Golf Digest U.K. Names Top 100 Courses in the UK For 2017: An article that uses Golf Digest’s list of top courses to showcase the best ones available in the UK.
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Golf Digest U.K. has released its list of Top 100 Courses in the UK for 2017, and it’s a good one.
The list is compiled by the magazine’s panel of 24 raters, who include some of the top players and coaches in the game.
25 major champions were among the raters, including Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington, as well as golf industry leaders like Pete Cowen and John Jacobs. The system is based on four criteria: shot value, design variety, memorability and resistance to scoring.
Angus Loughran, Golf Digest U.K.’s editor-in-chief, had this to say about this year’s list: “Golf is a timeless sport but it can also be an ever-changing one; that’s why we have been conducting our independent survey of the best layouts here in Britain & Ireland for 23 years now. From the majestic Royal County Down to the wonderfully quirky West Lancashire among others, this year’s Top 100 Courses in Britain & Ireland 2017-18 features some wonderful additions.”
Here are some of Golf Digest U.K.’s top courses for 2017:
Golf Digest U.K. unveiled its list of the best courses in the U.K., and Scotland topped the list.
The Royal Dornoch Golf Club in Dornoch, Scotland came in first place with a score of 96.97 out of 100. It’s one of the oldest courses in this area, dating back to 1616, and it’s also one of the most scenic. The views are incredible, while the course itself is just as beautiful.
The top 100 golf courses in the U.K., including the top 10, were announced on Monday by Golf Digest U.K.. The list ranks courses based on “conditioning, memorability, shot value, appeal and imagination.”
Here are some other notable courses that made Golf Digest’s list:
The United Kingdom has some of the world’s best golf courses, and Golf Digest U.K. chose to honor them with its 2017-18 Top 100. The list, which was released in September, includes 23 new entries, 11 of which are based in England.
In an interview with the publication, editor Paul Myers said: “The reason why our list is so strong at the top is because we have the great links courses – but actually it’s so strong across the board. The jump between 100 and 90 is actually quite a significant one. It’s really important that we have that sort of depth and quality in our list.”
The top 10 courses in this year’s list were Royal County Down (1), Royal Dornoch (2), Royal Portrush (3), Carnoustie (4), Muirfield (5), Kingsbarns (6), Ganton (7), Turnberry (8), Old Head of Kinsale (9) and Lahinch (10).
The ranking of the best golf courses in U.K. and Ireland has been released by Golf Digest, with Royal County Down coming out on top followed by Royal Dornoch.
Royal County Down was established in 1889 and is located in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. The course is a classic links track that runs through the Murlough Nature Reserve and offers panoramic views of the Irish Sea.
The magazine’s biennial list covers England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland. The list also features nine new courses compared to 2015, including Machrihanish Dunes in Scotland at No. 6 and The Island in Donabate at No. 10.
This year’s list is based on the opinions of more than 300 panelists who offered their input to help rank courses across five different categories: architecture; conditions; memorability; ambience; and innovation/relevance to modern day golfing needs.
ROYAL PORTRUSH (Dunluce) NORTHERN IRELAND
ROYAL COUNTY DOWN (Championship) NORTHERN IRELAND
GULLANE NO. 1 SCOTLAND
ROYAL DORNOCH SCOTLAND
CASTLEROCK GOLF CLUB (Mussenden) NORTHERN IRELAND
ROYAL ABERDEEN SCOTLAND
COUNTRY WESTMEATH (Headfort New) IRELAND
ROYAL LYTHAM & ST ANNES ENGLAND