ANSWERING THE CRITICS
Even though we operate the most robust and transparent course-rating system, some doubters remain. Rob Smith addresses the concerns…
ver the last 12 years, a huge amount of work has been put into making the Golf Monthly Top 100 rankings as strong and trustworthy as possible. This has involved refining the criteria and repositioning some early anomalies to produce a Top 100 and Next 100 in which we are confident. Despite this, when something is so emotive, there are understandably those who ask questions such as “why do links courses dominate?” This was explained last month, but there are other themes that often come up.
Oemails. While this might still be the case in the lists produced by other publications, we have since developed a set of criteria that are weighted heavily towards course design and conditioning but which take the full experience into account. Throughout, we have listened to the feedback from everyone involved: club and course managers, the sport’s administrators, our panellists and our readers. The criteria will continue to evolve but have become increasingly stable, to the extent that there were no changes this time around.