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 the three reputable sites who regularly produce lists of the top 100 golf courses in the world - Golf.comPlanet Golf and top100golfcourses.com - and created a poll of polls. There are currently 96 courses ranked in at least 2 of these lists and I have averaged their positions (giving a course a nominal position '101' where not ranked). For the last 4 spots I have put them in order of the highest ranking in the one publication they are listed in.

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        National Golf Links of America - USA
7        Royal Melbourne (West) - Australia
8=      Oakmont - USA
8=      Royal Dornoch - UK
10      Sand Hills - USA
11       Augusta National - USA
12      Royal Portrush - Ire
13      Pebble Beach - USA
14      Merion - USA
15      Muirfield - UK
16=    Kingston Heath - Australia
16=    Ballybunion - Republic of Ireland
18      Bandon Dunes (Pacific Dunes) - USA
19      Fisher's Island - USA
20     Turnberry (Ailsa) - UK
21      Crystal Downs - USA
22     Friar's Head - USA
23     Pinehurst (2) - USA
24     Prairie Dunes - USA
25     Carnoustie - UK
26     Chicago - USA
27     Royal St Georges - UK
28     Tara Iti - New Zealand
29     Lahinch - Ire
30=   Sunningdale (Old)- UK
30=    Los Angeles (North) - USA
32=    Cabot Cliffs - Canada
32=    Seminole - USA
32=    San Francisco - USA
35     Winged Foot (West) - USA
36     Barnbougle Dunes - Australia
37     Hirono - Japan
38     North Berwick - UK
39     Morfontaine - France
40     Cape Wickham Links - Australia
41      Riviera - USA
42     New South Wales - Australia
43     Cape Kidnappers - New Zealand
44     The Country Club (Brookline) - USA
45     Ballyneal - USA
46=   Royal Birkdale - UK
46=   Sunningdale (New) - UK
48     Kingsbarns - UK
49=   Trump International Scotland - UK
49=   Swinley Forest - UK
51      Castle Stuart - UK
52     Somerset Hills - USA
53     Casa de Campo - Dominican Republic
54     Kawana - Japan
55     Royal Aberdeen - UK
56     Shanquin Bay - China
57     St George's Hill - UK
58     Diamante - Mexico
59     Portmarnock - Ire
60     St George's - Canada
61      Barnbougle Lost Farm - Australia
62     Bethpage (Black) - USA
63     Oakland Hills (South) - USA
64     Kiawah Island (Ocean) - USA
65     Camargo - USA
66=   Royal Porthcawl - UK
66=   Whistling Straits - USA
66=   Royal Lytham St Annes - UK
69=   Ellerston - Australia
69=   Garden City - USA
71      Muirfield Village - USA
72     Woodhall Spa - UK
73     Bandon Trails - USA
74=   TPC Sawgrass - USA
74=   Old Sandwich - USA
76     Cruden Bay - UK
77=    Bandon Dunes Old Macdonald - USA
77=    Prestwick - UK
79     Californian Golf Club of San Francisco - USA
80     Shoreacres - USA
81      Macrihanish - UK
82     Olympic Club (Lake) - USA
83     Maidstone - USA
84     West Sussex Golf Club - UK
85     Victoria - Aus
86     Cabot Links - Canada
87     Paraparaumu Beach - New Zealand
88     Quaker Ridge - USA
89=   The Golf Club - USA
89=   St Endoch - UK
91      Southern Hills - USA
92     Ganton - UK
93     Koninklijke Haagsche - Holland
94     Walton Heath - UK
95     Winged Foot East - USA
96     Royal Adelaide - Aus
97     European Club - Ire
98     The Club at Nine Bridges- South Korea
99     Highland Links - Canada
100    Royal Troon - UK