Welcome to The Golf World Top 100
We launched our first Golf World Top 100 Golf Courses ranking in 1989 – an anecdotal list of our favorite courses in Continental Europe. In the three decades since, our rankings have become the golf industry’s most authoritative and respected resource for reviews and ratings of golf courses and golf resorts in the United Kingdom and Europe. An extensive course review panel and a time-proven judging methodology enable our Top 100 rankings to identify the best-in-class golf experiences. But this is more than just a ranking site – it’s a content destination and a celebration of the great courses and travel writing published by Golf World.
Sunningdale’s sublime sandy turf is decorated with pine and birch trees, heather, gorse and rhododendrons
We were the first golfers to play the two new holes the designers crafted before they officially opened to the public
Even Tom Doak, as critical an architect as you will find, said the shaping was among the best he had see
The bunkers are deep, the greens perched and the tees elevated to realise those views
Tom Simpson at his best – it is a classy, serene heathland. Extremely private.
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
More hilly than some classic links and has some forest sections for a visual and strategic change of pace
One for architecture connoisseurs, El Saler makes excellent use of its natural features
The battle for the No.1 position in the Top 100 England ranking this year essentially became a shoot-out between three eminent courses.
A golf course that has the ability to mesmerise, enthrall and enchant, as well as tear your self-esteem into smithereens and leave you whimpering.
Perhaps the greatest skill in renovating a golf course is knowing where to draw the line.
Although the trees don’t encroach in quite the same way as on the Old, dense heather often lurks just a few yards away from the short grass
If aesthetics are not your thing, Lytham is as good as it gets. Its rippling fairways house some of the most penal bunkering found in the land
Its most dominant personality is heathland, although in several instances it assumes the personalities of a moorland while demonstrating links course synergies.
A crescent-shaped routing on three different plateaus permit sea views on every hole
Trump is eager to host an Open here. Given the politics, the Ryder Cup is more likely
Its closing stretch - especially the final four holes - is the toughest in gol
North Berwick is near the top of any purist’s pilgrimage short list
Deserves kudos simply for being the only parkland in a sea of links courses in the Top 10
A Ryder Cup course and a pleasant No.2 plus opulence in spades in the hotel
The US President’s Irish property has been studiously cared for under the Trump ownership
The Harry Colt course is very good and getting better while the rooms are majestic
A Ryder Cup host that is backed up two more 18-hole courses and a hotel that is beautifully appointed inside
Two Irish Top 100 courses plus a luxury hotel set in a huge, tranquil estate west of Dublin
A revamped course that was one of Ireland’s inland best and a beautiful manor house hotel
A regular in our GB&I Top 100 and a unquestioned five-star hotel with a range of luxury suites
As a purely golf stay-and-play experience, PGA Catalunya is difficult to beat
Verdura boasts two high-quality courses, 191 sumptuously-styled rooms, 29 suites and six villas
Built in a valley a few miles inland, the course has eye-catching bunkering and epic greens complexes