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 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     Shanqin 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     California 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