The Top 100 Plan

How to Eat an Elephant 

Our objective is to play a different top 100 course every month (or 12 per annum) so that we’ll complete our adventure before Big (and then Little) are off to uni.  Given term time can be a bit of a challenge and don’t think it’s fair to count playing off winter mats / greens, anticipate our progress will hopefully average out to our target but is likely to have a number of months where we don't make a dent on our target.

Deciding on the List

There are there lists that we came across that rank the top 100 courses in the UK & Ireland.

Golf Monthly’s list which is published annually. 

Today's Golfer

Top 100 Golf Courses list (last updated in 2017).  While there is a substantial amount of overlap between the two lists (81 courses appear on both lists), there are some pretty big deviations in the rankings (particularly outside of the top 10).  Most of these discrepencies relate to preference, but a few of them are deliberate.  Golf Monthly excludes private courses which are not accessible to visitors – this excludes 6 gems.  Given our uncertainty in being able to snag an invitation to play at any of these courses plus our desire to a more up to date list, we’ve opted to tackle Golf Monthly’s list.

 

We'll base our determination based on which courses provide the greatest experience.  Courses set in stunning landscapes with so many memorable holes it's hard to determine the signature one will fare well.  We'll also pay close attention to how well the course is maintained (realizing it's somewhat unfair given we'll be visiting courses at different points in time).  Courses where it was hard to remember any particular hole afterwards will fare less well.  We'll take note of the history of particular courses, but not penalize recent new comers. Hopefully our approach (and the pain involved for each star) will give you a better perspective on our impression of each course vs. the more scientific approach of a  4 decimal point rating system by the pros.  

Training Aid Reviews Too

Along the way, we'll also share our thoughts on some training aids that hopefully make us better golfers - mindful that no frills training approaches can certainly trump more elaborate ones and are a heck of a lot easier on the wallet.  Due to the vast inventory already accumulated, we'll provide a longer perspective (at least for the first dozen or so reviews) of some aids we have been using for 12+ months which still  spark joy  and some others which unfortunately do not.

There are two lists that we came across that rank the top 100 courses in the UK & Ireland.  The first is Golf Monthly’s list which is published annually.  The second is the Top 100 golf courses (last updated in 2017).  While there is a substantial amount of overlap between the two lists (81 courses appear on both lists), there are some pretty big deviations in the rankings (particularly outside of the top 10).  Most of these discrepencies relate to preference, but a few of them are deliberate.  Golf Monthly excludes private courses which are not accessible to visitors – this excludes 6 gems.  Given our uncertainty in being able to snag an invitation to play at any of these courses plus our desire to a more up to date list, we’ve opted to tackle Golf Monthly’s list.

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