2011 Golfweek's Best Modern GB&I Courses

OLD HEAD OF KINSALE, IRELAND - AUGUST 15:  A view of the par 4, 4th hole at The Old Head Golf Links towards the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse on August 15, 2010 on the Old Head of Kinsale, Republic of Ireland.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

OLD HEAD OF KINSALE, IRELAND - AUGUST 15: A view of the par 4, 4th hole at The Old Head Golf Links towards the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse on August 15, 2010 on the Old Head of Kinsale, Republic of Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Golfweek’s Best: GB&I Modern Courses (1960 and later)


Rank. Course Name (2010 rank)

Location - Opened

Architects

Avg. rating


1. Kingsbarns (1)

Kingsbarns, Scotland, 1999

Kyle Phillips

7.86


2. Loch Lomond (3)

Luss, Scotland, 1994

Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf

7.56


3. Waterville (4)

Waterville, Ireland, 1973

Eddie Hackett, Tom Fazio

7.53


4. Castle Stuart (2)

Inverness, Scotland, 2009

Gil Hanse, Mark Parsinen

7.50


5. The European Club (5)

Brittas Bay, Ireland, 1989

Pat Ruddy

7.35


6. Renaissance Club at Archerfield (6)

Dirleton, Scotland, 2008

Tom Doak

7.35


7. Lough Erne (NR)

Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, 2009

Nick Faldo

7.00


8. Old Head of Kinsale (7)

Kinsale, Ireland, 1997

Eddie Hackett, Joe Carr, Ron Kirby, Paddy Merrigan, Liam Higgins

6.88


9. Carne (8)

Belmullet, Ireland, 1995

Eddie Hackett

6.70


10. Tralee (11)

Tralee, Ireland, 1984

Arnold Palmer

6.60


11. Enniscrone (10)

Enniscrone, Ireland, 1973

Eddie Hackett

6.58


12. Bearwood Lakes (17)

Sindlesham, England, 1996

Martin Hawtree

6.50


13. Carton House (Montgomerie) (9)

Maynooth, Ireland, 2003

Colin Montgomerie, Design European Golf

6.50


14. Woburn (Marquess) (14)

Woburn, England, 1997

Clive Clark, Peter Alliss, Alex Hay, Ross McMurray

6.50


15. Hillside (White) (NR)

Southport, England, 1967

Fred Hawtree

6.50


16. Woburn (Dukes) (13)

Woburn, England, 1976

Charles Lawrie

6.50


17. Doonbeg (12)

Doonbeg, Ireland, 2001

Greg Norman

6.46


18. Celtic Manor (Twenty Ten) (19)

Newport, Wales, 2009

Robert Trent Jones Jr., Ross McMurray

6.42


19. St. Andrews (Castle) (15)

St. Andrews, Scotland, 2008

David McLay Kidd

6.39


20. The Grove (16)

Watford, England, 2003

Kyle Phillips

6.38


21. The Carrick (34)

Arden, Scotland, 2007

Doug Carrick

6.33


22. Fairmont St. Andrews (Torrance) (20)

St. Andrews, Scotland, 2001

Sam Torrance

6.25


23. Druid’s Glen (18)

Newtownmountkennedy, Ireland, 1995

Pat Ruddy, Tom Craddock

6.22


24. Turnberry (Kintyre) (23)

Turnberry, Scotland, 2001

Donald Steel

6.09


25. The K Club (Smurfit) (30)

Straffan, Ireland, 1990

Arnold Palmer, Ed Seay

6.07


26. The Wisley (Garden & Mill) (24)

Ripley, England, 1991

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

6.00


27. Crail (Craighead) (36)

Crail, Scotland, 1998

Gil Hanse

5.94


28. Dundonald Links (32)

Irvine, Scotland, 2003

Kyle Phillips

5.94


29. Machrihanish Dunes (21)

Campbeltown, Scotland, 2009

David McLay Kidd

5.92


30. The Duke’s St. Andrews (27)

St. Andrews, Scotland, 1995

Peter Thomson, Tim Liddy

5.91


31. Ballylifflin (Glashedy) (26)

Ballyliffin, Ireland, 1995

Pat Ruddy, Tom Craddock

5.91


32. Fota Island (28)

Carrigtwohill, Ireland, 1993

Christy O’Connor Jr., Jeff Howes, Peter McEvoy

5.90


33. The K Club (Palmer) (35)

County Kildare, Ireland, 1991

Arnold Palmer

5.86


34. Chart Hills (25)

Biddenden, England, 1993

Steve Smyers, Nick Faldo

5.83


35. Forest of Arden (33)

Meriden, England, 1970

Donald Steel

5.83


36. Skibo Castle (29)

Dornoch, Scotland, 1994

Donald Steel

5.79


37. Carton House (O’Meara) (22)

Maynooth, Ireland, 2002

Mark O’Meara, Design European Golf

5.79


38. Rosapenna (Sandy Hills) (31)

Rosapenna, Ireland, 2003

Pat Ruddy

5.78


39. Fairmont St. Andrews (Kittocks) (40)

St. Andrews, Scotland, 2001

Bruce Devlin, Gary Stephenson

5.69


40. Adare Manor Golf Resort (37)

Adare, Ireland, 1995

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

5.61


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