THE ULTIMATE TOP 100 GOLF COURSES

Shinnecock Hills is number 5 in the world at the moment according to the ultimate rankings

Shinnecock Hills is number 5 in the world at the moment according to the ultimate rankings

Gosh, that's a rather bold claim isn't it?  Well, yes. And frankly having not played all the courses I don't think I'm in much of a position to rank them!  

What I have done though is taken the latest rankings from 5 reputable sites - Golf.com, Golf Digest, Planet Golf and top100golfcourses.com - and created a poll of polls. I listed all courses who feature in the top 100 in at least 2 of these and then averaged the rankings across the 4 publications (where a course was not ranked in the top 100 they have been given a nominal '101' unless a new course). Golf rankings are often accused of bias, listing courses for commercial gain and running their own agendas but I think that this has produced a top 100 which actually looks pretty good.

Where I've played them (only 25 so far) there is, or will soon be, a link to my review. Plenty still to come I hope! You can see how I rank the courses I have played here.

1         Cypress Point - USA
2        Pine Valley - USA
3        Royal County Down - Ire
4=      St Andrews (Old) - UK
4=      Shinnecock Hills - USA
6        Royal Melbourne (West) - Australia
7=      Augusta National - USA
7=      Royal Dornoch - UK
9       National Golf Links of America - USA
10      Oakmont - USA
11       Sand Hills - USA
12      Pebble Beach - USA
13      Merion - USA
14      Muirfield - UK
15      Royal Portrush - Ire
16      Kingston Heath - Australia
17       Fisher's Island - USA
18      Turnberry (Ailsa) - UK
19      Bandon Dunes (Pacific Dunes) - USA
20     Crystal Downs - USA
21      Carnoustie - UK
22     Chicago - USA
23     Winged Foot (West) - USA
24     Friar's Head - USA
25=   Sunningdale (Old)- UK
25=   Cabot Cliffs - Canada
27=   Seminole - USA
27=   Hirono - Japan
29     Tara Iti - New Zealand
30     Pinehurst (2) - USA
31      Prairie Dunes - USA
32     Royal St Georges - UK
33     Morfontaine - France
34     Barnbougle Dunes - Australia
35     Ballybunion - Republic of Ireland
36     Cape Wickham Links - Australia
37     Los Angeles (North) - USA
38     North Berwick - UK
39     Lahinch - Ire
40=   New South Wales - Australia
40=   Cape Kidnappers - New Zealand
42     San Francisco - USA
43     Riviera - USA
44     Royal Birkdale - UK
45     The Country Club (Brookline) - USA
46     Portmarnock - Ire
47=   Trump International Scotland - UK
47=   Shanquin Bay - China
49     Swinley Forest - UK
50=   Barnbougle Lost Farm - Australia
50=   St George's - Canada
52=   Kingsbarns - UK
52=   Casa de Campo - Dominican Republic
54     Oakland Hills (South) - USA
55     Diamante - Mexico
56     Ellerston - Australia
57     Kawana - Japan
58     Kiawah Island (Ocean) - USA
59     Sunningdale (New) - UK
60     Muirfield Village - USA
61      Royal Porthcawl - UK
62     Ballyneal - USA
63     Whistling Straits - USA
64     Castle Stuart - UK
65     Somerset Hills - USA
66     Royal Aberdeen - UK
67     St George's Hill - UK
68     Royal Lytham St Annes - UK
69     Bethpage (Black) - USA
70     Camargo - USA
71      The Club at Nine Bridges- South Korea
72      Olympic Club (Lake) - USA
73      Garden City - USA
74      Woodhall Spa - UK
75=    Oak Hill (East) - UK
75=    Southern Hills - USA
77=    TPC Sawgrass - USA
77=    Old Sandwich - USA
77=    Macrihanish - UK
80     Cruden Bay - UK
81=    Bandon Dunes Old Macdonald - USA
81=    Prestwick - UK
83     Californian Golf Club of San Francisco - USA
84     Yas Links, Abu Dhabi
85     Shoreacres - USA
86=   Cabot Links - Canada
86=   Royal Mebourne - East
88=   Maidstone - USA
88=   Cabo del Sol - Mexico
90     West Sussex Golf Club - UK
91      Victoria
92     Bandon Dunes - USA
93=   The National - Australia
93=   Paraparaumu Beach - New Zealand
95=   Quaker Ridge - USA
95=   Rye - UK
97=   The Golf Club - USA
97=   St Endoch - UK
99     Ganton - UK
100    Valderrama - Spain