AN­SWER­ING THE CRIT­ICS

Even though we op­er­ate the most ro­bust and trans­par­ent course-rat­ing sys­tem, some doubters re­main. Rob Smith ad­dresses the con­cerns…

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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.

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