WELCOME TO GOLF WORLD’S TOP 100 GOLF COURSES ENGLAND: AN ESTABLISHED AND COMPREHENSIVE RANKING OF THE BEST GOLF COURSES IN ENGLAND.

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We have published a Top-100 England Golf Course ranking in print for many years, but this is the first time it has been available online. To create our new list of the best English golf courses, a panel of more than 30 passionate and knowledgeable golfers ranked each course out of 100 points. We gave every golf course marks for six different categories: design, setting, playability, presentation, memorability and consistency.

TOP 100 GOLF COURSES IN ENGLAND: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
This 2019 ranking of England’s best golf courses takes its lead from our most recent 2018 Top 100 Courses in Great Britain & Ireland. In the past, these two rankings have operated independently but we felt that made very little sense. It seemed odd that the highest ranked English course in our Top 100 GB&I wasn’t ranked No.1 in our Top 100 England. So going forward, unless there are extenuating circumstances – such as recent renovations – the two lists will align.

New golf course design projects in England are thin on the ground these days. That doesn’t mean, however, there is a lack of activity. Courses the length and breadth of the country are embarking on ambitious refurbishment and reshaping projects. It’s refreshing to see that clubs are beginning to understand the importance of continually refining their products. This level of activity is crucial for attracting new people into the game.



HOW POINTS ARE ALLOCATED

Golf World Top 100 Golf Course and Resorts loyalists will notice that we have slightly tweaked our method for reviewing golf courses in regard to the number of points given to each course. We remained mindful not to make wholesale changes, however.

The first change is the increased number of points allocated to ‘design’, – moving from a score out of 25 to a score out of 30 points. To make room for those additional five points, we reduced the points available for presentation from 20 to 15. This is not because the conditioning of a golf course now assumes less importance. It is more a reflection of the fact that condition is variable from year-to-year, month-to-month and day-to-day, even. We all saw at close hand during the summer of 2018 how extreme weather can rapidly affect the playability of a golf course. Likewise, we don’t want to excessively penalise clubs that lack the finances to present their layout in Augusta National-like fashion.

Of course, judging a golf course on the quality of its design, location, playability, conditioning, memorability and consistency is a highly subjective process. We know this because of the hundreds of emails we receive each time we publish a new Golf World Top 100. A hole or course that fits one person’s eye may jar another’s. A panel is the antidote to that subjectivity and takes the ego that plagues some other rankings out of the equation. This list is not one person’s view – it’s the combined work of more than 30 highly passionate and knowledgeable golfers.