Top 100 Rank­ings

Al­though there are com­pre­hen­sive cri­te­ria for eval­u­at­ing the Golf Monthly Top 100, we all have our favourites, and rightly so. Rob Smith ex­plains...

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Rob Smith ex­plains how the list is compiled and our se­nior pan­elists dis­cuss their favourites

s our ded­i­cated team of read­ers and staff con­tin­ues its quest from the tees to the greens of the UK and Ire­land’s finest lay­outs, it is im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge and in­deed be grate­ful for the fact that when it comes to cour­ses, every­one has his or her own tastes.

While the cri­te­ria have evolved over the last decade into a ro­bust and widely recog­nised set that of­fers a gen­uine method to com­pare and con­trast, beauty is still very much in the eye of the score­card holder. There are no ab­so­lute bests or sci­en­tif­i­cally quan­tifi­able worse thans, and while we can hope­fully all agree that the Top 100 and Next 100 lists are fair and rep­re­sen­ta­tive, most of us will

Astill ar­gue that A is bet­ter than B, or C should be in the list rather than D. While the Golf Monthly team firmly be­lieves that our rank­ings are now as fair and re­li­able as any such list can be, we also very much want to en­cour­age golfers to de­bate, visit, ar­gue and most im­por­tantly just en­joy the end­less feast of golf with which we are blessed. The ac­cess golfers have to the top cour­ses in the UK is un­matched and that should be a cause for cel­e­bra­tion and in­spi­ra­tion. The se­nior panel that over­sees the Top 100 process com­prises ed­i­tor Michael Harris, and two of us who have been for­tu­nate enough to play them all; my­self and Jeremy Ell­wood. De­spite be­ing so close to the process and be­liev­ing that the cri­te­ria are now pretty much spot on, we each have our own more sub­jec­tive and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences of what sends us into golf­ing rap­ture.

Michael Harris

I love play­ing 36 holes in a day (with a good lunch in be­tween!) so to me there is nowhere bet­ter than Sun­ning­dale, with its Old and New cour­ses. The beau­ti­ful holes of the Old ooze charm and of­fer the chance of a good score, while the New pro­vides the stiffest of in­land tests, ruth­lessly ex­am­in­ing ev­ery facet of your game. The per­fect mix­ture of his­tory and tra­di­tion with first-class ser­vice and out­stand­ing fa­cil­i­ties tops off what I be­lieve to be the best day out a vis­it­ing golfer can have in the UK & Ire­land.

If Sun­ning­dale is my favourite in­land venue, then Royal Dornoch is my favourite links. A for­mer col­league who was a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Dornoch hadn’t stopped eu­lo­gis­ing about it, so I made my first visit car­ry­ing al­most

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