Golfweek's Best: Great Britain & Ireland Courses, 2017

GULLANE, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 31:  The green on the par 5, 5th hole at The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield on August 31, in Gullane, Lothian, Scotland.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Golfweek's Best: Great Britain & Ireland Courses, 2017

Golfweek's Best

Golfweek's Best: Great Britain & Ireland Courses, 2017

1. Royal County Down
Newcastle, Northern Ireland, 1889
Old Tom Morris
Avg. rating: 8.95


2. St. Andrews (Old)
St. Andrews, Scotland, 1800
Unknown
Avg. rating: 8.84


3. Royal Dornoch
Dornoch, Scotland, 1877
Old Tom Morris, John Sutherland, George Duncan
Avg. rating: 8.69


4. Muirfield
Gullane, Scotland, 1892
Old Tom Morris
Avg. rating: 8.68


5. Royal Portrush (Dunluce)
Portrush, Northern Ireland, 1888
Harry S. Colt
Avg. rating: 8.49


6. Sunningdale (Old)
Sunningdale, England, 1900
Harry S. Colt, Willie Park Jr.
Avg. rating: 8.38


7. Ballybunion (Old)
Ballybunion, Ireland, 1893
Tom Simpson, Patrick Murphy
Avg. rating: 8.34


8. Royal St. George’s
Sandwich, England, 1887
Laidlaw Purves
Avg. rating: 8.33


9. Trump Turnberry Resort (Ailsa)
Turnberry, Scotland, 1949
Mackenzie Ross
Avg. rating: 8.19


10. Royal Birkdale
Southport, England, 1889
George Lowe, F.G. Hawtree, J.H. Taylor
Avg. rating: 8.06


11. Lahinch
Lahinch, Ireland, 1892
Old Tom Morris
Avg. rating: 7.91


12. Royal Porthcawl
Porthcawl, Wales, 1891
Charles Gibson
Avg. rating: 7.89


13. North Berwick GC (West Links)
North Berwick, Scotland, 1832
David Strath
Avg. rating: 7.89


14. Carnoustie (Championship)
Carnoustie, Scotland, 1839
Old Tom Morris, Allan Robertson, James Braid
Avg. rating: 7.88


15. Swinley Forest
Ascot, England, 1909
Harry S. Colt
Avg. rating: 7.85


16. Rye
Rye, England, 1894
Harry S. Colt
Avg. rating: 7.84


17. Ganton
Scarborough, England, 1893
Harry S. Colt, James Braid, Tom Dunn, Harry Vardon
Avg. rating: 7.79


18. Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)
Woodhall Spa, England, 1896
S.V. Hotchkin
Avg. rating: 7.75


19. Sunningdale (New)
Sunningdale, England, 1922
Harry S. Colt
Avg. rating: 7.66


20. Cruden Bay
Cruden Bay, Scotland, 1899
Tom Simpson
Avg. rating: 7.64


21. Royal Lytham & St. Annes
Lytham, England, 1886
Herbert Fowler, George Lowe
Avg. rating: 7.64


22. Walton Heath (Old)
Walton on the Hill, England, 1903
Herbert Fowler
Avg. rating: 7.56


23. Royal Troon (Championship)
Troon, Scotland, 1878
Willie Fernie
Avg. rating: 7.53


24. Royal Aberdeen
Aberdeen, Scotland, 1800
James Braid, Tom Simpson
Avg. rating: 7.52


25. St. George’s Hill
Weybridge, England, 1912
Harry S. Colt
Avg. rating: 7.51


26. Alwoodley
Leeds, England, 1907
Alister MacKenzie
Avg. rating: 7.41


27. Machrihanish
Campbeltown, Scotland, 1876
Old Tom Morris
Avg. rating: 7.38


28. Royal West Norfolk
Brancaster, England, 1892
Holcombe Ingleby
Avg. rating: 7.35
29. Portmarnock (Old)
Portmarnock, Ireland, 1894
George Ross, W.C. Pickeman
Avg. rating: 7.34


30. Royal Cinque Ports
Deal, England, 1892
James Braid
Avg. rating: 7.34


31. Wallasey
Wallasey, England, 1891
Old Tom Morris, James Braid, F.G. Hawtree, J.H. Taylor, Donald Steel
Avg. rating: 7.30


