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Top 100 Golf Courses of Britain & Ireland 2012 

Our latest and much-anticipated Britain & Ireland Top 100 ranking list is unveiled 

27th December 2010 

Royal County Down - 4th holeWe are pleased to announce our latest Britain & Ireland Top 100 rankings following thorough research and analysis of more than 500 British and Irish courses.   

One hundred and seventy-five golf courses were on our shortlist for a position on our latest Britain & Ireland Top 100. At first glace the table will look very familiar and the reality is that there will be very few new Top 100 contenders in the current economic climate. Very few British or Irish courses have opened in the last couple of years and the position is unlikely to change in the short to medium term.  

Sunningdale (New) - photo by Jim McCannThe good news is that many older clubs are embarking on renovation programmes, so clubs are not resting on their laurels and the golfing landscape is not standing still.   

Some people will no doubt be fed up to see Royal County Down once again sitting at the head of our rankings. We make no apology for this because RCD is head and shoulders above any other British or Irish course. However we do have a great deal of change in the Top 20… in fact, no fewer than seventeen courses in the Top 20 have moved position. Sunningdale (New) is the most significant upward mover in the Top 20 and Royal Birkdale the biggest faller. 

Those with eagle eyes will wonder how 49% of the courses in the hundred can move up while only 30% go down.Aberdovey Golf Club I don’t know the answer, so please don’t ask me why as I surprised myself with that particular statistic.  

Welsh courses have fared well. Aberdovey up ten, Royal St David’s up eight, Royal Porthcawl up four and Pennard up 2. The Twenty Ten course at Celtic Manor makes its first appearance in our rankings making a total of five courses from the Principality. Northern Ireland has its two heavyweights at Newcastle and Portrush, which are ably supported by Portstewart (Strand) and Lough Erne 

Druids Glen - 8th holeThere’s mixed fortunes for the Republic of Ireland with nine courses going down the table and only three moving up. However, the Island, Druids Glen and Donegal reappear in our hundred this year to the detriment of Portmarnock Hotel Links 

In percentage terms, there’s more upward than downward movement from English courses and there’s a return to the Top 100 for the Addington and Woburn (Duke’s), while New Zealand and Broadstone make their debuts in our Britain & Ireland rankings.    

Duke's St AndrewsScottish courses continue to dominate the very top of the ranking table and while the Old course and Royal Dornoch make positive upward moves, the Ailsa course at Turnberry slips down. The pretty Queen’s course at Gleneagles makes a deserved return to the hundred while the Duke’s St Andrews makes its first ever appearance in our Britain & Ireland hundred.   

We always welcome feedback, so please feel free to let us know what you think of our latest Britain & Ireland Top 100. We don’t claim to be “definitive” but we do like to think that we’re the most “informed” and considered golf course rankings in the business. If you’ve played any of our featured courses, we’d love to know what you think, so why not post a course review?  

Keith Baxter
Editor-in-Chief
www.top100golfcourses.co.uk 

Pos

Course

Country

Move

1

Royal County Down (Championship)

NIR

No change

2

St Andrews (Old)

SCO

Up 3

3

Muirfield

SCO

Up 1

4

Royal Dornoch (Championship)

SCO

Up 4

5

Royal Portrush (Dunluce)

NIR

Up 1

6

Turnberry (Ailsa)

SCO

Down 4

7

Ballybunion (Old)

ROI

Up 3

8

Royal St George's

ENG

Up 3

9

Royal Birkdale

ENG

Down 6

10

Sunningdale (Old)

ENG

Up 2

11

Carnoustie (Championship)

SCO

Down 2

12

Kingsbarns

SCO

Down 5

13

Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)

ENG

Up 2

14

Lahinch (Old)

ROI

Up 4

15

Royal Lytham & St Annes

ENG

Down 1

16

Portmarnock (Old)

ROI

No change

17

Ganton

ENG

Up 5

18

Sunningdale (New)

ENG

Up 9

19

Waterville

ROI

No change

20

Royal Troon (Old)

SCO

Up 1

21

Loch Lomond

SCO

Down 8

22

European Club

ROI

Down 5

23

North Berwick (West)

