Top 100 links golf courses in GB&I (20-11)December, 2014
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AC: Similar to Castle Stuart in playability.
MM: Great views but, alas for me, soulless.
CC: Good but not as good as some think.
RM: Modern design at its best.
DC: In the top three best new links.
Commentary: A great modern design.
19. Ballybunion (Old)
County Kerry, Ireland
SA: Without question one of a small handful of the best courses in GB&I.
MM: Wonderful subtleties of design.
DJ: Fun but not perfect.
LS: Almost pure Poa grasses.
Commentary: Starts and finishes modestly; brilliant elsewhere.
18. Royal Troon
AC: Recent major rerouting of the 15th has only strengthened it. Not a course for a quick nine though.
SA: Quite a few bland par 4s and the out-and-back routing accentuates it.
Commentary: Strong back nine and recent work has enhanced all of it.
17. St Enodoc
AL: The beauty grabs you first;then you see just how great the golf is.
SA: Iconic, bold and quirky.
CH: Front nine is weak in places – the big bunker on 6th masks a poor hole.
LS: Some weak holes around the church.
Commentary: Not every hole is brilliant but St Enodoc has a rare charm.
16. Skibo Castle
DJ: The new routing has greatly improved it
CC: Much better than it used to be.
Commentary: The layout,conditioning and character are unrecognisable from five years ago.Now a firm and fescue- dominated links without a weak hole.
County Clare, Ireland
JN: For Americans,a great litmus test – either you embrace the outlandishness and dream-like quality,or you don’t get links golf.
CC: Old-fashioned links golf at its best.
Commentary: Only a couple of panellists weren’t huge fans.
14. Royal Aberdeen
RG: Probably the purest links I’ve ever played – brutally tough in the wind.
CC: Tremendous test of golf.
AL: Magnificent.Will remain the best course in Aberdeen.
Commentary: Fabulous front nine;less explosive coming home.
13. North Berwick
East Lothian, Scotland
KE: This is just golf at its finest. Tricky and interesting with wonderful vistas.
DJ: Is there a more fun course to play?
DW: Great old-fashioned historic course.
AL: As much fun as it’s possible to have on a golf course.
Commentary: You guessed it; it’s fun.
County Kerry, Ireland
CH: Heaven on earth – worth the trip.
JN: Great but not imaginative.
CC: Modern links golf at its best.
DJ: The perfect way to spend a day or a lifetime – you never get tired of it.
LS: Now with fine grasses.
Commentary: Brilliant redesign by Fazio’s team. Wild and wonderful.
11. Royal Lytham & St Annes
CC: The best links in England.
RM: It may not be the most scenic course but it is still seriously good.
CH: Strong course although lacks views. MM: Stunning golf holes, disappointing environs.
SA: The course relies on bunkering too much to be top class.
KE: Wonderfully strategic from the tee. Multiple bunkers are in play, in just the right way,for players of all abilities.
AL: Too reliant on bunkers – the terrain is not special.
Commentary: Lytham will never seduce the first-time visitor like a Turnberry or Kingsbarns but it is bunkered like nowhere else in this list.
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