Ranking & Rating
Our ranking process:

There is nothing new about rating and ranking golf courses. Numerous publications around the world produce their own lists using all types of criteria: design, visual appeal, quality, condition of the courses, etc. They use teams of experts from all walks of golfing life to produce their own “definitive” lists. Judging panels include golf course architects/designers, amateur and professional champions, commentators, photographers and executive members of all types of golfing institutes. 

What is fresh and different about us is the way in which we use this mass of ranking data. We incorporate expert opinions from golfers who have played an extensive number of golf courses in their country or territory. We take their data, alongside all other third party published ranking lists and on a regular basis (usually biennially) we recalculate and revise our rankings. Our unique and comprehensive database contains a vast amount of current data and also decades of historical ranking information. 

We apply a series of rules and algorithms to create current and informed rankings, based on: 

Ø      Number of times a golf course has been ranked 

Ø      Weighted in favour of courses ranked in higher lists e.g. World 100 

Ø      Weighting courses listed most recently  

Ø      Check and balance by our own team of experts 

The detailed criteria we ask our expert raters to follow in order to define course rankings is based on the following headline areas: a) quality of design and test, b) visual appeal and enjoyment, c) presentation. 

Our 2010 New Zealand rankings, for example, involved polling dozens of Kiwi club pros. In 2015, we surveyed every golf club in Britain & Ireland and obtained the opinions of Club Champions and Club Professionals and other golfers who have extensive knowledge of local courses to help shape our regional rankings.   

Our rating process:

We have created our own unique rating system, which is built into the "write a review" process within each individual golf course web page. This simple rating system allows you to rate each course on a scale of 1 to 6 golf balls. We have set no specific rules for you to follow when you rate a course except, naturally, that you (the reviewer) must have played the course first. Important factors, such as course location, condition (or presentation), difficulty and historical importance are left for you, the reviewer, to judge. We ask reviewers to concentrate on the golf course and not the off-course facilities.

Occasionally we will publish a Top 100 list (where sufficient data is available) based purely on reviews posted by you, the passionate golfer. Sometimes we use the golf ball rating data as a separate stream to help define our main golf course rankings. In the first of our Top 100 books, your No.1 in the British Isles was Royal Dornoch. Dornoch has never before been voted as the No.1 course, but who would possibly argue with you?  

Get involved:

There is no doubt that whenever any list is produced, it provides a lively talking point across the whole of the golfing world, especially at those golf clubs fortunate enough to make it onto the latest list. When a conventional ranking table is produced, there are winners and losers, high climbers, big fallers and new entries. Naturally, it also means that golf courses may drop off the latest list, sometimes never to be seen again. This does not mean that these golf courses are no longer “top courses”; it simply means that other courses (old or new) have improved or come into favour. 

We recognise that it is important to constantly reassess all our best golf courses. Biennially we re-sequence our ranking database to take all the latest information into account. Courses will go up and down, but they will rarely be taken offline. We also play as many golf courses as we can and we've written our own independent golf course reviews for thousands of courses. 

Regardless of whether you are a professional or amateur golfer, we would like to know what you think of the Top 100 golf courses that you have played.  Please take the time to write your own review and give the course a rating. Hopefully you will find our unique golf ball rating system fun and relevant. Visit our current World Top 100 or use our comprehensive search facility to find the course(s) that you'd like to review. But please, only write a review if you have played the course yourself. 

If you have photographs of any of the listed golf courses, we would love to display them on this website. There is an online facility to "submit an image". 

If you have extensive knowledge of golf courses in any specific region and feel you can help improve our rankings, please get in touch by email: info@top100golfcourses.co.uk  

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 all passionate about golf courses. 

NB In the spring of 2011 we changed the look of our web pages and for some courses we may now show up to four ranking positions for any one course. In the example shown, 4th represents the state/county/area ranking position, 10th is the course position in country (England in this example), 29th is the course position in Britain & Ireland and 92nd is where the course is placed on our world ranking table.


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