THE ULTIMATE TOP 100 GOLF COURSES

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, Golf Club Architecture 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 5 publications (where a course was not ranked they have been given a nominal '101' unless a new course). This has produced a top 100 which actually looks pretty good I think.  The Planet Golf and Golf Club Architecture rankings do mix it up a bit but that promotes a lot of the older, more linksy courses which suits me.  

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
5 Shinnecock Hills - USA
6 Augusta National - USA
7 Royal Dornoch - UK
8 Royal Melbourne (West) - Australia
9 National Golf Links of America - USA
10 Oakmont - USA
11 Pebble Beach - USA
12 Sand Hills- USA
13 Muirfield - UK
14 Merion - USA
15 Royal Portrush - Ire
16 Cape Wickham Links - Australia
17 Cabot Cliffs - Canada
18 Kingston Heath - Australia
19 Bandon Dunes (Pacific Dunes) - USA
20 Turnberry (Ailsa) - UK
21 Crystal Downs - USA
22 Carnoustie - UK
23 Winged Foot (West) - USA
24 Sunningdale (Old)- UK
25 Pinehurst (2) - USA
26 Royal St Georges - UK
27 Chicago - USA
28 Seminole - USA
29 Ballybunion - Republic of Ireland
30 Fisher's Island - USA
31  Prairie Dunes - USA
32 Morfontaine - France
33 Friar's Head - USA
34 Lahinch - Ire
35 North Berwick - UK
36 Barnbougle Dunes - USA
37 New South Wales - Australis
38 Royal Birkdale - UK
39 San Francisco - USA
40 Riviera - USA
41 Cape Kidnappers - New Zealand
42 Hirono - Japan
43 Los Angeles (North) - USA
44 Kingsbarns - UK
45 Portmarnock - Ire
46 Muirfield Village - USA
47 The Country Club (Brookline) - USA
48 Kiawah Island (Ocean) - USA
49 Casa de Campo - Dominican Republic
50 Swinley Forest - UK
51 Whistling Straits - USA
52 Shanquin Bay - China
53 St George's - Canada
54 Barnbougle Lost Farm - Australia
55 Sunningdale (New) - UK
56 Oakland Hills (South) - USA
57 Trump International Scotland - UK
58= Diamante - Mexico
58= Bethpage (Black) - USA
60 Royal Aberdeen - UK
61 Kawana - Japan
62= Ballyneal - USA
62= TPC Sawgrass - USA
64 Cruden Bay - UK
65= Castle Stuart - UK
65= Royal Troon - UK
67 Royal Lytham St Annes - UK
68 Royal Porthcawl - UK
69 Oak Hill (East) - UK
70 Ellerston - Australia
71= St George's Hill - UK
71= Somerset Hills - USA
73 Prestwick - UK
74 Woodhall Spa - UK
75 Olympic Club (Lake) - USA
76 Macrahinish - UK
77 Shoreacres - USA
78= Garden City - USA
78= Gleneagles (Kings) - UK
78= Maidstone - USA
81 Southern Hills - USA
82 Valderrama - Spain
83= Bandon Dunes Old Macdonald - USA
83= Carnago - USA
85 Bandon Trails - USA
86 Walton Heath - UK
87 The Club at Nine Bridges- South Korea
88 Bandon Dunes - USA
89 Baltrusol (Lower) - USA
90 Royal Liverpool - UK
91 Pasatiempo - USA
92= Cabot Links - Canada
92= Old Sandwich - USA
94= Cabo del Sol - Mexico
94= Wade Hampton - UK
96 The Golf Club - USA
97 Rye - UK
98 Highland Links - Canada
99= Quaker Ridge - USA
99= Kauri Cliffs - New Zealand