2011 Golfweek's Best Classic GB&I Courses

The approach to the green on the par 4, 13th hole ‘Hole O’Cross,’ which shares it’s green with the par 5, 5th hole on the Old Course at St Andrews.

The approach to the green on the par 4, 13th hole ‘Hole O’Cross,’ which shares it’s green with the par 5, 5th hole on the Old Course at St Andrews.

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


Rank. Course Name (2010 rank)

Location - Opened

Architects

Avg. rating


1. Royal County Down (1)

Newcastle, Northern Ireland, 1889

Old Tom Morris

9.13


2. St. Andrews (Old Course) (2)

St. Andrews, Scotland, 1400

Unknown

8.74


3. Royal Portrush (3)

Portrush, Northern Ireland, 1888

Harry S. Colt

8.58


4. Muirfield (4)

Gullane, Scotland, 1892

Old Tom Morris

8.34


5. Royal Dornoch (8)

Dornoch, Scotland, 1877

Old Tom Morris, John Sutherland, George Duncan

8.31


6. Ballybunion (Old) (5)

Ballybunion, Ireland, 1893

Tom Simpson, P. Murphy

8.28


7. Royal Birkdale (7)

Southport, England, 1889

George Lowe, F.G. Hawtree, J.H. Taylor

8.18


8. Turnberry (Ailsa) (6)

Turnberry, Scotland, 1949

Mackenzie Ross

8.18


9. Royal St. George’s (12)

Sandwich, England, 1887

Laidlaw Purves

8.18


10. Sunningdale (Old) (10)

Sunningdale, England, 1900

Harry S. Colt, Willie Park Jr.

8.17


11. Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin) (9)

Woodhall Spa, England, 1896

S.V. Hotchkin

8.11


12. Ganton (15)

Scarborough, England, 1893

Harry S. Colt, James Braid, Tom Dunn, Harry Vardon

7.93


13. Carnoustie (Championship) (11)

Carnoustie, Scotland, 1839

Old Tom Morris, Allan Robertson, James Braid

7.86


14. Lahinch (13)

Lahinch, Ireland, 1892

Old Tom Morris, Alister MacKenzie

7.78


15. North Berwick (14)

North Berwick, Scotland, 1832

David Strath

7.77


16. Cruden Bay (17)

Cruden Bay, Scotland, 1899

Tom Simpson

7.67


17. Royal Troon (Championship) (16)

Troon, Scotland, 1878

Willie Fernie

7.61


18. Rye (19)

Rye, England, 1894

Harry S. Colt

7.58


19. Royal Lytham & St. Annes (18)

Lytham, England, 1886

George Lowe, Herbert Fowler

7.50


20. Portmarnock (Old) (21)

Portmarnock, Ireland, 1894

George Ross, W.C. Pickeman

7.45


21. Swinley Forest (26)

Ascot, England, 1909

Harry S. Colt

7.44


22. Machrihanish (20)

Campbeltown, Scotland, 1876

Old Tom Morris

7.40


23. St. George’s Hill (22)

Weybridge, England, 1912

Harry S. Colt

7.36


24. Royal Porthcawl (28)

Porthcawl, Wales, 1891

Charles Gibson

7.35


25. Walton Heath (Old) (25)

Tadworth, England, 1903

Herbert Fowler

7.33


26. Wallasey (23)

Wallasey, England, 1891

Old Tom Morris, James Braid, F.G. Hawtree, J.H. Taylor, Donald Steel

7.33


27. Sunningdale (New) (31)

Sunningdale, England, 1922

Harry S. Colt

7.31


28. Royal Aberdeen (24)

Aberdeen, Scotland, 1800

James Braid, Tom Simpson

7.22


29. Western Gailes (29)

Troon, Scotland, 1897

Fred Morris

7.21


30. Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) (27)

Hoylake, England, 1869

Old Tom Morris, Robert Chambers

7.20


31. Royal West Norfolk (30)

Brancaster, England, 1892

Holcombe Ingleby

7.17


32. Wentworth (West) (32)

Virginia Water, England, 1924

Harry S. Colt

7.04


33. Royal North Devon (Westward Ho!) (34)

Bideford, England, 1864

Herbert Fowler, Old Tom Morris

7.00


34. Gleneagles (King’s) (33)

Auchterarder, Scotland, 1919

James Braid

6.98


35. Prestwick (35)

Prestwick, Scotland, 1851

Old Tom Morris

6.93


36. St. Enodoc (39)

Wadebridge, England, 1890

James Braid

6.92


37. Alwoodley (NR)

Leeds, England, 1907

Alister MacKenzie

6.81


38. Royal Cinque Ports (36)

Deal, England, 1892

James Braid

6.81


39. Wentworth (East) (NR)

Virginia Water, England, 1924

Harry S. Colt

6.79


40. The Addington (37)

Croydon, England, 1912

J.F. Abercromby

6.75

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