadbetter lives and does most of his teaching. I was hoping that a trip there would improve my game. Maybe a little of Leadbetter’s aura would rub o
County Louth
Played Baltray as part of a 4 course trip to the Dublin area during late September with all 8 of us walking off the course in wholehearted agreement that this is a great course and a serious challenge
Walton Heath (New)
After a lovely round on the Old course on the 1st of June we basically had the New Course completely to ourselves for a quick and fun follow up to the big brother running through the same property. Ev
Walton Heath (Old)
I had the pleasure of playing the Old Course on Sunday the 1st of June. I’d heard just enough about the course to develop an expectation that it would be very good however, I have to admit it was cons
Sherwood Forest
Very very good golf course and 1 that should be higher ranked (I have played 100+ of B&I top 100). Good mix of holes and very attractive landscape
Walton Heath (Old)
Stunning. As a 36, this definitely challenges Sunningdale. Just a brilliant days golf. Apart from perhaps 1st and 18th, every hole is a great design and challenging. As good as the Old
Hankley Common
Just a pleasure to play. Not sure there is a more aesthetic course, when the heather is out. Some great holes too and in great condition. An absolute joy to play. Played 70+ of B&I top 100 and this is
Notts
Superb golf course. For me, the course gets going on the 4th which is a magnificent par 4. The rest of the front 9 is very good but the back 9, especially good and from 12 onwards is breath taking. Th
Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)
6 handicapper that played Woodhall in the middle of September 2014. Played 36 holes on a bright sunny day. After the gentle start the course was stunning. The heather was new and ablaze with pink and
Heythrop Park
Played here a few days ago and wasn’t impressed, although this is partly influenced by the fact that the society I was with were on course for 5 hours but only managed to complete 16 holes. All due t
Inverness Club
Inverness has hosted four U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships, and a U.S. Amateur. A few of these tournaments have brought some notoriety to the course. In 1931, Billy Burke and George Von Elm were tied
Alwoodley
Simply unbelievable golf course that you wouldn't expect to find in North Leeds. For me this is the best in Yorkshire and is above
Pasatiempo
My favourite hole in all golf is here, so much my favourite that I built my home here. Alister MacKenzie, course designer.

In 1993, Pasatiempo was rated No. 100 on the list. Would it s
Alwoodley
Brilliant golf course. Some of the best holes you can play 6th, 8th, 9th and especially 18, which is good as it gets.
Ganton
A good course but not great. Could be great if a couple of thousand trees were removed, many of which are a huge detriment to the course. In saying that however, the stretch of holes 14 to 18 are as g
Royal West Norfolk
Just a brilliant quircky golf course which is an absolute joy to play. There are some stand out holes on this course, the majority of which were between the 3rd and 14th. Fortunately when I played it
Hunstanton
Played Hunstanton in the middle of September on a sunny day. From a relatively gentle start, the course gets better and better. The 3rd hole is very strong and demands a good drive. 5 and 6 are good e
Black Diamond Ranch (Quarry)
Black Diamond Ranch was one of the early courses on my quest, yet I knew relatively little about it. With a little research I found out that it’s located in Lecanto, Florida, about 90 miles north of T
Saunton (East)
Wonderful links golf course. I am sitting here think why I liked Saunton so much ? We had a beautiful day, no wind +20 at the being of October, that helps! No, the real reason Saunton East is so g
Riviera
Riviera was designed by George Thomas in 1926 and sits in a valley surrounded by the expensive homes of Pacific Palisades perched on the cliffs above. The grass is kikuyu, which I had never played on
Gleneagles (PGA Centenary)
Three of us were lucky enough to play the PGA Centenary course a few weeks before the Ryder Cup. There was an exciting atmosphere and keen sense of anticipation around the whole place and playing any
Belfry (Brabazon)
Played the Brabazon 3 weeks ago. I always thought the course was a "field" but consoled myself to the fact that the conditioning would be immaculate considering the cost of a round (£160) and its rece
Littlestone
A real pleasure to see Jim write more and more reviews outside of Scotland, ever so informative and well written. My first glimpse at Littlestone wasn't too exciting, the view from the road being rath
Chateau Montebello
Le Chateau Montebello Golf Club consistently ranks in the top 100 golf courses in Canada. This stately par 70 was designed in 1929 by Canada’s legendary architect Stanley Thompson. The narrow heavil
Sunningdale (Old)
I was lucky enough to play Sunningdale Old for a second time today, and it was even better than I recall. A truly magical day. On arrival at the club all thoughts of the morning rush hour around t
Olympic Club (Lake)
Olympic Club is a much-storied course, just a few miles down the road from San Francisco Golf Club, Olympic was founded in 1893 as an athletic club in the city of San Franci
