2010 Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses of Great Britain and Ireland

Golfweek’s Best: GB&I Classic Courses (Before 1960)

Rank. Course Name
Location – Opened
Architects
Avg. Rating

1. Royal County Down
Newcastle, Northern Ireland,1889
Old Tom Morris
9.07

2. St. Andrews (Old)
St. Andrews, Scotland, 1400
Unknown
8.69

3. Royal Portrush
Portrush, Northern Ireland, 1888
Harry S. Colt
8.56

4. Muirfield    Gullane
Scotland, 1892
Old Tom Morris
8.36

5. Ballybunion (Old)
Ballybunion, Ireland, 1893
Tom Simpson, P. Murphy
8.31

6. Turnberry (Ailsa)
Turnberry, Scotland, 1949
Mackenzie Ross
8.20

7. Royal Birkdale
Southport, England, 1889
George Lowe, F.G. Hawtree, J.H. Taylor
8.17

8. Royal Dornoch
Dornoch, Scotland, 1877
Old Tom Morris, John Sutherland, George Duncan
8.10

9. Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)
Woodhall Spa, England, 1896
S.V. Hotchkin
8.09

10. Sunningdale (Old)
Sunningdale, England, 1900
Harry S. Colt, Willie Park Jr.
7.94

11. Carnoustie (Championship)
Carnoustie, Scotland, 1839
Allan Robertson, Old Tom Morris, James Braid
7.85

12. Royal St. George’s
Sandwich, England, 1887
Laidlaw Purves
7.84

13. Lahinch
Lahinch, Ireland,1892
Old Tom Morris, Alister MacKenzie
7.82

14. North Berwick
North Berwick, Scotland, 1832
David Strath
7.76

15. Ganton
Scarborough, England, 1893
Harry S. Colt, James Braid, Tom Dunn, Harry Vardon
7.75

16. Royal Troon (Championship)
Troon, Scotland, 1878
Willie Fernie
7.69

17. Cruden Bay
Cruden Bay, Scotland, 1899
Tom Simpson
7.61

18. Royal Lytham & St. Annes
Lytham, England, 1886
George Lowe, Herbert Fowler
7.53

19. Rye
Rye, England, 1894
Harry S. Colt
7.45

20. Machrihanish
Campbletown, Scotland, 1876
Old Tom Morris
7.37

21. Portmarnock (Old)
Portmarnock, Ireland, 1894
George Ross, W.C. Pickeman
7.36

22. St. George’s Hill
Weybridge, England, 1912
Harry S. Colt
7.35

23. Wallasey
Wallasey, England, 1891
Old Tom Morris, J. Braid, F.G. Hawtree, J.H. Taylor, D. Steel
7.33

24. Royal Aberdeen
Aberdeen, Scotland, 1800
James Braid, Tom Simpson
7.29

25. Walton Heath (Old)
Tadworth, England, 1903
Herbert Fowler
7.29

26. Swinley Forest
Ascot, England, 1909
Harry S. Colt
7.29

27. Royal Liverpool (Hoylake)
Hoylake, England, 1869
Old Tom Morris, Robert Chambers
7.25

28. Royal Porthcawl
Porthcawl, Wales, 1891
Charles Gibson
7.25

29. Western Gailes
Troon, Scotland, 1897
Fred Morris
7.17

30. Royal West Norfolk
Brancaster, England, 1892
Holcombe Ingleby
7.10

31. Sunningdale (New)
Sunningdale, England, 1922
Harry S. Colt
7.07

32. Wentworth (West)
Virginia Water, England, 1924
Harry S. Colt
7.04

33. Gleneagles (King’s)
Auchterarder, Scotland, 1919
James Braid
7.00

34. Royal North Devon (Westward Ho!)
Bideford, England, 1864
Old Tom Morris, Herbert Fowler
7.00

35. Prestwick
Prestwick, Scotland, 1851
Old Tom Morris
6.88

36. Royal Cinque Ports
Deal, England, 1892
James Braid
6.78

37. Addington
Croydon, England, 1912
J.F. Abercromby
6.75

38. Portstewart (The Strand)
Portstewart, Northern Ireland, 1908
A. Gow, Des Giffin
6.73

39. St. Enodoc
Wadebridge, England, 1890
James Braid
6.70

40. County Louth (Baltray)
Baltray, Ireland, 1892
Tom Simpson
6.68

41. Nairn
Nairn, Scotland, 1887
Old Tom Morris, James Braid, Tom Simpson
6.66

42. Alwoodley
Leeds, England, 1907
Alister MacKenzie
6.64

43. St. Andrews (New)
St. Andrews, Scotland, 1895
Old Tom Morris
6.63

44. The Island Golf Club
County Dublin, Ireland, 1890
Fred Hawtree, Eddie Hackett
6.57

45. County Sligo
County Sligo, Ireland, 1931
Harry S. Colt
6.53

46. Wentworth (East)
Virginia Water, England, 1924
Harry S. Colt
6.50

47. West Hill
Brookwood, England, 1907
Willie Park Jr., Cuthbert Butchart
6.50

48. Ferndown (Old)
Ferndown, England, 1921
Harold Hinton
6.50

49. Nefyn
Gwynedd, Wales, 1907
James Braid, J.H. Taylor
6.50

50. The Berkshire (Red)
Ascot, England, 1928
Herbert Fowler
6.50

 

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