Golfweek's Best: 2012 GB&I Classic courses

No. 10 hole at Royal Dornoch in Scotland.

Location

Opened Architect(s)

Avg. rating


GB&I Classic Courses: Before 1960


1. Royal County Down

Newcastle, Northern Ireland

1889, Old Tom Morris

9.04


2. St. Andrews (Old Course)

St. Andrews, Scotland

1800, Unknown

8.76


3. Royal Portrush (Dunluce)

Portrush, Northern Ireland

1888, Harry S. Colt

8.57


4. Muirfield

Gullane, Scotland

1892, Old Tom Morris

8.49


5. Royal Dornoch

Dornoch, Scotland

1877 - Old Tom Morris, John Sutherland, George Duncan

8.48


6. Sunningdale (Old)

Sunningdale, England

1900 - Harry S. Colt, Willie Park Jr.

8.36


7. Ballybunion (Old)

Ballybunion, Ireland

1893 - Tom Simpson, P. Murphy

8.26


8. Royal St. George’s

Sandwich, England

1887 - Laidlaw Purves

8.25


9. Turnberry (Ailsa)

Turnberry, Scotland

1949 - Mackenzie Ross

8.21


10. Royal Birkdale

Southport, England

1889 - George Lowe, F.G. Hawtree, J.H. Taylor

8.19


11. Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)

Woodhall Spa, England

1896 - S.V. Hotchkin

8.07


12. Carnoustie (Championship)

Carnoustie, Scotland

1839 - Old Tom Morris, Allan Robertson, James Braid

7.92


13. Ganton

Ganton, England

1893 - Harry S. Colt, James Braid, Tom Dunn, Harry Vardon

7.87


14. North Berwick (West Links)

North Berwick, Scotland

1832 - David Strath

7.79


15. Lahinch

Lahinch, Ireland

1892 - Old Tom Morris

7.75


16. Rye

Rye, England

1894 - Harry S. Colt

7.66


17. Cruden Bay

Cruden Bay, Scotland

1899 - Tom Simpson 7.62


18. Royal Troon (Championship)

Troon, Scotland

1878 - Willie Fernie

7.58


19. Walton Heath (Old)

Tadworth, England

1903 - Herbert Fowler

7.54


20. Swinley Forest

Ascot, England

1909 - Harry S. Colt

7.54


21. Royal Porthcawl

Porthcawl, Wales

1891 - Charles Gibson

7.52


22. Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Lytham, England

1886 - Herbert Fowler, George Lowe

7.51


23. St. George’s Hill

Weybridge, England

1912 - Harry S. Colt

7.47


24. Portmarnock (Old)

Portmarnock, Ireland

1894 George Ross, W.C. Pickeman

7.41


25. Sunningdale (New)

Sunningdale, England

1922 - Harry S. Colt

7.41


26. Wallasey

Wallasey, England

1891 - Old Tom Morris, James Braid, F.G. Hawtree, J.H. Taylor, Donald Steel

7.33


27. Royal Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Scotland

1800 - James Braid, Tom Simpson

7.32


28. Machrihanish

Machrihanish, Scotland

1876 - Old Tom Morris

7.27


29. Royal Liverpool (Hoylake)

Hoylake, England

1869 - Old Tom Morris, Robert Chambers

7.24


30. Western Gailes

Irvine, Scotland

1897 - Fred Morris

7.23


31. Royal West Norfolk

Brancaster, England

1892 - Holcombe Ingleby

7.20


32. Royal North Devon (Westward Ho!)

Bideford, England

1864 - Old Tom Morris, Herbert Fowler

7.20


33. Nefyn & District

Pwllheli, Wales

1907 - James Braid, J.H. Taylor

7.14


34. The Golf House Club Elie, Scotland

1896 - Old Tom Morris, James Braid

7.13


35. Gleneagles (King’s)

Auchterarder, Scotland

1919 - James Braid

7.05


36. Alwoodley

Leeds, England

1907 - Alister MacKenzie

7.05


37. Wentworth (West)

Virginia Water, England

1924 - Harry S. Colt

7.04


38. Royal Cinque Ports

Deal, England

1892 - James Braid

7.03


39. Prestwick

Prestwick, Scotland

1851 - Old Tom Morris

6.94


40. County Louth (Baltray)

Baltray, Ireland

1892 - Tom Simpson

6.83


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