Beuerberg
This used to be Germany's No. 1 ranked course in the 1990s, when a member of the club was heading the rankings panel of various Golf magazines. The well-connected owner always made sure to have enough
St Eurach
The location of this course is a mixed blessing. On one hand there's very little wrong with sitting close to Lake Starnberg and the Alps, on the other hand there's a lot wrong with the soil, at least
Port Fairy
I think top 100's ranking of #29 is about right for Port Fairy. Other Australian based rankings have it way too low. Having played in a number of times over the past 20 years I've watched it get bette
Belfry (Brabazon)
Just played the Brabazon & the condition of the course was a disgrace. 4 Ryder Cups followed by a serious lack of investment & course management. On the course everything was tatty & tired the greens
Dumfries & County
I was Jim’s travelling companion on the Dumfries trip. Like him, I enjoyed the morning round at Dumfries and Galloway a lot more than the afternoon hit down the road at Dumfries and County mainly beca
Rowallan Castle
My first visit to Rowallan Castle made quite an impression on me, sticking in my mind for good and not so good reasons. The good being that it is not every day that you get to play with a course desig
Lough Erne
Having read the typical mixed reviews for a parkland resort course we played Lough Erne during August with no great expectations. This was the final leg of our trip which was preceded by four rounds o
Narin & Portnoo
We played Narin and Portnoo last week as part of a five day Donegal Tour, also taking in Rosapenna Sandy Hills, Ballyliffin Old and Glashedy, and Portsalon. It’s a long 90 minute drive west of Rosapen
San Francisco
As I headed out the door, a friend I was staying with in Carmel, said San Francisco Golf Club does not deserve its notoriety: “I’ll be interested to see if your assessment of it is the same as mine.”…
Saunton (East)
This course grows on you, at first the holes don't appear too spectacular but the location grabs your attention, then you play it again and realise that the design asks you to really control the ball,
Welwyn Garden City
What a pleasant surprise … there are many parkland courses in Hertfordshire and the area south of the county on the way into London and WGC is one of the better ones and I would recommend a visit. I w
Cypress Point
If I had to choose to play on only one course for the rest of my life, I would play Cypress Point… I was a very popular person with my golf buddies at home in the weeks leading up to my Cypress Point
Winged Foot (East)
Every fairway at Winged Foot is lined with trees, and if you’re not in the fairway – in many cases on the correct side of the fairway – you’ve got problems. On Number 17, our host hit an incredible 1-
Whistling Straits (Straits)
Absolutely stunning! Cannot fault the course and I can only see it rising higher in the rankings as the years go by. The PGA next year should be great but even better will be the Ryder Cup in 2020!
Sunningdale (New)
Monday the 2nd of June we were off to an early start on the New Course at Sunningdale. It certainly didn’t disappoint. They were busy preparing the course for the upcoming Open Qualifying in a few wee
Sunningdale (Old)
Having played the New Course in the morning I was really excited to see the O
Woking
I played Woking on a beautiful Sunday morning during their member show up and play tournament. I was lucky to be hooked up with an excellent playing member of their greens committee who knew the cours
Queenwood
I imagine Queenwood to be one of those places that when the invite to play finally arrives it’s met with a lot of excitement. For UK standards it’s extremely private and what I can only call as an Ame
Royal Cinque Ports
In the middle of an amazing golf adventure I had the great pleasure of playing what would turn out to be my favorite course in England to date. Deal is everything I love about links golf and could wis
National Golf Links of America
Golfers who are familiar with the great courses of Long Island claim that the National is a much better golf course than
Royal St George's
For me Royal St. George’s is perhaps the ultimate championship course. We met it in high winds and is it ever a challenge, in fact perhaps I would even call it a beast in those circumstance. One excel
St George's Hill (Red & Blue)
St. George’s Hill is certainly one of the more underrated courses in the area surrounding London. Set on a fantastically undulated site this heathland gem also possesses one of the most extravagant an
Royal Porthcawl
Magnificent! For me the that’s the best word to describe my first experience at Royal Porthcawl – right from the welcome to the club to lunch after the round out on the terrace in front of the sea. Th
Wentworth (West)
For me the best part of Wentworth was the facility which is certainly top notch. As far as the West course is concerned, it has been ruined by renovations. Sure conditioning is great, greens are fast
Pennard
Had the pleasure of playing Pennard in March of this year. I have to say it was an enjoyable surprise. The architecture there is as superb as the landscape is dramatic. It’s a bit of a challenge to lo
 


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