WELCOME TO the GOLF WORLD TOP 100. A definitive guide to THE BEST GOLF COURSES IN CONTINENTAL EUROPE.
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The latest ranking of the Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe reflects the changing landscape in golf development. No fewer than 20 countries are represented in our most comprehensively researched listing ever. In the past, this ranking has been dominated by courses from Spain, Portugal and France, but that is no longer the case. New destinations emerge every year and the quality continues to improve. With golf continuing to flourish as a sport in Europe, this ranking will become increasingly difficult to judge in the future. We are already looking to expand the list to include 200 courses, since the level of quality is so high that the margins between being ranked in the 90s or just outside the Top-100 are very fine indeed.
This beguiling pine and heather course has now enjoyed two consecutive rises
A beautiful and challenging course set amid a sprawling estate a on a grand scale
A true links golf, although the dunes are so high you can not see the sea
More hilly than some classic links and has some forest sections for a visual and strategic change of pace
A flat, but technically highly interesting, early Colt layout from the days when he was Sunningdale secretary
Tom Simpson’s first course outside Britain is a very well designed course – elegant and neat
It becomes Germany’s No.1 course for the first time and is a bona fide future top-10 candidate
Pretty much as close to a proper links as you’ll find in this ranking.
One for architecture connoisseurs, El Saler makes excellent use of its natural features
With Harry Colt, Sir Guy Campbell and Kyle Phillips as designers, you can only expect something first class
A fabulous routing with great par 3s and an excellent set of greens on an undulating site
This early Colt Layout is carved from the forest, with more than 100 bunkers and undulating fairways
Another Dutch jewel from Colt that evokes memories of the best of Berkshire or Surrey
The south starts with a relatively sedate but downhill par 4 to ‘ease’ you into the round and then gathers pace
The location was already superb but now it has become a modern, beautiful course in a great setting
At the tip of Germany’s most beautiful and exclusive island is something approaching a miracle
While it’s a resort with 27 holes, Lubker is nothing like your typical holiday golf course
Situated at the foot of the Caucasus mountains, this course feature stunning views and is surrounded by nature
A Dave and Paul Thomas design just 20 miles from Moscow. Brilliantly undulating.
Classy and oozing old school charm, it has a compelling front nine
The best golf course in Denmark, according to many locals
A 27 hole venue that provides a special golfing experience. Great for all levels of golfing ability.
A classy heathland of tall pines, heather and firm fairways
A solid rather than spectacular placing for this José Maria Olazabal design
A robust championship course in fantastic condition characterised by water and sand
A short and tricky tree-lined golf course on a compact piece of land with lots of angles and punitively narrow
Birch trees and heather plus a real links feel – from most of the holes you can see and feel the sea
A well-built modern course that is part of an impressive 54-hole resort one hour east of Berlin
A fabulous, often under-rated heathland whose desire to continually improve is admirable
A beautiful, challenging and exciting course with a very high aesthetic value
A brilliant example how to create an engaging experience on a compact piece of land
A typically extravagant Pete Dye design with large bunkers and tricky greens
Originally a 9 hole course, Oslo Golf Club dates back to 1924, and features state of the art sub-air green systems
Magnificent views of the Atlantic and firm seaside turf are the attractions of this course west of Lisbon
A real treat to play, this exclusive clever parkland overflows with tremendous architectural history
Many of our panel felt Germany’s latest superstar should be much higher ranked
A host of the Italian Open, a strong modern course that has open parkland and tight woodland
A pleasant Madrid parkland course that doesn’t quite hit the heights of the reshaped Top 50 in this list
A thorough design overhaul by Martin Hawtree in 2005 brought this well-respected course into the top 100
Without question, one of the most spectacular golf courses in Europe
One panellist stated, “ I would have rated it 25 out of 20 for setting if I could.”
A private 18 hole course set among stunning scenery in Moscow. The country club features a restaurant, spa and polo field
A beautiful and well-presented heath and woodland course that winds attractively between pines and rough
A splendid sense of isolation with every hole enjoying its own space among high pine trees
A large course with 16 downhill drives and enormous differences in elevation with beautiful views
Deep bunkers and gaping dips in the fairways further add to the links experience
For decades, the host of the Swiss Open and a perennially popular venue among the world’s best golfers
The Vignes is a heathland course that rivals the best of those found in Berkshire and Surrey
Enjoy the trees, water, colourful houses, rich grass… and the calm
Originally designed by Tom Williamson, the course features a relatively flat front nine, followed by a hillier back nine
We enjoyed the challenge, and think others will, too. This is a seriously high-calibre course.
Lots of lovely design touches among the pines
Great challenge on most holes. Variations in the notably undulating landscape demand good tactics
Fairways framed by trees, and beautiful natural landscape surroundings.
A notable and important rise for Vilamoura, whose enduring class repels many of the area’s modern courses
Set on the shore of the stunning Lake Ullna, the golf course is a stunning undulating parkland layout.
Tranquil and scenic the course takes you on a twisting journey up the mountain
Superbly located in a seaside pine forest, which means you’re treated to some very appealing scenery
Austria’s No.1 course is essentially a little piece of Florida just outside Vienna
A challenging course set on undulating terrain. Manicured to a world-class standard.
Boasts a lot of very good holes, especially on the back nine
An Arizona style golf course with an idyllic coastal setting. Lush gardens, lakes and waterfalls feature.
A breathtaking, high quality course in Iceland, with views to Reykjavik. Only 12 holes.
A characterful but flat course surrounded by mature woodland, a real hidden gem
Located in the north of Mallorca, Alcanada is a coastal course complete with its own lighthouse.
The original course in Belek finally makes it into the Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe
A high quality European Tour destination set over undulating terrain
A Nicklaus Designs course featuring undulating fairways and steep, challenging bunkers
Baku’s first and only golf course that provides a tournament experience with a Mediterranean feel
A five star resort near the ski resort of Bansko, Pirin provides a top class course and facilities
Don’t forget to visit our other Top 100 listings and explore the other rankings in our series:
Best Golf Courses in the UK & Ireland
Best Golf Courses in Europe
Best Golf Courses Scotland
Best Golf Courses England
Best Golf Courses Wales
Best Golf Courses Ireland
Best Golf Resorts UK & Ireland
Best Golf Resorts Europe