THE TOP 100 in the U.K. & IRELAND

The Top 100 By the Numbers


There are 129 courses ranked in the top 100 in the UK & Ireland by either Golf Monthly, Golf World, National Club Golferor Top 100golfcourses.  How does this break-down ?  We've got some answers.



  • Significant overlap with 75 courses appearing on all four top 100 lists.  An additional 16 courses feature on three lists with 14 courses appearing on two lists.  Resulting in (as some Kumonsters might have already worked out) 24 courses on only one list.  Note Golf Monthly excludes private courses which don't allow for "visitors" absent a member invitation.  This is somewhat rare in the UK & Ireland but does eliminate places such as Loch Lomond and Wentworth from consideration.  Note both National Club Golfer and Top 100golfcourses's lists were updated in November 2019.  Golf Monthly's list is as of November 2018.  The date of publication for Golf World's list is unclear.


  • England is home to approximately half of the top 100.  Out of the 129 courses which appear on a top 100 ranking,   63 are located in England.  More than 20 courses are within 50 miles of central London alone thereby representing the highest concentration of top ranked courses anywhere in the UK & Ireland.   


  • But Scotland dominates the top of the top. Each list has at least 10 Scottish courses in its top quartile.   


  • Be prepared to hit the links.  70 links courses feature on National Club Golfer's top 100 list.  Golf Monthly and Golf World don't share the same affection with "only" 63 links courses on their respsective lists. Note the Old Course at Sunningdale is the lone inland course in the top 10 on any list.


  • Britain's most prestigious tournament is played on Britain's most prestigous courses.  All ten courses on the Open rota are on each top 100 list and appear at the very top of each lists - occupying anwhere as little as 5 and as much as 8 spots in each list's top 10.  


  • The same can't be said about Ryder Cup venues. The last three courses hosting the event in the UK & Ireland are not represented on any list.  Gleneagles's other two courses feature in the top 100, but the course on which the 2014 Ryder Cup was played on (PGA Centennary) does not.  Celtic Manor and The K Club do not feature on any list while   the Belfry (Brabazan) features only on one list.  


  • Top 100 courses are highly concentrated with many highly rated courses in close proximity.  In fact 9 clubs alone are home to 21 top 100 courses




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