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Royal County Down

Royal County Down

Location

Opened, Architect(s), Avg. rating

1. Royal County Down

Newcastle, Northern Ireland

1889, Old Tom Morris - 9.04


2. St. Andrews (Old Course)

St. Andrews, Scotland

1800, Unknown - 8.79


3. Royal Portrush (Dunluce)

Portrush, Northern Ireland

1888, Harry S. Colt - 8.53


4. Royal Dornoch

Dornoch, Scotland

1877, Old Tom Morris, John Sutherland, George Duncan - 8.51


5. Muirfield

Gullane, Scotland

1892 , Old Tom Morris - 8.45


6. Sunningdale (Old)

Sunningdale, England

1900, Harry S. Colt, Willie Park Jr. - 8.39


7. Ballybunion (Old)

Ballybunion, Ireland

1893, Tom Simpson, P. Murphy - 8.34


8. Royal St. George’s

Sandwich, England

1887, Laidlaw Purves - 8.26


9. Royal Birkdale

Southport, England

1889, George Lowe, F.G. Hawtree, J.H. Taylor - 8.26


10. Turnberry (Ailsa)

Turnberry, Scotland

1949, Mackenzie Ross - 8.23


11. Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)

Woodhall Spa, England

1896, S.V. Hotchkin - 8.03


12. Carnoustie (Championship)

Carnoustie, Scotland

1839, Old Tom Morris, Allan Robertson, James Braid - 7.91


13. Ganton

Ganton, England

1893, Harry S. Colt, James Braid, Tom Dunn, Harry Vardon - 7.86


14. Lahinch

Lahinch, Ireland

1892, Old Tom Morris - 7.85


15. North Berwick (West Links)

North Berwick, Scotland

1832, David Strath - 7.77


16. Royal Porthcawl

Porthcawl, Wales

1891, Charles Gibson - 7.64


17. Rye

Rye, England

1894, Harry S. Colt - 7.62


18. Swinley Forest

Ascot, England

1909, Harry S. Colt - 7.62


19. Sunningdale (New)

Sunningdale, England

1922, Harry S. Colt - 7.61


20. Cruden Bay

Cruden Bay, Scotland

1899, Tom Simpson - 7.60


21. Royal Troon (Championship)

Troon, Scotland

1878, Willie Fernie - 7.57


22. Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Lytham, England

1886, Herbert Fowler, George Lowe - 7.53


23. St. George’s Hill

Weybridge, England

1912, Harry S. Colt - 7.52


24. Walton Heath (Old)

Tadworth, England

1903 , Herbert Fowler - 7.51


25. Portmarnock (Old)

Portmarnock, Ireland

1894, George Ross, W.C. Pickeman - 7.43


26. Royal Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Scotland

1800, James Braid, Tom Simpson - 7.34


27. Royal West Norfolk

Brancaster, England

1892, Holcombe Ingleby - 7.31


28. Machrihanish

Machrihanish, Scotland

1876, Old Tom Morris - 7.24


29. Royal Liverpool (Hoylake)

Hoylake, England

1869, Old Tom Morris, Robert Chambers - 7.24


30. Alwoodley

Leeds, England

1907, Alister MacKenzie - 7.22


31. Royal North Devon (Westward Ho!)

Bideford, England

1864, Old Tom Morris, Herbert Fowler - 7.20


32. Wallasey

Wallasey, England

1891, Old Tom Morris, James Braid, F.G. Hawtree, J.H. Taylor, Donald Steel - 7.20


33. Wentworth (West)

Virginia Water, England

1924, Harry S. Colt - 7.15


34. Nefyn & District

Pwllheli, Wales

1907, James Braid, J.H. Taylor - 7.14


35. Hankley Common*

Farnham, England

1921, Harry S. Colt, James Braid - 7.13


36. Royal Cinque Ports

Deal, England

1892, James Braid - 7.11


37. Western Gailes

Irvine, Scotland

1897, Fred Morris - 7.10


38. Gleneagles (King’s)

Auchterarder, Scotland

1919, James Braid - 7.05


39. Prestwick

Prestwick, Scotland

1851, Old Tom Morris - 6.93


40. County Louth (Baltray)

County Louth, Ireland

1892, Tom Simpson - 6.91


41. Notts (Hollinwell)*

Kirkby in Ashfield, England

1887, Willie Park Jr. - 6.83


42. Portstewart (The Strand)

Portstewart, Northern Ireland

1908, A.G. Gow, Des Giffin - 6.79


43. Wentworth (East)

Virginia Water, England

1924, Harry S. Colt - 6.79


44. St. Andrews (New)*

St. Andrews, Scotland

1895, Old Tom Morris - 6.74


45. Pennard*

Swansea, Wales

1896, James Braid - 6.74


46. St. Enodoc

Wadebridge, England

1890, James Braid - 6.73


47. Nairn*

Nairn, Scotland

1887, Old Tom Morris, James Braid, Tom Simpson - 6.73


48. The Island*

Donabate, Ireland

1890, Fred Hawtree, Eddie Hackett - 6.71


49. Saunton (East)*

Braunton, England

1919, Herbert Fowler - 6.70


50. Liphook*

Liphook, England

1923, Arthur Croome - 6.65


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