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!  

I have 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. Where there are ties I have gone with the course ranked higher in Tom Doak’s Confidential Guide.

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    Royal Dornoch - UK
9   Oakmont - USA
10   Sand Hills - USA
11   Augusta National - USA
12    Royal Portrush - Ire
13    Pebble Beach - USA
14    Merion - USA
15    Muirfield - UK
16   Ballybunion - Republic of Ireland
17   Kingston Heath - Australia
18    Bandon Dunes (Pacific Dunes) - USA
19    Fisher's Island - USA
20   Trump 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   Los Angeles (North) - USA
31   Sunningdale Golf Club (Old) - UK
32  Seminole - USA
33   San Francisco - USA
34   Winged Foot (West) - USA
35  Cabot Cliffs - Canada
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    Sunningdale Golf Club (New) - UK
47    Royal Birkdale - UK
48    Kingsbarns - UK
49    Swinley Forest - UK
50    Castle Stuart - UK
51     Somerset Hills - USA
52    Casa de Campo - Dominican Republic
53    Trump International Scotland - UK
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 Lytham St Annes - UK
67   Royal Porthcawl - UK
68    Whistling Straits - USA
69    Ellerston - Australia
70    Garden City - USA
71     Muirfield Village - USA
72    Woodhall Spa - UK
73    TPC Sawgrass - USA
74    Old Sandwich - USA
75    Prestwick - UK
76    Bandon Dunes Old Macdonald - USA
77    Cruden Bay - UK
78 Bandon Dunes - USA
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
90    St Enodoch - UK
91     Southern Hills - USA
92    Ganton - UK
93    Royal Adelaide - Aus
94    Koninklijke Haagsche - Netherlands
95    Walton Heath - UK
96    Winged Foot East - USA
97     European Club - Ire
98    Bandon Trails - USA
99    The Club at Nine Bridges- South Korea
100   Highland Links - Canada