32. Royal Liverpool (Hoylake)
Hoylake, England, 1869
Old Tom Morris, Robert Chambers
Avg. rating: 7.18


33. Western Gailes
Troon, Scotland, 1897
Fred Morris
Avg. rating: 7.16


34. St. Enodoc
Wadebridge, England, 1890
James Braid
Avg. rating: 7.12


35. Gleneagles (King’s)
Auchterarder, Scotland, 1919
James Braid
Avg. rating: 7.07


36. Prestwick
Prestwick, Scotland, 1851
Old Tom Morris
Avg. rating: 7.06


37. Notts (Hollinwell)
Kirkby in Ashfield, England, 1887
Willie Park Jr.
Avg. rating: 6.96


38. Wentworth (West)
Virginia Water, England, 1924
Harry S. Colt
Avg. rating: 6.88


39. Woking
Woking, England, 1893
Tom Dunn
Avg. rating: 6.86


40. Saunton (East)
Braunton, England, 1919
Herbert Fowler
Avg. rating: 6.86

Modern Courses

1. Trump International Golf Links Scotland
Aberdeen, Scotland, 2013
Martin Hawtree
Avg. rating: 7.92


2. Kingsbarns
Kingsbarns, Scotland, 1999
Kyle Phillips
Avg. rating: 7.89


3. Castle Stuart
Inverness, Scotland, 2009
Gil Hanse, Mark Parsinen
Avg. rating: 7.65


4. Loch Lomond
Luss, Scotland, 1994
Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf
Avg. rating: 7.61


5. Waterville
Waterville, Ireland, 1973
Eddie Hackett, Tom Fazio
Avg. rating: 7.49


6. Renaissance Club at Archerfield
Dirleton, Scotland, 2008
Tom Doak
Avg. rating: 7.35


7. Old Head of Kinsale
Kinsale, Ireland, 1997
Eddie Hackett, Joe Carr, Ron Kirby, Paddy Merrigan, Liam Higgins
Avg. rating: 7.34


8. The European Club
Brittas Bay, Ireland, 1992
Pat Ruddy
Avg. rating: 7.23


9. Tralee
Tralee, Ireland, 1984
Arnold Palmer
Avg. rating: 7.06
10. Rowallan Castle GC
Kilmaurs, Scotland, 2010
Colin Montgomerie
Avg. rating: 7.00


11. Enniscrone
Enniscrone, Ireland, 1973
Eddie Hackett
Avg. rating: 6.85


12. Carne
Belmulett, Ireland, 1995
Eddie Hackett
Avg. rating: 6.84


13. Carton House (Montgomerie)
Maynooth, Ireland, 2003
Colin Montgomerie, European Golf Design
Avg. rating: 6.79


14. Trump International Golf Links
Doonbeg, Ireland, 2001
Greg Norman
Avg. rating: 6.73


15. Queenwood GC
Ottershaw, England, 2001
David McLay Kidd
Avg. rating: 6.73


16. Lough Erne
Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, 2009
Nick Faldo
Avg. rating: 6.68


17. Killeen Castle
Dunsany, Ireland, 2008
Jack Nicklaus
Avg. rating: 6.68


18. Hillside Golf Club
Southport, England, 1967
Fred Hawtree
Avg. rating: 6.64


19. Woburn (Dukes)
Woburn, England, 1976
Charles Lawrie
Avg. rating: 6.63


20. Ballyliffin (Glashedy)
Ballyliffin, Ireland ,1995
Pat Ruddy, Tom Craddock
Avg. rating: 6.54


21. Carnegie Links at Skibo
Dornoch, Scotland, 1994
Donald Steel
Avg. rating: 6.49


22. The Wisley (Garden & Mill)
Ripley, England, 1991
Robert Trent Jones Jr. Avg. rating: 6.47


23. Rosapenna (Sandy Hills)
Rosapenna, Ireland, 2003
Pat Ruddy
Avg. rating: 6.45


24. The Grove
Chandler’s Cross, England, 2003
Kyle Phillips
Avg. rating: 6.37


25. The Carrick
Arden, Scotland, 2007
Doug Carrick
Avg. rating: 6.30


26. Celtic Manor (Twenty Ten)
Newport, Wales, 2009
Robert Trent Jones Jr., Ross McMurray
Avg. rating: 6.24


27. Dundonald Links
Dundonald, Scotland, 2003
Kyle Phillips
Avg. rating: 6.24


28. Fairmont St. Andrews (Torrance)
St. Andrews, Scotland, 2001
Sam Torrance
Avg. rating: 6.18


29. St. Andrews (Castle)
St. Andrews, Scotland, 2008
David McLay Kidd
Avg. rating: 6.16


30. Woburn (Marquess)
Woburn, England, 2000
Clive Clark, Peter Alliss, Alex Hay, Alex McMurray
Avg. rating: 6.15


31. Machrihanish Dunes
Campbeltown, Scotland, 2009
David McLay Kidd
Avg. rating: 6.10


32. Bearwood Lakes
Wokingham, England, 1996
Martin Hawtree
Avg. rating: 6.08


33. Trump Turnberry Resort (Kintyre)
Turnberry, Scotland, 2001
Donald Steel
Avg. rating: 6.04


34. Druid’s Glen
Newtownmountkennedy, Ireland, 1995
Pat Ruddy, Tom Craddock
Avg. rating: 6.02


35. Crail (Craighead)
Crail, Scotland, 1998
Gil Hanse
Avg. rating: 6.00


36. The Duke’s St. Andrews
St. Andrews, Scotland, 1995
Peter Thomson, Tim Liddy
Avg. rating: 5.98


37. Craiglaw GC
Aberlady, Scotland, 2002
Donald Steel
Avg. rating: 5.97


38. Fairmont St. Andrews (Kittocks)
St. Andrews, Scotland, 2001
Bruce Devlin, Gary Stephenson
Avg. rating: 5.94


39. Donegal
Murvagh, Ireland, 1973
Pat Ruddy, Eddie Hackett
Avg. rating: 5.91


40. The K Club (Smurfit)
Straffan, Ireland, 1990
Arnold Palmer, Ed Seay
Avg. rating: 5.90

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