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 Course 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 in the top 100 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 Course 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
7= Royal Melbourne (West) - Australia
9 National Golf Links of America - USA
10 Oakmont - USA
11 Pebble Beach - USA
12= Sand Hills- USA
12= Muirfield - UK
14 Merion - USA
15 Royal Portrush - Ire
16 Kingston Heath - Australia
17 Turnberry (Ailsa) - UK
18 Bandon Dunes (Pacific Dunes) - USA
19 Carnoustie - UK
20 Crystal Downs - USA
21 Cabot Cliffs - Canada
22 Winged Foot (West) - USA
23 Sunningdale (Old)- UK
24 Pinehurst (2) - USA
25 Chicago - USA
26 Seminole - USA
27 Tara Iti - New Zealand
28 Ballybunion - Republic of Ireland
29= Royal St Georges - UK
29= Fisher's Island - USA
31  Prairie Dunes - USA
32 Cape Wickham Links - Australia
33 Friar's Head - USA
34 North Berwick - UK
35 Morfontaine - France
36 Lahinch - Ire
37 Barnbougle Dunes - Australia
38 San Francisco - USA
39 New South Wales - Australia
40 Royal Birkdale - UK
41 Riviera - USA
42 Hirono - Japan
43 Cape Kidnappers - New Zealand
44 Los Angeles (North) - USA
45 Portmarnock - Ire
46 Kingsbarns - UK
47 The Country Club (Brookline) - USA
48 Muirfield Village - USA
49 Kiawah Island (Ocean) - USA
50 Swinley Forest - UK
51 Casa de Campo - Dominican Republic
52 Trump International Scotland - UK
53 Whistling Straits - USA
54 Shanquin Bay - China
55 Sunningdale (New) - UK
56 St George's - Canada
57 Barnbougle Lost Farm - Australia
58 Castle Stuart - UK
59 Oakland Hills (South) - USA
60= Diamante - Mexico
60= Royal Aberdeen - UK
62 Bethpage (Black) - USA
63 Kawana - Japan
64 TPC Sawgrass - USA
65 Ballyneal - USA
66 Royal Troon - UK
67= Cruden Bay - UK
67= Royal Porthcawl - UK
69 Royal Lytham St Annes - UK
70 Ellerston - Australia
71 Somerset Hills - USA
72St George's Hill - UK
73 Woodhall Spa - UK
74 Prestwick - UK
75 Macrahanish - UK
76 Oak Hill (East) - UK
77 Olympic Club (Lake) - USA
78= Shoreacres - USA
78= Gleneagles (Kings) - UK
80 Valderrama - Spain
81  Bandon Trails - USA
82 Maidstone - USA
83= Garden City - USA
83= Bandon Dunes Old Macdonald - USA
85= The Club at Nine Bridges- South Korea
85= Southern Hills - USA
87 Camargo - USA
88= Walton Heath - UK
88=  Bandon Dunes - USA
90 Pasatiempo - USA
91 Royal Liverpool - UK
92= Cabo del Sol - Mexico
92= Wade Hampton - UK
94 Yas Links, Abu Dhabi
95 Old Sandwich - USA
96 The Golf Club - USA
97= Baltrusol (Lower) - USA
97= Highland Links - Canada
99 Rye - UK
100 Royal Mebourne - East