SCO

No change

24

Royal Porthcawl

WAL

Up 4

25

Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie)

SCO

Down 1

26

Walton Heath (Old)

ENG

No change

27

Swinley Forest

ENG

Up 19

28

Royal Liverpool

ENG

Down 8

29

Cruden Bay

SCO

Up 2

30

Castle Stuart

SCO

Up 11

31

Saunton (East)

ENG

Down 1

32

Wentworth (West)

ENG

Down 3

33

Royal West Norfolk

ENG

Up 1

34

Nairn (Championship)

SCO

Down 1

35

St George's Hill (Red & Blue)

ENG

No change

36

Gleneagles (King's)

SCO

Up 2

37

Western Gailes

SCO

Up 2

38

Notts

ENG

Up 2

39

Machrihanish (Championship)

SCO

Down 14

40

Prestwick

SCO

Up 3

41

St Enodoc (Church)

ENG

Up 3

42

County Sligo (Championship)

ROI

Up 6

43

Burnham & Berrow (Championship)

ENG

Up 2

44

Royal Cinque Ports

ENG

Up 3

45

Tralee

ROI

Down 8

46

Royal St David's

WAL

Up 8

47

Formby

ENG

Down 15

48

County Louth

ROI

Down 12

49

Rye (Old)

ENG

Up 6

50

Hillside

ENG

Up 10

51

Ballyliffin (Glashedy)

ROI

No change

52

Alwoodley

ENG

Up 9

53

Rosapenna (Sandy Hills)

ROI

No change

54

Silloth-on-Solway

ENG

Up 3

55

West Sussex

ENG

Up 4

56

Berkshire (Red)

ENG

Up 6

57

Queenwood

ENG

Up 11

58

St Andrews (Castle)

SCO

Up 6

59

Hunstanton

ENG

Up 8

60

Enniscrone (Dunes)

ROI

Down 11

61

Doonbeg

ROI

Down 19

62

Gullane (No.1)

SCO

Up 1

63

Walton Heath (New)

ENG

Up 17

64

Island

ROI

NEW

65

Carne

ROI

Down 9

66

Blairgowrie (Rosemount)

SCO

Up 5

67

Aberdovey

WAL

Up 10

68

Dundonald

SCO

Up 1

69

Berkshire (Blue)

ENG

Up 6

70

Pennard

WAL

Up 2

71

Addington

ENG

NEW

72

St Andrews (New)

SCO

Down 7

73

Machrie

SCO

Up 5

74

Trevose (Championship)

ENG

No change

75

Belfry (Brabazon)

ENG

Up 9

76

Adare

ROI

Down 24

77

Worplesdon

ENG

Up 5

78

Mount Juliet

ROI

Down 28

79

Druids Glen

ROI

NEW

80

Old Head

ROI

Down 22

81

Portstewart (Strand)

NIR

No change

82

Hankley Common

ENG

Down 12

83

Woburn (Marquess)

ENG

Up 3

84

Chart Hills

ENG

Down 5

85

Machrihanish Dunes

SCO

Up 8

86

West Hill

ENG

Up 9

87

Woking

ENG

Down 2

88

Gleneagles (Queen's)

SCO

NEW

89

Little Aston

ENG

Up 10

90

Celtic Manor (Twenty Ten)

WAL

NEW

91

Lindrick

ENG

Down 1

92

Panmure

SCO

Down 16

93

Wentworth (East)

ENG

Down 5

94

Woburn (Duke's)

ENG

NEW

95

Bearwood Lakes

ENG

Up 3

96

Duke's St Andrews

SCO

NEW

97

Lough Erne

NIR

Down 10

98

Donegal

ROI

NEW

99

New Zealand

ENG

NEW

100

Broadstone

ENG

NEW

To explore in detail our new 2012 Britain & Ireland Top 100 click here: 

For those interested, the ten courses that made way for the new are: Moortown, The Grove, Castlerock (Mussenden), Portmarnock Hotel Links, Sherwood Forest, Royal North Devon, Liphook, St Mellion (Nicklaus), Southport & Ainsdale, Montrose (Medal). 

 


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