Golfweek's Best: GB&I Classic Courses (2014)

Royal County Down

Location
Opened, Architect(s), Avg. rating


1. (1) Royal County Down

Newcastle, Northern Ireland

1889, Old Tom Morris, 9.02


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

St. Andrews, Scotland

1800, Unknown, 8.88


3. (4) Royal Dornoch

Dornoch, Scotland

1877, Old Tom Morris, John Sutherland, George Duncan, 8.67


4. (3) Royal Portrush (Dunluce)

Portrush, Northern Ireland

1888, Harry S. Colt, 8.54


5. (5) Muirfield

Gullane, Scotland

1892, Old Tom Morris, 8.54


6. (8) Royal St. George’s

Sandwich, England

1887, Laidlaw Purves, 8.33


7. (6) Sunningdale (Old)

Sunningdale, England

1900, Harry S. Colt, Willie Park Jr., 8.33


8. (7) Ballybunion (Old)

Ballybunion, Ireland

1893, Tom Simpson, P. Murphy, 8.30


9. (9) Royal Birkdale

Southport, England

1889, George Lowe, F.G. Hawtree, J.H. Taylor, 8.28


10. (10) Turnberry (Ailsa)

Turnberry, Scotland

1949, Mackenzie Ross, 8.18


11. (14) Lahinch

Lahinch, Ireland

1892, Old Tom Morris, 7.92


12. (12) Carnoustie (Championship)

Carnoustie, Scotland

1839, Old Tom Morris, Allan Robertson, James Braid, 7.90


13. (16) Royal Porthcawl

Porthcawl, Wales

1891, Charles Gibson, 7.81


14. (15) North Berwick (West Links)

North Berwick, Scotland

1832, David Strath, 7.81


15. (11) Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)

Woodhall Spa, England

1896, S.V. Hotchkin, 7.81


16. (17) Rye

Rye, England

1894, Harry S. Colt, 7.76


17. (13) Ganton

Scarborough, England

1893, Harry S. Colt, James Braid, Tom Dunn, Harry Vardon, 7.73


18. (19) Sunningdale (New)

Sunningdale, England

1922, Harry S. Colt, 7.70


19. (20) Cruden Bay

Cruden Bay, Scotland

1899, Tom Simpson, 7.68


20. (18) Swinley Forest

Ascot, England

1909, Harry S. Colt, 7.66


21. (24) Walton Heath (Old)

Walton on the Hill, England

1903, Herbert Fowler, 7.59


22. (22) Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Lytham, England

1886, Herbert Fowler, George Lowe, 7.56


23. (23) St. George’s Hill

Weybridge, England

1912, Harry S. Colt, 7.53


24. (21) Royal Troon (Championship)

Troon, Scotland

1878, Willie Fernie, 7.52


25. (25) Portmarnock (Old)

Portmarnock, Ireland

1894, George Ross, W.C. Pickeman, 7.51


26. (26) Royal Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Scotland

1800, James Braid, Tom Simpson, 7.39


27. (27) Royal West Norfolk

Brancaster, England

1892, Holcombe Ingleby, 7.36


28. (30) Alwoodley

Leeds, England

1907, Alister MacKenzie, 7.32


29. (29) Royal Liverpool (Hoylake)

Hoylake, England

1869, Old Tom Morris, Robert Chambers, 7.28


30. (36) Royal Cinque Ports

Deal, England

1892, James Braid, 7.26


31. (28) Machrihanish

Campbeltown, Scotland

1876, Old Tom Morris, 7.25


32. (37) Western Gailes

Troon, Scotland

1897, Fred Morris, 7.22


33. (32) Wallasey

Wallasey, England

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


34. (41) Notts (Hollinwell)

Kirkby in Ashfield, England

1887, Willie Park Jr., 7.11


35. (38) Gleneagles (King’s)

Auchterarder, Scotland

1919, James Braid, 7.06


36. (33) Wentworth (West)

Virginia Water, England

1924, Harry S. Colt, 7.04


37. (39) Prestwick

Prestwick, Scotland

1851, Old Tom Morris, 6.96


38. (40) County Louth (Baltray)

Baltray, Ireland

1892, Tom Simpson, 6.93


39. (43) Wentworth (East)

Virginia Water, England

1924, Harry S. Colt, 6.92


40. (49) Saunton (East)

Braunton, England

1919, Herbert Fowler, 6.85


41. (NR) Woking*

Woking, England

1893, Tom Dunn, 6.82


42. (47) Nairn

Nairn, Scotland

1887, Old Tom Morris, James Braid, Tom Simpson, 6.81


43. (46) St. Enodoc

Wadebridge, England

1890, James Braid, 6.80


44. (31) Royal North Devon (Westward Ho!)

Bideford, England

1864, Herbert Fowler, Old Tom Morris, 6.79


45. (35) Hankley Common

Farnham, England

1921, Harry S. Colt, James Braid, 6.76


46. (45) Pennard

Swansea, Wales

1896, James Braid, 6.74


47. (34) Nefyn & District

Pwllheli, Wales

1907, James Braid, 6.73


48. (42) Portstewart (The Strand)

Portstewart, Northern Ireland

1908, A.G. Gow, Des Giffin, 6.72


49. (48) The Island

Donabate, Ireland

1890, Fred Hawtree, Eddie Hackett, 6.71


50. (44) St. Andrews (New)

St. Andrews, Scotland

1895, Old Tom Morris, 6.69

*-new to list; NR-not ranked

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